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No Country for Old Men Quotes

You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.
You think when you wake up in the mornin yesterday don't count. But yesterday is all that does count. What else is there? Your life is made out of the days it’s made out of. Nothin else.
The point is there ain't no point.
How does a man decide in what order to abandon his life?.
People complain about the bad things that happen to em that they don't deserve but they seldom mention the good. About what they done to deserve them things.
You keep runnin that mouth and I'm goin to take you back there and screw you.
Ever step you take is forever. You cant make it go away. None of it. You understand what I'm sayin?.
I think by the time you're grown you're as happy as you're goin to be. You'll have good times and bad times, but in the end you'll be about as happy as you was before. Or as unhappy. I've knowed people that just never did get the hang of it.
It takes very little to govern good people. Very little. And bad people cant be governed at all. Or if they could I never heard of it.
you fix what you can fix and you let the rest go. If there ain't nothin to be done about it it aint even a problem. It's just a aggravation.
If the rule you followed brought you to this, of what use was the rule?.
I think if you were Satan and you were settin around tryin to think up somethin that would just bring the human race to its knees what you would probably come up with is narcotics.
I always thought when I got older that God would sort of come into my life in some way. He didn't. I don't blame him. If I was him I'd have the same opinion about me that he does.
All the time you spend tryin to get back what's been took from you there's more goin out the door. After a while you just try and get a tourniquet on it.
Best way to live in California is to be from somewheres else.
I think that when the lies are all told and forgot the truth will be there yet. It dont move about from place to place and it dont change from time to time. You cant corrupt it any more than you can salt salt.
You think when you wake up in the mornin yesterday dont count. But yesterday is all that does count. What else is there? Your life is made out of the days it's made out of. Nothin else. You might think you could run away and change your name and I dont know what all. Start over. And then one mornin you wake up and look at the ceilin and guess who's layin there?.
My daddy always told me to just do the best you knew how and tell the truth. He said there was nothin to set a man’s mind at ease like wakin up in the morning and not havin to decide who you were. And if you done somethin wrong just stand up and say you done it and say you’re sorry and get on with it. Don’t haul stuff around with you.
If there's one thing on this planet you don't look like it's a bunch of good luck walkin around.
I tried to put things in perspective but sometimes you're just too close to it.
Things happen to you they happen. They dont ask first. They dont require your permission.
You can tell it any way you want but that's the way it is. I should of done it and I didn’t. And some part of me has never quit wishin I could go back. And I cant. I didn’t know you could steal your own life. And I didn’t know that it would bring you no more benefit than about anything else you might steal. I think I done the best with it I knew how but it still wasn’t mine. It never has been.
What business is it of yours where I'm from, friendo?.
It starts when you begin to overlook good manners. Any time you quit hearing Sir and Mam the end is pretty much in sight...
It's not about knowing who you are. It's about thinkin you got there without takin anything with you. Your notions about startin over. or anybody's. You dont start over. That's what it's about. Every step you take is forever. You can't make it go away. None of it.
If you dont respect me what must you think of yourself?.
It's a life's work to see yourself for what you really are and even then you might be wrong. And that is something I don't want to be wrong about.
I had no say in the matter. Every moment in your life is a turning and every one a choosing. Somewhere you made a choice. All followed to this. The accounting is scrupulous. The shape is drawn. No line can be erased. I had no belief in your ability to move a coin to your bidding. How could you? A person's path through the world seldom changes and even more seldom will it change abruptly. And the shape of your path was visible from the beginning.
People complain about the bad things that happen to em that they dont deserve but they seldom mention the good. About what they done to deserve them things. I dont recall that I ever give the good Lord all that much cause to smile on me. But he did.
Nothin wounded goes uphill, he said. It just dont happen.
People don't pay attention. And then one day there's an accounting. And after that, nothing is the same.
When I came into your life your life was over. It had a beginning, a middle, and an end. This is the end. You can say that things could have turned out differently. That they could have been some other way. But what does that mean? They are not some other way. They are this way.
Do you have any notion of how goddamned crazy you are?.
Well, I guess in all honesty I would have to say that I never knew nor did I ever hear of anybody that money didnt change.
But this man had set down with a hammer and chisel and carved out a stone water trough to last ten thousand years. Why was that? What was it that he had faith in? It wasn't that nothin' would change. Which is what you might think, I suppose. He had to know better'n that. I've thought about it a good deal. . . And I have to say that the only thing I can think is that there was some sort of promise in his heart. And I don't have no intentions of carvin' a stone water trough. But I would like to be able to make that kind of promise. I think that's what I would like most of all.
You always pay too much. Particularly for promises. There aint no such thing as a bargain promise.
She smiled. I think it's just the snow. I think it makes people stop and think. Bell nodded. I hope it comes a blizzard then.
He didn't say a lot so I tend to remember what he did say. And I don't remember that he had a lot of patience with havin to say things twice so I learned to listen the first time.
I think sometimes people would rather have a bad answer about things than no answer at all.
For things at a common destination there is a common path. Not always easy to see. But there.
I dont know what I ever done, she said. I truly dont. Chigurh nodded. Probably you do, he said. There's a reason for everything. She shook her head. How many times I've said them very words. I wont again.
Somewhere out there is a true and living prophet of destruction and I dont want to confront him. I know he's real. I have seen his work.
Somewhere in the world is the most invincible man. Just as somewhere is the most vulnerable.