Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind quotes

32 total quotes (ID: 194)

Clementine Kruczynski
Joel Barish
Mary Svevo


"Adults are, like, this mess of sadness and phobias."


"He could wake up all half-baked and, gooey and, and half-baked... mmm, that sounds sooo good. I'm hungry."

...you stop listening to what is true, and what is true is constantly changing.

Clementine: Hi!
Joel: I'm sorry?
Clementine: Why?
Joel: Why what?
Clementine: Why are you sorry? I just said 'hi.'
Joel: No, I didn't know if you were talking to me, so...
Clementine: (looking around the empty car) Really?
Joel: (embarrassed) Well, I didn't want to assume.
Clementine: Aw, c'mon, live dangerously. Take the leap and assume someone is talking to you in an otherwise empty car.
Joel: Anyway. Sorry. Hi.

Clementine: Joel, I'm not a concept. Too many guys think I'm a concept or I complete them or I'm going to make them alive, but I'm just a ****ed up girl who is looking for my own peace of mind. Don't assign me yours.
Joel: I remember that speech really well.
Clementine: I had you pegged, didn't I?
Joel: You had the whole human race pegged.
Clementine: Probably.
Joel: I still thought you were going to save me. Even after that.
Clementine: I know.

Clementine: This is it, Joel. It's going to be gone soon.
Joel: I know.
Clementine: What do we do?
Joel: Enjoy it.

Clementine: You know me, I'm impulsive.
Joel: That's what I love about you.

Clementine: You're not a stalker or anything, right?
Joel: I'm not a stalker. *You're* the one that talked to me, remember?
Clementine: That is the oldest trick in the stalker book.
Joel: Really? There's a stalker book? Great, I gotta read that one.

Joel: [In the house on the beach] I really should go! I've gotta catch my ride.
Clementine: So go.
Joel: I did. I thought maybe you were a nut... but you were exciting.
Clementine: I wish you had stayed.
Joel: I wish I had stayed too. NOW I wish I had stayed. I wish I had done a lot of things. I wish I had... I wish I had stayed. I do.
Clementine: Well I came back downstairs and you were gone!
Joel: I walked out, I walked out the door!
Clementine: Why?
Joel: I don't know. I felt like I was a scared little kid, I was like... it was above my head, I don't know.
Clementine: You were scared?
Joel: Yeah. I thought you knew that about me. I ran back to the bonfire, trying to outrun my humiliation.
Clementine: Was it something I said?
Joel: Yeah, you said "so go." With such disdain, you know?
Clementine: Oh, I'm sorry.
Joel: It's okay.

(During Joel's exploration of a memory)
Joel: Is this how it looks?
Howard: This- this is...yeah, this is about what it should look like.

(quoting Alexander Pope) "How happy is the blameless vestal's lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray'r accepted, and each wish resign'd."

(quoting Friedrich Nietzsche) "Blessed are the forgetful: for they get the better even of their blunders."

Are we like those bored couples you feel sorry for in restaurants? Are we the dining dead?

Constantly talking isn't necessarily communicating.

Drink up young man. It'll make the whole seduction part less repugnant.