Howard Hughes: You're the tallest woman I have ever met.
Katharine Hepburn: And all sharp elbows and knees. Beware.

Katharine Hepburn: I've got a better idea, take me flying! Or better yet, I'll take you flying!
Howard Hughes: Do your worst, Miss Hepburn.

You don't own me, Howard. I'm not one of your teenage whores and I'm not some damn airplane!

Ava Gardner

Katharine Hepburn: I've been famous - for better or worse - for a long time now... I wonder if you know what that really means.
Howard Hughes: I got my fair share of press on Hell's Angels. I'm used to it.
Katharine Hepburn: Are you?
Katharine Hepburn: Howard, we're not like everyone else. Too many acute angles. Too many eccentricities. We have to be very careful not to let people in or they'll make us into freaks.
Howard Hughes: Kate, they can't get in here. We're safe.
Katharine Hepburn: They can always get in. When my brother killed himself there were photographers at the funeral. There's no decency to it.

Oh, a box of trash! You shouldn't have.

Ava Gardner

I care very much about aviation.

Howard Hughes

Howard Hughes: I read in the magazines that you play golf.
Katharine Hepburn: On occasion...
Howard Hughes: How 'bout nine holes?
Katharine Hepburn: NOW, Mr. Hughes?

Sometimes I truly fear that I... am losing my mind. And if I did it... it would be like flying blind.

Howard Hughes

Howard Hughes: I've been to Chatsworth, Santa Cruz, Encino, San Diego, Riverside, Van Nuys, and Bakersfield. It has been eight months! Where are my goddamn clouds, huh?
Professor Fitz: They move, Mr. Hughes! Clouds move. That's what they do. They move!

Howard Hughes: I feel like a little adventure.
Katharine Hepburn: Do your worst, Mr. Hughes

Noah Dietrich: Nice day.
Howard Hughes: Yeah, very funny.
Noah Dietrich: Listen, I got a call from Houston. They're getting real nervous about all this.
Howard Hughes: Stop showing them the damn bills, Noah.
Noah Dietrich: That would be illegal, Howard.
Howard Hughes: Shit, no. Maybe it's a little bit naughty.

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The Aviator Quotes

You don't own me, Howard. I'm not one of your teenage whores and I'm not some damn airplane!

Ava Gardner

Howard Hughes: Does that look clean to you?
Ava Gardner: Nothing's clean, Howard. But we do our best, right?