You're dumber than you think I think you are.

Jake Gittes

Either you bring the water to L.A. or you bring L.A. to the water.

Noah Cross

Let me explain something to you, Walsh. This business requires a certain amount of finesse.

Jake Gittes

You're a very nosy fellow, kitty cat. Huh? You know what happens to nosy fellows? Huh? No? Wanna guess? Huh? No? Okay. They lose their noses.

Man with Knife

But, Mrs. Mulwray, I goddamn near lost my nose. And I like it. I like breathing through it. And I still think you're hiding something.

Jake Gittes

Evelyn Mulwray: Hollis seems to think you're an innocent man.
Jake Gittes: Well, I've been accused of a lot of things before, Mrs. Mulwray, but never that.

You've got a nasty reputation, Mr. Gittes. I like that.

Noah Cross

He's rich! Do you understand? He thinks he can get away with anything.

Jake Gittes

Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown.

Walsh

Chef: Why do all you guys sit on your helmets? Soldier: So we don't get our balls blown off.

[voiceover] The horror... the horror...

Kurtz

We must kill them. We must incinerate them. Pig after pig... cow after cow... village after village... army after army...

Kurtz

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