“You know what’s wrong with you, Miss Whoever-You-Are? You’re chicken, you’ve got no guts. You’re afraid to stick out your chin and say, 'okay, life’s a fact, people do fall in love, people do belong to each other, because that’s the only chance anybody’s got for real happiness.' You call yourself a free spirit, a wild thing, and you’re terrified somebody’s going to stick you in a cage. Well, baby, you’re already in that cage. You built it yourself. And it’s not bounded in the west by Tulip, Texas, or in the east by Somaliland. It’s wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.”
Don’t let the pearls and tiara fool you. Breakfast At Tiffany’s isn’t your typical feel-good chick flick. Let’s not forget that the literary masterpiece was written by the same brilliant mind who brought us In Cold Blood, Truman Capote.
In the 1961 film adaptation of the book, Audrey Hepburn played the perfect Holly Golightly - a character so wildly original yet who managed to embody every girl who finds herself lost at some point in the human experience. Losing herself – and too much weight - to New York City, falling in love, figuring out what love actually is (it definitely isn’t “$50 for the powder room”) and running away in search of some romanticized idea of ‘freedom’ only to continually run into herself.
We’ve rounded up 10 of Holly Golightly's best quotes from Breakfast At Tiffany’s below – which one's your favorite, darling?
“The blues are because you’re getting fat and maybe it’s been raining too long, you’re just sad that’s all. The mean reds are horrible. Suddenly you’re afraid and you don’t know what you’re afraid of. Do you ever get that feeling?”
“Anyone who gave you confidence, you owe them a lot.”
“It should take you exactly four seconds to cross from here to that door. I’ll give you two.”
“It’s the mistake you always made, Doc, trying to love a wild thing. You were always lugging home wild things. Once it was a hawk with a broken wing, and another time it was a full-grown wildcat with a broken leg. Remember? You mustn’t give your heart to a wild thing. The more you do, the stronger they get, until they’re strong enough to run into the woods or fly into a tree. And then to a higher tree and then to the sky.”
“There are certain shades of limelight that can wreck a girl’s complexion.”
“It’s better to look at the sky than live there. Such an empty place; so vague. Just a country where the thunder goes and things disappear.”
“You disapprove of me. I do not accept drinks from gentlemen who disapprove of me.”
“I’m like cat here, a no-name slob. We belong to nobody, and nobody belongs to us. We don’t even belong to each other.”
“I’ve got to do something about the way I look. I mean a girl just can’t go to Sing Sing with a green face.”
“I’ll never get used to anything. Anybody that does, they might as well be dead.”