These quotes from Steel Magnolias remind us why this film about love and friendship will always be in our hearts.
Steel Magnolias is a comedy-drama about a group of women who are both as tough as steel and as delicate as the magnolia flower. Herbert Ross adapted the screenplay from Robert Harling’s stage play of the same name.
Harling wrote the play about a group of close friends in the American South, the bond they share, and how they cope with the death of one of their own. The play was inspired by Harding’s real-life experience of losing his sister from Type 1 Diabetes.
Chock-full of southern humor, endearing friendships, and painful heartache, Steel Magnolias is a beautiful reflection of life and a film that will remain in our hearts forever.
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Steel Magnolias quotes from M’Lynn
1. “If he’s trying to drive me crazy, it’s too late.” — M’Lynn
2. “I find it amusing. Men are supposed to be made out of steel or something.” — M’Lynn
3. “I just sat there. I just held Shelby’s hand. There was no noise, no tremble, just peace. Oh god. I realize as a woman how lucky I am. I was there when that wonderful creature drifted into my life and I was there when she drifted out. It was the most precious moment of my life.” — M’Lynn
Steel Magnolias quotes from Truvy
4. “I can usually spot a bottle job at 20 paces.” — Truvy
5. “It takes some effort to look like this.” — Truvy
6. “I don’t trust anybody who does their own hair. I don’t think it’s normal.” — Truvy
7. “I haven’t left the house without lycra on these thighs since I was 14.” — Truvy
8. “The nicest thing I can say about her is that all her tattoos are spelled correctly.” — Truvy
9. “Honey, time marches on and eventually you realize it’s marching across your face.” — Truvy
10. “Smile – it increases your face value.” — Truvy
11. “I have a strict policy that nobody cries alone in my presence.” — Truvy
12. “I kind of like hiring somebody with a past.” — Truvy
13. “This is the eighties. If you can achieve puberty, you can achieve a past.” — Truvy
14. “Sammy’s so confused he don’t know whether to scratch his watch or wind his butt.” — Truvy
Steel Magnolias quotes from Ousier
15. “Ugh, leave me alone.” — Ousier
16. “Don’t try to get on my good side, I no longer have one.” — Ousier
17. “I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a very bad mood for 40 years.” — Ousier
18. “There, my secret is out. I am having an affair with a Mercedez Benz.” — Ousier
19. “The only reason people are nice to me is because I have more money than God.” — Ousier
20. “Well don’t you expect me to come to one of your churches or one of those tent-revivals with all those Bible-beaters doin’ God-only-knows-what! They’d probably make me eat a live chicken!” — Ousier
21. “I’m pleasant. Damn it! I saw Drum Eatenton at the Piggly Wiggly this morning, and I smiled at the son of a bitch ‘fore I could help myself.” — Ousier
22. “I do not see plays, because I can nap at home for free. And I don’t see movies ’cause they’re trash, and they got nothin’ but naked people in ’em! And I don’t read books, ’cause if they’re any good, they’re gonna make ’em into a miniseries.” — Ousier
Steel Magnolias quotes from Clairee
23. “You know I love you more than my luggage.” — Clairee
24. “I really do love football, but it’s hard to parlay that into a reason to live.” — Clairee
25. “I’m too colorful for words.” — Clairee
26. “The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize.” — Clairee
27. “If you can’t say anything nice about anybody, come sit by me.” — Clairee
28. “You have the handwriting of a serial killer.” — Clairee
29. “She can’t be more than 18, she hasn’t had time to have a past.” — Clairee
Steel Magnolias quotes from Annelle
30. “It’s in the ‘freezes beautifully’ section of my cookbook.” — Annelle
31. “I didn’t know if you would hire someone who may or may not be married to someone who might be a dangerous criminal.” — Annelle
Steel Magnolias quotes from Shelby
32. “You can’t screw up her hair. You just tease it and make it look like a brown football helmet.” — Shelby
33. “I just like the idea of growing old with somebody.” — Shelby
34. “I would rather have 30 minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special.” — Shelby
35. “Well, we went skinny dipping and we did things that frightened the fish.” — Shelby
Which Steel Magnolias quote is your favorite?
In addition to a plethora of quotable lines, Steel Magnolias is also filled with an all-star cast. Without Dolly Parton as Truvy, Sally Field as M’Lynn, Julia Roberts as Shelby, Shirley MacLaine as Ousier, Olympia Dukakis as Clairee, and Daryl Hannah as Annelle, the film wouldn’t be quite as memorable.
These great actresses showed us the importance of love and friendship and how powerful bonds can help you get through the unforeseen tragedies that life likes to throw our way.
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