The Best Quotes From The Movie 'Hugo'

Are you a movie buff looking for some inspiration? Look no further than our list of the top Hugo movie quotes, voted and ranked by fellow film enthusiasts. From heartwarming to thought-provoking, these lines are sure to stick with you long after the credits roll.

Martin Scorsese's 2011 masterpiece, Hugo, tells the story of an orphan boy living in a Paris train station who becomes wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and a mechanical automaton. But beyond its captivating plot and stunning visuals lies a collection of memorable quotes that capture the essence of this cinematic gem.

From protagonist Hugo Cabret's poignant musings on life to quirky one-liners from supporting characters like Monsieur Frick and Madame Emile, each quote offers insight into the film's themes of love, loss, and perseverance. And while some may bring tears to your eyes or make you laugh out loud, all are guaranteed to leave an impression.

So grab some popcorn and settle in as we count down the top Hugo movie quotes. And don't forget to vote up your favorites – because just like this beloved film itself, these lines deserve all the recognition they can get.

  • 1
    93 VOTES

    One Big Machine

    Hugo: "I'd imagine the whole world was one big machine. Machines never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need. So I figured, if the entire world was one big machine, I couldn't be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason."

    Words of wisdom from Hugo Cabret. He is on Earth for a reason, even if he's not sure yet what that reason is...
    93 votes
  • 2
    30 VOTES

    Where Dreams Come From

    Where Dreams Come From
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    Georges Melies: "If you ever wonder where your dreams come from, look around: this is where they're made."

    Melies explains to a young Hugo that there is true magic in movies.
    30 votes
  • 3
    47 VOTES


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    Mama Jeanne: "You've tried to forget the past for so long. Maybe it's time to try and remember."

    Toy salesman George Melies (Ben Kingsley) is Isabelle's guardian. He's also a famous French filmmaker, who is bitter and destitute because his many great works went largely unnoticed and, out of frustration, he destroyed the films. Here, his wife, Jeanne (Helen McCrory) tries to convince him that it is possible for his reputation to be restored.
    47 votes
  • 4
    35 VOTES

    No Happy Endings

    No Happy Endings
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    George Melies: "My life has taught me one lesson: Happy endings only happen in the movies."
    Hugo: "The story's not over yet."

    George Melies' bitterness is understandable, but with the help of those who care for him (including Hugo and Isabelle), the former filmmaker might be redeemed, after all.
    35 votes
  • 5
    26 VOTES

    Capturing Dreams

    Hugo's Father: "Films have the power to capture dreams."

    If there was any doubt whatsoever that 'Hugo' is, at least in part, Martin Scorsese's love letter to films, there isn't with this quote.
    26 votes
  • 6
    28 VOTES

    Clandestine Adventure

    Clandestine Adventure
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    Hugo: "Why are you helping me?"
    Isabelle: "Because, this might be an adventure! And I've never had one before, not outside of books at least. And I think it will be very clandestine."
    Hugo: "Okay."

    Isabelle discovers that Papa Georges still has Hugo's notebook - he didn't, as he'd threatened, destroy it. She's trying to help Hugo, but he's still not quite sure why.
    28 votes