Fairy Godmother: No one will recognize you for what you are. People seldom do.
Fairy Godmother: You're not meant to understand it. You're meant to accept it. Graciously.
Fairy Godmother: I suppose I shall simply have to rise to the occasion and do something spectacular, yet again. And spectaculars always take so much out of me... It was the same with Snow White. All the same, you young girls: never do as you're told! Men are MUCH easier.
Dowager Queen: He can write what he likes, so long as he clears this room. There are too many people in it by far. Most of them not worth the candle.
Dowager Queen: Is he still alive? I thought we buried him.
Chamberlain: [Explaining to Cinderella as to why she and Prince Edward can't be together] Your love for the prince and his love for you, well, that is a fine and private thing. Would that it could remain so, but the times demand something different. The prince must make a marriage of alliance with the princess blood royal. And that is why I am here, burdened with this unhappy task. You see my dear, in life, love cannot always find a way. You were born here, so you know that our little kingdom, whilst far from perfect, has enjoyed countless centuries of peace. Now that peace is threatened from without, there are some who look towards our frontiers with greedy eyes. You see only love and happiness staring you in the face, I see nothing but war and destruction; unless a sacrifice is made.
Cinderella: And that sacrifice is to be me?
Chamberlain: Yes. It's a lot to ask, but I have to ask it.
Prince Edward: Father, you have done what you've done. The spoils are yours, but it is a small victory.
The King: If I could explain...
Prince Edward: Spare me that. Spare me the final hypocrisy of your sympathy. Take your map. Rearrange it to your heart's content. Make your precious marriage of alliance. You've destroyed whatever vestige of love and happiness I might have found, and you've done it in the name of patriotism. So... let it be thus. Choose me a bride from amongst the ragbag of royal virgins I have twice rejected. Choose who you will. I care not. I'll play my public part to the altar but no further. Your royal house will live with you but die with me.
[Edward has just saved Cinderella from her miserable life]
Cinderella: And in my happiness, I forgive you all!
[Edward and Cinderella exit]
Stepmother: Forgive me? How *dare* she forgive me?
[having been accused of cheating by the Queen]
The King: Kings never cheat! They adapt to circumstances. But they never cheat!
Dowager Queen: [after the wedding has been interrupted by Cinderella's entrance] Is the ceremony over? What a relief!
Prince Edward: Our policemen, father, could not find a missing haystack, let alone a needle!
Prince Edward: [singing] I'd have a chance to pick and choose/I'd have a chance to win or lose/And maybe one of us would have a chance to live/Before we die!
Dowager Queen: [suddenly waking] Die? Who's died?
Dowager Queen: [suddenly waking] There's somebody in the room!