Let's start with ridiculous and work backwards.

Dr. Jules Hilbert

Dr. Jules Hilbert: What is your favorite word?
Harold Crick: Integer.

Dr. Jules Hilbert: Have you met anyone recently who might loathe the very core of you?
Harold Crick: I just started auditing a woman who told me to get bent.
Dr. Jules Hilbert: Well, that sounds like a comedy. Try to develop that.

Ana Pascal: [to cast-covered Harold] So what happened?
Harold Crick: I stepped in front of a bus.
Ana Pascal: What? Why?
Harold Crick: There was a boy I had to pull out of the way?
Ana Pascal: What?
Harold Crick: There was this boy, I had to...
Ana Pascal: You stepped in front of a bus to save a boy?
Harold Crick: I had to. I didn't have a choice.

Karen Eiffel: Harold quickly calculated the odds of making an ass of himself, in ratio to the amount of time he stayed to chat.
Harold Crick: This is my stop I should go.
Karen Eiffel: He was elated and surprised by his somewhat flirtatious encounter with Mrs. Pascal. So elated that he exited the transit authority bus a good 27 blocks too early and would now have to walk.

Penny Escher: And I suppose you smoked all these cigarettes?
Karen Eiffel: No, they came pre-smoked.

You don't understand that this isn't a story to me, it's my life! I want to live!

Harold Crick

Everyone thinks about leaping off a building.

Karen Eiffel

Karen Eiffel: [narrating] And so he did what countless punk-rock songs had told him to do so many times before: he lived his life.

It was a really awful day. I know, I made sure of it. So pick up the cookie, dip it in the milk, and eat it.

Ana Pascal

I don't need a nicotine patch, I smoke cigarettes.

Karen Eiffel

Harold Crick: So, you are a frequenter of the Metropolitan Transit Authority too?
Ana Pascal: No. I'm just late.

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Stranger Than Fiction Quotes

Apology accepted. But only because you stammered.

Ana Pascal

Karen Eiffel: [narrating] Little did he know that this simple seemingly innocuous act would result in his imminent death.
Harold Crick: What? What? Hey! HELLOOO! What? Why? Why MY death? HELLO? Excuse me? WHEN?