Thursday Sep 21

Fifteen Classic Quotes From Gangs of New York

1) Bill: 47 years old. Do you know how I stayed alive this long? All these years? Fear. The spectacle of fearsome acts. Somebody steals from me, I cut off his hands. He offends me, I cut out his tongue. He rises against me, I cut off his head, stick it on a pike. Raise it high up in the streets so all can see. That’s what preserves the order of things. Fear. That one tonight. Who was he? A nobody. A coward. What an ignominious end that would have been. I killed the last honorable man fifteen years ago. Since then… You’ve seen his portrait. Downstairs. … Is your mouth all juiced up with cunny juice? I asked you a question. … Oh, you got a murderous rage in you and I like it. It’s life boilin’ up inside you. It’s good. The Priest and me, we lived by the same principles. It was only faith that divided us. He give me this you know. It was the finest beating I ever took. My face was pulp. My guts was pierced. My ribs was all mashed up. But when he come to finish me, I couldn’t look him in the eye. He spared me, because he wanted me to live in shame. This was a great man. Great man. So I cut out the eye that looked away, and sent it to him, wrapped in blue paper. I would have cut them both out if I could have fought him blind. Then I rose back up with full heart and buried him in his own blood….He was the only man I ever killed worth remembering. I never had a son. Civilization is crumbling. God bless you.

2) Priest Vallon: The blood stays on the blade.

3) Bill: WHOOPSIE-DAISY!

4) Bill:
That my friends in the minority vote. Now you've tasted my mutton, how do you like it huh?

5) Boss Tweed: The appearance of law must be upheld, especially when it's being broken.

6) Bill:
I took the father. Now I'll take the son. You tell young Vallon I'm gonna paint Paradise Square with his blood. Two coats. I'll festoon my bedchamber with his guts. 

7) Bill:
Mulberry Street... and Worth... Cross and Orange... and Little Water. Each of the Five Points is a finger. When I close my hand it becomes a fist. And, if I wish, I can turn it against you.

8) Bill: He ain't earned a death! He ain't a death at my hands! No, he'll walk amongst you marked with shame, a freak worthy of Barnum's Museum of Wonders. God's only man, spared by the Butcher.

9) Amsterdam: The earth turns, but we don't feel it more. And one night you look up. One spark and the whole sky is on fire.

10) Priest Vallon: Don't never look away.

11) Bill: Everything you see belongs to me, to one degree or another. The beggars and newsboys and quick thieves here in Paradise, the sailor dives and gin mills and blind tigers on the waterfront, the anglers and amusers, the she-hes and the Chinks. Everybody owes, everybody pays. Because that's how you stand up against the rising of the tide.

12) Amsterdam:
Our name is called "The Dead Rabbit's to remind all of our suffering, and as a call to those who suffer still to join our ranks. However far they may have strayed from our common home across the sea. For with great numbers must come great strength in the salvation of our people.

13) Amsterdam: It's a funny feeling being taken under the wing of a dragon. It's warmer than you'd think.

14) Bill: Thank God. I die a true American.

15) Amsterdam: My father told me we was all born of blood and tribulation, and so then too was our great city. But for those of us what lived and died in them furious days, it was like everything we knew was mildly swept away. And no matter what they did to build this city up again... for the rest of time... it would be like no one even knew we was ever here.

 

 

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