Apocalypse Now Quotes - page 2
Charlie didn't get much USO. He was dug in too deep or moving too fast. His idea of great R&R was cold rice and a little rat meat. He had only two ways home: death, or victory.

CAPTAIN BENJAMIN L. WILLARD

I love the smell of napalm in the morning. You know, one time we had a hill bombed for 12 hours. When it was all over, I walked up. We didn't find one of 'em, not one stinkin' dink body. The smell...you know that gasoline smell? The whole hill smelled like victory.

LIEUTENANT COLONEL BILL KILGORE

I worry that my son might not understand what I've tried to be. And if I were to be killed, Willard, I would want someone to go to my home and tell my son everything. Everything I did, everything you saw, because there's nothing that I detest more than the stench of lies. And if you understand me, Willard, you will do this for me.

COLONEL WALTER E. KURTZ

Everybody wanted me to do it, him most of all. I felt like he was up there, waiting for me to take the pain away. He just wanted to go out like a soldier, standing up, not like some poor, wasted, rag-assed renegade. Even the jungle wanted him dead, and that's who he really took his orders from anyway.

CAPTAIN BENJAMIN L. WILLARD

"Someday this war's gonna end". That'd be just fine with the boys on the boat. They weren't looking for anything more than a way home. Trouble is, I'd been back there, and I knew that it just didn't exist anymore.

CAPTAIN BENJAMIN L. WILLARD

In a war there are many moments for compassion and tender action. There are many moments for ruthless action...what is often called ruthless. What may in many circumstances be only clarity. Seeing clearly what there is to be done and doing it...directly, quickly, awake, looking at it.

CAPTAIN BENJAMIN L. WILLARD

As for the charges against me, I am unconcerned. I am beyond their timid lying morality, and so I am beyond caring.

CAPTAIN BENJAMIN L. WILLARD

Have you ever considered any real freedoms? Freedoms from the opinion of others... even the opinions of yourself?

LIEUTENANT COLONEL BILL KILGORE

The man is clear in his mind, but his soul is mad.

PHOTOJOURNALIST

In this war, things get confused out there. Power, ideals, the old morality, and practical military necessity. But out there with these natives, it must be a temptation to be God. Because there's a conflict in every human heart, between the rational and irrational, between good and evil. And good does not always triumph. Sometimes, the dark side overcomes what Lincoln called "the better angels of our nature".

GENERAL CORMAN

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