Western Wednesday: John Wayne Quotes

John-Wayne-PaintingToday at MontanaWriter we begin a new feature: Western Wednesday. Each Wednesday we will highlight all things western: movies, books, art, blogs, history.

For the inaugural Western Wednesday, what better place to begin than highlighting some of the best quotes from John Wayne… beginning with my all-time favorite Duke quote from his last film, The Shootist.

If I missed any of your personal favorites, please let me know.



“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.”  – The Shootist

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

“Sorry don’t get it done, Dude.” – Rio Bravo

“Don’t apologize—it’s a sign of weakness.” – She Wore a Yellow Ribbon

“Out here a man settles his own problems.” – The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

“Whoa, take ‘er easy there, Pilgrim.”  – The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

“Now you understand. Anything goes wrong, anything at all… your fault, my fault, nobody’s fault… it don’t matter…I’m gonna blow your head off. It’s as simple as that.” – Big Jake

“All battles are fought by scared men who’d rather be some place else.” – In Harm’s Way

“I haven’t lost my temper in 40 years; but, Pilgrim, you caused a lot of trouble this morning; might have got somebody killed; and somebody oughta belt you in the mouth. But I won’t. I won’t. The hell I won’t!” – McLintock

“Well, son, since you haven’t learned to respect your elders, it’s time you learned to respect your betters.” – Big Jake

“We’re burnin’ daylight.” – The Cowboys

“I’m thirty years older than you are. I had my back broke once, and my hip twice. And on my worst day I could beat the hell out of you. “ – The Cowboys

“I’m lookin’ at a tin star with a… drunk pinned on it.” – El Dorado

“ I don’t believe in surrenders. Nope, I’ve still got my saber, Reverend. Didn’t beat it into no plowshare, neither.”– The Searchers

“If anyone tries to cross that river before we’re out of sight- baptize ‘em.” – The Train Robbers

“Life’s hard. It’s even harder when you’re stupid.” – (source unknown)

“Talk low, Talk slow, and Don’t say too much.”  – (advice on acting)


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