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Addie Bundren: My father used to say that the reason for living was to get ready to stay dead for a long time.

Dr. Peabody: [examining compound leg fracture] A man ain't so much different from a horse or a mule. Except maybe a horse or a mule might have a little more sense.

Darl Bundren: It takes two people to make you, and one people to die. It's how the world will end.

Addie Bundren: People to whom sin is just a matter of words, to them salvation is just words too.