How You Like Them Apples? Good Will Hunting Quotes
There are many memorable "Good Will Hunting" quotes and the following list is a chronological sample of those quotes that mark key plot points throughout the Oscar-winning film. "Good Will Hunting" was released in 1997 and was an Oscar nominee in nine different categories. Ben Affleck and Matt Damon not only starred, but won Oscars for writing the powerful story of a mathematical genius who works as a janitor at MIT before entering therapy and realizing his potential.
"So this is a Harvard bar, huh? I thought there'd be equations and shit on the wall." This is one of those classic, smart-ass "Good Will Hunting" quotes tossed by Chuckie when he and his friend, Will, first walk into the bar where Will ends up meeting Skylar.
"My boy’s wicked smart." Skylar watches in awe as Will wins an intellectual debate with a snooty Harvard guy in the bar. As Will and his friends walk away, Morgan makes this understatement (in true Boston form) as an aside to Skylar.
"Do you like apples? Well, I got her number. How do you like them apples?" Will gloats to the snooty Harvard guy on his way out of the bar. This awesome Will Hunting quote provides a laugh and has the audience rooting for the underdog.
"I'm pumped! Let the healing begin!" Will starts his first therapy session. This sarcastic "Good Will Hunting" quote sets the stage for Will's lack of seriousness and how he uses it as a defense mechanism.
"Do you buy all these books retail or do you send away for, like, a shrink kit that comes with all these volumes included?" Will continues to rib Sean during their first therapy session. He ultimately pushes too hard, causing Sean to erupt with a serious threat.
"You don't know about real loss because that only occurs when you love something more than yourself." Sean has had it with Will's inability to be real and during their second therapy session, he puts Will in his place. This "Good Will Hunting" quote cuts to the bone and creates a turning point in the emotional tone of the film.
"You're not perfect, sport, and let me save you the suspense: This girl you've met, she's not perfect either. But the question is whether or not you're perfect for each other." Sean begins to open Will's eyes with this insightful "Good Will Hunting" quote. After one date with Skylar, Will is holding off on calling her again because he'd rather put her on a pedestal in his mind than risk true involvement.
"You could be a janitor anywhere. Why did you work at the most prestigious technical college in the whole fuckin' world? And why did you sneak around at night and finish other people's formulas that only one or two people in the world could do and then lie about it?" Sean challenges Will with this pivotal "Good Will Hunting" quote, debating his attitude that wasting his mind with menial work is honorable.
"F*ck you. You don't owe it to yourself man, you owe it to me. 'Cause tomorrow I'm gonna wake up and I'll be 50 and I'll still be doin' this shit. And that's all right. That's fine. I mean, you're sittin' on a winnin' lottery ticket. And you're too much of a pussy to cash it in and that's bullshit. 'Cause I'd do f*ckin' anything to have what you got." After a hard day of construction work, Will minimizes the importance of Skylar leaving and the job opportunities that are available to him and Chuckie lets him know what a fool he is for not taking a chance with this inspirational "Good Will Hunting" quote.
"Son of a bitch... He stole my line." Sean reads Will's goodbye letter telling him he has to go see about a girl. During their sessions, Sean had explained how he met his future wife by giving up a ticket to Game Six of the World Series and how his friends understood when he told them he had to see about a girl.