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Violet: "I don't really like the word 'depressed.' I prefer to say that I'm in a tailspin."
Now it's Violet's turn to go into that dark place we all go when we are dumped, or, in this case, cheated on. Even in the face of becoming the "dumpee," Violet clings to her sensibilities.
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Making a Difference
Violet: "We're also trying to make a difference in people's lives, and one way to do that, is to stop them from killing themselves."
Among Violet Wister's most important crusades: Preventing student suicide. Part of her solution includes...tap dancing lessons. And lots of donuts.
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He's Lying, That's Attractive
Violet: "That guy is definitely in Professor Ryan's class..."
Lily: "It's not possible, he has a full time job for Strategic Development Associates."
Rose: "He never got his coffee..."
Lily: "Why would he lie about something like that?"
Violet: "He's lying. I find that very attractive."
Greta Gerwig delivers some fantastic lines in 'Damsels in Distress,' including this one, uttered right after she meets Lily's love interest, the smooth-talking playboy, Charlie. Charlie's keeping secrets, and to Violet, that makes him super hot.
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The Algebra of Love
Lily: "There no logic to the algebra of love."
Charlie: "The algebra of love? Sounds like the title of some lame book."
Lily: "It's a title but the book's not lame at all."
Charlie: "Love's algebra? I always thought it was more geometry."
Lily: "Okay, the title's not good but the book is."
Charlie: "What's it say?"
Lily: "Well, that while we're all perverse in our preferences, there's actually this logic, or algebra to our perversity. And it has something to do with how the species has evolved."
Charlie: "The survival of the species?"
Lily: "Yes, and whether it will continue to do so."
Lily explains to Charlie how it's possible to make the totally illogical nature of love seem perfectly logical, by relating it to algebra. Charlie doesn't seem to be buying it, at least not at first.
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Depressed Debbie: "You think I'm going to kill myself and make you look bad?"
Violet: "I'm worried that you'll kill yourself and make yourself look bad."
Violet's approach to combatting depression and possible suicide is certainly unorthodox. What is she trying to do, shame Depressed Debbie into staying alive? Time for some tap dancing...
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