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John Wayne Quotes and John Wayne Sound Clips

Below are John Wayne quotes and sound clips from some of his best known movies.

The movie quotes are sound clips in wav format. Lower on this same page, below the movie quotes / sound clips, you can find some quotes from John Wayne the man, the inscription that is on his tombstone, and a brief biography.

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Below: John Wayne in a publicity photo from the movie "The Comancheros."

John Wayne image from the movie The Comancheros

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John Wayne Quotes / Sound Clips

True Grit

"True Grit" (1969). Starring John Wayne, Glen Campbell, and Kim Darby. Directed by Henry Hathaway.

"You are a lot of trouble." 16.60kb

"You do and it'll be the biggest mistake you ever made you Texas brushpopper." 54.21kb

"Young fella, if you're lookin' for trouble I'll accommodate ya." 46.40kb

"Fill your hand you &%#@!." 33.09 kb  Note: This is not a "G" rated clip

"I never shot nobody I didn't have to." 29kb


"McLintock" (1963). Starring John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Patrick Wayne, and Stefanie Powers. Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen.

"Don't say it's a fine morning or I'll shoot ya." 8kb

"I don't give jobs, I hire men." 81kb

"I may save you the trouble." 47kb

"Somebody oughta belt you in the mouth.
But I won't, I won't, the hell I won't."

"I give you my solemn word." 51kb

"I can't help this stupid look." 41kb

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Big Jake

"Big Jake" (1971). Starring John Wayne, Richard Boone, Patrick Wayne, Christopher Mitchum, Bruce Cabot, and Maureen O'Hara. Directed by George Sherman.

"Well, son, since you haven't learned to respect your elders, it's time you learned to respect your betters." 143kb

"I'm not worried about your butt!" 45kb

"Well, if you can shoot that far, quarter of a mile straight along the edge of my nose is a mountain buck. Shoot it." 165kb

"Have you ever been to Nacogdoches?" 57kb

"That's for scarin' me outa ten years of my life, which I can't spare." 105kb

"That's good shootin'." 45kb

"That would cause me great annoyance and displeasure." 79kb

"There's two reason to kill - survival and meat. We need meat." 131kb

"You must figure I'm a reeaal dangerous man." 81kb

"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." 295kb


"Chisum" (1970). Starring John Wayne, Ben Johnson, Forrest Tucker, and Glenn Corbett. Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen.

"A black sheep in the family, no doubt." 49kb

"You two are gonna hang." 41kb

"He's a gutless wonder." 37kb

"I'm comin' to see you." 57kb

"Might be a pleasure." 33kb

"Well, I don't favor talkin' to vermin, but I'll talk to you just this once." 109kb

"Well, we do exactly what we started out do do." 63kb

The Cowboys

"The Cowboys" (1972). Starring John Wayne, Roscoe Lee Brown, and Bruce Dern. Directed by Mark Rydell.

"I wouldn't make it a habit of calling me that, son." 20kb

The Shootist

"The Shootist" (1976). Starring John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Ron Howard, James Stewart, and Richard Boone. Directed by Don Siegel.

"I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted..." 112kb

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

"The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" (1962). Starring John Wayne, James Stewart, Vera Miles, and Lee Marvin. Directed by John Ford.

"I think you're bluffin'." 46kb

"You're awwwful pretty when you get mad." 58kb

"You better start packin' a handgun." 7kb

"You better listen." 23kb

"You talk too much, think too much." 10kb

Donovan's Reef

"Ya fresh kid, I oughta belt ya." 45.92kb


"Where did you find these peckerwoods?!" 47kb

"I'll hunt ya down and kill ya." 16.76kb

"You're gonna get accidentally shot." 21.40kb

John Wayne Quotes

"Talk low, talk slow, and don't say too much."
Reportedly, this quote was an acting tip from John Wayne to fellow actor Michael Caine.

"All battles are fought by scared men who’d rather be some place else."

"Any man who'd make an X-rated movie ought to have to take his daughter to see it."

"Courage is being scared to death - and saddling up anyway."

"Life is hard. It’s even harder if you’re stupid."
A similar version of this same quote is:
"Life is tough. It's even tougher if you're stupid."

"I’m responsible only for what I say, not what you understand."

"I am a demonstrative man, a baby picker-upper, a hugger and a kisser. That’s my nature."

"A man deserves a second chance, but keep an eye on him."

"If everything isn’t black and white, I say, 'Why the hell not?'"

Inscription on Mr. Wayne's headstone:
"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 learnt something from yesterday."

About John Wayne

John Wayne (born Marion Morrison, May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979) is such an iconic American legend that his name has become synonymous with courage, integrity, heroism, America, and standing up for what is right.

Born in Winterset, Iowa in 1907, he moved to California at an early age with his family. After graduating high school he attended the University of Southern California on an athletic scholarship, playing football until a surfing injury caused his retirement from athletics and subsequently lost him his scholarship.

However, while still attending college he had begun working at local film studios, where he was able to begin picking up bit parts in various movies.

John Wayne's movie career moved forward steadily for several years. He made more than 70 movies, including a long list of low-budget Westerns, before being cast as the Ringo Kid in the 1939 Western "Stagecoach." It was his breakout role.

While his career had its ups and downs from that point until his last film ("The Shootist" in 1976), his triumphs far exceeded the low spots. While starring in and excelling at numerous roles, John Wayne became best known as the quintessential movie cowboy and war hero, and one of the best recognized symbols of America at home and abroad.


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