46 Best Tombstone Quotes for Fans of Westerns

Anyone who loves the 1993 Western, Tombstone, knows that it’s one of the most quotable Westerns ever made. Tombstone quotes stick with us for a number of reasons. The memorable characters, the actors who deliver these witty lines, and the absurdity of the “Old West” all factor in as reasons these delightful quotes get lodged in our brains. Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliot, and Bill Paxton really put in the work to make their characters feel both believable and also bigger than life.

We wanted to discover the very best Tombstone quotes to share with you and so we looked to both the movie and its script which was penned by Kevin Jarre. What struck us most about the dialogue in this film is that, for a movie that’s set in the 1880s, the language feels surprisingly timeless and fresh, even by today’s standards, nearly 30 years after the film’s release. “Justice is coming!” Let’s take a look at some of the best Tombstone quotes!

Tombstone Quotes from Doc Holiday

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  • Doc Holliday: “I’m your huckleberry.”
  • Turkey Creek Jack Johnson: “Doc, you oughta be in bed, what the hell you doin this for anyway?” 

Doc Holliday: “Wyatt Earp is my friend.”

Turkey Creek Jack Johnson: “Hell, I got lots of friends. “

Doc Holliday: “I don’t.”


  • Doc Holliday: [poking a card player who believes Holliday is 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!”
  • Doc Holliday: [to Johnny Ringo, after shooting him] “You’re no daisy! You’re no daisy at all. Poor soul, you were just too high-strung.”

Mor Doc Holliday Quotes

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  • Ike Clanton: “What is that now? Twelve hands in a row? Holliday, son of a b***h, nobody’s that lucky.”

Doc Holliday: “Why Ike, whatever do you mean? Maybe poker’s just not your game Ike. I know! Let’s have a spelling contest!”

  • Doc Holliday: “Why Johnny Ringo, you look like somebody just walked over your grave.”


  • Sherman McMasters: “Where is he?”

Doc Holliday: “Down by the creek, walking on water.”

Johnny Ringo: “My fight’s not with you, Holliday.”

Doc Holliday: “I beg to differ, sir. We started a game we never got to finish. ‘Play for Blood,’ remember?” 

Johnny Ringo: “Oh that. I was just foolin’ about.”

Doc Holliday: “I wasn’t.”

  • Wyatt Earp: “How are you?”

Doc Holliday: “I’m dying, how are you?”

Even More Doc Holliday Tombstone Quotes

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  • Doc Holliday: “Nonsense, I have not yet begun to defile myself.”
  • Doc Holliday: “Damn it, you’re the most fallible, stubborn, self-deluded, bullheaded man I’ve ever known in my entire life.”


  • Doc Holliday: “Oh. Johnny, I apologize; I forgot you were there. You may go now.”
  • 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.”

[Billy Clanton draws a knife]

Doc Holliday: [takes out a second gun] “I have two guns, one for each of ya.”

Even Mor Doc Holliday Quotes


  • Wyatt Earp: “Well, I’ll be da****d.” 

Doc Holliday: “You may indeed if you get lucky.”

  • Doc Holliday: “Make no mistake, it’s not revenge he’s after. It’s a reckonin’.”
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  • Doc Holliday: “Forgive me if I don’t shake hands.”
  • Doc Holliday: [after killing Johnny Ringo] “It would appear that the strain was more than he could bear.”

Even More Doc Holiday Tombstone Quotes You’ll Love


  • Doc Holliday: “Why Kate, you’re not wearing a bustle. How lewd.”
  • Doc Holliday: “Very cosmopolitan.”
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  • Doc Holliday: “Why Johnny Tyler! You madcap!”

Johnny Tyler: “Doc?”

Doc Holliday: “Where you goin’ with that shotgun?”

  • Doc Holliday: “My hypocrisy goes only so far.”

More Tombstone Quotes from Doc Holiday


  • Doc Holliday: “Why Kate, have you no kind words for me as I ride away? … I calculate not.”
  • Doc Holliday: “Weave a circle round him thrice, / And close your eyes with holy dread, / For he on honey-dew hath fed, / And drunk the milk of Paradise.”

Wrapping Up the Best Tombstone Quotes from Doc Holliday

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  • Doc Holiday: “I stand corrected, Wyatt. You’re an oak.”
  • Doc Holiday: “Evidently, Mr. Ringo’s an educated man. Now, I really hate him.”

Tombstone Quotes from Wyatt Earp


  • Wyatt Earp: “You tell them I’m coming and hell’s coming with me, you hear? Hell’s coming with me!”
  • Wyatt Earp: “You gonna do somethin’ or just stand there and bleed?”
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  • Wyatt Earp: “I don’t think I’ll let you arrest us today, Behan.”
  • Doc Holiday: “It appears my hypocrisy knows no bounds.”

Wyatt Earp: “Doc, you’re not a hypocrite. You just like to sound like one.”

More Wyatt Earp Tombstone Quotes


  • Wyatt Earp: “That’s a fact.”

Doc Holiday: “All right, Clanton… you called down the thunder, well now you’ve got it! (reveals badge) You see that?”

Wyatt Earp: “It says United States Marshal!”

Ike Clanton: “Wyatt, please, I…”

Wyatt Earp: (referring to the dead body of Stilwell) “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!”

  • Wyatt Earp:  “Fight’s commenced! Get to fightin’ or get away.”
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  • Wyatt Earp: “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?” 
  • Wyatt Earp: “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.”

More Wyatt Earp Tombstone Quotes


  • Wyatt Earp: “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 Earp: “Already got a guilty conscience. Might as well have the money, too. Good day now.”

  • Wyatt Earp: “How the hell did we get ourselves into this?”
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  • Wyatt Earp: “How we feelin’ today, Doc?”

Doc Holiday: “I’m dying. How are you?”

Wyatt Earp: “Pretty much the same.”

  • Johnny Tyler: “Well, for a man that don’t go heeled, you run your mouth kinda reckless, don’t you?”

Wyatt Earp: “No need to go heeled to get the bulge on a tub like you.”

Even More Wyatt Earp Tombstone Quotes


  • Wyatt Earp: “Skin that smoke wagon and see what happens!”
  • Wyatt Earp: “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!”


46 Tombstone Quotes
  • Wyatt Earp: “I’m gettin’ tired of your gas. Now jerk that pistol and go to work!”
  • Wyatt Earp: “I just want you to know it’s over between us.”

Curly Bill: “Well … bye.”

Johnny Ringo: “Smell that, Bill? Smells like someone died.”

Other Great Tombstone Quotes


  • 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 Earp: “You’re different. No arguin’ that. But you’re a lady, alright. I’d take my oath on it.”

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

Morgan Earp Tombstone Quotes

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

Jhonny Ringo Tombstone Quotes


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