: A man just doesn't know how many friends he's got 'til he's flat on his back. Grady: Or how many people are glad that he is. Obra: How does it feel to be part of the oppressed minority? Thurman: Hey, Buford - How'd ya like a nice plush job as my deputy? No presence required, JUST BRUTE ANIMAL FORCE! Buford: It's not the fine that's important. It's the principal of the thing. You got public respect, Obra. Obra: Come over to my house tonight with public respect and watch the bonfire. Callie: You got a warrent? Buford: Yeah, I keep it in my shoe! John Witter: [to Buford] Ya know, ideals and realties are very far apart. One day you're gonna see that son. And if ya don't, someone's gonna point it out to you... CLEARLY! Callie: [about Pusser] Those Nashville papers are playing up that big stick of his like he's Sir Lancelot or somebody Augie McCulluah: We otta take Sir Lancelot's big stick and shove it up his ass! Buford: I'm gonna take, and take, and take, till they ain't got nothin left to give but BLOOD!... And I'm gonna take that, one drop at a time! Buford: [talking to the jury after showing his scars] If you let them do this to me and get away with it, THEN YOU'RE GIVING THEM THE ETERNAL RIGHT TO DO THE SAME DAMN THING TO ANY ONE OF YOU! Obra: [to Buford after the trial] You had that jury ready to walk barefoot over hot coals! Buford: Hey Grady! What about you? Are you just gonna let them throw me in a hole and bury me? Grady: What am I supposed to do? He deals the cards... I just play the hand I get Buford: Well, go find yourself another game! Grandpa Carl Pusser: You better be rememberin' one thing before election time, the people of this county give you that badge and they can damn well take it away from ya! Thurman: Not like you to threaten a man, Carl. Buford: Don't you just hate someone like that Obra: What do you mean? Buford: Well... he ruined our bonfire! Luan Paxton: Lookin's for free... What I mean is lookin' don't cost nothin'. Pauline Pusser: Is your pride worth those children's safety?... Of all of us? Buford: If you let those people that own those joints have an inch, they'll steal the whole state... It looks like they already got a leg up on it.