Commander Bolton: You can practically see it from here.
Captain Winnant: What?
Commander Bolton: Home.
Mr. Dawson: Men my age dictate this war. Why should we be allowed to send our children to fight it?
Collins: Dunkirk's so far, why couldn't they load at Calais?
Radio Communication: The enemy had something to say about it.
Tommy: [last dialogue] We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air. We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be...
Tommy: We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches. We shall fight on the landing grounds. We shall fight in the fields and in the streets. We shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender. and even if this Island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God's good time, the New World, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.
Commander Bolton: Well, we'll know in six hours.
Captain Winnant: I thought the tide came in every three hours.
Commander Bolton: It's a good job I'm in the Navy and you're in the Army.
Commander Bolton: The tide's turning now.
Captain Winnant: How can you tell?
Commander Bolton: The bodies are coming back.
Mr. Dawson: [On the Shivering Soldier] He's shell-shocked, George. He's not himself. He might never be himself again.
Commander Bolton: The enemy tanks have stopped.
Captain Winnant: Why? Why waste precious tanks when they can pick us off from the air like a fish in a barrel?
Commander Bolton: I'd rather fight waves than dive-bombers.
Captain Winnant: What do you see?
Commander Bolton: [Looking through his binoculars, seeing the civilian ships arrive] Home.
Commander Bolton: Seeing home doesn't help us get there, Captain.
Tommy: How hard is it to find a dead Englishman on Dunkirk beach, for God's sake?
Captain Winnant: [sighs, boards the evacuation ship] Churchill got his 30,000.
Commander Bolton: And then some. Almost 300,000...
[closes the barrier in front of him to the ship]
Commander Bolton: ... so far.
Captain Winnant: So far?
Commander Bolton: I'm staying... for the French.
Alex: You don't speak English English
[pointing at Gibson]
Alex: , and if he does it's with an accent thicker than sauerkraut sauce.
Peter: [when pulling a survivor up from the water] Good day.