Elton John: Real love's hard to come by. So you find a way to cope without it.
Elton John: Bernie, I never told you how much I need you.
Bernie Taupin: No, no. I love you, man. Always have, always will.
Bernie Taupin: Don't you want to just go out there and sing without this ridiculous paraphernalia? You know, just... be yourself, Reg.
Elton John: Why the fuck would I want that, Bernie? You wouldn't say this shit to me if you were a real friend. People don't pay to see Reginald Dwight! They pay to see *Elton John*! Don't ever tell me how to do my fucking job!
Bernie Taupin: I love you, man. I do, but... not in that way.
Elton John: [on a payphone] I'm... a homosexual... A poofter... A fairy... A queen...
Elton John: ... Well say something!
Sheila: Oh, for God's sake, I know that. I've known for years.
Elton John: You don't mind?
Sheila: Frankly I don't care, but I'd rather you keep that sort of thing to yourself. I just hope you realize you're choosing a life of being alone forever. You'll never be loved properly.
John Reid: There are moments in a rock star's life that define who he is and how people perceive him as he ascends into the heavens. You lit the blue touch paper. Now we can all see you shooting light and color into the night sky. Where there was darkness, there is now... you, Elton John. You could do anything you want. You can be anyone you want. And it's going to be a wild ride.
Elton John: Oh, write the fucking lyrics, Bernie. Let me deal with the rest!
Wilson: You've got to kill the person you were born to be in order to become the person you want to be.
Elton John: I've got the number one album in America, again, I'm about to embark on the highest grossing tour in rock history, I'm personally responsible for 5% of all record sales on the entire planet, and I have the biggest headdress known to man, so, yeah, I think I'm OK!
Elton John: Don't go. Not yet.
Bernie Taupin: This is the part you've got to do on your own. These... need music.
[hands over an envelope and walks away]
Elton John: Thank you, Bernie.
Bernie Taupin: You're my brother.
Elton John: [from trailer; singing] And I think it's gonna be a long, long time. Till touch down brings me round again to find, I'm not the man they think I am at home. Oh no no no, I'm a rocketman!
Elton John: My name is Elton Hercules John. And I'm an alcoholic. And a cocaine addict. And a sex addict. And a bulimic. Also a shopaholic and has problems with weed, prescription drugs and anger management.
Sheila: I should never have had children. Do you know how disappointing it is to be your mother?
Reggie Dwight: Elton?
Elton Dean: Yeah?
Reggie Dwight: I'm thinking of changing my name.
Elton Dean: Yeah, great.
Reggie Dwight: I'm thinking of changing it to Elton Dean.
Elton Dean: But that's my name.
Reggie Dwight: Yeah, I know. What do you think?
John Reid: Do your worst. In fact, take me to court. You signed contracts with me years ago, so I'll still be collecting my twenty percent long after you've killed yourself.
Elton John: I'm Elton Hercules John.
Young Reggie: I thought you were Reggie Dwight.
Elton John: I haven't been Reggie Dwight for years.
Dick James: Buy yourself some new clothes. Something flashy. Let them know who you are. Put on a grand fucking show... and just don't kill yourself with drugs.
Elton John: For my next trick... I'm gonna fucking kill myself.
Elton John: How long is this going to take?
Counselor: That's really up to you.
Elton John: Right then.
Mrs. Anderson: And what a shy little boy you were! Look at you now!
[Elton enters the rehab center and sits down]
Elton John: How long is this gonna take?
Counselor: That's really up to you.
Elton John: Right, then. I know how this bit goes.
Elton John: My name is Elton Hercules John. And I'm an alcoholic. And a cocaine addict. And a sex addict. And a bulimic.
Elton John: I'm also a shopaholic, who has problems with weed, prescription drugs, and anger management.
Counselor: Why are you here now?
Elton John: Well, my dealer was out of town. I thought this seemed like a good alternative.
Elton John: I'm here because I want to get better.
Counselor: What were you like as a child, Elton?
Elton John: As a child?
[Elton sees an image of his younger self on a tricycle waving at him]