American Beauty Quotes
Best American Beauty Movie Quotes
Directed by: Sam Mendes
Written by: Alan Ball
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Thora Birch
Released on: October 7,1999
Taglines: look closer
American Beauty Quotes
My name is Lester Burnham. This is my neighborhood; this is my street; this is my life. I am 42 years old; in less than a year I will be dead. Of course I don't know that yet, and in a way, I am dead already.
Both my wife and daughter think I'm this gigantic loser and they're right, I have lost something. I'm not exactly sure what it is but I know I didn't always feel this... sedated. But you know what? It's never too late to get it back.
Remember those posters that said, "Today is the first day of the rest of your life"? Well, that's true of every day but one - the day you die.
It was one of those days when it's a minute away from snowing and there's this electricity in the air, you can almost hear it. Right? And this bag was just dancing with me. Like a little kid begging me to play with it. For fifteen minutes. That's the day I realized that there was this entire life behind things, and this incredibly benevolent force that wanted me to know there was no reason to be afraid, ever. Video's a poor excuse, I know. But it helps me remember... I need to remember... Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world, I feel like I can't take it, and my heart is just going to cave in.
Honey, I'm so proud of you. I watched you very closely, and you didn't screw up once!
My dad thinks I paid for all this with catering jobs. Never underestimate the power of denial.
I refuse to be a victim!
That was exactly what I needed. The royal treatment, so to speak.
My company sells an image. It's part of my job to live that image.
You ungrateful little brat! Just look at everything you have. When I was your age, we... lived in a duplex! We didn't even have our own house!
Smile! You're at Mr. Smiley's.
This isn't life, it's just stuff. And it's become more important to you than living. Well, honey, that's just nuts.
Good. I'm looking for the least possible amount of responsibility.
Look at me, jerking off in the shower... This will be the high point of my day; it's all downhill from here.
It's a great thing when you realize you still have the ability to surprise yourself. Makes you wonder what else you can do that you've forgotten about.
Brad Dupree : Got a minute?
Lester Burnham : For you, Brad, I've got five!
Ricky Fitts : Excuse me for speaking so bluntly sir. But those fags make me want to puke my fucking guts out.
Colonel Frank Fitts : Well, me too son. Me too.
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!
I will sell this house today, I will sell this house today.
Jane Burnham : Could he be any more... pathetic?
Angela Hayes : I think he's sweet. And I think he and your mother have not had sex in a long time.
I know you think my dad's harmless, but you're wrong.
She's not your friend. She's just someone you use to feel better about yourself.
I can't believe you don't know how beautiful you are.
Welcome to America's weirdest home videos.
I didn't mean to scare you. I just think you're interesting.
I'm not obsessing. I'm just curious.
Colonel Frank Fitts : You need structure. Yeah? You need discipline.
Ricky Fitts : Yes, sir. Thank you for trying to teach me. Don't give up on me, Dad.
I had always heard your entire life flashes in front of your eyes the second before you die. First of all, that one second isn't a second at all, it stretches on forever, like an ocean of time... For me, it was lying on my back at Boy Scout camp, watching falling stars... And yellow leaves, from the maple trees, that lined our street... Or my grandmother's hands, and the way her skin seemed like paper... And the first time I saw my cousin Tony's brand new Firebird... And Janie... And Janie... And... Carolyn. I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me... but it's hard to stay mad, when there's so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I'm seeing it all at once, and it's too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that's about to burst... And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain and I can't feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life... You have no idea what I'm talking about, I'm sure. But don't worry... you will someday.
There happens to be a lot about me that you don't know, Mr. Smarty Man. There's plenty of joy in my life.
Well you know what? I've changed! And the new me whacks off when he feels horny!
Will someone please pass the fucking asparagus?
Oh, I'm in trouble!
I feel like I've been in a coma for the past twenty years. And I'm just now waking up.
It's just a couch!
Oh, what? You're mother of the year? You treat her like an employee.
Janie's a pretty typical teenager. Angry, insecure, confused. I wish I could tell her that's all going to pass, but I don't want to lie to her.
You better watch yourself, Jane, or you're going to turn into a real BITCH, just like your MOTHER!
That's my wife, Carolyn. See the way the handle on her pruning shears matches her gardening clogs? That's not an accident.
You don't get to tell me what to do ever again.
It's a great thing when you realize you still have the ability to surprise yourself.
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