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  • Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Whenever feasible, one should always try to eat the rude.


  • Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb: It puts the lotion on it's skin, or else it gets the hose again.


  • Dr. Hannibal Lecter: A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.


  • Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Plum Island Animal Disease Research Facility. Sounds charming.


  • Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I drink your blood, I eat your flesh.


  • Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I ate his liver with some fava beans.


  • Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Quid pro quo.


  • Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Why do you think he removes their skins, Agent Starling? Enthrall me with your acumen.
    Clarice Starling: It excites him. Most serial killers keep some sort of trophies from their victims.
    Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I didn't.
    Clarice Starling: No. No, you ate yours.


  • Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb: Just put the shampoo in the basket
    Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb: Just put the shampoo in the basket.
    Catherine Martin: Please let me out
    Catherine Martin: Please let me out.


  • Dr. Hannibal Lecter: QUID PRO QUO
    Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Quid pro quo.


  • Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Ready when you are, Sergeant Pembrey.


  • Dr. Hannibal Lecter: no no no you were doing fine, you had been courteous and receptive to courtesy, you had established trust with the embarrassing truth about miggs, and now this ham-handed segue into your questionnaire tut-tut-tut it won't do
    Dr. Hannibal Lecter: No no no you were doing fine, you had been courteous and receptive to courtesy, you had established trust with the embarrassing truth about miggs, and now this ham-handed segue into your questionnaire tut-tut-tut it won't do.


  • Dr. Hannibal Lecter: i am having an old friend for dinner
    Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I'm having an old friend for dinner.


  • Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb: Has the FBI learned something yet? The police around here don't seem to have the first clue. [Clarice notices a moth] ... I mean have you got like a description, fingerprints, anything like that?
    Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb: Has the FBI learned something yet? The police around here don't seem to have the first clue. [Clarice notices a moth] I mean have you got like a description, fingerprints, anything like that?
    Clarice Starling: No. No I don't. [Clarice unbuttons her gun holster]
    Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb: Oh, here's that number!
    Clarice Starling: Very good, Mr. Gordon. May I use your phone please?
    Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb: [Gumb starts laughing] Sure you can use my phone.
    Clarice Starling: [draws her gun] Freeze! Put your hands over your head and turn around! Spread your legs! Spread your legs! Put your hands in the back... thumbs up - FREEZE! [Gumb runs off]
    Clarice Starling: [draws her gun] Freeze! Put your hands over your head and turn around! Spread your legs! Spread your legs! Put your hands in the back... thumbs up. FREEZE! [Gumb runs off]


  • Miggs: Look at the blood!


  • Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb: It rubs the lotion on its skin. It does this whenever it's told.
    Catherine Martin: Please mister, let me go! My family will give you anything you want!
    Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb: It rubs the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again.
    Catherine Martin: Okay, okay.
    Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb: Now, it places the lotion in the basket.
    Catherine Martin: Please! I want to see my mom! Please...
    Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb: [yelling] Put the fucking lotion in the basket!


  • Dr. Hannibal Lecter: All good things to those who wait
    Dr. Hannibal Lecter: All good things to those who wait.


  • Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Five foot ten, strongly built, about a hundred and eighty pounds; hair blonde, eyes pale blue. He'd be about thirty-five now. He said he lived in Philadelphia, but he may have lied. That's all I can remember, mum, but if I think of any more, I will let you know. Oh, and Senator, just one more thing: love your suit!


  • Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Well, Clarice - have the lambs stopped screaming?
    Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Well, Clarice, have the lambs stopped screaming?


  • Dr. Hannibal Lecter: [on telephone] I do wish we could chat longer, but... I'm having an old friend for dinner. Bye.
    Dr. Hannibal Lecter: [on telephone] I do wish we could chat longer, but... I'm having an old friend for dinner. Bye.


  • Dr. Hannibal Lecter: You know what you look like to me, with your good bag and your cheap shoes? You look like a rube. A well scrubbed, hustling rube with a little taste. Good nutrition's given you some length of bone, but you're not more than one generation from poor white trash, are you, Agent Starling? And that accent you've tried so desperately to shed: pure West Virginia. What is your father, dear? Is he a coal miner? Does he stink of the lamp? You know how quickly the boys found you... all those tedious sticky fumblings in the back seats of cars... while you could only dream of getting out... getting anywhere... getting all the way to the FBI.
    Clarice Starling: You see a lot, Doctor. But are you strong enough to point that high-powered perception at yourself? What about it? Why don't you - why don't you look at yourself and write down what you see? Or maybe you're afraid to.


  • Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Quid pro quo. I tell you things, you tell me things. Not about this case, though. About yourself. Quid pro quo. Yes or no?
    Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Quid pro quo. I tell you things, you tell me things. Not about this case, though . About yourself. Quid pro quo. Yes or no?


  • Dr. Hannibal Lecter: A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.
    Dr. Hannibal Lecter: A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.


  • Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb: Put the fucking lotion in the basket!
    Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb: Put the fucking lotion in the basket!


  • Clarice Starling: Mr. Gordon, good, uh... well Frederica used to work for Mrs. Lippman. Did you know her?
    Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb: No, nuh-uh. Oh wait... was she a great big fat person?


  • Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb: (to dog) That's right precious, it will get the hose.
    Jame "Buffalo Bill" Gumb: [to dog] That's right precious, it will get the hose.


  • Clarice Starling: you call this easy sir?
    Clarice Starling: You call this easy, sir?


  • Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I do wish we could chat longer, but I'm having an old friend for dinner.


  • Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I am having an old friend for dinner.


  • Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Sss-sss-sss-sss-sss-sss...


  • Dr. Hannibal Lecter: A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.


  • Jack Crawford: Believe me, you don't want Hannibal Lecter inside your head.


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