Love them or hate them, these 'Yellowstone' character quotes are unforgettable.
Since the summer of 2018, television viewers have been watching Yellowstone’s Dutton family face one conflict after another over their fourth-generation Montana ranch, and its bordering neighbors; Broken Rock Indian Reservation, Yellowstone National Park, and potential land developers. Just how big is Yellowstone Ranch? Well, according to John Dutton, it’s “the size of Rhode Island.”
Fans of Yellowstone know with every episode they watch, they better not be holding a tub of popcorn, as it’s likely to end up all over the place when they jump out of their seat and onto their feet. Whether it’s fighting mad, being taken by surprise (we’re looking at you Beth Dutton), or cheering their favorite characters on, viewers are captivated by the Dutton family and their ranch hands.
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Whether you’ve watched Yellowstone from the beginning, or are curious what the show might be about, and wonder if it’s worth binge-watching (it is), here are some favorite quotes from the characters we can’t get enough of, which gives you a taste for the western-meets-modern-day feel of the show.
Best Yellowstone Quotes
We’ll kick off with a masterpiece, from grandfather to grandson, that could really sum up the entire show:
Tate: Well, if ranching is so hard, why do we do it?
John: Because it's one hell of a life, Tate. One hell of a life.
John Dutton Quotes
“Why do all my children have to leave to find happiness?”
“It’s the one constant in life. You build something worth having, someone’s gonna try to take it.”
“This is going to be the end of us. But we’re gonna do it anyway.”
“Learn to be meaner than evil and still love your family and enjoy a sunrise.”
“Aw Beth. You would have made a hell of a cowboy.”
“It wasn’t a move. I’m just meaner than you.”
Beth Dutton Quotes
“I believe in lovin’ with your whole soul and destroying anything that wants to kill what you love. That’s it. That’s all there is.”
“My mother was the spine of this family, She was the center, And without her, he’s, well, the best of him died with her.”
"That's a conversation for another time that we'll never have."
“Yeah, baby. I’m asking you to marry me. Will you do that?”
“Love you. [Kisses John’s head] Off to ruin a life.”
“I want a place with no memories, you know? A place where nothing happened until we happened.”
"For someone with no spine, you've sure got a lot of balls."
“You couldn’t fill a thimble with my faith in humanity.”
"You are the trailer park. I am the tornado."
"The only thing I ask is that you outlive me so I never live another day without you."
"Just tell me who to fight."
Rip Wheeler Quotes
“I’d rather kill a thousand men than shoot another horse.”
“I was born on a dead-end road, honey. This world doesn’t need another generation of me.”
“There’s sharks and minnows in this world, Jimmy, and if you don’t know which one you are, then you ain’t a shark.”
“You know why people don’t come talk to you? Because they’re scared they’ll let you down. I know I am.”
"You know, when you boil life down, it’s funny just how little you need, isn’t it?”
“Jimmy, cowboys don’t say goodbye.”
Jamie Dutton Quotes
“If hating me keeps you from hating yourself, I’ll be there for you… That’s what family’s for.”
“Beth, if you just made your one phone call from jail, you wasted it.”
“I need some advice, brother, if I can still call you that.”
“From now on, what I do is for me.”
“A man who puts a hand on a member of my family never puts a hand on anything else.”
“I need to. I've never known who I was. I never felt like I was whole. I need to know you, or I will never know myself.”
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Kayce Dutton Quotes
“God sure finds interesting ways to put people out of business.”
“If I’m going to lose you, it’s going to be about what I did, not because I lied to you.”
“The only thing I’ve got left is to make a future for my son. This is the only thing I’ve got to give him.”
“Well ain’t that the thing about problems, Dad? No matter how long you’re gone, they’ll be right here when you get back.”
“There’s monsters everywhere in this world. You just gotta kill ‘em when you find ‘em.”
“You don’t get to tell me what to do anymore.”
Monica (Long) Dutton Quotes
“I'm not judging. I just don't understand this place.”
“I can’t think of a better medicine than the stars for a ceiling.”
“I’m not making it my fault, I’m making it my problem.”
Lynelle Perry Quotes
“Bullies need to be big, and I’m bigger than you.”
“You are going to run for office just so your son doesn’t get it?”
“Is what I'm proposing best for the state? I don't know. Is it best for you? Yes. Is it best for the people in this valley? I think so. In my heart, I think it is.”
Chief Thomas Rainwater Quotes
“Our first fight is against being ignored.”
“All men are bad. But some of us try real hard to be good.”
“I’m going to buy your ranch first - right after you die. And I’m going to pull down every fence, and any evidence that your family ever existed will be removed from the property - and it’ll look like it used to. When it was ours.”
“On this, I stand with you.”
Lloyd Pierce Quotes
“You know, you did something that no one does, Rip. You’ve outlived your past.”
“Pray like hell, and hold on.”
“Because no one lives within a hundred miles. It’s a county with no people, no sheriff, and no 12 jurors of your peers.”
“Mister, I don’t know you, but if you’re wearin’ that brand, you must be a bad man.”
“Karma comes in all shapes and sizes. Guess it’s me today.”
“We like to think we ain’t animals. Like we’ve evolved into something different. Prison teaches you we haven’t.”
Jimmy Hurdstrom Quotes
“You ever have a girl look at you and your whole world just stops?”
“We’re with the Yellowstone. Nobody’s gonna mess with us.”
“Well, I guess I should ride off into the sunset.”