Quotes from the Movie Born on the Fourth of July

You bet we are, but we've been pretty stupid too. We put the Russians back on their feet after World War II and they took Hungary, Poland, half of Europe - and they still want more.

Mr. Kovic

Communism is an insidious evil, Ronnie. They don't believe in God and if we don't watch out, they're gonna take over this country someday.

Mrs. Kovic

But don't people know? Why don't we stop them? We're supposed to be the best. We can't let them take over our country, Dad, what's wrong?

Ron Kovic

Well, people are scared of 'em... I think everybody's scared of 'em these days.

Mr. Kovic

I'm not. I'm not scared of 'em! I hate the Communists. I really hate them. We're gonna come back and beat them someday.

Ron Kovic:

[entering Ron's room, beaming] Ronnie, Ronnie, you're doing the right thing! Communism has to be stopped! It's God's will

Mrs. Kovic

[entering Ron's room, beaming] Ronnie, Ronnie, you're doing the right thing! Communism has to be stopped! It's God's will that you go, and I'm proud of you. [gently pats his shoulder] Just be careful, that's all.

Mrs. Kovic

Don't you know what it means to me to be a Marine, Dad? Ever since I was a kid I've wanted this - I've wanted to serve my country - and I want to go. I want to go to Vietnam - and I'll die there if I have to.

Ron Kovic

How are you?

Chaplain

[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

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