Clint Eastwood’S 10 Best Quotes In The Man With No Name’S Westerns


As one of the greatest characters in the entire Western genre, Clint Eastwood as The Man with No Name had some truly incredible quotes throughout Sergio Leone’s Dollars Trilogy. The three films that made up the series, A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly stood as some of the greatest Spaghetti Westerns ever produced and have stood the test of time 60 years since the first was released. This long-lasting legacy was due in no small part to Eastwood’s incredible presence and insanely quotable nature.

With his signature poncho, vest, and hat, while always chomping on a cigar, Eastwood represented the coolest aspects of the Wild West better than any other performer and always had a witty quote to go along with his tough-guy demeanor. From quick-witted quips before an epic showdown to philosophical musings on the nature of conflict, The Man with No Name was an outlaw of few words, but whenever he spoke he always made an impact. The best lines from The Man with No Name movies were truly some of Clint Eastwood’s best Western movie quotes.

“When A Man’s Got Money In His Pocket, He Begins To Appreciate Peace”
A Fistful Of Dollars (1964)

When questioning why some prefer peace to violence, Eastwood’s outlaw knew there was one common denominator: Money.

In the first movie of the series that started it all for Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood’s Dollars Trilogy, The Man with No Name was a mysterious character full of incredible wisdom regarding life in the Wild West. Known as Joe in A Fistful of Dollars, the Man with No Name was quick to pontificate about the central cause of all the violence he was surrounded by and was often the instigator of. When questioning why some prefer peace to violence, Eastwood’s outlaw knew there was one common denominator: Money.

When Joe stated “when a man’s got money in his pocket, he beings to appreciate peace” he highlighted the incredible gap between the rich and poor and the reason that a bandit would choose to become a bounty hunter. The driving force behind all the violence seen throughout the Dollars Trilogy was money and gunslingers who were trying to find enough of it so they could live a life of peace. But sadly, in an environment where people were quick to rob one another at a moment’s notice, this peace was seldom found.

“God Is Not On Our Side, Because He Hates Idiot”
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

While Clint Eastwood’s character in the final entry of Sergio Leone’s Dollars Trilogy was a man of few words, when he did speak, he came across as more of a glass-half-empty guy, rather than an upbeat optimist. Known in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly as Blondie, after teaming up with the bandit Tuco to find confederate gold, his unlikely partner was sure they would find it because they had God on their side. To this idea, Blondie was doubtful and stated he believed they would not because God “hates idiots.”

At first, it might sound like the Man with No Name was putting himself down as an idiot, but the cool and calculated delivery of the line made it clear that it was only Tuco that he believed to be the idiot. The two outlaws did not get along, and they only worked together out of the need to find their common bounty, so it made sense for Blondie to make sarcastic comments like this. It also then came as no surprise when Blondie ditched Tuco at the cemetery once they finally had tracked down the gold.

“Every Town Has A Boss”
A Fistful Of Dollars (1964)

At the beginning of A Fistful Of Dollars, Clint Eastwood’s The Man with No Name, known as Joe, arrived in the border town San Miguel and wanted to quickly get to grips with the political situation and determine who was in charge. This conflict-ridden area was under the control of two families, the Rojos and the Baxters, each of whom wanted to take over and found themselves in constant battle with one another. However, when Joe asked who the boss was, he was told there was none, to which Joe replied “every town has a boss.”

This assertion from Joe that there was no such thing as a town in the Wild West without a boss showcased how well-traveled The Man with No Name was across the American frontier, he’d seen a lot, and he knew how things worked. The innkeeper then explained the complex rivalry that had haunted the town and set up the entire story of A Fistful of Dollars. Before long, Eastwood’s character found himself right in the heart of the two families’ conflict, as he played them against one another to achieve his aims.

“You See, My Mule Don’t Like People Laughing. He Gets This Crazy Idea You’re Laughing At Him.”
A Fistful Of Dollars (1964)

Clint Eastwood’s The Man with No Name in the Dollars Trilogy has been remembered as a calm and calculated character who rarely minced words and encapsulated the coolest aspects of Wild West outlaws in movies. But it’s also easy to forget just how funny he was as Eastwood delivered some of the trilogy’s most hilarious lines with perfect comedic timing. This was on full display in A Fistful of Dollars when he told his foes that they best not laugh near his mule, because “he gets this crazy idea you’re laughing at him.”

This hilarious line occurred right in the midst of the epic showdown in A Fistful of Dollars that would see The Man with No Name kill four bandits in the blink of an eye. At first, Eastwood’s enemies were laughing at his tough-guy bravado, but it did not take long for this jokey atmosphere to turn incredibly tense with the realization that the bandits would soon meet their end. While Eastwood was joking about his mule, in reality, he was speaking about himself, which led to him shooting them all before they even had time to draw their guns.

“Alive Or Dead? It’s Your Choice”
For A Few Dollars More (1965)

Clint Eastwood’s The Man with no Name had many threatening lines throughout Sergio Leone’s Dollars Trilogy, but none came across as more casually sinister than “alive or dead? It’s your choice.” The cool confidence with which Eastwood delivered this line to Baby “Red” Cavanagh, the man whom he was hunting down for a $2,000 bounty, showcased his belief that it wasn’t a question of if he would defeat him, but how he wanted to be taken in. By giving Cavanagh a choice, Eastwood asserted his dominance over him and cemented his reputation as a legendary outlaw.

This line truly represented the no-nonsense attitude and single-minded approach of The Man with No Name, as he laid out what he planned to do and let his victim know he had a choice about how it would go down. While, of course, this was a highly offensive threat in the Wild West, Eastwood presented it as a simple choice for which there were two options. Cavanagh did not take Eastwood up on his offer and was gunned down by The Man with No Name, which showcased that he truly made the wrong decision.


“I Think You People Need A New Sheriff!”
For a Few Dollars More (1965)

While The Man with No Name always played by his own rules, he never had any issue calling out corrupt lawmen when he saw them and putting them in their place. In For a Few Dollars More, Clint Eastwood’s Manco confronted the sheriff and asked wasn’t he “supposed to be courageous, loyal and above all honest” before he ripped his badge from his chest and stormed out. Manco then threw the badge at a group of locals waiting outside and told them “I think you people need a new sheriff” leaving no doubt as to how he felt about the corrupt government official.

This was a powerful quote by Eastwood as it showcased the moral code by which The Man with No Name lived, as, although he often broke the law he never acted like he had power over other people. The Man with No Name lived by his own rules and had a real aversion to people who tried to impose their desires on other people, especially when they it in the name of the law. By stripping the sheriff of his badge, he proved to him that he did not respect his authority.

“Every Gun Makes Its Own Tune”
The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly (1966)

Clint Eastwood as Blondie, The Man with No Name’s known moniker in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, was full of insightful wisdom about life as an outlaw in the Wild West. One of his greatest quotes was “every gun makes its own tune”, which highlighted the character’s respect for every individual firearm and the story it told about duels, gunfights, and showdowns. As a weapon capable of great harm, every gun that’s been fired had a backstory of great interest and had a lot to say about its owner.

As an outlaw who fought in countless Wild West showdowns, The Man with No Name owned many guns throughout his life as a bounty hunter. This quote highlighted the bloody legacy of the guns that Blondie had owned and the untold stories that they would have told if they ever spoke. A wise piece of philosophizing from The Man with No Name, the phrase hinted at his contemplative nature and wise reflective viewpoint of life on the American frontier.

“The Dead Can Be Very Useful Sometimes”
A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

Always a creative and quick-thinking character, The Man with No Name often thought outside the box when he needed to get himself out of a spell of trouble. This was especially true in A Fistful of Dollars as he used to corpses of dead soldiers to stir up conflict between two rival families. When carefully placing the bodies on top of a grave that made it look like they were living guards, Eastwood cleverly stated that the deceased have “helped me out of tough spots more than once” as he used them to his advantage.

Eastwood stated that if it’s done right, the dead can be made to look like they were alive, and he could use them to buy himself some time and cause some commotion among the rival families. This fast-thinking and cunning idea showcased that The Man with No Name was more than just a skilled gunslinger and would always find new ways to achieve his aims. It was smart plans like this that made the Dollars Trilogy more than an action-packed Western series, as Eastwood knew when to draw his gun, and when to make a well-timed escape.

“You See, In This World, There’s Two Kinds Of People, My Friend. Those With Loaded Guns, And Those Who Dig.”
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

Some of the best movie quotes of all time came from Clint Eastwood in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, as The Man with No Name made hilarious quips that demonstrated his tough-guy demeanor while he remained extremely running. A prime example of these characteristics came with his quote about the “two kinds of people” in the world, “those with loaded guns, and those who dig.” Blondie delivered this line to Tuco as the two outlaws finally came to the location where Bill Carson hid $200,000 worth of gold in an unmarked grave.

This memorable quote highlighted the power that The Man with No Name had over Tuco at that moment, as he had earlier unloaded his pistol and ensured he had the upper hand once they were ready to retrieve the gold. At first, it seemed like Eastwood was about to deliver a universal statement about all humanity, only to reveal it was entirely specific to their situation. This sarcastic and sardonic way of speaking was a major factor in turning The Man with No Name into one of the greatest Western characters there ever was.

“Get Three Coffins Ready”
A Fistful of Dollars (1964)

The absolute best quote uttered by The Man with No Name in Sergio Leone’s Dollars Trilogy was, of course, “get three coffins ready” which Eastwood delivered with suave confidence as the true potential of his gunslinging skill was revealed. This phrase came in A Fistful of Dollars in the lead-up to the epic showdown between Eastwood and several outlaws. Eastwood was so confident that he would come out of the duel on top that he pre-emptively asked for enemies’ coffins to be prepared.

“Get three coffins ready… my mistake, four coffins.”

With intense confidence and his signature cigar in his mouth, Eastwood quickly shot the bandits dead and ended up with not three victims but four corpses. This led to what just might be the greatest postscript to any movie quote as, after the whole gunfight went down, Clint Eastwood calmly asserted “my mistake, four coffins.” As one of the most deadly outlaws ever seen in the Wild West, the delivery of this line was absolutely perfect and highlighted all that was great about The Man with No Name character.