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Truman Capote (Character)
from Capote (2005)

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Capote (2005)
Nelle Harper Lee: You paid him to say that.
Truman Capote: How did you know?

Truman Capote: I have 94 per cent recall of all conversation. I tested it myself.

Truman Capote: Ever since I was a child, folks have thought they had me pegged, because of the way I am, the way I talk. And they're always wrong.

Truman Capote: It's as if Perry and I grew up in the same house. And one day he stood up and went out the back door, while I went out the front.

[last lines]
Truman Capote: And there wasn't anything I could have done to save them.
Nelle Harper Lee: Maybe not. But the fact is, you didn't want to.

Truman Capote: Perry, I know what 'exacerbate' means.
Perry Smith: Okay... well...
Truman Capote: There is not a word or a sentence or a concept that you can illuminate for me.

Truman Capote: It's the book I was always meant to write.

Truman Capote: On the night of November 14th, two men broke into a quiet farmhouse in Kansas and murdered an entire family. Why did they do that? Two worlds exist in this country: the quiet conservative life, and and the life of those two men - the underbelly, the criminally violent. Those two worlds converged that bloody night.

Truman Capote: [to Perry Smith] We're not so different as you might think.

Truman Capote: If I leave here without understanding you, the world will see you as a monster. Always. And I don't want that.

Truman Capote: Sometimes when I think of how good my book is going to be, I can't breathe.

Nelle Harper Lee: How did you like the movie?
[referring to To Kill a Mockingbird]
Truman Capote: [Muttering after she wanders off] I don't see what all the fuss is about.

Truman Capote: I had lunch with Jimmy Baldwin the other day.
Party date: How is he?
Truman Capote: He's lovely, he's a lovely man. And he told me the plot of his new book. And he said, "I just wanted to make sure it's not one of those problem novels," you know. And I said , "Jimmy. Your book is about a Negro homosexual who's in love with a Jew. Wouldn't you call that a problem?"
[everyone laughs]

Truman Capote: God, I'm glad you agreed to come. You're the only person I know with the qualifications to be both a research assistant and a personal bodyguard.
Nelle Harper Lee: Thank you.

Truman Capote: More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones.

Warden Marshall Krutch: You know, I didn't know where to count your boy at first... him being half-Indian. But I did him a favor. I counted him as a white man.
Truman Capote: You're a kind and generous man.

Truman Capote: It's the hardest when someone has a notion about you and it's impossible to convince them otherwise.

Truman Capote: Balenciaga!

Infamous (2006)
Truman Capote: When you're talking to them, they seem like perfectly nice boys. To be frank, I'm much more concerned for my safety around Norman Mailer.

D.A.'s Secretary: I'm sorry. The D.A. doesn't take calls from strange women.
Truman Capote: Who says I'm strange?

[about the Kansas townspeople]
Truman Capote: Do you think everyone keeps calling me "lady" to be mean, or can they honestly not tell?

Truman Capote: The only way to deal with vulgarity is to rise above it.

Truman Capote: Imagine being told your work lacked kindness by a four-time killer!

Truman Capote: Artists have the power, through our imagination to escape and degenerate world and create a better one.

Christmas Carol (1978) (TV)
W.C. Fields as Scrooge: He once told me to treat the warehouse like it was my own.
Humphrey Bogart: What did you do?
W.C. Fields as Scrooge: I sold it.

Paul Lynde as Bob Cratchit: Do you know he's so cheap he even has a burglar alarm on his garbage cans?

Oliver Hardy: We were wondering if you would like to make a small donation for the poor.
W.C. Fields as Scrooge: Ah, no.
Stan Laurel: In that case, how would you like to make a large donation?
W.C. Fields as Scrooge: Not interested. When I give to charity I wish to remain anonymous. That's why I don't give anything.
Oliver Hardy: But sir! What are we going to tell the poor, the needy and the destitute?
W.C. Fields as Scrooge: Ah, tell them to use Hamburger Helper.
Stan Laurel: Well that a wonderful idea Ollie. I bet they never thought of that!

The Audrey Hepburn Story (2000) (TV)
Truman Capote: [Watching Audrey continually fail to eat the breakfast pastry - in front of Tiffany and Co] See why I didn't want Hepburn for this? She can't eat. Marilyn Monroe is who I wanted. Marilyn Monroe knows how to eat.