I never trust a man that doesn't drink.
(at Harvard in 1974, on being asked whether then-President Richard Nixon ever advised him on the making of his films) No, they've all been successful.
(on presenting the Best Picture Oscar in 1979) Oscar and I have something in common. Oscar first came to the Hollywood scene in 1928. So did I. We're both a little weatherbeaten, but we're still here and plan to be around for a whole lot longer.
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.
(When asked if he believed in God) There must be some higher power or how else does all this stuff work?
(Time Magazine interview, 1969) I would like to be remembered, well . . . the Mexicans have a phrase, "Feo fuerte y formal". Which means he was ugly, strong and had dignity.
(poem, "The Sky", he read on his 1969 "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" (1968) appearance) The sky is blue, the grass is green. Get off your ass and join the Marines.
(upon accepting his Oscar for True Grit (1969)) If I'd known this was all it would take, I'd have put that eyepatch on 40 years ago.
I'm an American actor. I work with my clothes on. I have to. Riding a horse can be pretty tough on your legs and elsewheres.
(on Native Americans:) 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.
When I started, I knew I was no actor and I went to work on this Wayne thing. It was as deliberate a projection as you'll ever see. I figured I needed a gimmick, so I dreamed up the drawl, the squint and a way of moving meant to suggest that I wasn't looking for trouble but would just as soon throw a bottle at your head as not. I practiced in front of a mirror
Communism is quite obviously still a threat. Yes, they are human beings, with a right to their point of view . . .
(on being asked about his "phony hair" at Harvard in 1974) It's not phony. It's real hair. Of course, it's not mine, but it's real.
I never had a goddamn artistic problem in my life, never, and I've worked with the best of them. John Ford isn't exactly a bum, is he? Yet he never gave me any manure about art. He just made movies and that's what I do.
God-damn, I'm the stuff men are made of!
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