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Quotes for
John Jacob Astor (Character)
from Titanic (1997)

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Titanic (1943)
John Jacob Astor: You see, the 'Titanic' is not just a bunch of shares. She is a tangible asset. Tangible assets create power, and power is a means to whatever you want.

John Jacob Astor: [to his wife] To each his own, Madeleine. For me, more power, for you, more jewelry.
Lady Astor: Jewelry is also an asset.
John Jacob Astor: But not always stable. Even gems are subject to fluctuation. And they can only be accurately judged when they are taken out of their setting. Just like women.

John Jacob Astor: [Lord Douglas is appealing to him for a loan] Those to whom you owe millions can't let you go under.
Lord Douglas: All the more reason for you to lend me the money.
John Jacob Astor: I don't lend money. I'd rather give it away. But since I'm no great apostle of charity, I don't give it away either.

John Jacob Astor: [to Ismay, as Astor has just beat him at billiards with an unexpected shot] He who doesn't plan for everything sees his plans go awry.

Sigrid Olinsky: [Sigrid Olinsky and Petersen are in the billiard room, where Astor and Ismay are playing] Sir Bruce? I have a big favor to ask of you, one which you cannot refuse.
Sir Bruce Ismay: Then of course I won't.
Sigrid Olinsky: I'd like to see the engine room.
Sir Bruce Ismay: That's a wonderful idea, we will all come along!
[to Astor]
Sir Bruce Ismay: Would you be interested?
John Jacob Astor: Of course, I'll just let my wife know.
Sigrid Olinsky: But we'll need an expert guide. Can't Offier Petersen come along? He's not on duty at the moment.
Sir Bruce Ismay: Of course he can.
[to Petersen]
Sir Bruce Ismay: Would you please show us the engine room?
1st Officer Petersen: Mr. President, I'm not authorized to do this.
Sir Bruce Ismay: Then I give you full authorization.
1st Officer Petersen: Mr. President, I am the First Officer, you cannot give me any authorization.
Sir Bruce Ismay: I see.
[to Steward Braun]
Sir Bruce Ismay: Mr. Brown? Please call the captain for me.

Titanic (1997)
Rose: J.J., Madeline, this is Jack Dawson.
Astor: Hello, Jack. Are you of the Boston Dawsons?
Jack: No, the, uh, Chippewa Falls Dawsons, actually.
Astor: [confused] Oh yes...

"Titanic" (1996)
John Jacob Astor IV: [Talking to Jamie] Let me give you a bit of advice. I always find investors for my projects. It's better to use another fellow's money.