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


Bancini: I'm tired!


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?

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.

[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.

[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.

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.

Taber: Play the game Harding, play the game.

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.

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

Candy: You all crazy?

[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!

They uh, was givin' me ten thousand watts a day, you know, and I'm hot to trot. The next woman who takes me out is gonna light up like a pinball machine, and pay off in silver dollars.

McMurphy: We're just having a little party.
Orderly Turkle: Party my ass! This ain't no nightclub!

[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!

I bet in one week, I can put a bug so far up her ass, she don't know whether to shit or wind her wristwatch.