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John Wayne Quotes


"John Wayne never wore Lycra." - Ron Kauk

"Robert Mitchum sounded different from John Wayne, and John Wayne sounded different from Clark Gable." - Billy West

"My daddy, he was somewhere between God and John Wayne." - Hank Williams, Jr.

"John Wayne was a consummate gentleman. Bigger than life." - Jennifer O'Neill

"My daddy, he was somewhere between God and John Wayne." - Hank Williams

"John Wayne was a consummate gentleman. Bigger than life." - Jennifer Oneill

"John Wayne is not just an actor, and a very fine actor - John Wayne is the United States of America." - Maureen O'Hara

"I never have really become accustomed to the 'John.' Nobody ever really calls me John... I've always been Duke or Marion or John Wayne. It's a name that goes well together, and it's like one word - John Wayne." - John Wayne

"John Wayne represents more force, more power, than anybody else on the screen." - Howard Hawks

"With John Wayne, we argued all the time and we made four pictures." - Kirk Douglas

"John Wayne was the meanest, nastiest man with the worst attitude that I ever worked with." - Jill Haworth

"If John Wayne were alive, he'd be rolling over in his grave!" - Ernest Borgnine

"If John Wayne were alive, he"d be rolling over in his grave!" - Ernest Borgnine

"John Wayne is as tough as an old nut and as soft as a yellow ribbon." - Elizabeth Taylor

"John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa. That's the kind of spirit that I have, too." - Michele Bachmann

"John Wayne was one of the greatest ambassadors for the United States that ever lived." - Maureen Ohara

"Two of my biggest heroes were my father and John Wayne." - Johnny Ramone

"I think women secretly yearn for the return of John Wayne and don't even know it." - Troy Duffy

"Although it wasn't that easy to do, it was wonderful working with John Wayne." - Robert Duvall

"I guess John Wayne would be one. I just respected the way he acted." - A J Foyt

"Oh, I loved John Wayne. He was just so charming and easy to work with." - Judy Geeson

"John Wayne represents more force, more power than anyone else on the screen." - Howard Hawks

"I love Westerns. I really love John Wayne. Frank Capra, any of his movies I love." - Rob Zombie

"John Wayne never ever disappointed his fans, because he was a cowboy." - Vinnie Jones

"People don't assume John Wayne shoots people and rides a horse on weekends." - Sylvia Kristel

"John Wayne was one of the greatest ambassadors for the United States that ever lived." - Maureen O'Hara

"Screw ambiguity. Perversion and corruption masquerade as ambiguity. I don`t trust ambiguity. John Wayne" - John Wayne

"Of the two 'True Grits,' the John Wayne version one is better." - Caroline Lawrence

"Thanks to the Japanese and Geronimo, John Wayne became a millionaire." - Pat Morita

"John Wayne treated me fine, but that macho stuff turns me off. It's not real." - Tab Hunter

"John Ashcroft - John Ashcrack - ibid." - Jello Biafra

"Making a martial arts film in English to me is the same as John Wayne speaking Chinese in a western" - Ang Lee

"I play John Wayne in every part regardless of the character, and I've been doing okay, haven't I?" - John Wayne

"I'm like John Wayne. I only play good guys. Describing his cameo role on a TV series." - Oliver North

"No sooner than I did take it seriously, I had million-selling hits and movies with John Wayne." - Frankie Avalon

"My favorite actors when I was a kid were in their '60s. Spencer Tracy, Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne." - Joseph Bologna

"My most useful acting tip came from my pal John Wayne. Talk low, talk slow, and don't say too much." - Michael Caine

"Wayne Curtis is one of our very best writers!" - David Adams Richards

"John Keats / John Keats / John / Please put your scarf on." - J D Salinger

"Well what I want them to know is just like, John Wayne was from Waterloo, Iowa. That's the kind of spirit that I have, too." - Michele Bachmann

"You're not going to be able to look like anyone else, no matter how hard you try, unless you're a mimic, then you're not acting, you're just mimicking. You can't go on being John Wayne, that's John Wayne. So you're not going to steal from John Wayne. I'm not going to steal from John Wayne and you're not going to come back and say 'Didn't you get that from the circus?' You know. But he is one of those people who instructs me, whom I look up to - whom I think is one of the masters of his craft that I am so enamoured of." - Morgan Freeman

"If I was white I would have been like John Wayne... I feel like a tragic hero in a Shakespeare play" - Tupac Shakur

"When you get old the worst thing is you lose so many friends. Burt Lancaster, Frank Sinatra, John Wayne. People who I loved to work with." - Kirk Douglas

"Sure I was glad to see John Wayne win the Oscar I'm always glad to see the fat lady win the Cadillac on TV, too." - Robert Mitchum

"I guess when it comes to this privileged White racist feminist movement they respect someone who treats them rough: John Wayne. Frank Sinatra. Phillip Roth." - Ishmael Reed

"Society's epitome of credibility is John Wayne, who sizes up a situation and says, "Here's what I'm going to do" - and you follow him." - Gary A. Klein

"To his credit John Wayne was open about it, he even portrayed a member of the House UnAmerican Activities Committee in a film called 'Big Jim McClain.'" - Jay Roach

"Where is my John Wayne? Where is my prairie song? Where is my happy ending? Where have all the cowboys gone?" - Paula Cole

"I asked him a number of questions and I got some very interesting answers. Ken's heroes, according to Christopher, would be people like John Wayne, of course." - Stacy Keach

"I remember playing John Wayne Gacy, serial killer, very sick, neurotic, screwed-up guy. You know what? There's a part of me there, too, and you explore that." - Brian Dennehy

"I could do John Wayne, Jack Benny, Jack Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and entertain my friends. But I never seriously considered it as a career choice." - Phil Hartman

"My father was a sort of John Wayne Texan who'd worked as a cowboy when he was young. He'd participated in rattlesnake round-ups and swum with copperheads." - Edmund White

"I just love westerns. One of my favourite actors is John Wayne, probably one of the most underrated actors there's ever been. He's quite an incredible actor." - Ray Winstone

"The more film I watch, the more John Ford looks like a giant. His politics aren't so good, and you have to learn to accept John Wayne as an actor, but he's a poet in black and white." - Jonathan Lethem

"John Kerry, windsurfing dilettante" - Eleanor Clift

"Godspeed, John Glenn." - Scott Carpenter

"Listen John-' 'Who's John?' 'You're John.' 'I'm John?' 'Yeah, I changed your name." - Dave Eggers

"I recall playing practical jokes with John Wayne. I once got a whole bunch of keys and had little tags made that said, If lost, please return to John Wayne, RKO Studios. Reward. And I just dropped them all over town. phone calls, people showing up at the studio. He never learned who did it." - Laraine Day

"In a black-and-white world, back in the '50s, were voices from another era. All actors used to sound different. Robert Mitchum sounded different from John Wayne, and John Wayne sounded different from Clark Gable. They were like men's voices, but they weren't Everyman, it was them." - Billy West

"I like Lil Wayne." - Joe Mauer

"No cowboys for Canada. Canada got Mounties instead - Dudley Do-Right, not John Wayne. It's a mind-set of "Here I come to save the day" versus "Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker." - Sarah Vowell

"Acting is about listening and reacting. John Wayne was right: Acting is just reacting. You don't have to do much - as long as you stay out of the way of others. That's why it works." - Anthony Hopkins

"That's what the movies do. They don't entertain us, they don't send the message: 'We care.' They give us lines to say, they assign us parts: John Wayne, Theda Bara, Shirley Temple, take your pick." - Connie Willis

"Heck, I drank no more than John Wayne or Ward Bond or Spencer Tracy or Alan Ladd or Robert Walker. But it got me into a lot more trouble." - John Agar

"So I live in Los Angeles, and it's kind of a goofy place. They have an airport named after John Wayne. That ought to explain it. It has a charming kind of superstitious innocence." - George Carlin

"Why Hollywood has killed so many movie stars with cigarette smoking, with the romanticization of it from John Wayne to Humphrey Bogart, all those people had cancer, died of it, and sold cigarettes their whole career." - Chris Hayes

"John Wayne was just a very conservative guy, who had not served in World War II, and he was defensive about that - he almost overcompensated his anti-Communism because of that reason." - Jay Roach

"John Wayne was never shy about that fervor, but because he was never overly zealous about his politics, and of course his status as a movie, he was embraced by both the right and the left." - Jay Roach

"When I was a kid going to the movies, we'd go because Bogart was in the movie, or Cagney, or John Wayne. We didn't know what the story was about or anything." - Dennis Farina

"I grew up with the television product being old Western serials like Roy Rogers, and John Wayne and Gary Cooper, and many others were my favorites when I was a young person going to films." - Steve Kanaly

"The Duke [John Wayne] was a massive figure. He looked like a heavy piece of hauled lumber, and it didn't seem like any man could stand shoulder to shoulder with him." - Bob Dylan

"I don't believe in that kind of American John Wayne individualism where people pull themselves up by their bootstraps. Someone changed your diapers. And if that's the case, you ain't self-made." - Michael Eric Dyson

"I made 'Rio Bravo' with John Wayne. It worked out pretty well and we both liked it, so a few years later we decided to make it again. Worked out pretty good that time, too." - Howard Hawks

"I loved cowboy movies when I was a kid. When I was five years old, I was already wearing a cowboy hat and suit. When I grew up, I knew John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Kirk Douglas and so on." - Jackie Chan

"I am the living death, a Memorial Day on wheels. I am your Yankee Doodle Dandy, your John Wayne come home, your Fourth of July firecracker exploding in the grave." - Ron Kovic

"This dazzling, unput-downable debut novel proves beyond a doubt that Dan Wells has the gift. His teenage protagonist is as chilling as he is endearing. More John Wayne Cleaver, please." - F. Paul Wilson

"I never went to a John Wayne movie to find a philosophy to live by or to absorb a profound message. I went for the simple pleasure of spending a couple of hours seeing the bad guys lose." - Mike Royko

"In the John Wayne movies, the Indians were savages that were trying to scalp you. That culture has really suffered because of the stereotype you see in those westerns." - Ricky Schroder

"I'm just glad that the whole John Wayne persona of a man is sort of old school now, because I'd never be able to do that. If that was the going rate today, I wouldn't be working." - Matthew Perry

"See, heroes never die. John Wayne isn't dead, Elvis isn't dead. Otherwise you don't have a hero. You can't kill a hero. That's why I never let him get older." - Mickey Spillane

"My dad was very much a John Wayne kind of guy, but he was also a great guy, great sense of humor, a real dedicated dad. I don't think he ever missed a hockey game I was in." - Denis Leary

"A lot of people... kind of make heroes that are separate from us, people who are, you know, like... John Wayne and Errol Flynn and, you know, Denzel Washington... people who are different, who are larger than life." - Walter Mosley

"God, I love John Cassavetes." - Angela Sarafyan

"I just shot John Lennon." - Mark David Chapman

"John Muir, Earth-planet, Universe." - John Muir

"I can't stand John McCain." - Harry Reid

"After my father had seen me in five or six things, he said, Son, your mother and I really enjoyed your recent film, and I must say that you're a lot like John Wayne. And I said, How so? And he said, Well, you're exactly the same in all your roles. Now, as a modern American actor, that's not what you want to hear. But for a guy who watched John Wayne movies and grew up in Iowa, it's a sterling compliment." - Dermot Mulroney

"Two of the great leaders of the past - Booker T. Washington and Frederick Douglass - had White fathers - who deserted them. Now Margo Jefferson, who is hard on me and the fellas, wrote in the Times that she has nocturnal, erotic fantasies about John Wayne. What's up with these feminists? Do you see these double standards these feminists have? They dream about John Wayne, but they're hard on us [Black men]." - Ishmael Reed

"I prefer the old masters, by which I mean John Ford, John Ford, and John Ford." - Orson Welles

"We [with John Logan] started talking about The Searchers, and then he went on to tell me a story about when he first met John Wayne, and he said, "Hey, you be me and I'll be Wayne," and I said, "No, let me be Wayne!" Anyway, it was a very pleasant conversation, it was clear to him that I was a big movie fan, and by the time I got home, there was a phone call, asking if I'd mind doing one scene in the movie [The Aviator]." - Brent Spiner

"I saw Ben Stiller's movie Walter Mitty [2013]; it's very beautiful. You look at some of the movies John Ford did with John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart, and then look at Remington and Ansel Adams, and I think you see a connection, certainly in the imagery of the West." - Owen Wilson

"My favorite rappers are Lil Wayne. I like Wayne." - Future

"Lil Wayne is the man." - Layzie Bone

"My musical tastes go from Zeppelin to Bob Dylan to Kanye West and Lil' Wayne. Anything modern and progressive." - Josh Hartnett

"I've always wanted to marry Elton John." - Barry Manilow

"I love everything John Carpenters ever done." - D J Cotrona

"The Tanakh says John Lennon is wrong." - Daniel Gordis

"John McCain has already tapped me" - Sarah Palin

"John McCain was a prisoner of war." - Fred Thompson

"Jeb Bush is the new John Connelly." - Chuck Todd

"London now has its own John Grisham." - Mark Billingham

"And that, said John, is that." - A A Milne

"I love everything John Carpenter's ever done." - D J Cotrona

"I only have one idol: John Lennon." - Michael Hirst

"It's not because John McCain doesn't care. It's because John McCain doesn't get it." - Barack Obama

"John McCain and I, and our camps, are working together to get John McCain elected." - Sarah Palin

"Most of the fans of John Lennon and maybe John and Yoko are younger than me." - Yoko Ono

"I adore John Mayer. I don't see how anything that surrounds John could be negative." - Jessica Simpson

"Of all the jaw-droppingly beautiful women who've become genuine movie stars, none has had a longer film career (62 years), has been filmed in Technicolor more often (34 times), has had a more versatile group of leading men (from John Wayne to John Candy) or has spent more time held captive on a pirate ship than our TCM Star of the Month for July, the magnificent red-headed Maureen O'Hara." - Robert Osborne

"Men still assume I must be like the girl I played in 'Emmanuelle.' John Wayne was never accused of killing people during his free time, but I'm forever stuck with the image of 'Emmanuelle.' The truth is, I should have got an Oscar for that role because I'm nothing like that woman." - Sylvia Kristel

"The guy you see on the screen is' really me. I'm Duke Morrison, and I never was and never will be a film personality like JOHN WAYNE . I know him well. I'm one of his closest students. I have to be. I made a living out of him." - John Wayne

"I'd like to be the John Wayne of the '90s. Not in terms of being the macho guy, but as a solid male leading character. Making an action-adventure comedy that kids can see with their families is a natural extension of what I did in wrestling." - Hulk Hogan

"It's better to fade away like an old soldier than to burn out. I don't appreciate worship of dead Sid Vicious or of dead James Dean or of dead John Wayne. It's the same thing. Making Sid Vicious a hero, Jim Morrison - it's garbage to me. I worship the people who survive. Gloria Swanson, Greta Garbo." - John Lennon

"There may be something in the fact that when I was a little kid I'd been told growing up that we had some degree of native American blood in us, I always found that a point of pride. So, when it came to cowboys and Indians I most certainly did not want to be John Wayne. I wanted to be one of the Indians." - Johnny Depp

"The Japanese couldn't have been all bad during World War II. Look at all the movies Hollywood was able to make on account of them. The Indians weren't the only bad guys. Thanks to the Japanese and Geronimo, John Wayne became a millionaire." - Pat Morita

"The guy you see on the screen isn't really me. I'm Duke Morrison, and I never was and never will be a film personality like JOHN WAYNE . I know him well. I'm one of his closest students. I have to be. I made a living out of him." - John Wayne

"I experienced Kabul with my brother the way Amir and Hassan do: long school days in the summer, kite fighting in the winter time, westerns with John Wayne at Cinema Park, big parties at our house in Wazir Akbar Khan, picnics in Paghman." - Khaled Hosseini

"Elvis was a hero to most but he never meant shit to me You see straight-up racist that sucker was Simple and plain Motherfuck him and John Wayne Cos I'm black and I'm proud I'm ready and hyped plus I'm amped Most of my heroes don't appear on no stamps." - Keith Shocklee

"A "name" no longer carries a film. People used to go to the cinema to see a "John Wayne film." And you don't have that thing happening now except in the rock world, which has taken the event out of movies." - Elizabeth Taylor

"All my heroes, I guess, like John Wayne and all those guys, they drank and they smoked and did all the manly things. It was expected of you. And now abstinence in all kinds of forms is a part of living. It's a pretty - I don't smoke anymore, I quit that 42 years ago" - Larry Hagman

"Oh my God... I worked with George C. Scott, way before 'Chips,' in 'The New Centurion.' I co-star in that movie. It was great working with him. I worked with Charlton Heston, Glenn Ford, Robert Mitchum. Stacy Each. The old Hollywood. I met John Wayne, and that was a thrill. I was working next door to him." - Erik Estrada

"I don't want any romantics to go into the military. I'm not a pacifist. I think we need a military, and the better one we have, the better off we are. I don't want kids going in there thinking that it's John Wayne on Iwo Jima. That's not healthy." - Karl Marlantes

"You know for years before the notion of sequels, actors were the franchise. John Wayne would rarely do sequels, but he kind of played the same guy with a different name in every movie. I have no problem with using actors as franchises. And that's what is fun to do." - Joel Silver

"The buried code of many American films has become: If I kill you, I have won and you have lost. The instinctive ethical code of traditional Hollywood, the code by which characters like James Stewart, John Wayne and Henry Fonda lived, has been lost." - Roger Ebert

"Growing up in Texas and Oklahoma, Ben Johnson was more famous than John Wayne to some of us. I knew him. I worked with him on a low budget film years ago, and we'd sit around at night while waiting for a shot." - Bill Paxton

"With John Wayne Gacy - the serial killer who dressed up as a clown - there's just something about clowns I don't trust. I don't think they're particularly funny. They're a little spooky. Not my sense of humor, I don't laugh at clowns." - Allison Janney

"When I first joined SAG, there was another John Reilly. My dad was John Reilly, too, but growing up I was John John. Nobody in life calls me John C. It's more like, 'Hey you, Step Brother!'" - John C Reilly

"Wayne put me right here, that's who I get the paper wit. I hope that my success never alters our relationship." - Drake

"I like to watch good football so I like to watch good players. I like Cristiano Ronaldo, Andres Iniesta, Xavi and Wayne Rooney." - Neymar

"I'd really like to have my own style of game and be known as Jason Spezza, not a Mario Lemieux or Wayne Gretzky 'clone.'" - Jason Spezza

"Lil Wayne is a music god!!!!" - Jamie Foxx

"I've got the utmost respect for Wayne." - Juvenile

"To John I owed great obligation: But John unhandsomely thought fit To publish it to all the nation; Sure John and I are more than quit." - Matthew Prior

"[When asked which film directors he most admired:] I like the old masters, by which I mean John Ford, John Ford, and John Ford." - Orson Welles

"John Cryan and I worked together at UBS, and I think John is one smart, hardworking individual, and I wouldn't bet against John. I wish him well." - Ken Moelis

"To John I owed great obligation; But John, unhappily, thought fit To publish it to all the nation: Sure John and I are more than quit." - Matthew Prior

"My brother was the prototype for 'Wayne Arnold.' There's a lot of Scott Hervey in Wayne." - Jason Hervey

"What TV was to John Kennedy, Facebook is to Obama." - Daniel Lyons

"Little Willie John is the soul singer's soul singer." - Marvin Gaye

"John Floridis was very inspiring. He plays so well." - Shawn Colvin

"Alastair Moock is the second coming of John Prine." - Ellis Paul

"John Kerry is a sphincter. Okay, that's a bit juvenile." - Jonah Goldberg

"John Terry wears his shirt on his sleeve" - Ray Parlour

"[John] Belushi was an extreme experience even by my standards." - Keith Richards

"Three more saves and he ties John the Baptist." - Hank Greenwald

"I'm John Kerry, and I'm reporting for duty," - John F Kerry

"God - the John Doe of philosophy and religion." - Elbert Hubbard

"My favorite short-story writer is John Cheever" - Irwin Shaw

"It's headed away by John Clark, using his head." - Derek Rae

"John McEnroe has hair like badly turned broccoli." - Clive James



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