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Katharine Hepburn (Character)
from The Aviator (2004)

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The Aviator (2004)
Howard Hughes: I feel like a little adventure.
Katharine Hepburn: Do your worst, Mr. Hughes.

Katharine Hepburn: [flying Howard's plane] Howard, there's a rather alarming mountain heading our way.

Katharine Hepburn: What's that on the steering wheel?
Howard Hughes: Cellophane. If you had any idea of the crap that people carry around on their hands.
Katharine Hepburn: What kind of crap?
Howard Hughes: You don't wanna know.

Howard Hughes: Actresses are cheap in this town, darlin'. And I got a lot of money.
Katharine Hepburn: Please, Howard, this is beneath you.
Howard Hughes: No no. This is exactly me. You come over here out of the blue and tell me you're leaving me for someone else and you have the nerve to expect graciousness?
Katharine Hepburn: I expected a little maturity, I expect you to face this situation like an adul...
Howard Hughes: DON'T TALK DOWN TO ME! Don't you EVER talk down to me! You are a movie star, nothing more!

Katharine Hepburn: Let me take the wheel.

Spencer Tracy: Trouble with Mr. Hughes?
Katharine Hepburn: There's too much "Howard Hughes" in Howard Hughes. That's the trouble.

Katharine Hepburn: Can't you just eat ice cream out of a bowl, like everyone else?

Howard Hughes: Look at me, Kate. Stop acting.
Katharine Hepburn: Ha. I'm not acting.
Howard Hughes: I wonder if you even know any more.
Katharine Hepburn: Don't be unkind.

[Howard takes Kate to the Cocoanut Grove]
Katharine Hepburn: Your kind of a joint, is it? Wouldn't have thought.
Howard Hughes: Yeah, well, they're open late. I go to a hot dog stand on La Cienega, too; they're open 'til around 4.
Katharine Hepburn: Are they? How marvelous!

Howard Hughes: [doesn't hear what Kate says] Excuse me?
Katharine Hepburn: Well, if you're deaf, you must own up to it. Get a hearing aid, or see my father. He's an urologist, but it's all tied up inside the body, don't you find?
Howard Hughes: Mmm.
Katharine Hepburn: Me, I keep healthy. I take seven showers a day to keep clean, also because I'm so vulgarly referred to as "outdoors-y." Well, I'm not "outdoors-y," I'm athletic. I sweat! There it is, now we both know the sordid truth: I sweat, and you're deaf. Aren't we a fine pair of misfits?

[Howard is getting attention after flying around the world in 3 days]
Katharine Hepburn: You know, fame is supposed to be *my* turf.

Howard Hughes: You're the tallest woman I have ever met.
Katharine Hepburn: And all sharp elbows and knees. Beware.

Katharine Hepburn: I've got a better idea, take me flying! Or better yet, I'll take you flying!
Howard Hughes: Do your worst, Miss Hepburn.

Katharine Hepburn: I've been famous - for better or worse - for a long time now... I wonder if you know what that really means.
Howard Hughes: I got my fair share of press on Hell's Angels. I'm used to it.
Katharine Hepburn: Are you?
Katharine Hepburn: Howard, we're not like everyone else. Too many acute angles. Too many eccentricities. We have to be very careful not to let people in or they'll make us into freaks.
Howard Hughes: Kate, they can't get in here. We're safe.
Katharine Hepburn: They can always get in. When my brother killed himself there were photographers at the funeral. There's no decency to it.

Howard Hughes: I read in the magazines that you play golf.
Katharine Hepburn: On occasion...
Howard Hughes: How 'bout nine holes?
Katharine Hepburn: *Now*, Mr. Hughes?

Howard Hughes: Pull back on the wheel a bit.
Katharine Hepburn: GOLLY!
Howard Hughes: I don't think I've ever met anyone who uses the word Golly.

Katharine Hepburn: Men can't be friends with women Howard. They must posses them or leave them be. It's a primitive urge from caveman days. It's all in Darwin. Hunt the flesh. Kill the flesh. Eat the flesh. That's the, ah, male sex all over.

Stage Door Canteen (1943)
Katharine Hepburn: He knows what he's fighting for. He's fighting for the kind of world in which you and he can live together in happiness and peace and love. Don't ever think about quitting. Don't ever stop for a minute... working, fighting,praying until we've got that kind of a world. For you, for him, for your children... for the whole human race. Days without end. Amen.