Famous Casablanca Movie Quotations

Part of any culture is its history, art, literature, music, and language. Anyone who wants to be literate in American culture should include in their knowledge base a basic knowledge of American movies that produced memorable performances and memorable lines.

Some movies produce quotable lines that last for awhile in the popular culture but do not last into the next generation. Quotations featured here are a mix from classic movies to more recent movies. This newer movie lines have lasting potential and are currently used and recognized in everyday language.

Memorable lines are brief, pithy sayings. Sometimes the listener has to know the movie context to really “get” the meaning, and other times, the saying stands on its own. If you find quotations here that you’ve never heard before or movies you have not seen, check them out.

These selections would be on most every general list of famous quotations. Some lists categorize the quotations into classic, modern, humorous, often misquoted, et cetera. But this list is a mixture. Happy reading!


Limited released in 1942, staring Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine and Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa Lund, Casablanca is one of the most famous classic movies of all time. Think of this movie as an antique. It was nominated for six Oscars and won three. There is talk of a remake staring Madonna as Ilsa, but really, why tamper with perfection?

The setting of this early World War II movie is the city of Casablanca, located in the Morocco, Africa. American ex-patriate Rick Blaine’s café is the gathering place for many people fleeing Europe. Rick is entrusted with some papers that will allow two people to leave the country, which is over run with Nazis.

One time love, Ilsa Lund, arrives with her husband, Victor Laszlo. The spark between Rick and Ilsa is rekindled, especially when Ilsa asks Sam, the piano player to “Play it Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By’”, which was their song years before in Paris. Out of love for Ilsa, Rick agrees to help her and her husband escape using the official documents he has.

Ilsa believes that she will remain with Rick, but she asks him to think for her. He replies, “All right, I will. Here’s looking at you, kid.” As Ilsa’s husband boards the plane, Rick makes her get on the plane. telling her she would eventually regret staying, “Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon, and for the rest of your life.” Rick and the local police Captain Louis Renault must flee together into the fog at the end of the movie when Rick says, “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

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