Quotes from the Movie American Beauty

This isn't life, it's just stuff. And it's become more important to you than living. Well, honey, that's just nuts.

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.

Lester Burnham

Look at me, jerking off in the shower — this will be the high point of my day. It's all downhill from here.

Lester Burnham

That's my wife, Carolyn. See the way the handle on her pruning shears matches her gardening clogs? That's not an accident.

Lester Burnham

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.

Lester Burnham

Both my wife and daughter think I'm this gigantic loser and they're right, I have lost something.

Lester Burnham

I'm not exactly sure what it is but I know I didn't always feel this... sedated. But you know what?

Lester Burnham

It's never too late to get it back.

Lester Burnham

You're one to talk, you bloodless, money-grubbing freak.

Lester Burnham

1970 Pontiac Firebird. The car I've always wanted and now I have it. I rule!

Lester Burnham

This isn't life, it's just stuff. And it's become more important to you than living. Well, honey, that's just nuts.

Lester Burnham

I'm just an ordinary guy with nothing to lose.

Lester Burnham

I want to look good naked!

Lester Burnham

I didn't lose my job. It's not like 'Whoops! Where did my job go?' I quit.

Lester Burnham

It's a great thing when you realize you still have the ability to surprise yourself.

Lester Burnham

I feel like I've been in a coma for the past twenty years. And I'm just now waking up.

Lester Burnham

Our marriage is just for show. A commercial for how normal we are when we're anything but.

Lester Burnham

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.

Lester Burnham

Oh, it's okay. I wouldn't remember me either.

Lester Burnham

Smile! You're at Mr. Smiley's.

Lester Burnham

We've met before, but something tells me you're going to remember me this time.

Lester Burnham

[To Carolyn] You don't get to tell me what to do ever again.

Lester Burnham

We have a very healthy relationship.

Lester Burnham

[To Ricky Fitts] I think you just became my personal hero!

Lester Burnham

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