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  • "Oh, George... not the livestock."
  • Pete calls Wash "Judas Iscariot Hogwallop" upon the latter confirming that he reported him to the authorities.
  • "I 'spect some miscegenation in they he'itage! Usin' a Confed'rate flag as a miss-ile!"
  • When Everett confesses that he lied about the treasure, the mournful violin rendition of I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow playing in the background abruptly stops, making it sound like the guy playing it is just as surprised as Pete and Delmar.
    • Pete laments that escaping the chain gang will add another 40 years to his sentence, so he'll be imprisoned until he's 84 years old. Delmar, on the other hand, is more optimistic.
      Delmar: Well, I'll only be 82!
      Pete: [strangling Everett] You! Ruined! My LIFE!!
      Everett: [choking] Now, I do apologize 'bout that, Pete.
  • "Damn! We're in a tight spot!"
  • "We're gonna R-U-N-N-O-F-T!"
  • "Gopher, Everett?"
    • "No thank you, Delmar. A third of a gopher would only rouse my appetite without bedding her back down."
  • "Them si-reens done loved 'im up and turned him into a horny-toad!"
    Everett: I'm not sure that's Pete.
    Delmar: Of course it's Pete! Look at him!... We gotta find some kind of wizard to change him back!
  • "We thought you was a t... toad!" "Wuh...?"
  • "Thank God your mammy died givin' birth — if she'd a' seen ya', she'd a' died a' shame!"
  • Everett's disastrous fist fight. Nuff said.
  • "Well, the two of us was fixin' to fornicate!" (Cue the waitress arriving in time to hear and looking awkwardly at them.)
  • "I don't get it, Big Dan."
  • This exchange with the blind seer:
    Delmar: You work for the railroad, Grampa?
    Blind Seer: I work for no man.
    Delmar: Got a name, do you?
    Blind Seer: I have no name.
    Everett: Well, that right there may be the reason you've had difficulty findin' gainful employment.
  • This exchange after Delmar gets saved and baptized:
    Delmar: Well that's it, boys. I've been redeemed. The preacher's done warshed away all my sins and transgressions. It's the straight and narrow from here on out, and heaven everlasting's my reward.
    Everett: Delmar, what are you talking about? We've got bigger fish to fry.
    Delmar: The preacher says all my sins is warshed away, including that Piggly Wiggly I knocked over in Yazoo.
    Everett: I thought you said you was innocent of those charges?
    Delmar: (beat) Well I was lyin'. And the preacher says that that sin's been warshed away too. Neither God nor man's got nothin' on me now. C'mon in boys, the water is fine.
  • "You sold your immortal soul to the devil for some gittar lessons?" "Well, I wasn't using it for nothing..."
    • Followed by:
      Everett: Well, ain't it a small world, spiritually speaking? Pete and Delmar just been baptized and saved. I guess I'm the only one that remains unaffiliated.
  • "You two are just dumber than a bag of hammers."
  • "Gimme that microphone! These boys is not white! These boys is not white! Hell, they ain't even old-timey!"
  • Everett, Pete, and Delmar catch up to a train, with Everett hopping into an open door and encountering some weathered hobos.
    Everett: Say, any of you boys smithies?
    [Delmar jumps into the train]
    Everett: Or, if not smithies per se, were you otherwise trained in the metallurgic arts before straitened circumstances...
    [Pete tries to catch up with the two, but he screams as he trips and falls.]
    Everett: ...forced you into a life of aimless wandering?
    [Everett falls on his front and gets dragged backward out of the door, along with Delmar]
    • The look on his face as he's dragged out.
  • As Pappy's return bid for governor begins to go downhill thanks to Stokes:
    Crony #1: Wellll, it's a well-run campaign. Midget, and broom, an' whatnot.
    Crony #2: Devil his due.
    Crony #1: HELL of an organization.
    Junior O'Daniel: Say... I got an ide'.
    Crony #2: What's that, Junior?
    Junior: We could hire us a little fella even smaller'n Stokes's!
    Pappy: (incensed, slapping Junior with his hat) You slump-shouldered sack a' guts! We'd look like a buncha Johnny-come-latelies, braggin' on our own midget — no MATTER how stumpy!
  • "Looks like George is right back on top again!"
  • "The Color Guard is colored! [Beat] Who made them the Color Guard?!"
    • It's the way he says the second half of the line, as if there were some sort of administrative error or a mix-up in the paperwork somewhere along the line.
  • "That ain't your daddy, your daddy got hit by a train!"
    "Nothin' left."
    "Just a grease spot on the L&N!"
  • "That don't make no sense!"
    • "It's a fool that looks for logic in the chambers of the human heart."
  • Pappy's subordinates' conversation about Homer Stokes, and the slow glare Pappy gives them as they keep talking:
    "He's gonna paddle our little behind."
    "Ain't gonna paddle it — gonna kick it. Real hard."
    "No, I believe he's gonna paddle it."
    "I don't believe that's a proper description."
    "Well, that's how I'd characterize it."
    "I believe it's more of a kickin' sitchiation."
  • The cow.
  • Pete's reaction when he first hears the sirens. Words can't do it justice.
    "Pull over! Pull over!"
  • The fact that Know-Nothing Know-It-All Everett can't say the word "accompanist", but Pete can.
  • Everett trying to get car parts and pomade and finding out they'll take the same time to arrive:
    Everett: Well, ain't this place a geographical oddity! Two weeks from everywhere!