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 has been talking about malum prohibitum and malum in se] I'm struck that LaBoeuf has been shot, trampled, and nearly severed his tongue, and not only does not cease to talk but he spills the banks of English.
And 'futile', Marshal Cogburn, 'pursuit would be futile'? It's not spelled "f-u-d-e-l."
[Final voice-over, as an adult, after learning of Rooster's death] I had the body removed to our plot, and I have visited it over the years. No doubt people talk about that. They say, "Well, she hardly knew the man. Isn't she a cranky old maid?" It is true, I have not married. I never had time to fool with it. I heard nothing more of the Texas officer LaBoeuf. If he is yet alive, I would be pleased to hear from him. I judge he would be in his seventies now, and nearer eighty than seventy. I expect some of the starch has gone out of that cowlick. Time just gets away from us.
Repentant condemned man: [sobbing] Ladies and gentlemen, beware, and train up your children in the way that they should go. You see what has become of me because of drink. I killed a man in a trifling quarrel over a pocket knife! If I had received good instruction as a child … I would be with my wife and children today. I do not know what is to become of them, but I hope and pray that you will not slight them and compel them to go into the low company!
Unrepentant condemed man: Well, I kilt the wrong man, is the which of why I'm here. Had I kilt the man I meant to, I don't believe I'd have been convicted. I see men out in that crowd that's worse than me. [to executioner] Okay.
Condemned Indian: Before I am hanged, I would like to say— [executioner places hood over his head]
Prosecutor: [questioning Cogburn about the goings on with the Wharton family] What did you do then?
Rooster Cogburn: Well, I backed away from the axe and tried to talk some sense into him [Aaron Wharton]. While this is going on, C.C., he edges over to the wash pot there behind the steam and picks up the shotgun. Potter seen him, but it was too late. C.C. Wharton pulled out on Potter with one barrel and turned to do the same for me and I shot him - the old man raised the axe, and I shot him - Otis lit out and I shot him. [thoughtful pause] C.C. Wharton and Aaron Wharton were dead when they hit the ground, Otis was just winged.
[a few minutes later; Cogburn is being cross-examined]
Defense Lawyer: I believe you testified you backed away from Aaron Wharton.
Rooster Cogburn: That's right.
Defense Lawyer: Which direction were you going?
Rooster Cogburn: I always go backwards when I'm backing up.
Mattie Ross: If I had killed Chaney, I would not be in this fix, but my gun misfired.
Lucky Ned Pepper: [Chuckling] They will do it. It will embarrass you every time. Most girls like to play pretties, but you like guns, do you?
Mattie Ross: I do not care a thing about guns; if I did, I would have one that worked.
Rooster Cogburn: The jakes is occupied.
Mattie Ross: I know it is occupied, Mr. Cogburn. As I said, I have business with you.
Rooster Cogburn: I have prior business.
Mattie Ross: You have been at it for quite some time, Mr. Cogburn.
Rooster Cogburn: There is no clock on my business! To hell with you! How did you stalk me here?
Mattie Ross: The sheriff told me to look in the saloon. In the saloon they referred me here. We must talk.
Rooster Cogburn: Women ain't allowed in the saloon!
Mattie Ross: I was not there as a customer. I am fourteen years old.
Rooster Cogburn: [long pause] The jakes is occupied, and will be for some time.
Col. Stonehill: I will pay two hundred and twenty-five dollars and keep the grey horse. I don't want the ponies.
Mattie Ross: I cannot accept that. There will be no settlement after I leave this office. It will go to Law.
Col. Stonehill: [interjecting] Alright, this is my last offer: two hundred and fifty dollars; for that, I get the release previously discussed and I keep your father's saddle. The grey horse is not yours to sell!
Mattie Ross: The saddle is not for sale, I will keep it. Lawyer Dagget will prove ownership of the grey horse, he will come after you with a writ of replevin.
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. Them men wanted a decent burial, they should have got themselves killed in summer.
Lucky Ned Pepper: What is your intention, Rooster? You think one on four is a dogfall?
Rooster Cogburn: I mean to kill you in one minute, Ned. Or see you hanged in Fort Smith at Judge Parker's convenience. Which will you have?
Lucky Ned Pepper: I call that bold talk for a one-eyed fat man!
Rooster Cogburn: Fill your hand, you son-of-a-bitch!
LaBoeuf: I've just come from Yell County.
Mattie Ross: We have no rodeo clowns in Yell County.
LaBoeuf: A saucy line will not get you far with me.
LaBoeuf: You are getting ready to show your ignorance now, Cogburn. I don't mind a little personal chaffing but I won't hear anything against the Ranger troop from a man like you.
Rooster Cogburn: How long have you boys been mounted on sheep down there?
LaBoeuf: My white Appaloosa will be galloping when that big American stud of yours is winded and collapsed. Now make another joke about it. You are only trying to put on a show for this girl Mattie with what you must think is a keen tongue.
Rooster Cogburn: This is like women talking.
LaBoeuf: Yes, that is the way! Make me out foolish in this girl's eyes.
Rooster Cogburn: I think she has got you pretty well figured.
LaBoeuf: You give out very little sugar with your pronouncements. While I sat there watchin' I gave some thought to stealin' a kiss... though you are very young, and sick... and unattractive to boot. But now I have a mind to give you five or six good licks with my belt.
Mattie Ross: One would be just as unpleasant as the other.