'J. Edgar' movie quotes include some of the best lines uttered by this Clint Eastwood-directed 2011 drama movie, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the title character, former FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover. Most of these quotes are from Hoover himself, as he leads the Bureau with an iron fist. Love him or hate him (and really, Hoover is among the most controversial figures in American history), 'J. Edgar' strives to paint a portrait of the man as he changes the course of how the U.S. protects its citizens from threats. If you don't see your favorite 'J. Edgar' quote on this list, add it. And if you spot a quote that you really like, vote it up (or down, if you hate the line).
'J. Edgar' also stars Armie Hammer (as Hoover's second in command, Clyde Tolson), Naomi Watts, Jeffrey Donovan, Ed Westwick and Judi Dench. The film is based on a script by Dustin Lance Black ('Milk').For more great 2011 movie quotes, check out these pages for the best lines from 'Tower Heist,' 'The Rum Diary, 'The Ides of March,' 'Moneyball,' 'Red State' and '50/50.'
Never Forget Our History
Leonardo DiCaprio's portrayal of one of the most polarizing figures in U.S. history, J. Edgar Hoover, is getting him some Oscar buzz. This quote is a classic.
Hoover: "When morals decline and good men do nothing, evil flourishes. A society unwilling to learn from the past is doomed. We must never forget our history. We must never lower our guard."
More on the corruption angle here: J. Edgar Hoover's relationship with then-President John F. Kennedy, and the entire Kennedy family, was strained, at best. Hoover is said to have had secret information 'on' JFK, enough that Kennedy did not fire him, despite the fact that Hoover was a Nixon supporter.
Robert Kennedy: "Please leave the transcripts here with me."
Hoover: "Yes sir. Oh, feel free and share them with your brother. Oh, and let him know that I have a copy of my own in safe keeping."
Hoover was known for being a hard-nosed FBI director, willing to fire federal agents swiftly if he saw anything outside of the norm.
Hoover: "It is my belief that when a man becomes a part of this bureau, he must so conduct himself as to eliminate even the slightest possibility of criticism as to his conduct."