Lone Star (1952)
Devereaux Burke: Put it this way - I've always had a wandering foot. This is the first time I've ever wanted a woman.
Minniver Bryan: [Taking him literally] What?
Devereaux Burke: Hear me out. This is the first time I've ever wanted a woman to be my wife.
Minniver Bryan: All this fuss over a flea-bitten, bog-spattin', rough-sprung republic that can't...
Devereaux Burke: Careful, Minni. I'm a Texan. And this flea-bitten, bog-spattin', rough-sprung republic of ours is bigger than a dozen of your little United States all put together. It also grows some beautiful women.
Minniver Bryan: You get your job done before you start lollygaggin'!
Devereaux Burke: I just like to live a balanced life. Some of this, some of that.
Sam Houston: What brings you beyond the Pecos?
Thomas Craden: [Confronting Houston and Burke] I was chasing a renegade but instead I found two!
Devereaux Burke: You're a strange woman.
Martha Ronda: Am I?
Devereaux Burke: Yeah. But, still a lot of woman.
Tom Crockett: [to Craden] You're a fool, Tom, but a fool with courage.
Devereaux Burke: [to Jackson] If I'm going to risk my neck again, I want to come out of it this time with something more than glory.
Bud Yoakum: Sir, I thought you said a smart man knows when to quit.
Devereaux Burke: Who says I'm smart?
Andrew Jackson: I'm frightened. For the first time in my life, I am frightened for the future of the United States.
Thomas: I must warn you, sir, if we continue to campaign for Polk, on a platform favoring Texas, we lose this election!
Mr. Colby: He's right! Texas is a slave state and the people of the north will never tolerate adding shame to our country.
Mr. Thompson: I resent that, sir. It is you who have twisted the peaceful relationship between master and slave into an evil.
Devereaux Burke: Right now, I'm headin' for Sam Houston in Comanche country - and injuns scare me.
Thomas Craden: We don't need a lot of Yankee dressmakers to tell us what to do.
Martha Ronda: We've had enough fighting and killing. There isn't a family here that didn't lose kin at the Alamo and we don't want it to happen again. With Mexico waiting to be our friend, we can live in peace!
Minniver Bryan: If I didn't know Sam's folks, I'd say he was half Indian. He can talk with them, eat with them, sleep with them!
Devereaux Burke: Well, she's still a lot of woman. You know when you rub your hand over silk, you get a shock and you see little sparks? Well, I figure that's what will happen if I stroked her.
Martha Ronda: [singing] Moonlight was meant for lovers, Breezes were meant to sigh, To sigh for unhappy lovers, Lovers were meant to cry...
Thomas Craden: Gentlemen, can't you see what this means? We'll be a giant of the Western Hemisphere. As a state, we'll just be one of 28. As a Republic we can command the respect and fear of not only the United States, but the entire world. Why should we give up an Empire just for statehood!
Devereaux Burke: It's convenient to have a woman you can take for granted. Not very exciting, but, convenient. I've never been that lucky.
Martha Ronda: Would you want that sort of woman?
Devereaux Burke: Frankly, no. And I'll tell you something else, I don't think you're that sort of woman. Are you? - Are you?
Martha Ronda: Am I?
Devereaux Burke: Come here.
Devereaux Burke: I guess that just about covers it.
Minniver Bryan: You left out one detail. You didn't tell me you were in love.
Devereaux Burke: Why do you say that?
Minniver Bryan: Had a milk cow once. Each time she went dry she looked like you do right now. That was love.
Thomas Craden: You men wait here. I'll ride in alone. These Apaches aren't friendly. I don't want them to think this is a war party.
Sam Houston: Three times Texas has stood like a bride at the alter and three times she's been denied. Well, there is a thing called pride. And we Texans have our full measure.
Devereaux Burke: What about the treaty with Mexico?
Sam Houston: Oh, that. That was only to build fear in the minds of those who barred the gates to us. Those idiots in Washington who've set their hands against us because of our slaves!
Martha Ronda: Dev...
Devereaux Burke: Why pretend the truth isn't the truth? I've known ever since that night on the patio. You'll never kiss another man like that. Some women might; but not you.
Minniver Bryan: How could you get mixed up in a mess like this? Politics isn't for pretty girls like you; its for old battle axes like me.
Mizette: This is most discouraging, mon ami. Do you think Texas is worth all this?
Devereaux Burke: I hope so. It better be!
Martha Ronda: You know, you're a strange man; but, quite a lot of man.
Andrew Jackson: Now, you tell him, it's my wish - probably my last wish - that the dream we both shared, that we worked so hard at, be fulfilled. You tell him that.