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100 Taxi Driver Quotes for the Fearless

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1. “Now, I see it clearly. My whole life has pointed in one direction. I see that now. There has never been any choice for me.” – Travis Bickle

2. “Loneliness has followed me my whole life—everywhere. In bars, in cars, sidewalks, stores, everywhere. There’s no escape. I’m God’s lonely man.” – Travis Bickle

3. “Twelve hours of work, and I still can’t sleep. Days go on and on. They don’t end.” – Travis Bickle

4. “June 29th. I gotta get in shape. Too much sitting has ruined my body. Too much abuse has gone on for too long. From now on, there will be 50 pushups each morning, 50 pullups. There will be no more pills, no more bad food, no more destroyers of my body. From now on will be total organization. Every muscle must be tight.” – Travis Bickle 

5. “I realize now how much she’s just like the others—cold and distant, and many people are like that, women for sure, they’re like a union.” – Travis Bickle

6. “Here is a man who would not take it anymore. A man who stood up against the scum, the c*nts, the dogs, the filth, the sh*t. Here is a man who stood up.” – Travis Bickle

7. “You talkin’ to me? Then who the hell else are you talkin’ to? You talkin’ to me? Well, I’m the only one here. Who the f*ck do you think you’re talking to?” – Travis Bickle

8. “I think someone should just take this city and just—just flush it down the f*ck*n’ toilet.” – Travis Bickle

9. “All my life needed was a sense of someplace to go. I don’t believe that one should devote his life to morbid self-attention. I believe that one should become a person like other people.” – Travis Bickle

10. “I’ll tell you why. I think you’re a lonely person. I drive by this place a lot, and I see you here. I see a lot of people around you, and I see all these phones and all this stuff on your desk. It means nothing. Then, when I came inside, and I met you, I saw in your eyes, and I saw the way you carried yourself that you’re not a happy person, and I think you need something. And if you want to call it a friend, you can call it a friend.” – Travis Bickle

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11. “You’re in a hell, and you’re gonna die in a hell, just like the rest of ’em!” – Travis Bickle

12. “Someday, a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets.” – Travis Bickle

13. “Each night, when I return the cab to the garage, I have to clean the c*m off the back seat. Some nights, I clean off the blood.” – Travis Bickle

14. “Was I always going to be here? No, I was not. I was going to be homeless at one time, a taxi driver, truck driver, or any kind of job that would get me a crust of bread. You never know what’s going to happen.” – Travis Bickle

15. “All the animals come out at night—wh*r*s, skunk p*ss**s, buggers, , fairies, dopers, junkies, sick, venal. I go all over. I take people to the Bronx, Brooklyn. I take ’em to Harlem. I don’t care. Don’t make no difference to me. It does to some. Some won’t even take spooks. Don’t make no difference to me.” – Travis Bickle

16. “We meet at a crossroads in history. No longer will the wrong roads be taken.” – Charles Palantine

17. “I got some bad ideas in my head.” – Travis Bickle

18. “Leave me alone. I’m dead.” – Travis Bickle

19. “I don’t know. That’s about the dumbest thing I ever heard.” – Travis Bickle 

20. “Suck on this!” – Travis Bickle

21. “You see that window with the light? The one closest to the edge of the building? Do you know who lives there? Of course, you don’t know who lives there, but I’m saying, do you know who lives there? A n*gg*r lives there, and that isn’t my apartment. My wife is in there, and I have a .44 Magnum pistol. I’m gonna kill her with that gun.” – Passenger

22. “You’re only as healthy as you feel.” – Travis Bickle

23. “Well, take it or leave it. If you want to save yourself some money, don’t f*ck her. ‘Cause you’ll be back here every night for some more. Man, she’s twelve and a half years old. You never had no p*ss* like that. You can do anything you want with her. You can c*m on her, f*ck her in the mouth, f*ck her in the *ss, c*m on her face, man. She get your c*ck so hard she’ll make it explode, but no rough stuff, all right?” – Matthew Higgins

24. “Hey, I’m not square. You’re the one that’s square. You’re full of sh*t, man. What are you talking about? You walk out with those f*ck*n’ creeps, and low-lifes, and degenerates out on the streets, and you sell your little p*ss* for peanuts? For some low-life pimp who stands in the hall? And I’m square? You’re the one that’s square, man. I don’t go screwing with a bunch of killers and junkies like you do. You call that bein’ hip? What world are you from?” – Travis Bickle

25. “Sh*t. I’m waiting for the sun to shine.” – Travis Bickle

26. “It’s a real monster. It’ll stop a car at a hundred yards. Put around right through the engine block.” – Easy Andy

27. “Look at it this way. A man takes a job, you know? And that job—I mean, like that—that becomes what he is. You know, like, you do a thing, and that’s what you are. Like I’ve been a cabbie for 13 years. Ten years at night. I still don’t own my own cab. You know why? Because I don’t want to. That must be what I want, to be on the night shift, drivin’ somebody else’s cab. You understand?” – Wizard

28. “How’s everything in the pimp business?” – Travis Bickle

29. “Then I picked up these two f*gs, you know. They’re goin’ downtown. They’re wearing these rhinestone t-shirts, and they start arguin’. They start yellin’. The other says, ‘You bitch.’ I say, ‘Look, I don’t care what you do in the privacy of your own home behind closed doors—this is an American-free country. We got a pursuit of happiness thing. You’re consenting. You’re adult. But, you know, uh, you know, in my f*ck*ng cab, don’t go bustin’ heads, you know what I mean? God love you, do what you want.'” – Wizard

30. “I used to have a pony on Coney Island. It got hit by a truck.” – Matthew Higgins

31. “Ahh! I’m gutshot!” – Matthew Higgins

32. “I’ll work anytime, anywhere.” – Travis Bickle

33. “Hey Travis, this here’s Doughboy. We call him that ’cause he’ll do anything for a buck.” – Wizard

34. “You’re a young girl. You should be at home. You should be dressed up, going out with boys, going to school, you know, that kind of stuff.” – Travis Bickle

35. “You get a job. You become the job.” – Wizard

36. “One of these days, I’m gonna get ‘organezized.'” – Travis Bickle

37. “See you later, Copper!” – Matthew Higgins

38. “June eighth. My life has taken another turn again. The days can go on with regularity over and over, one day indistinguishable from the next. A long continuous chain. Then suddenly, there is a change.” – Travis Bickle

39. “Didn’t you ever hear of women’s lib?” – Iris

40. “Only a jackass would carry that cannon in the streets like that.” – Easy Andy

41. “I’m no cop, man.” – Travis Bickle

42. “The idea had been growing in my brain for some time—true force. All the king’s men cannot put it back together again.” – Travis Bickle

43. “I just want to work long hours. What’s moonlighting?” – Travis Bickle

44. “Don’t be a wh*r*. You’re only 12 years old. Go home!” – Travis Bickle

45. “God, you’re square.” – Iris

46. “Taking me to a place like this is about as exciting as saying to me, ‘Let’s f*ck.'” – Betsy

47. Cab Dispatcher: “Why do you want to drive a cab?”

Travis Bickle: “I can’t sleep at nights.”

Cab Dispatcher: “There’s p*rn* theaters for that.”

48. “I ride around most nights—subways, buses—but you know, if I’m gonna do that, I might as well get paid for it.” – Travis Bickle

49. Personnel Officer: “How’s your driving record? Clean?”

Travis Bickle: “It’s clean, real clean. Like my conscience.”

50. “Have you ever seen what a .44 Magnum will do to a woman’s p*ss*? Now, that you should see, what a .44 Magnum will do to a woman’s p*ss* that you should see?” – Passenger

51. “I think that you are the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen.” – Travis Bickle

52. “You can tell me what your name is. I’m not going to do anything.” – Travis Bickle

53. “Yeah. What do you say? It’s a little hard standing here and asking. Five minutes, that’s all, just outside. Right around here. I’m there to protect you. Come on, just take a little break.” – Travis Bickle

54. “There are other places I can take you. There are plenty of other movies I can take you to. I don’t know much about them, but I could take you to other places.” – Travis Bickle

55. “Why won’t you talk to me? Why don’t you answer my calls when I call? You think I don’t know you’re here.” – Travis Bickle

56. Betsy: “Are you gonna be my friend?”

Travis Bickle: “Yeah.”

57. “All right. How about breakfast tomorrow?” – Iris

58. “May 26th. Four o’clock p.m. I took Betsy to Charles Coffee Shop on Columbus Circle. I had black coffee and apple pie with a slice of melted yellow cheese. I think that was a good selection. Betsy had coffee and a fruit salad dish. She could have had anything she wanted.” – Travis Bickle

59. “Don’t worry so much. Relax, killer. You’re gonna be alright. I know, I seen a lot of people, and uh, I know.” – Wizard

60. “So long, Iris. See you tomorrow, sweet Iris.” – Travis Bickle

61. “Well, I’m sure he’d make a good president. I don’t know exactly what his policies are, but I’m sure he’d make a good one.” – Travis Bickle

62. “I’m one of your biggest supporters, you know. I tell everybody that comes in this taxi that they have to vote for you.” – Travis Bickle

63. “Baby, I don’t want you to like what you’re doing. If you like what you’re doing, then you won’t be my woman.” – Matthew Higgins

64. “Now, look, you have to emphasize the mandatory welfare program. That’s the issue that should be pushed.” – Tom

65. “Travis, I’m—how much was it?” – Betsy

66. “So, what is it? Why do you want to be a taxi driver? Do you need a second job? Are you moonlighting?” – Personnel Officer

67. “It’s not , but what do you want? I’m a cabbie. What do I know? I don’t even know what the f*ck you’re talking about.” – Wizard

68. “I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t.” – Betsy

69. “Not bad. Ah, they’re way ahead out there, you know, in California. So I had to tell ’em to get out of the f*ck*n’ cab.” – Wizard

70. “Wanna work uptown at nights? South Bronx? Harlem?” – Personnel Officer

71. “Death to sex.” – Concession Girl

72. “Now, back to Gene Krupa’s syncopated style.” – Street Drummer

73. “We don’t have Coca-Cola. Royal Crown Cola is all we got. $1.85.” – Concession Girl

74. “A songwriter. ‘He’s a prophet, he’s a prophet, and a pusher, partly truth, partly fiction. A walking contradiction.'” – Betsy

75. “Sometimes, I like to hold a midget.” – Doughboy

76. “Listen to what you’re saying. You sound like you’re selling mouthwash.” – Tom

77. “I’m a Libra too. That’s why we get along so well.” – Iris

78. Travis Bickle: “Well, I’d like to know your name.”

Concession Girl: “Give me a break.”

79. “I’m no pusher. I never have pushed.” – Travis Bickle

80. “God, I don’t know who’s weirder—you or me? Sure you don’t want to come with me?” – Iris

81. “All right, okay, I’m just, okay. Can I have chuckles? Do you have any jujus? They last longer, I’d like to get some jujus.” – Travis Bickle

82. “There you go, a supreme high resale weapon. Look at that. Look at that. That’s a beauty. I could sell those guns to some jungle bunny in Harlem for 500 bucks. But, I just deal high-quality goods to the right people. How about that?” – Easy Andy

83. “Crystal meth. I can get you crystal meth. Nitrous oxide. How about that? How about a Cadillac? I get you a brand new Cadillac, with the pink slip for two grand.” – Easy Andy

84. “No, the reason I asked if you were a Secret Service man, I won’t say anything, because I saw some suspicious-looking people over there. Yeah, they were over there, right over there.” – Travis Bickle

85. “No, no, this is, this is a movie that, uh, a lot of couples come to, all kinds of couples go here.” – Travis Bickle

86. “You’re a funny guy. But looks aren’t everything. Go ahead, man, have a good time.” – Matthew Higgins

87. “No, no. Just the part about the contradictions. You are that.” – Betsy

88. “You can’t allow him to do the same to other girls. You can’t allow him to do that. He is the lowest kind of person in the world. Somebody’s got to do something to him. He’s the scum of the earth. He’s the worst sucking scum I have ever, ever seen. You know what he told me about you? He called you names. He called you a little piece of chicken.” – Travis Bickle

89. “No, don’t do that. Don’t do that. Don’t you remember me? Remember when you got into a taxi, it was a checkered taxi. You got in, and that-that guy Matthew came by, and he said he wanted to take you away. He pulled you away.” – Travis Bickle

90. “So what makes you so high and mighty. Will you tell me that? Didn’t you ever try lookin’ in your own eyeballs in the mirror?” – Iris

91. “I first saw her at Palantine Campaign headquarters at 63rd and Broadway. She was wearing a white dress. She appeared like an angel. Out of this filthy mess, she is alone. They cannot touch her.” – Travis Bickle

92. “Hello, Betsy. Hi, it’s Travis. How you doin’? Listen, uh, I’m, I’m sorry about the-the other night. I didn’t know that was the way you felt about it. Well, I-I didn’t know that was the way you felt. I-I-I would have taken you somewhere else. Uh, are you feeling better or—oh, you maybe had a virus or somethin’, a 24-hour virus, you know. It happens. Yeah, umm, you uh, you’re workin’ hard. Yeah. Uh, would you like to have, uh, some dinner, uh with me in the next​​—you know, few days or somethin’? Well, how about just a cup of coffee? I’ll come by the, uh, headquarters or somethin’, we could, uh. Oh, okay, okay. Did you get my flowers in the—? You didn’t get them. I sent some flowers, uh. Yeah, well, okay, okay. Can I call you again? Uh, tomorrow or the next day? Okay. No, I’m gonna—okay. Yeah, sure, okay. So long.” – Travis Bickle

93. “One guy lives in Brooklyn. One guy lives in Sutton Place. You got a lawyer. Another guy’s a doctor. Another guy dies. Another guy gets well. People are born, you know? I envy you, your youth. Go on, get laid, get drunk. Do anything. You got no choice, anyway. I mean, we’re all f*ck*d. More or less, you know.” – Wizard

94. “I called Betsy again at her office, and she said maybe we’d go to a movie together after she gets off work tomorrow. That’s my day off. At first, she hesitated, but I called her again, and then she agreed. Betsy, Betsy. Oh no, Betsy, what? I forgot to ask her last name again. Damn. I got to remember stuff like that.” – Travis Bickle

95. “I would say he has quite a few problems. His energy seems to go in the wrong places. When I walked in, and I saw you two sitting there, I could just tell by the way you were both relating that there was no connection whatsoever, and I felt when I walked in that there was something between us. There was an impulse that we were both following. So, that gave me the right to come in and talk to you. Otherwise, I never would have felt that I had the right to talk to you or say anything to you. I never would have had the courage to talk to you. And with him, I felt there was nothing, and I could sense it. When I walked in, I knew I was right. Did you feel that way?” – Travis Bickle

96. “May 10th. Thank God for the rain, which has helped wash away the garbage and trash off the sidewalks. I’m workin’ long hours now, six in the afternoon to six in the morning. Sometimes, even eight in the morning, six days a week. Sometimes, seven days a week. It’s a long hustle, but it keeps me real busy.” – Travis Bickle

97. “Why I got to attend to business, baby. You miss your man, don’t you? I don’t like to be away from you either. You know how I feel about you. I depend on you. I’d be lost without you. Don’t you ever forget that—how much I need you. Come to me, baby. Let me hold you. When I hold you close to me like this, I feel so good. I only wish every man could know what it’s like to be loved by you. God, it’s good so close. You know, at times like this, I know I’m one lucky man. Touchin’ a woman who wants me and needs me. That’s the way you and I keep it together.” – Matthew Higgins

98. “Whatever it is, you should clean up this city here because this city here is like an open sewer, you know. It’s full of filth and scum, and sometimes, I can hardly take it. Whatever—whoever becomes the President should just really clean it up. You know what I mean? Sometimes, I go out, and I smell it, I get headaches, it’s so bad, you know. They just never go away, you know. It’s like, I think that the President should just clean up this whole mess here.” – Travis Bickle

99. “I tried several times to call her, but after the first call, she wouldn’t come to the phone any longer. I also sent flowers but with no luck. The smell of the flowers only made me sicker. The headaches got worse. I think I got stomach .” – Travis Bickle

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