The Pursuit of Happyness (2006) quotes

Director
Gabriele Muccino.

Cast
Will Smith.
Thandie Newton.
Jaden Smith.

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Hey. Don’t ever let somebody tell you… You can’t do something. Not even me. All right?
– Christopher Gardner
All right.
– Christopher
You got a dream… You gotta protect it. People can’t do somethin’ themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want somethin’, go get it. Period.
– Christopher Gardner

What would you say if man walked in here with no shirt, and I hired him? What would you say?
– Martin Frohm
He must have had on some really nice pants.
– Christopher Gardner

It was right then that I started thinking about Thomas Jefferson on the Declaration of Independence and the part about our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. And I remember thinking how did he know to put the pursuit part in there? That maybe happiness is something that we can only pursue and maybe we can actually never have it. No matter what. How did he know that?
– Christopher Gardner

It’s not H-A-P-P-Y-N-E-S-S Happiness is spelled with an “I” instead of a “Y”
– Christopher Gardner
Oh, okay. Is “Fuck” spelled right?
– Christopher
Um, yes. “Fuck” is spelled right but you shouldn’t use that word.
– Christopher Gardner
Why? What’s it mean?
– Christopher
It’s, um, an adult word used to express anger and, uh, other things. But it’s an adult word. It’s spelled right, but don’t use it.
– Christopher Gardner

Christopher is staying with me.
– Christopher Gardner

This part of my life… this part right here? This is called “happyness.”
– Christopher Gardner

Hey dad, you wanna hear something funny? There was a man who was drowning, and a boat came, and the man on the boat said “Do you need help?” and the man said “God will save me”. Then another boat came and he tried to help him, but he said “God will save me”, then he drowned and went to Heaven. Then the man told God, “God, why didn’t you save me?” and God said “I sent you two boats, you dummy!”
– Christopher

What are you doing?
– Christopher
Paying a parking ticket.
– Christopher Gardner
…But we don’t have a car anymore.
– Christopher
Yeah, I know…
– Christopher Gardner

Hey, asshole! Are you all right, asshole?
– Driver Who Hits Chris

I’ve been sitting out here for the last half-hour trying to come up with a story that would explain my being here dressed like this. And I wanted to come up with a story that would demonstrate qualities that I’m sure you all admire here like earnestness, diligence, team-playing. And I couldn’t think of anything. So the truth is, I was arrested for failure to pay parking tickets.
– Christopher Gardner
Parking tickets?
– Jay Twistle
I ran all the way here from the police station.
– Christopher Gardner
What were you doing before you were arrested?
– Martin Frohm
I was, uh, painting my apartment.
– Christopher Gardner

This part of my life is called running.
– Christopher Gardner

Whatever, I don’t care.
– Linda

Probably means there’s a good chance. Possibly means we might or we might not.
– Christopher Gardner
Okay.
– Christopher
So, what does probably mean?
– Christopher Gardner
It means we have a good chance.
– Christopher
And what does possibly mean?
– Christopher Gardner
I know what it means! It means we’re *not* going to the game.
– Christopher

You gotta trust me, all right?
– Christopher Gardner
I trust you.
– Christopher
‘Cause I’m getting a better job.
– Christopher Gardner

You’re a good papa.
– Christopher

This part of my life is called “internship.”
– Christopher Gardner

There’s no salary?
– Christopher Gardner
No.
– Jay Twistle
I was not aware of that. My circumstances have changed some.
– Christopher Gardner

Hey, you’re missing a shoe.
– Shoe-Spotting Intern
Oh, hey, thanks!
– Christopher Gardner

The important thing about that freedom train, is it’s got to climb mountains. We ALL have to climb mountains, you know. Mountains that go way up high, and mountains that go deep and low. Yes, we know what those mountains are here at Glide. We sing about them.
– Reverend Williams

It’s a time machine… I know it’s a time machine…
– Homeless Guy #1
This machine in my lap? It is not a time machine.
– Christopher Gardner

Where are we going?
– Christopher