I know I have this madness, these fucking demons in here, but I'm fighting them. I'm fighting them!

Perry

Tom: You know, ah, I've actually been trying to figure out a way to impress you for a while now, I just haven't had my chance.
Jane: You're straight?
Tom: What?

Dr. Reisman: You gonna leave him?
Celeste: He's going away in the morning, so...
Dr. Reisman: OK
Celeste: We just have to go to this school gala and then...
Dr. Reisman: Oh, Jesus. It's one thing should he kill you, but God forbid you miss a party. You know, your husband is ill, Celeste, but so are you. There are children in the house.
Celeste: I told you he will not hurt the children. He will never hurt the children!

Celeste, get up. You just got the wind knocked out of you. You're fine.

Perry

My life isn't perfect, Madeline, bad things have happened to me. I do understand the concept.

Celeste [sighs]

Celeste: I'm gonna get you some ice.
Perry: You're lucky I didn't kill you.
Celeste: What did you say?
Perry: You could have done permanent damage.

Ed: Madeline, I'm the lucky one. I get to wake up every day next to the girl of my dreams. I just feel like the loser sometimes.
Madeline: I'm sorry I haven't always been the best wife. I'm really sorry. I get angry sometimes and I made a mistake...
Ed: Nuh uh. Shhhh.
Madeline: I made a terrible mistake.
Ed: Don't say any more. [kisses Madeline's hand]

Dr. Reisman: Start documenting the abuse. Write everything down. Photograph your injuries. Keep doctor reports. That could be important in a custody battle, and men like your husband usually do go for custody. He has the resources, the money, the contacts. Most importantly, he has the ego to see this through.
Celeste: I don't understand why you're being such an alarmist right now.
Dr. Reisman: Because I'm alarmed.

Ed: I just can't imagine the passion it would take to smash a urethra. In two places?
Madeline: You sound a little envious. You want me to smash yours?
Ed [laughs]: Well, not smash, but...we never have wild sex. We have nice sex, I mean I like it, you know. It's just that it usually times out between four and six minutes, and neither of us are in remote danger of physical injury.
Madeline: Well that's just mean, Ed.
Ed: Sorry! Maybe I am envious. What? Perry walks through the doors and whoosh. I wish we had that kind of desire.
Madeline: By we, you mean me.

Ed: OK, you're a fiery person which makes your tepidness for me all the more noticeable. I don't mean to punish you...
Madeline: Well, it feels like you are.
Ed: I tell myself all the time, you know, married people, after a while, they reach this sexual plateau. That's the norm. I hear about other couples breaking urethas...
Madeline: It's not like you're some sort of a raging bull, Ed. The only time you touch me is when you're reaching across me to get the visine for your eyes.
Ed: Well that's because you don't want it, Madeline! We don't talk about it because that would make it harder to pretend. Sometimes that's the essence of a happy marriage, isn't it? The ability to pretend.

Dr. Reisman: Have you told anybody else about the abuse?
Celeste: No.
Dr. Reisman: Why not?
Celeste: I don't know.
Dr. Reisman: If you were to guess.
Celeste: Perhaps my self-worth is made up of how other people see me [chuckles].
Dr. Reisman: I'm sorry. I'm just amazed at patients that can harbor such profound self-awareness underneath the hard shell of denial. Find a friend to confide in. Do it today.
Celeste [looking frustrated]: Because?
Dr. Reisman: Because if there is a custody battle, you know what Perry's lawyer will be asking, "Did you ever tell anybody, Mrs. Wright? Hm? Really, you told nobody at all? Is that because it never really happened and you're just making all this up to win custody? In fact, you've repeatedly maintained what a wonderful husband and father Perry is, haven't you, Mrs. Wright? Nobody's ever witnessed this alleged abuse ever. Isn't that true, Mrs. Wright? We only have your word. You said he was wonderful. Were you lying then, or are you lying now?" You're a lawyer. You know how important it is to have a witness.

Jane: Truth is I finally realized I've been feeling exactly what you must be feeling. There's nothing worse than your kid being victimized, right? So I understand and completely empathize with what you're going through. I am as sure as any parent can be that Ziggy is innocent. I took him to a child psychologist, and she examined him and tested him and said that he was a gentle young boy. He's completely incapable of doing what he's accused of. Renata, I'm at my wit's end. I don't know what to do anymore. Does Amabella still say that he's hurting her?
Renata: No, she, uh, says he's a sweet boy.
Jane: And orientation?
Renata: Well, she hasn't taken back the accusation, but she refuses to talk to us about anything further. If you think you're at your wit's end, my daughter's the one getting hurt, and I can't stop it.
Jane: I'm so sorry.
Renata: Me too.

Big Little Lies Quotes

Scratch the surface of any Jimmy Stewart? [whispers] Charlie Manson.

Greek

And bring me something chocolate that won't make my ass look fat.

Madeline