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Thursday Thirteen: 13 Favorite and Best Classic Movie Quotes

Posted by on 23 September 2010

As many of you know, I love classic movies.  It’s easy for me to find thirteen things about movies….old or new.  For this Thursday 13, I decided to focus on movie quotes.  There’s actually more than 13 quotes that I’m going to list, but they do come from 13 movies.  That’s the way I’ve decided to do it and I’m sticking to it!!  HAHA  With that said, here’s my “13 Favorite and Best Movie Quotes”.

Oh, and by the way, I’m counting down from 13 to 1!!

13. Rear Window – James Steward as Jeff, Thelma Ritter as Stella, Grace Kelly as Lisa

Stella: We’ve become a race of Peeping Toms. What people ought to do is get outside their own house and look in for a change. Yes sir. How’s that for a bit of homespun philosophy?
: Readers Digest, April 1939.
: Well, I only quote from the best.

Stella: Intelligence. Nothing has caused the human race so much trouble as intelligence.

12. This Could be the Night – Jean Simmons as Anne, Paul Douglas as Rocco, Anthony Franciosa as Tony

Anne Leds: You live like a Casanova with a string of women running up and down the stairs, but when somebody tries to talk to you truthfully you react like an outraged prude. Let me tell you something, you’re the museum piece, not me.

11. On Golden Pond – Katharine Hepburn as Ethel, Henry Fonda as Norman, Jane Fonda as Chelsea

Ethel: Don’t you think that everyone looks back on their childhood with a certain amount of bitterness and regret? It doesn’t have to ruin your life!

Chelsea Thayer Wayne: It just seems like we’ve been mad at each other for so long…
Norman: I didn’t think we were mad; I just thought we didn’t like each other.

[to Ethel] Norman: Wanna dance or would you rather just suck face?

10. Bringing up Baby – Cary Grant as David, Katharine Hepburn as Susan

Susan Vance: You’ve just had a bad day, that’s all.
David Huxley: That’s a masterpiece of understatement.

9. Executive Suite – William Holden as McDonald, June Allyson as Mary, Barbara Stanwyck as Julia

McDonald Walling: The force behind a great company has to be more than the pride of one man; it has to be the pride of thousands. You can’t make men work for money alone – you starve their souls when you try it, and you can starve a company to death the same way.

8. Jezebel – Bette Davis as Julie, Henry Fonda as Preston, George Brent as Buck

Julie Marsden: This is 1852 dumplin’, 1852, not the Dark Ages. Girls don’t have to simper around in white just because they’re not married.

Julie Marsden: Don’t stand there with your eyes bulging out like that!

7.  Spartacus – Kirk Douglas as Spartacus, Laurence Olivier as Marcus, Jean Simmons as Varinia

Spartacus: And maybe there’s no peace in this world, for us or for anyone else, I don’t know. But I do know that, as long as we live, we must remain true to ourselves.

Spartacus: Knowing we can. All men lose when they die and all men die. But a slave and a free man lose different things.
Tigranes Levantus: They both lose life.
Spartacus: When a free man dies, he loses the pleasure of life. A slave loses his pain.
Death is the only freedom a slave knows. That’s why he’s not afraid of it. That’s why we’ll win.

6. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington – James Stewart as Jefferson, Jean Arthur as Clarissa, Claude Rains as Sen. Paine

Jefferson Smith: I wouldn’t give you two cents for all your fancy rules if, behind them, they didn’t have a little bit of plain, ordinary, everyday kindness and a little looking out for the other fella, too.

Clarissa Saunders: You just make up your mind you’re not gonna quit, and I’ll tell you what. I’ve been thinking about it all the way back here. It’s a forty foot dive into a tub of water, but I think you can do it.

5. The Big Country – Gregory Peck as James McKay, Jean Simmons as Julie, Charlton Heston as Leech

Patricia Terrill: But if he loved me, why would he let me think he was a coward?
Julie Maragon: If you love him, why would you think it? How many times does a man have to win you?

Patricia Terrill: [discussing McKay’s “cowardice”] Don’t you care what people think of you?
James McKay: I’m not responsible for what people think, Pat, only for what I am.

4. The Cowboys – John Wayne as Wil, Bruce Dern as Long Hair (Asa)

[before fighting Asa Watts] Wil Andersen:   I’m thirty years older than you are. I had my back broke once, and my hip twice. And on my worst day I could beat the hell out of you.

3. Gone with the Wind – Clark Gable as Rhett, Vivien Leigh as Scarlett, Olivia de Havilland as Melanie

Scarlett: Rhett… if you go, where shall I go, what shall I do?
Rhett Butler: Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.
[Rhett walks off into the fog]

[last line] Scarlett:   After all… tomorrow is another day.

2. It’s a Wonderful Life – James Stewart as George, Donna Reed as Mary, Lionel Barrymore as Mr. Potter

Clarence: Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?

Clarence: You see George, you’ve really had a wonderful life. Don’t you see what a mistake it would be to just throw it away?

Clarence: [In book inscription] Remember, George: no man is a failure who has friends.

1. The Shootist – John Wayne as John Bernard Books, Lauren Bacall as Bond, Ron Howard as Gillom

John Bernard Books: I won’t be wronged. I won’t be insulted. I won’t be laid a-hand on. I don’t do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.

Honorable Mention(s):

To Have and Have Not – Lauren Bacall as Slim (Marie), Humphrey Bogart as Steve, Walter Brennan as Eddie

Slim: You know you don’t have to act with me, Steve. You don’t have to say anything, and you don’t have to do anything. Not a thing. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and… blow.

Dirty Dancing – Patrick Swayze as Johnny, Jennifer Grey as Baby (Frances), Jerry Orback as Dr. Houseman

Johnny: Nobody puts Baby in a corner.

So there you have it….my 13 favorite and best classic movie quotes.  Were any of your faves here??  What’s your favorite line from a movie??

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10 Responses to Thursday Thirteen: 13 Favorite and Best Classic Movie Quotes

  1. jill conyers

    Great idea for T13 and love the classics.

    My T13 for the week

  2. jill conyers

    Having trouble with comments no posting. Sorry if this is duplicate.

    Great idea for T13 and I love the classics.

  3. colleen

    The line that Cher says in Moonstruck when she slaps her uncle always stands out, “Snap out of it!”

  4. Harriet

    I love movie quotes. You’ve got some good ones.

    Have a great Thursday!

  5. Alice Audrey

    Ah, the classics. Great list.

    My list is here.

  6. Lisa's Chaos

    Wow, you did great! They’re all great quotes, some I had forgotten but I think I’ve seen most all those movies, lol. And I’ve always loved the baby line! 🙂

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  8. Tessie

    I love this post! I love classic movies 🙂

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