Quotes from the Movie American Beauty

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 really 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.

Lester Burnham

[To Jane] Honey, I'm so proud of you. I watched you very closely, and you didn't screw up once!

Carolyn Burnham

You cannot count on anyone except yourself.

Carolyn Burnham

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!

Carolyn Burnham

I will sell this house today, I will sell this house today...

Carolyn Burnham

[To Lester] Honey, don't be weird!

Carolyn Burnham

I see you're smoking pot now! I'm so glad. I think using illegal psychotropic substances is a very positive example to set for our daughter.

Carolyn Burnham

There happens to be a lot about me that you don't know, Mr. Smarty Man. There's plenty of joy in my life.

Carolyn Burnham

I refuse to be a victim!

Carolyn Burnham

I need a father who's a role model, not some geek-boy who's gonna spray his shorts every time

Jane Burnham

I bring a girlfriend home from school.

Jane Burnham

I know you think my dad's harmless, but you're wrong.

Jane Burnham

Welcome to America's weirdest home videos.

Ricky Fitts

I didn't mean to scare you. I just think you're interesting.

Ricky Fitts

I'm not obsessing. I'm just curious.

Ricky Fitts

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. And this bag was, like, dancing with me. Like a little kid begging me to play with it. For fifteen minutes. And that's the day I knew 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... and I need to remember... Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it, like my heart's going to cave in.

Ricky Fitts

My dad thinks I paid for all this with catering jobs. Never underestimate the power of denial.

Ricky Fitts

[To Angela on Jane] She's not your friend. She's just someone you use to feel good about yourself.

Ricky Fitts

[To Jane on Ricky] I don't believe him. I mean, he didn't even like, look at me once!

Angela Hayes

It's that psycho next door. Jane, what if he worships you? What if he's got a shrine with pictures of you surrounded by dead people's heads and stuff?

Angela Hayes

You total slut, you have a crush on him. You're defending him, you love him, you wanna have, like, ten thousand of his babies.

Angela Hayes

I don't think that there's anything worse than being ordinary.

Angela Hayes

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