Hugo-Movie Quotes

Compiled by Stacey Tuttle

Main Themes:  Responsibility for Others, Performance/Worth/Success, Sanctity of Life, Purpose

  • Uncle Claud:  “Time is everything.  Everything.” 


  • Hugo: “Why are you helping me?”
  • Isabelle:  “Because this may be an adventure and I’ve never had one.”


Theme:  Purpose

  • Isabelle, about the automatron (robot):  “He looks sad.”
  • Hugo:  “I think he’s just waiting to work again, to do what he’s supposed to do.”


  • Hugo about the automatron: “I thought if I could fix it, I wouldn’t be so alone.”


  • “Films had the power to recreate dreams.”


Theme:  Purpose, Worth, Sanctity of Life, Responsibility for Others

  • Hugo:  “Everything has a purpose, even machines.  …Maybe that’s why broken machines make me so sad.  Maybe it’s the same thing with people.”
  • Isabelle: “Is that your purpose—fixing things?  I wonder what my purpose is.”
  • Hugo:  “I don’t know.”
  • Isabelle:  “Maybe if I’d known my parents I would know.”


Theme:  Purpose, Worth, Sanctity of Life

  • Hugo:  “I’d imagine the whole world was one big machine. Machines never come with any extra parts, you know. They always come with the exact amount they need. So I figured, if the entire world was one big machine, I couldn’t be an extra part. I had to be here for some reason.”


  • Mama Jeanne: “You’re tried to forget the past for so long; it’s brought you nothing but unhappiness.  Maybe it’s time to remember.”


  • Georges Mellies:  “Tastes had changed, but I hadn’t changed with them …It’s all gone now, everything I ever made.”

Read our Hugo movie review here.