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TOP FIVE: Wisest Quotes from Best Picture Oscar Winners of the 1950’s

waterfrontThe 1950’s was the age of rebellion in film.  We didn’t want any more of the role model heroes from earlier films, we idolized individuals who raged against the convention of the industrial age.  We swooned over Bette’s sarcasm in All About Eve, felt Montgomery’s angst in From Here to Eternity, related to Marlon’s unrealized potential in On the Waterfront, and emulated Lesley’s carefree attitude in Gigi.  Here are the five wisest quotes from Oscar winning films in the 50’s.

1) “A civilization has a natural resistance against improving itself.”
   
An American in Paris (1951) – Jerry Mulligan (Gene Kelly) 

2) “Nobody ever lies about being lonely.”
   
From Here to Eternity (1953) – Robert E. Lee Prewitt (Montgomery Prewitt) 

3) “Funny business, a woman's career, the things you drop on the way up
     the ladder so you can move faster. You forget you'll need them again
     when you get back to being a woman.”
   
All About Eve (1950) – Margo Channing (Bette Davis) 

4) “Wherever there is greatness, great government or power, even great feeling
     or compassion, error also is great.  We progress and mature by fault.”
   
Ben-Hur (1959) – Pontius Pilate (Frank Thring) 

5) “The only people who make love all the time are liars.”
   
Gigi (1958) – Gaston (Louis Jourdan)

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