Best Jeremiah Johnson Quotes

This doesn’t have anything to do with anything, except insofar as Jeremiah Johnson quotes have to do with everything, now don’t they? And Rand keeps telling me that I’m pretty cocky for a starvin’ pilgrim. And then besides that, since I finally took the time to take these down, I need to put them somewhere where I’ll remember them. And who knows? Somebody else might enjoy them. Besides, it weren’t no trouble.

Over the years, a lot of people have added some of their favorite quotes in the comments. Some I can’t believe I missed. Some just don’t resonate with me, but they might with you. So if you’re a fan, check out the comments and if there’s still something missing, add your own comment!

“His name was Jeremiah Johnson. They say he wanted to be a mountain man. The story goes that he was a man of proper wit and adventurous spirit suited to the mountains. Nobody knows where abouts he come from and it don’t seem to matter much. He was a young man and ghosty stories about the tall hills didn’t scare him none. He was lookin for a Hawkin gun, 50 caliber or better. He settled for a 30, but damn, it was a genuine Hawkin. You couldn’t go no better. Bought him a good horse, traps and other truck that went with being a mountain man and said goodbye to whatever life was down there below. This here’s his story.”

“I, Hatchet Jack, bein’ of sound mind and broke legs do hereby leaveth my bear rifle to whatever finds it. Lord hope it be a white man. It is a good rifle and kilt the bear that kilt me. Anyway, I am dead. Yours truly, Hatchet Jack.”

“I am Bearclaw Chris Lapp, blood kin to the grizzer that bit Jim Bridger’s ass. You are molesting my hunt.”

“And I’m….”

“I know who you are! You’re the same dumb pilgrim I’ve been hearing for 20 days and smelling for three.”

“You sure are cocky for a starvin’ pilgrim.”

“If I head due west tomorrow, will I find good places to trap?”

“If you head due west or any other place tomorrow, you’ll be a starvin’ pilgrim in a week. You ain’t likely to meet up with someone of my good nature. The mountain’s got it’s own ways.”

“I swear, a woman’s breast is the hardest rock the Almighty ever made on this earth and I can find no sign on it.”

“Didn’t put enough dirt down. Saw it right off.”

“Elk don’t know how many feet a horse have!”

“Watch your topknot.”
“Yup. Watch your’n.”

“That Hatchet Jack was a wild one. [Lived with a she mountain lion in a cave up in the Musselshell.] She never did get used to him.”

“Do you speak any English? I don’t speak any Flathead you know. So don’t bother me. Neither of you.”

“Leave it be. Nothin’ wrong with quiet.”

“Ain’t that a lot easier than sayin’ all that gibberish.”

“It’s been a long time since I had so much of the English language spoke at me. I ain’t used to it.”

“She weren’t no trouble.”

“Maybe you best go down to a town. Get out of these mountains.”

“I’ve been to a town, Del.”

“Ain’t this something? I told my pap and mam I was coming to the mountains to trap and be a mountain man. Acted like they was gut-shot. Says: ‘Son, make your life. Go here. Here’s where the peoples is. Them mountains is for animals and savages.’ I says ‘Mother Gue, the Rocky Mountains is the marrow of the world.’ And by God I was right.”

“Yes, you were.”

“I ain’t never seen ’em, but my common sense tells me the Andes is foothills and the Alps is for children to climb. Keep good care of your hair. These here is God’s finest sculpturins and there ain’t no laws for the brave ones. And there ain’t no asylums for the crazy ones. And there ain’t no churches excepting for this right here. And there ain’t no priests excepting the birds. By God I are a mountain man and I’ll live until an arrow or a bullet finds me and then I’ll leave my bones right here on this great map of the magnificent…[rides into silence]”

“What’s on the spit?”

“Grown particular?”

“Not about feeding. Just the company I keep.”

“You’ve come far, pilgrim.”

“Feels like far.”

“T’were it worth the trouble?”

“Ha? What trouble.”

“You cook good rabbit pilgrim. Cold up here.”

“What brings you up so high?”

“Griz.”

“Ha. Griz.”

“Avalanche took the cabin. Lost my mule. We swum out of it. But no matter. Weren’t no griz left anyway.”

“Would you happen to know what month of the year it is?”

“No, I… I truly wouldn’t. I’m sorry pilgrim.”

“March. Maybe April.”

“March maybe. I don’t believe April. Winter’s a long time going, huh?”

“Ha… yuh.”

“Stays long this high. March is a green, muddy month down below. Some folks like it. Farmers mostly. You’ve done well to keep so much hair when so many’s after it. I hope you will fare well.”

JEREMIAH JOHNSON QUOTES

  • Jeremiah Johnson: Yes.
  • Del Gue: Ain’t this somethin’? I told my pap and mam I was going to be a mountain man; acted like they was gut-shot. “Make your life go here, son. Here’s where the people is. Them mountains is for Indians and wild men.” “Mother Gue”, I says “the Rocky Mountains is the marrow of the world,” and by God, I was right. Keep your nose in the wind and your eye along the skyline.
    Del Gue: Ain’t this somethin’? I told my pap and mam I was going to be a mountain man; acted like they was gut-shot. ‘Make your life go here, son. Here’s where the people is. Them mountains is for Indians and wild men.’ ‘Mother Gue’, I says ‘the Rocky Mountains is the marrow of the world,’ and by God, I was right. Keep your nose in the wind and your eye along the skyline.
  • Bear Claws: spring is slow in comin’ this high
    Bear Claws: Spring is slow in comin’ this high.
  • Del Gue: mother Gue didn’t raise no stupid children
    Del Gue: Mother Gue didn’t raise no stupid children.
  • Jeremiah Johnson: look at that hawk. He’s goin for the musselshell, aw hell, he’s there already
    Jeremiah Johnson: Look at that hawk. He’s goin for the musselshell, aw hell, he’s there already.
  • Jeremiah Johnson: it’ll do
    Jeremiah Johnson: It’ll do.
  • Jeremiah Johnson: I’ve been to a town
    Jeremiah Johnson: I’ve been to a town.
  • Reverend: how long have you been carrying your sqaw johnson?
    Reverend: How long have you been carrying your sqaw Johnson?
    Reverend: How long have you been carrying your squaw Johnson?
  • Jeremiah Johnson: Do you know how to skin Griz?
    Jeremiah Johnson: Can you skin Griz?

Jeremiah Johnson Quotes

  • (Jeremiah Johnson) “You understand what he’s sayin’?”
  • (Will Geer) “Paints-His-Shirt speaks English, he just does this to aggravate me.”
  • (Will Geer) “Bear Claw is building a hot coal bed putting and covering them to sleep on, tells Jeremiah to do like wise. Middle of the night Jeremiahs blankets start smoking and jumps out of bed.”
  • (Will Geer) “Bear Claw looks up from his bed and says” Didn’t put enough dirt down, Saw it right off””
  • (Will Geer) “You’ve come far pilgrim.”
  • (Jeremiah Johnson) “Feels like far.”
  • (Will Geer) “Were it worth the trouble?”
  • (Jeremiah Johnson) “Huh? What trouble?”
  • (Will Geer) “Missed another war down there, hmm?”
  • (Will Geer) “You’ve learned well, pilgrim. You’ll go far; provided you ain’t burnt alive, or scalped.”
  • (Jeremiah Johnson) “I will do my best.”
  • (Will Geer) “You can cut wood and leave it up on the “Judith.” The riverboat captains will leave you gold, if you put out a pouch. Good thing to know, when times gits hard.”
  • (Will Geer) “Watch your topknot.”
  • (Jeremiah Johnson) “Yep. Watch your’n.”
  • (Jeremiah Johnson) “Y’ever get lonesome?”
  • (Will Geer) “Fer what?”
  • (Jeremiah Johnson) “Woman?”
  • (Will Geer) “Full time night woman? I never could find no tracks on a woman’s heart. I packed me a squaw for ten year, Pilgrim. Cheyenne, she were, and the meanest bitch that ever balled for beads. I lodge-poled her at Deadwood Creek, and traded her for a Hawken gun. But don’t get me wrong; I loves the womens, I surely do. But I swear, a woman’s breast is the hardest rock that the Almighty ever made on this earth, and I can find no sign on it.”
  • (Will Geer) “Watch your top knot.”
  • (Jeremiah Johnson) “Yep, watch your’n.”
  • (Will Geer) “You’re the same dumb pilgrim that I been hearin’ for twenty days, and smellin’ for three.”
  • (Will Geer) “What’s on the spit?”
  • (Jeremiah Johnson) “Grown particular?”
  • (Will Geer) “Not the feedin’ — just the company I keep.”
  • (Will Geer) “You two know each other?”
  • (Jeremiah Johnson) “I seen him once.”
  • (Will Geer) “He says you fish poorly.”
  • (Jeremiah Johnson) “Wind’s right, but he’ll just run soon as we step out of these trees.”
  • (Will Geer) “Trick to it. Walk out on this side of your horse.”
  • (Jeremiah Johnson) “What if he sees our feet?”
  • (Will Geer) “Elk don’t know how many feet a horse has.”
  • (Will Geer) “Are you sure you can skin grizz?”
  • (Jeremiah Johnson) “Just as fast as you can catch’ em.”
  • (Will Geer) “Skin that one, pilgrim, and I’ll get you another.”
  • (Will Geer) “I am Bear Claw Chris Lapp; bloodkin to the grizzer that bit Jim Bridger’s ass. YOU are molesting my hunt.”
  • (Will Geer) “You know how to skin griz?”
  • (Jeremiah Johnson) “I can skin most anything.”
  • (Will Geer) “You sure are cocky, for a starvin’ pilgrim.”

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