“Life is hard. It’s harder when you’re stupid.”
I love this quote. I’ve heard both versions attributed to John Wayne. But I first become suspicious over the Christmas break when I tossed out this quote and my father-in-law had never heard it. He has painting of John Wayne on his walls and actual quotes from the Duke on his refrigerator. It cast serious doubt in my mind when he said “No, I never… no I don’t think he ever said that.”
“This life’s hard, man, but it’s harder if you’re stupid!”
That line is from the 1973 film The Friends of Eddie Coyle. The star of the film is Robert Mitchum, but he didn’t deliver the line. John Wayne isn’t even in it.
I love the quote, and will probably continue to use it. Since I went around doing it myself I will not make reference to talking about stupidity while misquoting famous American actors. It is ironic. But if I use the quote and every now and then someone asks “John Wayne, right?” What’s a guy to do?