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Larry McMurtry Quotes

20 of the best book quotes from Larry McMurtry
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“Men who didn’t know how to get on and off a horse would not be much use around a cow outfit.”
Larry McMurtry
author
Lonesome Dove
book
Augustus McCrae
Captain Woodrow F. Call
characters
men
horses
cowboys
not knowing
cattle drive
concepts
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“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.”
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“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.”
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“When Augustus came out on the porch the blue pigs were eating a rattlesnake—not a very big one.”
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“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.”
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“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.”
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“‘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.‘”
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“Uva uvam vivendo varia fit.”
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“They were people of the horse, not of the town; in that they were more like the Comanches than Call would ever have admitted.”
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“The older the violin, the sweeter the music.”
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“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.”
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“‘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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“Talk’s the way to kill it. Anything gets boring if you talk about it enough, even death.”
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“‘Well, you’re horse thieves, and that’s a sin in my book,’ Call said. ‘Where do you people come from?‘”
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″[Gus] felt such love for Lorie that even speaking her name caused him to feel weak sometimes.”
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“‘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.‘”
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″‘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.”
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“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 . . .”
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“I ain’t kin to nobody in this world...I don’t want to be. I won’t be.”
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“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.”

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