Perhaps one of the easiest places to find love quotes is within the dialogue of a romantic movie.
Some love quotes from romantic movies seem to quickly find their way to your heart after engraving themselves onto your mind. You enjoy reflecting on those quotes, and may still feel warm and fuzzy butterflies in your stomach when you hear them. You may even share those amazing statements and phrases with your significant other, so that you both can enjoy their ambiance and power.
However, that is not the case with all love quotes from movies. There are certain love quotes that may have seemed captivating on-screen but that could blow up in your face if you ever decided to use them in real-life.
For example, in the 1996 Cameron Crowe-directed film Jerry Maguire, Jerry mustered up the boldness and courage to finally confess his true feelings to Dorothy Boyd (played by Renée Zellweger). He even did it in front of several judgmental women, not knowing exactly how their reaction would affect hers when he was finished.
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Toward the climax of his romantic rant, Dorothy interrupted him and said the iconic line, “Shut up, shut up… You had me at ‘Hello.'”
Yes, in context on the big-screen, this is an emotionally-stirring moment. That particular love quote may even make you a little misty-eyed when you see and hear Renée Zellweger utter those words in the film. However, if you have ever tried to use that quote in real-life, it may not go very well for you.
Interrupting a loved one in the middle of their emotional rant by telling them to “shut up” twice may not end as beautifully as it did for Jerry Maguire and Dorothy Boyd. An argument may break out long before you get to the point of saying, “You had me at ‘Hello.'”
Here are 10 other love quotes from hit movies that seemed great on-screen but that may backfire if you decide to use them in your real-life relationship.
“I know.” – Han Solo to Princess Leia after she said “I love you” (Empire Strikes Back)
Most Star Wars fans remember this epic moment like the back of their hands. Moments before Han Solo is frozen into a block of carbonite, Princess Leia finally confesses her love for him. In response, Han Solo simply says, “I know.” You don’t need to be in a relationship for very long to know that responding to “I love you” with “I know” (especially if it’s the first time your significant other is saying it) will not end well for you.
“Shut up and deal.” – Fran Kubelik (The Apartment)
Yes, watching Bud Baxter (Jack Lemmon) and Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine) reaching the point of undying love and commitment in their blossoming relationship is a climactic moment in this film. However, if you respond to your significant other who is pouring out his or her heart to you with “shut up and deal” while playing a card game, it may not end as beautifully as it did in the movie.
“As you wish.” – Wesley (Princess Bride)
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Buttercup knew that Wesley meant “I love you” whenever he said “as you wish.” However, that doesn’t mean that your significant other will interpret that phrase the same way, especially if they haven’t seen the movie. “As you wish” could easily border on the line of sarcasm or be interpreted as a condescending comment if it is not stated correctly.
“I love you, but you don’t know what you’re talking about.” – Sam (Moonrise Kingdom)
There are not very many people who appreciate not being understood by their significant other. Depending on the circumstances, they could actually become very offended by this and view your “I love you” comment as a sign that you are patronizing them.
“I knew it was a great mistake for a man like me to fall in love.” – Gatsby (The Great Gatsby)
“So, what are you saying? Our relationship was a mistake? Our love was a mistake?” These are the types of questions that you may have to answer from your significant other if you decide to use this particular love quote in a real-life conversation.
“Happy endings are just stories that haven’t finished yet.” – Jane Smith (Mr. and Mrs. Smith)
This type of love quote could actually go either way depending on the person hearing it. One person may view it as a romantic love quote, as if you are saying that life with them in general is like an ongoing, unfinished happy ending. On the other hand, another person may view the same love quote as meaning that there is no such thing as a happy ending at all and come to think your relationship is doomed.
“Whatever happens tomorrow, we’ve had today. And if we should bump into each other sometime in the future, well that’s fine too. We’ll be friends.” – Emma Morley (One Day)
In context, Emma Morley had every right to use this particular love quote when talking to Dexter Mayhew in the 2011 film. However, chances are that you are not in that type of relationship with your significant other.
“Love’s involved with spending time together, but spending time apart, can lead to loving even more.” – Tyler (Remember Me)
While it is true that absence makes the heart grow fonder, this is not the type of love quote that you want to tell your significant other, especially if your relationship is struggling or just starting out. The concept of “I need space” usually does not send a healthy message.
“Here’s looking at you, kid.” – Rick to Ilsa (Casablanca)
Humphrey Bogart really couldn’t even pull this alleged love quote off in the movie when he said it. Do you really think that you could pull it off?
“Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” – Jennifer to Oliver (Love Story)
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This line is still very confusing to a vast number of people, even people that claim to be longtime fans of the 1970 film. A successful relationship is built on give-and-take, apologies and forgiveness. You can try to get away without saying “sorry” and expect this love quote to go over well, but chances are you will be proven wrong time and time again.
As mentioned, some love quotes from romantic movies are perfect to use in conversation with your significant other, especially if you are both fans of that particular movie. However, many movie love quotes (such as the ones mentioned above) should only be used at your own risk.
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