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


McMurphy: What do you think you are, for Christ's sake, crazy or something? Well, you're not! You're not! You're no crazier than the average asshole out walking around on the streets and that's it!
Nurse Ratched: Those are very challenging observations you made, Randall.


McMurphy: You fooled 'em, Chief! You fooled 'em. You fooled 'em all. God damn. What are we doing here Chief? Huh? What's us two guys doing in this ****ing place? Let's get out of here. Out!
Chief Bromden: Canada.
McMurphy: Canada. I'll be there before these son-of-bitches know what hit 'em. Listen to Randall on this one.

Night Nurse: Mr. Turkle?
McMurphy: Where the **** is he, why doesn't he answer her?
Taber: He's jerking off somewhere.
Orderly Turkle: Ain't no one jerking off nowhere, mother****er!
McMurphy: Turkle what the **** are you doing in here? Go out and talk to her.
Orderly Turkle: I'm doing the same ****ing thing you're doing--hiding!

Nurse Ratched: [After Billy is discovered in bed with Candy] Aren't you ashamed?
Billy: [without stuttering] No, I'm not. [the inmates applaud]
Nurse Ratched: You know Billy, what worries me is how your mother's going to take this.
Billy: Um, um, well, y-y-y-you d-d-d-don't have to t-t-t-tell her, Miss Ratched.
Nurse Ratched: I don't have to tell her? Your mother and I are old friends. You know that.
Billy: P-p-p-please d-d-don't tell my m-m-m-mother.

Nurse Ratched: There are eighteen patients on this ward, Mr. McMurphy. And you have to have a majority to change ward policy. So you gentlemen can put your hands down now.
McMurphy: [turning and gesturing toward other men out of hearing range on the ward floor] You're trying to tell me that you're gonna count these, these poor son-of-bitches, they don't know what we're talking about?
Nurse Ratched: Well, I have to disagree with you, Mr. McMurphy. These men are members of the ward just as you are.

Young Psychiatrist: Have you ever heard of the old saying, "a rolling stone gathers no moss"?
McMurphy: Yeah.
Young Psychiatrist: Does that mean something to you?
McMurphy: Uh, it's the same as, don't wash your dirty underwear in public.
Young Psychiatrist: I'm not sure I understand what you mean.
McMurphy: [smiling] I'm smarter than him, ain't I? [laughs] Well, that sort of has always meant, is, uh it's hard for something to grow on something that's moving.

[The inmates are playing cards and betting with cigarettes]
Martini: [rips a cigarette in half] I bet a nickel.
McMurphy: Dime's the limit, Martini.
Martini: I bet a dime.
[Puts the two halves onto the table]]
McMurphy: This is not a dime, Martini. This is a dime.
[shows a whole cigarette]
McMurphy: If you break it in half, you don't get two nickels, you get shit. Try and smoke it. You understand?
Martini: Yes.
McMurphy: You don't understand.

[pretending to watch the World Series on TV] Koufax... Koufax kicks. He delivers. It's up the middle! It's a base hit! Richardson is rounding first. He's going for second. The ball's into deep right center. Davis cuts the ball off! Here comes the throw. He throws it to second! He slides! He's in there! He's safe! It's a double.! Richardson's on second base! Koufax is in big ****ing trouble! Big trouble, baby! All right. Tresh is the next batter. Tresh looks in. Koufax... Koufax gets a sign from Roseboro. He kicks once. He pumps. He fires. It's a strike! Koufax's curve ball is snapping off like a ****ing firecracker! All right, here he comes with the next pitch. Tresh swings. It's a long fly ball to deep left center! [patients cheer] It's going! It's gone! Let's hear it! One way!

[to Billy] You're just a young kid. What are you doin' here? You oughta be out in a convertible, why... bird-doggin' chicks and bangin' beaver. What are ya doin' here, for Christ's sake? What's funny about that? Jesus, I mean, you guys do nothin' but complain about how you can't stand it in this place here and then you haven't got the guts just to walk out!

[to Martini] You're not an idiot. Huh! You're not a goddamn looney now, boy. You're a fisherman!

[to the charter boat manager] This is Dr. Cheswick, Dr. Taber, Dr. Frederickson, Dr. Scanlon, the famous Dr. Scanlon, Mr. Harding, Dr. Bibbit, Dr. Martini, and Dr. Sefelt... Oh, I'm Dr. McMurphy. 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?

But I tried, didn't I? Goddamn it. At least I did that.

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

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