Charlotte:You might find Holly a little sensitive about her intelligence
Alice:She’s dumb ?
Charlotte:Harvard guys, even the ones that seem reasonably cool on the outside are all essentially whips and bookworms on the inside. They love being seen out with this lovely girl, but after a date or two, rather than risk rejection. They pretend to drop her and then go around complaining about how dull she was
“Don’t decide too soon. Kids who know early what they want to do seem impressive, as if they got the answer to some math question before the other kids. They have an answer, certainly, but odds are it’s wrong.”—How To Do What You Love, by Paul Graham (via geometricallypure)
“Why did we live this way? Perhaps because to enjoy ourselves in the present would have meant engaging ourselves in an imperfect or dangerously ephemeral reality, rather than hiding behind a comfortable belief in an afterlife. Living in the future perfect tense involved holding up an ideal life to contrast with the present, one that would save us from the need to commit ourselves to our situation.”—Alain de Botton, On Love
“If Scott Fitzgerald were to return to life, he would feel at home in a Whit Stillman movie. Stillman listens to how people talk, and knows what it reveals about them. His characters have been supplied by their Ivy League schools with the techniques but not the subjects of intelligent conversation, and so they discuss “The Lady and the Tramp” with the kind of self-congratulatory earnestness that French students would reserve for Marx and Freud. (Their analysis of the movie is at least as funny as the Quentin Tarantino character’s famous deconstruction of “Top Gun” in the movie “Sleep With Me.”) Stillman has the patience to circle a punch line instead of leaping straight for it. He’ll establish something in an early scene and then keep nibbling away until it delivers. The guy who dumps girls by claiming to be gay, for example, eventually explains that he always thought he was straight until, one day, he felt “something different” while watching Jim Fowler on “Wild Kingdom.”—Roger Ebert on The Last Days of Disco (via bbook)