Notable and Quotable … Western Style!




“If he’d just pay me what he’s paying them to stop me from robbing him, I’d stop robbing him!”

That’s Paul Newman’s clever rationalization in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid!  Those two lovable bankrobbers had some classic lines and put smiles on our faces.

154912butch.jpg“Think ya used enough dynamite there, Butch?” 

And who could forget this exchange?

Butch Cassidy: Then you jump first.
Sundance Kid: No, I said.
Butch Cassidy: What’s the matter with you?
Sundance Kid: I can’t swim.
Butch Cassidy: Are you crazy? The fall will probably kill you.

Now for a few more notable quotes from our favorite westerns!
“When you have to shoot, shoot, don’t talk.” — The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

The public doesn’t give a damn about integrity. A town that won’t defend itself deserves no help.” — High Noonmv5bmje2ntg3ndiwof5bml5banbnxkftztywnzmyntm5__v1__cr00353353_ss100_clint-eastwood.jpg

 “Are you gonna pull those pistols or whistle Dixie?” — The Outlaw Josey Wales

“There’s always a man faster on the draw than you are, and the more you use a gun, the sooner you’re gonna run into that man.” —
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

“People scare better when they’re dying.” (Henry Fonda, Once Upon a Time in the West)

“If God didn’t want them sheared, he wouldn’t have made them sheep.” (Eli Wallach, The Magnificent Seven) 

mv5bmti4otiwodaxnl5bml5banbnxkftztywnzy2nza5__v1__cr00310310_ss90_.jpg“I come close to killing you a couple of times when we were younger. It saddens me I didn’t.” (John Wayne, McLintock)  “Since you haven’t learned to respect your elders, maybe you’ll learn to respect your betters!” (John Wayne, Big Jake)

“Men are gonna get killed here today, Sue, and I’m gonna kill ’em. ” (Kevin Costner, Open Range)

See if you can guess who said this:

1.”A cows nothing but a lot of trouble tied up in a leather bag.”

A.  Gene Autry
B.  Clint Eastwood
C.  John Wayne

D.  Steve McQueen

 What movie did this quote come from?

2.”Man’s got a right to protect his property and his life, and we ain’t lettin’ no rancher or his lawman take either. A.  Open Range
B.  High Noon
C.  Stagecoach
D.  Quigley, Down Under

3. What female star said this, “”If you weren’t the Sheriff, I’d call one.”

A.  Maureen O’Hara
B.  Raquel Welch
C.  Sharon Stone
D.  Dale Evans

I’ll come back later in the day with those answers!  Make your guess and check back, unless you’re sure
you know!  And tell me, do you have a favorite quote from television or movie stars?  A book?  Who is your favorite notable quotable cowboy?

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32 thoughts on “Notable and Quotable … Western Style!”

  1. Goodmorning Charlene, He’s not a cowboy but my favorite quote is “You Complete Me” in Jerry Mcquire. I love Robert Redford in The Horse Whisper and Kevin Coster in Open Range and even though he wasn’t a cowboy loved him in Dancing with Wolves also.

  2. I don’t have a clue about who said what, but the quotes are great. Love ’em. My favorite all time movie quote, which I swear to write down next time I see the film, is what Nicholas Cage says to Cher in Moonstruck after the opera when he’s trying to get her back to his room. Something about we’re not here to do right. We’re here to make mistakes and love the wrong people and get our hearts broken. Kinda sums up my life…

  3. Hi Elizabeth – I love Moonstruck and who could forget Cher’s famous, “Snap out of it!” line when Nick told her he loved her.

    Hi Lori – Jerry McGuire is one of my all time favorite movies- such great characterizations. “You had me at hello” and ”
    Show me the money.” As well as “you complete me.”
    were some really memorable quotes coming out of that film.

  4. I LOVE THIS POST, Charlene 😉 The post title cracked me up. I don’t have a clue about the answers to the questions, but I sure enjoyed all the quotes 🙂

  5. My family, the children, have some quoting from movie’s deal, very strange, they are ALWAYS quoting moves.

    One thing my husband loved was John Wayne in Rooster Cogburn talking about his son.
    “There was a boy. A clumsier child I’ve never seen.”

    My husband used to say that when the girls were toddlers, staggering around. “A clumsier child I’ve never seen.”

    Yikes, the girls will come and boot me out of the family if I can’t come up with a zillion movie quotes.

    Of course the classic, “You feel lucky, Punk? Well, do ya?” Clint Eastwood as Dirty Harry.

    I’ll be back (hey wait! that’s one…Terminator…but what I really mean is, I’ll be back with more quotes. I’m bound to think of them.

  6. Hi Stacey – Thanks for the compliment. I’m enjoying the quotes as I remember them too.

    Hi Mary – It’s funny, because MY children used to quote commericals! Yep,they knew them all and would say them along with the TV. That’s when I knew they were watching WAY too much television.
    I think John Wayne had some classics. Notice I didn’t include the “pilgrim” one. I’d forgotten all about it!

  7. Bruce Willis, Die Hard… “Come out to LA, we’ll get together, have a few laughs.”

    While You Were Sleeping… “You might as well SHOOT Grandma”

    Star Wars…Luke, I am your father

    I actually use this one a LOT at my job as an object lesson…I’m a teacher.
    The moment the Scarecrow gets his brain in the Wizard of Oz he rattles off, “The sum of the square roots of any two sides of an isosceles triangle is equal to the square root of the remaining side.”

    This is slightly wrong but it’s the Pythagorean Theorum. Which is something I have to teach…or try. So I say, “Remember when the Scarecrow got his brain in…..
    Then I launch into that. I have this theorum of my own that this someone makes it more accessible. No evidence of that, but still…..

  8. Oh, how about this, Independence Day…Judd Hirsch. “You don’t actually think they spend $20,000 on a hammer, $30,000 dollars on a toilet seat do you?”

    And Will Smith, Independence Day, punching that alien and saying, “Welcome to Earth.” and “But oh, no, you got to come down here gettin’ all big and bad.”

    And Jeff Goldblum, “Look at the earthlings.”

  9. Charlene, you’ve posed quite a conundrum here today. Mary is sure quoting lines right and left. She’s desperately trying to keep from getting kicked out of the family. 🙂 You go, girl!

    The only quote I can think of right now is a Tom Selleck line from one of his Jesse Stone movies. “You live long enough you have regrets and the things you hate most are the ones where you had a choice, the ones when you knew you could’ve stopped yourself. And the ones where you look in the mirror deep inside yourself and said, ‘Don’t do this.’ but you do it anyway.” Or that’s the closest I can remember to the quote.

    As for my best guess to your quiz.
    1. B
    2. A
    3. A

    Hope you have a fun day! 🙂 Great blog.

  10. How about Quiggly Down Under. Tom Selleck standing over Alan Rickman’s (the bad guy’s) dead body….I said I never had much use for one (a pistol). Never said I didn’t know how to use it.

  11. Hi Charlene,

    I really enjoyed reading all your quotes. Butch Cassidy is one of my favorite movies! I had the privilege of hearing William Goldman talk about it(the screenwriter) last fall at a conference, and he said he wrote it over the Christmas holidays one year, when he was a teacher. Geez! He’s not only brilliant, but fast, too!

    On a personal note, Charlene, I wanted to tell everyone that I read your novella “Springfield Wife” just last week (Western Weddings) and loved the surprise ending! 🙂

    I’m looking forward to blogging tomorrow!


  12. Hi Kate! So glad you’re on board with Petticoats! Thanks for the nice “review” on my novella. I’ve yet to read any of the others (just finished a deadline) but it’s next on my list. I’m sure they are wonderful reads!
    How cool that you met the screenwriter for Butch and Gang. I’ll stop by tomorrow and visit your blog!

  13. 1. c John Wayne
    2. a Open Range
    3. b Raquel Welch

    Favorite line:
    From “Princess Bride,” my entire family’s favorite
    line: “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed
    my father, prepare to die.”
    Notable Quotable: The Duke, of course! (John Wayne)

  14. Hi Charlene, I think its: 1-c, 2-a; 3-c.

    Great post and a great start to my day.

    I just love McLintock when Stephanie Powers (daughter) tells John Wayne “Shoot him, Daddy. Shoot him.” when she has a tiff with her beau. And Daddy pulls out a gun…

  15. Hi Patricia,
    You’re very astute when it comes to quotes! I’ll post the answers in a few hours. Who could forget “Prepare to Die.” I loved that line. This is fun for me as all of you remind me of some really classic lines!

  16. Or…that Doris Day Movie with James Garner where he’s an obstetrician and they get stuck in a cab and a friend ends up having her baby in the cab.
    they get home and the kids want to see the baby.
    Garner tells them it’s someone else’s baby and one of the kids says,

    “But Daddy, you said when Mommy helped you deliver a baby, we got to keep it.”

  17. Enjoyed this blog as it brought back lots of memories. B. Clint Eastwood, A. Open Range, B. Rachal Welch
    Believe me it is all guess – except the first one I feel sure about.
    A favorite quote doesn’t come from any of those but a song my daddy’s used to sing to me – You are my Sunshine – then he sang it to his oldest granddaughter all the time too.
    I received your newsletter so popped in to say hi.

  18. I love the quote from Outlaw Josey Wales “Dying ain’t much of a living boy”

    High them High “If you’re going to hang a man you better look at him”

    I’m a big Eastwood fan, can you tell

    answers 1.C – 2. A – 3. C

  19. Hi Jane – thanks for stopping by! It’s a relief to know you rec’d my newsletter! I’ve been having trouble sending them. Yep, you got the first one right and the second one. The third one was tricky, not too many have guessed right.

  20. Coming in here late but it’s been one of those days. One line that always gets me is from “The Searchers” after Ethan, Marty, and Brad catch up to the indians the first time and Brad asks about Lucy and Ethan replies, “What do you want me to do? Draw you a picture? Spell it out? Don’t ever ask me! Long as you live don’t ever ask me more!” I always feel like I’ve been sucker punched in the gut when John delivers that speech.

    Favorite quote from a non-western, Monty Python’s Quest for the Holy Grail from the Black Knight, “Come back, it’s only a flesh wound!”

  21. In our family, we often talk to each other in movie quotes. A favorite (which has nothing to do with westerns) when we’re peeved and want to say get lost or beat it, we say, “Eat your checkers.” It’s Goldie Hawn’s line while in the mental health ward at the beginning of Overboard.

  22. The Princess Bride quotes reminded me of a favorite movie. NOT a western… Dennis Quaid and Kathleen Turner in Undercover Blues. Favorite lines: “My name is Muerte.” “Hi Morty!” “No, no, it’s Muerte–Death!” … “I can’t believe you’ve managed to capture the Big M himself–Muerte!” “Me? No, no, my name is Morty!” (paraphrased). But my favorite line is when KT tells DQ to “Kill the lights…I meant turn them off.” Morty–Stanley Tucci–does the best girlie scream I have ever heard. Hilarious!

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