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

Noah Cross

'Course I'm respectable. I'm old. Politicians, ugly buildings, and whores all get respectable if they last long enough.

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

How do you like them apples?

Jake Gittes

What can I tell you, kid? You're right. When you're right, you're right, and you're right.

Jake Gittes

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

What are they gonna say about him? What are they gonna say? That he was a kind man? That he was a wise man? That he had plans, man? That he had wisdom? Bullshit, man!

Photojournalist

[intercepted radio message] I watched a snail crawl along the edge of a straight razor. That's my dream; that's my nightmare. Crawling, slithering, along the edge of a straight razor... and surviving.

Kurtz

[voice-over] I was going to the worst place in the world and I didn't even know it yet. Weeks away and hundreds of miles up a river that snaked through the war like a main circuit cable plugged straight into Kurtz. It was no accident that I got to be the caretaker of Colonel Walter E. Kurtz's memory any more than being back in Saigon was an accident. There is no way to tell his story without telling my own. And if his story really is a confession, then so is mine.

Willard

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