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The Maltese Falcon Quotes

  • Sam Spade: When I slap you, you'll take it and like it.


  • Sam Spade: [To Brigid] You're not gonna go around the room straightening things and poking the fire again, are you?
    Sam Spade: You're not gonna go around the room straightening things and poking the fire again, are you?


  • Sam Spade: Put the pot on, will you angel. I don't like to leave our guests.


  • Sam Spade: When a man's partner is killed, he's supposed to do something about it. It doesn't make any difference what you thought of him. He was your partner and you're supposed to do something about it. And it happens we're in the detective business. Well, when one of your organization gets killed, it's-it's bad business to let the killer get away with it, bad all around, bad for every detective everywhere.


  • Kasper Gutman the Fat Man: I couldn't be fonder of you if you were my own son. But, well, if you lose a son, it's possible to get another. There's only one Maltese Falcon.


  • Sam Spade: We didn't exactly believe your story, Miss O'Shaughnessy. We believed your 200 dollars. I mean, you paid us more than if you had been telling us the truth, and enough more to make it all right.


  • Joel Cairo: You will take say, $100.
    Sam Spade: No, I will take say $200.


  • Sam Spade: When you're slapped, you'll take it and like it.


  • Sam Spade: The stuff that dreams are made of.


  • Sam Spade: play it again Sam.
    Sam Spade: Play it again Sam.


  • Sam Spade: When you’re slapped, you’ll take it and like it.
    Sam Spade: When you're slapped, you'll take it and like it.


  • Sam Spade: If you kill, me how you going to get the bird? And if I know you can't afford to kill me, how you going to scare me into giving it to you?
    Kasper Gutman the Fat Man: Well, sir, there are other means of persuasion besides killing and threatening to kill.
    Sam Spade: Yes, that's . . . That's true. But, there're none of them any good unless the threat of death is behind them. You see what I mean? If you start something, I'll make it a matter of your having to kill me or call it off.
    Kasper Gutman the Fat Man: That's an attitude, sir, that calls for the most delicate judgement on both sides. Because, as you know, sir, in the heat of action men are likely to forget where their best interests lie and let their emotions carry them away.
    Sam Spade: Then the trick from my angle is to make my play strong enough to tie you up, but not to make you mad enough to bump me off against your better judgement.
    Kasper Gutman the Fat Man: By gad, sir, you are a character.


  • Sam Spade: Don't be too sure I'm as crooked as I'm suppose to be.


  • Sam Spade: I hope they don't hang you, precious, by that sweet neck. Yes, angel, I'm going to send you over. The chances are you'll get off with life. That means if you're a good girl, you'll be out in twenty years. I'll be waiting for you. If they hang you, I'll always remember you.


  • Joel Cairo: You always have such a smooth explanation.
    Sam Spade: What to you want me to do, learn to stutter?


  • Joel Cairo: You. . . you bungled it. You and your stupid attempt to buy it. Kemedov found out how valuable it was, no wonder we had such an easy time stealing it. You . . . you imbecile! You bloated idiot! You stupid fat-head you!
    Joel Cairo: You... you bungled it. You and your stupid attempt to buy it. Kemedov found out how valuable it was, no wonder we had such an easy time stealing it. You... you imbecile! You bloated idiot! You stupid fat-head you!


  • Sam Spade: The stuff that dreams are made of.


  • Sam Spade: This isn't the spot for the school girl act. The pair of us are sitting under the gallows.


  • Wilmer Cook: Keep on riding me and they're gonna be picking iron out of your liver.
    Sam Spade: The cheaper the crook, the gaudier the patter.


  • Sam Spade: You're a good man, sister.


  • Sam Spade: When you're slapped, you'll take it and like it.


  • Sam Spade: You're good, you're very good.


  • Sam Spade: The stuff that dreams are made of.


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