25 The Truman Show Quotes on Embracing the Unknown

Read these The Truman Show quotes we’ve compiled to prepare yourself to face the harshness of reality.

The Truman Show is a movie that’ll slowly creep into your mind. It’s much more than your usual comedy as it mixes some profound psychological messages you ought to consider. It makes one question whether we’re living independently or if everything’s a lie.

Truman Burbank was adopted by the show when he was a baby. Everything he’s come to know, love, and hate is just all products of the reality TV show, though he does not suspect anything. 

However, no matter how much the show’s creator wanted to predict Truman’s actions, he’s still human, and humans are anything but predictable. Soon, Truman begins to suspect things as he witnesses random set mistakes.

No matter what angle you use to look at it, The Truman Show will capture your heart and mind in the first few minutes! It’s packed with profound lessons that you won’t regret learning. 

Read on to find out more.

And make sure to check out these Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind quotes and Dead Poets Society quotes.

Best The Truman Show Quotes

1. “We’ve become bored with watching actors give us phony emotions. We are tired of pyrotechnics and special effects. While the world he inhabits is, in some respects, counterfeit, there’s nothing fake about Truman himself. No scripts, no cue cards. It isn’t always Shakespeare, but it’s genuine. It’s a life.” – Christof

2. Mike Michaelson: “Christof, let me ask you, why do you think that Truman has never come close to discovering the true nature of his world until now?”

Christof: “We accept the reality of the world with which we’re presented. It’s as simple as that.”

3. “You can’t get any further away before you start coming back.” – Truman Burbank

4. Meryl Burbank: “You let me out, Truman. You’re not right in the head. You want to destroy yourself, you do it on your own.”

Truman Burbank: “I think I’d like a little company.”

5. Truman Burbank: “Was nothing real?”

Christof: “You were real. That’s what made you so good to watch. There is no more truth out there than there is in the world I created for you. The same lies, the same deceit. But in my world, you have nothing to fear.”

6. Sylvia: “What right do you have to take a baby and turn his life into some kind of mockery? Don’t you ever feel guilty?”

Christof: “I have given Truman the chance to lead a normal life. The world, the place you live in, is the sick place. Seahaven is the way the world should be.”

Sylvia: “He’s not a performer; he’s a prisoner. Look at him; look at what you’ve done to him!”

7. “Oh my god. How can anyone expect me to carry on under these conditions? It’s unprofessional!” – Meryl Burbank

8. Marlon: “Look at that sunset, Truman. It’s perfect.”

Truman Burbank: “Yeah.”

Marlon: “That’s the big guy. Quite a paintbrush he’s got.”

9. “It’s all true. It’s all real. Nothing here is fake. Nothing you see on this show is fake. It’s merely controlled.” – Marlon

10. “Somebody help me; I’m being spontaneous!” – Truman Burbank

The Truman Show Quotes to Better Understand Reality

11. “Cue the sun!” – Christof

12. “It feels like the whole world revolves around me somehow.” – Truman Burbank

13. Christof: “I know you better than you know yourself.”

Truman Burbank: “You never had a camera in my head!”

14. Christof: “Talk to me. Say something. Well, say something, goddamn it. You’re on television. You’re live to the whole world!”

Truman Burbank: “In case I don’t see you, good afternoon, good evening, and good night. Yeah!”

15. Truman Burbank: “Lauren, right? It’s on your book.”

Sylvia: “Lauren. Right. Right.”

Truman Burbank: “Well, I’m Truman.”

Sylvia: “Yeah. I know. Look, Truman, I’m not allowed to talk to you. You know—.”

Truman Burbank: “Yeah, well, I can understand; I’m a pretty dangerous character.”

The Truman Show Quotes That Will Always Be Memorable

16. Network Executive: “We can’t let him die in front of a live audience!”

Christof: “He was born in front of a live audience.”

17. “The point is, I would gladly step in front of traffic for you, Truman. And the last thing I would ever do to you is lie to you.” – Marlon

18. “Is that the best you can do? You’re gonna have to kill me! What do ya do with a drunken sailor?” – Truman Burbank

19. “The early bird gathers no moss! The rolling stone catches the worm!” – Truman Burbank

20. Truman Burbank: “Who are you?”

Christof: “I am the creator—of a television show that gives hope and joy and inspiration to millions.”

Truman Burbank: “Then who am I?”

Christof: “You’re the star.”

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21. “I knew this show was fake from the start; it was my incredible acting that fooled everyone.” – Truman Burbank

22. “For me, there is no difference between private life and public life. My life is ‘The Truman Show.’ The Truman Show is a lifestyle, a noble lifestyle. It is a truly blessed life.” – Meryl Burbank

23. “It’s a lot of world for one man, Truman. Are you sure that’s not wishful thinking? You wishing you’d made something more of yourself.” – Marlon

24. Truman Burbank: “It was Dad. I swear! Dressed like a homeless man. And you know what else was strange? A businessman and a woman with a little dog came out of nowhere and forced him onto a bus.”

Angela Burbank: “Well! It’s about time they cleaned up the trash downtown before we become just like the rest of the country.”

25. “Hi, Christof. I’d just like to say one thing. You’re a liar and a manipulator, and what you’ve done to Truman is sick!” – Sylvia

In Your Opinion, What Is Life All About?

Living in a world that’s controlled could have its advantages. If you’re aware of everything that’s happened in your past and what’s going to happen in the future, you can save yourself from all the anxiety. But, is that what living is all about?

Life is all about the unknown, the surprises, and the unexpected zigzags. Without them, our world will be void of color, and we’d feel like we’re living in a loop controlled by others.

It’s scary to venture into the world. However, don’t let fear discourage you from stepping outside your comfort zone. Embrace all the unknowns, and live a life you would be proud of!

Be more like Truman Burbank, who did his best to uncover the truth, no matter how scary. Fight to find the truth, free yourself from others’ control, and face your greatest fears! By doing so, we’re optimistic you’ll not only survive; you will thrive!

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Karen Danao

Hi, I’m Karen, a content curator and writer for Quote Ambition; I’m also a marketing and advertising professional. Beyond the keyboard and the screen, I’m someone who’s out to enjoy every bit that life has to offer!

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