The Trippiest Qutoes From 'Trainspotting' 

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April 6, 2020 143 votes 30 voters 15 items

The best Trainspotting quotes are just one of the reasons why the film has stood the test of time. It has one of the most devastating portrayals of drug addiction on film with many critics going on to call it one of the best British films ever made. It helped launch the career of Ewan McGregor and director Danny Boyle. When you look back on this work of art, which pieces of dialogue stand out the most?

Vote for your favorite Trainspotting movie quotes from the list below. You'll soon see why the film was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the Academy Awards.

Showing Initiative is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Trippiest Qutoes From 'Trainspotting'
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Showing Initiative

Interviewer: Mr. Murphy, do you mean that you lied on your application?

Spud: No! Uh. Yes. Only to get my foot in the door. Showing initiative and that like.

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Personality is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Trippiest Qutoes From 'Trainspotting'
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Sick Boy: Personality, I mean that's what counts, right? That's what keeps a relationship going through the years. Like heroin, I mean heroin's got a great f*cking personality.

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Choose Life is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Trippiest Qutoes From 'Trainspotting'
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Choose Life

Renton: Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a f*cking big television, Choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players, and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed-interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisure wear and matching luggage. Choose a three piece suite on hire purchase in a range of f*cking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the f*ck you are on a Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing f*cking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pissing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, f*cked-up brats you have spawned to replace yourselves. Choose your future. Choose life . . . But why would I want to do a thing like that? I chose not to choose life: I chose something else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you've got heroin?

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Proud to be Scottish is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Trippiest Qutoes From 'Trainspotting'
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Proud to be Scottish

Tommy: Doesn't it make you proud to be Scottish?

Renton: It's sh*te being Scottish! We're the lowest of the low. The scum of the f*cking Earth! The most wretched, miserable, servile, pathetic trash that was ever sh*t into civilization. Some people hate the English. I don't. They're just wankers. We, on the other hand, are colonized by wankers. Can't even find a decent culture to be colonized by. We're ruled by effete ar*eholes. It's a sh*te state of affairs to be in, Tommy, and all the fresh air in the world won't make any f*cking difference!

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