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The decay of decency in the modern age, the rebellion against law and good faith, the treatment of human beings as things, as the mere instruments of power and ambition, is without a doubt the consequence of the decay of the belief in man as something more than an animal animated by highly conditioned reflexes and chemical reactions. For, unless man is something more than that, he has no rights that anyone is bound to respect, and there are no limitations upon his conduct which he is bound to obey.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Men often treat others worse than they treat themselves, but they rarely treat anyone better. It is the height of folly to expect consideration and decency from a person who mistreats himself.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Katharine Hepburn: I've been famous - for better or worse - for a long time now... I wonder if you know what that really means.
Howard Hughes: I got my fair share of press on Hell's Angels. I'm used to it.
Katharine Hepburn: Are you?
Katharine Hepburn: Howard, we're not like everyone else. Too many sharp angles. Too many eccentricities. We have to be very careful not to let people in or they'll make us into freaks.
Howard Hughes: Kate, they can't get in here. We're safe.
Katharine Hepburn: They can always get in. When my brother killed himself there were photographers at the funeral. There's no decency to it.More [08/04/2005 12:08:00]
Ron Burgundy: [picking up phone] Ron Burgundy. Stay classy, San Diego. Hello, Baxter? Baxter, is that you? Bark twice if you're in Milwaukee. Is this Wilt Chamberlain? Have the decency to say something!More [08/28/2005 12:08:00]
Jack Sparrow: We are very much alike, you and I, I and you... us.
Elizabeth Swann: Oh. Except for a sense of honor and decency and a moral center. And personal hygiene.
Jack Sparrow: [Sniffs his armpit and looks back] Trifles.More [02/19/2007 12:02:00]
Dr. Gonzo: We won't make the nut unless we have unlimited credit.
Raoul Duke: Jesus Christ, we will, man. You Samoans are all the same. You have no faith in the essential decency of the white man's culture.More [06/12/2007 12:06:00]
Cheryl: We've been kidnapped and there?s two men here who say they're going to kill us by Friday at midnight. But I don?t want anyone to pay them any money. Because that would be giving into terrorism and I?m Miss United States and I stand for fairness, decency and the American Way
[starts to sing]
Cheryl: ?From sea to shining sea...?More [06/27/2007 12:06:00]
Tom Chambers:
That's one way of meeting the situation. Shipping clerk comes home, finds missus with boarder. He breaks dishes. It's pure burlesque. Then there's another way. Intelligent artist returns unexpectedly, finds treacherous friends, both discuss the pros and cons of the situation in grownup dialogue. High-class comedy, enjoyed by everybody.



George Curtis:
There's a third way. I'll kick your teeth out and tear your head off and beat some decency into you!



Tom Chambers:
Cheap melodrama. Very dull.

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Francesca 'Fran' Harper:
What do you mean "telling the truth about me"? Haven't you got any honor or decency left?

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Father Duffy:
[praying] Almighty God, in Thine infinite mercy grant me, thy servant, the wisdom to guide my young flock through the trials of war. Oh, Father, they're so young. So young and they know so little of life and nothing at all of that terrible and bloody altar towards which they move, carrying so eagerly the bright sacrifice of their youth. Their need will be great, O Lord, and I am weak. Therefore, I beseech thee through Thy Son, Christ, our Lord, grant me the strength to keep them steadfast in the faith, in decency and courage to the glory of God, their country, and their regiment in the bad times to come. And if in battle you see fit to gather them to your protecting arms, thy will be done, but let them die like men, valiant and unafraid.

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[Porky is painting a lake]



Daffy Duck:
Lake?



Porky Pig:
Mmm-hmm.



Daffy Duck:
That lake?



Porky Pig:
Mmm-hmm.



Daffy Duck:
That's my lake.



Porky Pig:
Mmm-hmm.



Daffy Duck:
You can't go around painting other people's property! At least have the decency to ask me if you can paint it!



Porky Pig:
Okay, may I please paint your lake?



Daffy Duck:
No. I don't want my lake painted.



Daffy Duck:
[he wipes it off the painting with a cloth]



Daffy Duck:
The mountains are okay, I don't own them.



Daffy Duck:
[he leaves]



Porky Pig:
[angry] Ooh!



Daffy Duck:
[dressed in an old man's clothes] Hey there sonny.



Porky Pig:
And who are you?



Daffy Duck:
I'm the old man of the mountains!



Daffy Duck:
[Wipes the mountains off the painting]



Daffy Duck:
And I don't want them painted!



Porky Pig:
[he rips the disguise off of Daffy] You wait here, I've got something for you.



Porky Pig:
[sinister laugh]



Daffy Duck:
I like him, he's crazy!

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Pvt. Smiley:
When a man is forced by bitter circumstances to drink water, you might have the common decency to turn the other way.

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Mrs. Alice Evans:
Oh Dan, I don't want a hero, I want you!



Dan Evans:
Honest to God, if I didn't have to do it, I wouldn't, but I heard Alex scream. The town drunk gave his life because he believed that people should be able to live in decency and peace together. Do you think I can do less?

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Mr. Bullock:
Get rid of that animal.



Irene:
Oh, no!



Angelica:
Oh, yes! He doesn't even have the decency to let Vincent sing.



Mr. Bullock:
Smart dog. He can stay.

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court-martial judge:
Your methods, so far as this court can discern, show what we shall cautiously term an excess of zeal. We cannot condemn zeal. We cannot rebuke an officer who has administered discipline according to the articles of war but the articles are fallible, as any articles are bound to be. No code can cover all contingencies. We cannot put justice aboard our ships in books. Justice and decency are carried in the heart of the captain, or they be not aboard. It is for this reason that the Admiralty has always sought to appoint its officers from the ranks of gentlemen. The court regrets to note that the appointment of Captain William Bligh was, in that respect, a failure.

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Cathy Timberlake:
How would you feel? Here I am, he practically runs me down and then drives right away! And doesn't have the decency to apologise himself. Furthermore I have a job interview and have to go like this. He doesn't care.



Roger:
Ohhh...



Cathy Timberlake:
You know what I'd like to do?



Roger:
Throw the money in his face?



Cathy Timberlake:
Exactly! I'd like to throw that money right in his face.



Roger:
Would you?



Cathy Timberlake:
Yes, I would.



Roger:
I've waited seven years for this moment. You come with me!

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Lois Cerullo-Ashton:
I'm not defending Sonny.



Lorenzo Alcazar:
Lois, Don't.



Lois Cerullo-Ashton:
Just hear me out.



Lorenzo Alcazar:
You're going to tell me how Sonny loss his temper, that he didn't mean it, he's really a good guy, and I know you believe that because you're generous enough to believe the same thing about me. You know what? You may be right. There may be some thin veneer of decency in both of us. But Sonny will kill to get his way and I will kill to survive. So at the end of the day, one of us is going to be eliminated.

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Mattie Ross:
You never told me you had a wife.



Rooster Cogburn:
Oh, well, I didn't have her long. My friends was a pack of river rats and she didn't crave their society so she up and left me and went back to her first husband who was clerkin' in a hardware store in Paducah. "Goodbye, Reuben," she says, "the love of decency does not abide in you!" That's a dee-vorced woman talkin' for you, about decency. Well, I told her. I said, "Goodbye, Nola, and I hope that nail-sellin' bastard makes you happy this time!"



Mattie Ross:
Did you have any children?



Rooster Cogburn:
There was a boy. Nola taken him with her. He never liked me anyway. A clumsier child you'll never see than Horace; I bet he broke 40 cup.

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Chen Lang:
There's three Japanese guys. They're waiting for you in the woods. They'll kill you.



Chao Chi-Hao:
Why are you telling me this?



Chen Lang:
I suddenly realized... what mean guys these three Japanese fighters are... and I couldn't work with them anymore.



Chao Chi-Hao:
So there is some decency left in you.



Chen Lang:
From this day on, I'm through with Ming Dung-Shun's crowd. All of 'em.

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Vice Detective Michael Keneely:
Wouldn't you think the man would've at least had the decency to stay for the sermon?



Vice Detective Patrick Farrel:
The Lord's gonna smoke his ass!

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Meena:
[after Jay and Kinnu discover her and Demetrius's relationship] What about me? What about me? I've never asked you for anything! Never expected anything! I'm 24 years old, and I'm still here! Stuck *here!* You think I'm happy? I love him. That's not a crime, is it?



Kinnu:
You call this love? When all you have done is bring such shame upon our heads?



Meena:
I didn't do anything! *They* barged in!



Jay:
Don't answer back! At least have the decency to be sorry!



Meena:
I am sorry about this mess, but I'm not sorry I'm in love with him.

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Lawrence Garfield:
[In response to Jorgy's speech] Amen. And amen. And amen. You have to forgive me. I'm not familiar with the local custom. Where I come from, you always say "Amen" after you hear a prayer. Because that's what you just heard - a prayer. Where I come from, that particular prayer is called "The Prayer for the Dead." You just heard The Prayer for the Dead, my fellow stockholders, and you didn't say, "Amen." This company is dead. I didn't kill it. Don't blame me. It was dead when I got here. It's too late for prayers. For even if the prayers were answered, and a miracle occurred, and the yen did this, and the dollar did that, and the infrastructure did the other thing, we would still be dead. You know why? Fiber optics. New technologies. Obsolescence. We're dead alright. We're just not broke. And you know the surest way to go broke? Keep getting an increasing share of a shrinking market. Down the tubes. Slow but sure. You know, at one time there must've been dozens of companies making buggy whips. And I'll bet the last company around was the one that made the best goddamn buggy whip you ever saw. Now how would you have liked to have been a stockholder in that company? You invested in a business and this business is dead. Let's have the intelligence, let's have the decency to sign the death certificate, collect the insurance, and invest in something with a future. "Ah, but we can't," goes the prayer. "We can't because we have responsibility, a responsibility to our employees, to our community. What will happen to them?" I got two words for that: Who cares? Care about them? Why? They didn't care about you. They sucked you dry. You have no responsibility to them. For the last ten years this company bled your money. Did this community ever say, "We know times are tough. We'll lower taxes, reduce water and sewer." Check it out: You're paying twice what you did ten years ago. And our devoted employees, who have taken no increases for the past three years, are still making twice what they made ten years ago; and our stock - one-sixth what it was ten years ago. Who cares? I'll tell you. Me. I'm not your best friend. I'm your only friend. I don't make anything? I'm making you money. And lest we forget, that's the only reason any of you became stockholders in the first place. You want to make money! You don't care if they manufacture wire and cable, fried chicken, or grow tangerines! You want to make money! I'm the only friend you've got. I'm making you money. Take the money. Invest it somewhere else. Maybe, maybe you'll get lucky and it'll be used productively. And if it is, you'll create new jobs and provide a service for the economy and, God forbid, even make a few bucks for yourselves. And if anybody asks, tell 'em ya gave at the plant. And by the way, it pleases me that I am called "Larry the Liquidator." You know why, fellow stockholders? Because at my funeral, you'll leave with a smile on your face and a few bucks in your pocket. Now that's a funeral worth having!

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Jon Stewart:
Tonight, our focus is on Televsion! Today, the FCC wanted to impose the same decency standards that apply to broadcast television as they do to cable.


[audience boos]



Jon Stewart:
To which many people said, "Uh, fuck that guy!".

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Ivy:
Slut? Oh, oh, no. If I wanna bag a professor from one of my classes, I will, but nobody, and I mean nobody, calls me a slut, so the next time you feel like casting aspersions on my character, try remembering that this quote unquote slut is driving your judgmental ass all the way to Des Moines. So a little decency would be in order. Got it? Good.

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Heather Davis:
Look where your decency has gotten you. You are the only English-speaking white guy driving a cab in New York. That should tell you something.



Mickey Fitzpatrick:
You know what Heather, I gotta imagine it beats sucking dick for a living though, huh?

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Lois Griffin:
So how was your day?



Brian Griffin:
My day? Un-freakin' believable. First we nailed this bastard who had the gall to hide his stuff in his daughter's doll, her doll for god's sake. Where's the line anymore? Well, I got news for ya, it's not even on the radar screen! The days of decency and virtue are gone, honey, BAM, freakin' evaporated like a dingy stinkin' mudpuddle. One day you see your reflection in it and the next day it's a, it's a damn oil spot on your crack driveway, staring back at you, mocking at you, blah, blah, blah, knowing the perverted truths that rot in the pit of your soul. That's how my freakin' day was!


[pause]



Peter Griffin:
You know what I haven't had in a while? Big League Chew.

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Jack Woods:
You're - you're...



Seamus Muldoon:
A Leprechaun. Wet Leprechaun. Leader of the Kerry Leprechauns. Seamus Maldoon, at your wet service.



Mary Muldoon:
[invisible] What in the Grand Banshee's name do you think you're doing?



Seamus Muldoon:
What's it look like; I'm talking to the man.



Mary Muldoon:
Are you mad, as well as stupid?



Seamus Muldoon:
I have to! He saved me!



Mary Muldoon:
He *saved* you?



Seamus Muldoon:
Gallantly, I have to say. And not at all for himself.


[Jack stumbles outside]



Mary Muldoon:
[appears inside] You were drunk!



Seamus Muldoon:
Of *course* I was drunk... I hate water!



Jack Woods:
[cut to outside] Just calm down, Jack. Get - a grip. It's just jetlag.



Mary Muldoon:
[cut to inside] And you *let* him save you?



Seamus Muldoon:
I didn't ask him, Mary, he just did it!



Mary Muldoon:
That's no excuse! You could have had the decency to drown!



Jack Woods:
[outside] ... hangover... bump on the head... You're fine.



Mary Muldoon:
I'm Mary Maldoon...



Jack Woods:
Oh, give me a break!


[turns, sees Leprechauns]



Mary Muldoon:
...Seamus' wife for my sins. Of which there must have been hundreds to have such a terrible fate!



Seamus Muldoon:
They say that married men live longer than single ones. It only *seems* like that.

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Taylor:
I-I-if you're going to break up with somebody, at least have the decency to provide them with better lighting.

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[classroom full of residents are unruly and not paying attention to Dr. Cox. The entire room suddenly becomes silent at the sight of Dr. Cox fuming]



J.D.:
Uh-oh.



Dr. Cox:
First off, let me just say, thank you. For the last couple of months I have been adrift in a sea of puppy dogs, lollypops, and lets face it, mediocre metaphors. Luckily, you people were kind enough to piss all over learning a procedure that could determine whether some poor sucker lives or dies, and that reminded me of something that I wanted to remind you of. Because you see I


[pointing at self]



Dr. Cox:
am accountable. I am accountable for the continuous, crashing, undeniable amateurism that you people drag into this hospital day in and day out. And believe you me when I tell you that the next time one of you perpetual disappointments doesn't even have the common decency to try and do better at something you supposedly do, I will go ahead and toss your sorry ass outa here in about ten seconds and then I will forget you forever in the next five.

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Phyllis:
I wish I was dead, Jack!



Jack Maitland:
I once thought I'd gas myself but I hadn't a shilling for the meter.



Phyllis:
I've behaved abominable, absolutely abominable, to the Major. I can't go through with it... What you said about my marrying him to get away from here was perfectly true. I pretended to myself that it wasn't. After you said that, I couldn't pretend any longer. And then he tried to kiss me... It was horrible!



Jack Maitland:
I can well believe it. Kissed by Major Luddington? Dear me, no!



Phyllis:
Jack, what shall I do?



Jack Maitland:
I believe a glass of water with a dash of ENO's fruit salts and some...



Phyllis:
Jack, take me away from here! I'm not asking you to marry me, just let me live with you. Surely, if you loved me once, you could bear to have me with you now.



Jack Maitland:
You may be the same as you were four years ago but I am different. The difference is roughly represented by not having your name in the programme and having it in lights outside the theatre. When I needed you, you wouldn't have me. Now I DON'T need you. I find my work sufficient.



Phyllis:
I can't humble myself any further! If you find me boring you might at least have the decency to try and conceal it!



Jack Maitland:
I should be more impressed by all this if you hadn't made it perfectly plain that my attraction for you consists in my being a possible mean of removing you from the tedium of Betworthy.



Phyllis:
Oh, go on hit me! I'm too tired of it all to hit back. Anyhow, none of you'll be bothered with me for much longer.



Jack Maitland:
People who talk about suicide never commit it. A person who means business just pulls out the gun and presses the trigger.

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Victor:
Well, you'll never find a more thoughtful neighbor. He even had the decency to croak during the day, so that when the ambulance came, I was at work. Now that's class, brother!

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Col. Sunil Damle:
[referencing to dead Pakistani soldiers] Sahab Dharamvir Singh, gather some of your men. These men should be buried with total respect.



Subedar Dharamvir Singh:
Yes sir.



Col. Sunil Damle:
[everyone remains silent] What's the matter? Pradeep?



Pradeep:
No sir, I guess the thing is everyone just remembered the way these people returned the bodies of our soldiers.



Col. Sunil Damle:
I see, I see. There is a difference between us and them and this difference should remain. Think what kind of army is that which refuses to accept the bodies of their officers, their soldiers. Shall we become the same? This is Indian Army. We maintain decency even in enmity. Sahab Dharamvir Singh, bury these men with due respect.

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Katharine Hepburn:
I've been famous - for better or worse - for a long time now... I wonder if you know what that really means.



Howard Hughes:
I got my fair share of press on Hell's Angels. I'm used to it.



Katharine Hepburn:
Are you?



Katharine Hepburn:
Howard, we're not like everyone else. Too many acute angles. Too many eccentricities. We have to be very careful not to let people in or they'll make us into freaks.



Howard Hughes:
Kate, they can't get in here. We're safe.



Katharine Hepburn:
They can always get in. When my brother killed himself there were photographers at the funeral. There's no decency to it.

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Achievements on the golf course are not what matters, decency and honesty are what matter.More [07/20/2011 04:07:02]
If you don't believe in God, all you have to believe in is decency. Decency is very good. Better decent than indecent. But I don't think it's enough.More [07/20/2011 07:07:23]
As a governor and senator, John Chafee set the standard for honesty and decency that the rest of us on our best days could only dream to emulate.More [07/22/2011 11:07:33]
That so unlikely an outcome should accrue to a man possessed of such limited talent and so many flaws, and one lacking in a sense of ethics and decency was one of the bitter ironies of history.More [07/26/2011 05:07:48]
Don't overestimate the decency of the human race.More [07/28/2011 05:07:15]
Above all, it is not decency or goodness of gentleness that impresses the Middle East, but strength.More [08/02/2011 05:08:00]
People who don't know how to keep themselves healthy ought to have the decency to get themselves buried, and not waste time about it.More [08/10/2011 09:08:43]
I believe that we should die with decency so that at least decency will survive.More [08/11/2011 05:08:06]
Justice consists in doing no injury to men; decency in giving them no offense.More [09/30/2011 05:09:46]
I had a marketing idea that everybody hated, decency is sexy.
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Parents have to be sane. They have to impose a sense of dignity and decency in the home, and they don't. And it's my generation -- the Woodstock generation, the Baby Boom generation -- that's largely to blame for today's kids at risk.More [06/06/2012 01:06:23]
A meaningful life is made up of a series of daily acts of decency and kindness, which, ironically, add up to something truly great over the course of a lifetime.More Who Will Cry When You Die?: Life Lessons From The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari [06/21/2016 08:06:17]
The cheap gifts is a decency of the greedy.More [12/16/2017 12:12:46]
I believe the death of Bobby Kennedy was in many ways the death of decency in America. I think it was the death of manners and formality, the death of poetry and the death of a dream.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Today's Constitution is a realistic document of freedom only because of several corrective amendments. Those amendments speak to a sense of decency and fairness that I and other Blacks cherish.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
God's most lordly gift to man is decency of mind.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I've always felt, in all my books, that there's a deep decency in the American people and a native intelligence - providing they have the facts, providing they have the information.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
If someone lacked decency or respect, I didn't allow that person to stay in my world.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
The practice of executing such offenders is a relic of the past and is inconsistent with evolving standards of decency in a civilized society.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
We learned about dignity and decency - that how hard you work matters more than how much you make... that helping others means more than just getting ahead yourself.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
In the framework of decency all the people have the same appearance.More [03/28/2018 07:03:53]
That's what it takes to be a hero, a little gem of innocence inside you that makes you want to believe that there still exists a right and wrong, that decency will somehow triumph in the endMore [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Our scientific age demands that we provide definitions, measurements, and statistics in order to be taken seriously. Yet most of the important things in life cannot be precisely defined or measured. Can we define or measure love, beauty, friendship, or decency, for example?More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Immodest words admit of no defence;
For want of decency is want of sense.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Her cap, far whiter than the driven snow,
Emblem right meet of decency does yield.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
That laughter costs too much which is purchased by the sacrifice of decency.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Justice consists of doing no one injury, decency in giving no one offense.More [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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