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The Most Memorable Quotes From 'Harold and Maude'

Updated February 3, 2020 624 votes 72 voters 1.5k views25 items

The best Harold and Maude quotes prove what a great movie it is even if you haven't seen it in a while. Filled with inspiring one-liners and life affirming quotations. Starring Bud Cort as the young Harold and Ruth Gordon as the 79-year-old Maude, it was directed by Hal Ashby and was released in 1971. This cult classic is filled with dark humor while chronicling an offbeat coming-of-age story as Harold learns how to live life to its fullest from Maude. With both funny and sad lines it's time to determine which of these Harold and Maude quotes are the best with the help of your votes.

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    Treated Like That

    Maude: I should like to change into a sunflower most of all. They're so tall and simple. What flower would you like to be?

    Harold: I don't know. One of these, maybe.

    Maude: Why do you say that?

    Harold: Because they're all alike.

    Maude: Oh, but they're not. Look. See, some are smaller, some are fatter, some grow to the left, some to the right, some even have lost some petals. All kinds of observable differences. You see, Harold, I feel that much of the world's sorrow comes from people who are this, (she points to a daisy) yet allow themselves be treated as that (she  points to the field of daisies).



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  • 2

    Can't Let The World Judge You

    Maude: Harold, everyone has the right to make an a** out of themselves. You just can't let the world judge you too much.


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  • 3

    I Just Took It

    Motorcycle Officer: License, lady?

    Maude: I don't have one. I don't believe in them.

    Motorcycle Officer: How long you been driving, lady?

    Maude: About 45 minutes, wouldn't you say, Harold? We were hoping to start sooner but you see it's rather hard to find a truck.

    Motorcycle Officer: This your truck?

    Maude: Oh no, I just took it.


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    To The Forest

    Maude:  Harold, we have got to do something about this life.

    Harold: What?

    Maude: We'll transplant it. To the forest.

    Harold: You can't do that.

    Maude: Why not?

    Harold: This is public property.

    Maude: Well, exactly.


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