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Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) Poster

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[dying words]

Mr. Chipping 'Mr. Chips': I thought I heard you saying it was a pity... pity I never had any children. But you're wrong. I have. Thousands of them. Thousands of them... and all boys.

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Katherine: It must be tremendously interesting to be a schoolmaster, to watch boys grow up and help them along; to see their characters develop and what they become when they leave school and the world gets hold of them. I don't see how you could ever get old in a world that's always young.

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Mr. Chipping 'Mr. Chips': Well, remember me sometimes. I shall always remember you. "Haec olim meminisse iuvabit." I need not translate it for you.

[the phrase is from Virgil's Aeneid: "In the future, it will be pleasing to remember these things."]

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[on his first day at Brookfield School, Mr. Chipping is attempting to bring his unruly class under his control]

Mr. Chipping 'Mr. Chips': Silence! Silence! I'll have no more of it!

John Colley: No more silence, sir?

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Mr. Chipping 'Mr. Chips': I know the world's changing, Dr. Ralston. I've seen the old traditions die, one by one. Grace, dignity, feeling for the past - all that matters here today is a fat banking account. You're trying to run the school like a factory, for turning out money-making machine-made snobs. You've raised the fees. And in the end, the boys who really belong at Brookfield will be frozen out, frozen out. Modern methods, intensive training - poppycock! Give a boy a sense of humor and a sense of proportion and he'll stand up to anything. I'm not going to retire, you can do what you like about it.

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Katherine: I'm sorry, I wasn't in any danger.

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