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You must pay for everything in this world one way and another. There is nothing free except the Grace of God. You cannot earn that or deserve it.
But I had not the strength nor the inclination to bandy words with a drunkard. What have you done when you have bested a fool?.
If you want anything done right you will have to see to it yourself every time.
You do not think much of me, do you, Cogburn?" "I don't think about you at all when your mouth is closed.
I know what they said even if they would not say it to my face. People love to talk. They love to slander you if you have any substance.
People do not give it 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 did not happen every day. I was just fourteen years of age when a coward going by the name Tom Chaney shot my father down in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and robbed him of his life and his horse and $150 in cash money plus two California gold pieces that he carried in his trouser band.
I would not put a thief in my mouth to steal my brains.
The wicked flee when none pursueth.
As he drank, little brown drops of coffee clung to his mustache like dew. Men will live like billy goats if they are let alone.
MR.GOUDY: I believe you testified that you backed away from Aaron Wharton. MR.COGBURN: That is right. MR.GOUDY: You were backing away? MR.COGBURN: Yes sir. He had that ax raised. MR.GOUDY: Which direction were you going? MR.COGBURN: I always go backwards when I am backing up.
What have you done when you have bested a fool?.
You are a pearl of great price to me, but there are times when you are an almighty trial to those who love you.
I had hated these ponies for the part they played in my father's death but now I realized the notion was fanciful, that it was wrong to charge blame to these pretty beasts who knew neither good nor evil but only innocence. I say that of these ponies. I have known some horses and a good many more pigs who I believe harbored evil intent in their hearts. I will go further and say all cats are wicked, though often useful. Who has not seen Satan in their sly faces? Some preachers will say, well, that is superstitious "claptrap." My answer is this: Preacher, go to your Bible and read Luke 8: 26-33.
If I had received good instruction as a child I would be with my family today and at peace with my neighbors. 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.
On his deathbed he asked for a priest and became a Catholic. That was his wife's religion. It was his own business and none of mine. If you had sentenced one hundred and sixty men to death and seen around eighty of them swing, then maybe at the last minute you would feel the need for some stronger medicine than the Methodists could make.
I bought some crackers and a piece of hoop cheese and an apple at a grocery store and sat on a nail keg by the stove and had a cheap yet nourishing lunch. You know what they say, "Enough is as good as a feast.
Nothing is too long or too short either if you have a true and interesting tale and what I call a "graphic" writing style combined with educational aims.
If you don't have no schooling you are up against it in this country, sis. That is the way of it. No sir, that man has no chance any more. No matter if he has got sand in his craw, others will push him aside, little thin fellows that have won spelling bees back home.
You go for a man hard and fast enough and he don't have time to think about how many is with him, he thinks about himself and how he may get clear out of the wrath that is about to set down on him.
I will go further and say all cats are wicked, though often useful.
I am ready. I have repented my sins and soon I will be in heaven with Christ my savior. Now I must die like a man.
Men will live like billy goats if they are let alone.
It was still dark outside and bitter cold although mercifully there was little wind. Why is it calm in the early morning? You will notice that lakes are usually still and smooth before daybreak.