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The movie is about how a man goes through the toughest of life's problems and how he overcomes them.

When he decides to end his life in despair, an angel comes to show him how important his deeds have been. The message the movie gives out is to never give up and the importance of life.

When the protagonist goes to end his life thinking that his life was a complete failure, an angel shows him how the world would have been if he wasn't born. The angel, Clarence, showed him how many important works he had done in his life and how much worse the world would be without those deeds. At the end of the movie, it's shown that in the 'Tom Sawyer' book, Clarence left the protagonist the last advice or message written, 'No man is a failure who has friends'. Read up on these beautiful quotes from the movie to know more.

If you liked our 'It's A Wonderful Life' quotes go check out a'A Christmas Story' quotes and 'A Christmas Carol' quotes.

Best Quotes From 'It's A Wonderful Life'

Here's a few of the best Mr. Potter 'It's A Wonderful Life' quotes and from all other characters that are also some inspirational 'It's A Wonderful Life' quotes.

1. "Peter Bailey was not a businessman. That's what killed him. Oh, I don't mean any disrespect to him, God rest his soul. He was a man of high ideals. So-called. But ideals without common sense can ruin this town."

- Mr. Potter,'It's A Wonderful Life'.

2. "Zuzu Bailey: I'm not sleepy. I want to look at my flower.

George Bailey: I know I know, but you just go to sleep, and then you can dream about it, and it'll be a whole garden.

Zuzu Bailey: It will?

George Bailey: Uh-huh."

- 'It's A Wonderful Life'.

3. "Senior Angel: A man down on Earth needs our help.

Clarence: Splendid. Is he sick?

Senior Angel: No, worse. He's discouraged."

- 'It's A Wonderful Life'.

4. "Boys and girls and music. Why do they need gin?"

- Annie, 'It's A Wonderful Life'.

5. "You sit around here and you spin your little webs and you think the whole world revolves around you and your money. Well, it doesn't, Mr. Potter. In the whole vast configuration of things, I'd say you were nothing but a scurvy little spider!"

- George Bailey, 'It's A Wonderful Life'.

6. "Clarence: There is no George Bailey. You have no papers, no cards, no driver's license, no 4F card, no insurance policy.

Clarence: They're not there either.

George: What?

Clarence: Zuzu's petals... You've been given a great gift, George: A chance to see what the world would be like without you."

- 'It's A Wonderful Life'.

7. "I know what I'm gonna do tomorrow, and the next day, and the next year, and the year after that."

- George Bailey,'It's A Wonderful Life'.

8. "Dear Father in heaven, I'm not a praying man, but if you're up there and you can hear me … show me the way... show me the way."

- George Bailey,'It's A Wonderful Life'.

9. "Zuzu Bailey: Look, Daddy. Teacher says, every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.

George Bailey: That's right, that's right."

- 'It's A Wonderful Life'.

10. "You're right when you say my father was no businessman. I know that. Why he ever started this cheap, penny-ante Building and Loan, I'll never know. But neither you nor anyone else can say anything against his character."

- George Bailey,'It's A Wonderful Life'.

11. "A toast to my big brother George: The richest man in town."

- Harry Bailey,'It's A Wonderful Life'.

12. "George Bailey: This is a very interesting situation!

Mary: Please give me my robe.

George Bailey: A man doesn't get in a situation like this every day."

- 'It's A Wonderful Life'.

'It's A Wonderful Life' Quotes About Love

Clarence quotes are some of the best.

These few Clarence 'It's A Wonderful Life' quotes, 'It's A Wonderful Life' quotes about Bedford Falls tell the story about life and 'It's A Wonderful Life' quotes about the moon and others tell the story of love in the movie.

13. "You know what we're gonna do? We're gonna shoot the works. A whole week in New York. A whole week in Bermuda. The highest hotels. The oldest champagne. The richest caviar and the hottest music and the prettiest wife."

- George Bailey,'It's A Wonderful Life'.

14. "Senior Angel: No, worse. He's discouraged. At exactly 10:45 pm Earth time, that man will be thinking seriously about throwing away God's greatest gift.

Clarence: Oh, dear, dear. His life."

- 'It's A Wonderful Life'.

15. "Bert: Isn't there any romance in you?

Ernie Bishop: Sure, I had it... but I got rid of it."

- 'It's A Wonderful Life'.

16. "You know, George, I feel that in a small way we are doing something important. It's deep in the race for a man to want his own roof and walls and fireplace, and we're helping him get those things in our shabby little office."

- Pa Bailey,'It's A Wonderful Life'.

17. "I couldn't face being cooped up for the rest of my life in a shabby little office … spending all your life trying to figure out how to save three cents on a length of pipe. I'd go crazy. I want to do something big and something important."

- George Bailey,'It's A Wonderful Life'.

18. "Help me, Clarence! Get me back! Get me back, I don't care what happens to me! Get me back to my wife and kids! Help me Clarence, please! Please! I wanna live again. I wanna live again. Please, God, let me live again."

- George Bailey,'It's A Wonderful Life'.

19. "But George Bailey is not a common, ordinary yokel … A young man... the smartest one in the crowd, mind you... A young man who has to sit by and watch his friends go places because he's trapped … Do I paint the correct picture or do I exaggerate?"

- Mr. Potter,'It's A Wonderful Life'.

20. "What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That's a pretty good idea. I'll give you the moon, Mary."

- George Bailey,'It's A Wonderful Life'.

21. "Ma Bailey: Why, she lights up like a firefly whenever you are around. Besides, Sam Wainright is off in New York, and you're here in Bedford Falls.

George Bailey: And all's fair in love and war, right?

Ma Bailey: Well, I don't know about war."

- 'It's A Wonderful Life'.

22. "All you can take with you is that which you've given away."

- Pa Bailey,'It's A Wonderful Life'.

23. "Is this the ear you can't hear on? George Bailey, I'll love you 'til the day I die."

- Little Mary,'It's A Wonderful Life'.

24. "You see, George, you've really had a wonderful life. Don't you see what a mistake it would be to throw it away?"

- Clarence,'It's A Wonderful Life'.

25. "Remember, George: no man is a failure who has friends."

- Clarence,'It's A Wonderful Life'.

26. "Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?"

- Clarence,'It's A Wonderful Life'.

Funny Quotes From 'It's A Wonderful Life'

Below are some Uncle Billy 'It's A Wonderful Life' quotes, Jimmy Stewart 'It's A Wonderful Life' quotes, and from other characters from the movie that are some of the funniest.

27. "Harry Bailey: Say, where's Mother?

George Bailey: She's home cooking the fatted calf."

- 'It's A Wonderful Life'.

28. "Uncle Billy: They're putting us out of business. So what? I can get another job, I'm only 55.

Cousin Tilly: 56!"

- 'It's A Wonderful Life'.

29. "What's a pretty girl like you marrying this two-headed brother of mine?"

- George Bailey,'It's A Wonderful Life'.

30. "Mr. Emil Gower: [George is whistling to himself] George! George!

Little George: Yes sir.

Mr. Emil Gower: You're not paid to be a canary!"

- 'It's A Wonderful Life'.

31. "Cousin Tilly: Mrs Bailey is on the phone.

George Bailey: I don't want Mrs Bailey I want my wife... Mrs Bailey? Oh, that's my wife."

- 'It's A Wonderful Life'.

32. "Little Violet: I like him.

Little Mary Hatch: You like every boy.

Little Violet: What's wrong with that?"

- 'It's A Wonderful Life'.

33. "George, I am an old man, and most people hate me. But I don't like them either so that makes it all even."

- Mr. Potter,'It's A Wonderful Life'.

34. "George Bailey: I know one way you can help me. You don't happen to have 8,000 bucks on you?

Clarence: No, we don't use money in Heaven.

George Bailey: Well, it comes in real handy down here, bud!"

- 'It's A Wonderful Life'.

35. "George Bailey: There she blows. You know what the three most exciting sounds in the world are?

Uncle Billy: Uh-huh. Breakfast is served; lunch is served; dinner…"

- 'It's A Wonderful Life'.

36. "I been savin' this money for a divorce, if ever I got a husband."

- Annie,'It's A Wonderful Life'.

37. "George Bailey: How old are you anyway?

Mary Hatch: 18.

George Bailey: 18! Why it was only last year you were 17!"

- 'It's A Wonderful Life'.

38. "Little Mary Hatch: I'll take chocolate.

Little George: With coconuts?

Little Mary Hatch: I don't like coconuts

Little George: You don't like coconuts? Say, Brainless, don't you know where coconuts come from?"

- 'It's A Wonderful Life'.

39. "Mary Hatch: Have a hectic day?

George Bailey: Oh yeah, another big red-letter day for the Baileys!"

- 'It's A Wonderful Life'.

Most Important 'It's A Wonderful Life' Quote

George Bailey quotes from the movie are inspirational.

This quote below is the most important quote of the movie, which shows the strong character that is the protagonist.

40. "Do you know how long it takes a working man to save $5,000? Just remember this, Mr. Potter, that this rabble you're talking about... they do most of the working and paying and living and dying in this community. Well, is it too much to have them work and pay and live and die in a couple of decent rooms and a bath? Anyway, my father didn't think so. People were human beings to him. But to you, a warped, frustrated old man, they're cattle. Well in my book, my father died a much richer man than you'll ever be!"

- George Bailey,'It's A Wonderful Life'.

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