The Outsiders Quotes

Monday, May 2 by Jason Cuthbert

These "The Outsiders" quotes get right to the heart of who the characters are and their outlook on life. Francis Ford Coppola tells this classic story of upper class versus lower class with passionate moments that really add multiple layers to many of these characters whose difficult lives could have completely dimmed their spirits. If you have never seen "The Outsiders", these quotes can still be appreciated.

  1. Cherry: "I hope I never see Dallas Winston again. If I do I'd… probably fall in love with him." This teenaged upper class girl finds herself attracted to Ponyboy, a humble, compassionate young man known as a "Greaser" – tough guys with slick hairstyles. Dallas Winston is much more abrasive and confrontational towards people than Ponyboy. Even after arguing with Dallas, and splashing him with her soda – she clearly still takes a liking to him according to this quote from "The Outsiders."
  2. Johnny: "Stay gold, Ponyboy. Stay gold." While bed-ridden in the hospital from vicious burn wounds – the mild mannered Johnny, played with soul by the original "Karate Kid" Ralph Macchio, wants his friend Ponyboy to stay true to himself. While watching a sunset in the country while hiding from the police, Ponyboy tells Johnny a poem the makes reference to the phrase "stay gold". The two friends realize that their desire to see the world and have a positive impact on it is quite different from the negative stereotypes attached to being a "greaser." This is one of the most touching quotes in "The Outsiders."
  3. Steve: "Hate to tell you this buddy, but you have to wear clothes to work. There's a law or something." This quote from "The Outsiders"comes from the high-spirited, wise-cracking "greaser" Steve to fellow "greaser" Sodapop, rushing him to get dressed for work. They both work at the same gas station. Steve's sense of humor is only rivaled by Two-bit played by Emilio Estevez, who has no problem making light of any situation.
  4. Dallas: "I'm never nice. Can I interest you in a Coca-Cola or a 7-Up?" After the attractive upper class girl Cherry begs Dallas to be nice – this is the response she gets. Being obnoxious for no reasons seems to be Dallas' way of keeping his guard up and trying to make people scared of him. This fairly funny quote from "The Outsiders" shows a duality to his character. He would like to be nice it seems, but he is too concerned about ruining his tough-guy image
  5. Dallas: "Man, I thought New York was the only place to end up in a murder rap, Jesus Christ!" This particular quote from "The Outsiders" captures Dallas' shock at how quickly things can go from bad to worse after a fatally violent episode involving Johnny and Ponyboy. Their small town environment is clearly not the first place to hear about a murder happening. Even Dallas's rough edges can be ruffled by unexpected and unfortunate situations.
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