“My Brilliant Career” quotes

(1979)
Movie My Brilliant Career
Title My Brilliant Career
Year 1979
Director Gillian Armstrong
Genre Drama, Romance, Biography
Interpreted by
Plot – Sybill Melvyn is an Australian girl. Her parents are poor but she feels she belongs to the art world, so one day she moves with her wealthy grandparents, who live in the city, but luxury and refinement cannot change her edgy and independent nature.
All actors – Judy Davis, Sam Neill, Wendy Hughes, Robert Grubb, Max Cullen, Aileen Britton, Peter Whitford, Patricia Kennedy, Alan Hopgood, Julia Blake, David Franklin, Marion Shad
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  • “- Mother: Sybylla, I want to have a talk with you.
    - Sybylla Melvyn: Talk away.
    - Mother: You're a young woman now and - I have been thinking about this a great deal - we can't afford to keep you any longer.”

    Julia Blake - Mother
    Judy Davis - Sybylla Melvyn
  • “- Sybylla Melvyn: They're fortunate, aren't they? Every day they get their food.
    - Aunt Gussie: As long as I remember.
    - Sybylla Melvyn: They never have to look for water in a dried-up creek. Scratch for a living, like all our countrymen, forced on the road to beg.
    - Aunt Gussie: Perhaps they're meant to counterbalance the ugly things in life.”

    Judy Davis - Sybylla Melvyn
    Patricia Kennedy - Aunt Gussie
    [Tag:birds, food, self-help]
  • Here is the story of my career... here is the story, of my career... my brilliant career. I make no apology for being egotistical... because I am!”
    Judy Davis - Sybylla Melvyn
  • “- Sybylla Melvyn: You just want to get rid of me!
    - Mother: I must do what I feel is right! Oh, I pray to God for guidance.
    - Sybylla Melvyn: This is what he told you to do? God be damned!”

    Judy Davis - Sybylla Melvyn
    Julia Blake - Mother
    [Tag:daughter, god, job]
  • - Aunt Helen: Be careful how you treat him.
    - Sybylla Melvyn: What do you mean?
    - Aunt Helen: You know what they say "Heed the spark or you may dread the fire".

    Wendy Hughes - Aunt Helen
    Judy Davis - Sybylla Melvyn
    [Tag:behavior, danger, men]
  • Loneliness is a terrible price to pay for independence. Sybylla, don't throw away reality for some impossible dream.”
    Patricia Kennedy - Aunt Gussie
  • “- Sybylla Melvyn: Why does it always have to come down to marriage?
    - Aunt Gussie: Don't be foolishchild. It's natural to want someone as part of your life.
    - Sybylla Melvyn: I don't want to be part of anyone.
    - Aunt Gussie: Do you imagine you're the only female on earth to have such notions?”

    Judy Davis - Sybylla Melvyn
    Patricia Kennedy - Aunt Gussie
  • “I can't lose myself in somebody else's life, when I haven't lived my own yet.”
    Judy Davis - Sybylla Melvyn
  • “Gertie, don't you ever dream that there's more to life than this? Don't you want to meet people who talk about books and words and have visions? Gertie, I can't settle for a new dress, a picnic, now and then, living out in the bush for the rest of my life. I might just as well be dead.”
    Judy Davis - Sybylla Melvyn
    [Tag:aspiration, women]
  • “The sun is shining on another day and hope is whispering in my ear.”
    Judy Davis - Sybylla Melvyn
    [Tag:beginnings, hope, sun]
  • “- Sybylla Melvyn: I think uglygirls should be strangled at birth by their parents. It's bad enough being born a girl... but being born ugly and clever...
    - Aunt Gussie: Clever, are you?
    - Sybylla Melvyn: I hope so. I'm done for if I'm not! There has to be something I'm good at.”

    Judy Davis - Sybylla Melvyn
    Patricia Kennedy - Aunt Gussie
  • “- Uncle Julius: I see that Furlow's bought himself a very fine bull.
    - Sybylla Melvyn: He should make a few cows happy!”

    Peter Whitford - Uncle Julius
    Judy Davis - Sybylla Melvyn
    [Tag:cow, happiness]
  • “- Harry Beecham: Did you find the answers to all those questions? I mean, what was wrong with the world and...
    - Sybylla Melvyn: Yes. Partly me.”

    Sam Neill - Harry Beecham
    Judy Davis - Sybylla Melvyn
  • “There's any amount of love and good in the world, you know? It doesn't just come to you. You have to search for it.”
    Wendy Hughes - Aunt Helen
  • “I have such a daughter. A useless, blaming, Godless. What can I do?”
    Julia Blake - Mother
    [Tag:daughter]
  • “- Grandma Bossier: I shall make quite sure my granddaughter will never marry a man unworthy of her. Don't worry.
    - Sybylla Melvyn: I don't. I'm not marrying anyone. I'm going to have a career!
    - Grandma Bossier: A career? What in?
    - Sybylla Melvyn: Oh, literature, music, art. Maybe, the opera. I've not made up my mind yet.”

    Aileen Britton - Grandma Bossier
    Judy Davis - Sybylla Melvyn
  • “- Uncle Julius: You've changed, no doubt about that.
    - Sybylla Melvyn: You haven't. Your kisses still smell of whiskey and cigars.
    - Uncle Julius: That's what makes me irresistible.”

    Peter Whitford - Uncle Julius
    Judy Davis - Sybylla Melvyn
    [Tag:kiss, stink]
  • “Now, plain looks never stopped anyone from being intelligent or witty or making friends. Being beautiful is no guarantee of success in anything. But, it does help a little.”
    Wendy Hughes - Aunt Helen
  • “- Uncle Julius: Our Sybylla appears to have hidden talents.
    - Aunt Helen: The only trouble is - you don't know what she'll do next.”

    Peter Whitford - Uncle Julius
    Wendy Hughes - Aunt Helen
  • “- Aunt Helen: Marriage gives us respectability, dear, as you'll learn.
    - Sybylla Melvyn: No. That is just what men want us to believe! Stupid idiots like Frank Hawdon! Well, I won't be caught up in it. Not by him or anyone!”

    Wendy Hughes - Aunt Helen
    Judy Davis - Sybylla Melvyn
    [Tag:marriage, respect]
  • “- Aunt Gussie: You washed your hair. It'll never dry by dinner.
    - Sybylla Melvyn: Perhaps I should cut it all off!”

    Patricia Kennedy - Aunt Gussie
    Judy Davis - Sybylla Melvyn
    [Tag:hair]
  • “Being misunderstood, that's a trial we must all bear. You have a wildness of spirit which is going to get you in trouble all of your life. So, you must learn to control it. You try and cultivate a little more feminine vanity.”

    Wendy Hughes - Aunt Helen
  • Aunt Helen, you don't have to worry. I know he can marry anyone. I know. But, I know he wouldn't want to marry me. Even if I wanted to get married; which I don't. He'd never ask me in a million years.”
    Judy Davis - Sybylla Melvyn
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