In this post I am taking a look at the best quotes from the 2019 Joker movie. The film was filled to the brim with memorable lines, including some very stark dialogue that explores the character motivation of Arthur Fleck – the man who becomes Joker. But what are the standout lines?
Below is a list of 11 quotes from Joker, all said by Joaquin Phoenix. Digest, consider, and appreciate the dialogue that is served up in this movie.
Best quotes from Joker (2019)
Getting to the route of the problem…
Arthur Fleck – “The worst part of having a mental illness is people expect you to behave as if you don’t.”
Arthur is honest with his social worker…
Arthur Fleck – “You don’t listen, do you? You just ask the same questions every week. ‘How’s your job?’ ‘Are you having any negative thoughts?’ All I have are negative thoughts.”
What is reality?…
Arthur Fleck – “For my whole life, I didn’t know if I even really existed. But I do, and people are starting to notice.”
Becoming isolated from the world…
Arthur Fleck – “Is it just me, or is it getting crazier out there?”
Arthur distances himself from his actions…
Arthur Fleck – “I killed those guys because they were awful. Everybody is awful these days. It’s enough to make anyone crazy.”
Under the belief he has no self-worth…
Arthur Fleck – “I just hope my death makes more cents than my life.”
Getting to the route of a problem, but not *the* problem…
Arthur Fleck – “I had a bad day.”
A lifetime of unhappiness…
Arthur Fleck – “I haven’t been happy one minute of my entire fucking life.”
Explaining the difficulty with comedy…
Arthur Fleck – “Comedy is subjective, Murray, isn’t that what they say? All of you, the system that knows so much: you decide what’s right or wrong the same way you decide what’s funny or not.”
Sometimes, people just don’t get the joke…
Arthur Fleck – “When I was a little boy and told people I was going to be a comedian, everyone laughed at me. Well, no one’s laughing now.”
And finally, there’s no going back, the Joker is born…
Arthur Fleck – “How ’bout another joke, Murray?”
Murray Franklin – “No, I think we’ve had enough of your jokes.”
Arthur Fleck – “What do you get…”
Murray Franklin – “I don’t think so.”
Arthur Fleck – “…when you cross…”
Murray Franklin – “I think we’re done here now, thank you.”
Arthur Fleck – “…a mentally ill loner with a society that abandons him and treats him like trash?”
Murray Franklin – “Call the police, Gene, call the police.”
Joker – “I’ll tell you what you get! You get what you fuckin’ deserve!”
Arthur proceeds to shoot Murray in the head, and becomes the Joker in front of millions of television viewers.
Joker is a fascinating and all-too-real character study of a man who feels alienated from society. The dialogue used by Arthur Fleck is so important, as it really dives deep into the problems that could create a character such as the Joker.
If you would like more quotes from the Joker, then check out my two posts: ‘Best Joker Quotes from the Batman movies’ and ‘Best Joker quotes from The Dark Knight’. Alternatively, for more Batman movie posts, check out one of the recommended reads below.