Breakfast at Tiffany's

Breakfast at Tiffany's quotes

24 total quotes (ID: 659)

Holly Golightly
Paul Varjak


[to Paul] Ahh... Do I detect a look of disapproval in your eye? Tough beans buddy, 'cause that's the way it's gonna be.


You know what's wrong with you, Miss Whoever-you-are? You're chicken, you've got no guts. You're afraid to stick out your chin and say, "Okay, life's a fact, people do fall in love, people do belong to each other, because that's the only chance anybody's got for real happiness." You call yourself a free spirit, a "wild thing," and you're terrified somebody's gonna stick you in a cage. Well baby, you're already in that cage. You built it yourself. And it's not bounded in the west by Tulip, Texas, or in the east by Somali-land. It's wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.

It should take you exactly four seconds to cross from here to that door. I'll give you two.

But I am mad about Jose. I honestly think I'd give up smoking if he asked me.

You could always tell what kind of a person a man thinks you are by the earrings he gives you. I must say, the mind reels.

Quel rat!

There are certain shades of limelight that can wreck a girl's complexion.

But oh golly! Gee damn!

I've got to do something about the way I look. I mean a girl just can't go to Sing Sing with a green face.

We're alike, me and cat. A couple of poor nameless slobs.

I'm the top banana of the shock department!

I don't think I've ever drunk champagne before breakfast before. With breakfast on several occasions, but never before, before.

And I always heard people in New York never get to know their neighbors.

You're a stylish girl, can't we end this stylishly?

Doc: I love you Lula Mae.
Holly: I know you do, and that's just the trouble. It's the mistake you always made, Doc, trying to love a wild thing. You were always lugging home wild things. Once it was a hawk with a broken wing... and another time it was a full-grown wildcat with a broken leg. Remember?
Doc: Lula Mae there's something...
Holly: You musn't give your heart to a wild thing. The more you do, the stronger they get, until they're strong enough to run into the woods or fly into a tree. And then to a higher tree and then to the sky.