Muriel Donnelly
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Muriel Donnelly (Character)
from The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)

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The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)
Evelyn Greenslade: How was America?
Muriel Donnelly: It made death more tempting.

Muriel Donnelly: You're still in one slightly sagging piece, I see.

Muriel Donnelly: There's no such thing as an ending; just a place where you leave the story.

Muriel Donnelly: I came with low expectations and I was disappointed.

Sonny Kapoor: If not now, when? If not us, who?
Muriel Donnelly: Someone else...

Muriel Donnelly: There is no such thing as an ending, just a place where you leave the story. And it is your story now.
[... ]
Muriel Donnelly: You have no idea now what you will become, don't try and control it. Let go. That's when the fun starts. Because as I once heard someone say "There's no present like the time".

Muriel Donnelly: Just because I'm looking at you when you talk, don't think I'm listening - or even interested.

Evelyn Greenslade: I don't know why I tell you anything.
Muriel Donnelly: Because I'm older and wiser.
Evelyn Greenslade: Nineteen days older.
Muriel Donnelly: That's the entire lifespan of a wasp.

Muriel Donnelly: You know, there's a long list of things I don't care for: doctors, sunburn, mosquitoes, people who outstay their welcome... I could go on forever. But there is one thing I cannot bear, and that's self-pity. It destroys everything around it. Now don't be that idiot. Don't let that happen.


The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
Muriel: And you know who'll be there, don't you? Indians! Loads of them, with brown faces and black hearts, reeking of curry! I mean you never see just one, do you? They travel in packs, makes it easier to rob you blind!
[the orderly stops pushing her]
Muriel: What are you doing?
Orderly: [stops pushing her wheelchair] I think you can make it from here.
Muriel: But you're supposed to take me home!
Orderly: [walking off] My wife is from Mumbai.
Muriel: Well don't blame me, me mate, you married her!

Evelyn: Nothing here has worked out quite as I expected.
Muriel: Most things don't. But sometimes what happens instead is the good stuff.

Jean: Are you insane? Avoid all food not from a reputable vendor. It'll be washed in impure water.
Douglas Ainslie: It's just a sandwich.
Jean: Oh, marvelous. Then I'll have ham, cheese, and streptococcus. Or perhaps bacteria, lettuce, and tomato.
Douglas Ainslie: Would you like some of this? I believe it's called aloo ka paratha.
Muriel: No, if I can't pronounce it, I don't want to eat it.

Muriel's Physiotherapist: How is the hip feeling?
Muriel: They must have got lucky.
Muriel's Physiotherapist: It's strange. The more operations they perform, the luckier they get.

Sonny: [showing around a potential investor] Please can you describe to us in as much detail as you desire your experience of the ambiance and atmosphere of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.
Muriel: Words fail me.
Sonny: Ah, the English wit we love so greatly.
Sonny: [whisking his visitor away] See, the wheel is spinning but the hamster is dead.