28 'Revolutionary Road' Quotes That Are Hauntingly Beautiful

Leonardio DiCaprio and Kate Winslet smiling dancing together in a scene from 'Revolutionary Road'
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These 'Revolutionary Road' Quotes Really Puts Life Into Perspective

Revolutionary Road is a tough story.

Based on the Richard Yates novel, the story follows a young, married couple whose relationship shifts and changes as their dreams and aspirations dwindle. It's a pretty dark story, made even darker by the film adaptation starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio. But the story is poignant, so much so we wanted to share some Revolutionary Road quotes with you. Whether you're studying for a test or are interested in stories about families take a look at some powerful (often heartbreaking) quotes from the novel and movie.

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Revolutionary Road Movie Quotes

  • "You are an empty, empty hollow shell of a woman. I mean, what the hell are you doing in my house if you hate me so much? Why the hell are you married to me? What the hell are you doing carrying my child? I mean, why didn't you just get rid of it when you had the chance, because listen to me, listen to me, I got news for you, I wish to god that you had!" - Frank

  • "I saw a whole other future. I can't stop seeing it. Can't leave. Can't stay." - April

  • "Hopeless emptiness. Now you've said it. Plenty of people are onto the emptiness, but it takes real guts to see the hopelessness." - John

  • "How do I know you didn't try to flush our entire fucking family down the toilet?" - Frank

  • "Tell me the truth, Frank, remember that? We used to live by it. And you know what's so good about the truth? Everyone knows what it is however long they've lived without it. No one forgets the truth, Frank, they just get better at lying." - April

  • "Look at us. We're just like everyone else. We've bought into the same, ridiculous delusion." - April

  • "Knowing what you've got, knowing what you need, knowing what you can do without. That's inventory control." - Frank

  • "I'm glad I'm not gonna be that kid." - John

  • "If being crazy means living life as if it matters, then I don't mind being completely insane." - April

  • "You want to play house you got to have a job. You want to play nice house, very sweet house, you got to have a job you don't like." - John

  • "No one forgets the truth, Frank, they just get better at lying." - April

  • "I want to feel things. Really feel them." - Frank

  • "The hopeless emptiness? Now, you've said it. Plenty of people are on the emptiness, but it takes real guts to see the hopelessness..." - John

  • "I don't feel anything." - April

Revolutionary Road Book Quotes

  • "He had won but he didn't feel like a winner."

  • "Our ability to measure and apportion time affords an almost endless source of comfort."

  • "Hard work, is the best medicine yet devised for all the ills of man- and of woman."

  • "It's a disease. Nobody thinks or feels or cares any more; nobody gets excited or believes in anything except their own comfortable little God damn mediocrity."

  • "I still had this idea that there was a whole world of marvelous golden people somewhere, as far ahead of me as the seniors at Rye when I was in the sixth grade; people who knew everything instinctively, who made their lives work out the way they wanted without even trying, who never had to make the best of a bad job because it never occured to them to do anything less then perfectly the first time. Sort of heroic super-people, all of them beautiful and witty and calm and kind, and I always imagined that when I did find them I'd suddenly know that I Belonged among them, that I was one of them, that I'd been meant to be one of them all along, and everything in the meantime had been a mistake; and they'd know it too. I'd be like the ugly duckling among the swans."

  • "Now you’ve said it. The hopeless emptiness. Hell, plenty of people are on to the emptiness part; out where I used to work, on the Coast, that’s all we ever talked about. We’d sit around talking about emptiness all night. Nobody ever said ‘hopeless,’ though; that’s where we’d chicken out. Because maybe it does take a certain amount of guts to see the emptiness, but it takes a whole hell of a lot more to see the hopelessness. And I guess when you do see the hopelessness, that’s when there’s nothing to do but take off. If you can."

  • "The hell with "love" anyway, and with every other phony, time-wasting, half-assed emotion in the world."

  • "He couldn't even tell whether he was angry or contrite, whether it was forgiveness he wanted or the power to forgive."

  • "The whole point of crying was to quit before you cornied it up. The whole point of grief itself was to cut it out while it was still honest, while it still meant something. Because the thing was so easily corrupted, let yourself go and you started embellishing your own sobs."

  • "Oh, you’ll what? You’ll leave me? What’s that supposed to be—a threat or a promise."

  • "The hell with this aching, suffering, callow, half-assed delusion that he was in "love" with her. The hell with "love" anyway, and with every other phony, time-wasting, half-assed emotion in the world."

  • "The place had filled him with a sense of wisdom hovering just out of reach, of unspeakable grace prepared and waiting just around the corner, but he’d walked himself weak down its endless blue streets and all the people who knew how to live had kept their tantalizing secret to themselves."

  • "Everything is selling. Nothing happens in this world, nothing comes into this world, until somebody makes a sale."

  • "It takes backbone to lead the life you want."

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