10 Lessons “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Taught Us


imageFor as far back as I can remember, Audrey Hepburn has been one of my greatest heroes. She was uniquely herself, she was an incredible humanitarian, and she made some of the best films of all time. I could spend all day watching and talking about her movies (and, quite often, I have), but today, on what would have been her 86th birthday, I’ll be focusing on my personal favorite—1961’s Breakfast at Tiffany’s.

There is just so much to love about this movie. The script is perfect, the score is beautiful, and Audrey—looking her most glam—makes Truman Capote’s already brilliant Holly Golightly a character of her very own. On top of everything, Breakfast at Tiffany’s is filled with lessons we can all take a cue from. I could go on (and on and on), but I’ve limited my list to ten very important things this movie has taught us.

1. Never underestimate the power of $5 therapy 

After a long day or a bad night, sometimes a girl just needs a Danish, a cup of tea or coffee and some good old-fashioned window shopping. It does wonders for the soul.


2. Think outside of the box (or inside of the suitcase) 

A phone in a suitcase to muffle the sound. Cosmetics in a mailbox for freshening up. A split in half tub for a couch. Shoes in the fridge for…I don’t know…chilled footwear? Nothing Holly does is conventional. She puts her stamp on everything.


3. Calling people by a different name can be totally charming. 

Just as long as you don’t call them Benny Shacklett. That guy’s not just a rat but a super rat. Worst insult ever.


4. Cheapo gifts are the best gifts 

There is nothing more romantic than an inscribed Cracker Jack ring. Nothing.


5. Always do a background check 

If you’re meeting a lawyer at Hamburger Heaven, his license may be questionable.


6. Make nice with your neighbors 

You never know when you might need to escape from your apartment and sneak into his window, and if you get really close, he probably won’t even mind if you sit outside singing with your guitar while you dry your hair. On the other hand, when you don’t make nice with your neighbors, they may end up yelling at you and calling the police.


7. Never trust a man’s “decorator friend” 

Anyone who dresses like this, has a fondness for marble busts and goes around assuming people are following her is just bad news. Guess what, 2-E? The whole world doesn’t revolve around you. Also, stop calling yourself 2-E.


8. Wait to invest in newfangled gadgets 

I bet O.J. Berman couldn’t get a refund on his mechanical bed.


9. Rain kisses are the best kisses 

Unless you’re the cat.


10. Books make the best decorations

But we already knew that.


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3 thoughts on “10 Lessons “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” Taught Us

  1. I just watched the movie on my new netflix subscription.
    I think the most profound lesson from the movie was which came in the end that are we becoming enslaved by our own idea of freedom.
    We are so much engrossed by a particular idea and putting all our efforts into it, that we forget to enjoy smaller things in life, we are unable to enjoy the company of people who really love us and care for us, rather we are trying to break into some group, pretending to be somebody else.
    Further, I believe that this lesson is even more profound for today’s feminist women who like to live their life independently, who run away from the word commitment. They pretend to be care free and would rather be seen dating ten different men at a time, then enjoying a wholesome loving relation with special one. Aren’t they trapped in their own idea of freedom.


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