Lumiere Quotes in Beauty and the Beast (1991)


Lumiere 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!

  • Beast: Oh, it's no use. She's so beautiful, and I'm. Well, look at me!

    Mrs. Potts: Oh, must help her to see past all that.

    Beast: I don't know how.

    Mrs. Potts: Well, you can start by making yourself more presentable. Straighten up. Try to act like a gentleman.

    [Beast stands up straighter]

    Lumiere: Ah, yes. When she comes in give her a dashing, debonair smile. Come, come, show me the smile.

    [Beast gives a big, forced smile]

    Mrs. Potts: But don't frighten the poor girl!

  • 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: Ma chère mademoiselle. It is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that we welcome you tonight. And now, we invite to relax, let us pull up a chair, as the dining room proudly presents your dinner.

  • 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.

  • Lumiere: Be our guest, be our guest, put our service to the test / Tie your napkin round your waist, cheri, and let us provide the rest / Soup du jour? Hors d'oeuvres? Why, we only live to serve / Try the gray stuff, it's delicious! Don't believe me? Ask the dishes! / They can sing, they can dance, after all, Miss, this is France / And a dinner here is never second best / Come on, unfold our menu, / Take a glance and then you / will be our guest / Oui, our guest, Be our guest!

    Lumiere: [Chorus joins in] Beef ragoune, cheese soufflé, pie and pudding en flambé / We'll prepare and serve with flair, a culinary cabaret / You're alone and you're scared, but the banquet's all prepared / No one's gloomy or complaining, while the flatware's entertaining / We tell jokes, I do tricks, with my fellow candlesticks / And it's all in perfect taste, that you can bet! / Come on and fill your glass / You've won your own free pass / To be our guest / If you're stressed, it's fine dining we suggest! Be our guest, be our guest, be our guest!

    Lumiere: Life is so unnerving, for a servant who's not serving / He's not whole, without a soul, to wait upon! Ah, those good old days when we were useful... suddenly those good old days are gone / Ten years we've been rusting, needing so much more than dusting / Needing exercise, a chance to use our skill! / Most days, we just lay around the castle / Flabby fat and lazy, then you walked in and oops-a-daisy!

    Mrs. Potts: It's a guest! It's a guest! Sakes alive and I'll be blessed! / Wine's been poured, and thank the Lord I've had the napkins freshly pressed / With dessert, she'll want tea, and my dear, that's fine with me / While the cups do their soft-shoeing I'll be bubbling, I'll be brewing / I'll get warm, piping hot... Heaven's sakes, is that a spot? / Clean it up! We want the company impressed! / We've got a lot to do! / Is it one lump or two? / For our guest! She's our guest!

    Chorus: Be our guest! Be our guest! Our command is your request! / It's been ten years since we had anybody here, and we're obsessed! / With your meal, with your ease, yes indeed, we aim to please / While the candlelight's still glowing, let us help you, we'll keep going...

    LumiereMrs. PottsChorus: Course by course! One by one! / Till you shout "Enough! I'm done!" / And we send you off to sleep as you digest! / Tonight, you'll prop your feet up / But for now let's eat up / Be our guest! Be our guest! Be our guest! Please be our guest!

  • 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.

  • [giving Beast advice on how to impress Belle]

    Lumiere: Impress her with your rapier wit.

    Mrs. Potts: But be gentle.

    Lumiere: Shower her with compliments.

    Mrs. Potts: But be sincere.

    Lumiere: And above all.

    LumiereMrs. Potts: You must control your temper!

  • Lumiere: Master.

    Beast: [growling softly] What?

    Lumiere: Since the girl is going to be with us for quite some time, I was just thinking - you might want to offer her a more comfortable room.

    Beast: [growls, then walks past]

    Lumiere: Then again, maybe not!

  • 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!

  • Mrs. Potts: Pardon me, Master.

    Beast: Leave me in peace.

    Mrs. Potts: But sir, the castle is under attack!

    Villagers: [singing outside and trying to knock the door down] Kill the Beast! Kill the Beast!

    Lumiere: [All the objects are trying to hold the door closed] This isn't working.

    Featherduster: Oh Lumiere. We must do something.

    Lumiere: Wait, I know!

    Villagers: [Still singing outside] Kill the Beast! Kill the Beast!

    Mrs. Potts: What should we do, Master?

    Beast: It doesn't matter now. Just let them come.

  • 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.

  • [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.

  • Lumière: Sacre bleu! Invaders!

  • 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.

  • [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!

  • Lumière: [tries food] I have no taste buds, but I can tell this is exquisite!

  • 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!

  • Lumière: Oh, my prince!

    Prince: Hello, old friend.

    [hugging Lumiere]

    Lumière: It's so good to see you!

    Plumette: You saved our lives, mademoiselle.

    Chip: Belle, It's me! It's Chip!

    [he hugs Belle]

  • [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]

  • Plumette: Enchantée, mademoiselle.

    [She begins to dust the East Wing room]

    Plumette: Don't worry. I'll have this place spotless in no time.

    [She flies over to Lumiere]

    Plumette: [to Lumiere] This plan of yours is dangerous.

    Lumière: I would risk anything to kiss you again, Plumette.

    Plumette: No, my love. I've been burned by you before. We must be strong.

    Lumière: How can I be strong when you make me so weak?

  • LumièrePlumette: [singing to each other] Will you now forever remain out of reach of my arms?

  • 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.

  • 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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