John Wayne

(Marion Mitchell Morrison)

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The whites didn’t really steal the land, because the Indians were selfishly trying to keep it for themselves Minorities & Women ;Capitalism
You’ve got the strongest hand in the world, the hand that marks the ballot, the hand that pulls the voting lever. Use it, will ya? Use it!” Voters, Voting & Elections
All I'm for is the liberty of the individual.
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.
Courage is being scared to death... and saddling up anyway. Death
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.
Get off your butt and join the Marines!
Get off your horse and drink your milk.
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.
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.
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.
I was ashamed to admit I was hipped to the idea of acting. That's why I started in with the props.
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. Truth ;Success
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. History ;Freedom & Liberty
If everything isn't black and white, I say, 'Why the hell not?'
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.
In westerns, you meet a hardy bunch of characters. There is no jealousy on such pictures.
I've loved reading all my life. Life
Life is tough, but it's tougher if you're stupid. Life
My folks always let me go to the movies every Saturday. We were really motion-picture goers. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Nobody should come to the movies unless he believes in heroes. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Nothing is so discouraging to an actor than to have to work for long hours upon hours in brightly lighted interior sets. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
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. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Talk low, talk slow and don't say too much.
Tomorrow hopes we have learned something from yesterday. Hope
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. Life ;Inspiration
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.
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.

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