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  • Terry Malloy: You don't understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could've been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am.


  • Charley Malloy: You know, it's time to think about getting some ambition.
    Terry Malloy: I always figured I'd live a bit longer without it.


  • Charley Malloy: You're getting on. You're pushing 30. You know, it's time to think about getting some ambition.
    Terry Malloy: I always figured I'd live a bit longer without it.


  • Terry Malloy: If I spill, my life ain't worth a nickel.
    Father Barry: And how much is your soul worth if you don't?


  • Father Barry: Some people think the Crucifixion only took place on Calvary. They better wise up! Taking Joey Doyle's life to stop him from testifying is a crucifixion. And dropping a sling on Kayo Dugan because he was ready to spill his guts tomorrow, that's a crucifixion. And every time the Mob puts the pressure on a good man, tries to stop him from doing his duty as a citizen, it's a crucifixion. And anybody who sits around and lets it happen, keeps silent about something he knows that happened, shares the guilt of it just as much as the Roman soldier who pierced the flesh of our Lord to see if he was dead.


  • Terry Malloy: You don't understand! I could'a had class. I could'a been a contender. I could've been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let's face it.
    Terry Malloy: You don't understand. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let's face it. It was you, Charley.


  • Johnny Friendly: stop breath'n that clam juice on me
    Johnny Friendly: Stop breathin' that clam juice on me.


  • Father Barry: You want to know what's wrong with our waterfront? It's the love of a lousy buck. It's making love of a buck - -the cushy job - -more important than the love of man!


  • Terry Malloy: You don't understand! I could'a had class. I could'a been a contender. I could've been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let's face it.


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