15 John Wayne Quotes to Tip Your Hat To

Marion Robert Morrison (May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), professionally known by people all over the world as John Wayne, was an acclaimed American actor and all-around icon. Wayne starred in movies that were produced throughout Hollywood’s infamous “Golden Age.” He arguably made his biggest splash in Western and war movies. His career really skyrocketed during the era of silent films in the 1920s. He would end up appearing in 179 film and television productions. Throughout the films Wayne starred in, and the interviews he appeared in, he left the world with many unforgettable quotes. We’ll now take a look at some of his most legendary quotes.

1. On courage

“Courage is being scared to death and saddling up anyway.”

2. On always learning

“Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday.”

3. On individuality

“All I’m for is the liberty of the individual.”

4. On Western movie characters

“In westerns, you meet a hardy bunch of characters. There is no jealousy on such pictures.”

5. On second chances

“A man deserves a second chance, but keep an eye on him.”

6. On self-respect

“I won’t be wronged. I won’t be insulted. I won’t be laid a hand on. I don’t do these things to other people and I require the same from them.”

7. On living with a creed

“A man’s got to have a code, a creed to live by.”

8. On the secret of success

“What’s the secret of success? Right decisions. How do you make a right decision? Experience. How do you get experience? Wrong decisions.”

9. On sincerity

“I suppose my best attribute, if you want to call it that, is sincerity. I can sell sincerity because that’s the way I am.”

10. On not talking too much

“Talk low, talk slow and don’t say too much.”

11. On working long hours as an actor

“Nothing is so discouraging to an actor than to have to work for long hours upon hours in brightly lighted interior sets.”

12. On not listening

“You’re short on ears and long on mouth.”

13. On never giving up

“Life is getting up one more time than you’ve been knocked down.”

14. On seizing the moment

“Hurry it up. We’re burning daylight.”

15. On the value of dignity

“You can take everything a man has as long as you leave him his dignity.”

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