The Day the Earth Stood Still Quotes
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      Klaatu: [after reading the Gettysburg Address at the Lincoln Memorial] "Those are great words. He must have been a great man."

      Bobby Benson: "Well sure."

      Klaatu: "That's the kind of man I would like to talk to."
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        Bobby Benson: [to Klaatu] "I like you Mr. Carpenter, you're a real screwball!"
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          Bobby Benson: [at a visit to Arlington Cemetery] "That's my father. He was killed at Anzio.

          Klaatu: "Did all those people die in wars?"

          Bobby Benson: "Most of 'em. Didn't you ever hear of the Arlington Cemetery?"

          Klaatu: "No, I'm afraid not."

          Bobby Benson: "You don't seem to know much about anything, do you, Mr. Carpenter?"

          Klaatu: "Well, I'll tell you, Bobby, I've been away a long time. Very far away."

          Bobby Benson: "Is it different where you've been? Don't they have places like this?"

          Klaatu: "Well, they have cemeteries, but not like this one. You see, they don't have any wars."

          Bobby Benson: "Gee, that's a good idea."
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            Klaatu: "I am fearful when I see people substituting fear for reason."
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              Barnhardt: "One thing, Mr. Klaatu: suppose this group should reject your proposals. What is the alternative?"

              Klaatu: "I'm afraid there is no alternative. In such a case, the planet Earth would have to be... eliminated."

              Barnhardt: "Such power exists?"

              Klaatu: "I assure you, such power exists."
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                Klaatu: "You have faith, Professor Barnhardt?"

                Barnhardt: "It isn't faith that makes good science, Mr. Klaatu, it's curiosity. Sit down, please. There are several thousand questions I'd like to ask you."
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                  Helen: "I thought you were..."

                  Klaatu: "I was."
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                    Barnhardt: "Have you tested this theory?"

                    Klaatu: "I find it works well enough to get me from one planet to another."
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                      Helen: "Gort! Klaatu barada nikto!"
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                        Klaatu: "I won't resort to threats, Mr. Harley. I merely tell you the future of your planet is at stake."
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                          Klaatu: "We have come to visit you in peace and with goodwill."
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                            Mr. Harley: "Your impatience is quite understandable."

                            Klaatu: "I'm impatient with stupidity. My people have learned to live without it."

                            Mr. Harley: "I'm afraid my people haven't. I'm very sorry... I wish it were otherwise."
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                              Klaatu: "I'm worried about Gort. I'm afraid of what he might do if anything should happen to me."

                              Helen: "Gort? But he's a robot. Without you, what could he do?"

                              Klaatu: "There's no limit to what he could do. He could destroy the Earth."
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                                Klaatu: "I am leaving soon, and you will forgive me if I speak bluntly. The universe grows smaller every day, and the threat of aggression by any group, anywhere, can no longer be tolerated. There must be security for all, or no one is secure. Now, this does not mean giving up any freedom, except the freedom to act irresponsibly. Your ancestors knew this when they made laws to govern themselves and hired policemen to enforce them. We, of the other planets, have long accepted this principle. We have an organization for the mutual protection of all planets and for the complete elimination of aggression. The test of any such higher authority is, of course, the police force that supports it. For our policemen, we created a race of robots. Their function is to patrol the planets in spaceships like this one and preserve the peace. In matters of aggression, we have given them absolute power over us. This power cannot be revoked. At the first sign of violence, they act automatically against the aggressor. The penalty for provoking their action is too terrible to risk. The result is, we live in peace, without arms or armies, secure in the knowledge that we are free from aggression and war. Free to pursue more... profitable enterprises. Now, we do not pretend to have achieved perfection, but we do have a system, and it works. I came here to give you these facts. It is no concern of ours how you run your own planet, but if you threaten to extend your violence, this Earth of yours will be reduced to a burned-out cinder. Your choice is simple: join us and live in peace, or pursue your present course and face obliteration. We shall be waiting for your answer. The decision rests with you."
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                                  Klaatu: "Klaatu barada nikto!"