Mr. E.L. Waterbury Quotes in Christmas in July (1940)

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  • Mr. E.L. Waterbury: I've been watching you for some time, Mr. MacDonald.

    Jimmy MacDonald: Yes, sir. Used to make me kinda nervous.

    [squirms in his shirt]

    Mr. E.L. Waterbury: Not nervous any more?

    Jimmy MacDonald: No, sir.

    [squirms in his shirt]

    Mr. E.L. Waterbury: Are you a drinking man, then?

    Jimmy MacDonald: Sir?

    Mr. E.L. Waterbury: This is part of your yesterday's work. I believe your number's 112.

    Jimmy MacDonald: Yes, sir.

    Mr. E.L. Waterbury: The Contometer Computing Machine is almost fool-proof, Mr. MacDonald. Yet, you managed to miss your total by a little matter of $11,000 on this one sheet. To what do you attribute that?

    Jimmy MacDonald: I... er... I don't know, Mr. Waterbury.

    Mr. E.L. Waterbury: You're familiar with simple arithmetic, aren't you ? I mean, you know the difference between addition, subtraction and... possibly even multiplication?

    Jimmy MacDonald: Yes, sir.

    [incredulous]

    Jimmy MacDonald: I'm pretty good at it.

    Mr. E.L. Waterbury: Have you troubles at home, then? Ya henpecked? Suffering from a broken heart? Had yer teeth examined lately? Do ya play the races? Or are you purely and simply incapable of doing your work?

    Jimmy MacDonald: Well I... I guess it's the contest, Mr. Waterbury - the Maxford House contest. I had no idea it was hurting my work.

    Mr. E.L. Waterbury: How much is the prize?

    Jimmy MacDonald: The *first* prize is $25,000.

    Mr. E.L. Waterbury: Unnh

    [smiles ironically]

    Mr. E.L. Waterbury: I used to think about $25,000 too, and what I'd do with it. That I'd be a failure, if I didn't get a hold of it. And then one day I realized that I was *never* gonna have $25,000, Mr. MacDonald.

    [reflecting]

    Mr. E.L. Waterbury: And then another day... uhh... a little bit later - *considerably* later - I realized something else - something I'm imparting to you now, Mr. MacDonald. I'm not a failure. I'm a success. You see, ambition is all right if it works. But no system could be right where only half of 1% were successes and all the rest were failures - that wouldn't be right. I'm not a failure. I'm a success. And so are you, if you earn your own living and pay your bills and look the world in the eye. I hope you win your $25,000, Mr. MacDonald. But if you shouldn't happen to, don't worry about it. Now get the heck back to your desk and try to improve your arithmetic.

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