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100 Top Bret Easton Ellis Quotes & Sayings

Famous As: American Author, Screenwriter and Short-Story Writer
Born On: March 7, 1964
Born In: Los Angeles, California, United States
Age: 58 Years
Bret Easton Ellis is an American novelist, screenwriter, short story writer, and director who gained recognition for his novel ‘American Psycho’. Bret debuted as a novelist at the age of 21 in 1985 by publishing ‘Less Than Zero’, which achieved both critical and commercial success as well as courted controversy. The novel is about the lifestyle of isolated, wealthy teenagers in Los Angeles. In 1987, Bret published his second novel ‘The Rules of Attraction’, which was about a group of hedonistic young adults. The book achieved reasonable commercial success. Bret published his third novel ‘American Psycho’ in 1991, which gained both critical acclaim and commercial success and also attracted a fair share of controversies. The book attained a cult status after the release of its movie adaptation in 2000. In 1994, Bret published a short story collection titled ‘The Informers’. In 1998, Bret published his fourth novel ‘Glamorama’. After a gap of seven years, Bret published his fifth novel ‘Lunar Park’ in 2005. Bret also has penned some screenplays for feature films including ‘The Curse of Downers Grove’ and ‘The Canyons’. He has also written screenplays of short films like ‘Loud Like Love’ and Are You Okay’. Ellis’ work, books, writings, sayings, thoughts and quotes are quite saleable amongst Generation X. He has spoken out via social media on several issues, often offending people here and there. Here are some interesting points and quotes from Bret Easton Ellis.
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All it comes down to is this: I feel like shit but look great.

All it comes down to is this: I feel like shit but look great.

Bret Easton Ellis
I have to return some videotapes

I have to return some videotapes

Bret Easton Ellis
Is evil something you are? Or is it something you do?

Is evil something you are? Or is it something you do?

Bret Easton Ellis
The better you look, the more you see.

The better you look, the more you see.

Bret Easton Ellis
I'm into, oh murders and executions mostly. It depends.

I'm into, oh murders and executions mostly. It depends.

Bret Easton Ellis
What does that mean know me, know me, nobody ever knows anybody else, ever! You will never know me.

What does that mean know me, know me, nobody ever knows anybody else, ever! You will never know me.

Bret Easton Ellis
No one ever likes the right person.

No one ever likes the right person.

Bret Easton Ellis
But this road doesn't go anywhere,” I told him.
“That doesn't matter.”
“What does?” I asked, after a little while.
“Just that we're on it, dude,” he said.

But this road doesn't go anywhere,” I told him. “That doesn't matter.” “What does?” I asked, after a little while. “Just that we're on it, dude,” he said.

Bret Easton Ellis
I only had sex with her because I'm in love with you.

I only had sex with her because I'm in love with you.

Bret Easton Ellis
Our lives are not all interconnected. That theory is a crock. Some people truly do not need to be here.

Our lives are not all interconnected. That theory is a crock. Some people truly do not need to be here.

Bret Easton Ellis
I like to dissect girls. Did you know I'm utterly insane?

I like to dissect girls. Did you know I'm utterly insane?

Bret Easton Ellis
Disappear here

Disappear here

Bret Easton Ellis
There’s no use in denying it: this has been a bad week. I’ve started drinking my own urine.

There’s no use in denying it: this has been a bad week. I’ve started drinking my own urine.

Bret Easton Ellis
Disappear Here.
The syringe fills with blood.
You're a beautiful boy and that's all that matters.
Wonder if he's for sale.
People are afraid to merge. To merge.

Disappear Here. The syringe fills with blood. You're a beautiful boy and that's all that matters. Wonder if he's for sale. People are afraid to merge. To merge.

Bret Easton Ellis
I laugh maniacally, then take a deep breath and touch my chest- expecting a heart to be thumping quickly, impatiently, but there's nothing there, not even a beat.

I laugh maniacally, then take a deep breath and touch my chest- expecting a heart to be thumping quickly, impatiently, but there's nothing there, not even a beat.

Bret Easton Ellis
Look how black the sky is, the writer said. I made it that way.

Look how black the sky is, the writer said. I made it that way.

Bret Easton Ellis
And it struck me then, that I liked Sean because he looked, well, slutty. A boy who had been around. A boy who couldn't remember if he was Catholic or not.

And it struck me then, that I liked Sean because he looked, well, slutty. A boy who had been around. A boy who couldn't remember if he was Catholic or not.

Bret Easton Ellis
We buy balloons, we let them go.

We buy balloons, we let them go.

Bret Easton Ellis
When the going gets tough, the tough go drinking.

When the going gets tough, the tough go drinking.

Bret Easton Ellis
Disintegration---I'm taking it in stride.

Disintegration---I'm taking it in stride.

Bret Easton Ellis
Why was I holding on to something that would never be mine? But isn't that what people do?

Why was I holding on to something that would never be mine? But isn't that what people do?

Bret Easton Ellis
Life is like a typographical error: we're constantly writing and rewriting things over each other.

Life is like a typographical error: we're constantly writing and rewriting things over each other.

Bret Easton Ellis
But this was what happened when you didn't want to visit and confront the past: the past starts visiting and confronting you.

But this was what happened when you didn't want to visit and confront the past: the past starts visiting and confronting you.

Bret Easton Ellis
No one will ever know anyone. We just have to deal with each other. You're not ever gonna know me.

No one will ever know anyone. We just have to deal with each other. You're not ever gonna know me.

Bret Easton Ellis
Sex is mathematics. Individuality no longer an issue. What does intelligence signify? Define reason. Desire - meaningless. Intellect is not a cure. Justice is dead.

Sex is mathematics. Individuality no longer an issue. What does intelligence signify? Define reason. Desire - meaningless. Intellect is not a cure. Justice is dead.

Bret Easton Ellis
You learn to move on without the people you love.

You learn to move on without the people you love.

Bret Easton Ellis
Why not? Give me one good reason why we shouldn't get married.

Why not? Give me one good reason why we shouldn't get married." Because trying to fuck you is like trying to french-kiss a very.... small and... lively gerbil? With braces?

Bret Easton Ellis
My pain is constant and sharp...this confession has meant nothing

My pain is constant and sharp...this confession has meant nothing

Bret Easton Ellis
I don't want to care. If I care about things, it'll just be worse, it'll just be another thing to worry about. It's less painful if I don't care.

I don't want to care. If I care about things, it'll just be worse, it'll just be another thing to worry about. It's less painful if I don't care.

Bret Easton Ellis
But... what about us? What about the past?

But... what about us? What about the past?" she asks blankly. "The past isn't real. it's just a dream," I say. "Don't mention the past.

Bret Easton Ellis
I feel I'm moving toward as well as away from something, and anything is possible.

I feel I'm moving toward as well as away from something, and anything is possible.

Bret Easton Ellis
What else is there to do in college except drink beer or slit one's wrists?

What else is there to do in college except drink beer or slit one's wrists?

Bret Easton Ellis
Greed is good. Sex is easy. Youth is forever.

Greed is good. Sex is easy. Youth is forever.

Bret Easton Ellis
And as things fell apart, nobody paid much attention

And as things fell apart, nobody paid much attention

Bret Easton Ellis
The seeds of love have taken hold and if we won't burn together, I'll burn alone.

The seeds of love have taken hold and if we won't burn together, I'll burn alone.

Bret Easton Ellis
I think a lot of snowflakes are alike...and I think a lot of people are alike too.

I think a lot of snowflakes are alike...and I think a lot of people are alike too.

Bret Easton Ellis
I tried to make meat loaf out of the girl but it becomes too frustrating a task and instead I spend the afternoon smearing her meat all over the walls, chewing on strips of skin I ripped from her body

I tried to make meat loaf out of the girl but it becomes too frustrating a task and instead I spend the afternoon smearing her meat all over the walls, chewing on strips of skin I ripped from her body

Bret Easton Ellis
What's right? If you want something, you have the right to take it. If you want to do something, you have the right to do it.

What's right? If you want something, you have the right to take it. If you want to do something, you have the right to do it.

Bret Easton Ellis
Rock 'n' roll. Deal with it.

Rock 'n' roll. Deal with it.

Bret Easton Ellis
And though I can hide my cold gaze, and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable... I simply am not there.

And though I can hide my cold gaze, and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable... I simply am not there.

Bret Easton Ellis
Yes. Yes I am. I am a completely demented misogynist.

Yes. Yes I am. I am a completely demented misogynist.

Bret Easton Ellis
I've forgotten who I had lunch with earlier, and even more important, where.

I've forgotten who I had lunch with earlier, and even more important, where.

Bret Easton Ellis
Adjust my dreams for me.

Adjust my dreams for me.

Bret Easton Ellis
The Smiths are singing and someone says

The Smiths are singing and someone says "Turn that gay angst music off.

Bret Easton Ellis
I wasn't acting on passion. I was simply acting.

I wasn't acting on passion. I was simply acting.

Bret Easton Ellis
It strikes me profoundly that the world is more often than not a bad and cruel place.

It strikes me profoundly that the world is more often than not a bad and cruel place.

Bret Easton Ellis
Price. You're priceless.

Price. You're priceless.

Bret Easton Ellis
...when I look over at Luis in one brief flashing moment his head looks like a talking vagina and it scares the bejesus out of me...

...when I look over at Luis in one brief flashing moment his head looks like a talking vagina and it scares the bejesus out of me...

Bret Easton Ellis
What keeps me interested--and it always does--is how can she be a bad actress on film but a good one in reality?

What keeps me interested--and it always does--is how can she be a bad actress on film but a good one in reality?

Bret Easton Ellis
The images I had were of people being driven mad by living in the city. Images of parents who were so hungry and unfulfilled that they ate their own children.

The images I had were of people being driven mad by living in the city. Images of parents who were so hungry and unfulfilled that they ate their own children.

Bret Easton Ellis
After a while you learn that everything stops.

After a while you learn that everything stops.

Bret Easton Ellis
People are afraid to merge.

People are afraid to merge.

Bret Easton Ellis
This is true: the world is better off with some people gone. Our lives are not all interconnected. That theory is crock. Some people truly do not need to be here.

This is true: the world is better off with some people gone. Our lives are not all interconnected. That theory is crock. Some people truly do not need to be here.

Bret Easton Ellis
But I don't want to wear a condom because I don't feel anything,

But I don't want to wear a condom because I don't feel anything," and she says calmly... glaring at me,"If you don't use one you're not going to feel anything anyway.

Bret Easton Ellis
I like the idea of a writer being haunted by his own creation, especially if the writer resents the way the character defines him.

I like the idea of a writer being haunted by his own creation, especially if the writer resents the way the character defines him.

Bret Easton Ellis
How could she ever understand that there isn't any way could be disappointed since I no longer find anything worth looking forward to?

How could she ever understand that there isn't any way could be disappointed since I no longer find anything worth looking forward to?

Bret Easton Ellis
...if you're alone nothing bad can happen to you.

...if you're alone nothing bad can happen to you.

Bret Easton Ellis
And as the elevator descents, passing the second floor, and the first floor, going even father down, I realize that the money doesn't matter. That all that does is that I want to see the worst

And as the elevator descents, passing the second floor, and the first floor, going even father down, I realize that the money doesn't matter. That all that does is that I want to see the worst

Bret Easton Ellis
Who is this girl? Why is she alive? Wonder if I should leave right now. Get up and say, 'Goodnight fuck-ups, it's been a sheer sensation and I hope I never see any of you again,' and leave?

Who is this girl? Why is she alive? Wonder if I should leave right now. Get up and say, 'Goodnight fuck-ups, it's been a sheer sensation and I hope I never see any of you again,' and leave?

Bret Easton Ellis
I've been accused of being very vain about my apathy.

I've been accused of being very vain about my apathy.

Bret Easton Ellis
Baby, when you were young and your heart was an open book, you used to say live and let live. You know you did, you know you did, you know you did.

Baby, when you were young and your heart was an open book, you used to say live and let live. You know you did, you know you did, you know you did.

Bret Easton Ellis
People can get accustomed to anything, right? Habit does things to people.

People can get accustomed to anything, right? Habit does things to people.

Bret Easton Ellis
I'm resourceful,

I'm resourceful," Price is saying. "I'm creative, I'm young, unscrupulous, highly motivate, highly skilled. In essence what I'm saying is that society cannot afford to lose me. I'm an asset

Bret Easton Ellis
Open the hood of a car and it will tell you something about the people who designed it, is just one of many phrases I’m tortured by.

Open the hood of a car and it will tell you something about the people who designed it, is just one of many phrases I’m tortured by.

Bret Easton Ellis
I want to take you away from this,

I want to take you away from this," I say, motioning around the kitchen, spastic. "From sushi and elves and... STUFF.

Bret Easton Ellis
My pain is constant and sharp, and I do not hope for a better world for anyone.

My pain is constant and sharp, and I do not hope for a better world for anyone.

Bret Easton Ellis
If all of your friends are morons is it a
felony, a misdemeanor or an act of God if
you blow their fucking heads off with a
thirty-eight magnum?

If all of your friends are morons is it a felony, a misdemeanor or an act of God if you blow their fucking heads off with a thirty-eight magnum?

Bret Easton Ellis
I want to moan and writhe with you and I want to go up to you and kiss your mouth and pull you to me and say

I want to moan and writhe with you and I want to go up to you and kiss your mouth and pull you to me and say "I love you I love you I love you" while stripping. I want you so bad it stings.

Bret Easton Ellis
I needed something--the distraction of another life--to alleviate fear.

I needed something--the distraction of another life--to alleviate fear.

Bret Easton Ellis
Why do I sense hostility on your part, Patrick?” she asks softly, then sips her wine.

“Maybe because I’m hostile,” I spit out. “Maybe because you sense this.

Why do I sense hostility on your part, Patrick?” she asks softly, then sips her wine. “Maybe because I’m hostile,” I spit out. “Maybe because you sense this.

Bret Easton Ellis
I'd get confused and write down things just to write them down and I came to this realization that I didn't do enough things to keep a datebook.

I'd get confused and write down things just to write them down and I came to this realization that I didn't do enough things to keep a datebook.

Bret Easton Ellis
You do not write a novel for praise, or thinking of your audience. You write for yourself; you work out between you and your pen the things that intrigue you

You do not write a novel for praise, or thinking of your audience. You write for yourself; you work out between you and your pen the things that intrigue you

Bret Easton Ellis
Fear never shows up and the party ends early.

Fear never shows up and the party ends early.

Bret Easton Ellis
I am gripped by an existential panic.

I am gripped by an existential panic.

Bret Easton Ellis
Women aren't very bright,

Women aren't very bright," Rip says. "Studies have been done.

Bret Easton Ellis
From those of us who are left behind: you will be remembered, you were the one I needed, I loved you in my dreams.

From those of us who are left behind: you will be remembered, you were the one I needed, I loved you in my dreams.

Bret Easton Ellis
What? Did we end up hating each other? Did we end up the way we thought we always knew would? Did I end up wearing khakis because of that fucking ad?

What? Did we end up hating each other? Did we end up the way we thought we always knew would? Did I end up wearing khakis because of that fucking ad?

Bret Easton Ellis
Why was I holding on to something that would never be mine?

Why was I holding on to something that would never be mine?" (But isn't that what people do?)

Bret Easton Ellis
How is your father?” she asks disinterestedly. 
“A contrivance,” I mutter. “A plot device.

How is your father?” she asks disinterestedly. “A contrivance,” I mutter. “A plot device.

Bret Easton Ellis
When you love a book it loves you back.

When you love a book it loves you back.

Bret Easton Ellis
I'm on the verge of tears by the time we arrive at Pastels since I'm positive we won't get seated but the table is good, and relief that is almost tidal in scope washes over me in an awesome wave.

I'm on the verge of tears by the time we arrive at Pastels since I'm positive we won't get seated but the table is good, and relief that is almost tidal in scope washes over me in an awesome wave.

Bret Easton Ellis
The numbing lists of things you were supposed to have as an American to make you happy, which ultimately, of course, don't. Those aren't the things that make you happy.

The numbing lists of things you were supposed to have as an American to make you happy, which ultimately, of course, don't. Those aren't the things that make you happy.

Bret Easton Ellis
By the time you finish reading this sentence, a Boeing jetliner will take off or land somewhere in the world.

By the time you finish reading this sentence, a Boeing jetliner will take off or land somewhere in the world.

Bret Easton Ellis
Do you wear a diaphragm everywhere you go?' I want to scream, but stop myself because the idea really excites me.

Do you wear a diaphragm everywhere you go?' I want to scream, but stop myself because the idea really excites me.

Bret Easton Ellis
There is no time for the innocent.

There is no time for the innocent.

Bret Easton Ellis
A vast and abandoned world laid out in anonymous grids and quadrants, a view that confirmed you were much more alone than you thought you were, a view that inspired the flickering thoughts of suicide.

A vast and abandoned world laid out in anonymous grids and quadrants, a view that confirmed you were much more alone than you thought you were, a view that inspired the flickering thoughts of suicide.

Bret Easton Ellis
And,

And," Price adds, smiling, "if another round of Bellinis comes within a twenty-foot radius of our table we are going to set the maitre d' on fire. So you know, warn him.

Bret Easton Ellis
Nothing. Nothing makes me happy. I like nothing,

Nothing. Nothing makes me happy. I like nothing," I tell her.

Bret Easton Ellis
Everything suddenly seems displaced, subtle gradations erase borders, but it’s more forceful than that.

Everything suddenly seems displaced, subtle gradations erase borders, but it’s more forceful than that.

Bret Easton Ellis
I'm thinking about the beautiful boy on the treadmill wearing the I STILL HAVE A DREAM T-shirt and realize that it might not have been ironic.

I'm thinking about the beautiful boy on the treadmill wearing the I STILL HAVE A DREAM T-shirt and realize that it might not have been ironic.

Bret Easton Ellis
If you can’t make a girl come why even bother? That always seemed to me to be like writing questions in a letter.

If you can’t make a girl come why even bother? That always seemed to me to be like writing questions in a letter.

Bret Easton Ellis
What's the difference between a J.A.P and spaghetti? Spaghetti moves when you eat it.

What's the difference between a J.A.P and spaghetti? Spaghetti moves when you eat it.

Bret Easton Ellis
I could stay living in this city if they just installed Blaupunkts in the cabs.

I could stay living in this city if they just installed Blaupunkts in the cabs.

Bret Easton Ellis
Her need is so immense that you become surrounded by it; this need is so enormous that you realize you can actually control it, and I know this because I've done it before.

Her need is so immense that you become surrounded by it; this need is so enormous that you realize you can actually control it, and I know this because I've done it before.

Bret Easton Ellis
You're a beautiful boy, Clay, but that's about it.

You're a beautiful boy, Clay, but that's about it.

Bret Easton Ellis
This isn't a script,

This isn't a script," Julian says. "It's not going to add up. Not everything's going to come together in the third act.

Bret Easton Ellis
You should never mistake affection for … passion,” I warn her. “It can be … not good. It can … get you into, well, trouble.

You should never mistake affection for … passion,” I warn her. “It can be … not good. It can … get you into, well, trouble.

Bret Easton Ellis
Scientists peered into data and concluded that we should all be worried.
-Lunar planet

Scientists peered into data and concluded that we should all be worried. -Lunar planet

Bret Easton Ellis
You can't get dyslexia from pussy.

You can't get dyslexia from pussy.

Bret Easton Ellis