Larry McMurtry Quotes

20 of the best book quotes from Larry McMurtry
  1. #1
    “Men who didn’t know how to get on and off a horse would not be much use around a cow outfit.”
  2. #2
    “Call’s gone to round up a dern bunch of cowboys so we can head out for Montana with a dern bunch of cows and suffer for the rest of our lives.”
  3. #3
    “If you want one thing too much it’s likely to be a disappointment. The healthy way is to learn to like the everyday things, like soft beds and buttermilk—and feisty gentlemen.”
  4. #4
    “When Augustus came out on the porch the blue pigs were eating a rattlesnake—not a very big one.”
  5. #5
    “I figured out why you and me get along so well. You know more than you say and I say more than I know. That means we’re a perfect match, as long as we don’t hang around one another more than an hour at a stretch.”
  6. #6
    “It’s just that it’s fearsome for a man to have a woman start thinking right in front of him. It always leads to trouble.”
  1. #7
    “‘Ride with an outlaw, die with him,’ [Gus] added. ‘I admit it’s a harsh code. But you rode on the other side long enough to know how it works. I’m sorry you crossed the line, though.‘”
  2. #8
    “Uva uvam vivendo varia fit.”
  3. #9
    “They were people of the horse, not of the town; in that they were more like the Comanches than Call would ever have admitted.”
  4. #10
    “The older the violin, the sweeter the music.”
  5. #11
    “It was puzzling that such a muddy little river like the Rio Grande should make such a difference in terms of what was lawful and what not.”
  6. #12
    “‘Well, Call, I guess they forgot us, like they forgot the Alamo,’ Augustus said.
    ‘Why wouldn’t they?’ Call asked. ‘We ain’t been around.’
    ‘That ain’t the reason—the reason is we didn’t die.‘”

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  1. #13
    “Talk’s the way to kill it. Anything gets boring if you talk about it enough, even death.”
  2. #14
    “‘Well, you’re horse thieves, and that’s a sin in my book,’ Call said. ‘Where do you people come from?‘”
  3. #15
    ″[Gus] felt such love for Lorie that even speaking her name caused him to feel weak sometimes.”
  4. #16
    “‘It ain’t dying I’m talking about, it’s living,’ Augustus said. ‘I doubt it matters where you die, but it matters where you live.‘”
  5. #17
    ″‘I’m as American as the next,’ [Call] said, taking his hat and picking up his rifle.
    ‘You was born in Scotland,’ Augustus reminded him.”
  6. #18
    “I want to be buried in Clara’s Orchard . . . Yes, that’s my favor to you. It’s the kind of job you was made for, that nobody else could do or even try . . .”
  7. #19
    “I ain’t kin to nobody in this world...I don’t want to be. I won’t be.”
  8. #20
    “It was an odd thing, but true, that the death of an enemy could affect you as much almost as much as the death of a friend.”