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Still Alice Movie Quotes

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“Still Alice” movie quotes follows the story of a renowned linguistics professor who struggles to deal with an early onset Alzheimer’s Disease diagnosis. The drama film was written and directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland as adapted from the novel of the same name by Lisa Genova. “Still Alice” opened in theaters in the United States on January 16, 2015.

In “Still Alice,” Dr. Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) is a top linguistics professor who finds herself losing words in the middle of lectures, inexplicably getting lost on a familiar campus and having trouble remembering people and things like appointments. Alice visits a neurologist who diagnoses her with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease, something quite rare for her young age.

Being quite the intellectual person, Alice struggles with this diagnosis, as do her family members including husband John (Alec Baldwin), daughters Lydia (Kristen Stewart) and Anna (Kate Bosworth) and son Tom (Hunter Parrish). But as Alice tries to take care of loose ends while her mental capacity is still with her, she also learns how to savor life, disease or not.

“Still Alice” is just one of several award-nominated films from 2014 alongside ”The Wedding Ringer,” ”Blackhat,” ”Taken 3,” ”Predestination,” ”A Most Violent Year,” ”The Interview,” ”Unbroken,” ”American Sniper,” ”Into the Woods,” ”Big Eyes,” ”The Gambler,” ”The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” ”Annie,” ”Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb,” ”Mr. Turner,” "Life Partners," "Comet," "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1," and "Horrible Bosses 2.
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    I Am Not Suffering

    Dr. Alice Howland: “I am not suffering. I am struggling, struggling to be a part of things, to stay connected to who I once was. So live in the moment I tell myself. It’s really all I can do. Live in the moment.”

    Having found a new level of enlightenment in her disease, Alice speaks about how she’s chosen to live her life. She is struggling, but also mindful to enjoy the moments she has.
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    Going to College

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    Dr. Alice Howland: “Don’t you think it’s time you reconsidered things? You’re so smart. There’s so much more you could be doing with your life.”
    Lydia Howland: “Like going to college?”
    Dr. Alice Howland: “Yes, yes, like college!”
    Lydia Howland: “Like we’ve never talked about that before every single day of my life. I figured out what I wanted to do and I’m doing it. That’s a good thing.”
    Dr. Alice Howland: “But on whose dime?”
    Lydia Howland: “You’re helping Tom with med school. You helped Anna with law school…”
    Dr. Alice Howland: “Sweetheart, those are real careers. I just don’t want you to limit your choices.”
    Lydia Howland: “You want to make my choices.”
    Dr. Alice Howland: “No, I don’t.”
    Lydia Howland: “I’m really happy.”
    Dr. Alice Howland: “I’m sorry, I don’t, I don’t want to argue about this. Forget I said anything.”
    Lydia Howland: “It’s forgotten.”

    Alice tries one more time to talk to Lydia about attending college. Lydia has no interest in that and is quite happy in her current life. Defeated, Alice gives up and drops the subject.
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    Butterflies Don't Live a Very Long Time

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    Dr. Alice Howland: “When I was, um, a little girl, I was in second grade, my teacher told me that butterflies don’t live a very long time, that they live like a month or something and I was so upset so I went home and told my mother and she was like ‘yeah, but you know, they have a nice life. They have a really beautiful life.’ and it always makes me think about my mother’s life and my sister’s life and to a certain extent, my own.”
    Lydia Howland: “You are going to be around for a long time, mom.”
    Dr. Alice Howland: “Yes, yes”

    Alice uses a story about a childhood memory to parallel her current situation. Her life may be short, but, like the butterfly, it can be a very nice one.
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    What Does It Actually Feel Like?

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    Lydia Howland: “What’s it like? Like, what does it actually feel like?”
    Dr. Alice Howland: “Well, it’s not always the same. I have, uh, good days and I have bad days. On my good days, I can, you know, almost pass for a normal person. But on my bad days, I feel like I can’t find myself. I’ve always been so defined by my intellect, my language, my articulation and now sometimes I can see the words hanging in front of me and I can’t reach them and I don’t know who I am and I don’t know what I’m going to lose next.”
    Lydia Howland: “That sounds horrible.”
    Dr. Alice Howland: “Thanks for asking.”

    Daughter Lydia asks about how Alice feels in her battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Alice explains and is appreciative that Lydia took the time to ask her. The two might not see eye to eye on all things but can agree that this is not pleasant.
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