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  • George Bailey: How old are you anyway?
    Mary Hatch Bailey: Eighteen.
    George Bailey: Eighteen. Why it was only last year you were seventeen.


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


  • George Bailey: Am I talking too much?
    House Owner: Yes! Why don't you kiss her instead of talking her to death?
    George Bailey: How's that?
    House Owner: I said why don't you kiss her instead of talking her to death?
    George Bailey: ...You want me to kiss her, huh?
    House Owner: Oh, youth is wasted on the wrong people!


  • George Bailey: I don't have your money. It's in Tom's house...and Fred's house.
    George Bailey: I don't have your money. It's in Tom's house... and Fred's house.


  • Zuzu Bailey: Teacher says, "Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings."
    Zuzu Bailey: Teacher says, 'Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.'


  • Uncle Billy: Uncle Billy: They did it, they did it, George, they voted Potter down. And they only had one condition, and that's the best part. They want you to run the Building and Loan. George Bailey: No, no, this is my last chance to get away from here. Harry Bailey is your man, he will run the Building and Loan. Uncle Billy: But George, they'll vote with Potter otherwise......
    Uncle Billy: They did it, they did it, George, they voted Potter down. And they only had one condition, and that's the best part. They want you to run the Building and Loan.
    George Bailey: No, no, this is my last chance to get away from here. Harry Bailey is your man, he will run the Building and Loan.
    Uncle Billy: But George, they'll vote with Potter otherwise...


  • George Bailey: My mouth's bleeding, Bert! My mouth's bleedin'!


  • Clarence: [to George] 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?


  • George Bailey: Just a minute... just a minute. Now, hold on, Mr. Potter. You're right when you say my father was no businessman. I know that. Why he ever started this cheap, penny-ante Building and Loan, I'll never know. But neither you nor anyone else can say anything against his character, because his whole life was... why, in the 25 years since he and his brother, Uncle Billy, started this thing, he never once thought of himself. Isn't that right, Uncle Billy? He didn't save enough money to send Harry away to college, let alone me. But he did help a few people get out of your slums, Mr. Potter, and what's wrong with that? Why... here, you're all businessmen here. Doesn't it make them better citizens? Doesn't it make them better customers? You... you said... what'd you say a minute ago? They had to wait and save their money before they even ought to think of a decent home. Wait? Wait for what? Until their children grow up and leave them? Until they're so old and broken down that they... Do you know how long it takes a working man to save $5,000? Just remember this, Mr. Potter, that this rabble you're talking about... they do most of the working and paying and living and dying in this community. Well, is it too much to have them work and pay and live and die in a couple of decent rooms and a bath? Anyway, my father didn't think so. People were human beings to him. But to you, a warped, frustrated old man, they're cattle. Well in my book, my father died a much richer man than you'll ever be!


  • George Bailey: "Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!"
    George Bailey: Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!


  • George Bailey: Hey!!! Merry Christmas, Mr. Potter!!!
    George Bailey: Hey! Merry Christmas, Mr. Potter!
    Mr. Potter: A happy new year to you...in jail!
    Mr. Potter: A happy new year to you... in jail!


  • George Bailey: [to Mary] You look older without your clothes on.


  • Mary Hatch Bailey: Is this the ear you can't hear on?
    Mary Hatch Bailey: [whispering in his bad ear] George Bailey, I'll love you 'til the day I die.


  • Mary Hatch Bailey: [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.


  • Mrs. Hatch: Who is down there with you, Mary?
    Mary Hatch Bailey: It's George Bailey, mother.
    Mrs. Hatch: George Bailey? What does he want?
    Mary Hatch Bailey: I don't know!
    Mary Hatch Bailey: [to George] What do you want?
    George Bailey: Me? Nothing! I just came in to get warm, is all.
    Mary Hatch Bailey: [pause] He's making violent love to me, mother!


  • 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...
    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...
    George Bailey: [runs out of words, sees her crying] Oh, Mary, Mary...
    Mary Hatch Bailey: George... George... George...
    George Bailey: [kisses her intensely] Mary... Would you?... Would you?...
    George Bailey: [kisses her intensely] Mary... Would you... Would you...


  • George Bailey: I know what I'm gonna do tomorrow, and the next day, and the next year, and the year after that. 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: Merry Christmas, movie house! Merry Christmas, Emporium! Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!


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


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


  • Clarence: You've been given a great gift, George: A chance to see what the world would be like without you.
    Clarence: You've been given a great gift.
    George Bailey: A chance to see what the world would be like without you.


  • 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...
    George Bailey: [turning to his aide] And that goes for you, too!


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


  • George Bailey: I wanna live again!


  • 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 Hatch Bailey: 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?


  • 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?


  • George Bailey: Well, maybe I left the car up at Martini's. Well, come on, Gabriel.
    Clarence: Clarence!
    George Bailey: Clarence. Right... Clarence.


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


  • George Bailey: That a boy Clarence!


  • George Bailey: HOT DOG
    George Bailey: HOT DOG.


  • Mary Hatch Bailey: (hides naked in the bushes) I'll call the police.
    George Bailey: [on Mary being caught naked in the bushes] This is a very interesting situation!
    Violet Bick: I'll call the police.


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


  • Little Harry Bailey: To my big brother George, the richest man in town!


  • 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.


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