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Brad: [reading Lester’s job description] My job requires mostly masking my contempt for the assholes in charge, and, at least once a day, retiring to the men’s room so I can jerk off while I fantasize about a life that less closely resembles Hell.
Lester Burnham: I suppose I could be pissed off about what happened to me. But it’s hard to stay mad when there’s 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.
Catering Boss: I’m not paying you to do… whatever it is you’re doing.
Ricky Fitts: So don’t pay me.
Catering Boss: Excuse me?
Ricky Fitts: I quit. So you don’t have to pay me. Now leave me alone.
Lester Burnham: I think you just became my personal hero.
[at the dinner table]
Carolyn Burnham: Your father and I were just discussing his day at work. Why don’t you tell our daughter about it, honey?
Lester Burnham: Janie, today I quit my job. And then I told my boss to go fuck himself, and then I blackmailed him for almost sixty thousand dollars. Pass the asparagus.
Carolyn Burnham: Your father seems to think this type of behavior is something to be proud of.
Lester Burnham: And your mother seems to prefer I go through life like a fucking prisoner while she keeps my dick in a mason jar under the sink.
Carolyn Burnham: How dare you speak to me that way in front of her. And I marvel that you can be so contemptuous of me, on the same day that you LOSE your job.
Lester Burnham: Lose it? I didn’t lose it. It’s not like, “Whoops! Where’d myjob go?” I QUIT. Someone pass me the asparagus.
Sometimes there’s so much beauty in the world I feel like I can’t take it, like my heart’s going to cave in.
Lester Burnham: This isn’t life, it’s just stuff. And it’s become more important to you than living. Well, honey, that’s just nuts.
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