Someday, you’re gonna run this place, and for your son to someday run it too, you got to understand what this ranch’s greatest enemy is. It’s not wolves, or drought, or blizzards, or Texas Fever. It’s other men. Man will choose to take what you’ve built rather than try and build it for himself. Every civilization in this world is built on top of the one they conquered. You go to Rome or Jerusalem or Paris, France and it’s cities stacked on top of towns stacked on top of villages on top of one man’s house built on top of one man’s cave. Wish it wasn’t so, but it is. Your enemies have got to be so terrified that their fear is greater than their greed.[to Jack]
Men kill with bullets or a noose, which is to say men kill quick. Your fight is with me now. I kill much slower.[to Banner]
War’s not living. If insanity was a thing you could touch, that’s what war is. A letter is a window out of that hell for a minute. But it’s a double-edged sword. Missing home and dreaming has killed more soldiers. You want to eat a bullet in battle, you start wishing for a letter.[to Alexandra]
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Violence has always haunted this family. It followed us from the Scottish Highlands and the slums of Dublin. It ravaged us upon the coffin ships of Ireland. Stranded us on the beaches of New Jersey, devoured us upon the battlefields of Shiloh and Antietam. And it followed us here, lurking beneath the pines and in the rivers. And where it doesn’t follow, we hunt it down. We seek it.
Vengeance will never make you money. You must set a goal, then formulate a plan to achieve it. Then you execute it without mercy.
True wealth is generational. I could never spend all the money I’ve made. What I do now ensures that my great-grandchildren can’t either. If you think about it, generational wealth is the closest thing a man can have to immortality. When a building has your name on it, that’s immortality.[to Banner]