American Beauty

American Beauty quotes

97 total quotes (ID: 652)

Angela Hayes
Buddy King
Carolyn Burnham
Jane Burnham
Lester Burnham
Ricky Fitts


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


In order to be successful, one must project an image of success at all times.

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

I want to look good naked!

I'm looking for the least possible amount of responsibility.

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

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

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.

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.

This is not just a couch. This is a $4000 sofa upholstered in Italian silk!

Jane: I don't think we can be friends anymore.
Angela: You're way too uptight about sex.
Jane: Just don't **** my dad, all right? Please?
Angela: Why not?

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

You cannot count on anyone except yourself.

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 realized 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: You know, that's not a very nice thing to do. Hiring somone to kill your dad.
Jane: Well then I guess I'm not a very nice girl then, am I?