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  • Celine: Even being alone--it's better than being with a lover and feeling lonely.


  • Celine: The true work of improving things is in the little achievements of the day, and that's what you need to enjoy.


  • Jesse: Happiness is in doing, not in getting what you want.


  • Jesse: We all see the world through our own tiny keyhole.


  • Jesse: I...I...I thought I was gonna totally lose it in there. When I first saw you...I mean, how did you even know I was going to be here?
    Celine: Well, it's my favorite bookstore in Paris. I, um...You can sit down for hours and read. I love it. There's fleas, but, you know...


  • Jesse: I heard this story once about when the Germans were occupying Paris and they had to retreat back. They wired Notre Dame to blow, but they had to leave one guy in charge of hitting the switch. And the guy, the soldier, he couldn't do it. You know, he just sat there, knocked out by how beautiful the place was. And then when the allied troops came in, they found all the explosives just lying there and the switch unturned, and they found the same thing at Sacre Couer, Eiffel Tower. Couple other places I think...
    Celine: Is that true?
    Jesse: I don't know. I always liked the story, though.
    Jesse: I don't know. I always liked the story though.


  • Jesse: Skinnier, I think. A little thinner.
    Celine: Did you think I was fat before?
    Jesse: [laughing] No!
    Jesse: No!
    Celine: Yeah, you thought I was a fatty. No, you thought I was a fatty! Yeah, you, you wrote a book about a fat French girl!


  • Jesse: So that night was like a sad memory for you?


  • Jesse: Oh, God, why didn't we exchange phone numbers and stuff? Why didn't we do that?
    Celine: Because we were young and stupid.
    Jesse: Do you think we still are?
    Celine: I guess when you're young, you just believe there'll be many people with whom you'll connect with. Later in life, you realize it only happens a few times.
    Jesse: And you can screw it up, you know, misconnect
    Jesse: And you can screw it up, you know, misconnect.


  • Celine: Memories are wonderful things, if you don't have to deal with the past.


  • Jesse: In the months leading up to my wedding, I was thinking about you all the time. I mean, even on my way there; I'm in the car, a buddy of mine is driving me downtown and I'm staring out the window, and I think I see you, not far from the church, right? Folding up an umbrella and walking into a deli on the corner of 13th and Broadway. And I thought I was going crazy, but now I think it probably was you.
    Celine: I lived on 11th and Broadway.
    Jesse: You see?


  • Celine: Memory is a wonderful thing if you don't have to deal with the past.
    Jesse: Life's hard. It's supposed to be. If we didn't suffer, we'd never learn anything.


  • Celine: I'm dying inside...I'm dying because I'm so numb. I don't feel pain or excitement, I'm not even bitter, I'm just...
    Jesse: You think you're the one dyin' inside? My life... is 24/7 bad.


  • Celine: How have I changed?
    Jesse: You used to wear your hair down
    Celine: Oh you mean like that (releases her hair from her ponytail),What else?
    Celine: Oh you mean like that [releases her hair from her ponytail] What else?
    Jesse: You face is thinner...
    Celine: You mean i was fat? Oh my god you wrote a book about a fat french girl. (puts her head in between her hands)
    Celine: You mean I was fat? Oh my god you wrote a book about a fat french girl. [puts her head in between her hands]


  • Celine: Baby, you are gonna miss that plane.


  • Celine: Even being alone, it's better than sitting next to a lover and feeling lonely.


  • Jesse: Look, I am just so happy, all right, to be with you.I am. I am so glad you didn't forget about me, okay?
    Jesse: Look, I am just so happy, all right, to be with you. I am. I am so glad you didn't forget about me, okay?
    Celine: No, I didn't. And it pisses me off, okay? You come here to paris all romantic, and married.Okay? Screw you.
    Celine: No, I didn't. And it pisses me off, okay? You come here to Paris all romantic, and married. Okay? Screw you.


  • Celine: Baby, you are gonna miss that plane.


  • Celine: baby you are gonna miss that plane..
    Celine: Baby you are gonna miss that plane..


  • Celine: You realize that most of the people that you meet are trying to get somewhere better, trying to make a little bit more cash, trying to get a little more respect, have more people admire them, you know...it's just exhausting!
    Celine: You realize that most of the people that you meet are trying to get somewhere better, trying to make a little bit more cash, trying to get a little more respect, have more people admire them, you know... it's just exhausting!


  • Celine: Even being alone, it's better than sitting next to a lover and feeling lonely.


  • Celine: There are so many things I want to do, but I end up doing not much.


  • Celine: You can never replace anyone because everyone is made up of such beautiful specific details.


  • Celine: So, I want to try something.
    Jesse: What?
    Celine: [hugs him] I want to see if you stay together or if you dissolve into molecules.
    Jesse: How am I doing?
    Celine: Still here.
    Jesse: Good, I like being here.


  • Celine: Memories are wonderful things, if you don't have to deal with the past.


  • Jesse: I feel like I'm running a small nursery with someone I used to date.
    Jesse: [about his marriage] I feel like I'm running a small nursery with someone I used to date.


  • Celine: "Baby, you are gonna miss that plane."
    Celine: Baby, you are gonna miss that plane.
    Jesse: "I know..."
    Jesse: I know.


  • Jesse: I'm designed to feel slightly dissatisfied!


  • Jesse: In the months leading up to my wedding, I was thinking about you all the time. I mean, even on my way there; I'm in the car, a buddy of mine is driving me downtown and I'm staring out the window, and I think I see you, not far from the church, right? Folding up an umbrella and walking into a deli on the corner of 13th and Broadway. And I thought I was going crazy, but now I think it probably was you.


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