George: Why don’t you tell them the truth! Why don’t you tell them we’re a million miles from civilization with no chance of getting out of here alive. It’s slow starvation, that’s what it is! A slow horrible death!
Gloria: [Hysterical laughter] Well, that’s perfect. Just perfect. What a kick I’m going to get out of this. A year ago, a doctor gave me six months to live — that was a year ago! I’m already six months to the good. I’m on velvet! I haven’t got a thing to lose! But you, you the noble animals of the human race, what a kick I’m going to get out of watching you squirm for a change! What a kick! [Hysterical laughter]
Jerry Warriner: What did you tell him? That our cars broke down and we had to spend the night at your apartment because it was the taxi strike?
Lucy Warriner: No, no, I didn’t tell him that. I told him the truth. And, strangely enough, he believed me.
Jerry Warriner: Oh.
Lucy Warriner: Yes, it was very refreshing.
Jefferson Smith: I guess this is just another lost cause, Mr Paine. All you people don’t know about lost causes. Mr Paine does. He said once they were the only causes worth fighting for. And he fought for them for the only reason any man ever fights for them. Because of just one plain, simple rule: Love thy neighbour. In this world full of hatred a man who knows that one rule has a great trust. You know that rule, Mr Paine. I loved you for it, just as my father did. You know that you fight harder for the lost causes. You even die for them. Like a man we both knew, Mr Paine. You think I’m licked. You all think I’m licked. Well, I am not licked! I’ll stay and fight for this lost cause. Even if this room gets filled with lies like these – And the Taylors and all their armies come marching into this place. Somebody will listen to me.