Best Movie Quotes

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Quotes from the best movies

Deviating from the topic “philosophy” stricto sensu at first sight, we are actually totally in the topic. Movies are full of philosophical pearls: Ingmar Bergman, Woody Allen, Arnaud Despleschin, Stanley Kubrick, Fritz Lang or Murnau were all ardent readers of philosophy, and these readings have transpired in their works.

Orson Welles (Citizen Kane):

– “Old age. This is the only disease that you can not expect to be cured”

Sydney Lumet (12 Angry Men):

– “Freedom is never having to say you’re sorry”

François Truffaut (The 400 Blows):

– “Life has more imagination than us”

Woody Allen (Whatever Works):

– “I do not know what I want, but I know what I will not!”

– “Only unfulfilled love can be romantic”

Michel Audiard (secret agents):

– “The truth is never fun if everybody would”

– “The worst disease of men is to give all his love to one woman”

Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather 3 & Apocalypse Now):

– “Never let anyone know what you think”

– “Do you know that life is a nightmare for those who dream?”

David Fincher (Fight Club):

– “The things we possess we have finally”

– “We waste our lives in a job you hate to pay for things we do not need”

– “Only when we lost everything we are free to do whatever we want”

Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction):

– “We know we have found someone special when you can shut up and share a pleasant silence”

Wong Kar Wai (2046):

– “It misses the soul mate if it occurs too early or too late. At another time, another place, our history had been different”


Alain Godard (Breathless):

– “- What is your ambition in life is to become immortal and die”

Sam Mendes (American Beauty):

– “In life, to attract success, we must first give the impression of success”

Bryan Singer (Usual Suspects):

– “You can convince everybody that has changed, but never yourself”

Martin Scorsese (The Departed & Shutter Island):

– “I do not want to be the product of my environment, I want my environment to be my product to me”

– “But figuratively god loves violence, you understand this is not it?

– No. No I do not understand.

– Why would there be much or? It is within us. It comes from us. It is more natural to us that the simple act of breathing. We trigger wars. We make sacrifices. We pillage, we tear the flesh of our brethren? We comply with corpses rotting in huge battlefields. And for what? To show him that we have retained his teachings. God gave us earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes. He offered us all these mountains that dump on us torrents of fire. All these oceans that swallow ships. He offered us the nature of this murderous smile misleading. He offered us the disease at the time of our agony, we thought we had with openings only to feel the life drain out. He gave us the desire, rage, greed and a heart defiled so that we can spread the violence in his honor. There is no moral order as pure as this storm that we just witnessed. Besides the moral order does not exist. Everything is reduced to this single question: Is my violence can trump yours? ”

Danny Boyle (Trainspotting):

– “Choose life, choose a job, choose a career choose a family choose a fucking TV in the cunt, choose washing machines, the cars, turntables laser, electronic opener. Choose health, low cholesterol and good mutual choosing fixed rate loans, choose a small pavilion, choose our friends. Choose his tracksuit, and the bag that goes with choosing a sofa with two armchairs, all on credit with a choice of fabric shit, choose to tinker on Sunday morning pondering the meaning of life choose to s ‘slouch on the fucking couch and TV sets in lobotomized by stuffing McDonald. Choose rotting away at the hospital and finished by pissing on it in the misery by realizing that shames the child cated head when you’ve established that they take over. Choose your future, choose life.

Why would I do such a thing? I chose not to choose life, I chose something else. The reasons?

There’s no reason. We do not need any reason when you have heroine ”

– “Life is razor and unnecessary. Initially, it is full of extraordinary dreams and then you end up sitting on it. We realize we’re all going to spend without really getting the right answers. We take seriously all theories to one hundred liters of saliva per hour and, in fact, our own lives but they serve us in other ways. And they never have muscular legs consistent with stuff on the really big things. In short, your life is short, disappointing and then you die. It occupies our lives with shit like careers and relationships, to make us believe that all is not totally useless ”


Cite this article as: Tim, "Best Movie Quotes, May 3, 2012, " in Philosophy & Philosophers, May 3, 2012,

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