American Beauty Quotes 1999

Posted by Brian

Lester Burnham: Remember those posters that said, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life?” Well, that’s true with every day except one: the day that you die.

Lester Burnham: My name is Lester Burnham. This is my neighborhood. This is my street. This … is my life. I am 42 years old. In less than a year I will be dead. Of course, I don’t know that yet. And in a way I am dead already.

Lester Burnham: I’m looking for the least possible amount of responsibility.

Col. Frank Fitts: Your wife is with another man, and you don’t care?

Lester Burnham: Nope, our marriage is just for show. A commercial for how normal we are, when we’re anything but.

Lester Burnham: Dont just stare at it eat it.

Lester Burnham: Well, you wanna know how things went in my job today? They’ve hired this efficiency expert. This really friendly guy named Brad, how perfect is that? And he’s basically there to make it seem like they’re justified in firing somebody because they couldn’t just come right out and say that, could they? No, no, that would just be too honest, and so they’ve asked us… you couldn’t possibly care less, could you?

Lester Burnham: 1970 pontiac firebird, the car I’ve always wanted and now I have it. I rule.

Lester Burnham: We’ve met before, but something tells me you’re going to remember me this time.

Manager: I don’t think you’d fit in here.

Lester Burnham: I have fast food experience.

Manager: Yeah, like 20 years ago!

Lester Burnham: Well, I’m sure there have been amazing technological advances in the industry, but surely you must have some sort of training program. It seems unfair to presume I won’t be able to learn.

Lester Burnham: [narrating] Janie’s a pretty typical teenager. Angry, insecure, confused. I wish I could tell her that’s all going to pass, but I don’t want to lie to her.

Lester Burnham:I’m just an ordinary guy with nothing to lose.

Lester Burnham: Its a great thing when you realize you still have the ability to surprise yourself.

Ricky Fitts: Welcome to America’s weirdest home videos.

Angela Hayes: I don’t think that there’s anything worse than being ordinary.

Ricky Fitts: I was filming this dead bird.

Angela Hayes: Why?

Ricky Fitts: Because it’s beautiful.

Lester Burnham: I feel like I’ve been in a coma for about twenty years. And I’m just now waking up.

Ricky Fitts: My dad thinks I paid for all this with catering jobs. Never underestimate the power of denial.

Lester Burnham: This hasn’t been a marriage for years, but you were happy as long as I kept my mouth shut. Well guess what. I’ve changed.

Lester Burnham: You don’t get to tell me what to do ever again.

Angela Hayes: What a freak! And why does he dress like a bible salesman?

Jane Burnham: He’s just so confident, it can’t be real.

Angela Hayes: I don’t believe him. I mean, he didn’t even like, look at me once!

Ricky Fitts: I didn’t mean to scare you. I just think you’re interesting.

Carolyn Burnham: There happens to be a lot about me that you don’t know, Mr. Smarty Man. There’s plenty of joy in my life.

Angela Hayes: It’s that psycho next door. Jane, what if he worships you? What if he’s got a shrine with pictures of you surrounded by dead people’s heads and stuff?

Angela Hayes: I am so sick of people taking their insecurities out on me.

Jane Burnham: Are you scared?

Ricky Fitts: I don’t get scared.

Jane Burnham: My parents will try to find me.

Ricky Fitts: Mine won’t.

Lester Burnham: I’m sick and tired of being treated as if I don’t exist.

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