You know, fame is supposed to be MY turf.

Katharine Hepburn

Howard Hughes: [doesn't hear what Kate says] Excuse me?
Katharine Hepburn: Well, if you're deaf, you must own up to it. Get a hearing aid, or see my father. He's an urologist, but it's all tied up inside the body, don't you find?
Howard Hughes: Mmm.
Katharine Hepburn: Me, I keep healthy. I take 7 showers a day to keep clean, also because I'm so vulgarly referred to as "outdoors-y." Well, I'm not "outdoors-y," I'm athletic. I sweat! There it is, now we both know the sordid truth: I sweat, and you're deaf. Aren't we a fine pair of misfits?

Jack Frye: You want me to bribe senators?
Howard Hughes: I don't want them bribed, Jack. I want this done legal. I want them BOUGHT.

Howard Hughes: Look at me, Kate. Stop acting.
Katharine Hepburn: Ha. I'm not acting.
Howard Hughes: I wonder if you even know any more.
Katharine Hepburn: Don't be unkind.

Spencer Tracy: Something the matter?
Katharine Hepburn: There's just too much "Howard Hughes" in "Howard Hughes". That's what's the matter.

Can't you just eat ice cream out of a bowl, like everyone else?

Katharine Hepburn

I want ten chocolate chip cookies. Medium chips. None too close to the outside.

Howard Hughes

I'm in a street fight, and I'm not going to lose.

Howard Hughes

[talking of Juan Trippe] He owns Pan-Am. He owns Congress. He owns the Civil Aeronautics Board. But he does not own the sky.

Howard Hughes

Katharine Hepburn: I expect you to face this situation like an adul ...
Howard Hughes: DON'T TALK DOWN TO ME! Don't you ever talk talk down to me! You're a movie star, nothing more!

[as Hepburn leaves him] Actresses are cheap in this town - and I got a lot of money.

Howard Hughes

Howard Hughes: You want to go to war with me?
Sen. Ralph Owen Brewster: It's not me, Howard. It's the United States Government. We just beat Germany and Japan. Who the hell are you?

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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?