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Genius movie quotes tell the story of when writer Thomas Wolfe was given his shot at success by book editor Maxwell Perkins. The biographical drama was directed by Michael Grandage using a screenplay John Logan adapted from the book Max Perkins: Editor of Genius by A. Scott Berg. Genius opened in theaters on June 10, 2016.

In Genius, writer Thomas Wolfe (Jude Law) arrives in the New York office of book editor Maxwell Perkins (Colin Firth), who had previously worked with Ernest Hemingway (Dominic West) and F. Scott Fitzgerald (Guy Pearce), expecting Perkins to reject his book, Look Homeward, Angel. But to Wolfe's surprise, Perkins wanted to inform Wolfe that the book would be published.

What follows is perhaps a bromance between Wolfe and Perkins as the two spent more time with each other, including trying to edit a 5,000-page take on America that Wolfe had written, than they spend with their significant others (Nicole Kidman and Laura Linney), something that impacts all of them in ways they never expected.

Genius opened in theaters with other great summer 2016 films including Now You See Me 2, Me Before You, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.
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    Will Anyone Care About Thomas Wolfe

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    Thomas Wolfe: I'm mighty glad to see you, Scott. I'm rambling around for months now. Haven't had anyone to talk to about work.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald: Ugh, work
    Thomas Wolfe: I mean, who better to talk to, the man who created something immortal. More and more I trouble myself with that, the legacy. Will anyone care about Thomas Wolfe in 100 years? 10 years?
    F. Scott Fitzgerald: When I was young I asked myself that question everyday. Now I ask myself, 'Can I write one good sentence?'
    Thomas Wolfe: How can you say that? Don't you want to be remembered?
    F. Scott Fitzgerald: This side of paradise has just put out a print for the first time in 18 years. Gatsby will go next.
    Thomas Wolfe: That will never happen!
    F. Scott Fitzgerald: You know how much I made on royalties on Gatsby last year? Two dollars and 13 cents. I don't mind. I'm working now.

    Thomas Wolfe sits down with fellow writer F. Scott Fitzgerald to talk about their legacies. But as Fitzgerald states about The Great Gatsby, legacy doesn't always result in earnings.
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    The Book's Only 100 Pages Shorter

    Maxwell Perkins: Two years and the book's only 100 pages shorter.
    Thomas Wolfe: I bring you stuff rich, ripe from by gut. You wouldn't do this to Hemingway, to Fitzgerald.
    Maxwell Perkins: Stop it!

    Thomas and Maxwell have a difference of opinion about the future of Thomas's next book. Thomas sees it as exceptional and feels Maxwell's criticism is unfair.
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    I've Lost Him, to Your Husband

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    Aline Bernstein: You've been working every night for two years. Do you have any idea what it's like coming home to an empty apartment every night?
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    Aline Bernstein: I've lost him, to your husband.
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    Louise Sanders: Your daughters, they want their father back.
    Maxwell Perkins: My job is what I do... A writer like Tom, I get one in a lifetime.
    Louise Sanders: You get your daughters for the same lifetime.

    Both spouses/partners of Thomas and Maxwell are feeling the pain that their men are spending more time with each other than at home with the family. Aline and Louise try to talk them out of it, but are not exactly successful.
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    I Prefer to Get My Rejections in the Mail

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    Thomas Wolfe: Mr. Perkins
    Maxwell Perkins: You must be Thomas Wolfe
    Thomas Wolfe: I prefer to get my rejections in the mail but I wanted to meet you, the man who first read Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and said, 'genius.' Every son of a bitch publisher in New York hates my book.
    Maxwell Perkins: Mr. Wolfe, we intend to publish your book.

    Thomas Wolfe arrives at the office of Maxwell Perkins thinking that his work will be rejected. But to his surprise, Maxwell informs Thomas that they plan to publish his book.
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