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Midnight in Paris Quotes

  • Ernest: I believe that love that is true and real, creates a respite from death. All cowardice comes from not loving or not loving well, which is the same thing. And then the man who is brave and true looks death squarely in the face, like some rhino-hunters I know or Belmonte, who is truly brave... It is because they make love with sufficient passion, to push death out of their minds... until it returns, as it does, to all men... and then you must make really good love again.


  • Paul: Nostalgia is denial - denial of the painful present... the name for this denial is golden age thinking - the erroneous notion that a different time period is better than the one ones living in - its a flaw in the romantic imagination of those people who find it difficult to cope with the present.


  • Gil: Adriana, if you stay here though, and this becomes your present then pretty soon you'll start imagining another time was really your... You know, was really the golden time. Yeah, that's what the present is. It's a little unsatisfying because life's a little unsatisfying.


  • Gert: The artist's job is not to succumb to despair but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.


  • Gil: That's what the present is. It's a little unsatisfying because life's a little unsatisfying.


  • Ernest: No subject is terrible if the story is true, and if the prose is clean and honest, and if it affirms courage and grace under pressure.
    Ernest: No subject is terrible if the story is true, if the prose is clean and honest, and if it affirms courage and grace under pressure.


  • Gert: Gertrude Stein: The artist's job is not to succumb to despair but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.


  • Ernest: I believe that love that is true and real, creates a respite from death. All cowardice comes from not loving, or not loving well, which is the same thing. And then the man who is brave and true looks death squarely in the face, like some rhino-hunters I know, or Belmonte, who is truly brave. It is because they make love with sufficient passion, to push death out of their minds, until it returns, as it does, to all men. And then you must make really good love again.


  • Gil: We don't have the big things in common, but we have the little things. For example, we both like Indian food. Well, not all Indian food, but the pita bread. We both like pita bread.


  • Gabrielle: By the way, my name is Gabrielle.
    Gil: I'm Gil, nice to meet you. It's a pretty name.


  • Gil: This is unbelievable! Look at this! There's no city like this in the world. There never was.
    Inez: You act like you've never been here before.
    Gil: I don't get here often enough, that's the problem. Can you picture how drop dead gorgeous this city is in the rain? Imagine this town in the '20s. Paris in the '20s, in the rain. The artists and writers!
    Inez: Why does every city have to be in the rain? What's wonderful about getting wet?


  • Adriana: I can never decide whether Paris is more beautiful by day or by night.
    Gil: No, you can't, you couldn't pick one. I mean I can give you a checkmate argument for each side. You know, I sometimes think, how is anyone ever gonna come up with a book, or a painting, or a symphony, or a sculpture that can compete with a great city. You can't. Because you look around and every street, every boulevard, is its own special art form and when you think that in the cold, violent, meaningless universe that Paris exists, these lights, I mean come on, there's nothing happening on Jupiter or Neptune, but from way out in space you can see these lights, the cafés, people drinking and singing. For all we know, Paris is the hottest spot in the universe.
    Gil: No, you can't, you couldn't pick one. I mean I can give you a checkmate argument for each side. You know, I sometimes think, how is anyone ever gonna come up with a book, or a painting, or a symphony, or a sculpture that can compete with a great city. You can't. Because you look around and every street, every boulevard, is its own special art form and when you think that in the cold, violent, meaningless universe that Paris exists, these lights, I mean come on, there's nothing happening on Jupiter or Neptune, but from way out in space you can see these lights, the cafe, people drinking and singing. For all we know, Paris is the hottest spot in the universe.


  • Gil: That's what the present is. It's a little unsatisfying because life is unsatisfying.


  • Ernest: Picasso only thinks that women are to sleep with, or to paint.


  • Adriana: That Paris exists and anyone could choose to live anywhere else in the world will always be a mystery to me.


  • Inez: You always take the side of the help. That's why Daddy says you're a communist.


  • Inez: You're in love with a fantasy.
    Gil: I'm in love with you.


  • Gil: If you stay here and this becomes your present, then pretty soon you'll start imagining another time was really the golden time. That's, you know, what the presence is. It's a little unsatisfying because life's a little unsatisfying.


  • Paul: Nostalgia is denial - denial of the painful present... the name for this denial is golden age thinking - the erroneous notion that a different time period is better than the one ones living in - its a flaw in the romantic imagination of those people who find it difficult to cope with the present.


  • Salvador: The rhinoceros make love by mounting the female, but is there a difference in the beauty between two rhinoceroses?


  • Gert: The artist's job is not to succumb to despair but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.


  • Gil: ... i recently read a 2 volume biography of Rodin and Rose was definitely the wife and Camille the mistress... I just read... I was surprised because I mistakenly thought like you that it was the other way around. It's an easy mistake.
    Inez: So dad invited you guys for a wine tasting.
    Carol: Oh that would be fun! Paul is an expert on French wine.
    Gil: You're joking. okay... expert
    Inez: When did you read the biography on Rodin?
    Gil: Why would I read a biography of Rodin?


  • Ernest: If it's bad, I'll hate it because I hate bad writing. If it's good, I'll be envious and hate it all the more
    Ernest: If it's bad, then I hate it because I hate bad writing. If it's good, then I'll be envious and I'll hate it all the more.


  • Ernest: Ive submitted the quote ," Who wants to fight a cople times. You guys are idiots and assholes for not posting it!
    Ernest: Who wants to fight?


  • Gil: I'm having an insight but it's a minor one.
    Gil: I'm having an insight now. It's a minor one...


  • Paul: If I'm not mistaken...


  • Salvador: Do you like the shape of the rhinoceros?


  • Gert: "The artist's job is not to succumb to despair, but to find an antidote to the emptiness of existence."
    Gert: The job of the artist is not to succumb to despair, but to find an antidote for the emptiness of existence.


  • Gil: I'm in a very perplexing situation.


  • Gil: the only thing we liked was the pita
    Gil: We both like pita bread.


  • Gil: You know how I think better in the shower... I get the positive ions going?


  • Gil: I was just doing a little writing...


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