Hg(CNO) 2.2
2001-07-02 01:50:27 (UTC)

art imitates life, inversely

a list of quotes that stick out to me, for one reason or
another, in some of my favorite films. compilation of
this unproductive database would not have been possible
w/ out help from (read:total reliance upon) the IMDB.

Benny & Joon (1993)

Sam: How sick is she?
Benny: Oh, she's plenty sick.
Sam: Oh. Because you know, it seems to me that,
aside from being a little mentally ill, she's pretty normal.

Joon: Having a Boo Radley moment, are we?
Magnolia (1999)

Gwenovier: What are you doing?
Frank T.J. Mackey: I'm quietly judging you.

Quiz Kid Donnie Smith: I'm sick and I'm in love.
Thurston Howell: You seem the sort of person who
confuses the two.
Quiz Kid Donnie Smith: That's right. That's the first time
you've been right. I confuse the two and I don't care.

Young Pharmacy Kid: Strong, strong stuff here. What
exactly you have wrong, you need all this stuff?
Linda Partridge: Motherfucker...
Young Pharmacy Kid: What are you talking about?
Linda Partridge: Who the fuck are you, who the fuck do
you think you are? I come in here, you don't know me,
you don't know who I am, what my life is, you have the
balls, the indecency to ask me a question about my
Old Pharmacist: Please, lady, why don't you calm down
-- ?
Linda Partridge: Fuck you, too! Don't call me "lady"! I
come in here, I give these things to you, you check, you
make your phone calls, look suspicious, ask
questions! I'm sick! I have sickness all around me and
you fucking ask me about my life?! "What's wrong?"...
Where's your fucking decency? And then I'm asked
fucking questions. What's...wrong?! And you, you
fucking call me "lady"?! Shame on you! Shame on you!!
Shame on both of you!

American Beauty (1999)

Angela Hayes: Jane, he's a freak!
Jane Burnham: Then so am I! And we'll always be
freaks and we'll never be like other people and you'll
never be a freak because you're just too... perfect!

Lester Burnham: [narrating] It's a great thing when you
realize you still have the ability to surprise yourself.

Ricky Fitts: I was filming this dead bird.
Angela Hayes: Why?
Ricky Fitts: Because it's beautiful.

Great Expectations (1998)

Ms. Nora Digger Dinsmoor: She'll only break your heart,
it's a fact. And even though I warn you, even though I
guarantee you that the girl will only hurt you terribly,
you'll still pursue her. Ain't love grand!

Beautiful Girls (1996)

Willie: [from a window] Hey.
Marty: Romeo and Juliet, the dyslexic version.

Andera: So why the sad face?
Willie: Job requirement. Happy piano players work the
Annie Hall (1977)

[Alvy addresses a pair of strangers on the street.]
Alvy Singer: Here, you look like a very happy couple, um,
are you?
Stranger: Yeah.
Alvy Singer: Yeah? So, so, how do you account for it?
Stranger: Uh, I'm very shallow and empty and I have no
ideas and nothing interesting to say.
Stranger: And I'm exactly the same way.
Alvy Singer: I see! Wow! That's very interesting. So
you've managed to work out something?

Alvy Singer: I'm so tired of spending evenings making
fake insights with people who work for "Dysentery."
Robin: "Commentary."
Alvy Singer: Oh really? I had heard that "Commentary"
and "Dissent" had merged and formed "Dysentery."

Dead Poets Society (1989)

John Keating: No matter what anybody tells you, words
& ideas can change the world.
Forces of Nature (1999)

Ben: Sometimes the people we meet change us
Contact (1997)

Palmer Joss: What are you studying up there?
Dr. Eleanor Ann Arroway: Oh, the usual. Nebulae,
quasars, pulsars, stuff like that. What are you writing?
Palmer Joss: The usual. Nouns, adverbs, adjective
here and there.

Alien: You're an interesting species, an interesting mix.
You're capable of such beautiful dreams and such
horrible nightmares. You feel so lost, so cut off, so
alone, only you're not. See, in all our searching, the only
thing we've found that makes the emptiness bearable
is each other
Good Will Hunting (1997)

Sean: Do you have a soulmate?
Will: Define that.
Sean: Someone you can relate to, someone who
opens things up for you.
Will: Sure, I got plenty.
Sean: Well, name them.
Will: Shakespeare, Nietzsche, Frost, O'Conner...
Sean: Well that's great. They're all dead.
Will: Not to me, they're not.
Sean: You can't have a lot of dialogue with them.
Will: Not without a heater and some serious smelling

Sean: Real loss is only possible when you love
something more than you love yourself.

Chuckie: So this is a Harvard bar, huh? I thought there'd
be equations and shit on the wall.

Sean: She is not perfect. You are not perfect. The
question is whether or not you are perfect for each

Will: Do you buy all these books retail or do you send
away for, like, a shrink kit that comes with all these
volumes included?
Being John Malkovich (1999)

Dr. Lester: I've been very lonely in my isolated tower of
indecipherable speech

Lotte Schwartz: Don't stand in the way of my
actualization as a man.

Dr. Lester: Which of these two letters comes first, this
one or this one?
Craig Schwartz: One of those is not a letter, sir?
Dr. Lester: Damn, you're good.
Moonlight and Valentino (1995)

Rebecca Trager Lott: Lucy, it's interesting how you
always wear black and deny yourself food.
Lucy Trager: It's not that interesting, really.
Virgin Suicides, The (1999)

Narrator: We knew the girls were really women in
disguise, that they understood love, and even death,
and that our job was merely to create the noise that
seemed to fascinate them.

Quills (2000)

Madeleine: You can't be a proper writer without a touch
of madness, can you?

Marquis de Sade: In order to know virtue, we must
acquaint ourselves with vice. Only then can we know
the true measure of a man.
Before Sunrise (1995)

Celine: I really believe that if there's any kind of God, he
wouldn't be in any one of us---not you, not me, but just
in the space in between. If there's some magic in this
world, it must be in the attempt of understanding
someone else, sharing something. Even if it's almost
impossible to succeed, but who cares, the answer
must be in the attempt.

Street Poet: Daydream, delusion, limousine, eyelash /
Oh baby with your pretty face / Drop a tear in my
wineglass / Look at those big eyes / See what you
mean to me / Sweet-cakes and milkshakes / I'm
delusion angel / I'm fantasy parade / I want you to know
what I think / Don't want you to guess anymore / You
have no idea where I came from / We have no idea
where we're going / Latched in life / Like branches in a
river/ Flowing downstream / Caught in the current / I'll
carry you / You'll carry me / That's how it could be / Don't
you know me? / Don't you know me by now?
Gattaca (1997)

Vincent: I was never more certain of how far away I was
from my goal than when I was standing right beside it.

Vincent: For someone who was never meant for this
world, I must admit I am having a hard time leaving it.
Although they say every atom in our bodies was once
part of a star. Maybe I'm not leaving... maybe I'm going
Green Mile, The (1999)

Old Paul Edgecomb: I guess sometimes the past just
catches up with you, whether you want it to or not.
Guinevere (1999)

Harper Sloane: You're obviously mistaking me for
someone with potential.
English Patient, The (1996)

Almsy: New lovers are nervous and tender, but smash
everything. For the heart is an organ of fire.

Almsy: I just wanted you to know: I'm not missing you
Katharine: You will.