Cogsworth Quotes in Beauty and the Beast (1991)


Cogsworth Quotes:

  • Beast: I want to do something for her. But what?

    Cogsworth: Well, there's the usual things. Flowers, chocolates, promises you don't intend to keep.

    Lumiere: No, no! It's got to be more something more special than that!

  • Cogsworth: Well, Your Highness, I must say everything is going just swimmingly. I knew you had it in you, ha ha!

    Beast: [sadly] I let her go.

    Cogsworth: Huh, huh, huh! Yes, yes, spled...


    Cogsworth: You what? How could you do that?

    Beast: I had to.

    Cogsworth: Yes, but, but, but but why?

    Beast: Because I love her.

  • Cogsworth: As you can see, the pseudo-façade was stripped away to reveal the minimalist Rococo design. Note the unusual inverted vaulted ceilings.

    [as he, Lumiere, and Belle walk past the knights in armor, they turn their heads to follow them]

    Cogsworth: This is yet another example of the late neoclassic Baroque period. And, as I always say, "If it's not Baroque, don't fix it!".

    [laughs at his own joke, notices the knights with their heads turned]

    Cogsworth: As you were!

    [the knights turn their heads back forward]

  • Beast: [pounds on Belle's door yelling] I thought I told you to come down to dinner!

    Belle: I'm not hungry!

    Beast: [yelling to Belle] You'll come out, or I'll-I'll-I'll break down the door!

    Lumiere: Master, I could be wrong, but that might not be the best way to win the girl's affections.

    Cogsworth: Please. Attempt to be a gentlemen.

    Beast: But, she's being so difficult!

    Mrs. Potts: Gently. Gently.

    Beast: [calmly] Will you come down to dinner?

    Belle: No!

    Beast: [points at door] Hmm?

    Cogsworth: Ah-ah-ah, suave, genteel.

    Beast: [suavely] It would give me great pleasure

    [tries to hold in his anger]

    Beast: if you would join me for dinner.

    Cogsworth: [clears throat and mutters] We say please.

    Beast: Please?

    Belle: No thank you!

    Beast: [yells] You can't stay in there forever!

    Belle: Yes, I can!

    Beast: [yells] Fine! Then go ahead and *starve!* If she doesn't eat with me, then she doesn't eat at all!

    [storms down through the hallway and slams the door behind him]

    Mrs. Potts: Oh dear. That didn't go very well at all, did it?

  • Lumiere: [trying to prepare the Beast for his dinner with Belle] Voilà! Oh, you look so, so...

    Beast: [fur done up in curls and bows] Stupid.

    Lumiere: Not quite the word I was looking for. Perhaps a little more off the top.

    Cogsworth: [clears throat] Your lady awaits.

  • Cogsworth: Enchanted? Ha-ha ha-ha! Who said anything about the castle being enchanted? Ha-ha-ha.

    [to Lumiere]

    Cogsworth: It was you, wasn't it?

  • Cogsworth: Couldn't keep quiet, could we? Just had to invite him to stay, didn't we?

    [imitates Lumiere]

    Cogsworth: 'Serve him tea. Sit in the master's chair. Pet the pooch!'

    Lumiere: I was trying to be hospitable.

  • Cogsworth: [singing] Well, perhaps there's something there that wasn't there before.

    Chip: What?

    Mrs. Potts: [singing] There may be something there that wasn't there before.

    Chip: What's there, Mama?

    Mrs. Potts: Shh. I'll tell you when you're older.

    [kisses Chip]

  • Cogsworth: [shakes Lumiere's hand in truce] Well, Lumiere, old friend. Shall we let bygones be bygones?

    Lumiere: Of course, mon ami. I told you she would break the spell!

    Cogsworth: I beg your pardon, old friend, but I believe I told you.

    Lumiere: No, you didn't. I told you!

    Cogsworth: You most certainly did not, you pompous, paraffin-headed peabrain!

    Lumiere: En garde, you you overgrown pocket watch!

  • Cogsworth: [Maurice has opened his door to peek inside] Sir, close that at once! Do you mind?

  • Lumiere: Did you see that? It's a girl.

    Cogsworth: I know it's a girl.

    Lumiere: Don't you see? She's the one. The girl we have been waiting for. She has come to break the spell.

    Cogsworth: Wait a minute. Wait a minute.

  • Cogsworth: [Beast has released Belle, meaning there's no-one to break the spell] Now, it's too late.

  • Clothilde: Henri? Henri!

    Cogsworth: [sees his wife] Oh, dear.

    [They hug]

    Clothilde: I've been so lonely!

    Cogsworth: [to himself] Turn back into a clock... Turn back into a clock.

  • [Belle enters the castle]

    Lumière: Cogsworth, look! A beautiful girl!

    Cogsworth: Yes, I can see it's a girl; I've lost my hands, not my eyes.

    Lumière: What if she is *the one*? The one who will break the spell?

    Belle: Hello? Who said that?

  • Cogsworth: When the Master finds out you have disobeyed his orders, he will blame *me*!

    Lumière: Yes, I will make sure of it, But don't you see, this is the girl we have been waiting for! This is the one who will break the spell!

    Cogsworth: You know she will never love him.

    Lumière: A broken clock is right two times a day, mon ami. But this is not one of those times.

  • Lumière: [to Belle, releasing her from her cell] Forgive my intrusion, mademoiselle. But I have come to escort you to your room.

    Belle: [picks up a stool to use as a weapon, suspiciously] My room? But I thought...

    Lumière: Oh, what?

    [imitates the Beast]

    Lumière: 'That once this door closes, it will never open again!'


    Lumière: I know! He gets so dramatic.

    [Belle finally exits her cell and sees Lumiere for the first time]

    Lumière: Hello!

    [a frightened Belle gasps and Lumiere falls. Belle hits him with her stool and shrieks]

    Lumière: [recovers and relights his flames] Oh, you are very strong! This is a great quality!

    Belle: [still frightened] What are you?

    Lumière: I am Lumiere!

    Belle: [confused] And... you can talk?

    Cogsworth: [appears] Well, of course he can *talk*! It's all he ever does!


    Cogsworth: Now Lumiere, as head of the household, I demand that you put her back in her cell at once!

    Lumière: [whispers] What do you want to be for the rest of your life, Cogsworth? A man or a mantel clock?

    Lumière: [to Belle] Ready, miss?

    Lumière: [to Cogsworth] Trust me.

  • Belle: [to a hairbrush] What's your name?

    Cogsworth: That is a hairbrush.

  • Belle: [to Lumiere] What happens when the last petal falls?

    Lumière: The master remains a beast forever and we become...

    Mrs. Potts: [sadly] Antiques!

    Lumière: Knick-knacks.

    Plumette: Lightly-used housewares.

    Cogsworth: Rubbish. We become rubbish.

    Belle: I want to help you. There must be some way to break the curse.

    Cogsworth: Well, there is one.

    [Lumiere hits him]

    Mrs. Potts: It's not for you to worry about, lamb. We've made our bed, and we must lie in it.

  • [first lines]

    Agathe: Once upon a time, in the hidden heart of France, a handsome young prince lived in a beautiful castle. Although he had everything his heart desired, the prince was selfish and unkind.

    Cogsworth: Master, it's time.

    Agathe: He taxed the village to fill his castle with the most beautiful objects, and his parties with the most beautiful people.

  • [the castle staff turn into regular objects]

    Lumière: [holds her in his arms] Plumette? Plumette! Oh, my darling, Plumette. Oh, no.

    Madame Garderobe: Maestro, you were so brave. Goodbye, mi amor.

    Maestro Cadenza: Amore. No! Don't leave me.

    [Froufrou falls down]

    Mrs. Potts: Chip! Chip! Have you seen Chip? He ran off. Where is my little boy?

    Cogsworth: Lumiere, I... I can't... speak...!

    Lumière: [sadly] It's alright, Cogsworth.

    Cogsworth: I can't... Lumiere... my friend... it was an honor to serve... with you.

    Lumière: The honor... was mine.

  • [after he transform a clock back into a human]

    Cogsworth: [sees Lumiere transforming back into a human] Lumiere!

    Lumière: Cogsworth, We've beat that clock!

  • Beast: [to Belle, gruffly] You'll join me for dinner. That's not a request.

    Mrs. Potts: Gently, Master. The girl lost her father *and* her freedom in one day.

    Lumière: Yes, the poor thing is probably in there scared to death.

    Belle: [Unbeknownst to them, Belle has turned her pink gown into a rope so she can escape. The Beast knocks on her bedroom door again, softly this time; nervously] Just a minute.

    Lumière: You see? There she is. Now remember: Be gentle.

    Mrs. Potts: Kind.

    Plumette: Mmm, charming.

    Cogsworth: Sweet!

    Lumière: And when she opens the door, give her a dashing smile! Come, come, show me the smile!

    Cogsworth: [the Beast gives a wide smile, showing his monstrous teeth. The servants react in fright] Oh, dear!

    Plumette: Oh, no!

    Beast: [his smile vanishes; graciously] Will you join me for dinner?

    [He turns away and shakes his head at the servants as if to say, "This'll never work"]

    Belle: You've taken me as your prisoner, and now you want to have dinner with me? Are you insane?

    Plumette: [the Beast becomes visibly enraged; the servants back away in fear] Uh-oh! He's losing it!

    Cogsworth: Oh, dear!

    Beast: [pounds on Belle's door, yelling] I told you to join me for dinner!

    Belle: And I told you! No!

    Madame Garderobe: [awakens startled] Oh, what time is it? What's happening?

    Belle: I'd *starve* before I ever ate with you!

    Beast: [roaring] Well, be my guest! Go ahead and starve!

    [to Lumiere]

    Beast: If she doesn't eat with me, then she doesn't eat *at all*!

    [storms off]

    Beast: Idiots!

  • [the Beast enters the dining room and sees a dinner plate on his side. He sits down and sees another plate set up across from him. He pushes away the plate in a fit of rage]

    Beast: [roars] *Lumiere*!

    [Lumière and Cogsworth get startled]

    Lumière: [turns to Cogsworth] Be calm. Let me do the talking.

    [the Beast bursts through the door]

    Beast: You're making her dinner?

    Lumière: We thought you might appreciate the company.

    Cogsworth: Master, I just want to assure you that I had no part of this hopeless plan. Preparing her dinner, designing a gown for her, giving her a suite in the East Wing...

    Beast: You gave her a bedroom?

    Cogsworth: No, no, no! He gave her the bedroom.

    Lumière: Well, this is true. But, if this girl is the one who can break the spell, then maybe you can start by using dinner to charm her.

    [turns to Cogsworth, bonks]

    Lumière: Good thinking, Cogsworth.

    Cogsworth: What?

    Beast: That's the most ridiculous idea, I've ever heard. Charm the prisoner.

    Lumière: But you must try, master. With every passing day, we become less human.

    Beast: She's the daughter of a common thief. What kind of person do you think that makes her?

    Mrs. Potts: Oh, you can't judge people by who their father is, now can you?

    [the Beast sighs]

  • Lumiere: Maestro, your wife is upstairs, finding it harder and harder to stay awake! She's counting on you to help us break this curse!

    Maestro Cadenza: Then I shall play through the dental pain!

    Cogsworth: Maestro, play quietly, please.

    Maestro Cadenza: Oh, quiet, sotta voce.


    Maestro Cadenza: Of course. Are there any other tasteless demands you would like to make on my artistry?

    Cogsworth: No, that's it.

  • [Clothilde tries to kill Lumiere, Cogsworth shoots her]

    Cogsworth: [sees who it is] Oh, it can't be...

    [they fight]

  • Cogsworth: Well, Master, I have had my doubts, but everything is moving like clockwork. True love really does win the day!

    Beast: I let her go.

    Cogsworth: [shocked] You what?

    Lumière: Master, how could you do that?

    Beast: I had to.

    Cogsworth: But why?

    Mrs. Potts: Because he loves her.

    Lumière: Then why are we not human?

    Cogsworth: Because she doesn't love her. And now, it's too late.

    Plumette: [hopefully] But she might come back.

    Beast: No. I set her free. I'm sorry I couldn't do the same for all of you. Now, go. Our time is almost past.

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