Father Edward J. Flanagan
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Father Edward J. Flanagan (Character)
from Boys Town (1938)

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Boys Town (1938)
Dan Farrow: [panicky, about to die in the electric chair] How much time have I got, Father?
Father Edward J. Flanagan: Eternity begins in forty-five minutes, Dan.
Dan Farrow: What happens then?
Father Edward J. Flanagan: Oh, a bad minute or two.
Dan Farrow: And after that?
Father Edward J. Flanagan: Well, Dan, that's a question that scientists and philosophers have been asking for a million years.

Father Edward J. Flanagan: I know that a mother can take a whip to the toughest boy in the world, and he forgets it because he knows that she loves him.

Father Edward J. Flanagan: There is no such thing as a bad boy.


Men of Boys Town (1941)
Father Edward J. 'Eddie' Flanagan: Youth is the greatest natural resource of the country.

Father Edward J. 'Eddie' Flanagan: The coddled, the weak and the doubting will fall.

Father Edward J. 'Eddie' Flanagan: Boys have an inflexible sense of honor and they never betray a trust. Give them confidence and they will return you loyalty.There is no redemption for youth in the lash.