Quotes from the Movie An Education

If people die the moment that they graduate, then surely it's the things we do beforehand that count.

Jenny Mellor

I don't want to lose my virginity to a piece of fruit.

Jenny Mellor

If you never do anything, you never become anyone.

Jenny Mellor

It's funny though, isn't it? All that poetry and all those songs, about something that lasts no time at all.

Jenny Mellor

The life I want, there is no shortcut.

Jenny Mellor

Nobody does anything worth doing with a degree. No woman anyway.

Jenny

Studying is hard and boring. Teaching is hard and boring. So, what you're telling me is to be bored, and then bored, and finally bored again, but this time for the rest of my life? This whole stupid country is bored! There's no life in it, or color, or fun! It's probably just as well the Russians are going to drop a nuclear bomb on us any day now. So my choice is to do something hard and boring, or to marry my... Jew, and go to Paris and Rome and listen to jazz, and read, and eat good food in nice restaurants, and have fun! It's not enough to educate us anymore, Ms. Walters. You've got to tell us why you're doing it.

Jenny

I feel old. But not very wise.

Jenny

Mr. and Mrs. David Goldman. Mr. and Mrs. David Goldman. Mr. and Mrs. David you're married!

Jenny

When were you going to tell me?

Jenny

You were living with your wife all this time, around the corner! Byron Avenue. It's no wonder we kept bumping into each other, is it? What number?

Jenny

I have nothing. I didn't take my exams. I... I left school. Where's it all gone now?

Jenny

You're my father again now, are you? And what were you when you encouraged me to throw my life away? Silly schoolgirls are always getting seduced by glamorous older men, but what about you two?

Jenny

And you're aware, I suppose, that our Lord was Jewish?

Jenny

Knowing a famous author is better than becoming one. It shows you're connected.

Jack Mellor

We have to have this out. Well, if you won't do it, I will. I'm still your father.

Jack

Someone told me that in about 50 years, no one will speak Latin, probably. Not even Latin people.

Helen

Nobody does anything worth doing without a degree.

Headmistress

So what I do isn't worth doing? Or what Miss Stubbs does, or Mrs. Wilson, or any of us here? Because none of us would be here without a degree. You do realize that, don't you? And yes, of course studying is hard and boring...

Headmistress

He's a Jew? You're aware, I take it, that the Jews killed our Lord?

Headmistress

I suppose he told you that. We're all very sorry about what happened during the war. But that's absolutely no excuse for that sort of malicious and untruthful propaganda.

Headmistress

Legally yes, but...

David

Soon. It just never seemed like the right time. You seemed so happy, and I was happy...

David

34. Don't be like this, come on.

David

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