16 Best Quotes from Silver Linings Playbook (2012)

Silver Linings Playbook is the 2012 film adaptation of Matthew Quick’s novel The Silver Linings Playbook, released in 2008. Written and directed by David O. Russell, the film was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay). Although the story contains heavy subject matter, the characters are very entertaining, especially Pat (Bradley Cooper) and Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence). After attacking his wife’s lover eight months ago, Pat has just returned from a mental health facility. He meets Tiffany, whose husband recently died, and the two find themselves comparing each other’s “madness”. While Pat is determined to get his wife back, Tiffany wants him to be her partner in a dance competition.

Eventually, Pat accepts, believing that Tiffany will help him with his wife. At home, Pat’s mother (Jacki Weaver) and father (Robert De Niro) encourage Pat to get closer to Tiffany and forget about his cheating wife. Pat seems reluctant to be associated with Tiffany, and they often bicker while skirting their feelings of mutual attraction. The main focus of the film, however, is Pat’s mental health journey. Throughout the film, he is very determined and driven, and he never loses sight of his goals – although his goals change a few times over the course of the film. Here are some of the best quotes from Silver Linings Playbook that capture the chemistry between the characters.

  1. Tap: That’s what I learned in the hospital: you have to do everything you can, you have to work your best, and if you do, if you stay positive, you have a chance of having a good side.
  2. Pat Sr.: You know, I’m going to open a restaurant. It’s going to be a cheesesteak place.
    Tap: How are you going to pay it?
    Pat Sr.: I will pay it. Do not worry.
    Tap: From your bookmaking?
    Pat Sr.: Who told you that?
    Tap: Mom told me. Outside.
    Dolores: I do not have. No, I didn’t.
    Tap: You just told me outside, mom. What are you talking about? Five minutes ago, we were walking up the stairs, she said, “Don’t say anything, but dad lost his job and he’s betting.”
  3. Pat Sr.: Look, Patrick, she’s gone. She is not there anymore. Nikki is gone.
    Tap: What are you doing, dad? Excelsior! Excellency. Excellency.
    Pat Sr.: What does that mean?
    Tap: It means, “You know what I’m going to do? I’m gonna take all this negativity, and I’m gonna use it as fuel, I’m gonna find a silver lining, that’s what I’m gonna do. And it’s not bullshit. It’s not bullshit. It takes work, and that’s the truth.
  4. Tap: I can’t believe Nikki is teaching this book to children. I mean… All this time you’re arguing that this Hemingway guy survives the war and be with the woman he loves…
    Dolores: It’s four in the morning, Pat.
    Tap: And he does… He survives the war… and he flees to Switzerland with Catherine. But now Catherine is pregnant. Isn’t it wonderful? She is pregnant. And they escape… and they’re gonna be happy, and they’re gonna drink wine and they’re dancing – they both like to dance… There are scenes where they’re dancing, which was boring, but I liked it because they were happy. Do you think it stops there? Nope! He writes another ending. She dies, dad! I mean, the world is tough enough as it is, guys. It’s hard enough as it is…
    Dolores: Pat, you owe us an apology.
    Tap: Why? …I’m not going to apologize for that. Do you know what I’m gonna do? I will apologize on behalf of Ernest Hemingway because he is the one to blame here.
    Pat Sr.: Yeah, ask Ernest Hemingway to call us and apologize to us too.
  5. Tap: You look nice.
    Tiphanie: Thanks.
    Tap: I’m not flirting with you.
    Tiphanie: Oh, I didn’t think you were.
    Tap: I just see that you made an effort, and I’m going to be better off with my wife. I’m working on it. I want to recognize its beauty. I have never done that. I’m doing it now. Just practice. How did Tommy die?
  6. Tap: You have poor social skills. You have a problem.
    Tiphanie: I have a problem? You say more inappropriate things than appropriate things. You scare people.
    Tap: I tell the truth. You are mean.
  7. Tiphanie: I saw the way you looked at me, Pat. You felt it, I felt it, don’t lie. We are not liars like them.
  8. Pat Sr.: When life reaches out to you with a moment like this, it’s a sin if you don’t join it.
  9. Tiphanie: There will always be a part of me that will be dirty and sloppy, but I like it, just like all the other parts of me.
  10. Tiphanie: Why did you order grape bran?
    Tap: Why did you order tea?
    Tiphanie: Because you ordered raisin bran.
    Tap: I ordered bran with raisins because I didn’t want there to be any confusion with a date.
    Tiphanie: It can still be a date if you order raisin bran.
  11. Tiphanie: You know what, forget that I offered to help you. Forget the whole fucking idea, ’cause it must’ve been crazy ’cause I’m so crazier than you!
  12. Tiphanie: You may not have experienced the things I experienced, but you liked hearing about it, didn’t you? You are afraid to be alive, you are afraid to live. You are a conformist. You are a hypocrite. You’re a liar. I opened up to you and you judged me!
  13. Tiphanie: I do that! Time and again! I do all this for others! And then I wake up and I’m empty! I have nothing!
  14. Tiphanie: You let me lie to you for a week?
    Tap: I was trying to be romantic.
  15. Tap: The only way to overcome my madness was to do something even crazier. Thanks. I love you. I knew it the moment I saw you. I’m sorry it took so long to catch up.
  16. Tap: The world will break your heart ten ways until Sunday. It’s guaranteed. I can’t begin to explain this. Or the madness inside of me and everyone else. But guess what? Sunday is my favorite day again. I think about what everyone has done for me, and I feel like a very lucky guy.

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