The chief internal enemies of any state are not spies nor saboteurs nor the paid agents of foreign governments. They are, on the contrary, those myriads of public officials who betray the trust imposed upon them by the people.

— Dalton Trumbo

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You show me a politician with his heels ten feet in the air, and by Judas priest, Ill show you an honest politician.

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Numbers have dehumanized us. Over breakfast coffee we read of 40,000 American dead in Vietnam. Instead of vomiting, we reach for the toast. Our morning rush through crowded streets is not to cry murder but to hit that trough before somebody else gobbles our share.

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Everybody now seems to be talking about democracy.

I don't understand this. As I think of it, democracy isn't like a Sunday suit to be brought out and worn only for parades. It's the kind of a life a decent man leads, it's something to live for and to die for.

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Democracy means that people can say what they want to.

All the people. It means that they can vote as they wish. All the people. It means that they can worship God in any way they feel right, and that includes Christians and Jews and voodoo doctors as well.

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A man doesn't say I will starve myself to death to keep from starving, or that he'd spend all of his money to save money. Why should he be willing to die for the privilege of living?

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Bankers, nepotists, contracts and talkies: on four fingers one may count the leeches which have sucked a young and vigorous industry into paresis.

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The only interesting thing that can happen in a Swiss bedroom is suffocation by feather mattress.

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There are plenty of laws to protect guys' money even in war time but there's nothing on the books says a man's life's his own.

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If I were dead and buried And I heard your voice, Beneath the sod My heart of dust Would still rejoice.

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Now listen, buddy, there are a few corny ideas you got to get out of your head if you're going to fly an airplane. Most things are just the reverse from what people think. The higher you are the safer you are. The Earth down there, that, that-s your enemy because once you hit that, boy, you splatter.

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A good businessman never makes a contract unless he's sure he can carry it through, yet every fool on earth is perfectly willing to sign a marriage contract without considering whether he can live up to it or not.

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Nothing is bigger than life. There's nothing noble in death. What's noble about never seeing the sunshine again? What's noble about having your legs and arms blown off? What's noble about being an idiot? What's noble about being blind and deaf and dumb? What's noble about being dead?

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About Dalton Trumbo

Quotes 35 sayings
Profession Screenwriter
Birthday October 16

I feel like my sixteenth birthday and the time I graduated from high school, and the first time I flew solo all wrapped up in one.

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Now I lay me down to sleep my bomb proof cellar's good and deep but if i'm killed before I wake remember god it's for your sake amen.

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I never considered the working class anything other than something to get out of.

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I am one day going to be working openly in the motion picture industry.

When that day comes, I swear to you that I will never sign a term contract with any major studio.

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Hickory dickory dock my daddy’s nuts from shell shock.

Humpty dumpty thought he was wise till gas came along and burned out his eyes. A dillar a dollar a ten o clock scholar blow off his legs and then watch him holler. Rockaby baby in the tree top don’t stop a bomb or you’ll probably flop. Now I lay me down to sleep my bombproof cellars good and deep but if I’m killed before I wake remember god its for your sake amen.

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There's a game out there, and the stakes are high.

And the guy who runs it figures the averages all day long and all night long. Once in a while he lets you steal a pot. But if you stay in the game long enough, you've got to lose. And once you've lost there's no way back, no way at all.

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When one man says, “No, I won’t,” Rome begins to fear.

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Privately, I believe in none of them. Neither do you. Publicly, I believe in them all.

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This blacklisting is going to collapse because it is rotten, immoral and illegal. I am one day going to be working openly in the motion picture industry. When that day comes, I swear to you that I will never sign a term contract with any major studio. I will, proudly and by preference, do at least one picture a year for King Brothers, and I will try to make it the best picture that I have it in me to do

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The chief internal enemies of any state are those public officials who betray the trust imposed upon them by the people.

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What's so noble about being dead?

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It will come with a rush and a roar and a shudder.

It will come howling and laughing and shrieking and moaning. It will come so fast you can’t help yourself you will stretch out your arms to embrace it. You will feel it before it comes and you will tense yourself for acceptance and the earth which is your eternal bed will tremble at the moment of your union.

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The blacklist was a time of evil...no one on either side who survived it came through untouched by evil...[Looking] back on this time...it will do no good to search for villains or heroes or saints or devils because there were none; there were only victims.

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Democracy isn't a gift. It's a responsibility.

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One of the disadvantages of being a patrician is that occasionally you're obliged to act like one.

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An animal can learn to fight, but to sing beautiful things and make people believe them.

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I will, proudly and by preference, do at least one picture a year for King Brothers, and I will try to make it the best picture that I have it in me to do.

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Now the truth of the matter is that there are a lot of things people don't understand. Take the Einstein theory. Take taxes. Take love. Do you understand them? Neither do I. But they exist. They happen.

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Dishonesty in government is the business of every citizen.

It is not enough to do your own job. There's no particular virtue in that. Democracy isn't a gift. It's a responsibility.

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I fought fire with oil.

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The only kind of love worth having is the kind that goes on living and laughing and fighting and loving.

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Goodbye, my love, my life. Goodbye, goodbye.

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