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A Dog's Purpose Movie Quotes

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Here are the best quotes from A Dog's Purpose, a tear-jerking movie that tells the story about one dog who yearns to discover the meaning of life across several lifetimes. The comedy-drama was adapted into a screenplay by Audrey Wells based on the book of the same name by W. Bruce Cameron. Lasse Hallström directed A Dog's Purpose, which opened theatrically in the United States on January 27, 2017.

In A Dog's Purpose, dog Bailey (voiced by Josh Gad) is born and welcomed into a family where he meets his best friend, a boy named Ethan (K.J. Apa). Bailey and Ethan share a wonderful life together of playing, joking around and Bailey helping Ethan make moves on ladies (including Britt Robertson). All the while, Bailey wonders what his purpose is as a dog and what he was put here to do.

So when Bailey grows old and has to say goodbye to Ethan, he is surprised to be reincarnated as another dog who lives with another group of humans. This process of reincarnation continues over and over as Bailey has opportunities to bring love and comfort to his humans along the way, and even involves a reunion with now-adult Ethan (Dennis Quaid).

Vote for your favorite lines from A Dog's Purpose below and check out these other lists of best quotes from movies like Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, Gold, 20th Century Women, and The Founder.

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    Have We Met Before?

    Bailey: Hmmm, have we met before?
    Ethan: Where did you find that? Okay, ready? Go!

    Many lives after he was first raised with a young Ethan, Bailey reunites with Ethan, who is now an adult. Bailey recognizes Ethan and, by recreating a favorite moment they shared from the past, tries to get Ethan to recognize him too.

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      What is the Meaning of Life?

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      Bailey: What is the meaning of life? Are we here for a reason? Is there a point to any of this? And why does food taste so much better in the trash? This was me, then this was me. I came back as this little guy. A lot of lives for one dog to live. But I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's start at the beginning. For me, it all began with a boy. His name was Ethan. My name was Bailey, Bailey, Bailey, Bailey. Whenever life got Ethan down, I knew exactly what to do. We played with that ball all afternoon. Ethan loved it. Sometimes he just needed a little nudge. We spent everyday together. As the years went by, I could tell my time with Ethan was coming to an end. And then it happened. I was back. I didn't have a... I'm a girl? I had a new purpose. I was needed again, and again, and again. With each new life I was learning a new lesson. I tried to make sense out of all the things I had seen. Was there a point to this journey of mine? And how did bacon fit in? If I can get you licking and loving, I have my purpose.

      Bailey, the dog in the film, explains his life with his beloved human Ethan in this A Dog's Purpose movie quote. When his time with Ethan ends, Bailey learns that he comes back as other dogs, a process that allows him to learn what his purpose as a dog is.

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        Dogs Don't Laugh

        Student: Ethan, why do you always have this dog with you? Is it like a girlfriend replacement or something?
        Ethan: The dog's laughing at you!
        Student: Dog's don't laugh!
        Bailey: That's funny.

        When a fellow student rips on Ethan in these A Dog's Purpose movie quotes, Bailey gets revenge by tripping the student. Though the student goes on to say that dogs cannot laugh, Bailey is certainly finding the humor on the situation.

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          What Does He Want From Me?

          Ethan: No!
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          Ethan: Come on, Bailey, do it!
          Bailey: What does he want from me?

          After Bailey swallows a precious coin young Ethan was playing with, Ethan tries to get Bailey to poop out the coin in these A Dog's Purpose movie quotes. Bailey isn't understanding what Ethan wants, but thinks it's funny either way.

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