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The Notebook QuotesDuke (James Garner) lives in a nursing home for the elderly. A quote:


Duke: How's it hangin' Harry?
Harry: I keep trying to die, but they won't let me.
Duke: Well, you can't have everything.


He is reading a love story from a notebook to a fellow patient (Gena Rowlands). The story is about young country boy Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) and the love he shares with heiress Allie Hamilton (Rachel McAdams). Some quotes:


Duke: They didn't agree on much. In fact they rarely agreed on anything. They fought all the time and they challenged each other everyday...
Young Noah: [Allie and Noah are fighting] Don't push me! [Allie pushes Noah anyway]
Duke: ...But in spite their differences, they had one important thing in common, they were crazy about each other.


Noah brings Allie to the abandoned Windsor Plantation and promises to buy it someday. Allie wants it to be white with blue shutters. But Allie’s parents disapprove of Noah. They force her to abruptly leave town and go to New York.


Noah writes letters to Allie every day for a year, but Allie’s mother intercepts them. Then it is World War II and Noah goes to war. Allie becomes a nurse, meets and falls in love with suitably wealthy Lon Hamond Jr. (James Marsden).


In a scene that goes back to the present time the old woman, who is Allie, asks Duke:


Allie: Did you write that?
Duke: No, that was Walt Whitman.
Allie: I think I knew him...
Duke: I think you did too.


Then the movie flashes back to young Noah who is back from the war. His father sold their home, and Noah uses the money to buy Windsor Plantation and renovates it. The story of the renovation makes it to the county newspaper.


Allie reads the story and meets up with Noah. She tells Noah she is engaged to Lon. Noah invites her to visit Windsor Plantation. Once there, she realizes that she has to decide whether she loves Noah more than her fiancee.


Everything comes together in the present time. The elderly Allie has dementia and can’t even recognize her own, grown children. Nor does she know that she wrote the story in The Notebook. But in the end she gains enough clarity to realize that Duke is Noah.


The Notebook quote that summarizes it all:


Duke: I am no one special. Just a common man with common thoughts. I've led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but in one respect I've succeeded as gloriously as anyone who ever lived. I've loved another with all my heart and soul and for me that has always been enough.




Noah: I'm Noah Calhoun.
Allie: So?
Noah: So it's really nice to meet you.
Edmond: Allie, who is this guy?
Allie: I don't know... Noah Calhoun.

Noah: I'm not usually like this, I'm sorry.
Allie: Oh yes you are.
Noah: I could be fun, if you want. I could be pensive, uhh... smart, supersticious, brave? And I, uhh, I can be light on my feet. I could be whatever you want. You just tell me what you want, and I'm gonna be that for you.
Allie: ...You're dumb.
Noah: I could be that.
Noah: Come on, one date, what's it gonna hurt?
Allie: Mmm, I don't think so.
Noah: Well what can I do to change your mind?

Noah: So it's not gonna be easy. It's going to be really hard; we're gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me... everyday.

Duke: How's it hangin' Harry?
Harry: I keep trying to die, but they won't let me.
Duke: Well, you can't have everything.

Allie: Why didn't you write me? Why? It wasn't over for me, I waited for you for seven years. But now it's too late.
Noah: I wrote you 365 letters. I wrote you everyday for a year.
Allie: You wrote me?
Noah: Yes... it wasn't over, it still isn't over.

Allie: When I'm with Noah I feel like one person and when I'm with you I feel like someone totally different.
Lon: Allie, it's normal not to forget your first love but I want you for myself. I don't want to convince my fiancée that she should be with me.
Allie: You don't have to. I already know I should be with you.

Allie: [lying in the middle of the street] What happens if a car comes?
Noah: We die.

Noah: Would you stay with me?
Allie: Stay with you? What for? Look at us, we're already fightin'.
Noah: Well that's what we do, we fight... You tell me when I am being an arrogant son of a bitch and I tell you when you are a pain in the ass. Which you are, 99% of the time. I'm not afraid to hurt your feelings. You have like a 2 second rebound rate, then you're back doing the next pain-in-the-ass thing.

Duke: I am nothing special; of this I am sure. I am a common man with common thoughts, and I've led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but I've loved another with all my heart and soul, and to me, this has always been enough.

Noah: My Dearest Allie. I couldn't sleep last night because I know that it's over between us. I'm not bitter any more, because I know that what we had was real. And if in some distant place in the future we see each other in our new lives, I'll smile at you with joy and remember how we spent the summer beneath the trees, learning from each other and growing in love. The best love is the kind that awakens the soul and makes us reach for more, that plants a fire in our hearts and brings peace to our minds, and that's what you've given me. That's what I hope to give to you forever. I love you. I'll be seeing you. Noah.

The Notebook


Duke (James Garner) lives in a nursing home for the elderly. A quote:


Duke: How's it hangin' Harry?
Harry: I keep trying to die, but they won't let me.
Duke: Well, you can't have everything.


He is reading a love story from a notebook to a fellow patient (Gena Rowlands). The story is about young country boy Noah Calhoun (Ryan Gosling) and the love he shares with heiress Allie Hamilton (Rachel McAdams). Some quotes:


Duke: They didn't agree on much. In fact they rarely agreed on anything. They fought all the time and they challenged each other everyday...
Young Noah: [Allie and Noah are fighting] Don't push me! [Allie pushes Noah anyway]
Duke: ...But in spite their differences, they had one important thing in common, they were crazy about each other.


Noah brings Allie to the abandoned Windsor Plantation and promises to buy it someday. Allie wants it to be white with blue shutters. But Allie’s parents disapprove of Noah. They force her to abruptly leave town and go to New York.


Noah writes letters to Allie every day for a year, but Allie’s mother intercepts them. Then it is World War II and Noah goes to war. Allie becomes a nurse, meets and falls in love with suitably wealthy Lon Hamond Jr. (James Marsden).


In a scene that goes back to the present time the old woman, who is Allie, asks Duke:


Allie: Did you write that?
Duke: No, that was Walt Whitman.
Allie: I think I knew him...
Duke: I think you did too.


Then the movie flashes back to young Noah who is back from the war. His father sold their home, and Noah uses the money to buy Windsor Plantation and renovates it. The story of the renovation makes it to the county newspaper.


Allie reads the story and meets up with Noah. She tells Noah she is engaged to Lon. Noah invites her to visit Windsor Plantation. Once there, she realizes that she has to decide whether she loves Noah more than her fiancee.


Everything comes together in the present time. The elderly Allie has dementia and can’t even recognize her own, grown children. Nor does she know that she wrote the story in The Notebook. But in the end she gains enough clarity to realize that Duke is Noah.


The Notebook quote that summarizes it all:


Duke: I am no one special. Just a common man with common thoughts. I've led a common life. There are no monuments dedicated to me and my name will soon be forgotten, but in one respect I've succeeded as gloriously as anyone who ever lived. I've loved another with all my heart and soul and for me that has always been enough.