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Doc Bissell Quotes:

  • Town Councilman: Let's get down to business. The trouble with our party is everybody talks too long all the time.

    Doc Bissell: That's the trouble with all parties.

  • [Woodrow - in his scheme - has just announced that the Marines have called him back]

    Judge Dennis: Why don't they leave you here where we need you?

    Libby: That's right.

    Doc Bissell: That's one of the weaknesses of the military viewpoint: doesn't always recognize the importance of civilians in wartime.

  • Judge Dennis: [the crowd has re-gathered at the train station to see Woodrwow] Naturally the nomination went back to Doc Bissell. But he got up and said...

    Mr. Schultz: "Ladies and gents..."

    Doc Bissell: Don't mis-quote me.

    Judge Dennis: What?

    Doc Bissell: I said, "ladies and gentlemen."

    Committee Chairman: Of course you did.

    Doc Bissell: I said, "Ladies and gentlemen, in all the years that I have been unsuccessfully mixed into politics, this is the first and only time that I have ever seen a candidate for office - given an opportunity to prove publicly, permanently and beyond peradventure of doubt that he was honest, courageous and veracious..."

    Judge Dennis: That means truthful. He likes those big words.

    Doc Bissell: I said, further, "that if to act out a little lie to save one's mother humiliation was a fault - in other words, if tenderness toward and consideration of one's mother was a fault - it was a fault any man might be proud of."

  • Doc Bissell: [explaining to Woodrow that the town still wants him to run for mayor] Politics is a very peculiar thing, Woodrow. If they want you, they want you. They don't need reasons anymore... they find their own reasons. It's just like when a girl wants a man.

    Libby: That's right. You don't need reasons. Although they're probably there.

  • Judge Dennis: [notices that Woodrow is in civilian clothes] Where are the medals?

    Woodrow Lafayette Pershing Truesmith: Oh, oh, the medals. Well, I just wore those to get off the train. I suppose I shouldn't have.

    Doc Bissell: What do you mean you shouldn't have? If all good men wore medals it wouldn't be so hard to tell the good from the bad.

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