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Damsels in Distress Movie Quotes

Updated June 14, 2019 80 votes 19 voters 12.5k views9 items

'Damsels in Distress' movie quotes are hilarious. In the film, written and directed by Whit Stillman ('The Last Days of Disco'), Greta Gerwig stars as Violet Wister, the leader of a group of girls who are determined to change life at a small, liberal arts college. Together, these women try to transform the college from a male-dominated world to one where both sexes can coexist. Sort of. This film is filled with excellent, clever dialogue, much of it delivered by Gerwig, brilliantly. Enjoy these 'Damsels in Distress' movie quotes and be sure to vote for your favorites!

Meet the damsels in Whit Stillman's 'Damsels in Distress' .Violet, the leader, and her minions, Rose (Megalyn Echikunwoke) and Heather (Carrie MacLemore). They're on a mission to raise the overall standards at their East Coast college, Seven Oaks. Violet decides to draw new student Lily (Analeigh Tipton) into the fold, as well.

When Lily starts seeing Charlie (Adam Brody), the group of flower-named young women become seriously concerned. He's a player (or, as Rose puts it, an "operator") - he's up to no good, and he's going to break Lily's heart if she allows it. 'Damsels in Distress' also stars Aubrey Plaza as "Depressed Debbie," and Hugo Becker, Ryan Metcalf and Billy Magnussen as guys in desperate need of reform.

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  • 5. Cooler Than Yourself

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    Violet: "Do you know what's the major problem in contemporary social life? The tendency to always seek someone cooler than yourself."

    Violet Wister (Greta Gerwig) certainly has an interesting, philosophical approach to life. It's definitely out there, but she seems to mean well.
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  • 6. Never Actually Seen That

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    Violet: "Do you want to talk about it? What was his name?"
    Priss: "Josh."
    Violet: "If you'd rather not talk about it, you don't have to."
    Priss: "No, it's okay, I just...I keep thinking how he used to gaze at me with such
    love in his eyes, you know what I mean?"
    Violet: "No. No, I've never actually seen that."

    Poor Priss: She's been dumped by a guy named Josh. A guy that, in Violet's opinion, is in serious need of reform. At least Priss was able to experience the adoration of a cute guy though, right?
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  • 7. The Algebra of Love

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    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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  • 8. Cocktails, Hard Liquor and Spirits

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    Violet: "What would you say are the most effective means to fight depression?"
    Freak Astaire: "Beer?"
    Frank: "No, beer's a downer. Cocktails, hard liquor and spirits, is what really gives you a lift."

    Frank is Violet's seemingly well-meaning, not-overly-handsome, frat boy suitor. And he knows his alcohol.
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