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Quotations From DALTON TRUMBO

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  • 1.
    A good businessman never makes a contract unless he's sure he can carry it through, yet every fool on earth is perfectly willing to sign a marriage contract without considering whether he can live up to it or not.
    Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), U.S. screenwriter, and Stuart Heisler. Andrew Long (William Holden), The Remarkable Andrew, explaining to his fiancee why he wants to wait to get married (1941).

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  • 2.
    Y'see it's sort of a game with me. Its whole object is to prove that two plus two equals four. That seems to make sense, but you'd be surprised at the number of people who try to stretch it to five.
    Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), U.S. screenwriter. Stuart Heisler. Andrew Long (William Holden), The Remarkable Andrew, explaining why he loves accounting (1941).

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  • 3.
    Privately, I believe in none of them. Neither do you. Publicly, I believe in them all.
    Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), U.S. author, screenwriter. Gracchuss (Charles Laughton), Spartacus, discussing religion and Roman gods with a peer (1960).

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  • 4.
    I feel like my sixteenth birthday and the time I graduated from high school, and the first time I flew solo all wrapped up in one.
    Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), U.S. screenwriter, and Victor Fleming. Dorinda Durston (Irene Dunne), A Guy Named Joe, when she's wearing the new dress Pete gave her (1943). Adaptation by Frederick Hazlitt Brennan from an original story by Chandler Sprague and David Boehm; original name, James Dalton Trumbo.

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  • 5.
    One of the disadvantages of being a patrician is that occasionally you're obliged to act like one.
    Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), U.S. author, screenwriter. Marcus Crassus (Laurence Olivier), Spartacus, explaining why he must perform an unpleasant task (1960).
  • 6.
    The chief internal enemies of any state are those public officials who betray the trust imposed upon them by the people.
    Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), U.S. screenwriter, and Stuart Heisler. Mr. Chief Justice John Marshall (Brandon Hurst), The Remarkable Andrew, rebuking Andrew for not blowing the whistle on corrupt city officials earlier (1941).

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  • 7.
    Now the truth of the matter is that there are a lot of things people don't understand. Take the Einstein theory. Take taxes. Take love. Do you understand them? Neither do I. But they exist. They happen.
    Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), U.S. screenwriter, and Stuart Heisler. Narrator, The Remarkable Andrew, at the beginning of the movie (1941).

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  • 8.
    I fought fire with oil.
    Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), U.S. author, screenwriter. Marcus Crassus (Laurence Olivier), Spartacus, revealing he used bribery to beat a political rival (1960).

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  • 9.
    Goodbye, my love, my life. Goodbye, goodbye.
    Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), U.S. author, screenwriter. Varinia (Jean Simmons), Spartacus, leaving the dying Spartacus (1960).

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  • 10.
    What a fog! Plane been buzzin' around overhead for the last half hour. Must be like trying to find your way through the inside of a cow. I never did see such a country. Even the birds are walkin'.
    Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), U.S. screenwriter. Victor Fleming. Al Yackey (Ward Bond), A Guy Named Joe, complaining about the weather at the airfield in Scotland (1943). Adaptation by Frederick Hazlitt Brennan from an original story by Chandler Sprague and David Boehm; original name, James Dalton Trumbo.

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