Quotes from the Movie Born on the Fourth of July

[weakly] Tell them - they have to operate on me. There's something wrong with me.

Ron Kovic

The doctors are real busy right now. There's a lot of wounded here today. No time for anything except trying to stay alive, so you got to try and stay alive, okay? You hear me? Try and stay alive. [pause] I've come to give you your last rites. Are you ready?

Chaplain

I am the Resurrection and the Life. He who believes in Me, though he were dead, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. You brught nothing into this world, and it is certain that you will take nothing out of it. The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.

Chaplain:

We want to make one thing very clear to you, Ron. The possibility of your ever walking again is minimal... almost impossible. You're a T6 - paralyzed from the mid-chest down. Probably... you'll be in a wheelchair for the rest of your life. [pause] Do you understand what I'm saying?

Doctor

Doctor, will I ever be able to - to have children?

Ron Kovic

No. [pause] No, but we have a good psychologist. He's helped a lot of people.

Doctor

I'll walk again.

Ron Kovic:

No, I know I'll walk again!

Ron Kovic

No, let me tell you something, Ron. You will never walk again.

Doctor

Don't you raise your voice to me Mr. Kovic, you watch your mouth.

Nurse Washington

Look at my leg. It's twice as big as it ever was. When are you people gonna help me? I wanna see the doctor now!

Ron Kovic

He's not available now. He's too busy.

Nurse Washington

He's always too busy.

Ron Kovic

What's eating you now, Kovic? You going off the deep end?

Marvin

You want out of here, man? Fine. We take that leg of yours, and we can get you out of here in two weeks!

Marvin

I want my leg!

Ron Kovic

Why? You can't feel it no how!

Marvin

[incredulous and angry] It's my leg! I want my leg, you understand? Can't you understand that? All's I'm sayin' is that I want to be treated like a human being! I fought for my country! I am a Vietnam veteran! I fought for my country!

Ron Kovic

And I think that I deserve to be treated... decent!

Ron Kovic

Vietnam? Vietnam don't mean nothing to me man, or any of these other people. You can take your Vietnam and shove it up your ass.

Marvin

[attempting to walk in the hospital] Am I good? Hey, [drags himself forward] am I good?

Ron Kovic

I'm serious man. It ain't about burnin' the flag and Vietnam, man. While we fight for rights over there, we ain't got no rights at home. It's about Detroit and Newark, man. It's about racism, man.

Willie

Because you can't get no job at home. Vietnam is a white man's war, a rich man's war.

Willie

[contemptuously] Where's my money?

Ron Kovic

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