Breaking up is hard to do, but the movies have taught us that a witty one-liner can make it a little easier. And in searching through film history for 25 of the most memorable goodbye lines—below—it became clear that some screenwriters are at their best when coming up with memorable way to say "We're through." Feel free to leave your favorite Dear John and Jane quotes in the comments.
"You know what's wrong with you, Miss Whoever-you-are? You're chicken, you've got no guts. You're afraid to stick out your chin and say, 'Okay, life's a fact, people do fall in love, people do belong to each other, because that's the only chance anybody's got for real happiness.' You call yourself a free spirit, a wild thing, and you're terrified somebody's gonna stick you in a cage. Well baby, you're already in that cage. You built it yourself. And it's not bounded in the west by Tulip, Texas, or in the east by Somali-land. It's wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself."
"Rhett, Rhett... Rhett, if you go, where shall I go? What shall I do?"
"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."
"I'd rather be his whore than your wife."
"A relationship, I think, is like a shark. You know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies. And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark."
"I've got a job to do, too. Where I'm going, you can't follow. What I've got to do, you can't be any part of. Ilsa, I'm no good at being noble, but it doesn't take much to see that the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday you'll understand that."
"I just... I just woke up one day and I knew."
"What I was never sure of with you."
"Listen, Coop—last night was really great. You were incredibly romantic and heroic, no doubt about it. And that's great. But I've thought about it, and my thing is this: Andy is really hot. And don't get me wrong, you're cute too, but Andy is like, cut. From marble. He's gorgeous. He has this beautiful face and this incredible body, and I genuinely don't care that he's kinda lame. I don't even care that he cheats on me. And I like you more than I like Andy, Coop, but I'm 16. And maybe it'll be a different story when I'm ready to get married, but right now, I am entirely about sex. I just wanna get laid. I just wanna take him and grab him and fuck his brains out, ya know? So that's where my priorities are right now. Sex. Specifically with Andy and not with you."
"She's gone. She gave me a pen. I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen."
"You are probably going to be a very successful computer person. But you're going to go through life thinking that girls don't like you because you're a nerd. And I want you to know, from the bottom of my heart, that that won't be true. It'll be because you're an asshole."
"Let her run. Let her run through storm and Hell. They're birds of a feather and the Devil can take them both. Now, get me a bottle."
"If I want to be a Senator, I need to marry a Jackie, not a Marilyn."
"We should break up or whatever."
"It's beyond my control."