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'Old Yeller' Quotes

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Old Yeller is a famous book about a boy and a dog. It's the book for which Fred Gipson is well known (the story has been adapted to the big screen). Here are a few quotes.

Quotes

  • "He made me so mad at first that I wanted to kill him. Then, later, when I had to kill him, it was like having to shoot some of my own folks. That's how much I'd come to think of the big yeller dog."
    - Fred Gibson, Old Yeller, Ch. 1

  • "Still, they needed money, and they realized that whatever a man does, he's bound to take some risks."
    - Fred Gibson, Old Yeller, Ch. 1

  • "He was a big ugly slick-haired yeller dog. One short ear had been chewed clear off and his tail had been bobbed so close to his rump that there was hardly stub enough left to wag."
    - Fred Gibson, Old Yeller, Ch. 2

  • "'Now, Travis,' Mama said. 'You're not being fair. You had a dog when you were little, but Arliss has never had one. He's too little for you to play with, and he gets lonely.
    - Fred Gibson, Old Yeller, Ch. 2

  • "'Arliss!' I yelled at Little Arliss. 'You get that nasty old dog out of our drinking water!'"
    - Fred Gibson, Old Yeller, Ch. 3

  • "I knew then that I loved him as much as I did Mama and Papa, maybe in some ways even a little bit more."
    - Fred Gibson, Old Yeller, Ch. 6

  • "After all that, I guess you can see why I nearly died when a man rode up one day and claimed Old Yeller."
    - Fred Gibson, Old Yeller, Ch. 7

  • "Shoot anything that acts unnatural, and don't fool around about it. It's too late after they've already bitten or scratched you."
    - Fred Gibson, Old Yeller, Ch. 8

  • "A boy, before he really grows up, is pretty much like a wild animal. He can get the wits scared clear out of him today and by tomorrow have forgotten all about it."
    - Fred Gibson, Old Yeller, Ch. 9

  • "But we were too smart, Old Yeller and I."
    - Fred Gibson, Old Yeller, Ch. 9

  • "I reached in and let him lick my hand. 'Yeller,' I said, 'I'll be back. I'm promising that I'll be back.'"
    - Fred Gibson, Old Yeller, Ch. 10

  • "Papa had left me to look after things. But now I was laid up, and here was a girl handling my work about as good as I could."
    - Fred Gibson, Old Yeller, Ch. 13

  • "It was a good thing for us, Son; but it wasn't good for Old Yeller."
    - Fred Gibson, Old Yeller, Ch. 15

  • "'That was rough,' he said. "That was as rough a thing as I ever heard tell of happening to a boy. And I'm mighty proud to learn how my boy stood up to it. You couldn't ask any more of a grown man.'"
    - Fred Gibson, Old Yeller, Ch. 16

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