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Mona Lisa Smile Quotes

Mona Lisa Smile is a television program that was first aired in 1970 . Mona Lisa Smile completed its run in 1970.

It features Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas as producer, Rachel Portman in charge of musical score, and Anastas Michos as head of cinematography.

Mona Lisa Smile is recorded in English and originally aired in United States. Each episode of Mona Lisa Smile is 117 minutes long. Mona Lisa Smile is distributed by Columbia Pictures.

The cast includes: Kirsten Dunst as Betty Warren, Julia Roberts as Katherine Watson, Dominic West as Bill Dunbar, Maggie Gyllenhaal as Giselle Levy, Ginnifer Goodwin as Connie Baker, Laura Allen as Susan Delacorte, Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Charlie Stewart, Julia Stiles as Joan Brandwyn, Marian Seldes as President Jocelyn Carr, Terence Rigby as Dr. Edward Staunton, and Juliet Stevenson as Amanda Armstrong.

Mona Lisa Smile Quotes

Kirsten Dunst as Betty Warren

  • (Kirsten Dunst) "Miss Watson, can you help me get in touch with that friend of yours in Greenwich Village?"
  • (Mrs. Warren) "Oh, what do you need in Greenwich Village?"
  • (Kirsten Dunst) "An apartment. I filed for a divorce this morning. And since we know I'm not welcome in your house. You remember Giselle Levy? What did you call her? "A New York Kike", that's it. Well, we're going to be room mates."
  • (Kirsten Dunst) "You don't believe in withholding, do you?"
  • (Julia Roberts) "No. I do, however, believe in good manners. But for you, I'll make an exception."
  • (Kirsten Dunst) "Have you seen Spencer?"
  • (Ginnifer Goodwin) "No. But I did see Charlie Stewart. And he told me that he and Deb broke up last summer. And you told me that they were together when he invited me to the Cape."
  • (Kirsten Dunst) "Oh Connie, I don't keep track of his dates. They've been on-again, off-again for the past few years."
  • (Ginnifer Goodwin) "No, no apparently they've been off-again for a while. For quite a while."
  • (Kirsten Dunst) "So?"
  • (Ginnifer Goodwin) "So you made me believe that he was hiding me. Either way, why couldn't you let me be happy?"
  • (Kirsten Dunst) "Katherine Watson didn't come to Wellesley to fit in. She came because she wanted to make a difference."
  • (Mrs. Warren) "A good wife lets her husband think that everything's his idea even when it's not."
  • (Kirsten Dunst) "I don't care if he reads it."
  • (Mrs. Warren) "You will in retrospect. Now, why don't you see if you can't nudge the idea into his head."
  • (Kirsten Dunst) "My teacher, Katherine Watson, lived by her own definition, and would not compromise that. Not even for Wellesley. I dedicate this, my last editorial, to an extraordinary woman who lived by example and compelled us all to see the world through new eyes. By the time you read this, she'll be sailing to Europe, where I know she'll find new walls to break down and new ideas to replace them with. I've heard her called a quitter for leaving, an aimless wanderer. But not all who wander are aimless. Especially not those who seek truth beyond tradition; beyond definition; beyond the image. We'll never forget you --"
  • (Kirsten Dunst) "All her life, she had wanted to teach at Wellesley College. So, when a position opened in the Art History department, she pursued it single-mindedly until she was hired. It was whispered that Katherine Watson, a first-year teacher from Oakland State, made up in brains what she lacked in pedigree. Which was why this bohemian from California was on her way to the most conservative college in the nation."
  • (Kirsten Dunst) "Not all who wander are aimless. Especially not those who seek truth beyond tradition, beyond definition, beyond the image."
  • (Taxi Driver) "Get the hell out of the way."
  • (Kirsten Dunst) "I'll never forget you."

Ginnifer Goodwin as Connie Baker

  • (Ginnifer Goodwin) "We spent last weekend at the Cape. A little hideaway he knew about."
  • (Kirsten Dunst) "Operative word, 'hide'. Men take women to the Cape in the winter when they're embarrassed to be seen with them. He's using you."
  • (Maggie Gyllenhaal) "He's not using you if you want to go. Come here, don't listen to her."
  • (Kirsten Dunst) "I love you, and I swear I'm not saying this to hurt you. Charlie's promised to Deb McIntyre. She wears his pin. Giselle, you know it's true."
  • (Maggie Gyllenhaal) "I don't know anything about a pin."
  • (Ginnifer Goodwin) "Are her parents named Phillip and Vanessa?"
  • (Kirsten Dunst) "You know them?"
  • (Ginnifer Goodwin) "Only from a distance."
  • (Ginnifer Goodwin) "And, it was perfect, romantic, we stayed up all night, talking."
  • (Julia Stiles) "You're late, what happened to Sunday brunch?"
  • (Maggie Gyllenhaal) "We stayed up all night, too. Not talking."
  • (Ginnifer Goodwin) "The psychoanalyst again."
  • (Maggie Gyllenhaal) "Divine exhaustion."
  • (Ginnifer Goodwin) "Do you swear not to repeat what you see or smell here tonight?"
  • (Julia Roberts) "Smell?"
  • (Ginnifer Goodwin) "Yes, smell. Hands up."
  • (Ginnifer Goodwin) ""When your courses are set and a dreamboat you've met, have a real cigarette. Have a Camel." I've got my courses, I've got my Camel cigarette. Where the hell is my dreamboat?"

Julia Roberts as Katherine Watson

  • (Julia Roberts) "See past the paint. Let's open our minds to a different idea."
  • (Unnamed) "I was in California once. How do you get any work done with all that sunshine?"
  • (Julia Roberts) "We tan in class."
  • (Julia Roberts) "This is quite the event. I'm surprised I was invited."
  • (Dominic West) "Well, look around you."
  • (Dominic West) "Who wasn't?"
  • (Julia Roberts) "I don't think I can go a year without a hot plate."
  • (Julia Roberts) "They think you're dangerous?"
  • (Juliet Stevenson) "Or, no, darling: subversive. It's gotten to the point where you don't know who is protecting whom from what. Or should that be, from whom -- Well, whom gives a damn, anyway."
  • (Julia Roberts) "This is history of art."
  • (Julia Roberts) "It says here that you're pre-law. What law school are you going to go to?"
  • (Julia Stiles) "I hadn't really thought about that. After I graduate, I plan on getting married."
  • (Julia Roberts) "And then?"
  • (Julia Stiles) "And then -- I'll be married."
  • (Julia Roberts) "There are seven law schools within 45 minutes of Philadelphia. You can study and get dinner on the table by 5:00."
  • (Julia Stiles) "It's too late."
  • (Julia Roberts) "No, some of them accept late admissions. Now, I was upset at first, I can tell you that. When Tommy came to me at the dance and told me he was accepted to Penn, I thought, 'Oh God, her fate is sealed. She's worked so hard, how can she throw it all away?' But then I realized you won't have to. You can bake your cake and eat it too. It's just wonderful."
  • (Julia Stiles) "We're married. We eloped over the weekend. Turned out he was petrified of a bit ceremony, so we did a sort of spur-of-the-moment thing. Very romantic."
  • (Julia Stiles) "It was my choice, not to go. He would have supported it."
  • (Julia Roberts) "But you don't have to choose."
  • (Julia Stiles) "No, I have to. I want a home, I want a family. That's not something I'll sacrifice."
  • (Julia Roberts) "No one's asking you to sacrifice that, Joan. I just want you to understand that you can do both."
  • (Julia Stiles) "Do you think I'll wake up one morning and regret not being a lawyer?"
  • (Julia Roberts) "Yes, I'm afraid that you will."
  • (Julia Stiles) "Not as much as I'd regret not having a family, not being there to raise them. I know exactly what I'm doing and it doesn't make me any less smart. This must seem terrible to you."
  • (Julia Roberts) "I didn't say that."
  • (Julia Stiles) "Sure you did. You always do. You stand in class and tell us to look beyond the image, but you don't. To you a housewife is someone who sold her soul for a center hall colonial. She has no depth, no intellect, no interests. You're the one who said I could do anything I wanted. This is what I want."
  • (Julia Roberts) "You can confirm to what other people expect of you, or --"
  • (Kirsten Dunst) "I know. Be ourselves."
  • (Julia Roberts) "It's brilliant, really. A perfect ruse. A finishing school disguised as a college. Well, they got me."
  • (Dominic West) "What do you expect?"
  • (Julia Roberts) "More. I thought I was headed to a place that would turn out tomorrow's leaders, not their wives."
  • (Julia Roberts) "Since your wedding, you've missed six classes, a paper and your midterm."
  • (Kirsten Dunst) "I was on my honeymoon and then I had to set up house. What does she expect?"
  • (Julia Roberts) "Attendance."
  • (Ginnifer Goodwin) "Most of the faculty turn their heads when the married students miss a class or two."
  • (Julia Roberts) "Well then why not get married as freshman? That way you could graduate without actually ever stepping foot on campus."
  • (Kirsten Dunst) "Don't disregard out traditions just because you're subversive."
  • (Julia Roberts) "Don't disrespect this class just because you're married."
  • (Kirsten Dunst) "Don't disrespect me just because you're not."
  • (Julia Roberts) "Come to class, do the work, or I'll fail you."
  • (Kirsten Dunst) "If you fail me, there will be consequences."
  • (Julia Roberts) "Are you threatening me?"
  • (Kirsten Dunst) "I'm educating you."
  • (Julia Roberts) "That's my job."
  • (Julia Roberts) "Slide. Contemporary art."
  • (Ginnifer Goodwin) "Now that's just an advertisement."
  • (Julia Roberts) "Quiet. Today you just listen. What will the future scholars see when they study us? A portrait of woman today? There you are ladies. The perfect likeness of a Welesley graduate, Magna Cum Laude doing exactly what she was trained to do. Slide. A Rhodes scholar. I wonder is she recited Chaucer while she presses her husband's shirts. Slide. Heh, now you physics major's can calculate the mass and volume of every meat loaf you ever make. Slide. A girdle to set you free. What does that mean? -- What does that mean? -- What does it mean? I give up. You win. The smartest women in the country -- I didn't realize that by demanding excellence I would be challenging -- what did it say?"
  • (Julia Roberts) "what did it say? um -- the roles you were born to fill"
  • (Julia Roberts) "is that right? the roles you were born to fill? -- It's uh it's my mistake."
  • (Julia Roberts) "Class dismissed."
  • (Julia Roberts) "From the beginning, man has always had the impulse to create are. Can anyone tell me what this?"
  • (Julia Stiles) ""Wounded Bison", Altameera, Spain, about 1500 BC."
  • (Julia Roberts) "Very good, Joan. Despite the age of these paintings, they are technically very sophisticated --"
  • (Julia Stiles) "Because of the shading, and the thickness of the lines as it moves over the hump of the bison. Is that right?"
  • (Julia Roberts) "Yes, that's exactly right. Next slide. This one, you are probably less familiar with. It was discovered by archaeologists in --"
  • (Kirsten Dunst) "1879, Lascaux, France, dates back to 10 000 BC, singled out because of the flowing lines depicting the movement of the animal."
  • (Julia Roberts) "Impressive. Name?"
  • (Kirsten Dunst) ""Herd of Horses.""
  • (Julia Roberts) "I meant yours."
  • (Maggie Gyllenhaal) "We call her Flicka."
  • (Julia Roberts) "Could it get worse?"
  • (Julia Roberts) "These girls. Are you proud, President Carr?"
  • (Marian Seldes) "Yes, actually, I am."
  • (Julia Roberts) "Well, you should be, I guess. Half of them are already married, and the other half, oh just give it a month or so. I mean, it's really only a matter of time. That's what they're doing here, right, they're just biding their time until somebody proposes."
  • (Marian Seldes) "A hundred years ago, it was inconceivable for a woman to be a college graduate. I think, perhaps, you should look back to see how far we've come."
  • (Julia Roberts) "Well, I'm sorry, from where I sit it's just a different kind of corset."
  • (Marian Seldes) "Well, we can all use a little support."
  • (Julia Roberts) "Oh, like the kind you gave Amanda Armstrong?"
  • (Marian Seldes) "She broke the law."
  • (Julia Roberts) "According to Betty Warren."
  • (Julia Roberts) "Good bye. Good morning."
  • (Julia Roberts) "I can assure all of you this is the place I want to be more than anything."

Maggie Gyllenhaal as Giselle Levy

  • (Maggie Gyllenhaal) "Whatever you do, don't put the boss's wife next to your husband."
  • (Kirsten Dunst) "Why not?"
  • (Maggie Gyllenhaal) "She's screwing him."
  • (Maggie Gyllenhaal) "That's Jackson Pollock."
  • (Laura Allen) "In a word."
  • (Ginnifer Goodwin) "I was just getting used to the idea of dead, maggoty meat being art. Now this?"
  • (Laura Allen) "Please don't tell me we have to write a paper about it."
  • (Julia Roberts) "Do me a favor. Do yourselves a favor. Stop talking, and look. You're not required to write a paper. You're not even required to like it. You are required to consider it."
  • (Maggie Gyllenhaal) "Do I look a little bit like her? I think she's fabulous."

Dominic West as Bill Dunbar

  • (Dominic West) "Ciao, Mona Lisa."
  • (Dominic West) "You're so perfect, it's impossible to be honest with you."
  • (Julia Roberts) "For you it is."
  • (Dominic West) "It's not just me, Katherine. Joan failed you too, right?"
  • (Julia Roberts) "That's an awful thing to say."
  • (Dominic West) "I know, but it's the truth. You want honest, I can be real honest. You didn't come to Wellesley to help people find their way, you came to Wellesley to help people find your way."
  • (Dominic West) "So how does a guy get to know you better, then?"
  • (Julia Roberts) "Well, let me see. That's a good idea."
  • (Dominic West) "Did you ever hear the phrase "Keeping up with the Jones'""
  • (Dominic West) "Mr and Mrs Jones the actual historic family they named the phrase after."
  • (Dominic West) "You didn't come to Wellesley to help people find their way. You came to Wellesley to help people find your way."
  • (Dominic West) "Women need heroes, Katherine."

Laura Allen as Susan Delacorte

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Ebon Moss-Bachrach as Charlie Stewart

  • (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) "My parents say my future is right on the horizon."
  • (Ginnifer Goodwin) "Tell them the horizon is an imaginary line that recedes as you approach it."

Julia Stiles as Joan Brandwyn

  • (Julia Stiles) "I've got a secret to tell you. I got accepted early to Yale Law School."
  • (Kirsten Dunst) "To what ? Why? You don't want to be a lawyer."
  • (Julia Stiles) "Maybe I do."
  • (Kirsten Dunst) "You won't switch brands of cold cream without asking me, but you applied to law school?"
  • (Julia Stiles) "On a lark. We never thought I'd get in."
  • (Kirsten Dunst) "Who's 'we'?"
  • (Julia Stiles) "Miss Watson. She practically filled out my application for me."
  • (Kirsten Dunst) "You've got to be kidding me. What right does she have? You're getting married."
  • (Julia Stiles) "First of all, there's no ring on this finger. Second, I can do both. I can."
  • (Kirsten Dunst) "You are this close to getting you ever wanted. And this close to losing it."
  • (Julia Stiles) "You gave me a C."
  • (Julia Roberts) "I'm kind."
  • (Julia Stiles) "The assignment was to write about Bruegel. That's what I did."
  • (Julia Roberts) "No, what you did was copy Strauss."
  • (Julia Stiles) "I was referencing an expert."
  • (Julia Roberts) "If I wanted to know what he thought, I'd buy his book."

Marian Seldes as President Jocelyn Carr

  • (Marian Seldes) "Just a few rules. No holes in the walls. No pets. No loud noises. To radio or Hi-Fi after eight on weekdays, ten on weekends. No hotplates. And no male visitors."
  • (Marian Seldes) "Anything wrong?"
  • (Julia Roberts) "I don't think I can go a year without a hotplate."

Juliet Stevenson as Amanda Armstrong

  • (Juliet Stevenson) "Be careful, they can smell fear."

Terence Rigby as Dr. Edward Staunton

  • (Terence Rigby) "I'm curious about the subject of your dissertation. You suggest 'Picasso will do for the twentieth century what Michael Angelo did for the renaissance"?"
  • (Julia Roberts) "In terms of influencing movements."
  • (Terence Rigby) "So, these canvases they're turning out these days with paint dripped and splotched on them, they're as worthy of our attention as Michael Angelo's Sistine Chapel?"
  • (Julia Roberts) "I'm not comparing them."

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