Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the Austrian government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family.

Maria Altmann: They'll never admit to what they did, because if they admit to one thing, they'll have to admit to it all.
Maria Altmann: My sister, Louise-I truly loved her, but truth is, we were always competitive. If life is a race, you beat me to the finish. But if life is a boxing match, I'm the last one standing.
Randol Schoenberg: It's hard to believe Hitler once applied to be an art student here.
Maria Altmann: I wish they'd have accepted him.
Maria Altmann: I have to do what I can to keep these memories alive, because people forget-especially the young.
Maria Altmann: We did everything we could and that's what matters. The past is the past and now we must let it go.
Adele Bloch Bauer: Your only enemy is fear.
Hubertus Czernin: It wasn't enough to rob your family and destroy it. No, your family had to be eradicated.
Maria Altmann: They're hoping to drag it out until I die? Well, I will do them the favor of hanging around.
Hubertus Czernin: She is the Mona Lisa of Austria-you think they will just let her go?
Maria Altmann: If I'm going back, I might as well do it in style.
Randol Schoenberg: We recommend opening the can and exacting the little worm with a pair of tweezers and shutting the can as quickly as possible.
Maria Altmann: I don't know if I have the strength to deal with these people, and I've only been here a day.
Maria Altmann: A week ago you weren't even interested and now you're all over me like a rash. What happened?
Randol Schoenberg: Well, against my better judgment, I think I like you.
Maria Altmann: Restitution-the return of something to its original state... At the very least, we should be reunited with what is rightfully ours.
Woman in Crowd: I would like to return to my original state!
Randol Schoenberg: I could've searched for the file on my own.
Maria Altmann: I wasn't going to miss all the fun. This is like a James Bond film, and you're Sean Connery!
Maria Altmann: My sister finally moves in with me. The problem is, she finally decides to do it when she's dead.
Maria Altmann: Unlike Lot's wife, I never looked back.
Maria Altmann: I have decided to allow the paintings to remain on display... if you agree to admit they were obtained illegally.
Maria Altmann: I was expecting you at 6, but it's 10 past!
Randol Schoenberg: You could buy a new bungalow... buy anything you want!
Maria Altmann: I'd like a new dishwasher.
Court House Employee: I want to go to Austria sometime with my daughter - she loves kangaroos!

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