Once-ler Quotes in The Lorax (2012)
Once-ler: Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it's not.
Once-ler: It's a girl, isn't it?
Ted: What? No!
Once-ler: Really. Because when a guy does something stupid once, well, that's because he's guy. But he does the same stupid thing twice, that's usually to impress some girl.
The Lorax: Which way does a tree fall?
Once-ler: Uhhhh... down?
The Lorax: A tree falls the way it leans. be careful which way you lean.
Once-ler: Why are you so interested in trees, anyway? Why aren't you like other kids? Breakdancing and wearing bellbottoms and playing the Donkey Kongs?
Ted: [laughs] Yeah. Right, right. I don't know. Uh, I just thought it might be kinda cool to have one.
Once-ler: [knowingly] Uh-huh. It's a girl, isn't it?
Ted: [scoffs] What? No!
Once-ler: Really? Because when a guy does something stupid once, well that's because he's a guy. But if he does the same stupid thing twice, that's usually to impress some girl.
Ted: Hey, she is not just some girl! She's a woman. In high school. And she loves trees. And I'm gonna get her one.
Once-ler: Awww. How nice to see someone so undeterred by things like reality.
Ted: Thank you.
Ted: The last seed?
Once-ler: It's not about what it is. It's about what it can become. Just like... you're not just a boy.
Once-ler: It all started a long time ago.
Ted: Can we start not so long ago, maybe?
Once-ler: Do you want a tree?
Ted: Yes, yes.
Once-ler: Then it all started a long, long time ago.
Once-ler: You wanna know about trees? About what happened to them? They're gone.
Once-ler: It's because of me.
[a Whisper-ma-Phone chutes down to Ted. Ted leans in to hear]
Once-ler: [shouts] IT'S BECAUSE OF ME!
Once-ler: Unless someone like you cares an awful lot, things aren't going to get better. They're not.
Ted: You do know that you are talking in rhyme, don't you?
Once-ler: Whoa, whoa, whoa! You wouldn't hit a woman.
The Lorax: Hoo! That's a woman?
Once-ler: [whispers] Thank you, Ted.
The Lorax: [first meets Once-ler] Hey!
[Once-ler screams and falls backwards]
The Lorax: Did you chop down this tree?
Once-ler: Uhh... No.
The Lorax: Who did it?
Once-ler: [gasps] What's that?
[the Lorax looks back and Once-ler drops his ax on Pipsqueak the Bar-ba-loot]
Once-ler: I think he did it.
The Lorax: [growls] Leave! Vacate the premises! Take your ax and get out!
Once-ler: And who are you?
The Lorax: Hey, hey! I-I'm the Lorax! Guardian of the forest. I speak for the trees.
[doesn't get a reaction from Once-ler]
The Lorax: So you're telling me, that you didn't see me magically appear out of that stump. With all the thunder and lightning. You didn't see any of that?
Once-ler: No. But, that sounds amazing. Can I see some of that?
The Lorax: Yeah, I could show you. But that's not how it works.
Once-ler: [admiring his first thneed] Now that's a thneed! Nothing unmanly about knitting. No sir!
Once-ler: [after being pulled from the river and revived by the Lorax] Now, I have a big day tomorrow, so I am going to get some sleep.
[walks off, but comes back and walks in the opposite direction]
Once-ler: Once I find my bed.
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