MOTW: Five Memorable Quotes From "The Wolf of Wall Street"

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February 19th, 2014

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The 2013 blockbuster "The Wolf of Wall Street" is an edgy black comedy about the rise and fall of real-life stockbroker and scam artist Jordan Belfort. In this film, his company quickly skyrockets to more than 250 employees as he is making millions a month, living the life of luxury and partying hard. All of that starts to change when the FBI catches scent of his schemes. The film includes plenty of laughs and shocking situations, keeping audiences glued to their seats for nearly three hours. It also boasts plenty of quotable material that fans are sure to recite for years to come. The following are some of the most memorable quotes from the film.

"My name is Jordan Belfort. The year I turned 26 I made $49 million dollars, which really pissed me off because it was three shy of a million a week." - Jordan Belfort

This voice-over line is spoken by Jordan Belfort, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, in the opening of the film's trailer and at the beginning of the film. This line is enough to wow audiences as it lays the foundation for the crazy amount of wealth that guides the stockbroker to his luxurious lifestyle. This quote also sets the stage for Belfort's over-the-top, pompous attitude throughout the film, which leads to an array of hilarious situations.

"You show me a paystub with $72,000 on it, I quit my job right now and come work for you." - Donnie Azoff

Donnie Azoff confronts Belfort in a diner after seeing his new Jaguar in the parking lot. He asks Belfort how much he makes, to which the response is about $72,000 last month. After citing this memorable quote, audiences see Azoff speaking with his boss on the phone to announce his resignation. Donnie Azoff does precisely what he promised, becoming Belfort's hilarious partner and friend. Azoff plays an important role in the story of Jordan Belfort, blurting out plenty of other quote-worthy lines over the course of the film.

"OK, first rule of Wall Street. Nobody -- and I don't care if you're Warren Buffett or Jimmy Buffett -- nobody knows if a stock's going up, down or f***ing sideways, least of all stockbrokers, but we have to pretend we know." - Mark Hanna

Mark Hanna, Jordan's smooth-talking boss played by Matthew McConaughey, gives this piece of wisdom to Belfort when he first enters the world of stocks. When Belfort and Hanna are sitting down together, Hanna begins his unexpected lecture. This quote, along with other choice pieces of advice, ultimately leads Belfort down the path to wealth, partying, sex and substance abuse. Judging from the real-life Jordan Belfort's personal accounts, McConaughey's portrayal of the outlandish stockbroker is spot-on.

"Let me tell you something. There's no nobility in poverty. I've been a poor man, and I've been a rich man. And I choose rich every f***ing time." - Jordan Belfort

This particular quote is memorable because it gives audiences an idea of the philosophy that drives Belfort's actions throughout the film. Belfort clearly enjoys his wealth, but viewers now know that he was not always so lucky. In the film, audiences get a glimpse into Belfort's unfortunate backstory as he lost his job as a stockbroker when stocks everywhere plummeted on Black Monday. At that time, he was married to Teresa Petrillo, who eventually suggested that they pawn off their wedding bands.

"Was all this legal? Absolutely not!" - Jordan Belfort

This quote was used in the movie's trailers, and it has become something of a slogan for the film. The quote within the movie is slightly different as it includes strong profanity. This one-liner effectively lays the foundation for the entire film as audiences learn that the parties, drugs and lavish lifestyle are built on illegal deeds that are sure to catch up with the main character. The real Jordan Belfort made most of his money from scams, and he attempted to hide his wealth by securing it in Swiss bank accounts with the help of his in-laws.

"The Wolf of Wall Street" is a gritty, often raunchy film that explores in depth the lifestyle and actions of Jordan Belfort. Despite the film's controversial content, it is widely regarded as a cinematic masterpiece, with superior acting, directing and cinematography coming together to create a truly spectacular film. "The Wolf of Wall Street" has received widespread critical acclaim. It was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director, Best Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio and Best Supporting Actor for Jonah Hill. This film has a lot more going for it than a few memorable quotes, and it is an experience that moviegoers don't want to miss.