“Everything I learned, I learned from the movies.”
I like to joke with Clay that I endured a lot of bad movies for the sake of spending time with him during our dating years. We do have similar tastes in most areas of life and there are no shortage of films that we both love – but we certainly have our preferences. He loves Quentin Tarantino films. I do not. I’m a sucker for (good) romantic comedies. He can take them or leave them. My argument is that the real world can be enough of a bummer that when I sit down to watch a movie, I want to experience happy feelings and be reminded about the positive aspects of life. He respects that and therefore watches John Wick-type movies on airplanes when he is TDY. I’d like to apologize to those who sit next to him.
The following are some of my favorite quotes about love from various films. The first one is arguably the most famous and I’m sure quite easy to find on Pinterest written in a whimsical font with an ascetically-pleasing graphic. But the others may not be as well-known. This list doesn’t feature “You had me at hello” or “As you wish” or even “Here’s looking at you kid“, but don’t let that deter you from reading on.
“I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”
When Harry Met Sally
Okay, okay – this one is cheesy. It’s pure Velveeta. Speaking of Velveeta, I can’t stand the processed cheese product. I’m horrified when it is used in cheesesteaks and I find Rotel dip absolutely terrifying. Clay entered into our marriage with a fondness for Velveeta. However, that affection dissipated when he discovered that it was, in fact, not legally able to be labeled as cheese. Thank goodness. But back to When Harry Met Sally – yes, the quote is cheesy but it is also spot on. It’s true – when you realize that you want to spend the rest of your life with your lobster, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible. As someone who got married young (I was 21 when I walked down the aisle), I identify with this quote. For us, we knew we wanted to be together so why delay the inevitable?
“The odd thing about this form of communication is that you’re more likely to talk about nothing than something. But I just want to say that all this nothing has meant more to me than so many somethings.”
You’ve Got Mail
Sigh. You’ve Got Mail is one of my favorite movies. I find it to be a superior film to Sleepless in Seattle (controversial opinion, I know) and truly believe that I could watch it once a week and never tire of the 1998 Nora Ephron film. Meg Ryan’s character typed these words to Tom Hanks’ and I just adore how this quote captures the simplicity of communication. That a conversation seemingly about nothing can be just as, if not more, meaningful than the bigger moments in life, simply because you are having it with the right person.
“They say when you meet the love of your life, time stops, and that’s true. What they don’t tell you is that when it starts again, it moves extra fast to catch up.”
Clay and I went to see Big Fish at the theater when we were in college. Directed by Tim Burton, it is surreal film about tall tales, metaphors, and the relationship between a father and a son. This quote has stuck with me after all these years – now that I am in my mid-thirties time sure does seem to move a lot faster than it did in my twenties.
“It’s all those good things you have in you. The love, the wisdom, the generosity, the selflessness, the patience. The patience! At 3 A.M. when everyone’s awake because Ibrahim is sick and he can’t find the bathroom and he’s just puked all over Katki’s bed. When you blink, when you blink! And it’s 5:30 and it’s time to get up again and you know you’re going to be tired all day, all week, all your fucking life. And you’re thinking what happened to Greece? What happened to swimming naked off the coast of Greece? And you have to be willing to make the family out of whatever you have.”
Away We Go
I was pregnant with Weston when we saw this movie in the theater so I heavily (ha) identified with Maya Rudolph’s character. In the film, a couple, John Krasinski and Maya Rudolph (who is pregnant), travel around the country in hopes to find the perfect place to set down roots and start their family. The quote is from Chris Messina’s character to John Krasinski’s and it perfectly captures the absurdity of parenthood. In the moments – the ones where it feels like we’re gasping for air while drowning in attitude, clutter, kid sports, and homework – it’s important to remember who we are as a couple.
“I knew I’d never be able to remember what Nina wore that day. But I also knew I’d never forget the way she looked.” The Father of the Bride
How can you not love this movie and it’s opinion on superfluous buns? Steve Martin’s character said this about Diane Keaton’s and I think it perfectly sums up what is like to be with someone for years and experience life milestones together. These memories are etched into our souls but some of the details fade with time. It’s such a beautiful and simple sentiment.
What are some of your favorite movie quotes about love?