James Stewart quotes
“If I had my career over again? Maybe I'd say to myself, speed it up a little.”
“As long as I can remember you've been right by my side. I'll never forget when you walked with me right in those first few hours after I lost Martha. I've always been able to count on you, when I felt dark inside and when I... You were right there, right, every time, right there. Even when I didn't feel good about myself, I knew that you cared...” (continue)(continue reading)
“- Clarence: Your brother, Harry Bailey, broke through the ice and was drowned at the age of nine.
- George Bailey: That's a lie! Harry Bailey went to war! He got the Congressional Medal of Honor! He saved the lives of every man on that transport!
- Clarence: Every man on that transport died. Harry wasn't there to save them, because you weren't...” (continue)(continue reading)
“- Ransom Stoddard: You're not going to use the story, Mr. Scott?
- Maxwell Scott: No, sir. This is the West, sir. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.”
“- Paul Biegler: Mr. Paquette, what would you call a man with an insatiable penchant for women?
- Alphonse Paquette: A what?
- Paul Biegler: A penchant... a desire... taste... passion?
- Alphonse Paquette: Well, uh, ladies' man, I guess. Or maybe just a damn fool!”
“- Paul Biegler: You're fired.
- Maida Rutledge: You can't fire me until you pay me.”
“- Paul Biegler: She's a very pretty woman, your wife...
- Lt. Frederick Manion: A man gets used to the ways his wife looks.”
“One final thing I have to do... and then I'll be free of the past.”
“- Judy: If I let you change me, will that do it? If I do what you tell me, will you love me?
- Scottie: Yes. Yes.
- Judy: All right. All right then, I'll do it. I don't care anymore about me.”
“You shouldn't keep souvenirs of a killing. You shouldn't have been that sentimental.”
“- Lisa: How's your leg?
- Jeff: Hurts a little.
- Lisa: Your stomach?
- Jeff: Empty as a football.
- Lisa: And your love life?
- Jeff: Not too active.
- Lisa: Anything else bothering you?”
“- Jeff: She wants me to marry her.
- Stella: That's normal.
- Jeff: I don't want to.
- Stella: That's abnormal.”
“- Lisa: Today's a very special day.
- Jeff: It's just another run-of-the-mill Wednesday. The calendar's full of 'em.”
“- Jeff: Why would a man leave his apartment three times on a rainy night with a suitcase and come back three times?
- Lisa: He likes the way his wife welcomes him home.”
“I used to know a whole lot of dances. The-the-the-eh- the flea hop, and-and, what's the - eh - the black bottom, the variety drag. I don't, I don't know, I just don't seem to have any time any more. I have so many things to do.”
“- Dr. Sanderson: You know, people are people no matter were you go.
- Elwood P. Dowd: That is very often the case.”
“- Elwood P. Dowd: Well, I think this calls for a celebration! Why don't we all go down to Charlie's Place and have a drink?
- Veta Louise Simmons: You're not going anywhere, Elwood. You're staying right here.
- Myrtle Mae Simmons: Yes, Uncle Elwood.
- Judge Gaffney: Stay here, son.
- Elwood P. Dowd: I plan to leave, you want me to stay. Oh, an...” (continue)(continue reading)
- Dr. Sanderson: I think that your sister's condition stems from trauma.
- Elwood P. Dowd: From what?
- Dr. Sanderson: Uh, trauma. Spelled t-r-a-u-m-a. It means shock. There's nothing unusual about it. There's the "birth trauma" - the shock of being born...
- Elwood P. Dowd: That's the one we never get over.