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Ellie Chu with her quote, "Gravity is matter's response to loneliness." | Source: youtube.com/Netflix
Ellie Chu with her quote, "Gravity is matter's response to loneliness." | Source: youtube.com/Netflix

27 ‘The Half of It’ Quotes from inside the Love Triangle

Wian Prinsloo
May 16, 2023
01:00 P.M.
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Three teenagers explore what it means to love and what it takes to build relationships. What starts out as an elaborate plan between two unlikely friends turns out to be a complex love triangle with many lessons to teach. The following are 27 quotes from "The Half of It."

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The 2020 film "The Half of It" offers a fresh take on the classic coming-of-age narrative. The movie focuses on three lead characters — Ellie Chu, Aster Flores, and Paul Munsky.

Paul, a classic jock archetype, enlists the help of Ellie, a loner with a penchant for prose, to write a love letter to Aster. Throughout the film, they work together to get Paul and Aster to go on a few dates, but the plan unravels as the two explore the depths of teenage passion.

While Ellie and Paul plot, Aster has plans for her own future, and the three soon learn what it truly means to fall in love. After learning a lot from the complicated love triangle, the three make key decisions concerning their lives after high school. The following are 27 memorable quotes from "The Half of It."

Ellie Chu's quote, "Everything beautiful is ruined eventually." | Image: youtube.com/Netflix

Ellie Chu's quote, "Everything beautiful is ruined eventually." | Image: youtube.com/Netflix

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'The Half of It' Quotes From Ellie Chu

"The good thing about being different in a town like this, is that no one expects you to be like them." — Ellie Chu

"Gravity is matter's response to loneliness." — Ellie Chu

"If you ask me, people spend far too much time looking for someone to complete them." — Ellie Chu

"Everything beautiful is ruined eventually." — Ellie Chu

"Get a thesaurus. Use spell-check. Good luck, Romeo!" — Ellie Chu

"[Love's] not finding your perfect half. It's the trying, and reaching, and failing." — Ellie Chu

Ellie Chu's quote, "Love is messy and horrible and selfish and bold." | Image: youtube.com/Netflix

Ellie Chu's quote, "Love is messy and horrible and selfish and bold." | Image: youtube.com/Netflix

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"Conversation is like ping-pong." — Ellie Chu

"You want a letter about love? I'll write you a letter about love." — Ellie Chu

"In case you haven't guessed, this is not a love story. At least not one where anyone gets what they want." — Ellie Chu

"I am a Russian doll of clothing." — Ellie Chu

"And that, my friends, is some A-plus level philosophy right there. Or A-minus if Mrs. G is in a bad mood. Either way, it's an A or you don't pay." — Ellie Chu

"Love is messy and horrible and selfish and bold." — Ellie Chu

'The Half of It' Quotes From Aster Flores

"I'm like a lot of people, which makes me kind of no one." — Aster Flores

"When you're a pretty girl, people want to give you things. What they really want is to make you like them." — Aster Flores

"Ellie Chu: What's surprising is people don't see what they're not looking for.

Aster Flores: The obvious unseen." ― "The Half of It"

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Aster Flores's quote, "I'm like a lot of people, which makes me kind of no one." | Image: youtube.com/Netflix

Aster Flores's quote, "I'm like a lot of people, which makes me kind of no one." | Image: youtube.com/Netflix

"Love is being willing to ruin a good painting for a chance at a great one." — Aster Flores

"... The difference between a good painting and a great painting is typically five strokes ... the question, of course, is which five strokes? And they're usually the five boldest strokes in the painting. But nobody ever knows which five strokes, at least not until the painting is complete — and by then, it could be too late." — Aster Flores

'The Half of It' Quotes from Paul Munsky and Other Characters

"I always thought that there was only one way to love. One right way." ― Paul Munsky

"Ellie Chu: What do you like about Aster?

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Paul Munsky: She's pretty and smart. What else could I like about her?

Ellie Chu: I don't know. How her eyes look right into yours. How you could live in an ocean of her thoughts." ― "The Half of It"

"I think about her when I wake up. And when I'm doing my sprints. And when I'm eating my mom's bratwurst, and when I'm saying my prayers." ― Paul Munsky

Paul Munsky's quote, "I always thought that there was only one way to love. One right way." | Image: youtube.com/Netflix

Paul Munsky's quote, "I always thought that there was only one way to love. One right way." | Image: youtube.com/Netflix

"She's pretty, smart, never mean. And she smells like fresh ground flour!" ― Paul Munsky

"Ellie Chu: What do you like about Squahamish?

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Paul Munsky: I've never been anywhere else.

Ellie Chu: Me neither." ― "The Half of It"

"It would suck to have to pretend to be 'not you' your whole life." ― Paul Munsky

"Ellie Chu: What's this?

Paul Munsky: A letter.

Paul Munsky: I thought it'd seem romantic." ― "The Half of It"

"Mrs. Geselschap: So this is why half my class is failing their essays.

Ellie Chu: I'll be reopening for business soon enough. I mean, this can't go on much longer." ― "The Half of It"

"This whole town fears God. You know who God fears? The teacher's union." ― Mrs. Geselschap

"Shh; Best part." ― Mr. Chu

Paul Munsky's quote, "It would suck to have to pretend to be 'not you' your whole life." | Image: youtube.com/Netflix

Paul Munsky's quote, "It would suck to have to pretend to be 'not you' your whole life." | Image: youtube.com/Netflix

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Throughout the film, Paul and Ellie form an unexpected friendship, teaching each other lasting lessons about life and about finding love. Ellie and Aster also form a close bond, and when the school year ends, they each make choices based on what they have learned from each other. In "The Half of It," each character learns to let their inner selves shine and explore themselves by interacting with each other, eventually finding the place they belong.

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