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The Razor's Edge (1946) Poster

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Elliott Templeton: The enjoyment of art is the only remaining ecstasy that's neither immoral nor illegal.

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Louisa Bradley: Elliott, who is this man you invited to dinner tonight?

Elliott Templeton: He's an English author.

[Referring to W. Somerset Maugham]

Elliott Templeton: He's quite alright. In fact he's quite famous. So pretend you've heard of him even if you haven't.

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Kosti: You sound like a very religious man who does not believe in God!

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Elliott Templeton: I'm afraid I haven't a very good account to give you of that young man, Louisa.

Louisa Bradley: Oh?

Elliott Templeton: When he first came over to Paris, for Isabel's sake, I asked him to lunch to meet the sort of people he ought to know. He told me he didn't eat lunch.

Louisa Bradley: Perhaps he doesn't.

Elliott Templeton: And then, when I asked him to dinner, he said he couldn't come because he had no evening clothes. If I live to be a hundred, I will never understand how any young man could come to Paris without evening clothes.

Louisa Bradley: Maybe he just didn't want to.

Elliott Templeton: That's the most incredible reason for refusing an invitation I've ever heard in my life.

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Elliott Templeton: I do not like the propinquity of the hoi polloi.

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Isabel Bradley: [Referring to Sophie MacDonald] She's an awful woman. She's bad, bad, bad! She's soused from morning to night.

W. Somerset Maugham: That doesn't necessarily mean she's bad. Quite a number of respectable citizens get drunk and do silly things... I call a person bad who lies and cheats and is unkind.

Isabel Bradley: If you're going to take her part, I'll kill you.

W. Somerset Maugham: I'd prefer it if you gave me a cup of tea.

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W. Somerset Maugham: [about Elliott's monogrammed robe] Elliott, what the devil's that crown doing over your initials?

Elliott Templeton: His Holiness has been graciously pleased to revive, in my favor, my old family title.

W. Somerset Maugham: Your what?

Elliott Templeton: Oh, didn't you know? I'm descended, in the female line, from the Count de Lauria, who came over to England with Philip II to marry the maid of honor to Queen Mary. As an American citizen, I feel it more modest not to use my title except on all my personal linen.

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Isabel Bradley: You think you're very clever.

Elliott Templeton: I don't think it. I know it.

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Kosti: You're a rum one, Larry. But what about all the answers to those profound questions you've been asking yourself? Don't you know, people have been asking those same questions for thousands of years?

Larry Darrell: Yes, but doesn't the fact that people *have* been asking those same questions for thousands of years only go to prove that they can't help asking?

Kosti: Very good, very good. You're not altogether stupid. As a matter of fact, you sound like a very religious man who doesn't believe in God.

Larry Darrell: I'm not sure that I believe in anything.

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W. Somerset Maugham: Elliott has no friends, only acquaintances.

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Elliott Templeton: Though you've lived half your life in diplomatic society and half the capitals of the world, you remain hopelessly American.

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Larry Darrell: If I ever acquire wisdom, I suppose I'll be wise enough to know what to do with it.

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W. Somerset Maugham: You've always looked upon nature as an impediment to social intercourse.

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W. Somerset Maugham: I'm afraid you'll find the company mixed.

Elliott Templeton: Don't you believe it. There'll be none of this confounded democracy there

[in heaven]

Elliott Templeton: .

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Isabel Bradley: But I don't want to live on $3000 a year!

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Elliott Templeton: I admit, he is good looking, and his clothes fit.

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Elliott Templeton: [Recounting a series of rejected invitations] And then when I asked him to dinner, he said he couldn't come because he had no evening clothes. If I live to be a hundred I shall never understand how any young man can come to Paris without evening clothes.

Louisa Bradley: [Referring to the turning down of the invitations] Maybe he just didn't want to.

Elliott Templeton: That's the most incredible reason for refusing an invitation I've ever heard in my life.

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