The Social Network is turning into one of 2010's best films, and given the quality of the Jesse Eisenberg’s acting, Aaron Sorkin’s script, and David Fincher’s directing, it’s no surprise.
While the film doesn’t come up with too many revelations — aside that Justin Timberlake can actually act — or insights into how to turn your tech start-up into the next Facebook, it is chocked full of 160 IQ banter. Here are some of the better quips:
Mark Zuckerberg: “People came to [Facebook precursor] Facemash in a stampede, right, but it wasn’t because they saw pictures of hot girls. You can go anywhere on the internet and see pictures of hot girls. It’s because they saw pictures of girls that they knew.”
Mark Zuckerberg: “People want to go on the internet and check out their friends, so why not build a web site that offers that: friends, pictures, profiles… “
Mark Zuckerberg: “If you guys were the inventors of Facebook, you'd have invented Facebook.”
Mark Zuckerberg: “A guy who makes a nice chair doesn't owe money to everyone who has ever built a chair.”
Mark Zuckerberg: “I think if your clients want to sit on my shoulders and call themselves tall, they have the right to give it a try, but there's no requirement that I enjoy sitting here listening to people lie. You have part of my attention, you have the minimum amount. The rest of my attention is back at the offices of Facebook, where my colleagues and I are doing things that no one in this room, including and especially your clients, are intellectually or creatively capable of doing.”
Mark Zuckerberg: “As for the charges, I believe I deserve some recognition from this board.” Harvard administration board chair: “I'm sorry?” Mark Zuckerberg: “Yes.” Harvard administration board chair: “I don't understand...” Mark Zuckerberg: “Which part?”
[Napster founder] Sean Parker: “You know what's cooler than a million dollars? “ [Facebook co-founder] Eduardo Saverin: “You?” Sean Parker: A billion dollars.
Sean Parker: Napster wasn’t a failure. I changed the music industry for better and for always…
[Ex-girlfriend] Erica Albright: “You are probably going to be a very successful computer person. But you're going to go through life thinking that girls don't like you because you're a nerd. And I want you to know, from the bottom of my heart, that that won't be true. It'll be because you're an a**shole.”
[Legal associate] Marylin Delpy: “You're not an a***hole, Mark. You're just trying so hard to be.”