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Poll: Favorite Line From 'It's A Wonderful Life'

It's a Wonderful Life (1946) has become a timeless classic in the world of cinema and a beloved tradition for people to watch every year around Christmas. It has been cited as the favorite film of both its star James Stewart and director Frank Capra and, with virtually every scene standing on its own as a classic moment, the film has become as quotable as it is endearing.

Which of the many memorable lines from the film is your all-time favorite?

After voting, you may discuss the poll here.

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    Robert J. Anderson in It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

    I wish I had a million dollars... Hot dog!
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    James Stewart and Donna Reed in It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

    George Bailey: How old are you anyway? Mary Hatch Bailey: Eighteen. George Bailey: Eighteen. Why it was only last year you were seventeen.
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    I know what I'm gonna do tomorrow, and the next day, and the next year, and the year after that. I'm shakin' the dust of this crummy little town off my feet and I'm gonna see the world.
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    James Stewart and Donna Reed in It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

    What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That's a pretty good idea. I'll give you the moon, Mary.
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    James Stewart, Donna Reed, Carol Coombs, Karolyn Grimes, and Jimmy Hawkins in It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

    Now, you listen to me! I don't want any plastics, and I don't want any ground floors, and I don't want to get married - ever - to anyone! You understand that? I want to do what I want to do.
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    Lionel Barrymore in It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

    You sit around here and you spin your little webs and you think the whole world revolves around you and your money. Well, it doesn't, Mr. Potter. In the whole vast configuration of things, I'd say you were nothing but a scurvy little spider!
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    #7

    Dear Father in heaven, I'm not a praying man, but if you're up there and you can hear me... show me the way... show me the way.
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    James Stewart and Henry Travers in It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

    I told you, George. I'm your guardian angel.
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    #9

    Clarence: Your brother, Harry Bailey, broke through the ice and was drowned at the age of nine. George Bailey: That's a lie! Harry Bailey went to war! He got the Congressional Medal of Honor! He saved the lives of every man on that transport! Clarence: Every man on that transport died. Harry wasn't there to save them, because you weren't there to save Harry.
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    "It's a Wonderful Life" Jimmy Stewart, Henry Travers 1946 RKO **I.V.

    Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?
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    "It's a Wonderful Life" Jimmy Stewart, Henry Travers 1946 RKO **I.V.

    You see, George, you've really had a wonderful life. Don't you see what a mistake it would be to throw it away?
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    James Stewart in It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

    Clarence! Clarence! Help me, Clarence! Get me back! Get me back, I don't care what happens to me! Get me back to my wife and kids! Help me Clarence, please! Please! I wanna live again. I wanna live again. Please, God, let me live again.
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    #13

    Ha, ha, ha, ha! My mouth's bleeding, Bert! My mouth's bleedin'!
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    #14

    [running through Bedford Falls] Merry Christmas, movie house! Merry Christmas, Emporium! Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!
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    #15

    I been savin' this money for a divorce, if ever I got a husband.
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    Ward Bond, Beulah Bondi, Frank Faylen, Todd Karns, and Thomas Mitchell in It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

    A toast to my big brother George: The richest man in town.
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    [In book inscription] Remember, George: no man is a failure who has friends.
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    James Stewart, Donna Reed, Carol Coombs, Karolyn Grimes, Jimmy Hawkins, and Larry Simms in It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

    Zuzu Bailey: Look, Daddy. Teacher says, every time a bell rings an angel gets his wings. George Bailey: That's right, that's right. [Looks heavenward] Attaboy, Clarence.

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