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Communication, Motivation

18 Inspirational Quotes By John Wayne

Written by Cheryle Ramos
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John “Duke” Wayne, originally Marion Robert Morrison, is an enduring American icon. Born in Winterset, Iowa. He is one of the most popular film actors of the 20th century. He died in 1979. Here are 15 notable quotes from John Wayne’s life experiences:

Courage and Bravery

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

2. “You know, pity isn’t for me.”

3. “Don’t pick a fight, but if you find yourself in one I suggest you make damn sure you win.”

4. “When you stop fighting, that’s death.”

5. “When you come slam bang up against trouble, it never looks half as bad if you face up to it.”


6.  “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.”

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

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


9. “A man’s got to do what a man’s got to do.”

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

11. “A man oughta do what he thinks is right.”

12. “Well, there are some things a man just can’t run away from.”

13. “Out here a man settles his own problems.”

14. “Words are what men live by… words they say and mean.”


15. “I’d like to know why well-educated idiots keep apologizing for lazy and complaining people who think the world owes them a living.”

16. “Life is tough, but it’s tougher if you’re stupid.”

17. “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.”

18. “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.”

Featured photo credit: John Wayne via theredlist.com

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