Meek's Cutoff Quotes

  • [first lines]

    Jimmy White: [reading from Genesis] In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return. And Adam called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.

  • Emily Tetherow: [starting breakfast before sunrise] Workin' like niggers, once again.

  • Emily Tetherow: You don't know much about women, do you Stephen Meek?

    Stephen Meek: Well, I, I know somethin' or other.

    Emily Tetherow: If you say so.

    Stephen Meek: Well, I know women are different from men. I know that much. Well, I'll tell you the difference if you care to hear.

    Emily Tetherow: I don't doubt you will.

    Stephen Meek: Women, women are created on the principle of chaos. The chaos of creation, disorder, bringing new things into the world. Men are created on the principle of destruction. It's like cleansing, ordering, destruction.

  • [last lines]

    Stephen Meek: I'm taking my orders from you now, Mr. Tetherow. Miss Tetherow. And we're all taking our orders from him, I'd say.

    [about the Indian walking ahead]

    Stephen Meek: We're all just playing our parts now. This was written long before we got here. I'm at your command.