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Quotes from Donnie Darko

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    • [to Cherita Chen]
    • Donnie: I promise that one day, everything's gonna be better for you.
    • [with accent]
    • Cherita Chen: Shut up!
    • Samantha Darko: Why do I have to sleep with Donnie? He stinks.
    • Donnie: When you fall asleep tonight, I'm gonna fart in your face.
    • Donnie: How can you do that?
    • Frank: I can do anything I want. And so can you.
    • [At the school assembly speaking out against Jim Cunningham]
    • Donnie: You want your sister to lose weight? Tell her to get off the couch, stop eating Twinkies and maybe go out for field hockey. You know what? No one ever knows what they want to be when they grow up. You know, it takes a little, little while to find that out. Right, Jim? And you. Yeah, you. Sick of some jerk shoving your head down the toilet? Well, you know what? Maybe you should lift some weights or take a karate lesson. And the next time he tries to do it, you kick him in the balls.
    • Kitty Farmer: Rose, I'm sure that you're aware of the horrible allegations against Jim Cunningham.
    • [tearfully]
    • Kitty Farmer: Rose! I don't know if you realize what an opportunity this is for our daughters! This has been a dream of Samantha's and all of ours for a long time! I made her lead dancer! Sometimes I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion.
    • Rose Darko: I know. I saw it on TV. Something about a "kiddie porn dungeon."
    • Kitty Farmer: Please, please! Don't use those words! It's obviously some kind of conspiracy to destroy an innocent man. And I have taken it upon myself to spearhead the Jim Cunningham defense campaign.
    • [pleading]
    • Kitty Farmer: Rose, I have to appear at his arraignment tomorrow morning. And as you know, the girls are scheduled to leave for Los Angeles in the morning. Now, as their coach, I was the obvious choice to chaperone them on their trip, but...
    • [feigning concern]
    • Rose Darko: But now, you can't go.
    • Kitty Farmer: Yes.
    • Rose Darko: Hmm.
    • Kitty Farmer: Now, believe me, of all the other mothers, I would never dream of asking you. But none of the other mothers are available to go.
    • Rose Darko: I don't know, Kitty. It's a bad weekend. Eddie's in New York.
    • [to Karen Pomeroy]
    • Kitty Farmer: Excuse me. You need to go back to grad school.
    • Donnie: Where did you come from?
    • Frank: Do you believe in time travel?
    • Donnie: What happened to your eye?
    • Frank: I'm so sorry.
    • Frank: Don't worry. You got away with it.
    • [being led away in handcuffs by police]
    • Jim Cunningham: You are a fear prisoner. Yes, you are a product of fear.
    • Donnie: So, what do I tell the other kids when they ask about you?
    • Karen Pommeroy: Tell them that everything is gonna be just fine.
    • Gretchen: My mom had to get a restraining order against my stepdad. He has emotional problems.
    • Donnie: Oh, I have those, too. What kind of emotional problems does your dad have?
    • Gretchen: He stabbed my mom four times in the chest.
    • Donnie: Oh.
    • [reading "The Destructors"]
    • Karen Pommeroy: "It was as though this plan had been with him all his life, pondered through the seasons, now in his 15th year crystallized with the pain of puberty."
    • Donnie: I made a new friend.
    • Dr. Lilian Thurman: Real or imaginary?
    • Donnie: Imaginary.
    • Frank: 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes, 12 seconds. That is when the world will end.
    • Donnie: Why?
    • Gretchen: You're weird.
    • Donnie: Sorry.
    • Gretchen: No, that was a compliment.
    • [from the Extended and Deleted Scenes. The class is discussing "Watership Down"]
    • Karen Pommeroy: When the other rabbits hear of Fiver's vision, do they believe him?
    • Donnie: Why should we care?
    • Karen Pommeroy: Because the rabbits are us, Donnie.
    • Donnie: Why should I mourn for a rabbit like it was human?
    • Karen Pommeroy: Are you saying that the death of one species is less tragic than another?
    • Donnie: Of course. The rabbit's not like us. It has no history books, no photographs, no knowledge of sorrow or regret. I mean, I'm sorry, Miss Pommeroy. Don't get me wrong. You know, I like rabbits and all. They're cute and they're horny. And if you're cute and you're horny, then you're probably happy that you don't know who you are or why you're even alive. You just wanna have sex as many times as possible before you die. I just don't see the point in crying over a dead rabbit, you know, who never even feared death to begin with.
    • Donnie: Why are you wearing that stupid bunny suit?
    • Frank: Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?
    • Gretchen: "Donnie Darko." What the hell kind of name is that? It's like some sort of superhero or something.
    • Donnie: What makes you think I'm not?
    • [in a letter]
    • Donnie: Dear Roberta Sparrow, I have reached the end of your book and there are so many things that I need to ask you. Sometimes I'm afraid of what you might tell me. Sometimes I'm afraid that you'll tell me that this is not a work of fiction. I can only hope that the answers will come to me in my sleep. I hope that when the world comes to an end, I can breathe a sigh of relief, because there will be so much to look forward to.
    • Kitty Farmer: "No duh" is a product of fear.
    • Dr. Lilian Thurman: Donnie, what did Roberta Sparrow say to you?
    • Donnie: She said that every living creature on Earth dies alone.
    • Dr. Lilian Thurman: Has he ever told you about his friend Frank?
    • Rose Darko: Frank?
    • Dr. Lilian Thurman: Yes, the giant bunny rabbit.
    • Edward Darko: The what?
    • Rose Darko: I don't recall him ever having mentioned a rabbit.
    • [to his mother]
    • Donnie: How's it feel to have a wacko for a son?
    • Rose Darko: It feels wonderful.
    • Gretchen: And what if you could go back in time and take all those hours of pain and darkness and replace them with something better?
    • Donnie: Frank. When's this gonna stop?
    • Frank: You should already know that.
    • Dr. Lilian Thurman: Do you feel alone right now?
    • Donnie: Oh, I don't know. I mean, I'd like to believe I'm not, but I just... I've just never seen any proof, so I... I just don't debate it anymore, you know? It's like I could spend my whole life debating it over and over again, weighing the pros and cons. And in the end, I still wouldn't have any proof. So I just... I just don't debate it anymore. It's absurd.
    • Dr. Lilian Thurman: The search for God is absurd?
    • Donnie: It is if everyone dies alone.
    • Dr. Lilian Thurman: Does that scare you?
    • Donnie: I don't want to be alone.
    • Kitty Farmer: Dr. Cole, not only am I a teacher, but I am also a parent of a Middlesex child. Therefore, I am the only person here who transcends the parent-teacher bridge.
    • Samantha Darko: What's a fuck-ass?
    • Rose Darko: Kitty, do you even know who Graham Greene is?
    • [scoffs]
    • Kitty Farmer: I think we've all seen "Bonanza."
    • [Talking about portals through space-time]
    • Donnie: Well, could these portals, um... Could these portals just appear anywhere, anytime?
    • Prof. Kenneth Monnitoff: I could lose my job.
    • Donnie: Okay.
    • Prof. Kenneth Monnitoff: I think that's highly unlikely. No, I think what you're talking about is an act of God.
    • Donnie: Well, if God controls time, then all time is pre-decided.
    • Prof. Kenneth Monnitoff: I'm not following you.
    • Donnie: Every living thing follows along a set path. And if you could see your path or channel, then you could see into the future, right? Like, uh... It's a form of time travel.
    • Prof. Kenneth Monnitoff: Well, you're-you're contradicting yourself there, Donnie. If we were able to see our destinies manifest themselves visually, then we would be given a choice to betray our chosen destinies. And the mere fact that this choice exists would make all preformed destiny, uh, come to an end.
    • Donnie: Not if you travel within God's channel.
    • Prof. Kenneth Monnitoff: Um, I'm not going to be able to continue this conversation.
    • Donnie: Why?
    • Dr. Lilian Thurman: If the sky were to suddenly open up, there would be no law, there would be no rule. There would only be you and your memories.
    • Dr. Lilian Thurman: If this world were to end, there would only be you and him... and no one else.
    • Prof. Kenneth Monnitoff: And did you stop and think that maybe infants need darkness? That maybe darkness is part of their natural environment?
    • Gretchen: Some people are just born with tragedy in their blood.
    • Donnie: Well, look... You want to go with me?
    • Gretchen: Where do you want to go?
    • Donnie: I mean, like, "go" with me. Like, you know... Like, it's what we call it here. "Going together."
    • Gretchen: Sure.
    • [pauses for a moment, turns and walks away]
    • Donnie: Okay. Hey, where are you going?
    • Gretchen: I'm going home.
    • [Donnie tries to kiss Gretchen and she pulls away]
    • [turns her head]
    • Gretchen: And right now there's some fat guy over there staring at us.
    • Donnie: I - I'm sorry. I...
    • Gretchen: Look, Donnie, wait.
    • Donnie: I like you a lot.
    • Gretchen: I just want it to be at a time when it...
    • Donnie: When what?
    • Gretchen: When it reminds me just...
    • Donnie: When it reminds you how beautiful the world can be?
    • Gretchen: Yeah.
    • [to Principal Cole]
    • Karen Pommeroy: I don't think that you have a clue what it's like to communicate with these kids. And we are losing them to apathy, to this prescribed nonsense. They are slipping away.
    • [before a dance performance]
    • Kitty Farmer: Okay, now, girls, I want you to concentrate. Failure is not an option. And, Bethany, if you feel the need to vomit up there, just swallow it.
    • [reading lifeline card]
    • Donnie: "Ling Ling finds a wallet on the ground filled with money. She takes the wallet to the address on the driver's license but keeps the money inside the wallet."
    • [Scoffs]
    • Donnie: I'm... I'm sorry, Mrs. Farmer. I don't get this.
    • Donnie: Well, life isn't that simple. I mean, who cares if Ling Ling returns the wallet and keeps the money? It has nothing to do with either fear or love.
    • Kitty Farmer: Fear and love are the deepest of human emotions.
    • Donnie: Okay. But you're not listening to me. There are other things that need to be taken into account here, like the whole spectrum of human emotion. You can't just lump everything into these two categories and then just deny everything else.
    • [discussing his parents]
    • Donnie: They didn't buy me what I wanted for Christmas.
    • Dr. Lilian Thurman: What did you want for Christmas that year?
    • Donnie: Hungry, Hungry Hippos.
    • Dr. Lilian Thurman: And how did you feel, being denied these Hungry, Hungry Hippos?
    • Donnie: Regret.
    • Karen Pommeroy: This famous linguist once said that of all the phrases in the English language, of all the endless combinations of words in all of history, that "cellar door" is the most beautiful.
    • Emily Bates: Beth's mom said the boys' locker room was flooded and they found feces everywhere.
    • Susie Bates: What are feces?
    • Emily Bates: Baby mice.
    • Susie Bates: Aww.
    • [first lines]
    • Elizabeth: I'm voting for Dukakis.
    • [taking a cigarette offered to him to by his friend]
    • Donnie: What happens if you tell Mom and Dad about this, Sam?
    • Samantha Darko: You'll put Ariel in the garbage disposal.
    • Donnie: Goddamn right I will.
    • [last lines]
    • Gretchen: Yeah.
    • David: Did you know him?
    • Gretchen: No.
    • Gretchen: Hey. What's going on?
    • David: Horrible accident. My neighbor, he got killed.
    • Gretchen: What happened?
    • David: Got smushed by a jet engine.
    • Gretchen: What was his name?
    • David: Donnie. Donnie Darko.
    • Gretchen: Hmm.
    • David: I feel bad for his family.
    • [reading poem in class]
    • Donnie: "'A storm is coming,' Frank says. 'A storm that will swallow the children. And I will deliver them from the kingdom of Bane. I'll deliver the children back to their doorsteps. I'll send the monsters back to the underground. I'll send them back to a place where no one else can see them except for me, 'cause I am Donnie Darko.'"
    • Kitty Farmer: If you don't complete the assignment, you'll get a zero for the day.
    • [motions to speak... ]
    • [cut to principal's office]
    • Principal Cole: Donald, let me preface this by saying that your Iowa test scores are... intimidating. So... let's go over this again. What exactly did you say to Ms. Farmer?
    • [loudly interjecting]
    • Kitty Farmer: I'll tell you what he said! He asked me to forcibly insert the lifeline exercise card into my anus!
    • [Eddie snickers, then coughs to cover it up]
    • [to Cherita Chen]
    • Ronald Fisher: Hey, Porky Pig, I hope you get molested.
    • Rose Darko: I don't think telling any woman to forcibly insert an object into her anus is something that should go without consequence.
    • Edward Darko: I think we should buy him a moped.
    • Rose Darko: I think we should get a divorce.
    • Dr. Lilian Thurman: Donnie. An atheist is someone who denies altogether the existence of God. You're an agnostic. An agnostic is someone who believes that there can be no proof of the existence of God, but does not deny a possibility that God exists.
    • [to Pommeroy, about the Graham Greene story]
    • Donnie: Well, they say it right when they flood the house, and they tear it to shreds that, like, uh, destruction is a form of creation. So the fact that they burn the money is ironic. They just want to see what happens when they tear the world apart. They want to change things.
    • Karen Pommeroy: The children have to save themselves these days because the parents have no clue.
    • Cherita Chen: Chut up!
    • Jim Cunningham: Is that all the gusto you can muster?
    • Dr. Lilian Thurman: What is going to happen?
    • [crying]
    • Donnie: Frank is gonna kill.
    • Dr. Lilian Thurman: Who is he going to kill? Who is he going to kill, Donnie?
    • [sees Frank]
    • Donnie: I can see him right now!
    • Ricky Danforth: I like your boobs.
    • Jim Cunningham: Guess he was "sleepgolfing"?
    • [laughing]
    • Dr. Fisher: Watch out for that drool spot.
    • [whispering into Donnie's ear]
    • Roberta Sparrow: Every creature on this Earth dies alone.
    • [Pommeroy is reading to the class from the 1954 short story "The Destructors" by Graham Greene]
    • Karen Pommeroy: "There would be headlines in the papers. Even the grown-up gangs who ran the betting at the all-in wrestling and the Barrow Boys would hear with respect of how Old Misery's house had been destroyed. It was as though this plan had been with him all his life, pondered through the seasons, now in his 15th year crystallized with the pain of puberty." What is Graham Greene trying to communicate with this passage? Why did the children break into Old Misery's House? Joanie?
    • Joanie James: They wanted to rob him.
    • Karen Pommeroy: Joanie, if you had actually read the short story, which, at a whopping 13 pages, would have kept you up all night, you would know that the children find a great deal of money in the mattress, but they burn it.
    • Gretchen: Um, where do I sit?
    • Karen Pommeroy: Sit next to the boy you think is the cutest.
    • [the class gasps]
    • Karen Pommeroy: Quiet! Let her choose.
    • Donnie: I'm going home.
    • Frank: Wake up.
    • Frank: Come closer.
    • Frank: I've been watching you.
    • Jim Cunningham: Now, I'm going to tell you a little story today. It's a heartbreakingly sad story about a young man whose life was completely destroyed by these instruments of fear. A young man, searching for love in all the wrong places. His name was Frank.
    • Frank: What were you guys doing in the middle of the road, huh? What are you thinking?
    • Donnie: The sky's gonna open up.
    • Frank: I want you to watch the movie screen. There's something I want to show you.
    • Frank: Have you ever seen a portal?
    • Donnie: I have to obey him. He saved my life. I have to obey him, or I'll be left all alone. And then... And then I won't be able to figure out what this is all about. I won't be able to know his master plan.
    • Dr. Lilian Thurman: Do you mean *God's* master plan? Do you now believe in God?
    • Donnie: I have the power to build a time machine.
    • Dr. Lilian Thurman: How is that possible? How is time travel possible? Donnie?
    • Donnie: Time's up, Frank said.
    • Dr. Lilian Thurman: When is this going to happen?
    • Donnie: S-S-Soon.
    • Donnie: I was in jail once. I mean I accidentally burned down this house. It was abandoned, but still, I got held back in school and I can't drive until I'm 21. But I'm over all of that. I... I... I'm painting and stuff. Writing. I want to be a writer, or maybe a painter, I don't know, or maybe both. I'll write a book and draw the pictures. Then maybe people will understand me. I don't know, change things.
    • Frank: Is she dead?... What were you guys doing in the middle of the road, huh? What are you thinking?
    • [Donnie shoots Frank]
    • [Close to tears, to Frank's passenger]
    • Donnie: Go home! Go home and tell your parents everything's going to be OK. Go!
    • Kitty Farmer: Sometimes I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion.
    • Donnie: I hope that when the world comes to an end, I can breathe a sigh of relief, because there will be so much to look forward to.
    • [not understanding the conversation]
    • Samantha Darko: When will *I* "squeeze one out?"
    • Donnie: Not until 8th grade.
    • [quietly reminiscing]
    • Edward Darko: Frankie Fiedler. You remember. From high school.
    • Rose Darko: Mmm. Mmm.
    • Edward Darko: He died. Remember?
    • Rose Darko: Um hmm.
    • Edward Darko: On his way to the prom. They said he was doomed. Jesus. They could be saying the same thing about Donnie. Our Donnie. But he dodged it. He dodged his bullet, Rose. Somebody was watching over him.
    • Donnie: One day it will be better for you.
    • Donnie: So we can't tell anyone what nobody knows?
    • [to Jim Cunningham]
    • Donnie: How much are they paying you to do this?
    • Woman in video: For two years, I thought it was normal for a 10 year old to wet the bed.
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