“The Best Years of Our Lives” quotes

(1946)
Movie The Best Years of Our Lives
William Wyler directed this movie in 1946
Title The Best Years of Our Lives
Year 1946
Director William Wyler
Genre Drama, Romance, War
Plot – Three World War II American veterans come home and find out many things have changed. Moreover the military life have transformed them too. Homer, mutilated to the hands, tries to recover the relationship with his girlfriend and to overcome his condition as disabled. Al finds his family changed too, while Fred's wife doesn't love him anymore, so he falls in love with Al's eldest daughter. Together the three veterans have to find a way to reconcile their dramatic experiences with daily life to be able to put back together the broken pieces and move on.
All actors – Myrna Loy, Fredric March, Dana Andrews, Teresa Wright, Virginia Mayo, Cathy O'Donnell, Hoagy Carmichael, Harold Russell, Gladys George, Roman Bohnen, Ray Collins, Minna Gombell
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  • “- Peggy Stephenson: What's wrong with their marriage?
    - Woody Merrill: Nothing, except one slight detail, they just don't like each other.”

    Teresa Wright - Peggy Stephenson
    Victor Cutler - Woody Merrill
  • “- Wilma Cameron: Why can't you ever understand the way things really are, the way I really feel? I keep trying to tell you.
    - Homer Parrish: You don't know what it'd be like to have to live with me. To have to face this every day, every night.
    - Wilma Cameron: But I can only find out by trying.”

    Cathy O'Donnell - Wilma Cameron
    Harold Russell - Homer Parrish
  • “You don't know anything about what's inside him. And neither does she, his wife. That's probably what she thought when she married him. A smooth operator with money in his pockets. But now he isn't smooth any longer and she's lost interest in him.”

    Teresa Wright - Peggy Stephenson
  • “This is when I know I'm helpless. My hands are down there on the bed. I can't put them on again without calling to somebody for help. I can't smoke a cigarette or read a book. If that door should blow shut, I can't open it and get out of this room. I'm as dependent as a baby that doesn't know how to get anything except to cry for it.”

    Harold Russell - Homer Parrish
  • “Poor Fred. I guess you think he's an awful sourpuss. He didn't use to be that way, though. The Army's had an awful effect on him - knocked all the life out of him... you can't have happy marriages on that kind of dough.”

    Virginia Mayo - Marie Derry
  • “Everything has always been so perfect for you. You loved each other and you got married in a big church, and you had a honeymoon in the south of France. And you never had any trouble of any kind. So how can you possibly understand how it is with Fred and me?”

    Teresa Wright - Peggy Stephenson
  • “I had a dream. I dreamt I was home. I've had that same dream hundreds of times before. This time, I wanted to find out if it's really true. Am I really home?”
    Fredric March - Al Stephenson
    [Tag:dreams, home, reality]
  • “I've given you every chance to make something of yourself. I gave up my own job when you asked me. I gave up the best years of my life, and what have you done? You flopped!”

    Virginia Mayo - Marie Derry
  • “All I know is, I was in love with you when you left and I'm in love with you now. Other things may have changed but that hasn't.”

    Cathy O'Donnell - Wilma Cameron
    [Tag:changing, love]
  • “He said he's sorry for what happened but it was just one of those things. He said it wouldn't be fair to his wife for us to see each other anymore because I'm obviously the kind of girl that takes these things too seriously. Then he said goodbye very politely and hung up.”

    Teresa Wright - Peggy Stephenson
  • “I'm going to do everything I can to keep her away from you, to help her forget about you, and get her married to some decent guy who can make her happy.”

    Fredric March - Al Stephenson
  • “- Al Stephenson: So you're gonna break this marriage up. Have you decided yet how you're gonna do it? Are you gonna do it with an axe?
    - Peggy Stephenson: It's none of your business how I'm gonna do it. You've forgotten what it's like to be in love.”

    Fredric March - Al Stephenson
    Teresa Wright - Peggy Stephenson
  • “- Milly Stephenson: You're crazy.
    - Al Stephenson: No. Too sane for my own good.”

    Myrna Loy - Milly Stephenson
    Fredric March - Al Stephenson
  • Mom, I know you feel sorry for me. You think my poor little heart is broken, but you can save your sympathy. I can see things clearer now. I made a fool of myself.”

    Teresa Wright - Peggy Stephenson
  • “- Wilma Cameron: Tell me the truth, Homer. Do you want me to forget about you?
    - Homer Parrish: I want you to be free, Wilma, to live your own life. I don't want you tied down forever just because you've got a kind heart.”

    Cathy O'Donnell - Wilma Cameron
    Harold Russell - Homer Parrish
  • “Never mind the romantic part of it. That takes care of itself. And I'm speaking from experience. They'll tell you money isn't everything. Well, maybe it isn't, but boy how it helps!”

    Virginia Mayo - Marie Derry
    [Tag:caring, money]
  • “- Homer Parrish: Now you have an idea of what it is. I guess you don't know what to say. It's all right. Go on home. Go away like your family said.
    - Wilma Cameron: I know what to say, Homer. I love you and I'm never going to leave you... never.”

    Harold Russell - Homer Parrish
    Cathy O'Donnell - Wilma Cameron
  • “I'm sure you'll all agree with me if I said that now is the time for all of us to stop all this nonsense, face facts, get down to brass tacks, forget about the war and go fishing.”

    Fredric March - Al Stephenson
    [Tag:enjoyment, living, war]
  • “I'm going to break that marriage up! I can't stand it seeing Fred tied to a woman he doesn't love and who doesn't love him.”

    Teresa Wright - Peggy Stephenson
  • “How many times have I told you I hated you and believed it in my heart? How many times have you said you were sick and tired of me; that we were all washed up? How many times have we had to fall in love all over again?”

    Myrna Loy - Milly Stephenson
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