30+ 'Newsies' Quotes From The 1992 Musical Film

Oluwatosin Michael
Sep 19, 2023 By Oluwatosin Michael
Originally Published on Sep 01, 2021
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'Newsies' is Walt Disney Picture's musical comedy-drama film from the year 1992.

The film was directed by Kenny Ortega. It starred now-famous faces like Christian Bale, Ann Margret, Bill Pullman, David Moscow, Michael Lerner, and many more.

Newsie is a word that means a person who sells or delivers news-papers. The Disney 'Newsies' movie focuses on a group of 14 such newsies from New York City, Manhattan.

While working for the New York World publisher Joseph Pulitzer, the newsboys go on a strike due to a hike in prices. The story touches on different topics including corruption, the newsboys' culture, and more. The character names from the film are Jack Kelly, David, Joseph Pulitzer, Sarah, Denton, and more.

The list below has some really interesting character quotes, including Joseph Pulitzer quotes from 'Newsies', as well as lots more 'Newsies' quotes for everyone to enjoy!

For more quotes check out these 'Sound Of Music' quotes and 'Blues Brothers' quotes.

'Newsies' Musical Quotes From The Movie Songs

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Being a musical comedy-drama, quotes from the song lyrics in 'Newsies' are sure to stay in one's mind after watching the film set in New York. Here are some quotes from songs include 'Seize The Day' and 'Watch What Happens'.

1. "Not only that, there's a story behind the story:

Thousands of children, exploited, invisible

Speak up, take a stand, and there's someone to write about it

That's how things get better."

- 'Watch What Happens', 'Newsies'.

2. "Just look around at the world we're inheriting

And think of the one we'll create

Their mistake is they got old, that is not a mistake we'll be making

No sir, we'll stay young forever!"

- 'Watch What Happens', 'Newsies'.

3. "Courage cannot erase our fear

Courage is when we face our fear

Tell those with power safe in their tower

We will not obey!"

- 'Seize The Day', 'Newsies'.

4. "Finally we's raising the stakes

This time whatever it takes!

This time the union awakes, once and for all!"

- 'Once And For All', 'Newsies'.

5. "And if I'm gone tomorrow

What was ours still will be."

- 'Something To Believe In', 'Newsies'.

6. "Till the moment I found you

I thought I knew what love was

Now I'm learning what is true

That love will do what it does."

- Katherine, 'Something To Believe In', 'Newsies'.

The Most Popular 'Newsies' Movie Quotes

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7. "Well, that's the first thing you gotta learn, headlines don't sell papers. Newsies sell papers."

- Jack Kelly, 'Newsies'.

8. "I've been hearing things from little birds... They have been chirpin' in my ear. Saying Jacky-boy's Newsies is playing like they're going on strike."

- Spot Conlon, 'Newsies'.

9. "I don't just sell your papes, Joe. Sometimes I read 'em."

- Jack Kelly, 'Newsies'.

10. "No! We're just a bunch of angry kids with no money."

- David Jacobs, 'Newsies'.

11. "People think war is about right or wrong and not power."

- Joseph Pulitzer, 'Newsies'.

12. "You see, it ain't about the money, Dave. If Joe gives in to nobodies like us, it means we got the power."

- Jack Kelly, 'Newsies'.

13. "We started the strike, but we can't do it alone. So, we're talking to Newsies all around the city."

- David Jacobs, 'Newsies'.

14. "So here's how it is if we don't act together then we are nothing. If we don't stick together we are nothing. And if we can't even trust each other, then we are nothing."

- Jack Kelly, 'Newsies'.

15. "You're a liar! You lied about everything... You didn't even tell me your real name!"

- David Jacobs, 'Newsies'.

16. "Jack Kelly: One thing's for sure, if we don't sell papers, then nobody sells papers. Nobody comes through those gates until they put the price back to where it was.

David Jacobs: You mean like a strike?

Jack Kelly: Yeah, like a strike!"

- 'Newsies'.

'Newsies' Quotes About Love And Life

In the film, Jack is in love and (alongside everyone else trying to make a living throughout 'Newsies') Jack's story is a good plot with many great quotes. Check the list below for lots of great quotes that you can share with your friends. Which quote is your favorite?

17. "I'm just not used to havin' whether I stay or whether I go matter to anybody. I'm not sayin' that it should matter to you. I'm just sayin', um- but does it? Matter?"

- Jack Kelly, 'Newsies'.

18. "For the first time in my life, I got money in my pockets. Real money. Money, you understand?"

- Jack Kelly, 'Newsies'.

19. "Well, I guess I can't be somethin' I ain't."

- Jack Kelly, 'Newsies'.

20. "An angel come to save me."

- Jack Kelly, 'Something To Believe In', 'Newsies'.

21. "All those words you said, those were mine."

- David Jacobs, 'Newsies'.

22. "Sometimes, all it takes is a voice, one voice, then a thousand, unless it's silenced."

- Denton, 'Newsies'.

23. "It ain't lyin'. It's just improvin' the truth a little."

- Jack Kelly, 'Newsies'.

'Newsies' Quotes By Different Characters

Be it David, Jack, or Joseph, every quote by the major characters makes the movie worthwhile. Check this quote list for more sayings from 'Newsies'. You will find Joseph Pulitzer quotations and more below.

24. "David Josephs: My father taught us not to lie.

Jack Kelly: Well, mine told me not to starve; so we both have an education."

- 'Newsies'.

25. "Anyone who doesn't act in their own self-interest is a fool."

- Joseph Pulitzer, 'Newsies'.

26. "They're waiting to see what Spot Conlon is doing, you're the key. That Spot Conlon is the most respected and famous Newsie in all of New York, and probably everywhere else. And if Spot Conlon joins the strike then they join, and we'll be unstoppable."

- David Jacobs, 'Newsies'.

27. "Joseph Pulitzer: I ordered a printing ban on all strike matters. Now, who defied me? Whose press did you use to print this on? Whose?

Jack Kelly: Well, we only use the best, Joe. So, I just want to say... thanks again."

- 'Newsies'.

28. "Spot Conlon: Hey, Your Honor, I object!

Judge:On what grounds?

Spot Conlon: On the grounds of Brooklyn."

- 'Newsies'.

29. "David Jacobs: Jack, I was only joking. We can't go on strike, we don't have a union.

Jack Kelly: But, if we go on strike, then we are a union, right?"

- 'Newsies.

30. "It's this brain of mine, always makin' mistakes. It's got a mind of its own!"

- Crutchie, 'Newsies'.

31. "David Jacobs:What do you think you're doing?

Jack Kelly:Runnin'!"

- 'Newsies'.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotesfor everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for 'Newsies' quotes then why not take a look at these 'Wicked' quotes, or 'Hamilton' quotes too?

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Written by Oluwatosin Michael

Bachelor of Science specializing in Microbiology

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Oluwatosin MichaelBachelor of Science specializing in Microbiology

With a Bachelor's in Microbiology from the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Oluwatosin has honed his skills as an SEO content writer, editor, and growth manager. He has written articles, conducted extensive research, and optimized content for search engines. His expertise extends to leading link-building efforts and revising onboarding strategies. 

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