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A photo of Elisa and Giles's quote "He's a wild creature. We can't ask him to be anything else." | Source: youtube.com/searchlightpictures
A photo of Elisa and Giles's quote "He's a wild creature. We can't ask him to be anything else." | Source: youtube.com/searchlightpictures

38 'Shape of Water' Quotes from the Most Awarded Drama of 2017

Kudzai Allan Chidamwoyo
May 27, 2023
01:00 P.M.
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In 2017, acclaimed filmmaker Guillermo del Toro made the outstanding film, "The Shape of Water." The film was applauded for, among other things, the splendid performance of the cast, which left audiences with several memorable quotes.

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"The Shape of Water" follows Elisa Esposito, who falls in love with a mysterious creature housed at her workplace. Esposito is mute and communicates through sign language. She was found abandoned with wounds on her neck on the river bank when she was young.

Besides the theme of unconditional love, the film also looks at the silencing of the voiceless by bureaucratic means and shows that the monster is not always the most obvious person or thing. All these themes are highlighted in the following 38 "The Shape of Water" quotes.

Elisa's quote : “Now I can save him or let him die.” | Source:youtube.com/searchlightpictures

Elisa's quote : “Now I can save him or let him die.” | Source:youtube.com/searchlightpictures

The 'Shape of Water' Quotes from Elisa

"Now I can save him or let him die."Elisa

"Oh God, it's not even human."Giles ... "If we do nothing, neither are we."Elisa

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"He sees me for what I am."Elisa

"When he looks at me, the way he looks at me. He does not know what I lack or how I am incomplete. He sees me for what I am, as I am."Elisa

"REPEAT REPEAT REPEAT"Elisa

Giles's quote : “No, no, don’t play with the kitties.” | Source:youtube.com/searchlightpictures

Giles's quote : “No, no, don’t play with the kitties.” | Source:youtube.com/searchlightpictures

The 'Shape of Water' Quotes from Giles and Zelda

"He's so beautiful."Giles

"Oh! God, to be young and beautiful. If I could go back to when I was 18 - I didn't know anything about anything - I'd give myself a bit of advice ... I would say: Take better care of your teeth..."Giles

"Unable to perceive the shape of you, I find you all around me. Your presence fills my eyes with your love. It humbles my heart, for you are everywhere."Giles

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"Have you always been alone? Did you ever have someone? Do you know what happened to you, do you? Because I don't. I don't know what happened to me. I don't know! I look in the mirror, and the only thing I recognize are these eyes. In this old man's face. You know, sometimes I think I was either born too early or too late for my life. Maybe we're both just relics."Giles

"No, no, don't play with the kitties."Giles

Giles's quote : “It wasn’t his fault. He’s a wild creature.” | Source:youtube.com/searchlightpictures

Giles's quote : “It wasn’t his fault. He’s a wild creature.” | Source:youtube.com/searchlightpictures

"He's a wild creature. We can't ask him to be anything else."Giles

"You think he meant it?"Giles

"When he looks at me, the way he looks at me... He does not know what I lack... Or - how - I am incomplete. He sees me for what I - am, as I am. He's happy - to see me. Every time. Every day. Now, I can either save him... or let him die."Giles

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"It wasn't his fault. He's a wild creature."Giles

"When I think of her, of Elisa, the only thing that comes to mind is a poem whispered by someone in love hundreds of years ago. "Unable to perceive the shape of you, I find you all around me. Your presence fills my eyes with your love. It humbles my heart, for you are everywhere." Giles

Zelda's quote : "Never trust a man. Even when he looks flat down there." | Source:youtube.com/searchlightpictures

Zelda's quote : "Never trust a man. Even when he looks flat down there." | Source:youtube.com/searchlightpictures

"I'm going to be synchronizing our watches just like they do in the movies."Giles

"Yes, I'm wearing a hairpiece. How does it look?"Giles

"It takes a lot of lying to keep a marriage going."Zelda

"Never trust a man. Even when he looks flat down there."Zelda

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"There's p** freckles on the ceiling now! How'd they get it up there? Just how big a target do they need, you figure? They get enough practice, that's for sure."Zelda

Zelda's quote : “Honey, he'd be Shakespeare.” | Source:youtube.com/searchlightpictures

Zelda's quote : “Honey, he'd be Shakespeare.” | Source:youtube.com/searchlightpictures

"Short people are mean. I never met a short man that stays nice all the way through. No sir. Mean little backstabbers, all of 'em. Maybe it's the air down there. Not enough oxygen or somethin'."Zelda

"Honey, he'd be Shakespeare." Zelda

"Are you out of your mind? Don't do this, Elisa." Zelda

"You Got To Go Now, And You Got To Take That Thing With You."Zelda

"You boys mind putting the trash in the can? That's what it's there for."Zelda

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Richard Strickland's quote : "I do not fail. I deliver.” | Source:youtube.com/searchlightpictures

Richard Strickland's quote : "I do not fail. I deliver.” | Source:youtube.com/searchlightpictures

The 'Shape of Water' Quotes from Richard Strickland, Dr. Robert Hoffstetler, and Other Characters

"I do not fail. I deliver."Richard Strickland

"The thing we keep in there is an affront. Do you know what an affront is, Zelda? ... That's right. And I should know, I dragged that... filthy thing... out of the river muck in South America all the way here. And along the way, we didn't get to like each other much. Now. You may think, That thing looks human. Stands on two legs, right? But - we're created in the Lord's image. You don't think that's what the Lord looks like, do you?"Richard Strickland

"It's still Baltimore, Elaine. No one likes Baltimore."Richard Strickland

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"This creature is intelligent. Capable of language... Of understanding emotions!" — Dr. Robert Hoffstetler ... "So are the Soviets…"Richard Strickland

"The natives in the Amazon worshiped it. Like a god. We need to take it apart, learn how it works."Richard Strickland

Dr. Robert Hoffstetler's quote : "I'm not competitive, I don't want an intricate, beautiful thing destroyed!" | Source:youtube.com/searchlightpictures

Dr. Robert Hoffstetler's quote : "I'm not competitive, I don't want an intricate, beautiful thing destroyed!" | Source:youtube.com/searchlightpictures

"It's an animal, Hoffstetler. Just keepin' it tame."Dr. Robert Hoffstetler

"This Creature Is Intelligent, Capable Of Language, Of Understanding Emotions."Dr. Robert Hoffstetler

"I'm not competitive; I don't want an intricate, beautiful thing destroyed!" Dr. Robert Hoffstetler

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Mr. Fleming's quote : “Oh Heavens to Betsy, we’re in a pickle.” | Source:youtube.com/searchlightpictures

Mr. Fleming's quote : “Oh Heavens to Betsy, we’re in a pickle.” | Source:youtube.com/searchlightpictures

"Thirty-six hours from now, this entire episode will be over. And so will you. Our universe will have a hole in it with your outline. And you will have moved on. To - an alternate universe. A universe of sh*t. You'll be lost to civilization, and you will be unborn, unmade, and undone."General Hoyt

"Oh Heavens to Betsy, we're in a pickle."Mr. Fleming

"This May Very Well Be The Most Sensitive Asset Ever To Be Housed In This Facility."Mr. Fleming

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"Y'all come back now."Pie Seller

Zelda's quote : “It takes a lot of lying to keep a marriage going.” | Source:youtube.com/searchlightpictures

Zelda's quote : “It takes a lot of lying to keep a marriage going.” | Source:youtube.com/searchlightpictures

"The Shape of Water" brings to life some internal conflicts with the United States of America and the lack of rights for some deemed inferior. Additionally, there is a fear of those who can be powerful and a need to silence them.

The film is also another use of supernatural beings by Hollywood to entertain its audience. That parallels the recently released "Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves" starring Regé-Jean Page and Sophia Lillis. Read 41 'Critical Roles' quotes from the film.

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