I only remember a scene of a movie from around 1980s or 1990s, and nothing else. There are a couple of persons arguing by using famous quotations. I believe it was a funny scene and the punch line was that one of them reaches a point in which they can't answer anything using a quotation anymore.
If I'm right the guy who fails in the discussion is the villain of the movie. And the guy trying to help to use another quotation might be Tim Curry. When the villain has no answer he looks back to this henchman (Tim Curry character?) for help and he has a huge open book in his hands and he looks at it while he shakes his head "no".
I tried to research Tim Curry's filmography but it's huge and got lost. Besides that, I saw this film as a kid and don't quite remember if it was actually him, just a hunch.
Country of origin: US/UK?
Approximate year of release: 1980s/1990s