The Breakfast Club Quotes

Sunday, July 31 by Kelly Cannon

For a perfect quick window into the sense and sensibilities of the 80s, you don't need to go any further than "The Breakfast Club" quotes. "The Breakfast Club" was one of the 1980's most iconic movies, and featured some of the decade's most popular "Brat Pack" stars: Judd Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy and Molly Ringwald. Quotes from the movie were repeated ad nauseum by youth of the era. In fact, just hearing a "The Breakfast Club" quote can send your mind racing back to those days.

  1. "You're not fooling anyone, Bender. The next screw that falls out will be you." - There's no love lost between "criminal" John Bender and Principal Richard Vernon, the source of this "The Breakfast Club" quote.
  2. "Are you gonna be, like, a shopping bag lady? You know, like, sit in alleyways and, like, talk to buildings and wear men's shoes and that kinda thing?" - Brian, "the brain", tries to get a better understanding of Allison, the "basket case."
  3. "You know how you said your parents use you to get back at each other? Wouldn't I be outstanding in that capacity?" - Bender says this to Claire, the "princess" after they realize they like each other.
  4. "Wow Brian, this is a very nutritious lunch. Did your mom marry Mr.Rogers?" "No, Mr.Johnson." - Bender uses insults and sarcasm to cover the pain of his dysfunctional family.
  5. "Andrew! You've got to be number one! I won't tolerate any losers in this family! Your intensity is for shit! Win! Win! Win!" You son of a bitch. You know, sometimes I wish my knee would give. And I wouldn't be able to wrestle anymore. And he could forget all about me." - This "Breakfast Club" quote comes from Andrew, the "athlete", trying to explain the relationship he has with his father.
  6. "So it's sorta social. Demented and sad, but social." Bender is trying to explain how there really isn't any difference between academic clubs and other more traditional social clubs in the school.
  7. "Why are you being so nice to me?" "Because your letting me" - In this "Breakfast Club" quote, we see a moment of understanding between Claire and Allison, two people in other circumstances wouldn't have noticed the other's existence.
  8. "We're all bizarre, some of us are just better at hiding it, that's all." - The theme of the movie in a nutshell is all wrapped up in this "Breakfast Club" quote from Brian, the "brain."
  9. "What's that?" "Sushi." "Sushi?" "Rice, raw fish and seaweed." "You won't accept a guy's tongue in your mouth and you're gonna eat that?" Bender finds Claire's lunch a little unappetizing in this "Breakfast Club" quote.
  10. "Dear Mr. Vernon, we accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. What we did was wrong. But we think you're crazy to make an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us… In the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain… and an athlete… a basket case… a princess… and a criminal. Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, the Breakfast Club." - This "Breakfast Club" quote is the closing line of the movie, and is the final essay from the group of kids.

- Kelly Cannon