Being There Quotes

Doctor Allenby: This won't hurt a bit. [Sticks Chance with a needle]
Chance the Gardener: It did hurt.

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Paul Kerr: I don't want a psychiatrist, I want a proper doctor. And morphine.

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Paul Sunday: Mr. Plainview?
Plainview: Yes?
Paul Sunday: Are you Daniel Plainview?
Plainview: Yes. What can I do for you?
Paul Sunday: You look for oil?
Plainview: That's right.
Paul Sunday: What do you pay for a place that has it?
Plainview: Well, that depends.
Paul Sunday: What does it depend on?
Plainview: On a lot of things.
Paul Sunday: If I told you I knew a place that had oil, where land could be bought cheaply, what do you think that would be worth?
Plainview: Oh, I think that uh... you should let me know what you know, and, uh, and then we'll try and work something out.
Paul Sunday: Can I sit down?
Plainview: Please.
Paul Sunday: [Paul sits down] What church do you belong to?
Plainview: I... I enjoy all faiths, I don't belong to one church in particular. I like them all. I like everything. Where are you from?
Paul Sunday: That would be telling you. That's what I want to sell you.
Plainview: What are you doing in Signal Hill?
Paul Sunday: We have oil and it seeps through the ground. Do you want to pay me to know where it is...
Plainview: Well, just because there's something on the ground doesn't mean there's anything beneath it.
Paul Sunday: Why did Standard Oil buy up land?
Plainview: Is it in California?
Paul Sunday: Maybe.
Plainview: How much land they buy?

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Paul Kerr: I just think its amazing that I bought a house so close to here. It's like Kermit!
Rebecca Edmonds: You mean kismet, Kermit's a frog you idiot!

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Paul Kerr: Be reasonable, why would I try to kill myself? I'm rich and I'm Scottish, it doesn't get better than that.

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Plainview: Are you an angry man, Henry?
Henry Brands: About what?
Plainview: Are you envious? Do you get envious?
Henry Brands: I don't think so. No.
Plainview: I have a competition in me. I want no one else to succeed. I hate most people.
Henry Brands: That part of me is gone... working and not succeeding- all my failures has left me... I just don't... care.
Plainview: Well, if it's in me, it's in you. There are times when I look at people and I see nothing worth liking. I want to earn enough money that I can get away from everyone.
Henry Brands: What will you do about your boy?
Plainview: I don't know. Maybe it will change. Does your sound come back to you? I don't know. Maybe no one knows that. A doctor might not know that.
Henry Brands: Where is his mother?
Plainview: I don't want to talk about those things. I see the worst in people. I don't need to look past seeing them to get all I need. I've built my hatreds up over the years, little by little, Henry... to have you here gives me a second breath. I can't keep doing this on my own with these... people. [laughs]

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