'Tombstone' Quotes: 40+ Iconic Lines By Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, & More

40+ ‘Tombstone’ Quotes That’ll Have You Saying ‘I’m Your Huckleberry’

November 30, 2020 Updated March 23, 2021

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When it comes to the ‘90s, few movies have more presence than the western Tombstone. Sure, we’d all seen and heard stories of the iconic Old West lawman Wyatt Earp — but no one could have known how captivating it would be to see the marshal played by Kurt Russell. Or Doc Holliday played by Val Kilmer. And hell, that’s to say nothing of Sam Elliott and Bill Paxton as Earp’s brothers and Dana Delaney as the charismatic Josephine. With such an incredible cast and compelling tale, it’s little wonder there are so many truly iconic Tombstone quotes.

It would be easy to think that a movie based on events that took place in the 1880s would be… dated. Therein lies the magic of Tombstone, though. No matter how much time passes, the lines from this classic always seem to resonate.

So, keep reading to step back in history to the O.K. Corral with Wyatt, Doc, and other memorable residents of infamous Tombstone, Arizona. And if you’re looking for more quotes from exciting tales like Tombstone, check out our quotes from adrenaline-inducing flicks like Star Wars, Die Hard, and The Princess Bride.

Tombstone Quotes — Wyatt Earp

1. “You gonna do somethin’ or just stand there and bleed?”

2. Doc: “All right, Clanton… you called down the thunder, well now you’ve got it! (reveals badge) You see that?”
Wyatt: “It says United States Marshal!”
Clanton: “Wyatt, please, I…”
Wyatt: (referring to Stilwell, laying dead) “Take a good look at him, Ike… ‘cause that’s how you’re gonna end up. The Cowboys are finished, you understand? I see a red sash, I kill the man wearin’ it! So, run. Run, your cur, RUN! Tell all the other curs the law’s comin’. You tell ‘em I’m coming, and hell’s coming with me, you hear? Hell’s coming with me!”

3. “I don’t think I’ll let you arrest us today, Behan.”

4. Doc: “It appears my hypocrisy knows no bounds.”
Wyatt: “Doc, you’re not a hypocrite. You just like to sound like one.”

5. “Fight’s commenced! Get to fightin’ or get away.”

6. “In all that time workin’ those cow towns, I was only ever mixed up in one shootin’, just one! But a man lost his life, and I took it. You don’t know how that feels and believe me, boy, you don’t ever want to know. Not ever!”

7. “Skin that smoke wagon and see what happens!”

8. Johnny Tyler: “Well, for a man that don’t go heeled, you run your mouth kinda reckless, don’t you?”
Wyatt: “No need to go heeled to get the bulge on a tub like you.”

9. “How the hell did we get ourselves into this?”

10. (To Josephine) “I have nothing left, nothing to give you. I have no pride, no dignity, no money. I don’t even know how we’ll make a living, but I promise I’ll love you the rest of your life.” (they kiss)

11. Wyatt: “How we feelin’ today, Doc?”
Doc: “I’m dying. How are you?”
Wyatt: “Pretty much the same.”

12. Wyatt: “I did my duty, now I’d like to get on with my life. I’m going to Tombstone.”
Crawley Drake: “Ah, I see. To strike it rich. Well, all right, that’s fine. Tell you one thing, though… I never saw a rich man who didn’t wind up with a guilty conscience.”
Wyatt: “Already got a guilty conscience. Might as well have the money, too. Good day now.”

13. “I spent my whole life not knowing what I want out of it, just chasing my tail. Now, for the first time, I know exactly what I want and who. That’s the damnable misery of it.”

14. “You die first, get it? Your friends might get me in a rush, but not before I make your head into a canoe, you understand me?” 

15. (After watching a theatrical performance of Goethe’s Faust at the Bird Cage Theatre)
Wyatt: “I wonder who the devil was?” (Josephine removes her mask, revealing herself as Satan)
Wyatt: “I’ll be damned.”
Doc: (leaning forward) “You may indeed, sir, if you get lucky.”

Doc Holliday

1. “I stand corrected, Wyatt. You’re an oak.”

2. “Maybe poker just isn’t your game. I’ve got an idea… let’s have a spelling contest.”

3. Wyatt: “What makes a man like Ringo, Doc? What makes him do the things he does?”
Doc: “A man like Ringo has got a great big hole, right in the middle of him. He can never kill enough, or steal enough, or inflict enough pain to ever fill it.”
Wyatt: “What does he need?”
Doc: “Revenge.”
Wyatt: “For what?”
Doc: “Bein’ born.”

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4. (After shooting Johnny Ringo) “You’re no daisy! You’re no daisy at all. Poor soul, you were just too high-strung.”

5. Wyatt: “How many cards do you want?”
Doc: “I don’t want to play anymore.”
Wyatt: “How many?”
Doc: “Damn it, you’re the most fallible, stubborn, self-deluded, bullheaded man I’ve ever known in my entire life.”
Wyatt: “I call. (looks at Doc’s cards) You win.”
Doc: “You’re the only human being in my entire life that ever gave me hope.”

6. “I’m your huckleberry.”

7. Turkey Creek Jack Johnson: “Doc, you oughtta be in bed. What the hell you doin’ this for, anyway?”
Doc: “Wyatt Earp is my friend.”
Turkey Creek Jack: “Hell, I got lots of friends.”
Doc: “I don’t.”

8. “Nonsense, I have not yet begun to defile myself.”

9. (Taunting a card player who thinks he’s cheating) “Why Ed, does this mean we’re not friends anymore? You know, Ed, if I thought you weren’t my friend… I just don’t think I could bear it!”

10. Billy Clanton: “Why, it’s the drunk piano player. You’re so drunk, you can’t hit nothin’. In fact, you’re probably seeing double.” (draws a knife)
Doc: (takes out a second gun) “I have two guns, one for each of ya.”

11. Doc: “What did you ever want?”
Wyatt Earp: “Just to live a normal life.”
Doc: “There’s no normal life, Wyatt, it’s just life. Get on with it.”
Wyatt: “Don’t know how.”
Doc: “Sure you do. Say goodbye to me. Go grab that spirited actress and make her your own. Take that beauty from it, don’t look back. Live every second. Live right on to the end. Live Wyatt. Live for me. Wyatt, if you were ever my friend, if ya ever had even the slightest of feelin’ for me, leave now. Leave now… please.”
Wyatt: “Thanks for always being there, Doc.”

12. “Make no mistake; it’s not revenge he’s after. It’s a reckonin’.”

13. Johnny: “And you must be Doc Holliday.”
Doc: “That’s the rumor.”
Johnny: “What are you, retired?”
Doc: “Not me, I’m in my prime.”
Johnny: “Yeah, you look it.”

14. Doc: “Look, darling, Johnny Ringo. The deadliest pistoleer since Wild Bill, they say. What do you think, darling? Should I hate him?”
Big Nose Kate: “You don’t even know him.”
Doc: “Yes, but there’s just something about him. Something around the eyes, I don’t know, reminds me of… me. No. I’m sure of it, I hate him.”

15. Billy Clanton: “You know any Stephen Foster?”
Doc: (annoyed) “Pardon?”
Billy: “Stephen Foster. ‘Oh, Susannah,’ ‘Camptown Races.’ Stephen stinkin’ Foster!”
Doc: “Well, this happens to be a nocturne.”
Billy: (confused) “A which?”
Doc: “A nocturne! You know, Frederic fucking Chopin?”

16. “Evidently, Mr. Ringo’s an educated man. Now, I really hate him.”

17. “My hypocrisy goes only so far.”

Tombstone Quotes — Other

1. Josephine: “I’m a woman; I like men. If that means I’m not ladylike, then I guess I’m just not a lady. At least I’m honest.”
Wyatt: “You’re different. No arguin’ that. But you’re a lady, alright. I’d take my oath on it.”

2. Wyatt: “You could have been busted up back there, or killed.”
Josephine: “Fun, though, wasn’t it?”
Wyatt: “You’d die for fun?”
Josephine: “Wouldn’t you?”

3. Josephine: (looking at Wyatt) “Interesting little scene. I wonder who that tall drink of water is.”
Mr. Fabian: “My dear, you’ve set your gaze upon the quintessential frontier type. Note the lean silhouette. Eyes closed by the sun, though sharp as a hawk. He’s got the look of both predator and prey.”
Josephine: “I want one.”
Mr. Fabian: “Happy hunting.”

4. “Look at all the stars. You look up and you think, ‘God made all this, and he remembered to make a little speck like me.’ It’s kind of flattering, really.” — Morgan Earp

5. “I want your blood. And I want your soul. And I want them both right now!” — Johnny Ringo

6. “Remember what I said about people seein’ a bright light before they die? It ain’t true. I can’t see a damn thing.” — Morgan Earp

7. “It’s quoted in the Bible, Revelations: Behold the pale horse. The man who sat on him was death, and Hell followed with him.” — Johnny Ringo

8. Florentino: “He talkin’ loco… crazy… somethin’ about a sick horse comin’ to get us.”
Johnny Ringo: “That’s not what he said, you ignorant wretch. Your Spanish is worse than your English.”

9. Sherman McMasters: “If they were my brothers, I’d want revenge, too.”

10. Curly Bill Brocius: “You know what I’d do? I’d take that deal ‘n’ crawfish, then drill that ol’ Devil in the ass. What about you, Juanito, what would you do?”
Johnny Ringo: “I already did it.”

11. “Wyatt and Josie embarked on a series of adventures. Up or down, thin or flush. In 47 years they never left each other’s side. Wyatt Earp died in Los Angeles in 1929. Among the pallbearers at Earp’s funeral were early western stars Tom Mix and William S. Hart. Tom Mix wept.” — Narrator