Iconic Movie Quotes

By Allison Johnson
Blog Content Contributor

Yes, another blog post that relates to entertainment. You do not have to know me well to know that movies are a major course of the roadmap to my heart. There’s plenty of movies we’ve all seen with amazing one liners like “You talking to me?” or “Are you not entertained?” but here are a few longer quotes I’ve heard in movies that resonated with me the most.

1.Pulp Fiction

Mia: Don’t you hate that?
Vincent: What?
Mia: Uncomfortable silences. Why do we feel it’s necessary to yak about bull**** in order to be comfortable?
Vincent: I don’t know. That’s a good question.
Mia: That’s when you know you’ve found somebody special. When you can just shut the f*** up for a minute and comfortably enjoy the silence.

This movie is a cult classic, and almost every line in the movie is iconic, but this quote, I love it so much. Feeling the need to have to speak every second you’re with someone just sounds awkward. There’s something peaceful about enjoying silence. Being able to hold a valuable conversation with someone is a major part of being comfortable with someone, although, if you’re talking when it’s unnecessary, you might talk about dull things that could’ve been left unsaid.

2. Silver Linings Playbook

Pat Sr.: Let me tell you, I know you don’t want to listen to your father, I didn’t listen to mine, and I am telling you you gotta pay attention this time. When life reaches out at a moment like this it’s a sin if you don’t reach back, I’m telling you its a sin if you don’t reach back! It’ll haunt you the rest of your days like a curse. You’re facing a big challenge in your life right now at this very moment, right here. That girl loves you she really really loves you. I don’t know if Nicki ever did, but she sure as shit doesn’t right now. So don’t f*** this up.

When I watched this movie for the first time, this line stuck out to me the most. I try to stress to myself all the time that life is so short and precious, and I really do need to take chances. If something leaves a burning passion in your heart, why not chase it? I hear things from people much older than me all the time, telling me stories that often lead up to them asking “what if?” These people truly are haunted by not taking in a moment or a chance in life they could’ve led them to so much happiness. Like Pat Sr. said, it’s a sin if you don’t reach back. God places people and opportunities in our life for a reason at his time, which is always perfect timing, so act on it. I’ve learned that I would much rather say oh well rather than what if.

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My favorite movie of all time. Photo by Allison Johnson.

3. Inglourious Basterds

Lt. Aldo Raine: My name is Lt. Aldo Raine and I’m putting together a special team, and I need me eight soldiers. Eight Jewish-American soldiers. Now, y’all might’ve heard rumors about the armada happening soon. Well, we’ll be leaving a little earlier. We’re gonna be dropped into France, dressed as civilians. And once we’re in enemy territory, as a bushwhackin’ guerrilla army, we’re gonna be doin’ one thing and one thing only… killin’ Nazis. Now, I don’t know about y’all, but I sure as hell didn’t come down from the Smoky Mountains, cross five thousand miles of water, fight my way through half of Sicily and jump out of a f*****’ air-o-plane to teach the Nazis lessons in humanity. Nazi ain’t got no humanity.

This was a wonderful way for Tarantino to introduce Lt. Aldo Raine. “Nazi ain’t got no humanity,” Is one of my favorite lines in Lt. Aldo Raine’s opening monologue. The speech was so inspiring, Donny Donowitz’s eyes were gleaming in respect and with drive. It gives us the plot, and sets the mood for how violent and gory the basterds will be in the movie, for sake of trying to kill Hitler and end WWII. I would say this speech is up there with the Braveheart speech. Brad Pitt’s accent in this movie is golden and really ties into Lt. Aldo Raine’s vernacular. I’m a sucker for some good pathos in a motivational speech. The monologue is much longer than the excerpt on here, so check out the full thing here.

Featured image by Emily Castillo.

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