Walter Mitty Quotes in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)


Walter Mitty Quotes:

  • Walter Mitty: When are you going to take it?

    Sean O'Connell: Sometimes I don't. If I like a moment, for me, personally, I don't like to have the distraction of the camera. I just want to stay in it.

    Walter Mitty: Stay in it?

    Sean O'Connell: Yeah. Right there. Right here.

  • [reciting Life Magazine's Motto]

    Walter Mitty: To see the world, things dangerous to come to, to see behind walls, draw closer, to find each other, and to feel. That is the purpose of life.

  • Sean O'Connell: They call the snow leopard the ghost cat. Never lets itself be seen.

    Walter Mitty: Ghost cat.

    Sean O'Connell: Beautiful things don't ask for attention.

  • Walter Mitty: Hey, do you know our motto?

    Ted Hendricks: Life... I'm lovin' it.

    Walter Mitty: That's not it. That's McDonald's. This thing that you do, Ted, where you come into a place and push people out, you should know those people worked really hard to build this magazine. They believed in the motto. And I get it, you've got your marching orders and you have to do what you have to do, but you don't have to be such a d*ck. Put that on a plaque and hang it at your next job.

  • Walter Mitty: I was saying you know who looks good in a beard? Dumbledore. Not you.

  • Walter Mitty: What was the picture?

    Sean O'Connell: Let's just call it a ghost cat, Walter Mitty.

  • Walter Mitty: So you're just going to finish your beer and then fly a machine?

    Helicopter Pilot: Yeah, I'm kind of nervous about the storm.

  • Trawler Captain: You have at least a minute before you freeze.

    Walter Mitty: What?

    Trawler Captain: You are safe.

  • Cheryl: God, you're noteworthy!

    Walter Mitty: I just live by the ABCs: Adventurous, Brave, Creative.

  • Walter Mitty: [taking on cell phone while climbing a mountain] Hey Todd, I'm gonna keep this short. I have to make oxygen choices.

  • Todd Maher: How was the... daydreaming going?

    Walter Mitty: Lately less.

    Todd Maher: Good. Less is good!

  • Ted Hendricks: Oh, hey, welcome... wait, sorry, not welcome. Not an employee.

    Walter Mitty: Sorry. This is the picture Sean wanted, 25. You have two days to print for cover. Here's your quintessence.

  • Walter Mitty: I haven't really been anywhere noteworthy or mentionable.

  • Todd Maher: How does that Cinnabon taste?

    Walter Mitty: Great.

    Todd Maher: That's frosted heroin, what you're eating, my friend.

  • Walter Mitty: [with Spanish accent] The ice, yes? She moves like a woman. I'm Walter. Mitty.

    Cheryl: Cheryl. Melhoff. Where have you been?

    Walter Mitty: Testing the limits of the human spirit.

    Cheryl: I'd like to climb your hair, test that out.

    Walter Mitty: Perhaps I can contact you, possibly through my poetry falcon.

  • [from trailer]

    Walter Mitty: [in shark-infested waters] There's a fin here!

  • Ted Hendricks: Never fun, this stage, but we do have ahead of us the privilege of publishing what will be the very last issue of Life magazine. We just received a telegram from Sean O'Connell, who has never been willing, I'm told, to speak with the executives here. Well, he broke his long silence and shared his thoughts with us through that old man... Sean O'Connell. I expect full consideration of negative 25 for cover. My most grand. The quintessence of life... what is that?

    Ted's Toner Box Associate: Best. Highest.

    Ted Hendricks: So our cover will probably be the most famous ever because it will have the big quintessence of all time. Full and so rich. So let's see this thing. Let's see it. What am I doing here? What's going on?

    Don Proctor: Negative assets has it. This gentleman here.

    Ted Hendricks: Ah, Major Tom! Can I get that?

    Walter Mitty: It's being processed.

    Ted Hendricks: All right, let's do it. Let's process some quintessence. Come on. Go, now. That's why I'm clapping.

  • Walter Mitty: And I get it. You got your marching orders... and you have to do what you have to do. But you don't have to be such a dick. Put that on a plaque, and hang it at your next job.

  • Walter Mitty: Your small minds are musclebound with suspicion. That's because the only exercise you ever get is jumping to conclusions.

  • Gertrude Griswold: Walter, what's that awful smell?

    Walter Mitty: It's that cologne you gave me for Christmas.

    Gertrude Griswold: It's lovely, isn't it?

  • Dr. Hollingshead: Perhaps you are mistaking me for someone else.

    Walter Mitty: Oh, no. No one looks as much like you do as *you* do.

  • Walter Mitty: [singing while daydreaming that he's Anatole of Paris] And why do I sew each new chapeau with a style they must look positively grim in?/Strictly between us, entrez-nous, I hate women.


  • Walter Mitty: Did you see a woman in a green dress? I didn't see the driver's face, but the back of his head was kind of... oblong

  • Walter Mitty: Here I am, lard face.

  • [repeated line]

    Walter Mitty: Pockata! Pockata!

  • Walter Mitty: Did you see a woman in a green dress? I didn't see the driver's face, but the back of his head was kind of... onlong

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