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: 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.


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.

Taber: Play the game Harding, play the game.

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.

Candy: You all crazy?

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!

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.

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

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

[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.

[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!

[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.

I'm a goddamn marvel of modern science.