George Minafer
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George Minafer (Character)
from The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

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The Magnificent Ambersons (2002) (TV)
[repeated line]
George Amberson Minafer: Out of my way!

George Amberson Minafer: I intend to find out why!

Lucy Morgan: What was that George?
George Amberson Minafer: Nothing of the slightest importance. Good afternoon!
[storms off]

George Amberson Minafer: I'm sorry Mr. Morgan, but you're not welcome here. Not today or any other day. Now please leave!

George Amberson Minafer: Lucy, I'm going to be gone for a very long time!
Lucy Morgan: [seeming cheerful] How long?
George Amberson Minafer: I don't know, I might never come back! My mother and I are going on a trip around the world.
Lucy Morgan: Why that sound like great fun!
George Amberson Minafer: But Lucy, I might never see you again!

George Amberson Minafer: [sobbing] You could have stopped it!
Fanny Minafer: No Georgie, no one could have stopped you; you were too strong.

George Amberson Minafer: Pull down your vest, wipe off your chin and... go to hell!


The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
Lucy: What are you studying at school?
George: College.
Lucy: College.
George: Oh, lots of useless guff.
Lucy: Why don't you study some useful guff?
George: What do you mean, useful?
Lucy: Something you'd use later in your business or profession.
George: I don't intend to go into any business or profession.
Lucy: No?
George: No.
Lucy: Why not?
George: Well, just look at them. That's a fine career for a man, isn't it? Lawyers, bankers, politicians. What do they ever get out of life, I'd like to know. What do they know about real things? What do they ever get?
Lucy: What do you want to be?
George: [fatuously] A yachtsman!
[Lucy reacts with astonishment]

George: I said, automobiles are a useless nuisance. Never amount to anything but a nuisance. They had no business to be invented.

Maj. Amberson: So your devilish machines are going to ruin all your old friend, eh Gene? Do you really think they're going to change the face of the land?
Eugene: They're already doing it major and it can't be stopped. Automobiles...
[cut off by George]
George: Automobiles are a useless nuisance.
George: What did you say George?
George: I said automobiles are a useless nuisance. Never amount to anything but a nuisance and they had no business to be invented.
Jack: Of course you forget that Mr. Morgan makes them, also did his share in inventing them. If you weren't so thoughtless, he might think you were rather offensive.
Eugene: I'm not sure George is wrong about automobiles. With all their speed forward they may be a step backward in civilization. May be that they won't add to the beauty of the world or the life of the men's souls, I'm not sure. But automobiles have come and almost all outwards things will be different because of what they bring. They're going to alter war and they're going to alter peace. And I think men's minds are going to be changed in subtle ways because of automobiles. And it may be that George is right. May be that in ten to twenty years from now that if we can see the inward change in men by that time, I shouldn't be able to defend the gasoline engine but agree with George - that automobiles had no business to be invented.