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The King's Speech (2010)

118 min  -  Biography | Drama

The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.

Director: Tom Hooper

Writer: David Seidler (screenplay)

Stars: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter |

King George VI: All that work down the drain. My own brother, I couldn't say a single word to him in reply.

Lionel Logue: Why do you stammer so much more with David than you ever do with me?

King George VI: 'Cos you're b… bloody well paid to listen.

Lionel Logue: Bertie, I'm not a geisha girl.

King George VI: St… stop trying to be so bloody clever.

Lionel Logue: What is it about David that stops you speaking?

King George VI: What is it about you that bloody well makes you want to go on about it the whole bloody time?

Lionel Logue: Vulgar, but fluent; you don't stammer when you swear.

King George VI: Oh, bugger orf!

Lionel Logue: Is that the best you can do?

King George VI: Well… bloody bugger to you, you beastly bastard.

Lionel Logue: Oh, a public school prig could do better than that.

King George VI: Shit. Shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit, shit!

Lionel Logue: Yes!

King George VI: Shit!

Lionel Logue: Defecation flows trippingly from the tongue!

King George VI: Because I'm angry!

Lionel Logue: Do you know the f-word?

King George VI: F… f… fornication?

Lionel Logue: Oh, Bertie.

King George VI: Fuck. Fuck! Fuck, fuck, fuck and fuck! Fuck, fuck and bugger! Bugger, bugger, buggerty buggerty buggerty, fuck, fuck, arse!

Lionel Logue: Yes…

King George VI: Balls, balls…

Lionel Logue: …you see, not a hesitation!

King George VI: …fuckity, shit, shit, fuck and willy. Willy, shit and fuck and… tits.

King George VI: In this grave hour, perhaps the most fateful in our history, I send to every household of my peoples, both at home and overseas, this message, spoken with the same depth of feeling for each one of you, as if I were able to cross your threshold and speak to you myself. For the second time in the lives of most of us, we are at war. Over and over again we have tried to find a peaceful way out of the differences between ourselves and those who are now our enemies. But it has been in vain. We have been forced into a conflict, for we are called to meet the challenge of a principle, which, if it were to prevail, would be fatal to any civilized order in the world. Such a principle, stripped of all disguise, is surely the mere primitive doctrine that might is right. For the sake of all that we ourselves hold dear, it is unthinkable that we should refuse to meet the challenge. It is to this high purpose that I now call my people at home, and my peoples across the seas, who will make our cause their own. I ask them to stand calm and firm and united in this time of trial. The task will be hard. There may be dark days ahead, and war can no longer be confined to the battlefield. But we can only do the right as we see the right, and reverently commit our cause to God. If one and all we keep resolutely faithful to it, then, with God's help, we shall prevail.

King George VI: [Sees Logue is sitting on the coronation throne] What are you doing? Get up! You can't sit there! GET UP!

Lionel Logue: Why not? It's a chair.

King George VI: No, that. It is not a chair. T-that… that is Saint Edward's chair.

Lionel Logue: People have carved their names on it.

King George VI: [Simultaneously] That… chair… is the seat on which every king and queen has… That is the Stone of Scone you ah-are trivializing everything. You trivialize…

Lionel Logue: [Simultaneously] It's held in place by a large rock. I don't care about how many royal arseholes have sat in this chair.

King George VI: Listen to me. *Listen to me!*

Lionel Logue: Listen to you? By what right?

King George VI: By divine right if you must, I am your king.

Lionel Logue: No you're not, you told me so yourself. You didn't want it. Why should I waste my time listening?

King George VI: Because I have a right to be heard. I have a voice!

Lionel Logue: [pauses] Yes, you do.

[Longer pause]

Lionel Logue: You have such perseverance Bertie, you're the bravest man I know.

Queen Elizabeth: [Using the name "Mrs. Johnson"] My husband's work involves a great deal of public speaking.

Lionel Logue: Then he should change jobs.

Queen Elizabeth: He can't.

Lionel Logue: What is he, an indentured servant?

Queen Elizabeth: Something like that.

Lionel Logue: [as George "Berty" is lighting up a cigarette] Please don't do that.

King George VI: I'm sorry?

Lionel Logue: Please don't smoke. I believe sucking cigarette smoke into your lungs will kill you.

King George VI: I need to relax. My physicians say it relaxes the throat.

Lionel Logue: They're idiots.

King George VI: They've all been knighted.

Lionel Logue: [sarcastic] Makes it official then.

Lionel Logue: Do you know any jokes?

King George VI: …Timing isn't my strong suit.

King George VI: If I'm King, where's my power? Can I form a government? Can I levy a tax, declare a war? No! And yet I am the seat of all authority. Why? Because the nation believes that when I speak, I speak for them. But I can't speak.

Lionel Logue: You still stammered on the 'W'.

King George VI: Well I had to throw in a few so they knew it was me.

[watching a clip of Hitler speaking]

Lilibet: What's he saying?

King George VI: I don't know but… he seems to be saying it rather well.

Lionel Logue: [Bertie is lying on the floor, and Elizabeth is sitting on his chest] Take a good deep breath…

[Bertie inhales]

Lionel Logue: And up goes Her Royal Highness… Now exhale slowly…

[Bertie exhales]

Lionel Logue: And down goes Her Royal Highness…

Queen Elizabeth: This is actually quite good fun, Bertie.

Lionel Logue: My castle, my rules.

Lionel Logue: Do you know the "f" word?

King George VI: Ffff… fornication?

Lionel Logue: How do you feel?

King George VI: Full of hot air.

Lionel Logue: Isn't that what public speaking is all about?

King George VI: Every monarch in history has succeeded someone who is dead. Or just about to be. My predecessor's not only alive, but very much so. Bloody mess. Can't even give them a Christmas speech.

Lionel Logue: Like your dad used to do.

King George VI: Precisely.

Lionel Logue: He's not here anymore.

King George VI: Yes he is: he's on that shilling I gave you.

Lionel Logue: Easy enough to give away. You don't have to carry him around in your pocket. Or your brother. You don't need to be afraid of the things you were afraid of when you were five.

King George VI: David? I've been trying to see you.

King Edward VIII: I've been terribly busy.

King George VI: Doing what?

King Edward VIII: Kinging.

King George VI: [as he prepares to broadcast his wartime speech] However this turns out, I don't know how to thank you.

Lionel Logue: [after a pause] Knighthood?

Myrtle Logue: [see the Queen at her dining table, stunned] Y – you…?

Queen Elizabeth: It's 'Your Majesty' the first time. After that, it's 'ma'am', as in 'ham'. Not 'ma'am', as in 'palm'.

King George VI: Logue, we can't stay here all day.

Lionel Logue: Yes, we can.

King George VI: Logue.

Lionel Logue: I need to wait for the right moment.

King George VI: Logue, you're being a coward.

Lionel Logue: You're damn right.

King George VI: Get out there, now!

[the two men go into the next room, where Myrtle Logue has just met the Queen Consort]

Lionel Logue: Helly, Myrtle darling.

[He kisses her]

Lionel Logue: You're early. I believe you two

[indicating the Queen]

Lionel Logue: have met. But I don't think you know… King George VI.

King George VI: Very nice to meet you.

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