Paladin: Jean de la Fontaine has said that man is so made that when anything touches his soul, impossibilities disappear.
Larry Decker: Well, he got the Stoners. And everybody says he's the only man that can get the Bradleys.
Jeanie Decker: Hush, child, please.
Paladin: The town wants to hear its hero sound the trumpet again, is that it?
Tim Decker: Well, that's the way it's been. That's the way it's been for eleven years.
Jeanie Decker: Everyone pressures him. Even his son.
Paladin: Voltaire once said, "It is a heavy burden to bear a name that is too famous".
Paladin: You trying to warn them? That it, Decker? You don't want to find the Bradleys? That why you lost the trail, that why you're trying to light up the sky?
Tim Decker: Paladin. Paladin, I want the Bradleys. Whatever else you believe, believe that.
Paladin: If I believe that, then I have to look someplace else for the reason you're doing everything wrong, don't I?
Paladin: Oh, I see. You ride into town with the bodies draped over horses and let people assume whatever they want to, hmmm? Well, you ought to just about be over your ears in glory this time. I can see those blazoning headlines now: "Heroic Tim Decker Bags Three More Outlaws". Be a proud moment for your wife and your son, too.
Tim Decker: I know what you're thinking. Maybe, deep down, I think the same. But, I do what I gotta do.
Paladin: What you gotta do? Decker, what kind of a man has gotta do what you're doing?
Tim Decker: A man like me, Paladin, who has nothing, and was nothing! I--I, I don't want to steal your glory, but I have to.
Paladin: My glory? Well, you just take it. I got nothing to prove.
Paladin: I started out feeling sorry for you, Decker. You were an ordinary man who stumbled into a moment of time and place that brought you fame and respect. So you lived your little lie and played hero, while the sword of Damocles hung over your head. Exposure and disgrace waited in the shadows. And the worst thing of all, the woman you loved, she loved a fake. Your son? Your son said "father" to a ghost, and you were pitiable. But now, Decker? Now?
Tim Decker: Oh, God help me. I was gonna kill him. Oh...
Paladin: Well, Decker, your problems are over. He's dead. Now let's get the body over a horse, and then I'll ride back into town with you and watch the hero's welcome.
Tim Decker: Larry. I want you to listen to me. I didn't kill those men. He did. And I didn't catch the Stoners, either. Hear what I'm saying? None of the things you thought about me all of your life were true. Except I'm your father, and I love you.
Paladin: Thank you, Decker.
Tim Decker: Thank me?
Paladin: A man like me tends to forget how many ways there are to show courage. I have no idea how I'd stand up to a ten-year-old boy. I thank you.