Jacob 'Big Jake' McCandles: I'll give you $500 now and another $500 when you get 'em to market.
Scottish Shepherd: That's highway robbery.
Jacob 'Big Jake' McCandles: Well, maybe you think you're gonna get a better offer for 'em today?
Scottish Shepherd: I'll take it... with one proviso.
Jacob 'Big Jake' McCandles: What's that?
Scottish Shepherd: I go with the sheep.
Jake: Well, if you can shoot that far, a quarter of a mile straight along the edge of my nose is a mountain buck. Shoot it.
Michael McCandles: I don't kill to make a point, Father.
Jake: Michael, there's two reason to kill - survival and meat. We need meat.
Jake: What do you do when cockroaches get in the woodwork, Michael?
James McCandles: Smoke 'em out?
Jake: That's right.
Michael McCandles: Why not wait for them to make the first move?
Jake: Because waiting is good for them and bad for us. You get impatient, nervy, careless and maybe dead.
Martha McCandles: I was wrong. You haven't changed, have you, Jacob McCandles?
Jacob 'Big Jake' McCandles: Not one bit.
Continuity mistake: In the scene where John Wayne picks up the red box of money he lifts it onto his back and walks to an open door. As he goes out the door the camera moves to outside and we see John Wayne come out of the building. Now the red box is completely on his shoulder, rather than his back.