Quotations From SONYA LEVIEN


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  • Why was I not made of stone like these?
    Sonya Levien (1895-1960), Russian screenwriter. William Dieterle. Quasimodo (Charles Laughton), The Hunchback of Notre Dame, sitting among the stone gargoyles at the end of the movie (1939). Adaptation by Bruno Frank (1887-1946).
  • I'm not a man, I'm not a beast, I'm about as shapeless as the man in the moon!
    Sonya Levien (1895-1960), Russian screenwriter. William Dieterle. Quasimodo (Charles Laughton), The Hunchback of Notre Dame, to Esmeralda, after he has rescued her (1939). Adaptation by Bruno Frank (1887-1946).

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  • Good intentions are not enough. They've never put an onion in the soup yet.
    Sonya Levien (1895-1960), Russian screenwriter. William Dieterle. Clopin (Thomas Mitchell), The Hunchback of Notre Dame, at Gringoire's "trial" at the Court of Miracles (1939). Adaptation by Bruno Frank (1887-1946).
  • True, we're not great thieves, like the nobles. Our robberies are petty compared to the wholesale plunder of the nation.
    Sonya Levien (1895-1960), Russian screenwriter. William Dieterle. Clopin (Thomas Mitchell), The Hunchback of Notre Dame, to Gringoire, as they watch Quasimodo being unjustly whipped (1939). Adaptation by Bruno Frank (1887-1946).
  • The ugly is very appealing to man.... It's instinct. One shrinks from the ugly, yet wants to look at it. There's a devilish fascination in it. We extract pleasure from horror.
    Sonya Levien (1895-1960), Russian screenwriter. William Dieterle. King Louis XI (Harry Davenport), The Hunchback of Notre Dame, commenting on the crowd's decision to crown the ugliest person as King of the Fair (1939). Adaptation by Bruno Frank (1887-1946).
  • [Love is] to be two and at the same time one.
    Sonya Levien (1895-1960), Russian screenwriter. William Dieterle. Esmeralda (Maureen O'Hara), The Hunchback of Notre Dame, to Gringoire on their "wedding night," (1939). Adaptation by Bruno Frank (1887-1946).

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  • Small things have a way of overmastering the great.... This small press can destroy a kingdom.
    Sonya Levien (1895-1960), Russian screenwriter. William Dieterle. Frollo (Sir Cedric Hardwicke), The Hunchback of Notre Dame, as he and the king are viewing a new printing press (1939). Adaptation by Bruno Frank (1887-1946).
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