The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

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The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a 1996 animated film about the adventures of Quasimodo following his first escape from the cathedral bell tower to the city below.

Directed by Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise. Written by Tab Murphy and David Stainton.


  • Will today be the day? Are you ready to fly?
  • I am a monster, you know.
  • Every day they shout and scold and go about their lives, heedless of the gift it is to be them.
  • My cold dark tower seems so bright, I swear it must be Heaven's Light!
  • Go on. Nobody wants to be cooped up here forever!
  • Sanctuary!
  • No! You listen! All my life, you've told me that the world is a dark, cruel place, but now I see that the only thing dark and cruel about it is people like you! (to Frollo, after Quasi discovers the true nature of his now ex-master)


  • Are you always this charming, or am I just lucky?
  • Hmm, lets, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, there's ten of you and one of me. What's a poor girl to do?
  • Gypsies don't do well inside stone walls. (to quasi, telling him that though she has santuary in Notre Dame, she doesn't have freedom, which is what she desires.)
  • I ask for nothing, I can get by, but I know so many less lucky than I. Please help my people, the poor and downtrod. I thought we all were the children of God. God help the outcasts, children of God.
  • You mistreat this poor boy the same way you mistreat my people. You speak of justice, yet you are cruel to those most in need of your help.
  • Justice!


  • Even this foul creature may yet prove one day to be of use to me.
  • A baby? A monster!
  • I am a public official; I must go. But I don't enjoy a moment! Thieves and cutpurses, the dregs of humankind, all mixed together in a shallow, drunken stupor.
  • Ease up. Wait between lashes. Otherwise the old sting will dull him to the new.
  • The world is cruel, the world is wicked. It's I alone whom you can trust in this whole city. I am your only friend...
  • It's not my fault. It's in God's plan. He made the devil so much stronger than a man!
  • She will be mine, or, she... will... BURN!...
  • Their heathen ways inflame the people's lowest instincts, and they must... be... stopped!
  • Such a clever witch. So typical of your kind to twist the truth to cloud the mind with unholy thoughts!
  • You idiot! That wasn't kindness it was cunning! She's a gypsy! Gypsies are not capable of real love! Think, boy, think of your mother!
  • The sentence for insubordination is death. Such a pity. You threw away a promising career.
  • The time has come, gypsy. You stand upon the brink of the abyss. Yet even now it is not too late. I can save you from the flames of this world, and the next. Choose me, or the fire!
  • And he shall smite the wicked and plunge them into the fiery pit! (his last words, before falling off the Cathedal to his death)
  • Never mind. Get out, you idiot!
  • This is an unholy demon. I'm sending it back to HELL where it belongs.


  • This is the tale, the tale of a man, and a monster...
  • Now here is a riddle to guess if you can, sing the bells of Notre Dame-

Who is the monster and who is the man?

  • Justice is swift in the court of miracles/I am the lawyer and judge, all in one!/we like to get the trail over with quickly because its the sentence thats really the fun!
  • Well well well. What have we here?
  • Listen. They're beautiful, no? so many colours of sound, so many changing moods. Because you know, they do not ring all by themselves.
  • It's the day we do the things that we deplore/ on the other three-hundred and sixty-four!
  • Now here is a riddle to guess if you can, sing the bells of Notre Dame- What makes a monster and what makes a man?


  • See there the innocent blood you have spilt on the steps of Notre Dame.
  • Frollo learned years ago to respect the sanctity of the Church.
  • You can lie to yourself and your minions, you can claim you haven't a qualm, but you can never run from nor hide what you've done from the eyes, the very eyes of Notre Dame.


Frollo: Shall we review your alphabet today?
Quasimodo: Oh. Yes, master, I'd like that very much.
Frollo: Very well. A?
Quasimodo: Abomination.
Frollo: B?
Quasimodo: Blasphemy.
Frollo: C?
Quasimodo: C-Contrition.
Frollo: D?
Quasimodo: Damnation.
Frollo: E?
Quasimodo: Eternal damnation.
Frollo: Good. F? [takes a sip of his drink]
Quasimodo: [distracted] Festival.
Frollo: [spits out his drink] Excuse me?
Quasimodo: Uh, f-forgiveness!

Frollo: Look at that disgusting display.
Phoebus: Yes, sir!

Quasimodo: Is this the Court of Miracles?
Phoebus: Offhand, I'd say it's the Court of Ankle-Deep Sewage. Cheerful place.

Phoebus: Easy, easy--I just shaved this morning.
Esmeralda: Oh, really? You missed a spot.

Esmeralda: You sneaky son of a...
Phoebus: [interrupting] Ah-ah-ah, watch it. You're in a church.

Phoebus: You fight almost as well as a man!
Esmeralda: Funny. I was going to say the same thing about you.

Phoebus: Good morning, sir. Are you feeling all right?
Frollo: (after seeing visions of Esmeralda in his fire all night) I had a little trouble with the fireplace.

Phoebus: Esmeralda?
Esmeralda: Shh. Shh. Shh. You'll hide here until you're strong enough to move. [she takes out a bottle of wine.]
Phoebus: Great. I could use a drink. [Esmeralda carefully pours it over his wound]
Phoebus: Agh! Yes, hmmm. Feels like a 1470 Burgundy. Not a good year.

Phoebus: Why is it, whenever we meet, I end up bleeding?
Esmeralda: You're lucky. That arrow almost pierced your heart.
Phoebus: [holds her hand] I'm not so sure it didn't.

Frollo: Dear boy, whomever were you talking to?
Quasimodo: My...friends.
Frollo': I see. And what are your friends made of, Quasimodo?
Quasimodo: Stone.
Frollo: Can stone talk?
Quasimodo: No, it can't.
Frollo: That's right. You're a smart lad.

Esmeralda[to Quasimodo]: And maybe Frollo's wrong about the both of us.
Hugo: [Laverne is listening in] What did he say?
Laverne: Frollo's nose is long and wears a truss.
Hugo: Ha! Told you! Pay up!
Victor: Oh, dear. [Gives him a coin]
Hugo: Chump.

Laverne [to Quasimodo]: We always said you were the cute one.
Hugo: I thought I was the cute one!
Laverne: No, you're the fat, stupid one with the big mouth!
Hugo: What're you sayin', exactly?

Archdeacon[to Esmeralda]: You can't solve all of the wrongs of the world by yourself.
Esmeralda: No one out there is going to help me. That's for sure.
Archdeacon: Perhaps there's someone in here who can.

Phoebus[to Esmeralda]: Don't thank me, thank Quasimodo. Without his help, we never could have found our way here.
Frollo: Nor would I.

Frollo: I should have known you'd risk your life to save that gypsy witch - just as your own mother died trying to save you.
Quasimodo: ... What?!
Frollo: Now I'm going to do what I should have done twenty years ago!!

Clopin: Who is this creature?
Puppet: Who?
Clopin: What is he?
Puppet: What?
Clopin: And how did he come to be there?
Puppet: How?
Clopin: [hits the puppet with a stick] Hush!
Puppet: ooow...


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