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totally quotable! 2007: ‘There Will Be Blood,’ ‘No Country for Old Men’ quotes, and many more

Here are the most quotable movie lines of the year 2007. No ranking — newer quotes are posted at the top. [Warning: May contain spoilers.]

“There’s a whole ocean of oil under our feet and no one can get to it except for me.”
–Daniel Plainview (Daniel Day-Lewis), There Will Be Blood

“I’m fixin’ to do somethin’ dumber than hell. But I’m goin’ anyway.”
–Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin), No Country for Old Men

“It’s a mess, ain’t it, Sheriff?”
–deputy
“If it ain’t, it’ll do till the mess gets here.”
–Tom Bell (Tommy Lee Jones)
No Country for Old Men

(More new quotes from Honeydripper, P.S. I Love You, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Charlie Wilson’s War, What Would Jesus Buy?, The Kite Runner, Alvin and the Chipmunks, I’m Not There, Enchanted, Fred Claus, Lions for Lambs, and Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium after the jump…)
“Everybody gives credit! It’s the American way!”
–Tyrone Purvis (Danny Glover), Honeydripper

“You can’t argue with failure.”
–Maceo (Charles Dutton), Honeydripper

“Food ain’t the only thing a woman needs three times a day.”
–Nadine (Davenia McFadden), Honeydripper

“You gotta be rich to be insane. Losing your mind is not a luxury for the middle class.”
–Sharon (Gina Gershon), P.S. I Love You

“Dewey, I’m cut in half pretty bad.”
–Nate (Chip Hormess), Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

“You can take the children, but you leave me my monkey.”
–Dewey Cox (John C. Reilly), to his departing wife, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

“Goddammit, this is a dark fuckin’ period.”
–Dewey Cox (John C. Reilly), Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

“Let’s go drop acid with the Beatles.”
–Dewey Cox (John C. Reilly), Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

“Maybe you don’t believe in me at all.”
–Dewey Cox (John C. Reilly)
“I do believe in you. I just know you’re gonna fail.”
–Beth Anne (Angela Little)
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

“Why is Congress sayin’ one thing and doin’ nothin’?”
–Joanne Herring (Julia Roberts)
“Tradition, mostly.”
–Charlie Wilson (Tom Hanks)
Charlie Wilson’s War

“You ain’t James Bond.”
–Charlie Wilson (Tom Hanks)
“You ain’t Thomas Jefferson.”
–Gust Avrakotos (Philip Seymour Hoffman)
Charlie Wilson’s War

“Sooner or later God’s gonna be on both sides.”
–Charlie Wilson (Tom Hanks), Charlie Wilson’s War

“The only time Jesus got violent was with the moneychangers.”
–Reverend Billy, What Would Jesus Buy?

“You don’t have to buy a gift to give a gift.”
–Reverend Billy, What Would Jesus Buy?

“You’ll never learn anything valuable from those beared idiots.”
–Baba (Homayoun Ershadi), on the mullahs, The Kite Runner

“The mullahs want to ruin our souls, and the communists say we don’t have any.”
–Baba (Homayoun Ershadi), The Kite Runner

“Eureka! I found the Cheez Balls!”
–one of the chipmunks, Alvin and the Chipmunks

“Has anyone tried the chocolate meatballs?”
–Theodore (Jesse McCartney), Alvin and the Chipmunks

“It took me a long time to get young.”
–Jack Rollins (Christian Bale), I’m Not There

“Sleep is for dreamers.”
–Jude Quinn (Cate Blanchett), I’m Not There

“Thank you for taking care of my bride, peasants.”
–Prince Edward (James Marsden), Enchanted

“Don’t bring a snowmobile to a snowball fight.”
–Fred Claus (Vince Vaughn), Fred Claus

“I don’t hate you — I just wish you were never born.”
–Fred Claus (Vince Vaughn), to his brother, Santa, Fred Claus

“The only good thing about morning is that it ends at noon.”
–Janine Roth (Meryl Streep), Lions for Lambs

A politician is “the guy who never says anything even though he never stops talking.”
–Todd Hayes (Andrew Garfield), Lions for Lambs

“Mahoney, the laws of gravity have begun to apply!”
–Mr. Magorium (Dustin Hoffman), Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium

“Your life is an occasion: rise to it.”
–Mr. Magorium (Dustin Hoffman), Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium

“Fuck me like a cop, not a lawyer!”
–a girlfriend of Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe), American Gangster

“Hysterical is the new calm… Hysterical is a way of life. It’s a clothing line, at least.”
–David Gordon (John Cusack), Martian Child

“This corn is like an angel.”
–Dan Burns (Steve Carell), Dan in Real Life

“You are a murderer of love!”
–Cara Burns (Brittany Robertson), to her father, Dan (Steve Carell), Dan in Real Life

“Love is messy.”
–Nana Burns (Dianne Wiest), Dan in Real Life

“Are we in a movie?”
–Felix Bonhoeffer (Anthony Hopkins)
“Everything’s a movie.”
–Bette Lustig (Fionnula Flanagan)
Slipstream

“When you piss in your pants you can only stay warm for so long.”
–Burt Grusinsky (Robert Duvall), We Own the Night

“You marry an ape, you don’t complain about the stench of bananas.”
–Burt Grusinsky (Robert Duvall), We Own the Night

“Better to be judged by twelve than carried by six.”
–Joseph Grusinsky (Mark Wahlberg), We Own the Night

“I have no master.”
–Queen Elizabeth (Cate Blanchett), Elizabeth: The Golden Age

“Your ocean is an image of eternity.”
–Queen Elizabeth (Cate Blanchett), to Walter Raleigh (Clive Owen), Elizabeth: The Golden Age

“It is something to take a blank on a map and put there a shining city.”
–Walter Raleigh (Clive Owen), Elizabeth: The Golden Age

“I want us to be completely open and say yes to everything, even if it’s shocking and painful.”
–Francis (Owen Wilson), The Darjeeling Limited

“Fuck the itinerary.”
–Peter (Adrien Brody), The Darjeeling Limited

“What’s wrong with you?”
–random bystander
“Let me think about that.”
–Jack (Jason Schwartzman)
The Darjeeling Limited

“The day I die, I’m gettin’ sprung from hell.”
–Ben Wade (Russell Crowe), 3:10 to Yuma

“Tommy was weak. Tommy was stupid. Tommy is dead.”
–Ben Wade (Russell Crowe), 3:10 to Yuma

“I’ve been standing on one leg for three damn years, waiting for God to do me a favor. And he ain’t listening.”
–Dan Evans (Christian Bale), 3:10 to Yuma

“Your conscience is sensitive, Dan. I don’t think it’s my favorite part of you.”
–Ben Wade (Russell Crowe), 3:10 to Yuma

“Even bad men love their momma.”
–Ben Wade (Russell Crowe), 3:10 to Yuma

“You do one good deed for someone, I’m guessing it’s habit forming.”
–Ben Wade (Russell Crowe), 3:10 to Yuma

“It’s probably cheaper just to let me rob the damn thing.”
–Ben Wade (Russell Crowe), about the expense involved in protecting payroll stages from his thievery, 3:10 to Yuma

“Sentimental value — I’ve heard of that.”
–Nikolai (Viggo Mortensen), Eastern Promises

“You belong with nice people. Stay away from people like me.”
–Nikolai (Viggo Mortensen) to Anna (Naomi Watts), Eastern Promises

“Fuck me sideways.”
–Hertz (Paul Giamatti), Shoot ’Em Up

“Guns don’t kill people, but they help.”
–Hertz (Paul Giamatti), Shoot ’Em Up

“Never trust the people who stand to profit. They’re the bad guys, plain and simple.”
–Smith (Clive Owen), Shoot ’Em Up

“I dunno what we got into here, but I fuckin’ love it.”
–Simon (Richard Gere), The Hunting Party

“Putting your life in danger is actually living. The rest is just television.”
–Simon (Richard Gere), The Hunting Party

“Freddy Benjamin is a putz. Plus, he’s dead.”
–boxing trainer, Resurrecting the Champ

“There is no journalism anymore. There is no news.”
–TV network executive (Teri Hatcher), Resurrecting the Champ

“This is why I prefer not to have close relationships with people — too much emotional involvement.”
–Robert (Rupert Graves), Death at a Funeral

“Tea can do many things, but it can’t bring back the dead.”
–Sandra (Jane Asher), Death at a Funeral

“It’s sort of exciting, isn’t it? For a funeral, I mean.”
–Jane (Keeley Hawes), Death at a Funeral

“When John Kennedy was inaugurated, there were half as many people on the planet as there are today.”
–environmental expert, The 11th Hour

“Nature has rights, too.”
–environmental expert, The 11th Hour

“The earth has all the time in the world, and we don’t.”
–environmental expert, The 11th Hour

“No star can shine with a broken heart.”
–Yvaine (Claire Danes), Stardust

“Nothing destroys spirit like poverty.”
–Rev. Austen (James Cromwell), Becoming Jane

“Wit is the most treacherous talent of them all.”
–Rev. Austen (James Cromwell), Becoming Jane

“With all due respect, sir, this is not a respectable town. This is DC.”
–Dewey Hughes (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Talk to Me

“I can’t believe we’re paying to see something we can watch at home for free!”
–Homer Simpson (the voice of Dan Castellaneta), The Simpsons Movie

“I will not download this movie.”
–Bart Simpson (the voice of Nancy Cartwright), The Simpsons Movie

“Stop in the name of American squeamishness.”
–Chief Wiggum (the voice of Hank Azaria), The Simpsons Movie

“Here’s our chance to kick some ass in the name of Mother Earth.”
–Russ Cargill (the voice of Albert Brooks), The Simpsons Movie

“Not so tough without a head, are you?”
–Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) to Boombox, Transformers

“I bought a car — it turned out to be an alien robot. Who knew?”
–Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf), Transformers

“Food always comes to those who love to cook.”
–Gusteau (Brad Garrett), Ratatouille

“Paris? All this time I’ve been underneath Paris?”
–Remy (Patton Oswalt), Ratatouille

“I just feel so angry all the time… What if I’m becoming bad?”
–Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe), Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“Just because you can use magic now doesn’t mean you can whip your wands out for everything!”
–Mrs Weasley (Julie Walters) to the newly of-age Fred and George, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“I fully intend to amount to something despite my advantages.”
–Buddy Wittenborn (Hugh Dancy), Evening

“He’s a total disaster and yet I seem to like him.”
–Harris (Patrick Wilson), about Buddy, Evening

“In a town with a two percent vacancy rate, a real estate agent is God.”
–Dave (Bill Pullman), You Kill Me

“Here’s to the courage to serenely change those things you can’t accept.”
–Laurel Pearson (Téa Leoni), You Kill Me

“If I have to write you up for inappropriate hair height one more time, it’ll be detention for you.”
–teacher to Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky), Hairspray

“If we can’t dance, maybe we should just march.”
–Tracy Turnblad (Nikki Blonsky), Hairspray

“Your mother and I, we don’t see much past our front door. But you? You see all the way to Schenectady.”
–Wilbur Turnblad (Christopher Walken) to his daughter, Tracy, Hairspray

“If you can find money to kill people, you can find money to help people.”
–French doctor, Sicko

“Is there a reason why our government and our media want us to hate the French?”
–Michael Moore, Sicko

“You’re not slipping through the cracks. Someone made that crack and is sweeping you toward it.”
–former insurance claims denier, Sicko

“You do drink, don’t you?”
–Gerald Olin (Samuel L. Jackson)
“Of course. I did just say I was a writer.”
–Mike Enslin (John Cusack)
1408

“Eight dollars for beer nuts? This room is evil.”
–Mike Enslin (John Cusack), 1408

“Let’s Encyclopedia Brown this bitch.”
–Mike Enslin (John Cusack), embarking on the solving of the mystery of room 1408

“Excuse me, I have to defuse this bomb.”
–Nancy Drew (Emma Roberts), Nancy Drew

“There’s a code among guys that shook Sinatra’s hand.”
–Reuben Tishkoff (Elliott Gould), Ocean’s Thirteen

“You two are the Morecambe and Wise of the thievery world.”
— Roman Nagel (Eddie Izzard), to Danny and Rusty, Ocean’s Thirteen [in case you don’t know who Morecambe and Wise are…]

“Close your eyes and pretend it’s a bad dream — that’s how I get by.”
–Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

“For certain you have to be lost to find a place that can’t be found. Elseways everyone would know how to find it.”
–Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

“Gentlemen, I wash my hands of this weirdness.”
–Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

“You add an agreeable sense of the macabre to any delirium.”
–Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) to Tia Dalma (Naomie Harris), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

“No cause is lost if there is but one fool left to fight for it.”
–Will Turner (Orlando Bloom), Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

“Many of the people I’ve met are not worth meeting.”
–Jenna (Keri Russell), Waitress

“That’s my truth, summed up for your feminine judgment: I’m happy enough.”
–Cal (Lew Temple), Waitress

“How lonely it is to be a woman so poor and afraid…”
–Old Joe (Andy Griffith), Waitress

“Where do all these guys come from?”
–Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), on the suddenly proliferation of villains, Spider-Man 3

“A good fold is as important as a win — sometimes more important.”
–Huck Cheever (Eric Bana), Lucky You

“Everyone over 21 gets what they deserve.”
–Suzanne Offer (Debra Messing), Lucky You

“There’s no way you could perpetrate that amount of carnage and mayhem and not incur a significant amount of paperwork.”
–Sergeant Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg), on the film Point Break, Hot Fuzz

“I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to be a police officer. Except for the summer of 1979 when I wanted to be Kermit the Frog.”
–Sergeant Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg), Hot Fuzz

“This is the 21st century — many people hold down more than one job.”
–evil supermarket owner Simon Skinner (Timothy Dalton), Hot Fuzz

“Meatwad, we don’t need to be wooed by an electric guitar by a meatball.”
–Master Shake (the voice of Dana Snyder), Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters

“The resentment that you feel for your parents is not going to fuel your rocket.”
–shrink to Charles Farmer (Billy Bob Thornton), The Astronaut Farmer

“Did you buy it at Target?”
–kid, about Farmer’s vintage Apollo-era spacesuit, The Astronaut Farmer

“Somewhere along the line, we stopped believing we could do anything. And if we don’t have our dreams, we don’t have anything.”
–Farmer, The Astronaut Farmer

“The world will know that free men stood against a tyrant, that the few stood against the many, and before this battle is over, that even a god-king can bleed.”
–King Leonides (Gerard Butler), 300

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  • Mohamed

    “He is not Judge Judy and excecutioner!”
    -Nick Frost

  • MaryAnn

    Yeah, that’s a good *Hot Fuzz* quote, too. :->

  • What? You didn’t include “Yarp”? For shame…

  • MaryAnn

    I like to have the quotes I choose make sense outside the context of the film. “Yarp” doesn’t. But if I were going to pick a quote regardless of context, I’d have gone with “Narp…?” That’s much funnier than “Yarp.”

  • “Excuse me, I have to defuse this bomb.”
    –Emma Roberts.

    Which reminds me…There’s a Michael Bay movie coming out soon, isn’t there?

  • I belive the quote you attribute to a French doctor was actually from the British MP describing the genesis of the NHS.

  • MaryAnn

    Could be…

  • INotI

    Just FYI, the boombox in Transformers is named “Frenzy”.

  • Ken

    If I’m not mistaken, Bart is writing:

    “I will not illegally download this movie”

    in the Simpsons movie

  • MaryAnn

    Could be. But I did dash that down during the movie and I think I got it right.

    If I can confirm that “illegally,” I’ll change the quote, of course.

  • Magess

    “Fuck me sideways” will always be a quote from Melusine by Sarah Monette for me. The extended version being: Fuck me sideways till I cry. I dunno, just something about the way it flows.

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