Quotes from the Movie The African Queen

There ain't nobody in Africa except yours truly who can get up a good head of steam on the old African Queen.

Charlie Allnut

Just listen to this stomach of mine. Way it sounds, you'd think I had a hyena inside me...Ain't a thing I can do about it.

Charlie Allnut

Kickin' it starts it workin' again. I gotta act fast 'cause one of my boys dropped a screwdriver down the safety valve...If I was to let the engine die goin' down the rapid, we'd be goners...You know, I'm gonna do that one of these days. The only reason I ain't done it up to now is that I kinda like kickin' it. She's all I've got.

Charlie Allnut

'What an absurd idea!' Lady, you got ten absurd ideas for my one.

Charlie Allnut

Ooooh! Coward yourself! You ain't no lady. No, Miss. That's what my poor old Mother would say to you, if my poor old Mother was to hear you. Whose boat is this, anyway? I asked you on board 'cause I was sorry for you on account of your losing your brother and all. What you get for feeling sorry for people! Well, I ain't sorry no more, you crazy, psalm-singing, skinny old maid!

Charlie Allnut

Oh, Miss. Oh, have pity, Miss. You don't know what you're doing Miss. I'll perish without a hair of the dog. Oh Miss, it ain't your property.

Charlie Allnut

Ah, it's a great thing to have a lady aboard with clean habits. It sets the man a good example. A man alone, he gets to living like a hog. Then, too, with me, it's always: 'Put things off. Never do today what you can put off till tomorrow.' But with you: 'Business before pleasure.' Every time. Do all your personal laundry, make yourself spic and span, get all the mending out of the way and then - and only then - sit down for a nice quiet hour with the Good Book. I tell you, it's a model - like an inspiration. Why, I ain't had this old engine so clean in years, inside and out. Just look at her, Miss. She actually practically sparkles. Myself, too. Guess you ain't never had a look at me without my whiskers and all cleaned up. I bet you wouldn't hardly recognize me, works that much of a change. Freshens you up, too. If I only had some clean clothes, like you. Now you - why you could be at high tea. Say, that's an idea, Miss. How's about a nice little cup of tea? Now don't you stir, I'll be glad to make it for you.

Charlie Allnut

Are you cracked? The currents down there are fierce. I don't want a drowned woman on my hands. What will you be thinking of next?

Charlie Allnut

Pinch me, Rosie. Here we are, going down the river like Anthony and Cleopatra on that barge! I'll never forget the way you looked going over the falls - head up, chin out, hair blowing in the wind - the living picture of a hero-eyne!

Charlie Allnut

What a time we've had, Rosie. What a time. We'll never lack for stories to tell our grandchildren, will we?

Charlie Allnut

What I said about having to get out and carry this old boat was meant to be a joke. It don't look like a joke now.

Charlie Allnut

If there's anything in the world I hate, it's leeches - filthy little devils!

Charlie Allnut

She ought to look her best, representing as she does the Royal Navy.

Charlie Allnut

Dear. What is your first name?

Rose Sayer

I saw a Masai native working once using charcoal on a big hollowed stone - he had a boy to fan the charcoal...We'll have to make a new blade, then. There's lots of iron and stuff that you could use...wouldn't it be better to weld it on?

Rose Sayer

You're the bravest man that ever lived.

Rose Sayer

Would you hang us together, please?

Rose Sayer

A good shepherd doesn't desert his flock when the wolves are prowling. We must ask the Almighty to bless the arms of England to carry her through her hour of triumph.

Rev. Samuel Sayer

Not comely among the maidens, but she too can be a servant in the House of the Lord. Even for such as she, God has a goodly purpose.

Rev. Samuel Sayer

The court sentences you to death by hanging. Sentence to be carried out immediately.

German captain

I shall hang you twice, I think.

German captain

By the power vested in me by Kaiser Wilhelm II, I pronounce you man and wife. Carry on with the execution.

German captain

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