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United States of Leland - 2003 Movie Quotes


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  Leland: I think there are two ways you can see the world. You can see the sadness that’s behind everything, or you can choose to keep it all out. (full quote)
  Leland: Maybe it makes sense now; maybe somewhere in all of this there’s a reason. Maybe somewhere in all of this there’s a why. Maybe somewhere there’s that thing that lets you tie it all up with a neat bow and burry it in the backyard; But nothing, not getting angry, not prayers, and not tears. Nothing can make something that happened, un-happen. (full quote)
  Leland: The worst part is knowing that there is goodness in people. Mostly it stays deep down and buried. Maybe we don’t have God because we’re scared of the bad stuff, maybe we’re really scared of the good stuff. Cause if there’s no god, than that means its inside of us and, we could be good all the time if we wanted. So when we do bad things it’d be because we want to, or because we have to. Or maybe we just need the bad stuff to remind us of the good in the first place. (full quote)
  Leland: When I say I don’t remember that day I’m not lying. I wish I did but, I just don’t. Sometimes the most important stuff goes away, it goes away so bad, it’s like it was never there to begin with. It’s funny the stuff that sticks in your head. I could tell you forward and backwards about some day when I was five and my dad bought me a stupid ice cream cone. I could tell you the flavor of the ice cream; it was pink bubble gum, even stuff about the girl who scooped it out. Her hair was fire red. All that stuff is there, like it was happening right now, but I don’t remember that day, at least not the stuff that they want me too. I remember it was the first really hot day of spring. I remember how the sun felt hot on the back of my neck, that’s about it. There’s another one of those things that sticks, this one a friend of mine said to me: you have to believe that life is more than the sum of its parts kiddo, I remember it right down to the kiddo part. But when I think about what she said, the same part comes into my head, what if you can’t put the pieces together in the first place. (full quote)
  Leland: And that's when I figured out that tears couldn't make somebody who was dead alive again. There's another thing about tears, they can't make somebody that doesn't love you anymore love you again. It's the same with prayers. I wonder how much of their lives people waste crying and praying to God. If you ask me, the devil makes more sense than God does. I can see why people would want him around. It's good to have somebody to blame for all the bad stuff they do. Maybe God's there because people get scared of all the bad stuff they do. They figure that God and the Devil are always playing this game of tug-of-war with them, and they never know which side they're gonna wind up on. I guess that tug-of-war idea explains how sometimes, even when people try and do something good, it still turns out bad. (full quote)
  L: i dont think i know what the definition of love is P: well you know in your heart if you love somebody L: but, its not in your heart. loves on your tongue, its a word thats all (full quote)
  Pearl: Love is when you can’t get somebody out of your mind; when they are your first thought in the morning and your last thought at night. Maybe it’s not in your heart, but it’s in your head. (full quote)
  Pearl: I'm only human Leland: How come people only say that when they've done something wrong? (full quote)
  Father: I recall when our lives were usual and electric, when we burned with something close to fire, but now we sway to a different rhythm. Lives are lived without meaning and directed hope--the passage of time only measured by loss... (full quote)
  sometimes people say things that they know arent totally true but they say them anyways because they want them to be true and maybe thats good enough. (full quote)
  sometimes people say things that they know arent totally true but they say them anyways because they want them to be true and maybe thats good enough. (full quote)
  Father: I recall when our lives were UNUSUAL and electric, when we burned with something close to fire, but now we sway to a different rhythm. Lives are lived without meaning and directed hope--the passage of time only measured by loss... (full quote)