Mal: Mister, you got a lot to learn about people.
Sheriff Langston: What's all this, then?
Paden: [lifts his drink] To my midnight star.
Stella: Cobb's using me to stop you. So good people are being hurt because of me. That makes me mad. Some people think because they're stronger, or meaner, that they can push you around. I've seen a lot of that. But it's only true if you let it be. The world is what you make of it.
Paden: I like your attitude. But it can be risky.
Stella: I'm ready for that. How about you?
Paden: [heavy sigh] I don't want you to get hurt.
Stella: He can't hurt me... if he's dead.
[Emmett, Paden, Mal, and Conrad track a pair of bandits who stole money from a wagon train to a hideout in a canyon filled with outlaws]
Paden: [to Emmett] You know, hangin' around with you is no picnic.
Emmett: Anybody got any ideas?
Emmett: [after watching Cobb kill Kelly, Emmett looks over at Paden] You used to ride with that guy?
Conrad: Wait a minute. Even if you do get the money, how do we know you'll come back?
Emmett: Well, if we don't you can keep my brother.
Slick: Excuse me, Sheriff, I'm a gambler who'd like to run an honest game in your town. To whom do I speak about that? [notices the dead man lying in the dirt] I hope it's not this gentleman.
Cobb: I was hoping you'd changed your mind about the job.
Paden: You didn't tell me you owned a saloon.
Cobb: [laughs] Oh, that ain't the half of it, friend. [reveals his sheriff's badge] Welcome to heaven.
Deputy: That them shootin'?
Sheriff Langston: No, it's coming from those rocks.
Deputy: Well, let's go. He ain't hittin' nothin'.
Sheriff Langston: You idiot, he's hit everything he's aimed at!
Deputy: Well, they ain't out of our jurisdiction 'til they reach the flattop.
[Sheriff Langston's hat is shot off his head]
Sheriff Langston: Today, my jurisdiction ends here. Pick up my hat.
Paden: Me, I'm riding along, minding my own business. Four cowboys come by and we decide to ride together for a while, friendly as can be. I always figure you might as well approach life like everybody's your friend or nobody is; don't make much difference. We get out in the middle of that frying pan and suddenly everybody's pointing their gun but me. I guess they admired my horse.
Emmett: [looking at Paden in his long underwear and socks] Looks like that's not all they admired.
Paden: Yup. The whole rig. I don't care much about the rest, but I surely will miss that bay. Least they didn't kill me. That was right considerate, I thought. They were laughing when they left me. Thought it was real funny. I walked for a little while but there was no use, so I gave it up. Figured it was just bad luck.
Cobb: We're gonna give you a fair trial, followed by a first class hanging.
Emmett: [holds up a pistol in a gunbelt] Want one of these?
Mal: [holds up two Henry rifles] This oughta do.
Paden: [picks up a bottle in the back room] What's this?
Stella: That's the good stuff.
Paden: Yeah? How good?
[Stella smiles and pours two glasses. They toast]
Paden: Here's to the good stuff.
Stella: May it last a long time.
[Sheriff Cobb has just found two of his men dead in the jail]
Cobb: Get Kyle and Dusty over here. And keep your eyes open! I'm runnin' out of deputies.
Cobb: You know, Paden, part of what makes this work is me doing my job.
[points to his sheriff's badge]
Cobb: Those fellas you came into town with are causin' some trouble. It's gonna take some straightenin' out. I just want you to know it's got nothin' to do with us.
Paden: What is it you want from me?
Cobb: Nothin'. Do nothin'. Don't get between us.
Paden: I'm a great believer in doin' nothin'.
Cobb: We understand each other then?
Paden: Don't worry about me. If you're taking on Emmett, the LAST place I want to be is between you.
Stella: From what I've seen, Paden doesn't seem to care about money.
Cobb: Ha! Paden doesn't seem to care about anything, except he does. You just can never tell what it's going to be. Howdy, Mr. Slick.
Cobb: Let me tell you about your friend Paden. A long time ago, me, Paden, Tyree, and a couple of other fellas did a lot of riding together. On business, and business was pretty good. We moved around a lot, the way you have to in that line of work. Somewhere along the way, we picked up this dog. One of us took to feeding it, so it followed us everywhere. Well, one day we're leaving this little Missouri town, in kind of a hurry with a bunch of the locals hot on our tail. Somehow this dog got tied up with Tyree's horse. Tyree went flyin'. [laughs] Well, Tyree was pretty mad when he got up, and, being Tyree, he shot the dog. Didn't kill him, though. The next thing you know, Paden's down off his horse, and he's holdin' this dog, sayin' we should go on without him. I thought he was kidding, except he wasn't. Tyree was ready to plug 'em both - all this with the posse ridin' down on us.
[Paden has entered]
Cobb: I thought we were pals after all that riding we did together. All of a sudden he's worried about some mutt. Well, we did like he asked. We left him, and he went to jail for a dog. You want to hear the funny part? Paden didn't even like that damn dog.
Paden: It evened out in the end. They locked me up; the dog sprung me.
Stella: Where's the dog now?
Paden: He left me.
Cobb: C'mon, Paden... I'll buy you a drink.
Cobb: [Cobb and Paden meet Tyree as he's being released from jail] Hey, Tyree, look who's here. Our old riding buddy. I invited Paden to join us, but he's not havin' any. [laughs]
Tyree: [Tyree gets on his horse and rides up to Paden] Where's the dog?
Cobb: [to Paden] You owe me thirteen dollars. Yah! [rides away with Tyree and others]
Paden: Thirteen. Bad luck.
Tyree: I guess you couldn't hear us comin'. [to the other deputies] He's practicin' so hard for a fight, he missed the whole thing.
Stella: The world is what you make of it, friend. If it doesn't fit, you make alterations.
Paden: I'll drink to that.
[Paden has gotten his horse back and they're "kissing" each other]
Cavalry Sgt.: How do I know this is your horse?
Paden: Can't you see this horse loves me?
Cavalry Sgt.: I had a gal do that to me. It didn't make her my wife.