The Age of Innocence

The Age of Innocence quotes

10 total quotes (ID: 648)

Ellen Olenska
Main cast


Newland Archer: You gave me my first glimpse of a real life. Then you asked me to go on with the false one. No one can endure it.
Ellen Olenska: I'm enduring it.


Ellen Olenska: I think we should look at reality, not dreams.
Newland Archer: I just want us to be together!
Ellen Olenska: I can't be your wife, Newland! Is it your idea that I should live with you as a mistress?
Newland Archer: I want... Somehow, I want to get away with you... and... and find a world where words like that don't exist!

Newland, you couldn't be happy if it meant being cruel. If we act any other way, I'll be making you act against what I love in you most. And I can't go back to that way of thinking. Don't you see! I can't love you unless I give you up.

Actor Role Daniel Day-Lewis Newland Archer Michelle Pfeiffer Countess Ellen Olenska Winona Ryder May Welland Joanne Woodward Narrator (voice) Alexis Smith Louisa van der Luyden Geraldine Chaplin Mrs. Welland Mary Beth Hurt Regina Beauford Alec McGowan Sillerton Jackson Richard E. Grant Larry Lefferts Miriam Margolyes Mrs. Mingott Robert Sean Leonard Ted Archer Sian Phillips Mrs. Archer Jonathan Pryce Riviere Michael Gough Henry van der Luyden Stuart Wilson Julius Beauford

Ellen Olenska: Is fashion such a serious consideration?
Newland Archer: Among those who have nothing more serious to consider.

Newland Archer: Honest? Isn't that why you admire Julius Beauford? He was more honest than the rest of us, wasn't he, we've got no character, no color, no variety. I wonder why you just don't go back to Europe.
Ellen Olenska: I believe that's because of you.

Ellen Olenska: Is New York such a labyrinth? I thought it was all straight up and down like Fifth Avenue. All the cross streets numbered and big honest labels on everything.
Newland Archer: Everything is labeled, but everybody is not.
Ellen Olenska: Then I must count on you for warnings too.

Ellen Olenska: I knew you'd come.
Newland Archer: That shows you wanted me to.

Newland Archer: We should travel everywhere.
Louisa van der Luyden: But not Naples. Doctor Bencomb says there is fever there.


How can we be happy behind the backs of people who trust us?