The Best 'Good Will Hunting' Quotes

The best Good Will Hunting quotes make you realize how great the movie really is, even if you haven't seen it in a while. Let's rank the greatest quotes from Good Will Hunting, with the help of your votes. Starring Robin Williams, Matt Damon, and Ben Affleck, Good Will Hunting was directed by Gus Van Sant and released in 1997.

What are your favorite lines from Good Will Hunting? One of the memorable one-liners was when Sean said, "You'll have bad times, but it'll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren't paying attention to." Another great line from Good Will Hunting is, "Well, I got her number. How do you like them apples?" spoken by Will.

Vote up your top Good Will Hunting quotes, regardless of which character they come from.

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  • 1
    18 VOTES

    Them Apples

    Will: (talking through glass windows) Do you like apples?

    Clark: Yeah.

    Will: Well, I got her number. How do you like them apples?


    18 votes
  • 2
    13 VOTES

    We Could Just Step Outside

    Chuckie: Are we gonna have a problem here?

    Clark: No, no, no, no! There's no problem here. I was just hoping you might give me some insight into the evolution of the market economy in the southern colonies. My contention is that prior to the Revolutionary War, the economic modalities, especially in the southern colonies, could be most aptly described as agrarian pre-capitalist.

    Will: Of course that's your contention. You're a first-year grad student; you just got finished reading some Marxian historian, Pete Garrison probably. You're gonna be convinced of that 'till next month when you get to James Lemon. Then you're going to be talking about how the economies of Virginia and Pennsylvania were entrepreneurial and capitalist way back in 1740. That's gonna last until next year; you're gonna be in here regurgitating Gordon Wood, talkin' about, you know, the pre-revolutionary utopia and the capital-forming effects of military mobilization.

    Clark: Well, as a matter of fact, I won't, because Wood drastically underestimates the impact of social...

    Will: "Wood drastically underestimates the impact of social distinctions predicated upon wealth, especially inherited wealth"? You got that from Vickers' "Work in Essex County," page 98, right? Yeah, I read that too. Were you gonna plagiarize the whole thing for us? Do you have any thoughts of your own on this matter? Or do you, is that your thing, you come into a bar, read some obscure passage and then pretend - you pawn it off as your own, as your own idea just to impress some girls, embarrass my friend?

    Will: See, the sad thing about a guy like you is, in 50 years you're gonna start doin' some thinkin' on your own and you're going to come up with the fact that there are two certainties in life: one, don't do that, and two, you dropped 150 grand on a f*ckin' education you could have got for a dollar fifty in late charges at the public library!

    Clark: Yeah, but I will have a degree. And you'll be servin' my kids fries at a drive-thru on our way to a skiing trip.

    Will: That may be, but at least I won't be unoriginal. But I mean, if you have a problem with that, I mean, we could just step outside - we could figure it out.

    Clark: No, man, there's no problem. It's cool.


    13 votes
  • 3
    5 VOTES


    Skylar: Do you have lots of brothers and sisters?

    Will: I'm Irish Catholic, what do you think?

    Skylar: But how many?

    Will: You wouldn't believe me if I told you.

    Skylar: Why? Go on, what, 5? 7? 8? How many?

    Will: I have 12 big brothers.

    Skylar: You do not have 12 brothers.

    Will: I swear to God, I swear to God, I'm lucky 13 right here.

    Skylar: Do you know all their names?

    Will: Do I... yeah, they're my brothers.

    Skylar: What are they called?

    Will: Marky, Ricky, Danny, Terry, Mikey, Davey, Timmy, Tommy, Joey, Robby, Johnny, and Brian.

    Skylar: Say it again.

    Will: Marky, Ricky, Danny, Terry, Mikey, Davey, Timmy, Tommy, Joey, Robby, Johnny, and Brian.

    Skylar: ...and Willy.

    Will: Willy? Will...

    5 votes
  • 4
    18 VOTES

    She's Not Perfect

    Sean: You're not perfect, sport, and let me save you the suspense: this girl you've met, she's not perfect either. But the question is whether or not you're perfect for each other.


    18 votes
  • 5
    20 VOTES

    Your Move

    Sean: Thought about what you said to me the other day, about my painting. Stayed up half the night thinking about it. Something occurred to me... fell into a deep peaceful sleep, and haven't thought about you since. Do you know what occurred to me?

    Will: No.

    Sean: You're just a kid, you don't have the faintest idea what you're talkin' about.

    Will: Why thank you.

    Sean: It's all right. You've never been out of Boston.

    Will: Nope.

    Sean: So if I asked you about art, you'd probably give me the skinny on every art book ever written. Michelangelo, you know a lot about him. Life's work, political aspirations, him and the pope, sexual orientations, the whole works, right? But I'll bet you can't tell me what it smells like in the Sistine Chapel. You've never actually stood there and looked up at that beautiful ceiling; seen that. If I ask you about women, you'd probably give me a syllabus about your personal favorites. You may have even been laid a few times. But you can't tell me what it feels like to wake up next to a woman and feel truly happy. You're a tough kid. And I'd ask you about war, you'd probably throw Shakespeare at me, right, "once more unto the breach dear friends." But you've never been near one. You've never held your best friend's head in your lap, watch him gasp his last breath looking to you for help. I'd ask you about love, you'd probably quote me a sonnet. But you've never looked at a woman and been totally vulnerable. Known someone that could level you with her eyes, feeling like God put an angel on earth just for you. Who could rescue you from the depths of hell. And you wouldn't know what it's like to be her angel, to have that love for her, be there forever, through anything, through cancer. And you wouldn't know about sleeping sitting up in the hospital room for two months, holding her hand, because the doctors could see in your eyes, that the terms "visiting hours" don't apply to you. You don't know about real loss, 'cause it only occurs when you've loved something more than you love yourself. And I doubt you've ever dared to love anybody that much. And look at you... I don't see an intelligent, confident man... I see a cocky, scared sh*tless kid. But you're a genius Will. No one denies that. No one could possibly understand the depths of you. But you presume to know everything about me because you saw a painting of mine, and you ripped my f*cking life apart. You're an orphan right? You think I know the first thing about how hard your life has been, how you feel, who you are, because I read Oliver Twist? Does that encapsulate you? Personally... I don't give a sh*t about all that, because you know what, I can't learn anything from you, I can't read in some f*ckin' book. Unless you want to talk about you, who you are. Then I'm fascinated. I'm in. But you don't want to do that do you sport? You're terrified of what you might say. Your move, chief.

    20 votes
  • 6
    14 VOTES

    A Small Horse

    Sean: See you Monday. We'll be talking about Freud and why he did enough cocaine to kill a small horse.

    14 votes