"Life is hard; it's harder if you're stupid."
"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."
"A man's got to do what a man's got to do"
"I eat as much as I ever did, I drink more than I should, and my sex life is none of your goddamned business."
"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."
"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."
"Look, I`m sure there have been inequalities. If those inequalities are presently affecting any of the Indians now alive, they have a right to a court hearing. But what happened 100 years ago in out country can`t be blamed on us today."
"You can`t eat awards -- nor, more to the point, drink `em."
"Screw ambiguity. Perversion and corruption masquerade as ambiguity. I don`t trust ambiguity."
"I`m a progressive thinker, even though I`m not in the liberal strain."
"We must always look to the future. Tomorrow - the time that gives a man just one more chance - is one of the many things that I feel are wonderful in life."
"You can`t whine and bellyache because somebody else got a good break and you didn`t."
[on why he never wrote an autobiography]
"Those who like me already know me, and those who don`t like me wouldn`t want to read about me anyway."
"God, how I hate solemn funerals. When I die, take me into a room and burn me. Then my family and a few good friends should get together, have a few good belts, and talk about the crazy old time we all had together."
"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."
"When people say a John Wayne picture got bad reviews, I always wonder if they know it`s a redundant sentence, but hell, I don`t care. People like my pictures and that`s all that counts."
"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."
"My main object in making a motion picture is entertainment."
"A man`s got to have a code, a creed to live by, no matter his job."
"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."
"When you come slam bang up against trouble, it never looks half as bad if you face up to it."
"Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway."