10 Classic Quotes From The Third Man

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  1. Harry Lime: Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love - they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock. So long Holly.
  2. Popescu: Can I ask is Mr. Martins engaged in a new book?
  3. Holly: Yes, it's called 'The Third Man.'
  4. Popescu: A novel, Mr. Martins?
  5. Holly: It's a murder story. I've just started it. It's based on fact.
  6. Popescu: Are you a slow writer, Mr. Martins?
  7. Holly: Not when I get interested.
  8. Popescu: I'd say you were doing something pretty dangerous this time.
  9. Holly: Yes?
  10. Popescu: Mixing fact and fiction.
  11. Holly: Should I make it all fact?
  12. Popescu: Why no, Mr. Martins. I'd say stick to fiction, straight fiction.
  13. Holly: I'm too far along with the book, Mr. Popescu.
  14. Popescu: Haven't you ever scrapped a book, Mr. Martins?
  15. Holly: Never.
  16. Harry Lime: Victims? Don't be melodramatic. Look down there. Tell me. Would you really feel any pity if one of those dots stopped moving forever? If I offered you twenty thousand pounds for every dot that stopped, would you really, old man, tell me to keep my money, or would you calculate how many dots you could afford to spare? Free of income tax, old man. Free of income tax - the only way you can save money nowadays.
  17. Calloway: Death's at the bottom of everything, Martins. Leave death to the professionals.
  18. Martins: Mind if I use that line in my next Western?
  19. Popescue: That's a nice girl, that. But she ought to go careful in Vienna. Everybody ought to go careful in a city like this.
  20. Opening narrator: I never knew the old Vienna before the war with its Strauss music, its glamour and easy charm. Constantinople suited me better. I really got to know it in the classic period of the black market. We'd run anything if people wanted it enough and had the money to pay. Of course a situation like that does tempt amateurs...but, well, you know, they can't stay the course like a professional. Now the city is divided into four zones, you know, each occupied by a power: the American, the British, the Russian and the French. But the centre of the city that's international policed by an international patrol. One member of each of the four powers. Wonderful! What a hope they had! All strangers to the place and none of them could speak the same language. Except a sort of smattering of German...Good fellows on the whole, did their best you know. Vienna doesn't really look any worse than a lot of other European cities. Bombed about a bit...Oh, I was going to tell you, wait, I was going to tell you about Holly Martins, an American. Came all the way here to visit a friend of his. The name was Lime, Harry Lime. Now Martins was broke and Lime had offered him, some sort, I don't know, some sort of job...Anyway, there he was, poor chap. Happy as a lark and without a cent...
  21. Harry Lime: Nobody thinks in terms of human beings. Governments don't. Why should we? They talk about the people and the proletariat, I talk about the suckers and the mugs - it's the same thing. They have their five-year plans, so have I.
  22. Martins: You used to believe in God.
  23. Harry Lime: Oh, I still do believe in God, old man. I believe in God and Mercy and all that. But the dead are happier dead. They don't miss much here, poor devils.
  24. Calloway: We should have dug deeper than a grave.
  25. Anna Schmidt: You know, you ought to get yourself a girl.
  26. Calloway: You were born to be murdered.
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