Dalton Trumbo

(1905-1976 / Montrose, Colorado)

Dalton Trumbo Quotes

  • ''Dishonesty in government is the business of every citizen.... It is not enough to do your own job. There's no particular virtue in that. Democracy isn't a gift. It's a responsibility.''
    Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), U.S. screenwriter. Stuart Heisler. Mr. Thomas Jefferson (Gilbert Emery), The Remarkable Andrew, rebuking Andrew for not blowing the whistle on corrupt city officials earlier (1941).
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  • ''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).
  • ''The only kind of love worth having is the kind that goes on living and laughing and fighting and loving.''
    Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), U.S. screenwriter. Victor Fleming. Pete Sandidge (Spencer Tracy), A Guy Named Joe, in spirit, talking to Dorinda as she flies back after the mission (1943). Adaptation by Frederick Hazlitt Brennan from an original story by Chandler Sprague and David Boehm; original name, James Dalton Trumbo.
  • ''I am not an animal!''
    Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), U.S. director, screenwriter. Spartacus (Kirk Douglas), Spartacus, having been captured, imprisoned, and provided with a mate (1960).
  • ''An animal can learn to fight, but to sing beautiful things and make people believe them....''
    Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), U.S. author, screenwriter. Spartacus (Kirk Douglas), Spartacus, after hearing another slave sing (1960).
  • ''We'll free every slave in every town and region. Can anybody get a bigger army than that?''
    Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), U.S. author, screenwriter. Spartacus (Kirk Douglas), Spartacus, urging slaves to rebel (1960).
  • ''Bankers, nepotists, contracts and talkies: on four fingers one may count the leeches which have sucked a young and vigorous industry into paresis.''
    Dalton Trumbo (1905-1976), U.S. screenwriter. "The Fall of Hollywood," North American Review (Cedar Falls, August 1933).
  • ''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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