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The Best Mr. Holland's Opus Movie Quotes

Updated February 6, 2019 29 votes 12 voters

The best Mr. Holland's Opus quotes make you realize how great the movie really is, even if you haven't seen it in a while. Let's rank the greatest quotes from Mr. Holland's Opus, with the help of your votes. Starring Richard Dreyfuss and Glenne Headly, Mr. Holland's Opus was directed by Stephen Herek and released in 1995.

What is your favorite Mr. Holland's Opus quote? One memorable line was when Glenn Holland said, "Well, I guess you can cut the arts as much as you want, Gene. Sooner or later, these kids aren't going to have anything to read or write about." Another great line from Mr. Holland's Opus is, "You care more about teaching other people than you do about me," spoken by Iris Holland.

Vote up your top Mr. Holland's Opus quotes, regardless of which character they come from.

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    My Music Teacher

    My Music Teacher
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    Iris Holland: When you were in high school, did you ever wonder if your teachers went home and got it on at night?
    Glenn Holland: When I was in high school, my teachers were all priests and nuns.
    Iris Holland: I had such a crush on Mr. Griffith, he could've taken me home any time.
    Glenn Holland: Really?
    Iris Holland: Mhm.
    Glenn Holland: And who was this Mr. Griffith?
    Iris Holland: Oh, he was my music teacher.

     

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    Play The Sunset

    Play The Sunset
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    Glenn Holland: Let me ask you a question. When you look in the mirror, what do you like best about yourself?
    Gertrude Lang: My hair.
    Glenn Holland: Why?
    Gertrude Lang: Well, my father always says that it reminds him of the sunset.
    Glenn Holland: Play the sunset. Close your eyes. One, two, three, four.

     

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    I Want To Talk To My Son

    Glenn Holland: The doctor said that gestures meant...
    Iris Holland: It's way more than gestures.
    Glenn Holland: That gestures meant that Cole would never learn how to lip read or to talk!
    Iris Holland: He can barely talk now, he can't say two or three words!
    Glenn Holland: The guy is a specialist, Iris!
    Iris Holland: Ohhh, he's a specialist who thinks that deaf people are retarded and he is not retarded, he is...
    Iris Holland: Cole!
    Glenn Holland: What does he...? Give him what he wants!
    Iris Holland: I don't know what he wants, I don't understand what he's trying to say. Don't you get it? You walk to school every day with all these children who are normal. I can't talk to my son! I don't know what he wants or what he thinks or what he feels. I can't tell him that I love him, I can't tell him who I am. I want to talk to my son! I don't care what it costs, I don't care what the stupid doctor says it's right or wrong. I want to talk to my son!

     

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    Touchdowns

    Vice Principal Wolters: Have you been to any of the football games this season, Mr. Holland?
    Glenn Holland: I can't say that I have, no.
    Vice Principal Wolters: Well, Mrs. Jacobs and I feel that there's something missing.
    Glenn Holland: Touchdowns?

     

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