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The Cider House Rules

The Cider House Rules quotes

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Arthur Rose
Dr. Wilbur Larch
Homer Wells
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View Quote [discussing the legality of performing abortions] I know it's against the law. I ask you, what has the law ever done for this place?
View Quote [lying in bed, bleeding to death after making Homer and Muddy promise to tell the police he was so upset over his daughter Rose running away that he killed himself] That's right. That's the truth. I'm just tryin' to put things straight. Sometimes, ya gotta break some rules, to put things straight. Ain't that right, Homer? [He looks at Homer who nods with reluctance resignation as he finally accepts this truth] Good. [dies]
View Quote Good night, you princes of Maine, you kings of New England.
View Quote I'm not a doctor. I haven't been to medical school; I haven't even been to high school.
View Quote I've looked at so many women. I've seen everything, and felt nothing. But when I look at you, it hurts.
View Quote In other parts of the world young men leave home and travel far and wide in search of a promising future. Their journeys are often fueled by dreams of triumphing over evil, finding a great love, or the hopes of fortunes easily made. Here in St. Cloud's not even the decision to get off the train is easily made, for it requires an earlier, more difficult decision - add a child to your life, or leave one behind. The only reason people journey here is for the orphanage. I came as a physician to the abandoned children and unhappily pregnant women. I had hoped to become a hero. But in St. Cloud's there was no such position. In the lonely, sordid world of lost children, there were no heroes to be found. And so I became the caretaker of many, father of none. Well, in a way, there was one. His name was Homer Wells.
View Quote Sometimes you gotta make some rules to think straight.
View Quote You don't find it depressing that Homer Wells is picking apples?