One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest quotes

47 total quotes (ID: 433)

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Nurse Ratched
R.P. McMurphy


Get out of my way son, you're usin' my oxygen.


Some men on the ward take a long, long time to get used to the schedule. Change it now and they might find it very disturbing.

If Mr. McMurphy doesn't want to take his medication orally, I'm sure we can arrange that he can have it some other way.

Candy: You all crazy?

Cheswick: Rules?! Piss on your ****ing Rules, Miss Ratched! I want you to know something right here and now, Miss Ratched! I'm no little kid! I ain't no little kid! Where are you going to have cigarettes kept for me, like cookies, and I want something done?!

Chief Bromden: Mmm, Juicy Fruit.

Harding: I'm not just talking about my wife, I'm talking about my life, I can't seem to get that through to you. I'm not just talking about one person, I'm talking about everybody. I'm talking about form. I'm talking about content. I'm talking about interrelationships. I'm talking about God, the devil, Hell, Heaven! Do you understand, finally?!

Bancini: I'm tired!

McMurphy: Billy what's the matter, fishing don't grab ya?
Billy: Um, y-y-y-yeah. They-they-they-they-they do.

Dr. Spivey: I don't see any evidence of mental illness at all. And I think that you've been trying to put us on all this time.
[McMurphy demonstrates some stereotypical "crazy" behaviors]
McMurphy: Is that crazy enough for you? You want me to take a shit on the floor?

She was fifteen years old, going on thirty-five, Doc, and she told me she was eighteen. She was very willing if ya know what I mean, I practically had to take to sewing my pants shut. Between you and me, uh, she might have been fifteen, but when you get that little red beaver right up there in front of you, I don't think it's crazy at all and I don't think you do either. No man alive could resist that, and that's why I got into jail to begin with. And now they're telling me I'm crazy over here because I don't sit there like a goddamn vegetable. Don't make a bit of sense to me. If that's what's being crazy is, then I'm senseless, out of it, gone-down-the-road, wacko. But no more, no less, that's it.

I'm a goddamn marvel of modern science.

I'm here to cooperate with ya a hundred percent. A hundred percent. I'll be just right down the line with ya, you watch. 'Cause I think we ought to get to the bottom of R. P. McMurphy.

But I don't like the idea of taking something if I don't know what it is... I don't want anyone to try and slip me salt-peter. You know what I mean?

God Almighty, she's got you guys comin' or goin'. What do you think she is, some kind of a champ or somethin'?