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Quotations From BILLY WILDER

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  • 1.
    I know you're trying, Don. We're both trying. You're trying not to drink and I'm trying not to love you.
    Billy Wilder (b. 1906), Austrian screenwriter, and Charles Brackett (1892-1969), U.S. screenwriter. Helen (Jane Wyman), The Lost Weekend, to Don (Ray Milland) (1945).

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  • 2.
    You know, that stuff about pink elephants, that's the bunk. It's little animals. Little tiny turkeys in straw hats. Midget monkeys coming through the keyholes.
    Billy Wilder (b. 1906), Austrian-born U.S., and Charles Brackett (1892-1969), U.S. screenwriter. Bim (Frank Faylen), The Lost Weekend, talking about what happens when a person has the DTs (1945).

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  • 3.
    You're not smarter, Walter, just a little taller.
    Billy Wilder (b. 1906) U.S. (Austrian born) film director, and Raymond Chandler (1888-1959), U.S. author, screenwriter. Barton Keyes (Edward G. Robinson), Double Indemnity, after Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray) turns down Keyes's job offer (1944).
  • 4.
    I am big. It's the pictures that got small.
    Billy Wilder (b. 1906), U.S. film director, Charles Brackett, screenwriter, and D.M. Marsham Jr., screenwriter. Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson), in Sunset Boulevard (film), in response to the remark by Joe Gillis (William Holden), in one of their opening scenes together: "You're Norma Desmond! You used to be in silent pictures. Used to be big." (1950).
  • 5.
    Well, nobody's perfect.
    Billy Wilder (b. 1906), U.S. film director, I.A.L. Diamond, screenwriter, and Billy Wilder. Osgood E. Fielding III (Joe E. Brown), in Some Like It Hot (film), final words of film, on Osgood's discovery that his bride-to-be (Jack Lemmon) is a man (1959).

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  • 6.
    I hate that word. It's return—a return to the millions of people who've never forgiven me for deserting the screen.
    Billy Wilder (b. 1906), U.S. film director, Charles Brackett, screenwriter, and D.M. Marsham Jr., screenwriter. Billy Wilder. Norma Desmond (Gloria Swanson), in Sunset Boulevard (film), correcting a tactless remark by Joe Gillis (William Holden) (1950).

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  • 7.
    One's too many, and a hundred's not enough.
    Billy Wilder (b. 1906), U.S. film director, and Charles Brackett, screenwriter. Nat the bartender (Howard Da Silva), in The Lost Weekend (film), spoken to his regular customer Don Birnam (Ray Milland) whose descent into alcoholic breakdown the film graphically portrays (1945).
  • 8.
    I don't go to church. Kneeling bags my nylons.
    Billy Wilder (b. 1906), U.S. film director, Lesser Samuel, screenwriter, and Walter Newman, screenwriter. Lorraine (Jan Sterling), in The Big Carnival (film) (1951). The movie was originally released under the title Ace in the Hole.
  • 9.
    Hindsight is always twenty-twenty.
    Billy Wilder (b. 1906), U.S. film director. Quoted in Wit and Wisdom of the Moviemakers, ch. 7, ed. John Robert Columbo (1979).
  • 10.
    [France is] a country where the money falls apart but you can't tear the toilet paper.
    Billy Wilder (b. 1906), U.S. film director. Quoted in Billy Wilder in Hollywood, ch. 18, Maurice Zolotow (1977).

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