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The Best 'As Good As It Gets' Quotes

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As Good As It Gets quotes are certainly quotable for movie fans. These are some of the best quotes from the romcom As Good As It Gets as determined by you and your votes. Directed by James L. Brooks, As Good As It Gets starred Jack Nicholson as Melvin Udall, a misanthropic author; Helen Hunt as Carol Connelly, a waitress and single mother; and Greg Kinnear as Simon Bishop, an artist. In the story, the three characters form an unlikely friendship after Simon is assaulted in a robbery. Released on December 25, 1997, the tagline for As Good As It Gets was "Brace yourself for Melvin." Nicholson won the 1998 Oscar for Best Actor and Hunt won for Best Actress; Kinnear was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal.

What are the best As Good As It Gets quotes? Do you like the famous exchange between Melvin and Carol: "You make me want to be a better man." / "...That's maybe the best compliment of my life"? Or do you like some of the lesser known lines from the film? Let it be known. Vote for your top As Good As It Gets quotes and watch them rise to the top of the list.

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    Charm On Full Blast

    Charm On Full Blast
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    Melvin Udall: How old are you?
    Carol Connelly: Hah!
    Melvin Udall: If I was gonna guess by your eyes, I'd say you were 50.
    Carol Connelly: If I went by your eyes, I'd say you were kind. So, so much for eyes. But as long as you bring up age, how old are you?
    Melvin Udall: Oh, no, no, no, I mean not -
    Carol Connelly: I mean, 'cause you brought it up.
    Melvin Udall: In other words -
    Carol Connelly: No, I'm curious if you brought it up.
    Melvin Udall: In other words, you're not - not that you're ugly, that's not what I'm saying.
    Carol Connelly: Easy, easy, pal. I can take the compliment, but my knees start knocking when you turn on the charm full blast.
  • OC Appointments
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    OC Appointments

    Melvin Udall: Hi. Help!
    Dr. Green: If you want to see me, you will not do this. You will make an appointment.
    Melvin Udall: Dr. Green, how can you diagnose someone as an obsessive-compulsive disorder and then act as though I had some choice about barging in?
    Dr. Green: There's not going to be a debate. You must leave.
    Melvin Udall: You said you could help me! What was that? A tease?
    Dr. Green: I can help you if you take responsibility to keep regular appointment -
    Melvin Udall: You changed the room around.
    Dr. Green: Two years ago. I also regrew my beard, but you're not interested in changes in me. So, it's like I always -
    Melvin Udall: Sh. I don't have this mountain of available time. I have to get to my restaurant on time. Now, do you know how hard it was for me to come here?
    Dr. Green: Yes.
    Melvin Udall: Thank you.
    Dr. Green: No, we're not doing this now.
    Melvin Udall: I changed just one pattern. You always said I should.
    Dr. Green: No. Nope.
  • Mind Your Manners
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    Mind Your Manners

    Melvin Udall:  I'm hungry.  You've ruined my whole day. I haven't eaten.
    Carol Connelly: What are you doing here?
    Melvin Udall: This is not a sexist thing. If you were a waiter, I'd be saying the -
    Carol Connelly: Are you totally gone? This is my private home.
    Melvin Udall: I'm trying to keep emotion out of this. Even though it's an important issue to me, and I have very strong feelings on the subject.
    Carol Connelly: What subject? That I wasn't there to take crap from you and bring you eggs? Do you have any control over how creepy you allow yourself to get?
    Melvin Udall: Yes, I do, as a matter of fact. And to prove it, I have not gotten personal, and you have. Why aren't you at work? You sick? You don't look sick. Just tired and bitter.
    Carol Connelly: My son is sick, okay?
    Melvin Udall: What about your mother?
    Carol Connelly: How do you know about my mother?
    Melvin Udall: I hear you talking while I wait.
    Spencer "Spence" Connelly: Mom, I finished my juice.
    Carol Connelly: I'm sorry, honey. One sec.
    Spencer "Spence" Connelly: Mom.
    Melvin Udall: How ya doing?  You should answer someone when they speak to you.
    Carol Connelly: I'm sorry, Melvin! That's it! I cannot handle you teaching my son manners!
    Melvin Udall: Ow!
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    Shut Up, Kids!

    Shut Up, Kids!
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    Carol Connelly: Melvin, wait!
    School kids: Melvin, wait! Melvin, wait! Melvin, wait! Melvin, wait! Melvin, wait! Melvin, wait!
    Melvin Udall: Shut up, kids!
    Carol Connelly: Give us a lift, would you, Melvin?
    Melvin Udall: A lift? Okay?  Cover your mouth while you cough, kid.
    Spencer "Spence" Connelly: I won't.