It’s been 15 years since 10 Things I Hate About You hit theaters (yes, we’re all old), but thankfully all of the quips and tips are still totally relevant. From Heath Ledger’s bad boy portrayal of Patrick Verona, to Julia Stiles’ depiction of rebellious teenager Kat Stratford, to Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s insanely endearing role of Cameron James—we simply can’t get over this movie and its lovable cast. Scroll through for 12 life lessons from the film, and share your favorite quotes in the comments below!
Lesson 1: Sometimes less (clothing) is more.
“It’s not every day you find a girl who’ll flash someone to get you out of detention.”
Lesson 2: There’s a difference between like and love.
“I like my Sketchers, but I love my Prada backpack.”
Lesson 3: Not everything is black and white.
“I think I like the white shirt better.”
“Yeah, it’s more…”
“Damn, I was going for thoughtful.”
Lesson 4: Playing hard to get sometimes pays off.
“Who needs affection when I have blind hatred?”
Lesson 5: All dads are embarrassing.
“I'm down. I've got the 411, and you are not going out and getting jiggy with some boy, I don't care how dope his ride is. My momma didn't raise no fool.”
Lesson 6: When in doubt, bust a rhyme.
“I hate the way you talk to me, and the way you cut your hair. I hate the way you drive my car. I hate it when you stare. I hate your big dumb combat boots, and the way you read my mind. I hate you so much it makes me sick; it even makes me rhyme. I hate it, I hate the way you're always right. I hate it when you lie. I hate it when you make me laugh, even worse when you make me cry. I hate it when you're not around, and the fact that you didn't call. But mostly I hate the way I don't hate you. Not even close, not even a little bit, not even at all.”
Lesson 7: It’s okay to love yourself.
“I happen to like being adored, thank you!”
Lesson 8: Don’t flaunt your discount designer.
“Bogie Levenstein started a rumor that I…that I buy my Izods at an outlet mall.”
Lesson 9: Camouflage is so last season.
“Your little Rambo look is out, Kat. Didn’t you read last month’s Cosmo?”
Lesson 10: Anything goes in Europe.
“I know you can be overwhelmed, and you can be underwhelmed, but can you just be whelmed?”
“I think you can in Europe.”
Lesson 11: A lingerie drawer never lies.
“You don’t buy black lingerie unless you want someone to see it.”
Lesson 12: A poet groupie is the best kind of groupie.
“I know that you’re a fan of Shakespeare.”
“More than a fan, we’re involved.”