"When you’re in the middle of a story, it isn’t a story at all but rather a confusion, a dark roaring, a blindness, a wreckage of shattered glass and splintered wood, like a house in a whirlwind or else a boat crushed by the icebergs or swept over the rapids, and all aboard are powerless to stop it. It’s only afterwards that it becomes anything like a story at all, when you’re telling it to yourself or someone else."
- Stories We Tell (2013)
"I haven’t had that thing yet, where you realize that you’re not the most important person in the world."
- Margot at the Wedding (2007)
"If we’re honest for a minute, if we reflect privately, just for a moment, if we allow ourselves a glimpse into that shadowy place we call our soul, isn’t that why we’re here? Now? The two of us. Looking for a way back into the sun."
- Frost/Nixon (2008)
"At some point in our lives we realize things are screwed up beyond repair. So we decide to start again. Wipe the slate clean. Start fresh. And then we have children. Little carbon copies we can turn to and say, ‘You will do what I could not. You will succeed where I have failed.’"
- Stoker (2013)
"And remember: the passion for destruction is also a creative passion."
- Slacker (1991)
"When you are young, your potential is infinite. You might do anything, really. You might be Einstein. You might be DiMaggio. Then you get to an age where what you might be gives way to what you have been. You weren’t Einstein. You weren’t anything. That’s a bad moment."
- Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)
"We’ve all had those guilty feelings in our heart. I’m going to take your brain out of your head and wash it and scrub it and make it clean."
- Boogie Nights (1997)
"Sometimes when people get scared, they say and do terrible things. I think you got so scared that you forgot who you are."
- ParaNorman (2012)