The story of the movie “A Beautiful Minds” revolves around the life of a man whose mind of very huge indulgence for humanity while at the same time betrayed him with such terrifying delusions. He portrays a man who plunges into madness, however, unexpectedly, becomes well-known in the academic world because of his incredible and exceptional mind. Nash, the main character’s name, has always been compared to the brightest man alive in world history such as Mendel, Darwin, and Newton, but also for several years he has been recognized as a man muttering who’s always seen in the corner side of the room.
The main character was played by the star Russell Crowe himself and partnered with Jennifer Connelly who acted as his wife, named as Alice, who’s also pregnant with their child during the days where symptoms of Nash disease began to manifest.
This movie has always been remarkable because of how things viewed into different perspective. In the movie, there was this distinctive scene where one representative from the Nobel committee, Austin Pendleton, comes to visit as well as to give hints that Nash is being considered as the recipient for the prize. But as Nash had known that a representative from the Nobel committee will never visit just to address that a particular person is considered to be a recipient but they are usually being informed as a winner of the prize.
Indeed, he won the price and there’s no incident of screwing him up. To look back on the story, here are the fifty quotes from the movie A Beautiful Mind.
- John Nash: “There’s no point in being nuts if you can’t have some fun with it.”
- John Forbes Nash Jr.: “The implant… I can’t find it.It’s gone.”
- Charles Herman: The prodigonal roommate has arrived…
- John Forbes Nash Jr.: Who decides reason?
- John Forbes Nash Jr.: What truly is logic?
- John Forbes Nash Jr.: Classes will dull your mind, destroy the potential for authentic creativity.
- John Forbes Nash Jr.: Find a truly original idea. It is the only way I will ever distinguish myself. It is the only way I will ever matter.
- John Forbes Nash Jr.: [from deleted scene] Perhaps it is good to have a beautiful mind, but an even greater gift is to discover a beautiful heart.
- John Forbes Nash Jr.: ” what is work without innovation. ”
- John Forbes Nash Jr.: What truly is logic? Who decides reason? My quest has taken me to the physical, the metaphysical, the delusional, and back. I have made the most important discovery of my career – the most important discovery of my life. It is only in the mysterious equations of love that any logic or reasons can be found. I am only here tonight because of you. You are the only reason I am. You are all my reasons. Thank you.
- Alicia Nash: I need to believe that something extraordinary is possible.
- John Forbes Nash Jr.: It’s only in the mysterious equation of love that any logical reasons can be found.
- John Forbes Nash Jr.: There has to be a mathematical reason for how bad that tie is.
- Hansen: Are you scared?
John Forbes Nash Jr.: Terrified. Petrified. Stupefied by you.
- John Forbes Nash Jr.: Perhaps it is good to have a beautiful mind, but an even greater gift is to discover a beautiful heart.
- John Forbes Nash Jr.: I don’t believe in luck, but I do believe in assigning value to things.
- Dr. Rosen: Imagine if you suddenly learned that the people, the places, the moments most important to you were not gone, not dead, but worse, had never been. What kind of hell would that be?
- John Forbes Nash Jr.: You are all my reasons.
- John Forbes Nash Jr.: I’m an acquired taste, Martin.
- Alicia Nash: I need to believe that something extraordinary is possible.
- Alicia Nash: You can’t come up with a formula to change the way you experience the world.
- Charles Herman: “Nothing’s ever for sure, it’s the only sure thing I know”
- John Forbes Nash Jr.: I’ve made the most important discovery of my life. It’s only in the mysterious equation of love that any logical reasons can be found. I’m only here tonight because of you. You are the only reason I am… you are all my reasons.
- John Forbes Nash Jr.: Well, I met a girl.
Charles Herman: No! A human girl?
John Forbes Nash Jr.: Homo sapien.
Charles Herman: A biped?
John Forbes Nash Jr.: Yep. And, contrary to all probabilities, she finds me attractive on a number of different levels.
- Alicia Nash: How big is the universe?
John Forbes Nash Jr.: Infinite.
Alicia Nash: How do you know?
John Forbes Nash Jr.: I know because all the data indicates it.
Alicia Nash: But it hasn’t been proven yet.
John Forbes Nash Jr.: No.
Alicia Nash: You haven’t seen it.
Alicia Nash: How do you know for sure?
John Forbes Nash Jr.: I don’t, I just believe it.
Alicia Nash: Mm. It’s the same with love, I guess.
- “RAND scientists tried to tell their wives that the decision whether to buy or not to buy a washing machine was an ‘optimization problem.”- Sylvia Nasar, A Beautiful Mind
- “Fermat’s assertion that if n is any whole number and p any prime, then n multiplied by itself p times minus n is divisible by p.” – Sylvia Nasar, Beautiful Mind
- “In The Dynamics of Creation, Anthony Storr, the British psychiatrist, contends that an individual who “fears love almost as much as he fears hatred” may turn to creative activity not only out of an impulse to experience aesthetic pleasure, or the delight of exercising an active mind, but also to defend himself against anxiety stimulated by conflicting demands for detachment and human contact.” – Sylvia Nasar, Beautiful Mind
- “James Glass, a political scientist at the University of Maryland who has studied the delusions of schizophrenia, writes, “Delusion provides a certain, often unbreakable identity, and its absolute character can maneuver the self into an unyielding position. In this respect, it is the internal mirror of political authoritarianism, the tyrant inside the self … an internal domination as deadly as any external tyranny ” – Sylvia Nasar, A Beautiful Mind
- “Among the students, the Phantom was often held up as a cautionary figure: Anybody who was too much of a grind or who lacked social graces was warned that he or she was “going to wind up like the Phantom.”10 Yet if a new student complained that having him around made him feel uncomfortable, he was immediately warned: “He was a better mathematician than you’ll ever be!”- Sylvia Nasar, A Beautiful Mind
- “Nash’s genius was of that mysterious variety more often associated with music and art than with the oldest of all sciences. It wasn’t merely that his mind worked faster, that his memory was more retentive, or that his power of concentration was greater. The flashes of intuition were non-rational. Like other great mathematical intuitionists — Georg Friedrich Bernhard Riemann, Jules Henri Poincaré, Srinivasa Ramanujan — Nash saw the vision first, constructing the laborious proofs long afterward.” – Sylvia Nasar, A Beautiful Mind
- “several studies have since shown that basic military training during peacetime can precipitate schizophrenia in men with a hitherto unsuspected vulnerability to the illness.” – Sylvia Nasar, A Beautiful Mind
- “In 1958, Fortune singled Nash out for his achievements in game theory, algebraic geometry, and nonlinear theory,” – Sylvia Nasar, A Beautiful Mind
- “In 1950, he was accorded the dubious honor of being the first prominent scientist to appear on the earliest of Senator Joseph McCarthy’s famous lists of crypto-communists.” – Sylvia Nasar, A Beautiful Mind
- “Steenrod was a careful, methodical man who chose his suits and sports coats according to a mathematical formula and had a mania for thinking up highly logical, if impractical, solutions to social problems like crime.” – Sylvia Nasar, A Beautiful Mind
- ” It was the great Hungarian-born polymath John von Neumann who first recognized that social behavior could be analyzed as games.” – Sylvia Nasar, A Beautiful Mind
- “Einstein’s office, a large airy room with a bay window that let in plenty of light, was messy. Einstein’s twenty-two-year-old Hungarian.assistant — an intense, chain-smoking logician named John Kemeny, who would later invent the computer language BASIC, become president of Dartmouth College, and head a commission to investigate Three Mile Island — ushered Nash in. Einstein’s handshake, which ended with a twist, was remarkably firm, and he showed Nash to a large wooden meeting table on the far side of the office.” – Sylvia Nasar, A Beautiful Mind
- “His heroes were solitary thinkers and supermen like Newton and Nietzsche.”- Sylvia Nasar, A Beautiful Mind
- “A genius with a penis. Isn’t that what we all want?” an actress once quipped, and the quip captures the combination of brains, status, and sex appeal that made Nash so irresistible.” – Sylvia Nasar, A Beautiful Mind
- “Many great scientists and philosophers, among them René Descartes, Ludwig Wittgenstein, Immanuel Kant, Thorstein Veblen, Isaac Newton, and Albert Einstein, have had similarly strange and solitary personalities.” – Sylvia Nasar, A Beautiful Mind
- “The Nashes pushed Johnny as hard socially as they did academically. At first, it was Boy Scout camp and Sunday Bible classes; later on, lessons at the Floyd Ward dancing school and membership in the John Aldens Society, a youth organization devoted to improving the manners of its members.” – Sylvia Nasar, A Beautiful Mind
- “The main interest of Fermat, who shares the credit for inventing calculus with Newton and analytic geometry with Descartes, was number theory —“the higher arithmetic.” – Sylvia Nasar, A Beautiful Mind
- JOHN: It’s a problem. That’s all it is. It’s a problem with no solution. And that’s what I do, I solve problems. That’s what I do best.
DR. ROSEN: This isn’t math. You can’t come up with a formula to change the way you experience the world.
JOHN: All I have to do is apply my mind.
DR. ROSEN: There’s no theorem, no proof. You can’t reason your way out of this.”
- JOHN: “Alicia and I think that…that fitting in, being part of a community, might do me some good. That a certain level of attachment, familiar places, familiar people, might help me elbow out these certain delusions that I have.”
- TOBY KELLY: “Did you just solve Reimann?”
JOHN: “Well, what do you think?”
- JOHN: “My quest has taken me through the physical, the metaphysical, the delusional, and back. And I have made the most important discovery of my career. The most important discovery of my life. It is only in the mysterious equations of love that any logical reasons can be found. I’m only here tonight because of you. You are the reason I am. You are all my reasons.”
- HANSEN: This is going to be classic.
WOMAN: Maybe you want to buy me a drink.
JOHN: I don’t exactly know what I’m required to say in order for you to have intercourse with me, but could we assume that I said all that? I mean, essentially we’re talking about fluid exchange, right? So, could we just go straight to the sex?
- ALICIA: I’m wondering, Professor Nash, if I can ask you to dinner. You do eat, don’t you?
JOHN: Oh, on occasion, yeah. Table for one. Prometheus alone, chained to the rock with a bird circling overhead, you know how it is. No, I expect that you wouldn’t know.
- JOHN: Alicia, does our relationship warrant long-term commitment? I need some kind of proof, some kind of verifiable, empirical data.
ALICIA: Um, I’m sorry, just give me a moment to redefine my girlish notions of romance. A proof. Verifiable data. Um, okay. Well, how big is the universe?
ALICIA: How do you know?
JOHN: I don’t; I just believe it.
ALICIA: Mmm. It’s the same with love, I guess. Now, the part that you don’t know is if I want to marry you.
- JOHN: William, my circumstance has changed. Alicia’s pregnant.
PARCHER: I told you attachments were dangerous. You chose to marry the girl. I did nothing to prevent it. The best way to ensure everybody’s safety is for you to continue your work.
The movie has a great way of showing how mental illness should be put into corners and shouldn’t be a hindrance for people’s lives to move forward and to be productive as a person. It’s well-mixed of being so sensational, willful, perverse and many more.
Here it shows that mental illness is simply a disease that may render a person’s life but not a bit impossible for Nash and Alice to surpass.
When the time he had won the Nobel prize, Nash was asked to write about his life, how he had been through, and how he was able to find himself penetrating the most difficult reaches of mathematical thought. Moteo, he was also open to what he had been through in his life, especially dealing with mental health problems and even honestly admitting that his recovery was not entirely a matter of joy.
Truly, one of the most inspiring movies to watch, it doesn’t only tackle life achievement , but it focuses on emphasizing that mental health problems are not a hindrance for a person to reach the goal he has. In addition, it’s very relevant to what the world is facing right now as a growing number of people are battling with anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. This movie only proves that it is possible to overcome no matter what things you’ve been through and thus mental problems are always possible to be cured and to be healed. Take some time to watch the movie if you haven’t yet to do or read the quotes that come from the movie itself for you to view some scenes.