Taxi Driver (1976) Movie Poster

Quotes from Taxi Driver (1976)

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    • Personnel Officer: Wanna work uptown at nights? South Bronx? Harlem?
    • Travis Bickle: I'll work anytime, anywhere.
    • Personnel Officer: Will you work on Jewish holidays?
    • Travis Bickle: Anytime, anywhere.
    • Travis Bickle: You're a young girl, you should be at home. You should be dressed up, going out with boys, going to school, you know, that kind of stuff.
    • Travis Bickle: Thank God for the rain to wash the trash off the sidewalk.
    • Travis Bickle: The idea had been growing in my brain for some time: TRUE force. All the king's men cannot put it back together again.
    • Travis Bickle: You're only as healthy as you feel.
    • Travis Bickle: I should get one of those signs that says "One of these days I'm gonna get organezized".
    • Betsy: You mean organized?
    • Travis Bickle: Organezized. Organezized. It's a joke. O-R-G-A-N-E-Z-I-Z-E-D...
    • Betsy: Oh, you mean organezized. Like those little signs they have in offices that says, "Thimk"?
    • Wizard: Hey Travis, this here's Doughboy. We call him that 'cause he'll do anything for a buck.
    • Doughboy: Hi Travis. Got change of a nickel?
    • Sport: See ya later, copper!
    • Travis Bickle: I'm no cop, man.
    • Sport: Well, if you are, then it's entrapment already.
    • Travis Bickle: I think someone should just take this city and just... just flush it down the fuckin' toilet.
    • Travis Bickle: The days go on and on... they don't end. All my life needed was a sense of someplace to go. I don't believe that one should devote his life to morbid self-attention, I believe that one should become a person like other people.
    • Travis Bickle: June twenty-ninth. I gotta get in shape. Too much sitting has ruined my body. Too much abuse has gone on for too long. From now on there will be 50 pushups each morning, 50 pullups. There will be no more pills, no more bad food, no more destroyers of my body. From now on will be total organization. Every muscle must be tight.
    • Personnel Officer: How's your driving record? Clean?
    • Travis Bickle: It's clean, real clean. Like my conscience.
    • Travis Bickle: Loneliness has followed me my whole life. Everywhere. In bars, in cars, sidewalks, stores, everywhere. There's no escape. I'm God's lonely man... June 8th. My life has taken another turn again. The days can go on with regularity over and over, one day indistinguishable from the next. A long continuous chain. Then suddenly, there is a change.
    • Wizard: You get a job. You become the job.
    • Travis Bickle: Now I see this clearly. My whole life is pointed in one direction. There never has been a choice for me.
    • Travis Bickle: I got some bad ideas in my head.
    • Senator Charles Palantine: We meet at a crossroads in history. No longer will the wrong roads be taken.
    • Personnel Officer: So what is it? Why do you want to be a taxi driver? Do you need a second job? Are you moonlighting?
    • Travis Bickle: I... I just want to work long hours. What's moonlighting?
    • Travis Bickle: Loneliness has followed me my whole life, everywhere. In bars, in cars, sidewalks, stores, everywhere. There's no escape. I'm God's lonely man.
    • Travis Bickle: Let me tell you something. You're in a hell, and you're gonna die in a hell, just like the rest of 'em!
    • Travis Bickle: You got a .44 magnum?
    • Andy, Gun Salesman: It's an expensive weapon.
    • Travis Bickle: That's all right. I got money.
    • Andy, Gun Salesman: It's a real monster. It'll stop a car at a hundred yards. Put a round right through the engine block.
    • Travis Bickle: How's everything in the pimp business?
    • Travis Bickle: I realize now how much she's just like the others, cold and distant, and many people are like that, women for sure, they're like a union.
    • Travis Bickle: Twelve hours of work and I still can't sleep. Damn. Days go on and on. They don't end.
    • Travis Bickle: I first saw her at Palantine Campaign headquarters at 63rd and Broadway. She was wearing a white dress. She appeared like an angel. Out of this filthy mess, she is alone. They... cannot... touch... her.
    • Travis Bickle: I'll tell you why. I think you're a lonely person. I drive by this place a lot and I see you here. I see a lot of people around you. And I see all these phones and all this stuff on your desk. It means nothing. Then when I came inside and I met you, I saw in your eyes and I saw the way you carried yourself that you're not a happy person. And I think you need something. And if you want to call it a friend, you can call it a friend.
    • Betsy: Are you gonna be my friend?
    • Travis Bickle: Yeah.
    • Travis Bickle: I would say he has quite a few problems. His energy seems to go in the wrong places. When I walked in and I saw you two sitting there, I could just tell by the way you were both relating that there was no connection whatsoever. And I felt when I walked in that there was something between us. There was an impulse that we were both following. So that gave me the right to come in and talk to you. Otherwise I never would have felt that I had the right to talk to you or say anything to you. I never would have had the courage to talk to you. And with him I felt there was nothing and I could sense it. When I walked in, I knew I was right. Did you feel that way?
    • Betsy: I wouldn't be here if I didn't.
    • Betsy: You know what you remind me of?
    • Travis Bickle: What?
    • Betsy: That song by Kris Kristofferson.
    • Travis Bickle: Who's that?
    • Betsy: A songwriter. 'He's a prophet... he's a prophet and a pusher, partly truth, partly fiction. A walking contradiction.'
    • [uneasily]
    • Travis Bickle: You sayin' that about me?
    • Betsy: Who else would I be talkin' about?
    • Travis Bickle: I'm no pusher. I never have pushed.
    • Betsy: No, no. Just the part about the contradictions. You are that.
    • Travis Bickle: Hello Betsy. Hi, it's Travis. How ya doin'? Listen, uh, I'm, I'm sorry about the, the other night. I didn't know that was the way you felt about it. Well, I-I didn't know that was the way you felt. I-I-I would have taken ya somewhere else. Uh, are you feeling better or oh you maybe had a virus or somethin', a 24-hour virus you know. It happens. Yeah, umm, you uh, you're workin' hard. Yeah. Uh, would you like to have, uh, some dinner, uh with me in the next, you know, few days or somethin'? Well, how about just a cup of coffee? I'll come by the, uh, headquarters or somethin', we could, uh... Oh, OK, OK. Did you get my flowers in the...? You didn't get them. I sent some flowers, uh... Yeah, well, OK, OK. Can I call you again? Uh, tomorrow or the next day? OK. No, I'm gonna... OK. Yeah, sure, OK. So long.
    • [last lines]
    • Betsy: Travis, I'm... how much was it?
    • [Travis clears meter]
    • Travis Bickle: So long.
    • Iris: I don't like what I'm doing, Sport.
    • Sport: Ah, baby, I don't want you to like what you're doing. If you like what you're doing, then you won't be my woman.
    • Sport: I once had a horse, on Coney Island. She got hit by a car.
    • Street drummer: Now back to Gene Krupa's syncopated style
    • Senator Charles Palantine: I think I know what you mean, Travis.
    • Charlie T: My man is loaded.
    • Wizard: In the middle of the bridge she changes her pantyhose.
    • Sport: You're a funny guy - but looks aren't everything.
    • Doughboy: Sometimes, I like to hold a midget.
    • Iris: I think that... that Cancers make the best lovers.
    • Concession Girl: Can I help you?
    • Travis Bickle: Hi, what's your name. My name's Travis.
    • Concession Girl: That's nice. What can I do for you?
    • Travis Bickle: Well, I'd like to know your name.
    • [sighs]
    • Concession Girl: Give me a break.
    • Travis Bickle: Twelve hours of work and I still can't sleep. Damn. Days go on and on. They don't end.
    • Travis Bickle: All my life needed was a sense of someplace to go. I don't believe that one should devote his life to morbid self-attention. I believe that someone should become a person like other people.
    • Travis Bickle: I first saw her at Palantine Campaign headquarters at 63rd and Broadway. She was wearing a white dress. She appeared like an angel. Out of this filthy mess, she is alone. They... cannot... touch... her.
    • Travis Bickle: Loneliness has followed me my whole life. Everywhere. In bars, in cars, sidewalks, stores, everywhere. There's no escape. I'm God's lonely man.
    • Travis Bickle: May 26th. Four o'clock p.m. I took Betsy to Charles Coffee Shop on Columbus Circle. I had black coffee and apple pie with a slice of melted yellow cheese. I think that was a good selection. Betsy had coffee and a fruit salad dish. She could have had anything she wanted.
    • Travis Bickle: I called Betsy again at her office and she said maybe we'd go to a movie together after she gets off work tomorrow. That's my day off. At first she hesitated but I called her again and then she agreed. Betsy, Betsy. Oh no, Betsy what? I forgot to ask her last name again. Damn. I got to remember stuff like that.
    • Travis Bickle: I tried several times to call her, but after the first call, she wouldn't come to the phone any longer. I also sent flowers but with no luck. The smell of the flowers only made me sicker. The headaches got worse. I think I got stomach cancer. I shouldn't complain though. You're only as healthy, you're only as healthy as you feel. You're only as... healthy... as... you... feel.
    • Travis Bickle: I realize now how much she's just like the others - cold and distant, and many people are like that. Women for sure. They're like a union.
    • Travis Bickle: Loneliness has followed me my whole life. Everywhere. In bars, in cars, sidewalks, stores, everywhere. There's no escape. I'm God's lonely man. June 8th. My life has taken another turn again. The days can go on with regularity over and over, one day indistinguishable from the next. A long continuous chain. Then suddenly, there is a change.
    • Travis Bickle: June 29th. I gotta get in shape now. Too much sittin' is ruinin' my body. Too much abuse has gone on for too long. From now on, it will be fifty push-ups each morning, fifty pull-ups. There'll be no more pills, there'll be no more bad food, no more destroyers of my body. From now on, it will be total organization. Every muscle must be tight.
    • Travis Bickle: The idea had been growing in my brain for some time. True force. All the king's men cannot put it back together again.
    • Travis Bickle: Dear Father and Mother: July is the month I remember which brings not only your wedding anniversary but also Father's Day and Mother's birthday. I'm sorry I can't remember the exact dates, but I hope this card will take care of them all. I'm sorry again I cannot send you my address like I promised to last year. But the sensitive nature of my work for the government demands utmost secrecy. I know you will understand. I am healthy and well and making lots of money. I have been going with a girl for several months and I know you would be proud if you could see her. Her name is Betsy but I can tell you no more than that... I hope this card finds you all well as it does me. I hope no one has died. Don't worry about me. One day, they'll be a knock on the door and it'll be me. Love Travis.
    • Travis Bickle: Dear Iris: This money should be used for your trip. By the time you read this, I will be dead. Travis.
    • Travis Bickle: Now I see it clearly. My whole life is pointed in one direction. I see that now. There never has been any choice for me.
    • Senator Charles Palantine: When we came up with our slogan, 'We are the People,' when I said let the people rule, I felt that I was being somewhat overly optimistic. I must tell you that I am more optimistic now than ever before. The people are rising to the demands that I have made on them. The people are beginning to rule. I feel it is a groundswell. I know it will continue through the primary. I know it will continue in Miami. And I know it will rise to an unprecedented swell in November.
    • Senator Charles Palantine: We meet at a crossroads in history. No longer will the wrong roads be taken.
    • Iris: I don't like what I'm doing, Sport.
    • Sport: Baby, I never wanted you to like what you're doing. If you ever liked what you were doing, you wouldn't be my woman.
    • Iris: You never spend any time with me anymore.
    • Sport: I've got to attend to business, baby. You miss your man, don't you? I don't like to be away from you, either. You know how I feel about you. I depend on you. I'd be lost without you. Don't you ever forget that. How much I need you. Come to me, baby. Let me hold you. When you're close to me like this, I feel so good. I only wish every man could know what it's like to be loved by you. That every woman everywhere... had a man that loves her like I love you. God, it's good so close. You know, at times like this... I know I'm a lucky man. Touching a woman who wants me and needs me. Yeah, it's only you that keeps me together.
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