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The Most Memorable Quotes From 'Marriage Story'

Updated January 22, 2020 285 votes 76 voters 3.5k views26 items

What are the best Marriage Story quotes? You get to decide. The screenplay, written by director Noah Baumbach, has received wide acclaim for its insightful look at the divorce process, its emotional one liners, and the way it uses intermittent funny lines to underscore some of the inherent sadness of the subject matter. Simply put, it's one of the most well-written pictures of the year. 

Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver play Nicole and Charlie Barber. She's a famous actress, he's a New York theater director. Their marriage has fallen apart, leading Nicole to seek out a divorce lawyer named Nora Fanshaw (Laura Dern). Charlie subsequently has to get one, too. He starts off with the slightly eccentric Bert Spitz (Alan Alda), but switches to the more aggressive Jay Marotta (Ray Liotta) once he realizes his soon-to-be ex-wife's attorney is going to play hardball. Marriage Story follows what happens as Charlie and Nicole attempt to remain civil to each other for the sake of their son, while also taking steps to end their union.

Co-starring in the film are Julie Hagerty and Merrit Wever as Nicole's mother and sister, and Wallace Shawn as one of Charlie's actors.

Vote up the most memorable Marriage Story quotes from the list below regardless of which character says them.

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  • Feeding His Aliveness is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Memorable Quotes From 'Marriage Story'
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    Feeding His Aliveness

    Nicole Barber: I never really came alive for myself. I was only feeding his aliveness.

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  • You Decided You Hated It is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Memorable Quotes From 'Marriage Story'
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    You Decided You Hated It

    Charlie Barber (to Nicole Barber): You liked this life until you decided you hated it.

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  • A Laugh With Her is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Memorable Quotes From 'Marriage Story'
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    A Laugh With Her

    Charlie Barber: You shouldn't be upset that I f*cked her You should be upset that I had a laugh with her!

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  • Somewhere Between Reasonable A is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Memorable Quotes From 'Marriage Story'
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    Somewhere Between Reasonable And Crazy

    Jay Marotta: Listen, if we start from a place of reasonable, and they start from a place of crazy, when we settle, we'll be somewhere between reasonable and crazy.

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