Norma, you're a woman of 50, now grow up. There's nothing tragic about being 50, not unless you try to be 25.

Joe Gillis

You don't yell at a sleepwalker. He may fall and break his neck.

Joe Gillis (as narrator)

[whispering in Joe's ear] As long as the lady is paying for it, why not take the Vicuna?

Salesman

[narrating] The poor dope - he always wanted a pool. Well, in the end, he got himself a pool.

Joe Gillis

[narrating] Well, this is where you came in, back at that pool again, the one I always wanted. It's dawn now and they must have photographed me a thousand times. Then they got a couple of pruning hooks from the garden and fished me out... ever so gently. Funny, how gentle people get with you once you're dead.

Joe Gillis

Jonesy! Hey, Jonesy!

Norma Desmond

The stars are ageless, aren't they?

Norma Desmond

[narrating] Come think of it, the whole place seemed to have been stricken with the kind of creeping paralysis... out of beat with the rest of the world... crumbling apart in slow motion. There was a tennis court... or rather the ghost of a tennis court... with faded markings and a sagging net... And of course she had a pool. Who didn't then? Mabel Norman and John Gilbert must swum in it ten thousand midnights ago... It was empty now. Or was it?
[cut to close-up of rats]

Joe Gillis

Without me, there wouldn't be any Paramount studio.

Norma Desmond

Betty Schaefer: Where have you been keeping yourself? I've got the most wonderful news for you.
Joe Gillis: I haven't been keeping myself at all, lately.

I'll be up there again, so help me!

Norma Desmond

Norma Desmond: You're a writer, you said.
Joe Gillis: Why?
Norma Desmond: Are you or aren't you?
Joe Gillis: That's what it says on my Guild card.
Norma Desmond: And you have written pictures, haven't you?
Joe Gillis: I sure have. Want a list of my credits?
Norma Desmond: I want to ask you something. Come in here.
Joe Gillis: Last one I wrote was about Okies in the Dust Bowl. You'd never know because when it reached the screen, the whole thing played on a torpedo boat.

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Sunset Blvd. Quotes

[whispering in Joe's ear] As long as the lady is paying for it, why not take the Vicuna?

Salesman

We don't need two cars, we have a car. Not one of those cheap new things made of chromium and spit, an Isotta-Fraschini. Have you ever heard of Isotta-Fraschini? All handmade. Cost me $28,000.

Norma Desmond