Mac: We've gone to a heap of trouble not to have at least one hanging. Abraham Lincoln: Sure you have, Mac. And if these boys had more than one life, I'd say go ahead. Maybe a little hangin' mightn't do 'em any harm. But the sort of hangin' you boys'd give 'em 'd be so, so permanent. Trouble is when men start takin' the law into their own hands they're just as apt in all the confusion and fun to start hangin' somebody who's not a murderer as somebody who is. And the next thing you know, they're hangin' one another just for fun, 'til it gets to a place a man can't pass a tree or look at a rope without feeling uneasy. We seem to lose our heads in times like this. We do things together that we'd be mighty ashamed to do by ourselves.
Lamar Trotti (1898–1952), U.S. screenwriter, and John Ford. Mac (uncredited) and Abraham Lincoln (Henry Fonda), Young Mr. Lincoln, Lincoln persuading a lynch mob not to hang two brothers, who've been accused of murder, until they've had a fair trial (1939).