16 'On Golden Pond' Quotes From The 1981 Drama

Joan Agie
Sep 19, 2023 By Joan Agie
Originally Published on Apr 01, 2021
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'On Golden Pond' (1981), directed by Mark Rydell, is an American family drama movie.

'On Golden Pond' (1981) was adapted from an original play written by Ernest Thompson. The movie starred a mix of talented stars namely Doug McKeon, Henry Fonda, Katharine Hepburn, William Lantau, Dabney Coleman, and Jane Fonda.

'On Golden Pond', was based on the story of an elderly couple, Ethel and Norman Thayer, who left the city and settled in their home near a golden pond. Norman Thayer, a cranky 80-year-old man had an estranged relationship with his elder daughter, Chelsea.

She tries to fix this estranged relationship with her father, and the story revolves around this.

'On Golden Pond' was the second highest-grossing movie of 1981! So, here are some memorable quotes from 'On Golden Pond' by mark Rydell to celebrate the great film. In this list of memorable quotes, 'On Golden Pond' fans might recognize the most famous quotes! Look out for some Henry Fonda quotes, and funny quotes from 'On Golden Pond' too.

If you love what you read then check out these Katharine Hepburn quotes and '80s movie quotes too.

The Best Quotes From 'On Golden Pond'

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'On Golden Pond' was directed by Mark Rydell. The movie focuses on two opposite characters, Norman and Ethel, who both deal with ageing in their own ways.

1. "Bill: You're having a good time, aren't you?

Norman: Huh?

-'On Golden Pond'.

2. "Billy Ray: So, I heard you turned 80 today.

Norman: Is that what you heard?

Billy Ray: Yeah. Man, that's really old."

-'On Golden Pond'.

3. "I don't like horses. You are a pretty old dame, aren't you?"

- Norman, 'On Golden Pond'.

4. "Chelsea told me all about how you like to have a good time messing with people's heads. She does too, sometimes. Me, sometimes I can get into it. Sometimes not."

- Bill Ray, 'On Golden Pond'.

5. "Norman: You should meet my father.

Billy Ray: Your father's still alive?

Norman: No, but you should meet him."

-'On Golden Pond'.

6. "[on phone] Operator, I wondered what you called me for... oh, I called you."

- Norman, 'On Golden Pond'.

'On Golden Pond' Movie Quotes

The 'On Golden Pond' movie cast includes the iconic Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn as Norman Thayer and Ethel Thayer, Jane Fonda as Chelsea Thayer Wayne, and Doug McKeon and Dabney Coleman as Billy Ray and Bill Ray respectively. Check out these quotes from the film, including some funny quotes from 'On Golden Pond'.

7. "Chelsea: It just seems like we've been mad at each other for so long...

Norman: I didn't think we were mad; I just thought we didn't like each other."

- 'On Golden Pond'.

8. "Bill Ray: Well, how does it feel to turn eighty?

Norman Thayer Jr: Twice as bad as it did turning forty.”

- 'On Golden Pond'.

9. "Norman: You seem like a nice man. A bit verbose, but nice...

Bill: Thank you.

Norman: ... and you're right about me. I am fascinating.

Bill: I'm sure you are."

- 'On Golden Pond'.

10. "You know, it's not imperative that you and I become friends. I thought it would be nice. I'm sure you're a fascinating person, and I thought it would be fascinating to get to know you, but that's obviously not an easy task."

-Bill Ray, 'On Golden Pond'.

11. "Charlie Martin: How old will you be? On your birthday?

Norman: A hundred and three.

Charlie Martin: Ms. Appley had a birthday. She turned 97."

- 'On Golden Pond'.

Katharine Hepburn 'On Golden Pond' Quotes

Here are some Ethel Thayer, played by Katharine Hepburn, movie quotes from 'On Golden Pond' that are full of fun and life. Which of these quotes from the movie is your favorite?

12. "Norman: There's someone at the door!

Ethel: It's me."

- 'On Golden Pond'.

13. "Listen to me, mister. You're my knight in shining armour. Don't you forget it. You're gonna get back up on that horse and I'm gonna be right behind you holding on tight and away we're gonna go, go, go."

- Ethel Thayer, ' On Golden Pond'.

14. "Don't you think that everyone looks back on their childhood with a certain amount of bitterness and regret about something?"

- Ethel Thayer, 'On Golden Pond'.

15. "Come here, Norman. Hurry up. The loons! The loons! They're welcoming us back."

- Ethel Thayer, 'On Golden Pond'.

16. "You know, Norman, you really are the sweetest man in the world, but I'm the only one who knows it."

- Ethel Thayer, 'On Golden Pond'.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotesfor everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for 'On Golden Pond' quotes, then why not take a look at these Hollywood quotes and '90s movie quotes for more great movie quotes that you will love?

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Written by Joan Agie

Bachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

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Joan AgieBachelor of Science specializing in Human Anatomy

With 3+ years of research and content writing experience across several niches, especially on education, technology, and business topics. Joan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Human Anatomy from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria, and has worked as a researcher and writer for organizations across Nigeria, the US, the UK, and Germany. Joan enjoys meditation, watching movies, and learning new languages in her free time.

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