Quotes from the Movie 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

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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

I asked you to leave, Professor.

Captain Nemo

You also asked me ashore, to show me man's inhumanity to man. Why? To justify this? You are not only a murderer, you are a hypocrite. The proof lies out there.

Professor Arronax

You call that murder? Well, I see murder, too. Not on those drowned faces out there, but on the faces of dead thousands! They are the assassins, the dealers in death. I am the avenger! Is murder a right reserved for that hated nation? They've already taken everything else from me. Everything but my secrets. The secret of my submarine boat and the energy that propels it, they tried! They cast me to prison and when they failed, when they failed, they tortured my wife and young son to death.

Captain Nemo

Mr. Land, you saved my life. Why?

Captain Nemo

That's a good question! Well, there's only one thing a fella can do when he's made a mistake as big as this. Get drunk.

Ned Land

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