Humphrey Bogart Movie Quotes

Here are some quotes from Humphrey Bogart in some of his popular movies:

As George Hally in The Roaring Twenties (1939)
“I always say, when you got a job to do, get somebody else to do it.”
“That guy’s a sucker. I don’t trust any of my friends.”
“I’m gonna give you a break. I’m gonna let you stand behind the bar with all your medals on and tell all the drunks how you won the war.”

As James Frazier in Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
“There’s no other way out. Now, be sensible. If they get me too, I’ll not only be disbarred, but they’ll check on my vault box and grab that hundred grand. You don’t want to lose that dough, do you?”
“Now, listen Mac. I don’t care how you handle Sullivan. But it’s got to look like an accident with that priest.”

As Rick Blaine in Casablanca (1942)
“Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.”
“I’m saying it because it’s true. Inside of us, we both know you belong with Victor. You’re part of his work, the thing that keeps him going. If that plane leaves the ground and you’re not with him, you’ll regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.”
“We’ll always have Paris. We didn’t have… we… we lost it until you came to Casablanca. We got it back last night.”
“Here’s looking at you kid.”

As Dobbs in Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
“This is the country where the nuggets of gold are just crying out for you to take them out of the ground and make ’em shine in coins on the fingers and necks of swell dames.”
“Can you help a fellow American down on his luck?”
“Nobody puts one over on Fred C. Dobbs.”

As Frank McCloud in Key Largo (1948)
“When your head says one thing and your whole life says another, your head always loses.”
“One Rocco more or less isn’t worth dying for!”

As Dixon Steele in In a Lonely Place (1950)
“You know, you’re out of your mind – how can anyone like a face like this? Look at it…”
“Well, I grant you, the jokes could’ve been better, but I don’t see why the rest should worry you – that is, unless you plan to arrest me on lack of emotion.”
“It was his story against mine, but of course, I told my story better.”
“You get to a lonely place in the road, and you begin to squeeze…”

As Charlie Allnut in The African Queen (1951)
“Nobody in Africa, but yours truly, can get a good head of steam on the old African Queen.”
“I don’t know why the Germans would want this God-forsaken place.”
“Well I ain’t sorry for you no more, ya crazy, psalm-singing, skinny old maid!”
“Never say die. That’s my motto.”

As Lt. Commander Philip Francis Queeg in The Caine Mutiny (1954)
“Mr. Maryk, you may tell the crew for me that there are four ways of doing things aboard my ship: The right way, the wrong way, the Navy way, and my way. They do things my way, and we’ll get along.”
“This is the captain speaking. Some misguided sailors on this ship still think they can pull a fast one on me. Well, they’re very much mistaken. Since you’ve taken this course, the innocent will be punished with the guilty. There will be no liberty for any member of this crew for three months. I will not be made a fool of! Do you hear me?”

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12 Responses

  1. VJ says:

    @Rhonda, idk if you were able to rewatch “In a Lonely Place,” but I resurrected this Bogart quotes post to add some quotes from it. Bogart’s best line, imo, was the “arrest me for lack of emotion” bit, but my favorite line in that whole movie was when the “thespian” came to the engagement party and the hatcheck girl told him he forgot to change his costume.

    He said, “This isn’t a costume, you ignorant wench. It’s the formal attire of a gentleman.” LOL!!

    What a great voice that actor (Robert Warwick) had, most noticeable when he began reciting Shakespeare’s Sonnet 29.

    • rhonda says:

      VJ, I meant to tell you that I did rewatch it and enjoyed it just as much the second time around. Yes, the “thespian” line was hilarious! Such clever writing! Thanks so much for bringing back the Bogart quotes, I wasn’t aware of this page.

      • VJ says:

        I changed the video on here too, Rhonda, because right near the beginning they show that high speed car scene from “In a Lonely Place.” Holy smokes! They say that, out of all the characters he played, Bogart was the most like Dixon Steele. Nothing to brag about, if you ask me!

        I wanted the character to be good but how about the scene where he had the cop and his wife recreate the murder? What a psycho!

        • rhonda says:

          OMG, what does that say about Bogart? Dixon Steele was a horrible person with no redeeming qualities at all.

        • VJ says:

          For real, Rhonda. I was wondering exactly what Laurel Gray loved about him, besides his face — LOL! He always looked like a sad hound dog to me. I guess she just wanted to believe in his innocence and was attracted to his sarcastic ways, seeing as how she was a bit sarcastic herself.

          In Eddie Muller’s afterword, he said an alternative ending was actually shot where Dixon Steele kills Laurel, then the police call to clear him on the Mildred Atkinson case, but Nick Ray canned it because he found it too melodramatic. I thought it would have been the logical and best ending myself because it would have underscored Dixon Steele’s violent tendencies. He was wholly capable of murder.

        • rhonda says:

          I wonder what Lauren Bacall saw in him, too, VJ!
          I agree that they should have gone with the alternative ending. I even thought he was going end up hurting Laurel when he discovered that she was planning to leave him.

        • VJ says:

          idk, Rhonda. Someone (maybe Eddie Muller?) said something about Bacall “smoothing out” Bogart’s rough edges, and I don’t get that. What rough edges? Bogart was born into a wealthy family, unlike Jimmy Cagney.

  2. vj says:

    Here’s looking at you Bogart fans 🙂

    • william k says:

      As I would argue, whether one thinks highly of Bogey or not, the guy left a very unique and memorable mark that I think is sometimes easy to under appreciate –the John Wayne comparison you made, vj, is apt in that sense, but I never resonated with Wayne’s bluster and bravado. Bogey had an essence of cool.

      Now I gotta make a note to see “The Roaring Twenties”.


    • vj says:

      There’s nothing to argue about, my fine fellow. My general feeling about Bogart is “seen one, seen ’em all”, but there are indeed exceptions. Even looking on imdb, can’t find the film I saw where he wasn’t playing his usual but it doesn’t much matter.

      Of course, just as in the music world, there is a reason for it. That’s what they like about you, so we’re gonna give ’em more of it, lots more.

      In music, some folks say that about Chuck Berry, but there are exceptions there too.

      How about Yul Brynner? How I loved Yul! And he did the same shtick more or less in a lot of stuff. He really didn’t do a whole hell of a lot in The Magnificent Seven except stand around looking cool. LOL.

      idk even if Bogart had hung around longer and got a role as an evil robot, too, he wouldn’t have been as cool as Yul!

      • william k says:

        Yeah, I could have used “maintain” instead of “argue”, but I don’t think of the word argue as a combative word typically, rather as a forensics term. Funny thing, words.


        Yer right about Yul. He was rolled out for his badditude and all he had to do was….do his thing.