15 Most Iconic 'North by Northwest' Quotes

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Hitchcock would describe these quotes as "thrilling!"

We're Not Lying When We Say These Are the Best North by Northwest Quotes

Alfred Hitchcock has blessed us with many thrillers over the course of his career, but perhaps none greater than the coveted North by Northwest.

This action-packed film leaves us on the edge of our seat (or, tip of George Washington's nose, if you will) every single time we watch it. Though we know what's going to happen, the movie never fails to get us all caught up in the suspense.

As the movie is celebrating 60 years of being iconic, we figured we'd round up some of our favorite quotes from the film to share with all of you.

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Best North by Northwest Quotes

  • "In the world of advertising, there's no such thing as a lie. There's only expedient exaggeration." -Roger

  • "You gentlemen aren't really trying to kill my son, are you?" -Clara

  • "I'm Eve Kendall. I'm twenty-six and unmarried. Now you know everything." -Eve

  • "Now you listen to me, I'm an advertising man, not a red herring. I've got a job, a secretary, a mother, two ex-wives and several bartenders that depend upon me, and I don't intend to disappoint them all by getting myself 'slightly' killed." -Roger

  • "I never discuss love on an empty stomach." -Eve

Iconic North by Northwest Quotes

  • "You're the smartest girl I ever spent the night with on a train." -Roger

  • "War is hell, Mr. Thornhill. Even when it's a cold one." -The Professor

  • "Well, one thing we know. You're no fake. You are a genuine idiot." -Bidder

  • "Mere errand boys carrying concealed weapons. His is pointed at your heart, so, please, no errors of judgment, I beg of you." -Valerian

  • "We do nothing... That's right, nothing. Oh, we could congratulate ourselves on a marvelous stroke of good fortune. Our non-existent decoy George Kaplan created to divert suspicion from our actual agent has fortuitously become a live decoy... What can we do to save him, without endangering our own agent?...We didn't invent our non-existent man and give him the name of George Kaplan, establish elaborate behavior patterns for him, move his prop belongings in and out of hotel rooms for our own private amusement. We created George Kaplan and labored successfully to convince Vandamm that this was our own agent hot on his trail for a desperately important reason...If we make the slightest move to suggest that there is no such agent as George Kaplan, give any hint to Vandamm that he's pursuing a decoy instead of our own agent, then our agent working right under Vandamm's very nose will immediately face suspicion, exposure and assassination, like the two others who went before." -The Professor

Famous North by Northwest Quotes

  • "My wives divorced me. They said I led too dull a life." -Roger

  • "Has anyone ever told you that you overplay your various roles rather severely, Mr. Kaplan?" -Phillip

  • "Apparently the only performance that will satisfy you is when I play dead." -Roger

  • "I guess I had nothing to do that weekend, so I decided to fall in love." -Eve

  • "Now I may go back to hating you: it was more fun." -Roger

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