The Quotable Lonesome Dove: Well Its A Motto, It Just Says Itself
I love a good quote. I am working on a series of the most quotable movies and books. I figured I would start it off with the most loved and quoted movie of all time, (at least at my house.) I don’t know what it is, I just love to hear Gus and Woodrow talk. I think its because it they are so real. They remind of some old timers I know that I could listen to for hours. So I picked out what I thought were the best lines from the best movie and here they are. Let me know if I missed any.
Gus- Go down to the river and eat that snake. Now go on and get outta here. (First line of the movie is Gus talking to his pigs.)
Woodrow- I’m an American, by God.
Gus- You was born in Scotland, as I recall but you was still dragging on the tit when they brought you over here.
Woodrow- I reckon I am as American as anyone from Tennesee.
Gus- Older the violin the sweeter the music.
Gus- Its hard to have fun in a place like this, but I do my best.
Jake- Plank wall won’t stop no 50 caliber bullet.
Gus- No but a Dentist will.
Gus- Nobody likes a Dentist anyway.
Woodrow- It’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. (Giving Newt his first pitol.)
Gus- Fun! What would you ever know about fun Woodrow? You never had any fun in your whole dern life. Fun is my department.
Gus- I just like to keep everything balanced Woodrow. You do more work than you got to, so it’s my obligation to do less.
Gus- Jake’s always been to leaky a vessel for anyone to put much hope in.
Gus- Well we don’t rent pigs and I figure its better to say it right up front cause a man that does like to rent pigs is… he’s hard to stop.
Woodrow- And if that ain’t bad enough you got all them Greek words on there too.
Gus- I told you Woodrow along time ago, it ain’t Greek its Latin.
Woodrow- Well what does it say that Latin?
Gus- Well it’s a motto, it just says itself, Yovaro yovaro fit yovaro…. (It actually reads Uva Uvam Vivendo Varia fit)
Woodrow- You don’t have no idea what it says. You found that in some old book or something. For all you know it invites people to rob us!
Gus- Well first man that comes along that can read Latin is invited to rob us as far as I’m concerned. I’d like the chance to shoot at a educated man once in my life.
Gus-Life is short. Shorter for some than for others.
Woodrow- He’s right boys. Best thing you can do with death is ride off from it.
Gus- Dern people making towns everywhere, its our fault too.
Gus- Well, Here’s to the sunny slopes of long ago.
Gus- Ain’t much of a crime, whacking a surly bartender.
Gus- Nother 20 years and we’ll be the Indians. They’ll be trying to stick us on the reservation just to get us out of the way.
Gus- When was you the happiest, Call?
Woodrow- Happiest about what?
Gus- About just being a live human being, free on the earth?
Gus- If you want any one thing too badly, it’s likely to turn out to be a disappointment. The only healthy way to live, as I see it is to learn to like all the little everyday things… like a sip of good whiskey in the evening, or a soft bed, or a glass of buttermilk, or say a…a feisty gentleman like myself.
Gus- They don’t know it but the wrath of the lords about to descend on them come sundown.
Gus- Yesterdays gone we can’t get it back.
Gus- Well a lady will slice your jugular quick as a Comanche.
Gus- What’s good for me ain’t necessarily good for the weak minded.
Woodrow- I hate rude behavior in a man, won’t tolerate it.
Gus- Me and Woodrow have always liked to get where we started for even if it don’t make a damn lick a sense.
Gus- I’d like to see one more place that ain’t settled before I take up the rocking chair.
Deets’s Grave stone Epitaph written by Woodrow- Josh Deets. Served with me 30 years. Fought in 21 engagements with Comanche and Kiowa. Cheerful in all weathers. Never shirked a task. Splendid behavior.
Gus- Ain’t nothing better than riding a fine horse in a new country.
Gus- No, I mean chase em just for the sport of it.
Gus- Hope you didn’t throw my leg away. Might wanna make a walking stick out of the bone.
Woodrow- What do you want legs for anyway, you don’t like to do nothing but sit on the porch and drink whiskey?
Gus- I like to kick a pig every once in a while. How would I do that?
Gus- I walk this earth my whole life with my pride see. Now, if that’s lost let the rest be lost with it cause there’s certain my vanity won’t abide.
Gus- Dangerous business, writing two women at the same time.
Gus- By God Woodrow its been quite a party ain’t it?
Doctor- People promise all sorts of thing to the dying its been my observation they generally forget the whole business in a few days.
Woodrow- I don’t.
Blacksmith- Everybody wants to see this one hang Muy Mal, bad.
Woodrow- Who is it some politician?
Woodrow- Well there you are Augustus. I guess this’ll teach me to be more careful about what I promise in the future.
Woodrow- A man of vision you say… Yeah, hell of a vision.
For your own motto, branded into the highest quality hair on cowhide, that will keep your drink cold. Click Here, I don’t know what it says. Its a motto, it just says itself, but for all I know it invites people to rob you.