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Charles Portis Quotes

21 of the best book quotes from Charles Portis
  1. #1
    “The buildings are made of fieldstone and all the windows need washing.”
  2. #2
    “You can’t rob a thief, can you? I never robbed no citizens.”
  3. #3
    “I said, “That is my father.” I stood there looking at him. What a waste! Tom Chaney would pay for this! I would not rest easy until that Louisiana cur was roasting and screaming in hell!”
  4. #4
    “People do not give credence that a fourteen-year-old-girl could leave home and go off in the wintertime to avenge her father’s blood but it did not seem so strange then, although I will say it didn’t happen every day.”
  5. #5
    “Time just gets away from us.”
  6. #6
    “It was a tragic thing. May I say your father impressed me greatly with his manly qualities. He was a close trader but he acted the gentleman.”
  7. #7
    “I don’t like this kind of talk. It is like women talking.”
  1. #8
    “See that you mend your ways, boy, or I will come back some dark night and cut off your head and let the crows peck your eyeballs out.”
  2. #9
    “I hope and pray that all you parents in the sound of my voice will train up your children in the way they should go.”
  3. #10
    “My family has property and I don’t know why I’m being treated like this.”
  4. #11
    “I had not thought before of this disfigured robber having had a childhood.”
  5. #12
    “I have left off crying, and giggling as well. […] Here is the money. I aim to get Tom Chaney and if you are not game I will find somebody who is game. I know you can drink whiskey and I have seen you kill a gray rat. All the rest has been talk. They told me you had true grit and that is why I came to you. I am not paying for talk.”
  6. #13
    “Like Martha I have always been agitated and troubled by the cares of the day but my mother had a serene and loving heart. She was like Mary and had chosen the “good” part.”
  7. #14
    “Your life depends on their actions. I have never busted a cap on a woman or anybody much under sixteen years but I will do what I have to do.”

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  1. #15
    “LaBoeuf said, ‘There is something in what she says, Cogburn. I think she has done fine myself. She has won her spurs, so to speak. That is just my personal opinion.’ ”
  2. #16
    “There is nothing free except the Grace of God. You cannot earn that or deserve it.”
  3. #17
    “I have since learned that Judge Isaac Parker watched all the hangings from an upper window in the Courthouse. I suppose he did this from a sense of duty. There is no knowing what’s in a man’s heart.”
  4. #18
    “Some people might say, well, what business is it of Frank Ross to meddle? My answer is this: he was trying to do that short devil a good turn. Chaney was a tenant and Papa felt responsibility. He was his brother’s keeper. Does that answer your question?”
  5. #19
    “I have never been one to flinch or crawfish when faced with an unpleasant task.”
  6. #20
    ″[Every day] a blameless traveler [is] set upon and cut down in some sanguinary ambuscade.”
  7. #21
    “I hurriedly cocked the hammer and pulled the trigger. The charge exploded and sent a lead ball of justice, too long delayed, into the criminal heart of Tom Chaney.”
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