A rough collection of my favourite quotations from film. The films are arranged in alphabetical order, with the name of the director and the actor who delivers the lines listed alongside, as well as the name of their character. This is by no means a comprehensive list, but rather something I will add to gradually. I adore reading quotes and dialogue, and have written numerous posts about my favourite excerpts in literature, so I wanted to catalogue these striking moments from film and share them with anybody else who may be interested.
Air Doll | Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Role: Nozomi (Bae Doona)
It seems life is constructed in a way that no one can fulfill it alone. Just as it’s not enough for flowers to have pistils and stamens. An insect or a breeze must introduce a pistil to a stamen. Life contains its own absence, which only an other can fulfill. It seems the world is the summation of others, and yet we neither know or are told that we will fulfill each other. We lead our scattered lives, perfectly unaware of each other. Why is it that the world is constructed so loosely?
Blade Runner | Director: Ridley Scott | Role: Roy Batty (Rutger Hauer)
I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time… like tears in rain. Time to die.
Cloud Atlas | Director: The Wachowskis | Role: Isaac Sachs (Tom Hanks)
Belief, like fear or love, is a force to be understood as we understand the Theory of Relativity and Principles of Uncertainty: phenomenon that determine the course of our lives. Yesterday, my life was headed in one direction. Today, it is headed in another. Yesterday I believed that I would never have done what I did today. These forces that often remake time and space, that can shape and alter who we imagine ourselves to be, begin long before we are born and continue after we perish. Our lives and our choices, like quantum trajectories, are understood moment to moment. At each point of intersection, each encounter suggests a new potential direction.
Green Mile, The | Director: Frank Darabont | Role: John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan)
I’m tired, boss. Tired of bein’ on the road, lonely as a sparrow in the rain. Tired of not ever having me a buddy to be with, to tell me where we’s coming from or going to, or why. Mostly I’m tired of people being ugly to each other. I’m tired of all the pain I feel and hear in the world everyday. There’s too much of it. It’s like pieces of glass in my head all the time. Can you understand?
Il Mare | Director: Lee Hyun-seung | Role: Eun-joo (Jun Ji-hyun)
We’re tormented because love goes on, not because it goes away.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story | Director: Boden and Fleck | Role: Bobby (Zach Galifianakis)
See, that’s the part I don’t get, Craig. I mean, you’re cool, you’re smart, you’re talented. You have a family that loves you. You know, what I would do just to be you, for just a day? I would… I would do so much. I would… I don’t know. I would just… I’d just live. Like it meant something.
Lego Movie, The | Director: Lord and Miller | Role: Emmet Brickowski (Chris Pratt)
How can I just decide to believe that I’m special, when I’m not.
Lost in Translation | Director: Sofia Coppola | Role: Bob Harris (Bill Murray)
The more you know who you are and what you want, the less you let things upset you.
Never Let Me Go | Director: Mark Romanek | Role: Kathy H (Carey Mulligan)
It had never occurred to me that our lives, which had been so closely interwoven, could unravel with such speed. If I’d known, maybe I’d have kept tighter hold of them and not let unseen tides pull us apart.
I come here and imagine that this is the spot where everything I’ve lost since my childhood has washed out. I tell myself, if that were true, and I waited long enough, then a tiny figure would appear on the horizon across the field, and gradually get larger until I’d see it was Tommy. He’d wave and maybe call. I don’t let the fantasy go beyond that. I can’t let it. I remind myself I was lucky to have had any time with him at all. What I’m not sure about is if our lives have been so different from the lives of the people we save. We all complete. Maybe none of us really understand what we’ve lived through, or feel we’ve had enough time.
One Hour Photo | Director: Mark Romanek | Role: Sy Parrish (Robin Williams)
Family photos depict smiling faces. Births, weddings, holidays, children’s birthday parties. People take pictures of the happy moments in their lives. Someone looking through our photo album would conclude that we had led a joyous, leisurely existence, free of tragedy. No one ever takes a photograph of something they want to forget.
I’m sure my customers never think about it, but these snapshots are their little stands against the flow of time. The shutter is clicked, the flash goes off and they’ve stopped time, if just for the blink of an eye. And if these pictures have anything important to say to future generations, it’s this: I was here, I existed. I was young, I was happy, and somebody cared enough about me in this world to take my picture.
One Million Yen Girl | Director: Yuki Tanada | Role: Suzuko Sato (Yu Aoi)
Have you ever felt as though you don’t belong anywhere, and just want to live in a place where no one knows you?
Picnic | Director: Shunji Iwai | Role: Coco (Chara)
I know when the world will end… When I die.
Time Machine, The | Director: Simon Wells | Role: The Über-Morlock (Jeremy Irons)
We all have our time machines, don’t we? Those that take us back are memories, and those that carry us forward are dreams.
Tyrannosaur | Director: Paddy Considine | Role: Joseph (Peter Mullan)
I don’t know if it got in the papers to you, but my little buddy Samuel got attacked by that dog. That fucking cunt of a man who was seeing his mother got the dog wound up so much that it turned on the nearest thing to it. Happened to be my buddies face… Fucking thing nearly got chewed off. I could see it coming — an animal can only take so much punishment and humiliation before it snaps, fights back. That’s its nature, you know. I felt responsible for the boy. I should have stepped in earlier, but I was trying to turn over a new chapter in my life. Well, the event sent me a bit gaga. My head just went. That’s the second little dog I’ve killed. I’m not proud because I love dogs, but it had to be done to even things up in my mind a bit. I think I went a bit native. That’s what Tommy told me: “You went native.” I thought that sounded about right, somehow.