Sidney Buchman


Sidney Buchman Quotes

  • ''Now you're not gonna have a country that can make these kinds of rules work, if you haven't got men that have learned to tell human rights from a punch in the nose.''
    Sidney Buchman (1902-1975), U.S. screenwriter. Jefferson Smith (James Stewart), Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, while reading the Declaration of Independence during his filibuster (1939).
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  • ''It's a funny thing about men, you know. They all start life being boys. I wouldn't be surprised if some of these senators were boys once.''
    Sidney Buchman (1902-1975), U.S. screenwriter. Jefferson Smith (James Stewart), Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, during his filibuster (1939).
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  • ''Boys forget what their country means by just reading "the land of the free" in history books. Then they get to be men, they forget even more. Liberty's too precious a thing to be buried in books.''
    Sidney Buchman (1902-1975), U.S. screenwriter. Jefferson Smith (James Stewart), Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939).
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  • ''Mr. Jordan, I never seen anything as beautiful as that, not even in heaven.''
    Sidney Buchman (1902-1975), U.S. screenwriter, Seton I. Miller (1902-1974), U.S., and Alexander Hall. Joe Pendleton (Robert Montgomery), Here Comes Mr. Jordan, on his first sight of Bette (1941). From the play Heaven Can Wait by Harry Segall.
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  • ''Fighter's got to live cleaner than anybody else in the world, he used to say, because a lot of kids look up to fellas like that and try to live like 'em.''
    Sidney Buchman (1902-1975), U.S. screenwriter, and Seton I. Miller (1902-1974), U.S. Alexander Hall. Max Corkle (James Gleason), Here Comes Mr. Jordan, remarking on how decently the late Joe Pendleton led his life (1941). From the play Heaven Can Wait by Harry Segall.
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  • ''Oh, don't be so fussy. Your body, after all, what is it? Just a physical covering, that's all. Worth, chemically, 32 cents.''
    Sidney Buchman (1902-1975), U.S. screenwriter, Seton I. Miller (1902-1974), U.S., and Alexander Hall. Messenger 7013 (Edward Everett Horton), Here Comes Mr. Jordan, irritated at Joe's complaint that he only wants his own body back (1941). From the play Heaven Can Wait by Harry Segall.
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  • ''Joe ... you remember I said you wouldn't be cheated?... Nobody is really. Eventually all things work out. There's a design in everything.''
    Sidney Buchman (1902-1975), U.S. screenwriter, and Seton I. Miller (1902-1974), U.S. Alexander Hall. Mr. Jordan (Claude Rains), Here Comes Mr. Jordan, by way of saying goodbye, now that he has Joe's soul settled (1941). From the play Heaven Can Wait by Harry Segall.
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  • ''Finance is merely a matter of the heart being in the right place, Joe.''
    Sidney Buchman (1902-1975), U.S. screenwriter, Seton I. Miller (1902-1974), U.S., and Alexander Hall. Mr. Jordan (Claude Rains), Here Comes Mr. Jordan, encouraging Joe to take the place of a murdered financier. From the play Heaven Can Wait by Harry Segall.
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  • ''If there were no mystery left to explore life would get rather dull, wouldn't it?''
    Sidney Buchman (1902-1975), U.S. screenwriter, and Seton I. Miller (1902-1974), U.S. Alexander Hall. Mr. Jordan (Claude Rains), Here Comes Mr. Jordan, declining to tell Joe everything about the new life he's assumed (1941). From the play Heaven Can Wait by Harry Segall.
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  • ''Our young Senator will make a good orator when his voice stops changing.''
    Sidney Buchman (1902-1975), U.S. screenwriter. President of the Senate (Harry Carey), Mr. Smith Goes To Washington (1939).
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