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Jimmy Stewart's Memorable Lines

By The Associated Press
Wednesday, July 2, 1997

Some of Jimmy Stewart's most memorable lines from the movies:

"I wouldn't give you two cents for all your fancy rules if behind them they didn't have a little bit of plain, ordinary kindness and a little lookin' out for the other fella. ... You all think I'm licked. Well, I'm not licked, and I'm going to stay right here and fight for this lost cause even if this room gets filled with lies like these, and the Taylors and all their armies come marching into this place." -- "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," 1939.

"There's a magnificence in you, Tracy ... the magnificence that comes out of your eyes and your voice and the way you stand there and the way that you walk. You're lit from within, Tracy. You've got fires banked down in you, hearth fires and holocausts. ... You're made out of flesh and blood. That's the blank, unholy surprise of it! Why, you're the Golden Girl, Tracy -- full of life and warmth and delight." -- "The Philadelphia Story," 1940.

"I suppose it'd been better if I'd never been born at all." -- "It's a Wonderful Life," 1946.

"Get me back. I don't care what happens to me. Get me back to my wife and kids. Help me, Clarence. Please, please. I wanna live again. I wanna live again. I wanna live again. Please God, let me live again." -- "It's a Wonderful Life."

"I've wrestled with reality for 35 years, and I'm happy, doctor. I finally won out over it." -- "Harvey," 1950.

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