"I feel like men are more romantic than women. When we get married we marry, like, one girl, 'cause we're resistant the whole way until we meet one girl and we think I'd be an idiot if I didn't marry this girl she's so great. But it seems like girls get to a place where they just kinda pick the best option... 'Oh he's got a good job.' I mean they spend their whole life looking for Prince Charming and then they marry the guy who's got a good job and is gonna stick around."
Dean (Ryan Gosling) laments the propensity for women to be more coldly analytical and less emotional than men in the way they choose a mate. These words come back to haunt him later in the film when his marriage to Cindy (Michelle Williams) dissolves due to his inability to get out of his unambitious rut. As harsh as it may be, the lesson of this film is that sometimes loving someone just isn't enough.
Oscar-worthy tip: You can only change so much to satisfy someone else, and if that fails it's time to move on.