The Final Images of Lester Burnham
American Beauty | 1999 | Dir. Sam Mendes
"I had always heard your entire life flashes in front of your eyes the second before you die. First of all, that one second isn’t a second at all, it stretches on forever, like an ocean of time…
For me, it was lying on my back at Boy Scout camp, watching falling stars. And yellow leaves, from the maple trees that lined our streets. Or my grandmother’s hands, and the way her skin seemed like paper. And the first time I saw my cousin Tony’s brand new Firebird. And Janie…
And Janie. And Carolyn.
I guess I could be pretty pissed off about what happened to me. But it’s hard to stay mad when there is 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 life.
You have no idea what I’m talking about, I’m sure. But don’t worry… you will someday.”
It is said that the Princess returned to her father’s kingdom. That she reigned there with justice and a kind heart for many centuries. That she was loved by her people. And that she left behind small traces of her time on Earth, visible only to those who know where to look.
"You’re mine or you’re not mine."
"No, Theodore, I’m yours and I’m not yours."
What makes you think that elves are any more magical than something like a whale… You know what i mean? What if i tell you a story about how underneath the ocean there was this giant sea mammal that sang songs and it’s so big that it’s heart was the size of a car and you could crawl through the arteries? I mean, you’d think that’s pretty magical, right?
l was only curious to know how it started.
Now l know.
"Mister Candie, normally I would say "Auf wiedersehen," but since what "auf wiedersehen" actually means is "till I see you again", and since I never wish to see you again, to you, sir, I say goodbye." - Django Unchained (2012)
Why can’t you be happy for me and then go home and talk about me behind my back like a normal person?
Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.