20 Greatest Richard Linklater Movie Quotes You Need To Know By Heart

20 Greatest Richard Linklater Movie Quotes You Need To Know By Heart

Richard Linklater is a Creative Genius.

Recently, his epic coming of age tale, Boyhood, won all sorts of critical acclaim and awards including a Golden Globe, a British Academy Film Award, and an Oscar.

Life, Love, Passion, and Abundance

But it was Linklater’s trilogy of romantic movies, Before Sunset, Before Sunrise, and Before Midnight, that have had the greatest impact on my life. Not only did they teach me some important lessons about life and love, they ignited my passion to live a meaningful life – of purpose and abundance.

I re-watched the trio of films this week, and even though I’ve seen each at least 10 times, they never cease to amaze me. Linklater’s poignant writing somehow gives birth to some of the most inspirational quotes of our generation.

Top 20 Most Life-Changing Richard Linklater Movie Quotes

If you haven’t already had the pleasure, please treat yourself to a movie marathon of the “Before Trilogy” sometime soon. Until then, I’ve put together a list of the top twenty most life-changing quotes from the films JUST FOR YOU. Enjoy!

 

“If there’s any kind of magic in this world, it must be in the attempt of understanding someone, sharing something. I know, it’s almost impossible to succeed, but…who cares, really? The answer must be in the attempt.”

-Celine, Before Sunrise

 

“You know what drives me crazy? It’s all these people talking about how great technology is, and how it saves all this time. But, what good is saved time, if nobody uses it? If it just turns into more busy work.”

-Jesse, Before Sunrise

 

“I always feel this pressure of being a strong and independent icon of womanhood, and without making it look my whole life is revolving around some guy. But loving someone, and being loved means so much to me. We always make fun of it and stuff. But isn’t everything we do in life a way to be loved a little more?”

-Celine, Before Sunrise

 

“Why does everyone think conflict is so bad. There’s a lot of good things coming out of conflict.”

-Celine, Before Sunrise

 

“Maybe what I’m saying is the world might be evolving the way a person evolves. Right? Like, me for example. Am I getting worse? Am I improving? I don’t know. When I was younger, I was healthier, but I was whacked with insecurity. Now I’m older and my problems are deeper, but I’m more equipped to handle them.”

-Jesse, Before Sunset

 

“What is love, if it’s not respect, trust, admiration?”

-Jesse, Before Sunset

 

“The concept is absurd. The idea that we can only be complete with another person is evil! Right?”

-Celine, Before Sunset

 

“Life’s hard. It’s supposed to be. If we didn’t suffer, we wouldn’t learn a thing.”

-Jesse, Before Sunset

 

“You can never replace anyone because everyone is made up of such beautiful specific details.”

-Celine, Before Sunset

 

“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.”

-Celine, Before Sunset

 

“Even being alone it’s better than sitting next to your lover and feeling lonely.”

-Celine, Before Sunset

 

“I have this idea of my best self, and I wanted to pursue that even if it might have been overriding my honest self.”

-Jesse, Before Sunset

 

“I feel like if someone were to touch me, I’d dissolve into molecules.”

-Jesse, Before Sunset

 

“Like sunlight, sunset, we appear, we disappear. We are so important to some, but we are just passing through.”

-Natalia, Before Midnight

 

“I feel close to you… But sometimes, I don’t know? I feel like you’re breathing helium and I’m breathing oxygen.”

-Celine, Before Midnight

 

“You’re fucking nuts! You are… But I accept the whole package, the crazy and the brilliant. I know you’re not gonna change and I don’t want you to. It’s called accepting you for being you.”

-Jesse, Before Midnight

 

“You know what I think? I think from the time we leave our parents house until we have kids – that’s the only time your life is completely your own. You know I think I had about a decade of that. It was great. It was just like one long, flowing… a day, a week, a year, there wasn’t much difference.”

-Jesse, Before Midnight

 

“This is the natural human state – always a little dissatisfied, perpetually discontented, you know?”

-Jesse, Before Midnight

 

“[George] was this friend of mine that, when he found out he had leukemia, and he was probably going to die, he confessed to me that the first thing that came to his mind was relief… he was finally able to enjoy everything about life, even like being stuck in traffic. He would just enjoy looking at people… staring at their faces. Just little things.”

-Celine, Before Midnight

 

“Do you think it could be tonight that you’re still talking about in your 80s?”

-Jesse, Before Midnight

 

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