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  • Mr. O'Brien: My sweet boy.


  • Young Jack: Where were you? You let a little boy die. You'll let anything happen. How can I be good, if you aren't?


  • Young Jack: Where were you? You let a little boy die. You'll let anything happen. How can I be good, if you aren't?


  • Mr. O'Brien: You make yourself what you are. You gotta control your own destiny. Can't say "I can't". You say I'm having trouble, I'm not done yet. You can't say "I can't".
    Mr. O'Brien: You make yourself what you are. You gotta control your own destiny. Can't say 'I can't'. You say I'm having trouble, I'm not done yet. You can't say 'I can't'.


  • Mr. O'Brien: (about his son, Jack) I made him feel shame. My shame.
    Mr. O'Brien: [about his son, Jack] I made him feel shame. My shame.


  • Grandmother: Life goes on. People pass along. Nothing stays the same.


  • Jack: Where were You? You let a boy die. You let anything happen. Why should I be good ? When You aren't.


  • Jack: What I want to do, I can't do. I do what I hate.


  • Mrs. O'Brien: The only way to be happy is to love. Unless you love, your life will flash by. Do good to them. Wonder. Hope.


  • Jack: Brother. Keep us. Guide us. To the end of time.


  • Jack: Mother. Father. Always you wrestle inside me.


  • Mrs. O'Brien: There are two ways through life: The way of Nature, and the way of Grace. You have to choose which one you will follow.


  • R.L.: Be quiet.


  • Mr. O'Brien: It takes fierce and will to get ahead in this world
    Mr. O'Brien: It takes fierce will to get ahead in this world.


  • Jack: Brother. Mother. It was they who led me to your door.


  • Jack: Brother.


  • Mr. O'Brien: The only way to be happy is to love. Unless you love, your life will flash by.


  • Jack: Before I knew I loved you, believed in you.


  • Mrs. O'Brien: "He is with God now". "He's been with God the whole time".
    Mrs. O'Brien: He is with God now. He's been with God the whole time.


  • Jack's Wife: Unless you love, your life will flash by.


  • Mrs. O'Brien: I give him to you. I give you my son.


  • Jack: I wanted to be loved because I was great. A big man. I'm nothing. Look--the glory all around us, trees, birds. I dishonored it all and didn't notice the glory. A foolish man.


  • Mr. O'Brien: Jack! Jack! Hit me! [pushes him over]
    Jack: [falls over]
    Mr. O'Brien: What are you doing? What're you doing?


  • Jack: What am I doing?


  • Mrs. O'Brien: You'll be grown before that tree is tall.


  • Jack: Mother, father; always you wrestle inside me, always you will.
    Jack: Mother, father, always you wrestle inside me, always you will.


  • Mr. O'Brien: Don't let anyone tell you there's anything you can't do.


  • Mrs. O'Brien: Without love, your life will flash by.


  • Mr. O'Brien: Someday, we'll fall down and weep, and we'll understand it all. All things.


  • Mrs. O'Brien: Help each other. Love everyone. Every leaf, every ray of light - are a gift.
    Mrs. O'Brien: Love everyone. Every leaf. Every ray of light.


  • Mrs. O'Brien: Unless you love, your life will flash by.
    Mrs. O'Brien: The only way to be happy is to love. Unless you love, your life will flash by.


  • Mr. O'Brien: It takes fierce will to get ahead in this world.


  • Jack: Mother, Father. Always you wrestle inside me; Always you will...
    Jack: Mother, Father. Always you wrestle inside me.


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