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From The Shootist (1979)

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Quotes of the Day for 26 May 2002 – John Wayne

Marion Michael Morrison was born at Winterset, Iowa on this day in 1907. Small and shy, the bullies teased him about his name. His Airedale followed him to school, but as dogs weren't allowed at school he left "Duke" at a local fire station. The firefighters had trouble remembering Marion's name, so the dog became Little Duke and the boy was Big Duke. In school he worked moving sets for a movie studio, when he first appeared on film the studio game him yet a third name: John Wayne.

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The quotes:

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 goddam sure I intend to. And, third, he told me not to go around looking for trouble.

Perversion and corruption masquerade as ambiguity. I don't like ambiguity. I don't trust ambiguity.

Talk low, talk slow, and don't say too much.

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

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.
     - All today's quotes are from John Wayne, 1907 - 1979

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