17 Memorable Quotes From Casablanca, The Best Love Story Of All Time!

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American film critic Andrew Sarris calls Casablanca “the happiest of happy accidents, and the most decisive exception to the auteur theory” of filmmaking. It’s hard to argue him, considering the unique atmosphere which made Casablanca an all-time classic romance movie. There are many reasons that make this movie just perfect; but striking, lyrical and memorable quotes are definitely one of them. Here are 17 of those beautiful lines from Casablanca!

1. 

Yvonne: Where were you last night?

Rick: That's so long ago, I don't remember.

Yvonne: Will I see you tonight?

Rick: I never make plans that far ahead.

2. 

Ilsa: I love you so much. And I hate this war so much.

3. 

Ugarte: You despise me, don't you?

Rick: If I gave you any thought I probably would.

4. 

Rick: You know what I want to hear.

Sam: [lying] No, I don't.

Rick: You played it for her, you can play it for me!

Sam: [lying] Well, I don't think I can remember...

Rick: If she can stand it, I can! Play it!

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Ilsa: [laughs ironically] With the whole world crumbling, we pick this time to fall in love.

6. 

Ilsa: I wasn't sure you were the same. Let's see, the last time we met...

Rick: Was La Belle Aurore.

Ilsa: How nice, you remembered. But of course, that was the day the Germans marched into Paris.

Rick: Not an easy day to forget.

Ilsa: No.

Rick: I remember every detail. The Germans wore gray, you wore blue.

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Ilsa: Play it once, Sam. For old times' sake.

Sam: [lying] I don't know what you mean, Miss Ilsa.

Ilsa: Play it, Sam. Play "As Time Goes By."

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Rick: Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.

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Major Strasser: What is your nationality?

Rick: I'm a drunkard.

Captain Renault: That makes Rick a citizen of the world.

10. 

Rick: Alright, I'll make it easier for you-

[walks closer to Ilsa]

Rick: Go ahead and shoot. You'll be doing me a favor.

11. 

Rick: *I'm* the only "cause" I'm interested in.

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Rick: I'm saying it because it's true. Inside of us, we both know you belong with Victor. You're part of his work, the thing that keeps him going. If that plane leaves the ground and you're not with him, you'll regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.

Ilsa: But what about us?

Rick: We'll always have Paris. We didn't have, we, we lost it until you came to Casablanca. We got it back last night.

13. 

Rick: Where I'm going, you can't follow. What I've got to do, you can't be any part of. Ilsa, I'm no good at being noble, but it doesn't take much to see that the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday you'll understand that.

14. 

Rick: It's funny about your voice, how it hasn't changed. I can still hear it. "Richard, dear, I'll go with you anyplace. We'll get on a train together and never stop - "

Ilsa: Don't, Rick! I can understand how you feel.

Rick: [scoffs] You understand how I feel. How long was it we had, honey?

Ilsa: [on the verge of tears] I didn't count the days.

Rick: Well, I did. Every one of 'em. Mostly I remember the last one. The wow finish. A guy standing on a station platform in the rain with a comical look in his face because his insides have been kicked out.

Ilsa: Can I tell you a story, Rick?

Rick: Has it got a wow finish?

Ilsa: I don't know the finish yet.

Rick: Well, go on. Tell it - maybe one will come to you as you go along.

15. 

Rick: Don't you sometimes wonder if it's worth all this? I mean what you're fighting for.

Victor Laszlo: You might as well question why we breathe. If we stop breathing, we'll die. If we stop fighting our enemies, the world will die.

Rick: Well, what of it? It'll be out of its misery.

Victor Laszlo: You know how you sound, Mr. Blaine? Like a man who's trying to convince himself of something he doesn't believe in his heart.

16. 

Woman: What makes saloonkeepers so snobbish?

Banker: Perhaps if you told him I ran the second largest banking house in Amsterdam.

Carl: Second largest? That wouldn't impress Rick. The leading banker in Amsterdam is now the pastry chef in our kitchen.

Banker: We have something to look forward to.

17. 

Ilsa: Kiss me. Kiss me as if it were the last time.

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