Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory - the original Mel Stuart movie from ‘71 with Gene Wilder as Wonka - has always been one of my favorite movies. I loved it as a kid and I still love it as much now, at age 24.
There’s one thing about this movie that I never really noticed until I got older, and that is how many literary quotes Wonka uses. Throughout the film he uses a fair amount of quotes from poems, plays and other literary works.
Here are some of my favorite quotes from the movie:
- Where is fancy bred, in the heart or in the head?
(W. Shakespeare - The Merchant of Venice)
-The suspense is terrible… I hope it’ll last!
(O. Wilde - The Importance of Being Earnest)
- Adieu, adieu, parting is such sweet sorrow.
(W. Shakespeare - Romeo & Juliet)
- A thing of beauty is a joy forever.
(J. Keats - A Thing of Beauty Is a Joy Forever)
- Oh you should never, never doubt what nobody is sure about.
(H. Belloc - The Microbe)
- Candy is dandy, but liquor is quicker!
(O. Nash - Reflections on Ice-breaking)
And my all-time favorite:
- We are the music makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.
(A. O’Shaughnessy - Ode)