Quotes from the Movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Think of it: On the surface, there is hunger and fear. Men still exercise unjust laws. They fight and tear one another to pieces. A mere few feet beneath the waves, their reign ceases, their evil drowns. Here on the ocean floor is the only independence. Here, I am free. Imagine what would happen if they controlled machines such as this submarine boat. Far better that they think there's a monster and hunt me with harpoons...

Captain Nemo

There is hope for the future. When the world is ready for a new and better life, all this will someday come to pass... in God's good time.

Captain Nemo

We're interested in your opinion of this monster.

Reporter

My opinion? Frankly, it's rather low at the moment.

Professor Arronax

Look alive there! Get your range and fire, Carson! What's the matter?

Captain Farragut

She's showing us her heels, sir!

Carson

Well hit her in the heels then! Fire!

Captain Farragut

Aye aye sir! Run her out smartly!

Carson

I demand a fair trial!

Conseil

You've had your trial. The sea brought you, the sea shall have you back.

Captain Nemo

You cannot do this! This is uncivilized!

Professor Arronax

I am not what is called a "civilized man", Professor. I have done with society for reasons that seem good to me. Therefore I do not obey its laws.

Captain Nemo

There's a fork on your left, Mr. Land, or aren't you accustomed to utensils?

Captain Nemo

[mouth full of food] I'm indifferent to 'em.

Ned Land

You were sent to get food, not treasure! You can't eat pieces of eight!

Captain Nemo

Eat? I can eat any timeˇˇ

Ned Land

You place an absurd value on the cheapest of human commodities. Aboard the Nautilus we use such baubles for ballast.

Captain Nemo

Ballast... (walks over and pulls a gilted item from the pile, smiling) ...I sure could lighten this ship!

Ned Land

(snatching the piece and depositing it back in the closet) The greatest treasures of all, Mister Land, are a sound mind and a full belly. I hope you remember that before stooping to pick up pennies.

Captain Nemo

You've been pickin' them up. And pickin' them up good! '...Ballast'!

Ned Land

Do you know the meaning of love, professor?

Captain Nemo

I believe I do.

Professor Arronax

What you fail to understand is the power of hate. It can fill the heart as surely as love can.

Captain Nemo

I'm sorry for you. It's a bitter substitute.

Professor Arronax

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