Garrett Fort

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Garrett Fort in 1937

Garrett Elsden Fort (June 5, 1900 - October 26, 1945) was an American short story writer, playwright, and Hollywood screenwriter.


  • Why, even when I was innocent her hatred of me hurt a good deal. Now that I'm guilty, her belief in me would hurt even more.
  • I think it will thrill you. It may shock you. It might even horrify you. So if any of you feel that you do not care to subject your nerves to such a strain, now is your chance to—Well, we warned you.
    • Prologue; Edward Van Sloan actually comes out from behind an on-screen curtain to deliver this speech.
  • Have you never wanted to do anything that was dangerous? Where should we be if nobody tried to find out what lies beyond? You never wanted to look beyond the clouds and the stars, or to know what causes the trees to bud, and what changes a darkness into light? But if you talk like that, people call you crazy. Well, if I could discover just one of these things—what eternity is, for example—I wouldn't care if they did think I was crazy.
    • Frankenstein, trying to explain to his fiancee why he experiments the way he does
  • You do not quite get what I mean. Herr Frankenstein was interested only in human life. First to destroy it, then recreate it. There you have his mad dream.
    • Explaining why Dr. Frankenstein left the University
  • Look, it's moving. It's alive, it's alive, it's alive. It's moving. It's alive, it's alive, it's alive, it's alive, it's alive!
    • Dr. Frankenstein, when the monster first comes to life
  • I made him with these hands, and with these hands I'll destroy him.
    • Frankenstein, when it becomes apparent that the monster has run amok
  • You have created a monster and it will destroy you.
    • Frankenstein, when it becomes apparent that the monster has run amok

Dracula (1931)

  • The Abbey always reminds me of that old toast, 'Above lofty timbers, the walls around are bare, echoing to our laughter, as though the dead were there.'
    • On the house Count Dracula has just leased
  • They're all crazy. They're all crazy except you and me. Sometimes I have me doubts about you.
    • Watching the inhabitants of the house trying to ward off the vampire
  • I never
    • Dracula, to Renfield, at his castle
  • I am Dracula.... I bid you welcome.
    • Dracula, welcoming Renfield to his castle
  • Listen to them. Children of the night, what music they make.
    • Dracula, in his castle, when he hears wolves howling
  • The spider spinning his web for the unwary fly. The blood is the life, Mr. Renfield.
    • Dracula, speaking to Renfield at his castle
  • To die, to be really dead, that must be glorious.... There are far worse things awaiting man than death.
    • Dracula, talking to Lucy and Mina at the opera
  • The strength of the vampire is that people will not believe in him.
    • Van Helsing, trying to convince Mina's father and fiancé that vampires do exist
  • For one who has not lived even a single lifetime, you are a wise man, Van Helsing.
    • Dracula, to Van Helsing, who has discovered his secret
  • My mind is just as open as it ever was, professor. But it's a scientific mind, and there's no place in it for superstitions.
    • Skeptical of Von Helsing's story of vampires
  • Do you believe that the dead can influence the living?... Could you conceive of a superhuman mentality influencing someone from the other side of death?... There is such a one.... Someone, something that reaches out from beyond the grave and fills me with horrible impulses.
    • Dracula's Daughter, trying to explain her situation to Dr. Garth
  • Possibly there are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamed of in your psychiatry, Mr. Garth.
    • Dracula's Daughter, telling Garth that she believes Von Helsing's story of vampires Unbeknownst to Garth, the Countess is a vampire.
  • You can't murder a man who's been dead for five centuries.
    • Prof. Von Helsing, defending himself against the charge of having murdered Count Dracula
  • She was beautiful when she died—a hundred years ago.
    • Prof. Von Helsing (Edward Van Sloan)
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