Friday, April 08, 2005


Montana Wisdom

We held in common one major theory about street-fighting--if it looks like a fight is coming, get in the first punch. We both thought that most bastards aren't so tough as they talk--even bastards who look as well as talk tough. If suddenly they feel a few teeth loose, they will rub their ribs, look at the blood on their hands, and offer to buy a drink for the house. But even if they still feel like fighting, as my brother said, you are one big punch ahead when the fight starts.

There is just one trouble with this theory--it is only statistically true. Every once in a while you run into some guy who likes to fight as much as you do and is better at it. If you start off by loosening a few of his teeth he may try to kill you.
--from A River Runs Through It by Norman MaClean


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