East of Eden quotes,East of Eden (1955)
Director: Elia Kazan,Stars: James Dean, Raymond Massey, Julie Harris
[refusing Cal’s gift of money]
Adam Trask: If you want to give me a present, give me a good life. That's something I can value.
Cal Trask: It's gonna work because it's got to work and it's got to work because I said so
I was even thinking I was bad. I love you even though I'm afraid of you. Maybe someday I won't be.
Kate: [after Cal asks why she shot his father] Because he tried to hold me, he tried to tie me down! Nobody holds me!
Abra: But you must give him some sign, Mr. Trask, some sign that you love him… or he'll never be a man. All his life he'll feel guilty and alone unless you release him.
Cal Trask: I've been jealous all my life. Jealous, I couldn't even stand it. Tonight, I even tried to buy your love, but now I don't want it anymore… I can't use it anymore. I don't want any kind of love anymore. It doesn't pay off.
Cal Trask: Man has a choice and it's a choice that makes him a man.
Abra: Mr. Trask, it's awful not to be loved. It's the worst thing in the world. Don't ask me – even if you could – how I know that. I just know it. It makes you mean, and violent, and cruel. And that's the way Cal has always felt, Mr. Trask. All his life! Maybe you didn't mean it that way – but it's true. You never gave him your love. You never asked for his. You never asked him for one thing.