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Tobias 'Toby' Wolff (Character)
from This Boy's Life (1993)

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This Boy's Life (1993)
Tobias 'Toby' Wolff: Sometimes I had to blame somebody; she was the only one there.

Caroline Wolff Hansen: What did he do?
Principal Shippy: He violated school property and he flouted the law.
Caroline Wolff Hansen: Can you say that in English, please?
Principal Shippy: He wrote obscene words on the wall.
Caroline Wolff Hansen: Did you do it?
Tobias 'Toby' Wolff: [shakes his head]
Caroline Wolff Hansen: He didn't do it.
Principal Shippy: He wrote obscene words on the wall.
Caroline Wolff Hansen: What obscene words?
Principal Shippy: "Fuck You."
Caroline Wolff Hansen: That's one obscene word.

Tobias 'Toby' Wolff: I'm not going!
Dwight Hansen: The hell you say.

Tobias 'Toby' Wolff: I'm staying home!
Dwight Hansen: You're gonna shit and fall back in it. That's all you're gonna do. Now get out here.

Dwight Hansen: You look fine.
Tobias 'Toby' Wolff: I look like an idiot.
Dwight Hansen: You act like an idiot. You look fine.

Tobias 'Toby' Wolff: Mom, you can leave too, I'm leaving, you don't have to stay here for this shit.
Caroline Wolff Hansen: I don't, do I?
Tobias 'Toby' Wolff: No, you don't!
Caroline Wolff Hansen: I could leave with you right now, couldn't I?
Tobias 'Toby' Wolff: Yes, you could.
Caroline Wolff Hansen: I could walk right out that door, couldn't I?
Tobias 'Toby' Wolff: Yes!
Dwight Hansen: What?
Caroline Wolff Hansen: I'm leaving you, Dwight.

[first lines]
Tobias 'Toby' Wolff: It was 1957. We were driving from Florida to Utah. After my mother was beaten up by her boyfriend, we got in the Nash and high-tailed it for the uranium fields. We were gonna get rich and change our luck, which hadn't been so hot since our family broke up five years back.

[last lines]
Caroline Wolff Hansen: I love you.
Tobias 'Toby' Wolff: I know that, mom. I've always known that.
Bus driver: All aboard!

[Toby notices that his prep school application forms were in the garbage]
Tobias 'Toby' Wolff: My application forms must've come today and he threw 'em away!
Dwight Hansen: Hey, I thought I was helping him. Thought I save him some trouble, 'cause he got no chance of gettin' into some fancy prep school.
Caroline Wolff Hansen: You always got your nose pressed up against the big shop window, haven't ya, Dwight?
Dwight Hansen: What?
Caroline Wolff Hansen: You're so afraid that someone else is gonna get something you never had. It's what make you mean. And you know something, Dwight? One of these days, all that meanness is gonna snap back and slap you right in the face!
Dwight Hansen: Oh, I'm so scared. I'm so scared! I'm SO SCARED! Oh-oh-oh! This is all you gave me for dinner?

[Dwight steps in early from work]
Pearl: Hey, what are you doing home so - Oh, Toby got the scholarship. $2,300.
Dwight Hansen: Hey, Leopard. I say "Hey, Leopard". I know you, leopard. I can see those spots that you can't change, leopard. Huh, leopard? Huh? Thinks he can go to some fancy prep school to fool everybody? Well, not a chance. Not a chance. I know a thing or two about a thing or two. I sure do. I sure do.
[Dwight notices an empty mustard bottle]
Dwight Hansen: Who threw this away?
Tobias 'Toby' Wolff: I did.
Dwight Hansen: Who threw this away? You did? Why?
Tobias 'Toby' Wolff: 'Cause it was empty.
Dwight Hansen: [turns cross] Empty? That look empty to you?
Pearl: Looks empty to me.
Tobias 'Toby' Wolff: Yeah, it looks empty to me too.
Dwight Hansen: [grabs Toby's neck] Hey, Mr. Hotshot, is it empty? Huh? Is it empty?
Pearl: Dad!
Dwight Hansen: [shoves the bottle in Toby's left eye; angry] Now, now, now, is it empty?
Tobias 'Toby' Wolff: Stop!
Dwight Hansen: [furious] Now. Now, Mr. Big-Time-hotshot-Prep-School fucker! Is it empty? Is it empty? Huh?
Tobias 'Toby' Wolff: No.
Dwight Hansen: Good! All right. Now clean it out. Clean it OUT! Now, was it empty? Huh? Was it empty?
Tobias 'Toby' Wolff: Yes!
[Dwight smacks Toby in the face and a brawl begins]

Caroline Wolff Hansen: [smacks Dwight with a baseball bat] Get away from him! Get away from him or I'll kill you! What's going on here?
Tobias 'Toby' Wolff: I got this scholarship and he went nuts! He's crazy and I'm leaving!
Dwight Hansen: Great. Go! Finally! About time! About time! Go!
Tobias 'Toby' Wolff: Oh, no, no. Don't worry. I'm gone! Just give me my paper route money.
Dwight Hansen: That money's "gone with the wind".
Tobias 'Toby' Wolff: No!
Dwight Hansen: That's right, I spent it all as you made it, for things that we needed! It's gone! Poof! Poof!
Caroline Wolff Hansen: [furious] You know something, Dwight? It's not so much that you been dissapointing. It's that you've been consistantly dissapointing!
Dwight Hansen: Oh, fancy, fancy talk. Fancy talk for a whore. Fancy talk. Oh, yeah! I know a thing or two about a thing or two. I've got friends in this town and they tell me things. And I found out some guy down at that campaign headquarters, he found you a job in Washington, D.C. You're gonna run off with him aren't ya, Miss Whore? Aren't ya, Miss Whore?
Caroline Wolff Hansen: You are pathetic.
Dwight Hansen: Miss Whore. Liar! Liar, whore! Liar, whore! And you know it!
Tobias 'Toby' Wolff: Mom, you can leave too. I'm leaving. You don't have to stay here for this shit!
Caroline Wolff Hansen: I don't, do I?
Tobias 'Toby' Wolff: No, you don't!
Dwight Hansen: You're a liar and a whore!
Caroline Wolff Hansen: I could leave with you right now, could I?
Tobias 'Toby' Wolff: Yes, you could.
Caroline Wolff Hansen: I could walk right out that door, could I?
Tobias 'Toby' Wolff: Yes!
Dwight Hansen: What?

Tobias 'Toby' Wolff: Dwight said I had as much chance of passing the test as he had of farting his way through the star spangled banner.

Tobias 'Toby' Wolff: [narrating] You can dream of a moment for years and still somehow miss it when it comes. You've got to reach through the flames and take it, or lose it forever. I took it. So did my mother. We never looked back.

Tobias 'Toby' Wolff: It's not the shoes, is it? Or the candy, or anything else. It's me, Isn't? You just can't stand the fact that I exist.