Johnny Cade
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Johnny Cade (Character)
from The Outsiders (1983)

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The Outsiders (1983)
Ponyboy: Nature's first green is gold, / Her hardest hue to hold. / Her early leaf's a flower, / But only so an hour. / Then leaf subsides to leaf, / So Eden sank to grief. / So dawn goes down to day, / Nothing gold can stay.
Johnny: Where did you learn that? That's what I meant.
Ponyboy: Robert Frost wrote it. I always remembered it because I never quite knew what he meant.

Johnny: [his last words] Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold.

Ponyboy: [after climbing through the church windows, of Jerry] Is the guy coming?
Johnny: No.
Ponyboy: Why? Too scared?
Johnny: Naw, too fat, man.

Johnny: Leave her alone, Dal.
Dallas: What'd you say?
Johnny: Come on, you heard me. Leave her alone.
Dallas: What'd you say, you little shit? What'd you say to me? Wiseass.

Dallas: Here, I thought this might cool you off.
[hands Cherry a coke and sits right next to her]
Cherry: [takes the straw out of her coke and throws it in Dally's face] Maybe that'll cool YOU off, Greaser... when you learn to talk and act decent, then maybe I'll cool off too.
Dallas: [wipes some of the coke off his face and goes in for Cherry] Firey, huh? Just the way I like them!
Cherry: [tries to push Dallas off] GET OFF OF ME!
Dallas: Come on...
Johnny: Look, leave her alone, Dal!
Dallas: What'd you say?
Johnny: [a little bit frightened] Come on Dal, you heard me.
Dallas: What'd you say? What'd you say you little shit? What'd you say to me?
Johnny: Come on...
Dallas: Wiseass!
[seconds later he gets up and leaves]
Ponyboy: Now you blew it.
Cherry: [Turns to Johnny] Thank you... he had me scared to death!
Johnny: You sure didn't show it. Ain't nobody ever talk to Dal like that!
Cherry: From what I saw, you do.

Johnny: It's like the mist is what's pretty, ya know? All gold and silver.
Ponyboy: Hmm.
Johnny: Too bad it can't stay like that all the time.
Ponyboy: Nothing gold can stay.

Johnny: I killed him. I killed that boy.
[Quiet, scared voice]
Johnny: I killed him.
Ponyboy: I think I'm gonna be sick
Johnny: Go ahead, man. I won't look at you.

[Ponyboy decides to run away with Johnny]
Johnny: What happened?
Ponyboy: [crying] Darry hit me.

Johnny: I used to talk about killing myself all the time, man. But I don't wanna die now. It ain't long enough. Sixteen years ain't gonna be long enough. Hell, I wouldn't care so much if there hadn't been so many things I haven't done yet. So many damn things I ain't seen or done. That time when we were in Windrixville was the only time I've ever been away from my neighborhood.

[the church is on fire]
Johnny: What's going on?
Ponyboy: Wonder how that started.
Dallas: Jesus Christ!

Ponyboy: I don't think I could ever tell Steve or Two-Bit or even Darry about the clouds and sunset. Just you and Sodapop. Maybe Cherry Valance.
Johnny: Guess we're different, huh?
Ponyboy: Shoot, yeah. Maybe they are.
Johnny: Maybe you're right.

Cherry: How old are ya'll anyway?
Ponyboy: Fourteen.
Johnny: Sixteen.
Marcia: By the looks of it I thought you were both four...
Cherry: Sixteen.

Johnny: What's goin' on, Dal?
Dallas: [Smoking a cigarette] We're early.
Ponyboy: What do you want to do?
Dallas: [Smiles] Nothin' legal, man. Let's get outta here.

Ponyboy: Darry hit me! I swear, we used to get along just fine until Mom and Dad died. Now he can't stand me.
Johnny: I think I like it better when the old man's hittin' me. At least he knows I'm there.

Dallas: What do you guys want?
Ponyboy: Johnny killed a Soc.
Dallas: What? Alright. Good for you. Let's go.
Johnny: Well I figured you could get us out if anyone could, Dal. I- I'm sorry I got you away from this party and all but I just don't know what to do, man.
Dallas: Nah. I was just uh... I was just trying to get some sleep. I got in a fight with Sheppard tonight. Wait a minute. Let me think about this mess. Get in.
[pulls Ponyboy and Johnny inside]
Dallas: Ponyboy, are you wet?

Johnny: Man that was one tough car. Mustangs, they're tough.

Johnny: Ponyboy, I asked the nurse to give you this book so you could finish it. The doctor came in a while ago but I already knew it anyway. I keep getting tireder and tireder. Listen, I don't mind dying now. It was worth it. It was worth saving those kids. Their lives are worth more than mine. They have more to live for. Some of the parents came by to thank me and I know it was worth it. Tell Dally it was worth it. I'm just gonna miss you guys. I've been thinking about it, and that poem, that guy that wrote it. He meant you are gold when you're a kid, like green. When you're a kid everything is new, dawn. It's just. When just when you get used to everything it's day. Like the way you dig sunsets, Pony. That's gold. Keep it that way, it's a good way to be. I want you to tell Dally to look at one. He'll probably think you're crazy but ask for me. I don't think he's ever really seen a sunset. And don't be bugged over being a greaser. You still have a lot of time to make yourself be what you want. There's still a lot of good in the world. Tell Dally. I don't think he knows. Your buddy, Johnny.