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Memorable Movie Quotes: Memoirs of a Geisha

Posted on January 11th, 2006 filed in Movie Quotes    |   

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Mameha: [in voiceover] Remember, Chiyo, geisha are not courtesans. And we are not wives. We sell our skills, not our bodies. We create another secret world, a place only of beauty. The very word “geisha” means artist and to be a geisha is to be judged as a moving work of art.

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Chiyo to Chairman: Can’t you see? Every step I have taken…… has been to bring myself closer to you.

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A long time ago, you took something from me, the only thing I ever truly wanted. Well… now you know how it feels.

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The heart dies a slow death, shedding each hope like leaves. Until one day there are none.

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[ Hatsumomo is Mameha greatest threat ]

Mameha: I’m wondering why Mrs. Nitta has not adopted Hatsumomo?
Sayuri Nitta: That would be like releasing the tiger from its cage.

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[Referring to bidding on being first man for supposedly-virgin-with-scandal Sayuri Nitta]
Hatsumomo: How much longer is this bidding going to take? Beside who wants a plum when someone has already had a bite?
[takes a bite out of the plum]

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Narrator at beginning:

You cannot say to the sun, “More sun.” Or to the rain, “Less rain.” To a man, geisha can only be half a wife. We are the wives of nightfall. And yet, to learn kindness after so much unkindness, to understand that a little girl with more courage than she knew, would find her prayers were answered, can that not be called happiness? After all these are not the memoirs of an empress, nor of a queen. These are memoirs of another kind.

Narrator at end, as Chiyo watches the Chairman leave with geisha
In that moment, I changed from a girl facing nothing but emptiness, to someone with purpose. I saw that to be a geisha could be a stepping stone to something else… a place in his world.

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Mameha: We do not become Geisha to pursue out own destines. We become Geisha because we have no other choice.

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Sayuri Nitta: She paints her face to hide her face. Her eyes are deep water. It is not for Geisha to want. It is not for geisha to feel. Geisha is an artist of the floating world. She dances, she sings. She entertains you, whatever you want. The rest is shadows, the rest is secret.

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One Response to “Memorable Movie Quotes: Memoirs of a Geisha”

  1. Naomi Says:

    My favorites are the 4th & the 7th to someone like me,who reads and writes poetry, they mean so much more than just words instead tehy are teh truth behind the obvious, they mean more than just what they say on the surface to understand the true meaning you have to look deeper just what like I have done and then you will understand why it is that I say this.

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