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Watergate is a sad and tragic incident in our history. They were wrong, dead wrong, those men at Watergate. Men abused power, but the system still works. Men abused money, but the system still works. Men lied and perjured themselves, but the system still . -- John Wayne
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Nobody should come to the movies unless he believes in heroes. -- John Wayne
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My main object in making a motion picture is entertainment. If at the same time I can strike a blow for liberty, then I'll stick one in. -- John Wayne
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You don't have to fight to be brave. Millions of good, fine, decent folks show more bravery than heavyweight champs just by getting out of bed every morning, going out to do a good day's work and living the best life they know how against the law of odds. -- John Wayne
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I was ashamed to admit I was hipped to the idea of acting. That's why I started in with the props. -- John Wayne
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The fire is not discriminating. It burns anything in its path for whatever reason. -- John Wayne
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Thanking people is dangerous business. A name always slips your mind. -- John Wayne
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Life's tough. It's even tougher when you are stupid. -- John Wayne
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The hyphenated American is ridiculous. But that's what we have to put up with. I think that any person that's in the United States is better off here than they would be where they came from. -- John Wayne
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My favorite four-letter words are 'hard work'. -- John Wayne
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When you come to see a picture of mine, I want you to know that I'm not going to do anything that will make you uncomfortable. I want you to know that you won't be disappointed in me. -- John Wayne
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Courage is being afraid and going on the journey anyhow. -- John Wayne
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When I was a sophomore at USC, I was a socialist, pretty much to the left. But not when I left the university. I quickly got wise. I'd read about what had happened to Russia in 1917 when the Communists took over. -- John Wayne
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You're going to think I'm being corny, but this is how I really feel: I hope my family and my friends will be able to say that I was an honest, kind and fairly decent man. -- John Wayne
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I eat as much as I ever did, I drink more than I should, and my sex life is none of your goddamned business. -- John Wayne
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A man's got to have a code, a creed to live by, no matter his job. -- John Wayne
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I was sure I'd set the world on fire, and it was hard for a young feller like me to realize the truth - that I hadn't set the world on fire, and I was totally unprepared to handle the consequences if 'The Big Trail' had been a success and launched me as a star. -- John Wayne
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Any man who'd make an X-rated movie ought to have to take his daughter to see it. -- John Wayne
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I don't feel we did wrong in taking this great country away from them. There were great numbers of people who needed new land, and the Indians were
selfishly trying to keep it for themselves. -- John Wayne
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Life is hard; It's even harder if you're stupid. -- John Wayne
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If a man says, "I'll call you," and he doesn't, he didn't forget ... he didn't lose your number ... he didn't die. He just didn't want to call you. -- John Wayne
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We built your fort. We will not have it used against us. -- John Wayne
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I have tried to live my life so that my family would love me and my friends respect me. The others can do whatever the hell they please. -- John Wayne
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Male menopause is a lot more fun than female menopause. With female menopause you gain weight and get hot flashes. Male menopause ? you get to date young girls and drive motorcycles. -- John Wayne
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When you stop fighting, that's death. -- John Wayne
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Everybody that I was in school with had an uncle or father in the law, and I started to realize that I was going to end up writing briefs for about ten years for these fellows who I thought I was smarter than. And I was kind of losing my feeling for that. -- John Wayne
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I believe humor nullifies violence. -- John Wayne
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Out here a man settles his own problems. -- John Wayne
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When the road looks rough ahead, remember the 'Man upstairs'
and the word HOPE.
Hang onto both and 'tough it out'. -- John Wayne
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All men hate to hear "We need to talk about our relationship." These seven words strike fear in the heart of even General Schwartzkopf. -- John Wayne
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I don't have to assert my virility. I think my career has shown that I'm not exactly a pantywaist. But I do take pride in my work, even to the point of being the first one on the set in the morning. I'm a professional. -- John Wayne
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My hope and prayer is that everyone know and love our country for what she really is and what she stands for. -- John Wayne
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It's kind of a sad thing when a normal love of country makes you a super patriot. I do think we have a pretty wonderful country, and I thank God that He chose me to live here. -- John Wayne
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Women have the right to work wherever they want, as long as they have the dinner ready when you get home. -- John Wayne
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Getting rid of a man without hurting his masculinity is a problem. "Get out" and "I never want to see you again" might sound like a challenge. If you want to get rid of a man, I suggest saying, "I love you ... I want to marry you ... I want to have your children." Sometimes they leave skid marks. -- John Wayne
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Sure I wave the American flag. Do you know a better flag to wave? Sure I love my country with all her faults. I'm not ashamed of that, never have been, never will be. -- John Wayne
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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
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All the screen cowboys behaved like real gentlemen. They didn't drink, they didn't smoke. When they knocked the bad guy down, they always stood with their fists up, waiting for the heavy to get back on his feet. I decided I was going to drag the bad guy to his feet and keep hitting him. -- John Wayne
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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. -- John Wayne
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A man is no better than he has to be. -- John Wayne
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I stick to simple themes. Love. Hate. No nuances. I stay away from psychoanalyst's couch scenes. Couches are good for one thing. -- John Wayne
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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
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I've made over 250 pictures and have never shot a guy in the back. Change it. -- John Wayne
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The reason there are so many stupid people is because it's illegal to kill them. -- John Wayne
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Slap some bacon on a biscuit and let's go! We're burnin' daylight! -- John Wayne
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The West - the very words go straight to that place of the heart where Americans feel the spirit of pride in their western heritage - the triumph of personal courage over any obstacle, whether nature or man. -- John Wayne
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I'm an American actor. I work with my clothes on. I have to. Riding a horse can be pretty tough on your legs and elsewheres. -- John Wayne
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Healthy, lusty sex is wonderful. -- John Wayne
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Of course I know who you are. You're my girl. I love you. -- John Wayne
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Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It's perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we've learned something from yesterday. -- John Wayne
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Very few of the so-called liberals are open-minded ... They shout you down and won't let you speak if you disagree with them. -- John Wayne
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I don't want ever to appear in a film that would embarrass a viewer. A man can take his wife, mother, and his daughter to one of my movies and never be ashamed or embarrassed for going. -- John Wayne
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Life is tough, but it's tougher when you're stupid. -- John Wayne
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A man oughta do what he thinks is best. -- John Wayne
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Life is tough pilgrim, it is even tougher if you're stupid -- John Wayne
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This kind of war, you've gotta believe in what you're fighting for. -- John Wayne
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But don't get me wrong. As far as a man and a woman is concerned, I'm awfully happy there's a thing called sex. It's an extra something God gave us. I see no reason why it shouldn't be in pictures. Healthy, lusty sex is wonderful. -- John Wayne
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I'm not the sort to back away from a fight. I don't believe in shrinking from anything. It's not my speed; I'm a guy who meets adversities head on. -- John Wayne
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Nobody ever saw a cowboy on the psychiatrist's couch. -- John Wayne
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Never apologize, mister, it's a sign of weakness. -- John Wayne
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If you've got them by the balls their hearts and minds will follow. -- John Wayne
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I read someplace that I used to make B-pictures. Hell, they were a lot farther down the alphabet than that ... but not as far down as R and X. I think any man who makes an X-rated picture ought to be made to take his own daughter to see it. -- John Wayne
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Life is hard; it's harder if you're stupid. -- John Wayne
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Seen better fights than this at a prayer meeting. -- John Wayne
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COWBOYS, just like the word says. -- John Wayne
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Jesus Christ! I would crawl over the mountains of Beverly Hills on my hands and knees if I could do a movie with Doris Day! -- John Wayne
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All battles are fought by scared men who'd rather be some place else. -- John Wayne
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I've had three wives, six children and six grandchildren and I still don't understand women -- John Wayne
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A friend of mine told me to shoot first and ask questions later. I was going to ask him why, but I had to shoot him. -- John Wayne
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I am a demonstrative man, a baby picker-upper, a hugger and a kisser
that's my nature. -- John Wayne
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There's right and there's wrong. Y'gotta do one or the other. Do the other and you may be walking around, but you're dead as a beaver hat. -- John Wayne
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Paul Newman would have been a much more important star if he hadn't always tried to be an anti-hero, to show the human feet of clay. -- John Wayne
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There's been no top authority saying what marijuana does to you. I really don't know that much about it. I tried it once but it didn't do anything to me. -- John Wayne
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I never killed a man I didn't have to. -- John Wayne
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Let's say I hope that I appeal to the more carefree times in a person's life rather than to his reasoning adulthood. I'd just like to be an image that reminds someone of joy rather than of the problems of the world. -- John Wayne
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In my acting, I have to identify with something in the character. The big tough boy on the side of right - that's me. Simple themes. Same me from the nuances. All I do is sell sincerity and I've been selling the hell out of that ever since I started. -- John Wayne
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You're short on ears and long on mouth. -- John Wayne
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Get off your butt and join the Marines! -- John Wayne
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Real art is basic emotion. If a scene is handled with simplicity - and I don't mean simple - it'll be good, and the public will know it. -- John Wayne
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I want to play a real man in all my films, and I define manhood simply:
men should be tough, fair, and courageous, never petty,
never looking for a fight, but never backing down from one either. -- John Wayne
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I never trust a man that doesn't drink. -- John Wayne
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If everything isn't black and white, I say, 'Why the hell not?' -- John Wayne
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Courage is being scared to death - and saddling up anyway"
"A goal, A love and A dream give you total control over your body and your life -- John Wayne
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Republic ... it means people can live free, talk free, go or come, buy or sell, be drunk or sober, however they choose. -- John Wayne
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If I depended on the critics' judgment and recognition, I'd never have gone into the motion-picture business. -- John Wayne
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I've always followed my father's advice: he told me, first to always keep my word and, second, to never insult anybody unintentionally. If I insult you, you can be goddamn sure I intend to. And, third, he told me not to go around looking for trouble. -- John Wayne
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Life is tough, but if you are stupid, it's a lot tougher. -- John Wayne
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I'm sure we can talk things out like civilized people. -- John Wayne
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Westerns are closer to art than anything else in the motion picture business. -- John Wayne
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In westerns, you meet a hardy bunch of characters. There is no jealousy on such pictures. -- John Wayne
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Ahh, women! I never met one yet that was half as reliable as a horse! -- John Wayne
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I drink for comradeship, and when I drink for comradeship, I don't bother to keep count. -- John Wayne
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I'd like to know why well-educated idiots keep apologizing for lazy and complaining people who think the world owes them a living. -- John Wayne
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I play John Wayne in every part regardless of the character, and I've been doing okay, haven't I? -- John Wayne
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The only thing they can get me for is running a funeral parlor without a license. -- John Wayne
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America is the land of freedom and that's the way I enjoy living. -- John Wayne
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I am an old-fashioned, honest-to-goodness, flag waving patriot. -- John Wayne
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Life is getting up one more time than you've been knocked down. -- John Wayne
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Most men hate to shop. That's why the men's department is usually on the first floor of a department store, two inches from the door. -- John Wayne
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True grit is making a decision and standing by it, doing what must be done. -- John Wayne
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Just one more question, Pilgrim. How far up your ass do you want my boot? -- John Wayne
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That's why men need instant replays in sports. They've already forgotten what happened. -- John Wayne
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I would like to be remembered, well ... the Mexicans have a phrase, "Feo fuerte y formal". Which means he was ugly, strong and had dignity. -- John Wayne
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Life's hard. It's even harder when you're stupid. -- John Wayne
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Out here, due process is a bullet. -- John Wayne
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I never shot nobody I didnt have to. -- John Wayne
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You have to be a man before you can be a gentleman. -- John Wayne
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Nothing is so discouraging to an actor than to have to work for long hours upon hours in brightly lighted interior sets. -- John Wayne
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Republic. I like the sound of the word. -- John Wayne
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Courage is being scared to death, but saddling up anyway. -- John Wayne
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When you come slam bang up against trouble, it never looks half as bad if you face up to it. -- John Wayne
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It's getting to be ri-goddamn-diculous. -- John Wayne
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Senator Joseph McCarthy was one of the greatest Americans who ever lived. -- John Wayne
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We're burnin' daylight. -- John Wayne
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I'm the stuff men are made of! -- John Wayne
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Oscar and I have something in common. Oscar first came to Hollywood scene in 1928. So did I. We're both a little weather-beaten, but we're still here and plan to be around for a whole lot longer. -- John Wayne
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Hell, the truth is that I was named after a dog! -- John Wayne
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I didn't vote for him, but he's my President, and I hope he does a good job. -- John Wayne
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Government has no wealth, and when a politician promises to give you something for nothing, he must first confiscate that wealth from you
either by direct taxes, or by the cruelly indirect tax of inflation. -- John Wayne
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I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people, and I require the same from them."

- J.B Books in The Shootist 1976, directed by Don Siegel -- John Wayne
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A man ought to do what he thinks is right -- John Wayne
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One look that works is better than twenty lines of dialogue. -- John Wayne
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Talk low, Talk slow, and Don't say too much. -- John Wayne
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Drop that or I'll blow ya straight to Jesus. -- John Wayne
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I'd read up on the history of our country and I'd become fascinated with the story of the Alamo. To me it represented the fight for freedom, not just in America, but in all countries. -- John Wayne
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TRUE Courage is when you are scared to death and STILL saddle up and ride in! -- John Wayne
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Well, there are some things a man just can't run away from. -- John Wayne
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I'm a greedy old man. Life's been good to me, and I want some more of it. -- John Wayne
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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. -- John Wayne
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Contrary to what people think, I'm no politician, and when I have something to say I say it through my movies. -- John Wayne
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All I'm for is the liberty of the individual. -- John Wayne
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Cause even grown men need understanding. -- John Wayne
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General MacArthur told me, "You represent the American serviceman better than the American serviceman himself." -- John Wayne
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My folks always let me go to the movies every Saturday. We were really motion-picture goers. -- John Wayne
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Life is tough, but it's tougher if you're stupid. -- John Wayne
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Communism is quite obviously still a threat. Yes, they are human beings, with a right to their point of view ... -- John Wayne
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Get off your horse and drink your milk. -- John Wayne
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Give the American people a good cause, and there's nothing they can't lick. -- John Wayne
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A man deserves a second chance, but keep an eye on him. -- John Wayne
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It rankles me when somebody tries to force somebody to do something. -- John Wayne
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I've loved reading all my life. -- John Wayne
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A man's got to do what a man's got to do. -- John Wayne
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Fear is just one of the many words I don't know the meaning of. -- John Wayne