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The Human Comedy (1943) Poster

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Mr. Macauley: I am Matthew Macauley. I have been dead for two years. So much of me is still living that I know now the end is only the beginning. As I look down on my homeland of Ithaca, California, with its cactus, vineyards and orchards, I see that so much of me is still living there - in the places I've been, in the fields and streets and church and most of all in my home, where my hopes, my dreams, my ambitions still live in the daily life of my loved ones.

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Librarian: What are you boys looking for?

Lionel: Books.

Librarian: What books are you looking for?

Lionel: All of them.

Librarian: What do you want with them?

Lionel: We wanna look at em.

Librarian: Books are for reading.

Lionel: Can't I just Look at em?

Librarian: That's not what the public library is for boy, but you can look into them and look at the pictures in them. What do you want the outsides for?

Lionel: I like to. can't i?

Librarian: There's no law against it... Who's this?

Lionel: That's Ulysses. He can't read.

Librarian: Can you?

Lionel: No. But he can't either. That's why we're friends, he's the only other man I know who can't read

Librarian: One day, when you learn to read, you'll find there's a great deal to be said for the inside of books. I've been reading for 70 years and it hasn't been nearly long enough. Now run along and look at the books.

Lionel: Yes ma'am

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[last lines]

Mr. Macauley: Ya see Marcus, the ending is only the beginning

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Miss Hicks: You must remember always to give, of everything you have.

Miss Hicks: You must give foolishly even.

Miss Hicks: You must be extravagant.

Miss Hicks: You must give to all who come into your life.

Miss Hicks: Then nothing and no one shall have power to cheat you of anything, for if you give to a thief, he cannot steal from you, and he himself is then no longer a thief.

Miss Hicks: And the more you give, the more you will have to give.

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