Green Book (2018) quotes

Director
Peter Farrelly.

Cast
Viggo Mortensen.
Mahershala Ali.
Linda Cardellini.

A working-class Italian-American bouncer becomes the driver of an African-American classical pianist on a tour of venues through the 1960s American South.

“The world is full of lonely people waiting to make the first move”
– Tony Lip

So if I’m not *black* enough and if I’m not *white* enough, then tell me, Tony, what am I?
– Dr. Don Shirley

Kentucky Fried Chicken! In Kentucky! When’s that ever gonna happen!
– Tony Lip

“Being genius is not enough, it takes courage to change people’s hearts”
– Dr. Don Shirley

You know, my father used to say, whatever you do, do it 100%. When you work, work. When you laugh, laugh. When you eat, eat like it’s your last meal.
– Tony Lip

I am not a medical doctor. I’m a musician. I’m about to embark on a concert tour in the Deep South. What other experience do you have?
– Dr. Don Shirley
Public relations.
– Tony Lip

You never win with violence. You only win when you maintain your dignity.
– Dr. Don Shirley

You know, when you first hired me, my wife went out and bought one of your records. The one about the orphans?
– Tony Lip
Orphans?
– Dr. Don Shirley
Yeah. Cover had a bunch of kids sittin’ around a campfire?
– Tony Lip
Orpheus.
– Dr. Don Shirley
…Yeah.
– Tony Lip
Orpheus in the Underworld. It’s based on a French opera. And those weren’t children on the cover, those were demons in the bowels of Hell.
– Dr. Don Shirley
No shit! They must’ve been naughty kids!
– Tony Lip

Tony! I’m sorry about last night.
– Dr. Don Shirley
…Don’t worry ’bout it. I been working nightclubs in New York City my whole life. I know it’s a… complicated world.
– Tony Lip

It’s like what your friend the President said, “Ask not… Your country, what you could do for it. Ask what you do for yourself.” Y’know?
– Tony Lip

Could you put out the cigarette, please?
– Dr. Don Shirley
Why?
– Tony Lip
I can’t breathe back here.
– Dr. Don Shirley
What are you talkin’ about? Smoke’s going down my lungs. I’m doin’ all the work here.
– Tony Lip

Tony, are you hungry?
– Dr. Don Shirley
Does Betty like Butta? Er?
– Tony Lip

I dunno. Personally I think if you stuck to the classic stuff it would’ve been a big mistake.
– Tony Lip
A mistake? Performing the music I trained my entire life to play?
– Dr. Don Shirley
Trained? What are you, a seal? People love what you do! Anyone can sound like Beethoven or Joe Pan or them other guys you said. But your music, what you do? Only you can do that!
– Tony Lip
Thank you, Tony. But not everyone can play Chopin. Not like I can.
– Dr. Don Shirley

He had a great job at the Sanitation Department. You shouldn’t have punched out the foreman.
– Johnny Venere
He shouldn’t have woke me up!
– Tony Lip