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  • Ricky Fitts:
    But it helps me remember... I need to remember... Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world, I feel like I can't take it, and my heart is just going to cave in.
    ‐ Submitted by Andrea M (20 months ago)

  • Ricky Fitts:
    It was one of those days when it's a minute away from snowing and there's this electricity in the air, you can almost hear it. Right? And this bag was just dancing with me. Like a little kid begging me to play with it. For fifteen minutes. That's the day I realized that there was this entire life behind things, and this incredibly benevolent force that wanted me to know there was no reason to be afraid, ever. Video's a poor excuse, I know. But it helps me remember... I need to remember... Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world, I feel like I can't take it, and my heart is just going to cave in.
    ‐ Submitted by Andrea M (20 months ago)

  • Ricky Fitts:
    She's not your friend. She's just someone you use to feel better about yourself.
    ‐ Submitted by Andrea M (20 months ago)

  • Ricky Fitts:
    It's like God's looking right at you, just for a second, and if you're careful... you can look right back.
    Jane Burnham:
    And what do you see?
    Ricky Fitts:
    Beauty.
    ‐ Submitted by Andrea M (20 months ago)

  • Jane Burnham:
    Look mom, I really don't feel like having a Kodak moment here, OK?
    Caroline Burnham:
    (slaps her) You ungrateful little brat. Just look at everything you have. When I was your age, we lived in a duplex. We didn't even have our own house.
    ‐ Submitted by Brian B (22 months ago)

  • Lester Burnham:
    I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me, but it's hard to stay mad when there's so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I'm seeing it all at once and it's too much. My heart fills up like a balloon that's about to burst. And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it. And then it flows through me like rain and I can't feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life. You have no idea what I'm talking about I'm sure, but don't worry, you will someday.
    ‐ Submitted by Sarah M (24 months ago)

  • Lester Burnham:
    I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me. But it's hard o stay mad when there is so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I am seeing it all at once, and it is too much. My heart fills up like a ballon that is about to burst. And then I remember to relax. And stop trying to hold on to it. And then it flows through me like rain. And I can feel anything but gratitude for every moment of my stupid little life. You have no idea what I'm talking about do you? But don't worry you will someday.
    ‐ Submitted by M'hamed D (2 years ago)

  • Lester Burnham:
    I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me. But it's hard o stay mad when there is so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I am seeing it all at once, and it is too much. My heart fills up like a ballon that is about to burst. And then I remember to relax. And stop trying to hold on to it. And then it flows through me like rain. And I can feel anything but gratitude for every moment of my stupid little life. You have no idea what I'm talking about do you? But don't worry you will someday.
    ‐ Submitted by Brendan C (2 years ago)

  • Lester Burnham:
    This isn't life! This is just stuff! And it's become more important to you than living!
    ‐ Submitted by Justin C (2 years ago)

  • Lester Burnham:
    I feel like I've been in a coma for the past twenty years. And I'm just now waking up.
    ‐ Submitted by Justin C (2 years ago)

  • Lester Burnham:
    I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me... but it's hard to stay mad, when there's so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I'm seeing it all at once, and it's too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that's about to burst... And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain and I can't feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life... You have no idea what I'm talking about, I'm sure. But don't worry... you will someday.
    ‐ Submitted by Nadya N (2 years ago)

  • Ricky Fitts:
    I'm leaving.
    Barbara Fitts:
    Okay. Wear a raincoat.
    ‐ Submitted by John Paul G (2 years ago)

  • Angela Hayes:
    You want to have, like, ten thousand of his babies.
    ‐ Submitted by John Paul G (2 years ago)

  • Lester Burnham:
    Remember those posters that said, 'Today is the first day of the rest of your life'? Well, that's true of every day but one - the day you die.
    ‐ Submitted by Shiva K (2 years ago)

  • Lester Burnham:
    I'm just an ordinary guy with nothing to lose.
    ‐ Submitted by Bryan O (2 years ago)

  • Lester Burnham:
    My name is Lester Burnham.
    ‐ Submitted by Alex K (2 years ago)

  • Caroline Burnham:
    Lester you're gonna spill beer on the couch.
    Lester Burnham:
    [Pauses, gets up] So what? It's just a couch.
    Caroline Burnham:
    This is a $4,000 sofa upholstered with Italian silk! This is not just a couch!
    Lester Burnham:
    IT'S JUST A COUCH! This isn't life! This is just stuff. And it's become more important to you than living. Well, honey, that's just nuts.[she leaves] I'm only trying to help you!
    ‐ Submitted by Jared T (2 years ago)

  • Lester Burnham:
    You guys do what you want and I don't complain...
    Caroline Burnham:
    You don't complain oh please well I must be psychotic then. If you don't complain WHAT IS THIS!
    Lester Burnham:
    [throws dinner plate at the wall and pauses] Don't Interrupt Me Honey.
    ‐ Submitted by Darrel H (2 years ago)

  • Lester Burnham:
    My name is Lester Burnham. This is my neighborhood. this is my street. This is my life. I am 42 years old and in less then a year I will be dead.
    ‐ Submitted by Darrel H (2 years ago)

  • Ricky Fitts:
    What's new in the world, Dad?
    Colonel Fitts:
    This country is going straight to hell!
    ‐ Submitted by Joseph M (2 years ago)

  • Ricky Fitts:
    Never underestimate the power of denial.
    ‐ Submitted by Joseph M (2 years ago)

  • Caroline Burnham:
    I will sell this house today...
    ‐ Submitted by Joseph M (2 years ago)

  • Lester Burnham:
    This isn't life, it's just stuff. And it's become more important to you than living. Well, honey, that's just nuts.
    ‐ Submitted by Kevin F (2 years ago)

  • Ricky Fitts:
    She's not your friend, she's someone you use to feel better about yourself!
    Angela Hayes:
    Go fuck yourself psycho!
    Jane Burnham:
    Hey shut up bitch!
    Angela Hayes:
    Jane, he's a freak!
    Jane Burnham:
    Well than so am I, and we'll always be freaks and never be like other people, and you'll never be a freak, because you're too .. perfect.
    Angela Hayes:
    Yeah, well, at least I'm not ugly.
    Ricky Fitts:
    Yes you are .. and you're boring .. and you're totally ordinary .. and you know it.
    Angela Hayes:
    You two deserve each other.
    ‐ Submitted by Cheyne L (3 years ago)

  • Ricky Fitts:
    If I had to leave tonight, would you come with me?
    Jane Burnham:
    What?
    Ricky Fitts:
    If I had to go to New York, to live, would you come with me?
    Jane Burnham:
    Yes.
    Angela Hayes:
    You guys can't be serious, you're just a kid, and he's, like, a mental case, you'll end up living in a box on the street!
    Jane Burnham:
    I'm no more a kid than you are! .. We can use my plastic surgery money.
    Colonel Fitts:
    We won't have to, I have over $40,000 and I know people in the city who can help us get set up.
    Angela Hayes:
    What, other drug dealers?
    Ricky Fitts:
    Yes!
    ‐ Submitted by Cheyne L (3 years ago)

  • Angela Hayes:
    You're way to uptight about sex!
    Jane Burnham:
    Just don't fuck my dad, alright!? Please!?
    Angela Hayes:
    Why not?
    ‐ Submitted by Cheyne L (3 years ago)

  • Caroline Burnham:
    That was exactly what I needed .. the royal treatment, so to speak .. Ugh! I was so stressed out! Ahhh .. ah ... ah! (laughs)
    Buddy Kane:
    You know what I do when I feel like that?
    Caroline Burnham:
    What?
    Buddy Kane:
    I fire a gun .. oh yeah, I go to this little firing range downtown and I .. just pop of a few rounds.
    Caroline Burnham:
    I've never fired a gun before.
    Buddy Kane:
    Well you've got to try it .. nothing makes you feel more powerful .. well, almost nothing.
    ‐ Submitted by Cheyne L (3 years ago)

  • Angela Hayes:
    I think maybe you forgot your medication today, mental-boy
    Ricky Fitts:
    Hi, Jane
    Jane Burnham:
    Look I want you to stop filming me.
    Ricky Fitts:
    OK
    Angela Hayes:
    Well, whatever, this is boring .. lets go!
    Jane Burnham:
    Do you need a ride?
    Angela Hayes:
    Are you crazy? I don't want to end up hacked to pieces in a dumpster somewhere.
    Ricky Fitts:
    It's OK, I'll walk .. but thanks.
    Angela Hayes:
    Yeah, see, he doesn't want to go anyways, come on, let's go .. come on, Jane!
    Jane Burnham:
    I think I'm going to walk too..
    Angela Hayes:
    What?! Jane .. that's, like, almost a mile!
    ‐ Submitted by Cheyne L (3 years ago)

  • 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.
    ‐ Submitted by Filipe M (3 years ago)

  • Caroline Burnham:
    WHAT THE HELL DO YOU THINK YOU'RE DOING?!
    Lester Burnham:
    Uh Oh,Mom's mad. Bench presses. I'm going to wail on my pecs and then I'm gonna do my back.
    ‐ Submitted by Jeremy F (3 years ago)

  • Lester Burnham:
    Sometimes I feel like I'm seeing it all at once, and it's too much: my heart fills up like a balloon that's about to burst, and then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain and I can't feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life. You have no idea what I'm talking about, I'm sure. But don't worry, you will someday.
    ‐ Submitted by Enrica C (3 years ago)

  • Lester Burnham:
    I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me, but it's hard to stay mad when there's so much beauty in the world.
    ‐ Submitted by Enrica C (3 years ago)

  • Ricky Fitts:
    Don't underestimate the power of denial.
    ‐ Submitted by Alexandra P (3 years ago)

  • Ricky Fitts:
    What's happening in the world dad.
    Colonel Fitts:
    This country is going straight to hell.
    ‐ Submitted by Eduardo T (3 years ago)

  • Lester Burnham:
    Today I quit my job. Then, I told my boss to go fuck himself, and then I blackmailed him for almost $60,000, [no pause] Pass the asparagus.
    ‐ Submitted by Timmy C (3 years ago)

  • Caroline Burnham:
    Uh, whose car is that out front?
    Lester Burnham:
    Mine. 1970 Pontiac Firebird. The car I've always wanted and now I have it. I rule!
    ‐ Submitted by Ryan G (3 years ago)

  • Ricky Fitts:
    I'm not obsessing. I'm just curious.
    ‐ Submitted by Alejandro O (3 years ago)

  • Buddy Kane:
    Man... You are one twisted f*ck.
    Lester Burnham:
    Nope. I'm just an ordinary guy with nothing to lose.
    ‐ Submitted by Diogo X (3 years ago)

  • Ricky Fitts:
    Never underestimate the power of denial.
    ‐ Submitted by Leonidas T (3 years ago)

  • Ricky Fitts:
    It was one of those days when it's a minute away from snowing and there's this electricity in the air, you can almost hear it. And this bag was, like, dancing with me. Like a little kid begging me to play with it. For fifteen minutes. And that's the day I knew there was this entire life behind things, and... this incredibly benevolent force, that wanted me to know there was no reason to be afraid, ever. Video's a poor excuse, I know. But it helps me remember... and I need to remember... Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it, like my heart's going to cave in.
    ‐ Submitted by Erika B (3 years ago)

  • Lester Burnham:
    That's... What... You... Think.
    ‐ Submitted by Ariel I (3 years ago)

  • Caroline Burnham:
    Lester, just stop it!
    Lester Burnham:
    You don't get to tell me what to do ever again.
    ‐ Submitted by Briain d (3 years ago)

  • Caroline Burnham:
    [Carolyn and Buddy have just been caught kissing by Lester] We were just at a seminar. Emm... Buddy, this is my....
    Lester Burnham:
    Her husband. We've met before but something tells me you're going to remember me this time.
    ‐ Submitted by Briain d (3 years ago)

  • Lester Burnham:
    Smile! You're at Mr. Smiley's.
    ‐ Submitted by Briain d (3 years ago)

  • Lester Burnham:
    Well, just what sort of severance package is management prepared to offer me, considering the information I have about our editorial director buying pussy with company money?
    ‐ Submitted by Briain d (3 years ago)

  • Lester Burnham:
    Honey, this is Ricky (laugh) Fitts.
    ‐ Submitted by Nicole M (3 years ago)

  • Lester Burnham:
    You're one to talk, you bloodless, money-grubbing freak.
    ‐ Submitted by Nicole M (3 years ago)

  • Caroline Burnham:
    This is a $4,000 sofa, upholstered in Italian silk. It is not just a couch.
    ‐ Submitted by Asif K (3 years ago)

  • Jane Burnham:
    I know you think my dad's harmless, but you're wrong.
    ‐ Submitted by Asif K (3 years ago)

  • Ricky Fitts:
    Welcome to America's weirdest home videos.
    ‐ Submitted by Asif K (3 years ago)

  • Lester Burnham:
    Look at me, jerking off in the shower. This will be the high point of my day; it's all downhill from here.
    ‐ Submitted by Asif K (3 years ago)

  • Buddy Kane:
    In order to be successful, one must project an image of success at all times.
    ‐ Submitted by Asif K (3 years ago)

  • Ricky Fitts:
    She's not your friend. She's just someone you use to feel better about yourself.
    ‐ Submitted by Asif K (3 years ago)

  • Caroline Burnham:
    I will sell this house today, I will sell this house today.
    ‐ Submitted by Asif K (3 years ago)

  • Ricky Fitts:
    I didn't mean to scare you. I just think you're interesting.
    ‐ Submitted by Asif K (3 years ago)

  • Caroline Burnham:
    What do you call this? Is this not a plant? If you have a problem with my plants, I can always call my landscape architect! Solved!
    ‐ Submitted by Asif K (3 years ago)

  • Lester Burnham:
    Well you know what? I've changed! And the new me whacks off when he feels horny!
    ‐ Submitted by Asif K (3 years ago)

  • Jane Burnham:
    Yeah, to you, he's just another guy who wants to jump your bones. But to me, he's just, too embarrassing to live.
    ‐ Submitted by Asif K (3 years ago)

  • Caroline Burnham:
    You know, this really doesn't concern you.
    Lester Burnham:
    Well, actually, Janine is Senior Drive-thru Manager so you are on her turf.
    ‐ Submitted by Asif K (3 years ago)

  • Caroline Burnham:
    That was exactly what I needed. The royal treatment, so to speak.
    ‐ Submitted by Asif K (3 years ago)

  • Buddy Kane:
    [Carolyn is having sex in a motel room with the Real Estate King] Do you like getting nailed by the King?
    Caroline Burnham:
    Yes, your majesty!
    ‐ Submitted by Asif K (3 years ago)

  • Angela Hayes:
    Everything that's meant to happen does.
    ‐ Submitted by Asif K (3 years ago)

  • Lester Burnham:
    I'm tired of this Lawrence Welk shit!
    ‐ Submitted by Asif K (3 years ago)

  • Lester Burnham:
    [sits back down to eat] Oh, yeah, and one more thing, from now on we're going to have alternate dinner music because frankly - and I don't think I'm alone here.
    ‐ Submitted by Asif K (3 years ago)

  • Lester Burnham:
    [Lester throws the asparagus plate at the wall] Don't interrupt me, honey!
    ‐ Submitted by Asif K (3 years ago)

  • Lester Burnham:
    I am sick and tired of being treated like I don't exist. You two do whatever you want, whenever you want to do it, and I don't complain.
    Caroline Burnham:
    Oh, you don't complain? Then please, excuse me, I must be psychotic, then! If you don't complain, what is this? Yeah, let's bring in the laugh-meter and see how loud it gets.
    ‐ Submitted by Asif K (3 years ago)

  • Caroline Burnham:
    Er. I have some tiki torches in the garage.
    ‐ Submitted by Asif K (3 years ago)

  • Angela Hayes:
    Go fuck yourself, psycho!
    ‐ Submitted by Asif K (3 years ago)

  • Angela Hayes:
    Who are you looking for?
    Jane Burnham:
    My parents are coming tonight. They're trying to, you know, take an active interest in me.
    Angela Hayes:
    Gross. I hate it when my mom does that.
    ‐ Submitted by Asif K (3 years ago)

  • Ricky Fitts:
    Anything new in the world, Dad?
    Colonel Fitts:
    This country is going straight to hell!
    ‐ Submitted by Asif K (3 years ago)

  • Colonel Fitts:
    This isn't life! This is just stuff! And it's become more important to you than living!
    ‐ Submitted by Asif K (3 years ago)

  • Lester Burnham:
    Spec-ta-cular!
    ‐ Submitted by Asif K (3 years ago)

  • Lester Burnham:
    Will someone please pass the fucking asparagus?
    ‐ Submitted by Asif K (3 years ago)

  • Lester Burnham:
    It's a great thing when you realize you still have the ability to surprise yourself. Makes you wonder what else you can do that you've forgotten about.
    ‐ Submitted by Asif K (3 years ago)

  • Caroline Burnham:
    Lester I refuse to live like this! This is not a marriage!
    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! And the new me whacks off when he feels horny, because you're obviously not gonna help me out in that department!
    ‐ Submitted by Asif K (3 years ago)

  • Lester Burnham:
    Oh Carolyn, when did you become so, joyless?
    Caroline Burnham:
    Joyless? I'm not joyless. There happens to be a lot about me that you don't know, Mr. Smarty Man. There's plenty of joy in my life.
    ‐ Submitted by Asif K (3 years ago)

  • Lester Burnham:
    Good. I'm looking for the least possible amount of responsibility.
    ‐ Submitted by Asif K (3 years ago)

  • Lester Burnham:
    I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me, but it's hard to stay mad, when there's so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I'm seeing it all at once, and it's too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that's about to burst. And then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain and I can't feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life. You have no idea what I'm talking about, I'm sure. But don't worry, you will someday.
    ‐ Submitted by Robert R (3 years ago)

  • Lester Burnham:
    This isn't life! This is just stuff and its become more important to you than living.
    ‐ Submitted by Lizzy J (3 years ago)

  • Ricky Fitts:
    Sometimes there's so much beauty in the world I feel like I can't take it, like my heart's going to cave in.
    ‐ Submitted by Chris P (4 years ago)

  • Lester Burnham:
    IT'S JUST A COUCH! This isn't life! This is just stuff and its become more important to you than living. Well honey, that's just nuts.
    ‐ Submitted by Jake R (4 years ago)

  • Lester Burnham:
    [shouts] It's just a couch!
    ‐ Submitted by rob g (4 years ago)

  • Ricky Fitts:
    What a sad old man you are.
    ‐ Submitted by rob g (4 years ago)

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