Jake Tyler Brigance: I don't know what to say.
Ethel Twitty: There's nothing you can say. I know you didn't want any of this to happen, but it happened all the same. You wagered all our lives on this. You just went ahead and did what you felt you had to do, no matter what the cost. Some folks think that's brave. Not me, Jake. Now, you may win, but I think we've all lost here.

Got to love the Lord for making things like that.

Harry Rex Vonner

I am a liberal Row-Ark. What I am not is a card-carrying ACLU radical.

Jake Tyler Brigance

It ain't easy saving the world, even one case at a time.

Lucien Wilbanks

D.A. Rufus Buckley: Do you think men who kidnap a child should be free in 10 years?
Carl Lee Hailey: No sir.
D.A. Rufus Buckley: Do you think two men who rape a child should be free in 10 years?
Carl Lee Hailey: No, sir.
D.A. Rufus Buckley: Do you think two men who hang a child should be free in 10 years?
Carl Lee Hailey: No.
D.A. Rufus Buckley: Well what do you think should happen? What would be a fair sentence?
Jake Tyler Brigance: Objection!
D.A. Rufus Buckley: Do you think they should deserve to die?
Jake Tyler Brigance: Don't answer that Carl Lee!
D.A. Rufus Buckley: Do you think they should deserve to die?
Carl Lee Hailey: Yes, they deserved to die and I hope they burn in hell!

[to rapists] If I get any trouble outta you guys, I'm gonna integrate this jail.

Sheriff

What is it in us that seeks the truth? Is it our minds or is it our hearts?

Jake Tyler Brigance

And until we can see each other as equals, justice is never going to be even-handed. It will remain nothing more than a reflection of our own prejudices.

Jake Tyler Brigance

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A Time to Kill Quotes

I am a liberal Row-Ark. What I am not is a card-carrying ACLU radical.

Jake Tyler Brigance

Ellen Roark: Ever seen a man executed?
Jake Tyler Brigance: No.
Ellen Roark: What I suggest is you go to an execution, and see a man be killed. You watch him die, and you watch him beg!