Most men are more afraid of being thought cowards than of anything else, and a lot more afraid of being thought physical cowards than moral ones. ~ Art Croft, first-person narrator of The Ox-Bow Incident
…there was something about him [Kincaid] which made men cotton to him; nothing he did or said, but a gentle, permanent reality that was in him like his bones or his heart, that made him seem like an everlasting part of things.
…our crime’s worse than a murderer’s. His act puts him outside the law, but keeps the law intact. Ours would weaken the law.
…it’s infinitely more deadly when the law is disregarded by men pretending to act for justice than when it’s simply inefficient…
He stopped, not as if he had finished, but as if he suddenly saw he was wasting something precious.