33 'Call Me By Your Name' Quotes That Are Perfectly Romantic

Armie Hammer and Timothee Chalamet sitting on chairs in a Italian piazza in a scene from 'Call Me By Your Name' based on the book by Andre Aciman
via Sony Pictures Classics

"Is it better to speak or die?"

These 'Call Me By Your Name' Quotes Are The Only Thing You Need to Read Today

If you loved the groundbreaking novel or enjoyed the Oscar-worthy performances in the movie adaptation, you'll love reconnecting with Call Me By Your Name quotes.

A beautiful love story written by André Aciman, Call Me By Your Name is one of the most profound LGBTQ novels of our generation. The story follows Elio and Oliver, two men who meet one summer and have their lives changed forever. Whether you're just a huge fan of the story, have to learn more about the themes for a book report, or simply want to revisit some of the best quotes from Call Me By Your Name, we're here to help. Enjoy below!

We'd like you to know that there are affiliate links in this post. This means we may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the following links. Prices are accurate and items are in stock as of time of publication.

Call Me By Your Name Quotes

  • "But this thing that almost never was still beckons, I wanted to tell him. They can never undo it, never unwrite it, never unlive it, or relive it—it's just stuck there like a vision of fireflies on a summer field toward evening that keeps saying, You could have had this instead. But going back is false. Moving ahead is false. Looking the other way is false. Trying to redress all that is false turns out to be just as false.Their life is like a garbled echo buried for all time in a sealed Mithraic chamber."

  • "Leaning out into the evening air, I knew that this might never be given to us again, and yet I couldn't bring myself to believe it."

  • "I looked at him, feeling quite disarmed, though not threatened. Like people who blush easily but aren't ashamed of it, I knew better than to stifle this feeling, and let myself be swayed by it."

  • "Maybe it made sense when you wrote it." - Elio

  • "Oh no, no, no. He was more than intelligent. What you two had, had everything and nothing to do with intelligence. He was good. You were both lucky to have found each other, because you too are good." - Mr. Perlman

  • "Can't stand the silence. I need to speak to you." - Elio

  • "From the way your dad spoke to me, he made me feel like a part of the family, almost like a son-in-law. You're so lucky! My father would have carted me off to a correctional facility." - Oliver

  • "Call me by your name and I'll call you by mine." - Oliver

  • "People who read are hiders. They hide who they are. People who hide don't always like who they are." - Marzia

  • "I don't want you to go." - Elio

  • "In my place, most parents would hope the whole thing goes away. Pray their sons land on their feet, but... I am not such a parent." - Mr. Perlman

  • "Cinema is a mirror of reality and it is a filter."

  • "Can I kiss you?" - Oliver

  • "Yes, please." - Elio

Call Me By Your Name Book Quotes

  • "Perhaps we were friends first and lovers second. But then perhaps this is what lovers are."

  • "I’m like you,’ he said. 'I remember everything.’ I stopped for a second. If you remember everything, I wanted to say, and if you are really like me, then before you leave tomorrow, or when you’re just ready to shut the door of the taxi and have already said goodbye to everyone else and there’s not a thing left to say in this life, then, just this once, turn to me, even in jest, or as an afterthought, which would have meant everything to me when we were together, and, as you did back then, look me in the face, hold my gaze, and call me by your name."

  • "Perhaps it never went away."

  • "This is where I dreamed of you before you came into my life."

  • "Would I be able to live without his hand on my tummy or around my hips?"

  • "Don't let me lose him."

  • "Think of the pain before the pain."

  • "The most beautiful day of my life and I end up throwing up."

  • "Wish we could start all over in that room, I said. Both leaning out the window in the evening, rubbing shoulders, as we did in Rome—every day of my life, I said. Every day of mine too. Shirt, toothbrush, score, and I'm flying over, so don't tempt me either."

  • "What's missing in my life?' I was going to say Everything, but corrected myself. 'Friends—the way everyone seems to be fast friends in this place—I wish I had friends like yours, like you."

  • "I could spend the rest of my life like this: with him, at night, in Rome, my eyes totally shut, one leg coiled around his. I thought of coming back here in the weeks or months to come—for this was our spot."

Call Me By Your Name Movie Quotes

  • "We rip out so much of ourselves to be cured of things faster than we should that we go bankrupt by the age of thirty and have less to offer each time we start with someone new. But to make yourself feel nothing so as not to feel anything - what a waste!." - Mr. Perlman

  • "Well, if you only knew how little I really know about the things that matter." - Elio

  • "Wait for me here. Don't go away." - Oliver

  • "Elio, come here. Take your trunks off." - Oliver

  • "Have I spoken out of turn? Then I'll say one more thing. It'll clear the air. I may have come close, but I never had what you two have. Something always held me back or stood in the way. How you live your life is your business, just remember, our hearts and our bodies are given to us only once. And before you know it, your heart is worn out, and, as for your body, there comes a point when no one looks at it, much less wants to come near it. Right now, there's sorrow, pain. Don't kill it and with it the joy you've felt." - Mr. Perlman

  • "When you least expect it, nature has cunning ways of finding our weakest spot." - Mr. Perlman

  • "The Cosmic Fragments by Heraclitus: The meaning of the river flowing is not that all things are changing so that we cannot encounter them twice, but that some things stay the same only by changing." - Oliver

  • "Please don't avoid me. It kills me. I can't stand thinking you hate me. Your silence is killing me. I'd sooner die than know you hate me. I am such a pussy." - Elio

Watch Call Me By Your Name, here on Amazon.

Read Call Me By Your Name, here on Amazon. and read the sequel, Find Me, here.

Let's Keep the Conversation Going...

What's your favorite Call Me By Your Name quote? We want to know!

Tweet us @womendotcom or follow us on Facebook and Instagram!