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Without Memories: 31 Best Memento Quotes

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The Best Memento Quotes

The 90s and early 00s had their fair share of screwed up films. Memento is no exception. Starring Guy Pearce, Memento is a neo-noir mystery thriller in which Leonard Shelby (portrayed by Pearce), a former insurance investigator who is investigating the death of his wife. To make matters worse, Leonard has long term memory loss and so is unable to form new memories so he’s in a constant state of groundhog day. Prompting Leonard to tattoo clues to the mystery on his body about who he can trust.

Directed by Christopher Nolan, this is probably as non-blockbustery as Nolan will ever get. After all, it’s interesting to watch the acting chemistry between Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss (who portrays “Natalie”) and Joe Pantoliano (who portrays “Teddy”).

Enjoy the following Memento quotes – they’re highly memorable! (Pun intended)

You make up your Truth: Memento quotes

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I can say whatever the f- I want… – Still photo taken from Memento

“I have to believe in a world outside my own mind. I have to believe that my actions still have meaning, even if I can’t remember them. I have to believe that when my eyes are closed, the world’s still there. Do I believe the world’s still there? Is it still out there?… Yeah. We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I’m no different.” – Leonard Shelby

“We all lie to ourselves to be happy.” – Leonard Shelby

“You don’t want the truth. You make up your own truth.” – Teddy Gammell

“I’m not a killer. I’m just someone who wanted to make things right. Can’t I just let myself forget what you’ve told me? Can’t I just let myself forget what you’ve made me do. You think I just want another puzzle to solve? Another John G. to look for? You’re John G. So you can be my John G… Will I lie to myself to be happy? In your case Teddy… yes I will.” – Leonard Shelby

“Memory can change the shape of a room; it can change the color of a car. And memories can be distorted. They’re just an interpretation, they’re not a record, and they’re irrelevant if you have the facts.” – Leonard Shelby

“If we can’t make memories, we can’t heal.” – Leonard Shelby

“I don’t even know how long she’s been gone. It’s like I’ve woken up in bed and she’s not here… because she’s gone to the bathroom or something. But somehow, I know she’s never gonna come back to bed. If I could just… reach over and touch… her side of the bed, I would know that it was cold, but I can’t. I know I can’t have her back… but I don’t want to wake up in the morning, thinking she’s still here. I lie here not knowing… how long I’ve been alone. So how… how can I heal? How am I supposed to heal if I can’t… feel time?” – Leonard Shelby

“I can’t remember to forget you.” – Leonard Shelby

“We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I’m no different.” – Leonard Shelby

“My wife deserves vengance. Doesn’t make a difference whether I know about it. Just becuase there are things I don’t remember doesn’t make my actions meaningless. The world doesn’t just disappear when you close your eyes, does it? Anyway, maybe I’ll take a photograph to remind myself, get another freaky tattoo.” – Leonard Shelby

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You sad, sad freak. - Picture taken from Memento
You sad, sad freak. – Still photo taken from Memento

“You know, I’ve had more rewarding friendships than this one. Although I do get to keep telling the same jokes.” – Teddy Gammell

“You can just feel the details. The bits and pieces you never bothered to put into words. And you can feel these extreme moments… even if you don’t want to. You put these together, and you get the feel of a person. Enough to know how much you miss them… and how much you hate the person who took them away.” – Leonard Shelby

“So you lie to yourself to be happy. There’s nothing wrong with that. We all do it.” – Teddy Gammell

“It must be hard living your life off a couple of scraps of paper. You mix your laundry list with your grocery list you’ll end up eating your underwear for breakfast.” – Natalie

“You sad, sad freak. I can say whatever the fuck I want, and you won’t remember. We’ll still be best friends. Or maybe even lovers.” – Natalie

“I always thought the pleasure of a book was wanting to know what comes next.” – Leonard Shelby

“When I looked into his eyes I thought I saw recognition. Now I know. You fake it. If you think you’re supposed to recognize somebody you, you just pretend. You bluff it to get a pat on the head from the doctors. You bluff it to seem less like a freak.” – Leonard Shelby

“Facts, not memories. That’s how you investigate. I know, it’s what I used to do.” – Leonard Shelby

“Sammy Jankis wrote himself endless notes. But he’d get mixed up. I’ve got a more graceful solution to the memory problem. I’m disciplined and organized. I use habit and routine to make my life possible. Sammy had no drive. No reason to make it work.” – Leonard Shelby

“If we talk for too long, I’ll forget how we started. Next time I see you, I’m not gonna remember this conversation. I don’t even know if I’ve met you before.” – Leonard Shelby

“I was the only guy who disagreed with the cops – and I had brain damage.” – Leonard Shelby

“It’s just an anonymous room. There’s nothing in the drawers. But you look anyway. Nothing except the Gideon bible, which I, of course, read religiously.” – Leonard Shelby

“You know what? I think I’m gonna use you. I’m telling you now because I’ll enjoy it so much more if I know that you could stop me if you weren’t such a fucking freak!” – Natalie

“You know what one of the reasons for short term memory loss is? Venereal disease. Maybe your cunt of fucking a wife sucked one too many diseased cocks and turned you into a fucking retard.” – Natalie

Don't trust her - Still photo taken from Memento
Don’t trust her – Still photo taken from Memento

“When she offers to help, it’ll be for her own reasons. I’m not lying. Take my pen, write this down. Do not trust her.” – Teddy Gammell

“I guess I can only make you remember the things you want to be true.” – Teddy Gammell

“It’s beer o’clock, and I’m buying.” – Teddy Gammell

“Like you tell yourself over and over again. Conditioning yourself to remember. Learning through repetition.” – Teddy Gammell

“Come on. You got your revenge. Enjoy it while you still remember. What difference does it make whether he was your guy or not?” – Teddy Gammell

“You’re living a dream, kid. A dead wife to pine for. A sense of purpose to your life. A romantic quest that you wouldn’t end, even if I wasn’t in the picture.” – Teddy Gammell

“Where to next Pocahontas?” – Teddy Gammell

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