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Cool Hand Luke quotes that give us so many lessons of our everyday actions. There are so many Cool Hand Luke quotes that can help you when you are tires of being in the same old rut, and all you need is a push, a little inspiration, a smile on the face, change of mood, bring you out of the banality of life, make you laugh a little, or may even make you cry a bit, and these Cool Hand Luke quotes exists just do that.

Cool Hand Luke is an American film that was released on 1st November 1967. The film was directed by Stuart Rosenberg. The screenplay was written by Donn Pearce and Frank R Pierson. The film was produced by Gordon Carroll. The film is based on a novel Cool Hand Luke written by Pearce himself.  The lead role was played by Paul Newman and George Kennedy. The acting of these actors was praised as an Oscar-winning performance by the viewers.  The protagonist of the film is played by Newman.  The film was made with a budget of three million dollars and collected sixteen million dollars soon after its release worldwide. The film was distributed by Warner Bros-Seven arts.

The story was given to Warner Bros legally by Pearce, and later they hired him to write the screenplay. Due to his low experience in the film industry, the Warner Bros appointed Frank Pierson to work with Pearce in completing the screenplay. The main character, Lucas Johnson, is described as the free spirit in the movie. He was considered a free thinker. Luke is a man who is not like others. He hesitates to act as other people do to act according to his surrounding’s need. Later he was arrested and put in a jail in Florida for two years. In the jail, he plays so many , and he later becomes an idol. He gains everyone’s respect and becomes their favorite. But later when his mother dies, the bosses put him in a box fearing his escape to meet his mother’s funeral. Every time he tries to run, he gets caught. And this game repeated. Due to his failed attempts, he was beaten brutally and was put in chains to prevent him from escaping.

After a series of failed attempts and beatings, he asks the guards to show mercy upon him. Later he escapes without anyone knowing and gets in a dump truck. But later the guards are led to him, to whom Luke shouts. The guards silence Luke by a bullet. Shot on the neck, Luke is taken to a hospital which is in one hour distance with an intention to let him bleed and die.

We have dug up these Cool Hand Luke quotes from the depths of the internet and brought together best of these sayings in a single article. This post is probably the biggest database of Cool Hand Luke Sayings in the single place. These famous Cool Hand Luke quotes have the power to change your life by giving a novel outlook about the way you observe different aspects of your life. Hence, these popular Cool Hand Luke quotes should be read with caution and proper understanding of the context. Here are tons of Cool Hand Luke quotes that will open a treasure chest of Wisdom and experience:-

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“Well that oughta be easy for a genuine son of a bitch.”

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“Don’t know whether to smile, spit, or swallow.”

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“All right. Stand back you pedestrians, this ain’t no automobile accident.”

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“I wish you’d stop being so good to me, Cap’n.”

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“Move over. I’m gonna sit in here next to my boy – Cool Hand Luke.”

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Cool Hand Luke best quotes

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“Small town, not much to do in the evenin’.”

“Oh come on. Stop beatin’ it. Get out there yourself. Stop feedin’ off me. Get out of here. I can’t breathe. Give me some air.”

“Boy, you’re new meat. You’re gonna have to shape up fast and hard for this gang. We got rules here. In order to learn ’em, you gotta do more work with your ears than with your mouth.”

“When it comes to the law, nothin’ is understood…I’m his official egg-peeler. That’s the law!”

“Just nine more between you and everlastin’ glory…Just little ol’ eggs. They pigeon eggs, that’s all.”

“Look at that! My baby. We’re in here diggin’ and dyin’. He’s out there livin’ and flyin’.”

“That’s my darling Luke. He grins like a baby but bites like a gator.”

“You gonna fit in real good, of course, unless you get rabbit in your blood and you decide to take off for home. You give the bonus system time and a set of leg chains to keep you slowed down just a little bit, for your own good, you’ll learn the rules. Now, it’s all up to you. Now I can be a good guy, or I can be one real mean son-of-a-bitch. It’s all up to you.”

“When a man’s mother dies and, uh, he gets to thinking about her funeral and paying respects. Before he knows it, his mind ain’t right. He’s got rabbit in his blood and he runs.”

“What we’ve got here is failure to communicate. Some men you just can’t reach. So you get what we had here last week, which is the way he wants it. Well, he gets it. I don’t like it anymore than you men.”

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“What we’ve got here is… failure to communicate. Some men you just can’t reach. So you get what we had here last week, which is the way he wants it. Well, he gets it. I don’t like it anymore than you men. Note: bolded portion ranked #11 in the American Film Institute’s list of the top 100 movie quotations in American cinema.”

“Arletta: I always hoped to see you well fixed. Have me a crop of grandkids to fuss around with.
Luke: I’d like to oblige you, Arletta, but uh, right off, I just don’t know where to put my hands on it.
Arletta: You know, sometimes, I wished people was like dogs, Luke. Comes a time, a day like, when the bitch just don’t recognize the pups no more, so she don’t have no hopes nor love to give her pain. She just don’t give a damn…
Luke: You’ve done your best, Arletta. What I’ve done – myself is the only problem.
Arletta: No, no it ain’t Luke. You ain’t alone. Everywhere you go, I’m with you. John too.
Luke: You never thought maybe that’s a heavy load?
Arletta: Aw, why, we, we always thought you was strong enough to carry it. Was we wrong?
Luke: I don’t know. There are things just never the way they seem, Arletta. You know that. A man’s gotta go his own way.
Arletta: I guess I just gotta, gotta love you and let go, hmm?
Luke: I guess.
Arletta: Well, I ain’t askin’ what ya gonna do when you get out because I’ll be dead and it don’t matter.
Luke: You never did want to live forever. I mean, it wasn’t such a hell of a life.
Arletta: Oh, I had me, I had me some high old times. Your old man, Luke. He wasn’t much good for stickin’ around, but dammit, he made me laugh.
Luke: Yeah, I would have liked to have knowed him, the way you talk about him.
Arletta: [after coughing] He’d have broke you up. Luke?…What went wrong?
Luke: Nothin’, everything’s cool as can be. Arletta, I tried. I mean, to live always free and above board like you. And, I don’t know. I just can’t seem to find no elbow room.
Arletta: Oh now, you always had good jobs. And that girl in Kentucky. Oh, I’d taken a shine to her.
Luke: And she sure took off – with that convertible fella.
Arletta: Well, why not? Idea of marryin’ got you all, all bollocksed-up. Tryin’ to be respectable. You, you was borin’ the hell out of all of us. I’m leavin’ the place to John.
Luke: That’s good. He earned it.
Arletta: Ain’t nothin’ to do with it. I just, I just never give John the, the kind of, you know, feelin’ that I give you, so I’m, I’m gonna pay him back now. Oh, don’t feel you have to say anythin’. The way it is, you see, sometimes you just, just have a feelin’ for a child…with John, I just didn’t.”

“Boss Paul: That ditch is Boss Kean’s ditch. And I told him that dirt in it’s your dirt. What’s your dirt doin’ in his ditch?
Luke: I don’t know, Boss.
Boss Paul: You better get in there and get it out, boy.”

“Captain: (calling out names) Lucas Jackson?
Luke: Here, captain.
Captain: Maliciously destroying municipal property while under the influence. What was that?
Luke: Cuttin’ the heads off parking meters, captain.
Captain: Oh. We ain’t never had one of them before.”

“Captain: You gonna get used to wearin’ them chains afer a while, Luke. Don’t you never stop listenin’ to them clinking. ‘Cause they gonna remind you of what I been saying. For your own good.
Luke: Wish you’d stop bein’ so good to me, cap’n.
Captain: [lashing out with his stick] Don’t you ever talk that way to me.”

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“Carr: Them clothes got laundry numbers on them. You remember your number and always wear the ones that has your number. Any man forgets his number spends a night in the box. These here spoons you keep with you. Any man loses his spoon spends a night in the box. There’s no playing grab-ass or fighting in the building. You got a grudge against another man, you fight him Saturday afternoon. Any man playing grab-ass or fighting in the building spends a night in the box. First bell’s at five minutes of eight when you will get in your bunk. Last bell is at eight. Any man not in his bunk at eight spends the night in the box. There is no smoking in the prone position in bed. To smoke you must have both legs over the side of your bunk. Any man caught smoking in the prone position in bed… spends a night in the box. You get two sheets. Every Saturday, you put the clean sheet on the top… the top sheet on the bottom… and the bottom sheet you turn in to the laundry boy. Any man turns in the wrong sheet spends a night in the box. No one’ll sit in the bunks with dirty pants on. Any man with dirty pants on sitting on the bunks spends a night in the box. Any man don’t bring back his empty pop bottle spends a night in the box. Any man loud talking spends a night in the box. You got questions, you come to me. I’m Carr, the floor walker. I’m responsible for order in here. Any man don’t keep order spends a night in…
Luke: …the box.
Carr: I hope you ain’t going to be a hard case.
Luke: [Smiles, shakes head]”

“Convict: Just stay down, Luke. He’s just gonna knock ya down again, buddy…It’s not your fault. He’s just too big…Let him hit you in the nose and get some blood flowing. Maybe the bosses will stop it before he kills you.
Luke: I don’t want to frighten him.”

“Convict: You don’t have a name here until Dragline gives you one.
Dragline: [About Luke] Maybe we ought to call it No Ears. [To Luke] You don’t listen much, do ya, boy?
Luke: I ain’t heard that much worth listenin’ to. There’s a lot of guys layin’ down a lot of rules and regulations.”

“Dragline: Did you see how she was just about POP-in’ out of the top of that dress…And down below, man, that thing didn’t reach no higher than…She liable to catch cold runnin’ around like that. It was stretched so tight across her bottom, I do believe I saw one of them seams bust loose. And the openin’ got wider and wider and wider.
Luke: Forget it, man.
Dragline: Whaddya mean, forget it?
Luke: Stop beatin’ it into the ground. It ain’t doin’ nobody no good.
Dragline: OK, new meat. You get some sleep. And save your strength, cause you’re gonna need it. Tomorrow.”

“Dragline: He ain’t in the box because of the joke played on him. He back-sassed a free man. They got their rules. We ain’t got nothin’ to do with that. Would probably have happened to him sooner or later anyway – a complainer like him. He gotta learn the rules the same as anybody else.
Luke: Yeah, them poor old Bosses need all the help they can get.
Dragline: You tryin’ to say somethin’? You got a flappin’ mouth. One of these days, I’m gonna have to flap me up some dust with it.”

“Dragline: Luke? You all right? They got us, boy. They’re out there, thicker than flies. Bosses, dogs, sheriffs, more guns than I’ve ever seen in my life. You ain’t got a chance. They caught up with me right after we split up. And they was aimin’ to kill ya. But I fixed it. I got ’em to promise if you give up peaceful, they won’t whip ya this time…Luke, you gotta listen to me. All ya got to do is give up nice and quiet. Just play cool.
Luke: What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.”

“Dragline: Tearin’ the heads off of, what was it, gumball machines? What kind of thing is that for a grown man?
Luke: Well, you know how it is. Small town. Not much to do in evenin[Insert a stage direction]. Mostly was just settlin’ an old score.”

“Dragline: They took him right down that road.
Convicts: What’d he look like, Drag?…Yeah, what’d he look like?..He had his eyes opened or closed, Drag?
Dragline: He was smiling…That’s right. You know, that, that Luke smile of his. He had it on his face right to the very end. Hell, if they didn’t know it ‘fore, they could tell right then that they weren’t a-gonna beat him. That old Luke smile. Old Luke, he was some boy. Cool Hand Luke. Hell, he’s a natural-born world-shaker.”

“Dragline: Where’d the road go?
Luke: That’s it. That’s the end of it.
Convict: Man, there’s still daylight.
Dragline: About two hours left.
Convict: What do we do now?
Luke: Nothin’.
Dragline: Oh Luke, you wild, beautiful thing. You crazy handful of nothin’.”

“Dragline: You’re an original, that’s what you are. Them mullet-heads didn’t even know you was foolin’.
Luke: Foolin’ ’em, huh? You can’t fool ’em about somethin’ like that. They broke me…
Dragline: Aw. All that time, you was plannin’ on runnin’ again.
Luke: I never planned anything in my life.”

“Dragline: [After Luke wins a poker game by bluffing] Nothin’. A handful of nothin’. You stupid mullet head. He beat you with nothin’. Just like today when he kept comin’ back at me – with nothin’.
Luke: Yeah, well, sometimes nothin’ can be a real cool hand.”

“Guard: [leading Luke to The Box] I wanna say a prayer for your Ma, Luke…Sorry, Luke. Just doin’ my job. You gotta appreciate that.
Luke: Aw, callin’ it your job don’t make it right, boss.”

“John, Jr.: Why can’t you have chains?
Luke: …You know, them chains ain’t medals. You get ’em for makin’ mistakes. And you make a bad enough mistake and then you gotta deal with the man – and he is one rough old boy. OK?”

“Luke: Anybody here? Hey, Old Man. You home tonight? Can You spare a minute. It’s about time we had a little talk. I know I’m a pretty evil fellow… killed people in the war and got drunk… and chewed up municipal property and the like. I know I got no call to ask for much… but even so, You’ve got to admit You ain’t dealt me no cards in a long time. It’s beginning to look like You got things fixed so I can’t never win out. Inside, outside, all of them… rules and regulations and bosses. You made me like I am. Now just where am I supposed to fit in? Old Man, I gotta tell You. I started out pretty strong and fast. But it’s beginning to get to me. When does it end? What do You got in mind for me? What do I do now? Right. All right. [Gets on knees, closes eyes and begins to pray] On my knees, asking. [pause] Yeah, that’s what I thought. I guess I’m pretty tough to deal with, huh? A hard case. Yeah. I guess I gotta find my own way.
Dragline: Luke?
Luke: [Shakes head and smiles] Is that Your answer, Old Man? I guess You’re a hard case, too.”

“Luke: Don’t hit me anymore…Oh God, I pray to God you don’t hit me anymore. I’ll do anything you say, but I can’t take anymore.
Boss Paul: You got your mind right, Luke?
Luke: Yeah. I got it right. I got it right, boss. [He grips the ankles of the guard]
Boss Paul: Suppose you’s back-slide on us?
Luke: Oh no I won’t. I won’t, boss.
Boss Paul: Suppose you’s to back-sass?
Luke: No I won’t. I won’t. I got my mind right.
Boss Paul: You try to run again, we gonna kill ya.
Luke: I won’t, I won’t, boss.”

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“Luke: I can eat fifty eggs.
Dragline: Nobody can eat fifty eggs.
Convict: You just said he could eat anything.
Dragline: Did you ever eat fifty eggs?
Luke: Nobody ever eat fifty eggs.
Convict: Hey, Babalugats. We got a bet here.
Dragline: My boy says he can eat fifty eggs, he can eat fifty eggs.
Convict: Yeah, but in how long?
Luke: An hour.
Convict: Well, I believe I’ll take part of that wager.
Dragline: Why you got to go and say fifty eggs for? Why not thirty-five or thirty-nine?
Luke: I thought it was a nice round number.”

“Luke: [Discussing God and the rain] Let him go. Bam, Bam.
Dragline: Knock it off, Luke. You can’t talk about Him that way.
Luke: Are you still believin’ in that big bearded Boss up there? You think he’s watchin’ us?
Dragline: Get in here. Ain’t ya scared? Ain’t ya scared of dyin’?
Luke: Dyin’? Boy, he can have this little life any time he wants to. Do ya hear that? Are ya hearin’ it? Come on. You’re welcome to it, ol’ timer. Let me know you’re up there. Come on. Love me, hate me, kill me, anything. Just let me know it.
[He looks around]
Luke: I’m just standin’ in the rain talkin’ to myself.”

“[A young woman begins washing a car near the inmates, soaping up her own body as well]
Convict #1: Oh man, oh man, I’m dyin’.
Convict #2: She ain’t got nothin’ but, nothin’ but one safety pin holdin’ that thing on. Come on safety pin, POP. Come on baby, POP.
Dragline: Hey Lord, whatever I done, don’t strike me blind for another couple of minutes. My Lucille!…That’s Lucille, you mother-head. Anything so innocent and built like that just gotta be named Lucille.
Convict: She don’t know what she’s doin’.
Luke: Oh boy, she knows exactly what she’s doin’. She’s drivin’ us crazy and lovin’ every minute of it.
Dragline: Shut your mouth about my Lucille.”

“[Dragline has repeatedly knocked Luke down during a boxing match]
Dragline: Stay down. You’re beat.
Luke: You’re gonna have to kill me… [struggles back to his feet]”

“[after receiving a postcard from an escaped Luke] Look at that! My baby. We’re in here diggin’ and dyin’. He’s out there livin’ and flyin’.”

“All right. Stand back you pedestrians, this ain’t no automobile accident.”

“Boy, you’re new meat. You’re gonna have to shape up fast and hard for this gang. We got rules here. In order to learn ’em, you gotta do more work with your ears than with your mouth.”

“I don’t know whether to smile, spit, or swallow.”

“Just nine more between you and everlastin’ glory…Just little ol’ eggs. They pigeon eggs, that’s all.”

“Move over. I’m gonna sit in here next to my boy – Cool Hand Luke.”

“Oh come on. Stop beatin’ it. Get out there yourself. Stop feedin’ off me. Get out of here. I can’t breathe. Give me some air.”

“That’s my darling Luke. He grins like a baby but bites like a gator.”

“Well that oughta be easy for a genuine son of a bitch.”

“When a man’s mother dies and, uh, he gets to thinking about her funeral and paying respects. Before he knows it, his mind ain’t right. He’s got rabbit in his blood and he runs.”

“When it comes to the law, nothin’ is understood…I’m his official egg-peeler. That’s the law!”

“You gonna fit in real good, of course, unless you get rabbit in your blood and you decide to take off for home. You give the bonus system time and a set of leg chains to keep you slowed down just a little bit, for your own good, you’ll learn the rules. Now, it’s all up to you. Now I can be a good guy, or I can be one real mean son-of-a-bitch. It’s all up to you.”

“You run one time, you got yourself a set of chains. You run twice you got yourself two sets. You ain’t gonna need no third set, ’cause you gonna get your mind right. And I mean RIGHT. [To the other inmates] Take a good look at Luke. Cool Hand Luke?”

“[On why he cut the heads off parking meters] Small town, not much to do in the evenin’.”

“Oh come on! Stop beatin’ it! Get out there yourself! Stop feedin’ off me! Get out of here! I can’t breathe! Give me some air!”

“That’s my darlin’ Luke. He grin like a baby, but he bites like a ‘gator.”

“We got a couple men here doing 20 spots. We got one that’s got all of it. We got all kinds, and you gonna fit in real good. Of course, unless you get rabbit
in your blood and you decide to take off for home. You give the bonus system time and a set of leg chains to keep you slowed down just a little bit, for your
own good. You’ll learn the rules. Now, it’s all up to you. Now I can be a good guy, or I can be one real mean son-of-a-bitch. It’s all up to you.”

“You run one time, you got yourself a set of chains. You run twice, you got yourself two sets. You ain’t gonna need no third set ’cause you’re gonna get your
mind right. And I mean RIGHT. [To the other inmates] Take a good look at Luke. Cool Hand Luke?”

“Lucas (Luke) Jackson: Calling it a job don’t make it right, boss.”

“Carr: ” One in the box, one in the bush”
Carr: One in the box, one in the bush.”

“Captain: What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.”

“Fixer: (just after Luke ate fifty eggs) No man can eat fifty eggs
Fixer: [just after Luke ate fifty eggs] No man can eat fifty eggs.”

“Boss Paul: Now I can be a nice guy, but if you trouble me, I can be a mean son of a bitch
Boss Paul: Now I can be a nice guy, but if you trouble me, I can be a mean son of a bitch.”

“Captain: What we’ve got here is failure to communicate. Some men you just can’t reach. So you get what we had here last week, which is the way he wants it… well, he gets it. I don’t like it any more than you men.”

“Chief: What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.”

“Lucas (Luke) Jackson: “sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand”
Lucas (Luke) Jackson: Sometimes nothing can be a real cool hand.”

“Dragline: My boy says he can eat fifty eggs, he can eat fifty eggs
Dragline: My boy says he can eat fifty eggs, he can eat fifty eggs.”

“Dragline: That’s my darling Luke. He grins like a baby but bites like a gator.”

“Chief: What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.”

“Arletta:
Ya know, sometimes I wished people was like dogs, Luke.”

“Boss Paul:
Sorry, Luke. I’m just doing my job. You gotta appreciate that.”

“Luke:
Nah – calling it your job don’t make it right, Boss.”

“Captain, Road Prison 36:
What we’ve got here is… failure to communicate. Some men you just can’t reach. So you get what we had here last week, which is the way he wants it… well, he gets it. I don’t like it any more than you men.”

“Captain, Road Prison 36:
You gonna get used to wearin’ them chains afer a while, Luke. Don’t you never stop listenin’ to them clinking. ‘Cause they gonna remind you of what I been saying. For your own good.”

“Luke:
Wish you’d stop bein’ so good to me, cap’n.”

“Luke:
I can eat fifty eggs.”

“Dragline:
Nobody can eat fifty eggs.”

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“Dragline:
Did you ever eat fifty eggs?”

“Luke:
Nobody ever eat fifty eggs.”

“Dragline:
My boy says he can eat fifty eggs, he can eat fifty eggs.”

“Luke:
A hour.”

“Dragline:
He ain’t in the box because of the joke played on him. He back-sassed a free man. They got their rules. We ain’t got nothin’ to do with that. Would probably have happened to him sooner or later anyway, a complainer like him. He gotta learn the rules the same as anybody else.”

“Luke:
Yeah, them poor old bosses need all the help they can get.”

“Dragline:
Where’d the road go?”

“Luke:
That’s it. That’s the end of it.”

“Dragline:
About two hours left.”

“Luke:
Nothin’.”

“Dragline:
Oh Luke, you wild, beautiful thing. You crazy handful of nothin’.”

“Luke:
Let him go. Bam, Bam.”

“Dragline:
Knock it off, Luke. You can’t talk about Him that way.”

“Luke:
Are you still believin’ in that big bearded Boss up there? You think he’s watchin’ us?”

“Dragline:
Get in here. Ain’t ya scared? Ain’t ya scared of dyin’?”

“Luke:
Dyin’? Boy, he can have this little life any time he wants to. Do ya hear that? Are ya hearin’ it? Come on. You’re welcome to it, ol’ timer. Let me know you’re up there. Come on. Love me, hate me, kill me, anything. Just let me know it.”

“Luke:
I’m just standin’ in the rain talkin’ to myself.”

“Luke:
Oh come on. Stop beatin’ it. Get out there yourself. Stop feedin’ off me. Get out of here. I can’t breathe. Give me some air.”

“Dragline:
Nothin’. A handful of nothin’. You stupid mullet head. He beat you with nothin’. Just like today when he kept comin’ back at me – with nothin’.”

“Luke:
Yeah, well, sometimes nothin’ can be a real cool hand.”

“Luke:
Is that your answer, old man? Well, I guess you’re a hard case too.”

“Dog Boy:
Look Cap’n, look what he done to Blue. He’s dead, he’s dead. he run himself plum to death.”

“Arletta:
We always thought you was strong enough to carry the load. Was we wrong?”

“Luke:
Well Arletta, things are just never the way they seem, you know that. Sometimes a man just has to go his own way.”

“Dragline:
Why you got to go and say fifty eggs for? Why not thirty-five or thirty-nine?”

“Luke:
I thought it was a nice round number.”

“Dragline:
Stay down. You’re beat.”

“Luke:
You’re gonna hafta kill me…”

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