Driving Miss Daisy Quotes

  • Hoke Colburn: (He and Idella are walking to Daisy's house and notice Boolie's car in the driveway) Now what do you suppose that he's doin' here this early in the mornin'?
    Idella: Dunno... can't be good, I promise you that!


  • Boolie Werthan: I'd better be gettin' back to the office. Florene will be havin' a fit if I don't get home on time tonight.
    Miss Daisy Werthan: (sarcastically) Ya'll must have plans tonight.
    Boolie Werthan: Goin' to the Anderson's for a dinner party.
    Miss Daisy Werthan: This is her idea of heaven on earth, isn't it?
    Boolie Werthan: What?
    Miss Daisy Werthan: Socializin' with Episcopalians!


  • Boolie Werthan: Hoke, I want you to understand somethin'. Now, you'd be workin' for me. (referring to his mother) She can say anything she likes, but she can't fire you. You understand?
    Hoke Colburn: Yes, sir. Yes, sir. I sure do. And don't you worry about a thing, Mr. Werthan! I'm gonna hold on no matter how she run me. You see, I used to rassle hogs down yonder in Macon, and, let me tell you, ain't no hog got away from me yet!


  • Trooper: (watching Daisy and Hoke leave after checking them out) An old nigger and an old Jew woman takin' off down the road together... that is one sorry sight!


  • Miss Daisy Werthan: Hoke?
    Hoke Colburn: Yes, ma'am.
    Miss Daisy Werthan: You're my best friend.
    Hoke Colburn: No, go on, Miss Daisy.
    Miss Daisy Werthan: No, really, you are...
    Miss Daisy Werthan: (Takes Hoke's hand)
    Miss Daisy Werthan: You are.


  • Boolie Werthan: I'd better be gettin' back to the office. Florence will be havin' a fit if I don't get home on time tonight.
    Miss Daisy Werthan: (sarcastically) Ya'll must have plans tonight!
    Boolie Werthan: Goin' to the Anderson's for a dinner party.
    Miss Daisy Werthan: This is her idea of heaven on earth, isn't it?
    Boolie Werthan: What?
    Miss Daisy Werthan: Socializin' with Epscopalians!


  • Boolie Werthan: Hoke, I thought of you the other day on the expressway. I saw an Avondale Milk truck. Monster of a thing, must have had about sixteen wheels.
    Hoke Colburn: You don't say!
    Boolie Werthan: I was wonderin' how you'd like drivin' that thing around!
    Miss Daisy Werthan: (to Boolie) Hoke came to see me, not you!
    Hoke Colburn: It looks like one of her good days!
    Miss Daisy Werthan: Boolie, go charm the nurses!
    Boolie Werthan: (smiling) She wants you all to herself


  • Boolie Werthan: I suppose that you don't get out to see her very much.
    Hoke Colburn: No, sir... it's hard not drivin'. Every now and then I take a taxi cab, but don't too many taxis go out yonder.
    Boolie Werthan: I'm sure she appreciates it.
    Hoke Colburn: Yes, sir.
    Hoke Colburn: (pauses) Some days, she's better than others... but then, who ain't. (Hoke and Boolie both laugh)


  • Trooper: (watching Daisy and Hoke leave after checking them out) An old nigger and an old Jew woman takin' off down the road together... that is one sorry sight!


  • Boolie Werthan: What I need is for somebody to drive my mother around.
    Hoke Colburn: Well, if you don't mind I'm askin', sir, how come she's not hirin' for herself?
    Boolie Werthan: See, it's kinda a delicate situation.
    Hoke Colburn: Oh, yessir, yessir... done gone around the bend a little bit. Well, now, that'll happen as they get old...
    Boolie Werthan: Oh, no, she's all there. Too-much-there is the problem!
    Hoke Colburn: (laughs)


  • Miss Daisy Werthan: (on the phone, trying to get a ride to her hair appointment) Well, I need you now, I have to be at the beauty parlor in half an hour... no, I most certainly did NOT know you have to call a minimum of the three hours ahead! I don't know why you call yourselves a taxicab company if you can't provide taxicabs!
    Idella: (in the other room, polishing a table) Why don't you call your son at the mill? He'll send somebody for you.
    Miss Daisy Werthan: That won't be necessary... I'll just cancel the appointment and fix my own hair!
    Idella: Sometimes I think you ain't got the sense, God gave a lemon!


  • Boolie Werthan: (eating lunch at Daisy's, trying to convince her that she can't drive anymore after her accident) Mama.
    Miss Daisy Werthan: No
    Boolie Werthan: Mama!
    Miss Daisy Werthan: No!
    Boolie Werthan: You know, it's a miracle if you're not layin' up at the Emory Hospital. Or decked out at the funeral parlor!
    Miss Daisy Werthan: The cucumbers are pretty this year.
    Boolie Werthan: Look at you, you didn't even break your glasses!


  • Trooper: (watching Daisy and Hoke leave after checking them out) An old nigger and an old Jew woman takin' off down the road together... that is one sorry sight!


  • Hoke Colburn: (on a pay phone calling Boolie after taking Daisy to the Piggly Wiggly) Hello, Mr. Werthan? Yeah, it's me. Guess where I'm at? I just finished drivin' yo mama to da store.
    Hoke Colburn: (laughs)
    Hoke Colburn: Oh, yeah, she flaps around some, but she's all right, she's in da store. Oh, Lord, she just looked out da window and has seen me on da phone... is probably gonna throw a fit right there at da checkout!
    Hoke Colburn: (pause) You should right about that! Only took me six days. Same time it took the Lord to make the world! All right, goodbye now!


  • Miss Daisy Werthan: You should have let me keep my old LaSalle. It never would've behaved this way and you know it.
    Boolie Werthan: Mama, cars don't behave. They are behaved upon. Fact is, you demolished that Chrysler all by yourself.
    Miss Daisy Werthan: Say what you want, I know the truth.
    Boolie Werthan: The truth is, you just cost the insurance company $,700. You're a terrible risk. Nobody's gonna wanna issue you a policy after this.
    Miss Daisy Werthan: You're just sayin' that to be hateful!
    Boolie Werthan: OK. I am. I'm makin' it all up. Look out there in the driveway! Every insurance company in America is out there, wavin' their fountain pen, tryin' to get you to sign up!


  • Miss Daisy Werthan: Hoke?
    Hoke Colburn: Yes, ma'am.
    Miss Daisy Werthan: You're my best friend.
    Hoke Colburn: No, go on, Miss Daisy.
    Miss Daisy Werthan: No, really, you are...
    Miss Daisy Werthan: (Takes Hoke's hand)
    Miss Daisy Werthan: You are.


  • Hoke Colburn: (he and Idella are walking to Daisy's house and notice Boolie's car in the driveway) Now what do you suppose he's doin' here this early in the mornin'?
    Idella: Dunno... can't be good, I promise you that!


  • Trooper: (watching Daisy and Hoke leave after checking them out) And old nigger and an old Jew woman takin' off the road together... that is one sorry sight!


  • Boolie Werthan: What I need is for somebody to drive my mother around.
    Hoke Colburn: Well, if you don't mind I'm askin' sir, how come she's not hirin' for herself.
    Boolie Werthan: See, it's kinda a delicate situation
    Hoke Colburn: Oh, yessir, yessir... done gone around the bend a little bit. Well, now, that'll happen as they get old...
    Boolie Werthan: Oh, no, she's all there. Too-much-there is a problem!
    Hoke Colburn: (laughs)


  • Boolie Werthan: (eating lunch at his mother's house, trying to convince her that she can't drive anymore after the accident) Mama.
    Miss Daisy Werthan: No.
    Boolie Werthan: Mama!
    Miss Daisy Werthan: No!
    Boolie Werthan: You know, it's a miracle you're not layin' up at the Emory Hospital. Or decked out at the funeral parlor!
    Miss Daisy Werthan: The cucumbers are pretty this year.
    Boolie Werthan: Look at you, you didn't even break your glasses!


  • Miss Daisy Werthan: I've never been prejudiced in my life and you know it.
    Boolie Werthan: (talking about the Martin Luther King dinner) Okay, then why don't you ask Hoke to go with you?
    Boolie Werthan: Okay, then why don't you ask Hoke to go with you?
    Miss Daisy Werthan: Hoke? Don't be ridiculous. He wouldn't go.


  • Hoke Colburn: (driving Daisy to Mobile) Did I ever tell you about the first time I've ever been outside the state of Georgia.
    Hoke Colburn: Did I ever tell you about the first time I've ever been outside the state of Georgia.
    Miss Daisy Werthan: No, when was that?
    Hoke Colburn: Oh, a few minutes ago.


  • Hoke Colburn: Hey, there, Oscar, Junior... how you boys doin' this mornin'.
    Oscar: How's the old lady treatin' you.
    Hoke Colburn: Lord, I tell you one thing... she should do know how to throw a fit! (Hoke, Oscar and Junior break out in laughter)
    Hoke Colburn: Lord, I tell you one thing... she should do know how to throw a fit!
    Miss Daisy Werthan: What's so funny?
    Hoke Colburn: Nothin', Miss Daisy. We just carryin' on.


  • Boolie Werthan: How are you, Idella?
    Idella: Livin'.
    Boolie Werthan: Where's the vacuum cleaner I brought over here?
    Idella: In the closet.
    Boolie Werthan: (turning to Hoke) She won't touch it.
    Boolie Werthan: She won't touch it.
    Idella: I would if it didn't give me a shock every time I come near it!
    Boolie Werthan: It works for me!
    Idella: Fine... you clean and I'll go down and run your office!


  • Miss Daisy Werthan: Idella was lucky.
    Hoke Colburn: Yes, ma'am. I expect that she was.


  • Hoke Colburn: (walks in, Boolie and Daisy are there to confront him about a missing can of salmon) Mornin', Miss Daisy. I think it's gettin' ready to clear up out there! Oh, excuse me, Mr. Werthan!
    Boolie Werthan: Hoke, I think we're gonna have a little talk.
    Hoke Colburn: All right, sir. Just let me get outta my coat.
    Hoke Colburn: (pauses, then turns to Daisy)
    Hoke Colburn: Oh, Miss Daisy, yesterday, you were out visitin', I went and ate a can of your salmon. Now, I know that you said you eat the left-over pork chops, but they were kinda stiff. So, I stopped at the Piggly Wiggly and got you another can. You want me just to go on and put it on the cupboard?
    Miss Daisy Werthan: (embarrassed) Yes, it'll be fine... thank you, Hoke. Well, I guess I'd better get dressed now!


  • Idella: (to Hoke on his first day of work) I wouldn't be in your shoes if the Sweet Lord Jesus come down and asked me himself.
    Idella: I wouldn't be in your shoes if the Sweet Lord Jesus come down and asked me himself.


  • Trooper: (watching Daisy and Hoke leave after checking them out) An old nigger and an old Jew woman takin' off down the road together... that is one sorry sight!


  • Boolie Werthan: You're a doodle, Mama.


  • Miss Daisy Werthan: Hoke?
    Hoke Colburn: Yes, ma'am.
    Miss Daisy Werthan: You're my best friend.
    Hoke Colburn: No, go on, Miss Daisy.
    Miss Daisy Werthan: No, really, you are...
    Miss Daisy Werthan: (Takes Hoke's hand)
    Miss Daisy Werthan: You are.


  • Boolie Werthan: Don't worry, Katie Bell, it's not QUITE the end of the world.
    Boolie Werthan: Don't worry, Katie Bell, it's not quite the end of the world.


  • Hoke Colburn: Hey, there, Oscar, Junior... how you boys doin' this mornin'?
    Oscar: How's the old lady treatin' you, Hoke?
    Hoke Colburn: Lord, I tell you one thing... she should do know how to throw a fit!
    Miss Daisy Werthan: What's so funny?
    Hoke Colburn: Nothin', Miss Daisy. We just carryin' on.


  • Miss Daisy Werthan: You know your letters, don't you?
    Hoke Colburn: Oh yeah, yeah, I know my ABC's pretty good, just can't read.
    Miss Daisy Werthan: Stop sayin' that you're makin' me mad! If you know your letters, you can read. You just don't know you can read.
    Hoke Colburn: Ma'am?
    Miss Daisy Werthan: I taught some of the stupidest children, God ever put on the face of this earth and all of them could read well enough to find a name on a tombstone
    Miss Daisy Werthan: I taught some of the stupidest children, God ever put on the face of this earth and all of them could read well enough to find a name on a tombstone.


  • Miss Daisy Werthan: You should have let me keep my old LaSalle. It never would've behaved this way and you know it.
    Boolie Werthan: Mama, cars don't behave. They are behaved upon. Fact is, you demolished that Chrysler all by yourself
    Miss Daisy Werthan: Say what you want, I know the truth.
    Boolie Werthan: The truth is, you just cost the insurance company $2,700. You're a terrible risk. Nobody's gonna wanna issue you a policy after this.
    Miss Daisy Werthan: You're just sayin' that to be hateful!
    Boolie Werthan: OK. I am. I'm makin' it all up. Look out there in the driveway! Every insurance company in America is out there, wavin' their fountain pen, tryin' to get you to sign up!


  • Miss Daisy Werthan: Did you have the air-conditionin' checked? I told you to have the air-conditionin' checked.
    Hoke Colburn: I had the air-conditionin' checked. I don't know what's for. You never allow me to turn it on
    Hoke Colburn: I had the air-conditionin' checked. I don't know what's for. You never allow me to turn it on.
    Miss Daisy Werthan: Hush up!


  • Miss Daisy Werthan: (looking at her watch) It's seven sixteen
    Miss Daisy Werthan: It's seven sixteen.
    Boolie Werthan: You should have a job on the radio announcin' on time.


  • Miss Daisy Werthan: Hoke, what are you doin'.
    Hoke Colburn: I'm just tryin' to drive you to the store.


  • Idella: I'm goin', Miss Daisy.
    Miss Daisy Werthan: All right. See you tomorrow.
    Hoke Colburn: I'm goin' too!, Miss Daisy.
    Hoke Colburn: I'm goin' too, Miss Daisy.
    Miss Daisy Werthan: Good!.
    Miss Daisy Werthan: Good!


  • Miss Daisy Werthan: Hoke, you're my best friend.


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