We’ve been on that land since the beginning of time, and yet, you decided it was your own. Did you not think that we would fight to take it back? Because when I steal something from someone, I expect they will want to kill me. White people, they do not. They think everything in this world rightfully belongs to them. They think they’re entitled to rob and cheat. All the white people I’ve ever met tried to steal our land. And yet, I have never met a white man who didn’t look surprised when I killed him.[to Eli]
Any time you find a decent piece of land, sure as sunup, someone out there’s gonna try and take it from you.
Attacking a man you cannot defeat comes from pride, not honor. Pride is often the opposite of honor.[to Eli]
There’s a lot to be said for wild country, country that’s not in love with keeping track of where a man is every second of every day.
The world’s a dangerous place, honey. Your daddy and I tried to protect you from that, but now that you’ve seen it, you’ve got a choice. You can either curl up in a little ball or make yourself stronger.[to Jeannie]
The McCulloughs have been making a habit, lately, of pushing away the white men of this town. But they seem to have forgotten one very important thing. White men push back.