If "you talkin' to me" about "Taxi Driver" quotes, then these 4 other gems are among Robert De Niro's highlights. De Niro virtually transformed into the socially isolated, mohawk-rocking, taxi driving-vigilante Travis Bickle in this 1976 gothic thriller. These "Taxi Driver" quotes are definitely the last thing you want to hear during your next cab ride.
"The idea had been growing in my brain for some time: TRUE force. All the king's men cannot put it back together again." Is Travis Bickle having a Vietnam flashback during this "Taxi Driver" quote? This disturbing statement marks a crucial turning point in Travis' mundane life–the desire to rid the world of evil. Unfortunately, his plot involves purchasing an arsenal of unregistered guns from a dude named "Easy Andy", and taking the law into his own misguided hands.
"Loneliness has followed me my whole life. Everywhere. In bars, in cars, sidewalks, stores, everywhere. There's no escape. I'm God's lonely man…" Inside this quote lies the painful truth that even in a location as densely populated as New York City, Travis Bickle still feels completely abandoned by society. His countless attempts at making conversation, as well as meaningful relationships with others seem to crash and burn instead of blossom. Bickle feels cursed, forced to live a life of solitude–a taxi driver surrounded by invisible customers.
"I got some bad ideas in my head." As Travis' hatred for mankind continues to broil inside his withering heart, he decides to seek some sound advice. Instead of a psychiatrist, Travis Bickle reaches out to a veteran taxi driver named Wizard (Peter Boyle) for some mental magic. The distant disillusionment on the face of actor Robert De Niro when he delivers this quote could make a man fear for Travis' life, and anyone around him.
"Now I see this clearly. My whole life is pointed in one direction. There never has been a choice for me." Travis Bickle has clearly given up on all sense of personal decision-making and accountability. This "Taxi Driver" quote sounds as if Bickle is already planning the excuses he will give to the judge in the future to avoid a death sentence. It is an eerie mix of confidence and defeat.