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Can you believe it’s been a decade since we caught a glimpse of the genius behind Facebook?
“The Social Network,” which hit theaters on Oct. 1, 2010, tells the story of Mark Zuckerberg (played by Jesse Eisenberg) and how he created Facebook – a journey that tested his friendships and loyalties.
The David Fincher drama (adapted from Ben Mezrich’s book) switches back and forth between Zuckerberg’s rise to fame as a young CEO attending Harvard University and the infamous 2008 lawsuit filed by the Winklevoss twins (played by Armie Hammer), effectively illustrating Zuckerberg’s intelligence, genius and, at times, his arrogance.
To celebrate the movie’s 10th anniversary, we’ve rounded up some of its most iconic quotes – brought to us by the film’s Oscar-winning screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin.
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1. ‘Dating you is like dating a StairMaster.’
Erica Albright (Rooney Mara) breaks up with Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) in the opening scene of “The Social Network.” (Photo: MERRICK MORTON/COLUMBIA PICTURES)
At the very start of the movie, you see what contributed to Zuckerberg’s drunken angst leading to his first Facebook prototype: a brutal breakup.
As he and his then-girlfriend, Boston University student Erica Albright (Rooney Mara), discuss topics ranging from his perfect SAT score to his chances of getting into an elite final club, she ultimately becomes fed up with his condescending attitude and superiority complex, comparing him to a repetitive exercise machine.
2. ‘If you guys were the inventors of Facebook, you’d have invented Facebook.’
Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss (Armie Hammer) and Divya Narendra (Max Minghella) sue Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) for theft of intellectual property. (Photo: MERRICK MORTON/COLUMBIA PICTURES)
Zuckerberg is caught in the middle of a lawsuit with his Harvard classmates, the wealthy alpha-male Winklevoss twins (Hammer) and their business partner, Divya Narendra (Max Minghella), who accuse the entrepreneur of stealing their idea, ConnectU.
In an entertaining and heated banter session between the defendant and accusers, Zuckerberg adamantly rejects the idea that the Winklevoss brothers invented Facebook, because “a guy who builds nice chairs doesn’t owe money to everyone who has built a chair.”
3. ‘Your best friend is suing you for 600 million dollars.’
Zuckerberg clarifies that he chose to work with CFO Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield), rather than the wealthy Winklevosses, simply because he’d prefer to work with his best friend.
However, Zuckerberg’s lawyer snaps him back to reality, quickly reminding him that it’s this same person who’s suing him for $600 million.
4. ‘We can do that ourselves. I’m 6’5, 220, and there’s two of me.’
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Hammer stars as both Winklevoss twins, Cameron and Tyler, who are frustrated when Zuckerberg ghosts them.
When Narendra proposes hiring someone to beat up Zuckerberg for stealing their pitch, the Division 1 athletes joke that it’s not necessary, as Tyler makes it clear that they have more than what it takes to do the job themselves.
5. ‘The internet’s not written in pencil, Mark. It’s written in ink.’
After his breakup with Erica Albright, Mark Zuckerberg blogs hateful comments about his ex-girlfriend. (Photo: MERRICK MORTON/COLUMBIA PICTURES)
Zuckerberg burned his bridge with Erica by blogging hateful comments about her following their split, making snide remarks about her family name and bra size.
Erica is here to remind Zuckerberg that an apology won’t repair the permanent damage he’s done.
6. ‘A million dollars isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? A billion dollars.’
Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake) is the young, handsome and ostentatious creator of Napster who tries to revive his former success and fame through the young and upcoming Zuckerberg. Parker’s obsession with power and wealth is illustrated by constant comical reminders of the importance of money, but as we see in the film, there are things that money simply can’t buy, like friendship.
7. ‘Drop the “the.” Just “Facebook.” It’s cleaner.’
Facebook was initially called “TheFacebook” until Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake) makes a worthwhile suggestion. (Photo: COLUMBIA PICTURES)
Parker makes what Saverin calls his greatest contribution when he advises Zuckerberg to change his company’s name from “TheFacebook” to “Facebook.”
8. ‘When you signed these documents, were you aware that you were signing your own death certificate?’
No one knows betrayal better than Saverin, who loses almost all of his Facebook shares thanks to his best friend. During the trial, the prosecuting attorney inquires about the legal documents that Saverin signed, which sneakily mentioned that only his shares would be diluted if new investors came in.
9. ‘You better lawyer up … ’cause I’m not coming back for 30%. I’m coming back for everything.’
Saverin won’t stand Zuckerberg’s manipulation any longer, especially after his shares are cut to 0.03%.
After having played the nice guy throughout the movie, he leaves the Facebook office with this memorable warning (which Dylan O’Brien iconically mimicked in May).
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10. ‘We lived on farms, and then we lived in cities, and now we are going to live on the internet.’
Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) invites Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake) to the company’s headquarters after Parker promises to expand Facebook. (Photo: MERRICK MORTON/COLUMBIA PICTURES)
As a former CEO himself, Parker is optimistic about the future of Facebook. It’s been 10 years since “The Social Network” debuted, and it seems like Parker might have been right, as shown by our addictions to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok.
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