William Hare: I thought life round here was supposed to be cheap.
Fergus: It is. But the price rockets once you're dead.
William Burke: Six years in the Army I don't get a scratch. Ten minutes as a grave robber I get shot in the ass.
William Burke: I had confidence in a fart once, and I shat all over myself.
Hangman: [after Burke's execution] I know he seemed like a nice guy and all that, and I suppose you have to respect the fact that he made the ultimate sacrifice for love, but he did kill all those people just for money. And that's just evil.
[the Hangman is given a sack of coins as payment for the execution]
Hangman: Thank you.
Doctor Monro: How are your students enjoying your lectures?
Doctor Robert Knox: Not as much as they are enjoying your wife.
Old Joseph: I remember. Old Nosey was there himself. He says, "Stand up, guards. Now, Maitland, now's your time." And over we go, fight in', fight in' the Frogs. Did I ever tell you about the time...
Old Joseph: the time...
Old Joseph: I saw the man, the wee man himself, Napoleon? Aye, it were a treat.
Old Joseph: And that idiotic hat.
Doctor Robert Knox: That's the third rotter I've had from McTavish and his gang of grave robbers in the last three weeks.
Doctor Robert Knox: I can't go on like this.
Patterson: Is there anything I can do Doctor?
Doctor Robert Knox: You could start praying, Patterson, for the one thing that could save us.
Patterson: And what's that sir?
Doctor Robert Knox: An enormous and awful calamity right here in Edinburgh. An accident or a - or a natural disaster. Something which generates the large numbers of cadavers I need for my work.
Patterson: Wouldn't that be nice sir?
McMartin's Doorman: I'll not explain myself again. Mr. Wordsworth is already in the club.
William Wordsworth: That cannot be, I am he, newly returned from my tour of the continent.
Samuel Coleridge: And I am Samuel Coleridge.
McMartin's Doorman: Aye. And I'm Robbie fuck in' Burns! Now piss off, the both ofyouse!