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15 Best Lonesome Dove Quotes

When it comes to iconic Westerns, Lonesome Dove is one of the best. Even today, it is still a great classic to quote.

Based on the 1985 novel, Lonesome Dove aired in 1985 as a four-part mini-series. It was a huge hit, as an estimated 26 million households tuned in to watch it. The series went on to win seven Emmys and two Golden Globes.

Here are the best Lonesome Dove quotes.

If you want any one thing too badly, it’s likely to turn out to be a disappointment. The only healthy way to live life is to learn to like all the little everyday things – like a sip of good whiskey in the evening, a soft bed, a glass of buttermilk, or a feisty gentleman like myself.

Gus McCrae

Better to have that and not need it than need it and not have it.

Woodrow Call

The older the violin, the sweeter the music.

Gus McCrae

The hardest thing on earth is choosing what matters.

Larry McMurtry

It’s not dying I’m talking about, it’s living.

Gus McCrae

Besides a whiskey, I think we will require a little respect. . . . If you care to turn around, you will see what we looked like when we was younger and the people around here wanted to make us senators. What we didn’t put up with back then was doddlin’ service, and as you can see, we still don’t put up with it.

Gus McCrae

Occasionally the very youngness of the young moved him to charity–they had no sense of the swiftness of life, nor of its limits. The years would pass like weeks, and loves would pass too, or else grow sour..

Larry McMurtry

What are you talkin’ about? You don’t even like money. You like money even less than you like fun, if that’s possible.

Gus McCrae

Yesterday’s gone on down the river and you can’t get it back.

Larry McMurtry

I guess this’ll teach me to be careful about what I promise in the future.

Woodrow Call

Here’s to the sunny slopes of long ago.

Gus McCrae

I hate rude behavior in a man. I won’t tolerate it.

Woodrow Call

They don’t know it, but the wrath of the Lord is about to descend on ‘em.

Gus McCrae

It’s been quite a party ain’t it?

Gus McCrae

Men who didn’t know how to get on and off a horse would not be much use around a cow outfit.

Gus McCrae

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