There’s been a discussion going on via my local movie theater’s Facebook page about people’s favorite movie quotes. I gave a lot of thought to the question before making my post. I’m not like those folks who cheat and put up three or four favorites rather than just the one that was asked for. And I have so many to choose from.
Should it be “Here’s looking at you, kid,” from Casablanca?
Or what about “Use the force, Luke,” from Star Wars?
Or “Asps, very dangerous. You go first,” from Raiders.
Or “Werewolf. There wolf,” from Young Frankenstein.
Or “Insanity doesn’t run in my family, it gallops,” from Arsenic and Old Lace.
Or even “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore,” from Network.
But the one quote that rose to the top for me was from early in the movie Lawrence of Arabia, where T.E. Lawrence (played by a very young Peter O’Toole) does his trick of extinguishing a match with his fingers for his aide William Potter:
“Ooh! It damn well ‘urts!’
“Certainly it hurts.”
“Whats the trick then?”
“The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts”.
It’s not merely a great scene in and of itself, but it also sets up what is considered to be one of the great edits in cinematic history.
What’s your favorite movie quote, and why? Leave us a note in the comments!