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  • Rooster Cogburn: I don't need to buy that, I confiscate it. I'm an officer of the court!


  • Mattie Ross: They tell me you're a man with true grit.


  • 40-Year-Old Mattie: (first lines) People do not give it credence that a young girl could leave home and go off in the wintertime to average to her father's blood. But it did happen. I was just fourteen years of age when a coward by the name of Tom Chaney shot my father down and robbed him of his life and his horse and two California gold pieces that he carried in his trouser band. Chaney was a hired man and Papa had taken him up to Fort Smith to help lead back a string of Mustang ponies he'd bought. In town, Chaney had fallen to drink and cards and lost all his money. He got it into his head he was bein' cheated and went back to the boardin' house for his Henry rifle. When Papa tried intervene, Chaney shot him. Chaney fled. He could have walked his horse, for not a soul in that city could not be bothered to give chase. No doubt Chaney fancied himself scot-free. But he was wrong. You must pay for everything in this world, one way and another. There is nothin' free, except the grace of God.


  • Colonel Stonehill: I do not entertain hypotheticals. The world itself is vexin' enough.


  • Rooster Cogburn: I always go backwards when I'm backin' up.


  • Rooster Cogburn: We'll sleep here and follow in the mornin'.
    Mattie Ross: But we promised to bury the poor soul inside.
    Rooster Cogburn: Ground's too hard. If some men wanted a decent burial, they should have gotten themselves killed in summer.


  • Rooster Cogburn: You could not hit a man at three hundred yards, if your gun was restin' on Gibraltar.
    LaBoeuf: The Sharps's carbine is an instrument of uncanny power and precision.
    Rooster Cogburn: I have no doubt that the gun is sound.


  • Rooster Cogburn: I can do nothin' for you, son.


  • Mattie Ross: He is gettin' away
    Rooster Cogburn: Who's gettin' away, sis?
    Mattie Ross: Chaney.


  • LaBoeuf: I thought you were gonna say that the sun was in your eyes. This is who is gonna say, your eye.


  • Mattie Ross: You must pay for everything in this world, one way or another. There is nothin' free except the grace of God.


  • Mattie Ross: we have no rodeo clowns in yell county
    Mattie Ross: We have no rodeo clowns in Yell County.


  • Rooster Cogburn: The Jake's is occupied, and will be for quite some time.


  • Rooster Cogburn: If he is not in a shallow grave somewhere between here and Fort Smith he is gone. Long gone! Thanks to Mr. LaBeouf, we have missed our shot. He barked and the birds have flown. Gone. Gone. Gone! Lucky Ned and his cohort gone. Your fifty dollars gone. Gone the whiskey - seized in evidence. The trail is cold, if there ever was one. I'm a foolish old man who's been drawn into a wild goose chase by a harpy in trouser and a nincompoop. Mr. LaBeouf, he can wonder the Choctaw Nation for as long as he likes. Perhaps the local In'jins will take him in and honor his jibberings by making him chief. You, sister, may go where you like. Our engagement is terminated. I bow out.


  • Colonel Stonehill: I do not entertain hypotheticals. The world itself is vexing enough.


  • Rooster Cogburn: I always go backwards when I'm backing up.


  • Mattie Ross: And for your reference, next time you write "it would be futile to follow me", it ain't spelled "f-u-d-d-l-e".
    Mattie Ross: And for your reference, next time you write 'it would be futile to follow me', it ain't spelled 'f-u-d-d-l-e'.


  • Undertaker: Is that the man?
    Mattie Ross: That is my father.
    Undertaker: If you would like to kiss him it would be all right.


  • Rooster Cogburn: We'll sleep here and follow in the morning.
    Mattie Ross: But we promised to bury the poor soul inside!
    Rooster Cogburn: Ground's too hard. If them men wanted a decent burial, they should have gotten themselves killed in summer.


  • Rooster Cogburn: You could not hit a man at three hundred yards if your gun was resting on Gibraltar.
    LaBoeuf: The Sharp's carbine is an instrument of uncanny power and precision.
    Rooster Cogburn: I have no doubt that the gun is sound.


  • Rooster Cogburn: You ride on a man hard enough and fast enough he doesn't think about who he's with or now many he thinks about himself and how he might get clear of that wrath about to set down on him
    Rooster Cogburn: You go for a man hard enough and fast enough, he don't have time to think about how many's with him; he thinks about himself, and how he might get clear of that wrath that's about to set down on him.


  • Mattie Ross: time just gets away from us
    Mattie Ross: Time just gets away from us.


  • LaBoeuf: I thought you was gonna say the sun was in your eyes...that is to say, your eye
    LaBoeuf: I thought you was gonna say the sun was in your eyes... that is to say, your eye.
    Mattie Ross: I chose the wrong man
    Mattie Ross: I chose the wrong man.
    Colonel Stonehill: I do not entertain hypotheticals...life as it is is vexing enough
    Colonel Stonehill: I do not entertain hypotheticals... life as it is is vexing enough.


  • Cross-examining Lawyer: mr.cogburn in your four years as u.s. Marshal how men have you shot
    Cross-examining Lawyer: Mr. Cogburn in your four years as U.S. Marshal how men have you shot.
    Rooster Cogburn: never shot nobody i didn't have to
    Rooster Cogburn: Never shot nobody I didn't have to.
    Cross-examining Lawyer: well that was not the question how many
    Cross-examining Lawyer: Well that was not the question. How many?
    Rooster Cogburn: shot or killed
    Rooster Cogburn: Shot or killed?


  • Rooster Cogburn: You are not Labeouf!


  • Mattie Ross: Can We Depart This Afternoon?
    Mattie Ross: Can we depart this afternoon.
    Rooster Cogburn: "We"?
    Rooster Cogburn: We? [In surprise]


  • Mattie Ross: He is getting away
    Mattie Ross: He is getting away.
    Rooster Cogburn: Who is getting away kid?
    Rooster Cogburn: Who's getting away, sis?
    Mattie Ross: Chaney
    Mattie Ross: Chaney.


  • Rooster Cogburn: Duh. "Fill your hand you son a bitch!"
    Rooster Cogburn: Fill your hands, you son of a bitch!


  • Rooster Cogburn: I can do nothing for you son
    Rooster Cogburn: I can do nothing for you, son.


  • Mattie Ross: (cuts down hanged man from tree )
    Mattie Ross: (cuts down hanged man from tree)
    Mattie Ross: (cuts down man hanging from the tree)
    Rooster Cogburn: ( Looks at him for a second) I do not know this man.
    Rooster Cogburn: (looks at him for a second) I do not know this man.


  • Rooster Cogburn: You go for a man hard enough and fast enough, he don't have time to think about how many is with 'im. He thinks about hisself, how he might get clear of that wrath that's about to set down on him.
    Rooster Cogburn: You go for a man hard enough and fast enough, he don't have time to think about how many's with him; he thinks about himself, and how he might get clear of that wrath that's about to set down on him.


  • LaBoeuf: I thought you were gonna say the sun was in your eyes... that is to say your eye...
    LaBoeuf: I thought you were going to say the sun was in your eyes. That is to say, your eye.


  • Cross-examining Lawyer: So you say you were backing up as he approached you?
    Rooster Cogburn: Yes I was
    Cross-examining Lawyer: And wich way were you backing up?
    Rooster Cogburn: Well when Im backing up I like to go backwards.


  • Cross-examining Lawyer: You came at him?
    Rooster Cogburn: I did.
    Cross-examining Lawyer: With the revolver in hand?
    Rooster Cogburn: Yes.
    Cross-examining Lawyer: Loaded and cocked?
    Rooster Cogburn: Well if it ain't loaded and cocked it don't shoot.


  • Rooster Cogburn: I dn't believe in fair tales, sermons or stories about money baby sister, but thanks for the cigarette....
    Rooster Cogburn: Don't believe sermons, fairy tales or stories about money baby sister, but thanks for the cigarette.


  • Rooster Cogburn: "Well that didn't pan out."
    Rooster Cogburn: Well, that didn't pan out.


  • "Lucky" Ned Pepper: I call that bold talk from a one-eyed fat man.


  • Rooster Cogburn: "I aim to kill you in one minute!"
    Rooster Cogburn: I aim to kill you in one minute!


  • Undertaker: If you would like to sleep in a coffin, it would be all right.


  • Mattie Ross: You must pay for everything in this world, one way and another. There is nothing free except the grace of God.


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