Pump Up the Volume Quotes

Mark Hunter (Christian Slater): They think you’re moody, make ’em think you’re crazy. Make ’em think you’re about to snap. They say you got attitude, you show ’em some real attitude!

Mark: I don’t mind being dejected and rejected, but I’m not gonna be ashamed about it. At least pain is real. You look around and you see nothing is real, at least the pain is real.

Mark: Feeling screwed up at a screwed up time in a screwed up place does not necessarily make you screwed up.

Hard Harry: Sometimes being a teenager is worse than being dead.

Mark: Being a teenager sucks. But that’s the whole point! Surviving is the whole point.

Mark: Quitting will not make you strong, living will.

Consider the life of a teenager . . . you have parents and teachers telling you what to do. You have movies, magazines, and T.V. telling you what to do. But you know what you have to do. . . your job, your purpose, is to get accepted, get a cute girlfriend, and think up something great to do with the rest of your life. What if you’re confused and can’t imagine a
career? What if you’re funny looking and can’t get a girlfriend? You see, no one wants to hear it. But, the terrible secret is that being young, is sometimes less fun than being dead.

Mark Hunter: “Talk hard,” I like that. It’s like a dirty thought in a nice clean mind.

Mark Hunter: The truth is a virus…

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