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A collection of quotes and sayings by John Ford on director, movies, biography, thoughts, revenge, cowboy, actor, train, Hollywood, art, eyes, picture and executioner.

28 Noteworthy Quotes By John Ford

Famous As: Film Director & Producer
Born On: February 1, 1894
Died On: August 31, 1973
Born In: Cape Elizabeth
Died At Age: 79
John Ford was an illustrious American film director renowned for his adaptations of classical 20th century American novels like ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ and also for Westerns, such as ‘The Searchers’, ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’ and ‘Stagecoach’. He also holds the feat of winning four ‘Academy Awards’ for best director which till date remains a record. In a career of more than five decades, he directed more than140 movies. He is considered as one of the most influential and important filmmakers of his time. In his films, he frequently used long shoots and location shooting. Here is a treasure trove of quotes and sayings by John Ford which have been corralled from his works, thoughts, populace utterances, movies, dialogues, interviews and life. Go through the quotes and thoughts by John Ford which are frequently quoted.

Revenge proves its own executioner.

John Ford

Anybody can direct a picture once they know the fundamentals. Directing is not a mystery, it's not an art. The main thing about directing is: photograph the people's eyes.

John Ford

You can speak well if your tongue can deliver the message of your heart.

John Ford

I didn't show up at the ceremony to collect any of my first three Oscars. Once I went fishing, another time there was a war on, and on another occasion, I remember, I was suddenly taken drunk.

John Ford

I like, as a director and a spectator, simple, direct, frank films. Nothing disgusts me more than snobbism, mannerism, technical gratuity... and, most of all, intellectualism.

John Ford

I am... a mushroom; On whom the dew of heaven drops now and then.

John Ford

When in doubt, make a western.

John Ford

Who better than an Irishman can understand the Indians, while still being stirred by tales of the US cavalry?

John Ford

To be quite blunt, I make pictures for money, to pay the rent.There are some great artists in the business. I am not one of them.

John Ford

Love is the tyrant of the heart; it darkens Reason, confounds discretion; deaf to Counsel It runs a headlong course to desperate madness.

John Ford

Tell us, pray, what devil This melancholy is, which can transform Men into monsters.

John Ford

A bachelor May thrive by observation on a little, A single life's no burthen: but to draw In yokes is chargeable, and will require A double maintenance.

John Ford

What is done, is done: Spend not the time in tears, but seek for justice.

John Ford

Electronics is clearly the winner of the day.

John Ford

Diamonds cut diamonds.

John Ford

I love making pictures but I don't like talking about them.

John Ford

Physicians are the cobblers, rather the botchers, of men's bodies; as the one patches our tattered clothes, so the other solders our diseased flesh.

John Ford

Melancholy Is not, as you conceive, indisposition Of body, but the mind's disease.

John Ford

Truth is child of Time.

John Ford

Let them fear bondage who are slaves to fear; the sweetest freedom is an honest heart.

John Ford

Busy opinion is an idle fool.

John Ford

Love is a tyrant, resisted.

John Ford

It is easier to get an actor to be a cowboy than to get a cowboy to be an actor.

John Ford

Revenge proves itself to be its own executioner.

John Ford

They are the silent griefs which cut the heart-strings.

John Ford

The main thing about directing is: photograph the people's eyes.

John Ford

Alas, poor gentleman, He look’d not like the ruins of his youth But like the ruins of those ruins.

John Ford

I am a mushroom On whom the dew of heaven drops now and then.

John Ford