Quotes from the Movie Beginners

Go and have experiences with your own people. I'll be right here. I'm a human. I'm not a dog. And you're a Jack Russell, and that's a breed. Your personality was created by this guy John Russell, who was a hunting enthusiast in the 1800's. And he bred your ancestors for their stamina and their courage for the hunt. You think you're you and you want to chase the foxes, but... other people planted that in you years ago, and now, somewhat arbitrarily you're considered very cute by us humans. And we keep breeding you not to- not to chase foxes, but to be cute. And we put you in television shows, and movies, and- And you're chasing tennis balls because they're as close to a fox as you're gonna get.

Oliver

I've always wanted to have a phone call with someone who doesn't talk.

Oliver

Look, it's lonely out here, so you better learn how to talk with me.

Oliver

I'm sorry. Our time is up, uh, for this week.

Oliver

Can I give you my number?

Oliver

That's just like copying something that someone did 30 years ago in the Bronx.

Oliver

Historical consciousness- Something bigger than myself. Let's do it again.

Oliver

I was, um- was brought up by these animals, and they didn't like questions- they're very frowned upon- so I had to guess.

Oliver

Someone flashy walks into your life, and you're just gonna fall for it.

Oliver

No. It doesn't work like that. There are other steps. It's complicated.

Oliver

Why are you telling them you're turning the corner?

Oliver

While I understand up to 150 words - I don't talk.

Arthur

She's unlike any girl I've met.

Arthur

You remember when Oliver was funny? And he could actually, say, like, talk in complete sentences?

Elliot

Well, yeah. I'm part of a tradition of civil disobedience- Something bigger than myself.

Elliot

I didn't ask for this. Who would ask for this? This color? This nose? This cheek? This chin? You know, this is my life. This isn't a story. This isn't a joke.

Man at party

I'm so glad you came, Doc. It's really good to get this stuff off my chest.

Man at party

Oliver. I'm not sorry I woke you. I went to Act Bar tonight.

Hal

Yeah. Oh, they had some wonderfully loud music. [imitates dance beat] What kind of music's that?

Hal

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