James L. Brooks Monologues

The Simpsons Movie (Marge Simpson)

Homer, I always stood up for you. When people point out your flaws, I always say: ‘Well, sometimes you have to stand back to appreciate a work of art.’ Lately, what’s keeping us together is my ability to overlook everything you do. And I overlook these things because… Well, that’s the thing. I just don’t know how to finish that sentence anymore. So I’m leaving with the kids to help Springfield, and we’re never coming back. And to prove to myself that this is the end, I taped this over our wedding video. Good-bye, Homie!

Terms of Endearment (Emma Greenway Horton)

I know you like me. I know it. For the last year or two you’ve been pretending like you hate me. I love you very much. I love you as much as I love anybody, as much as I love myself. And in a few years, when I haven’t been around to be on your tail about something or irritating you, you’re gonna remember. You’ll remember that time when I bought you the baseball glove when you thought we were too broke. You know? Or when, I read you those stories, or, or when I let you goof off instead of mowing the lawn, lots of things like that. And you’re gonna realize that you love me. And maybe you’re gonna feel bad, because you never told me, but don’t. I know that you love me. So don’t ever do that to yourself, all right?

Broadcast News (Aaron Altman)

Maybe the best part of your life is over and you don’t want to get up and start the bad part…What will happen? OK, that’s very easy. Five, six years from now, I’ll be back in town to collect an award representing the surge in foreign coverage by local stations…Anyway, I’ll be walking along with my wife and my two lovely children and we’ll bump into you. And my youngest son will say something, and I will tell him it’s not nice to make fun of single, fat ladies.