Harvey

Harvey quotes

53 total quotes (ID: 269)

Elwood P. Dowd
Film Cast
Multiple Characters
Original Broadway Cast
Veta Louise Simmons


Wilson: [Reading from an encyclopedia] "P-O-O-K-A. Pooka. From old Celtic mythology, a fairy spirit in animal form, always very large. The pooka appears here and there, now and then, to this one and that one. A benign but mischievous creature. Very fond of rumpots, crackpots, and how are you, Mr. Wilson?" [Inverts and shakes the encyclopedia] 'How are you, Mr. Wilson?' Who in the encyclopedia wants to know?


Dr. Sanderson: I want you to telephone this Elwood P. Dowd right away. His sister's condition is serious.
Miss Kelly: Uh - but, Doctor, I --
Dr. Sanderson: He'll have to sign these commitment papers for her.
Miss Kelly: But I didn't know the woman needed the treatment! She said it was her brother!
Dr. Sanderson: Of course she did! That's the oldest dodge in the world. Always used by a cunning type of psychopath. She knew her brother was about to commit her so she came down here to discredit him. Get him on the phone, please.
Miss Kelly: But, Doctor, I thought the woman was all right, so I had Wilson take the brother up to Number Twenty-four - South Wing, G. He's there now.
Dr. Sanderson: You had Wilson take the brother in?! Come on, Miss Kelly, no gags, please!You're not serious, are you?
Miss Kelly: Oh, I did, Doctor, I - I did. Doctor, I'm terribly sorry.
Dr. Sanderson: Oh, you're terribly sorry! Well, that's fine! That - that fixes everything! That's just wonderful! No - oh, no! Kelly! Kelly, do you realize what you've done? This man Dowd can sue us for false commitment! He can own the whole sanitarium -- and I'll be kicked out of here faster than you can say stupid, incompetent and inefficient!
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Miss Kelly: Oh, I'll tell Dr. Chumley you had nothing to do with it - it was all my fault! You're the last person in the world I'd ever want anything like this to happen to. You know that, don't you, Dr. Sanderson?
Dr. Sanderson: Miss Kelly, this is hardly the time or place to go into the balcony scene from Romeo and Juliet!
Miss Kelly: Lately, Doctor, there's never any time or place!
Dr. Sanderson: Jeepers! They may be putting him in the hydro room right now! Get up there quick and see if you can get him down here! I'll break the news gently to Dr. Chumley. He may want to handle this himself.
Miss Kelly: Well what shall I say to Mr. Dowd? What do I do? He'll probably be so furious he'll refuse to come down here.
Dr. Sanderson: Look, Miss Kelly. He's probably fit to be tied, but he's a man, isn't he?
Miss Kelly: I guess so. His name's Mister!
Dr. Sanderson: Well, then, go into your old routine. You know, the eyes, the swish, the works. I'm immune to it, but I've seen it work on some people, some of the patients out here. Now, you get him down here, Kelly, if you have to do a striptease!

Elwood P. Dowd: You see, science has overcome time and space. Harvey has overcome not only time and space but also any objections.
Dr. Chumley: Fly specks, fly specks! I've been spending my life among fly specks while miracles have been leaning on lampposts at 18th and Fairfax!

The Taxi Driver: ...I've been driving this route for 15 years. I've brought them out here to get that stuff, and I've drove them home after they had it. It changes them... On they way out here, they sit back and enjoy the ride. They talk to me, some times we stop and watch the sunset, and look at the birds fly. And sometimes we stop and watch the birds when there ain't no birds. And look at the sunset when its raining. We have a swell time. And I always get a big tip. But afterwards, uh oh! ...They crab, crab, crab. They yell at me. Watch the lights. Watch the brakes, Watch the intersection. They scream at me to hurry. They got no faith in me, or my buggy. Yet, it's the same cab, the same driver. And we're going back over the very same road. It's no fun. And no tips... After this he'll be a perfectly normal human being and you know what stinkers they are.

Dr. Sanderson: It sounds funny, but I'll miss this place. I guess I'll miss a lot of things around here.
Miss Kelly: You will?
Dr. Sanderson: You won't laugh?
Miss Kelly: Of course not.
Dr. Sanderson: You know how it is working around people all day. You sort of get attached to them.
Miss Kelly: I know, Limon.
Dr. Sanderson: It may be ridiculous, but I'm gonna miss every one of the psychos, neuros, and schizos in the place.
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Miss Kelly: Well, you can miss your psychos and your schizos, Dr, Sanderson, and you can miss whomever you please. But after you leave here I won't miss a thing - not a single solitary thing.
Dr. Sanderson: Now what's wrong?
Miss Kelly: Nothing - I - I came down here to say good-bye to you, so good-bye, good luck and good riddance.
Dr. Sanderson: Why, you can't even say good-bye without putting it on a personal basis.
Miss Kelly: Oh, don't flatter yourself, doctor. There's nothing personal about this.
Dr. Sanderson: I think you've been working too hard, Kelly. You're getting neurotic.
Miss Kelly: Now don't start analyzing me. Save your psychiatry for your next job.
Dr. Sanderson: I'm not using psychiatry, Miss Kelly - and let me give you a little friendly advice - that chip on your shoulder stems from a persecution complex that undoubtedly goes back to childhood.
Miss Kelly: Well, thanks so much for the case history, doctor. Now could you tell me what an over-inflated ego stems from?
Dr. Sanderson: Now listen here!

Myrtle Mae Simmons: Oh, mother, people get run over by trucks every day. Why can't something like that happen to Uncle Elwood?

Mailman: Lovely day, isn't it?
Elwood P. Dowd: Every day is a lovely day.

Dr. Chumley: This sister of yours is at the bottom of a conspiracy against you. She's trying to persuade me to lock you up. Today, she had commitment papers drawn up. She has your power of attorney and the key to your safety box, and she brought you here!
Elwood P. Dowd: She did all that in one afternoon. That Veta certainly is a whirlwind, isn't she?

Mr. Cracker: What can I do for you, Mr. Dowd?
Elwood P. Dowd: What did you have in mind?

Dr. Sanderson: Think carefully, Dowd. Didn't you know somebody, sometime, someplace with the name of Harvey? Didn't you ever know anybody by that name?
Elwood P. Dowd: No, no, not one, Dr. Maybe that's why I always had such hopes for it.

Dr. Sanderson: Dr. Chumley, I'm afraid there's been a serious error --
Dr. Chumley: Dr. Sanderson, we don't permit errors in this institution.

Dr. Chumley: I'm Dr. Chumley. You're Mrs. Simmons, of course.
Veta Louise Simmons: Yes, well, I'm glad to know you, Dr. Chumley. Would you mind asking Judge Gaffney to come back here?
Dr. Chumley: Why, certainly, certainly.
Veta Louise Simmons: I want to tell him to sue you for $100,000. I don't think $50,000 is enough.

Wouldn't that get a little monotonous, just Akron, cold beer and 'poor, poor thing' for two weeks?

Dr. Chumley: So, you gave him a pass, Dr. Sanderson?! Perhaps they neglected to tell you at medical school that a rabbit has large pointed ears!?! Do you know what you've done? You've allowed a psychopathic case to walk out of here and roam around with an overgrown white rabbit! You've laid me open to a lawsuit! I shall have to do something I haven't done for fifteen years! I'll have to go after this man, Dowd, and bring him back! But when I do, Dr. Sanderson, your connection with this institution will have ended - as of that moment!

Years ago my mother used to say to me, she'd say, "In this world, Elwood, you must be," - she always called me Elwood - "In this world, you must be oh so smart, or oh so pleasant." Well, for years I was smart. I recommend pleasant. You may quote me.