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Cornelius (Character)
from Planet of the Apes (1968)

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Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)
Dr. Zira: [to Dr. Dixon] You're the second human I have kissed.
Cornelius: [to Dr. Branton] And you are the first.

Dr. Lewis Dixon: Can you read a map?
Cornelius: I'm an archaeologist. I can even draw one!

Tailor: May I measure your inside leg, sir?
Cornelius: No.

Chairman of the President's Committee of Inquiry: [testing Lewis's assertion that the apes can speak] What is your name?
Dr. Zira: Zira.
Chairman of the President's Committee of Inquiry: One might as well be talking to a parrot.
Dr. Zira: A parrot?
Chairman of the President's Committee of Inquiry: What did I tell you? Mechanical mimicry. Unique in an ape, vocally, without a doubt, but... does the other one talk?
Cornelius: Only when she lets me.

Cornelius: By the time the plague was contained, man was without pets. Of course, for man this was intolerable. I mean, he might kill his brother, but he could not kill his dog!

Cornelius: If we are caught, we will almost certainly be killed. Please give us the opportunity... to kill ourselves?
Dr. Lewis Dixon: I shouldn't do this, but I guessed you'd ask.
[Dr. Dixon hands Cornelius a gun]

Chairman of the President's Committee of Inquiry: [referring to Cornelius] Does the other one talk?
Cornelius: [indicating Zira] Only when she lets me.

Reporter at Hotel: Dr. Cornelius, tell me: ho do you find our women?
Cornelius: Very human.

Cornelius: They became alert to the concept of slavery. And, as their numbers grew, to slavery's antidote which, of course, is unity. At first, they began assembling in small groups. They learned the art of corporate and militant action. They learned to refuse. At first, they just grunted their refusal. But then, on an historic day, which is commemorated by my species and fully documented in the sacred scrolls, there came Aldo. He did not grunt. He articulated. He spoke a word which had been spoken to him time without number by humans. He said 'No.' So that's how it all started.

Milo: [after Zira has spoken the first time in the presence of humans] Zira, are you mad?
Cornelius: Please don't call my wife mad!
Milo: I'm not, I'm just merely asking her: Zira, are you mad?


Planet of the Apes (1968)
[Taylor ties up Dr. Zaius]
Dr. Zira: Taylor! Don't treat him that way!
George Taylor: Why not?
Dr. Zira: It's humiliating!
George Taylor: The way you humiliated me? All of you? YOU led me around on a LEASH!
Cornelius: That was different. We thought you were inferior.
George Taylor: Now you know better.

Cornelius: [reading from the sacred scrolls of the apes] Beware the beast Man, for he is the Devil's pawn. Alone among God's primates, he kills for sport or lust or greed. Yea, he will murder his brother to possess his brother's land. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours. Shun him; drive him back into his jungle lair, for he is the harbinger of death.

Cornelius: Well Taylor, we're all fugitives now.
George Taylor: Do you have any weapons, any guns?
Cornelius: The best, but we won't need them.
George Taylor: I'm glad to hear it. I want one anyway.

George Taylor: There's your Minister of Science; honor-bound to expand the frontiers of knowledge...
Dr. Zira: Taylor, please!
George Taylor: ...except that he's also chief Defender of the Faith!
Dr. Zaius: There is no contradiction between faith and science... true science!
George Taylor: Are you willing to put that statement to the test?
Cornelius: Taylor, I would much rather...
George Taylor: Take it easy... you saved me from this fanatic, maybe I can return the favor!

Cornelius: Taylor, you are not in command here. Put down that gun!
George Taylor: Shut up!

Dr. Zira: But what about your theory? The existence of someone like Taylor might prove it.
Cornelius: Zira, do you want to get my head chopped off?
Dr. Zira: Oh, don't be foolish. If it's true, they'll have to accept it.
Cornelius: [chuckles] No, they won't.


Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)
Cornelius: They will dissect you! And they will kill you! In that order!

Cornelius: If you are caught by the gorillas, you must remember one thing.
John Brent: What's that?
Cornelius: Never to speak!
John Brent: What the hell would I have to say to a gorilla?


Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)
Lisa: [upon finding a playing dead Cornelius] Cornelius, are you alright?
Cornelius: No, Mother, I'm just dead.


Play-Mate of the Apes (2002) (V)
Dr. Cornholeous: Doctor Queera, bring your tap shoes. We're going dancing!