It's a Wonderful Life Quotes

Frank Capra's..."It's a Wonderful Life".

It's a Wonderful Life



It's a Wonderful Life

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An angel is sent from Heaven to help a desperately frustrated businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed.


    Drama, Family, Fantasy




    English, French

Quotes from It's a Wonderful Life

Clarence: Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?

Clarence: [In book inscription] Remember, George: no man is a failure who has friends.

George Bailey: What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That's a pretty good idea. I'll give you the moon, Mary.

Mary: I'll take it. Then what?

George Bailey: Well, then you can swallow it, and it'll all dissolve, see... and the moonbeams would shoot out of your fingers and your toes and the ends of your hair... am I talking too much?

[last lines]

Zuzu Bailey: Look, Daddy. Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings.

George Bailey: That's right, that's right.

George Bailey: [Looks heavenward] Attaboy, Clarence.

Clarence: You see, George, you've really had a wonderful life. Don't you see what a mistake it would be to throw it away?

Harry Bailey: A toast to my big brother George: The richest man in town.

Little Mary: Is this the ear you can't hear on?

[whispering in his bad ear]

Little Mary: George Bailey, I'll love you 'til the day I die.

Man on Porch: Why don't you kiss her instead of talking her to death?

George Bailey: You want me to kiss her, huh?

Man on Porch: Ah, youth is wasted on the wrong people.

George Bailey: Dear Father in heaven, I'm not a praying man, but if you're up there and you can hear me

[begins crying]

George Bailey: show me the way... show me the way.

Annie: I been savin' this money for a divorce, if ever I got a husband.

[George has discovered his brother Harry's tombstone]

Clarence: [explaining] Your brother, Harry Bailey, broke through the ice and was drowned at the age of nine.

George Bailey: That's a lie! Harry Bailey went to war! He got the Congressional Medal of Honor! He saved the lives of every man on that transport!

Clarence: Every man on that transport died. Harry wasn't there to save them, because you weren't there to save Harry.

Mary: [embracing George] Remember the night we broke the windows in this old house? This is what I wished for.

George Bailey: [softly] You're wonderful... wonderful.

George Bailey: How old are you anyway?

Mary: 18.

George Bailey: 18! Why it was only last year you were 17.

George Bailey: [running through Bedford Falls] Merry Christmas, movie house! Merry Christmas, Emporium! Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!

George Bailey: Isn't it wonderful? I'm going to jail!

Mary: Bread... that this house may never know hunger.

[Mary hands a loaf of bread to Mrs. Martini]

Mary: Salt... that life may always have flavor.

[Mary hands a box of salt to Mrs. Martini]

George Bailey: And wine... that joy and prosperity may reign forever. Enter the Martini Castle.

[George hands Mr. Martini a bottle of wine]

Pa Bailey: All you can take with you is that which you've given away.

Mrs. Hatch: Who is down there with you, Mary?

Mary: It's George Bailey, mother.

Mrs. Hatch: George Bailey? What does he want?

Mary: I don't know!

[to George]

Mary: What do you want?

George Bailey: Me? Nothing! I just came in to get warm.

Mary: [pause] He's making violent love to me, mother!

George Bailey: [George hears a train whistle] There she blows. You know what the three most exciting sounds in the world are?

Uncle Billy: Uh huh. Breakfast is served; lunch is served; dinner...

George Bailey: No no no no. Anchor chains, plane motors and train whistles.

George Bailey: I know what I'm gonna do tomorrow, and the next day, and the next year, and the year after that.

Ma Bailey: [speaking of Mary Hatch] Why, she lights up like a firefly whenever you are around. Besides, Sam Wainright is off in New York, and you're here in Bedford Falls...

George Bailey: And all's fair in love and war, right?

Ma Bailey: [fixing his collar] Well, I don't know about war...

Little Violet: [commenting on George] I like him.

Little Mary: You like every boy.

Little Violet: What's wrong with that?

Ernie Bishop: Just a minute! Quiet everybody! Quiet, quiet. Now get this, it's from London.

Ma Bailey: Oh!

Ernie Bishop: [Reading the telegram in his hand] Mr. Gower cabled you need cash, stop. My office instructed to advance you up to twenty-five thousand dollars, stop. Hee Haw and Merry Christmas! Sam Wainwright.

Mr. Potter: George, I am an old man, and most people hate me. But I don't like them either so that makes it all even.

Clarence: [hearing Nick's cash register ding] Oh-oh. Somebody's just made it.

George Bailey: Made what?

Clarence: Every time you hear a bell ring, it means that some angel's just got his wings.

George Bailey: You sit around here and you spin your little webs and you think the whole world revolves around you and your money. Well, it doesn't, Mr. Potter. In the whole vast configuration of things, I'd say you were nothing but a scurvy little spider! And...

[turning to his aide]

George Bailey: And that goes for you, too!

George Bailey: Now, you listen to me! I don't want any plastics, and I don't want any ground floors, and I don't want to get married - ever - to anyone! You understand that? I want to do what I want to do. And you're... and you're...

[runs out of words, sees her crying]

George Bailey: Oh, Mary, Mary...

Mary: George... George... George...

George Bailey: [kisses her intensely] Mary... Would you?... Would you?...

George Bailey: [George is having his last meal at home before leaving on his cruise. His father is distraught over his leaving] Pop, I think you're a great guy.

George Bailey: [thinking Annie is eavesdropping] Did you hear that, Annie?

Annie: I heard it... 'bout time one of you lunkheads said it!

George Bailey: I wish I had a million dollars... Hot dog!

George Bailey: [the staff celebrates closing the building and loan company with only two dollars remaining, to stay in business] Get a tray for these two great big important simoleans here.

Uncle Billy: We'll save 'em for seed.

George Bailey: A toast! A toast! A toast to Mama Dollar and to Papa Dollar, and if you want to keep this old Building and Loan in business, you better have a family real quick.

Cousin Tilly: I wish they were rabbits.

George Bailey: I'm shakin' the dust of this crummy little town off my feet and I'm gonna see the world. Italy, Greece, the Parthenon, the Colosseum. Then, I'm comin' back here to go to college and see what they know. And then I'm gonna build things. I'm gonna build airfields, I'm gonna build skyscrapers a hundred stories high, I'm gonna build bridges a mile long...

George Bailey: You call this a happy family? Why do we have to have all these kids?

Cousin Tilly: Mrs Bailey is on the phone.

George Bailey: I don't want Mrs Bailey I want my wife... Mrs Bailey? Oh, that's my wife.

George Bailey: [gazing eyes with Mary] Well, well, well.

Freddie Othello: Now, to get back to my story, see?

[in a trance, Mary hands Othello her drink, and George and Mary start dancing]

Freddie Othello: Hey, this is MY dance!

George Bailey: Oh, why don't you stop annoying people.

Freddie Othello: Well, I'm sorr- Hey!

George Bailey: Now, will you do something for me?

Zuzu Bailey: What?

George Bailey: Will you try and get some sleep?

Zuzu Bailey: I'm not sleepy. I want to look at my flower.

George Bailey: I know-I know, but you just go to sleep, and then you can dream about it, and it'll be a whole garden.

Zuzu Bailey: It will?

George Bailey: Uh-huh.

Annie: Boys and girls and music. Why do they need gin?

Senior Angel: A man down on Earth needs our help.

Clarence: Splendid. Is he sick?

Senior Angel: No, worse. He's discouraged.

George Bailey: Now, come on, get your clothes on, and we'll stroll up to my car and get... Oh, I'm sorry. I'll stroll. You fly.

Clarence: I can't fly! I haven't got my wings.

George Bailey: You haven't got your wings. Yeah, that's right.

Uncle Billy: After all, Potter, some people like George HAD to stay at home. Not every heel was in Germany and Japan.

Nick: [ringing the cash register repeatedly] Get me. I'm givin' out wings!

Mary: You look at me as if you didn't know me.

George Bailey: Well, I don't.

Mary: You pass me on the street almost every day.

George Bailey: Me? Naw, that was a little girl named Mary Hatch, that wasn't you.

George Bailey: [on Mary being caught naked in the bushes] This is a very interesting situation!

Uncle Billy: [drunk] Where's my hat? Where's my hat?

[George takes it off Billy's head and hands it to him]

Uncle Billy: Oh, oh thankyou, George. Which is mine?

George Bailey: The middle one.

Clarence: I'm Clarence Oddbody, AS2.

George Bailey: Oddbody... Hey, what's an AS2?

Clarence: Angel, Second Class.

[the bridgekeeper, overhearing it, falls backwards in his chair completely spooked]

George Bailey: [yelling at Uncle Billy] Where's that money, you silly stupid old fool? Where's that money? Do you realize what this means? It means bankruptcy and scandal and prison! That's what it means! One of us is going to jail; well, it's not gonna be me!

George Bailey: Merry Christmas, Mr. Potter!

Mr. Potter: And Happy New Year to you, in jail! Why don't you go on home? They're waiting for you!

Man at Bar: Why do you drink so much? Please go home, Mr. Bailey.

Mr. Welch: [sitting right beside George] Bailey? Which Bailey?

Giuseppe Martini: This is Mr. George Bailey.

[Mr. Welch angrily pulls George Bailey up to his face by the lapels with one hand and hits him in the face with a right hook, sending him to the floor]

Mr. Welch: Next time you talk to my wife like that, you'll get worse! She cried for an hour! It's not enough she teaches stupid children to read and write, you had to bawl her out!

Bert: Isn't there any romance in you?

Ernie Bishop: Sure, I had it... but I got rid of it.

Bailey Child - Tommy: Excuse me, excuse me.

George Bailey: Excuse you for what?

Bailey Child - Tommy: I burped.

George Bailey: [George walks up to Ernie, who is on the phone, with a newspaper] Hey, Ernie, look at that.

[Newspaper headline reads "PRESIDENT DECORATES HARRY BAILEY"]

Ernie Bishop: It's going to snow again.

[Ernie goes back to phone conversation]

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