1. “I’m not sleepy. I want to look at my flower.” – Zuzu Bailey

2. “Peter Bailey was not a businessman. That’s what killed him. Oh, I don’t mean any disrespect to him, rest his soul. He was a man of high ideals. So-called. But ideals without common sense can ruin this town.” – Mr. Potter

3. “There is no George Bailey. You have no papers, no cards, no driver’s license, no 4F card, no insurance policy.” – Clarence

4. “A man down on Earth needs our help.” – Senior Angel

5. “I know what I’m gonna do tomorrow, and the next day, and the next year, and the year after that.” – George Bailey

6. “I know, I know. But you just go to sleep, and then you can dream about it, and it’ll be a whole garden.” – George Bailey

7. “You sit around here, and you spin your little webs, and you think the whole world revolves around you and your money. Well, it doesn’t, Mr. Potter. In the whole vast configuration of things, I’d say you were nothing but a scurvy little spider!” – George Bailey

8. “Dear Father in Heaven, I’m not a praying man, but if you’re up there and you can hear me, show me the way. Show me the way.” – George Bailey

9. “You’ve been given a great gift, George—a chance to see what the world would be like without you.” – Clarence

10. “Look, Daddy. Teacher says, every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.” – Zuzu Bailey

11. “No, worse. He’s discouraged. At exactly 10:45PM Earth time, that man will be thinking seriously about throwing away God’s greatest gift.” – Senior Angel

12. “You know, George, I feel that in a small way we are doing something important. It’s deep in the race for a man to want his own roof and walls and fireplace, and we’re helping him get those things in our shabby little office.” – Pa Bailey

13. “I couldn’t face being cooped up for the rest of my life in a shabby little office—spending all your life trying to figure out how to save three cents on a length of pipe. I’d go crazy. I want to do something big and something important.” – George Bailey

14. “What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That’s a pretty good idea. I’ll give you the moon, Mary.” – George Bailey

15. “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around, he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” – Clarence

16. “All you can take with you is that which you’ve given away.” – Pa Bailey

17. “You see, George, you’ve really had a wonderful life. Don’t you see what a mistake it would be to throw it away?” – Clarence

18. “Remember, George—no man is a failure who has friends.” – Clarence

19. “You call this a ? Why do we have to have all these kids?” – George Bailey

20. “You’re right when you say my father was no businessman. I know that. Why he ever started this cheap, penny-ante Building and Loan, I’ll never know. But neither you nor anyone else can say anything against his character.” – George Bailey

21. “You know what we’re gonna do? We’re gonna shoot the works. A whole week in New York. A whole week in Bermuda. The highest hotels. The oldest champagne. The richest caviar and and the prettiest wife.” – George Bailey


22. “Sure, I had it, but I got rid of it.” – Ernie Bishop

23. “A toast to my big brother George—the richest man in town.” – Harry Bailey

24. “Isn’t there any romance in you?” – Bert

25. “Why, she lights up like a firefly whenever you are around.” – Ma Bailey

26. “Help me, Clarence! Get me back! Get me back, I don’t care what happens to me! Get me back to my and kids! Help me Clarence, please! Please! I wanna live again. I wanna live again. Please, God, let me live again.” – George Bailey

27. “And all’s fair in love and war, right?” – George Bailey

28. “Is this the ear you can’t hear in? George Bailey, I’ll love you ‘til the day I die.” – Little Mary

29. “Why don’t you kiss her instead of talking her to death?” – House Owner

30. “Oh, youth is wasted on the wrong people!” – House Owner

31. “Do you know how long it takes a working man to save $5,000? Just remember this, Mr. Potter—that this rabble you’re talking about, they do most of the working and paying and living and dying in this community. Well, is it too much to have them work and pay and live and die in a couple of decent rooms and a bath? Anyway, my father didn’t think so. People were human beings to him. But to you, a warped, frustrated old man, they’re cattle. Well in my book, my father died a much richer man than you’ll ever be!” – George Bailey

32. “You’re all businessmen here. Doesn’t it make them better citizens? Doesn’t it make them better customers?” – George Bailey

33. “Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!” – George Bailey

34. “What do you think I am, a dictionary?” – George Bailey

35. “I’m a rich tourist today. How about driving me home in style?” – George Bailey

36. “Isn’t it wonderful? I’m going to jail!” – George Bailey

37. “I wouldn’t live in it as a ghost.” – George Bailey

38. “Hey, you’re wonderful!” – George Bailey

39. “If it wasn’t me talking, I’d say you were the prettiest girl in town.” – George Bailey

40. “This is a very interesting situation!” – George Bailey

41. “A man doesn’t get in a situation like this every day.” – George Bailey

42. “But George Bailey is not a common, ordinary yokel. A young man—the smartest one in the crowd, mind you. A young man who has to sit by and watch his friends go places because he’s trapped. Do I paint the correct picture or do I exaggerate?” – Mr. Potter

43. “What’s a pretty girl like you marrying this two-headed brother of mine?” – George Bailey

44. “No, we don’t use money in Heaven.” – Clarence

45. “You’re not paid to be a canary!” – Mr. Emil Gower

46. “They’re putting us out of business. So what? I can get another job, I’m only 55.” – Uncle Billy

47. “I don’t want Mrs. Bailey, I want my wife. Mrs Bailey? Oh, that’s my wife.” – George Bailey

48. “George, I am an old man, and most people hate me. But I don’t like them either so that makes it all even.” – Mr. Potter

49. “I know one way you can help me. You don’t happen to have 8,000 bucks on you?” – George Bailey

50. “I’ve been saving this money for a divorce, if ever I got a .” – Annie

With everything that’s going on, it’s easy to take life for granted. Time moves on at an incredibly fast pace, and sometimes, we feel like we just can’t keep up.


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