Some of my favorite quotes as of today
From the movies:
”Honorable gentlemen the world must have its love. Honorable gentlemen the world must have its tragedy. But always, honorable gentlemen, the clown comes out to make people laugh.” – He Who Gets Slapped
“This place has a sign hangin’ over the urinal that says, “Don’t eat the big white mint”. – Road House
“Calling me sir is like putting an elevator in an outhouse. It don’t belong.” – Road House
“Pain don’t hurt.” – Road House
“I want you to be nice until it’s time to not be nice.” Road House
“Steve: Being called a c*cksucker isn’t personal?
Dalton: No. It’s two nouns combined to elicit a prescribed response.
Steve: What if somebody calls my mama a whore?
Dalton: Is she? ” – Road House
“You’re too stupid to have a good time.” Road House
“You can’t stop what’s coming, that’s vanity” – No Country For Old Men
“If the rule you followed led you to this, of what use was the rule?”- No Country For Old Men
“It is better to be wrong about the right things than to be right about the wrong things.” – The Phantom Tollbooth
“It’s bad enough wasting time without killing it.” – The Phantom Tollbooth
“The problem with being accused of something you didn’t do is that you don’t really know what really happened.” – They Live By Night
“You will find your fortune, but it will not be the fortune you seek.” – O Brother Where Art Thou
“The reason why bad people get away with so much is that they are willing to do things good people would never do.”
“She was still waving to the parade that passed by her more than 20 years ago.” – Sunset Blvd
“I’m really not bad, , I’m just drawn that way.” Who Framed Roger Rabbit
“How are you?
I’m dying, how are you?” – Tombstone
“A man like Ringo has got a great big hole, right in the middle of him. He can never kill enough, or steal enough, or inflict enough pain to ever fill it.” – Tombstone
“Feed the birds, tuppence a bag.” – Mary Poppins (Note: Tuppence = two cents. Means: The kindest acts can also be the least expensive.)
“Scout: Why there he is, Mr. Tate. He can tell you his name…
[Looks at the man]
Scout: Hey, Boo.
Atticus Finch: [making introductions] Miss Jean Louise, Mr. Arthur Radley. I believe he already knows you. ” – To Kill a Mockingbird (note: this scene still makes me cry 45+ years later!)
“Atticus Finch: If you just learn a single trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it. ” – To Kill a Mockingbird
“Atticus Finch: I remember when my daddy gave me that gun. He told me that I should never point it at anything in the house; and that he’d rather I’d shoot at tin cans in the backyard. But he said that sooner or later he supposed the temptation to go after birds would be too much, and that I could shoot all the blue jays I wanted – if I could hit ’em; but to remember it was a sin to kill a mockingbird.
Atticus Finch: Well, I reckon because mockingbirds don’t do anything but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat people’s gardens, don’t nest in the corncrib, they don’t do one thing but just sing their hearts out for us.” – To Kill a Mockingbird
“When you see a woman crying, about the only thing you can do for her is kiss her.” – Bannerline
“Ah critics. They don’t see the blood on the keys after the performance is over.” – Theater Of Blood (Vincent Price)
“Now and then, for no good reason, life will haul off and knock a man flat.” – Old Yeller
“Vivian: Why did you have to go on?
Marlowe: Too many people told me to stop.” – The Big Sleep
“Every day above ground is a good day.” – Scarface
“Captain Renault: I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!
[a croupier hands Renault a pile of money]
Croupier: Your winnings, sir.” – Casablanca
“Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.” – Casablanca
“I’m no good at being noble, but it doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.” – Casablanca
“What are you doing Saturday night?
What about Friday night?” – Play It Again, Sam
“You are the greatest lover I’ve ever had.
Well, I practice a lot when I’m alone.” – Love and Death
“Father Flynn: A woman was gossiping with her friend about a man whom they hardly knew – I know none of you have ever done this. That night, she had a dream: a great hand appeared over her and pointed down on her. She was immediately seized with an overwhelming sense of guilt. The next day she went to confession. She got the old parish priest, Father O’ Rourke, and she told him the whole thing. ‘Is gossiping a sin?’ she asked the old man. ‘Was that God All Mighty’s hand pointing down at me? Should I ask for your absolution? Father, have I done something wrong?’ ‘Yes,’ Father O’ Rourke answered her. ‘Yes, you ignorant, badly-brought-up female. You have blamed false witness on your neighbor. You played fast and loose with his reputation, and you should be heartily ashamed.’ So, the woman said she was sorry, and asked for forgiveness. ‘Not so fast,’ says O’ Rourke. ‘I want you to go home, take a pillow upon your roof, cut it open with a knife, and return here to me.’ So, the woman went home: took a pillow off her bed, a knife from the drawer, went up the fire escape to her roof, and stabbed the pillow. Then she went back to the old parish priest as instructed. ‘Did you cut the pillow with a knife?’ he says. ‘Yes, Father.’ ‘And what were the results?’ ‘Feathers,’ she said. ‘Feathers?’ he repeated. ‘Feathers; everywhere, Father.’ ‘Now I want you to go back and gather up every last feather that flew out onto the wind,’ ‘Well,’ she said, ‘it can’t be done. I don’t know where they went. The wind took them all over.’ ‘And that,’ said Father O’ Rourke, ‘is gossip!’ ” – Doubt
“Father Flynn: Where is your compassion?
Sister Aloysius: Nowhere you can get at it.” – Doubt
“All this while I’ve been packing ice around my heart. How do I make it melt?” – Cold Mountain
“They call this war a cloud over the land. But they made the weather and then they stand in the rain and say ‘Shit, it’s raining!’ ” – Cold Mountain
“Your life is defined by its opportunities… even the ones you miss.” – The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
“Sometimes we’re on a collision course, and we just don’t know it.” – The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
“Benjamin, we’re meant to lose the people we love. How else would we know how important they are to us?” – The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
“For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again. ” – The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
“You can be as mad as a mad dog at the way things went. You could swear, curse the fates, but when it comes to the end, you have to let go.” – The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button
From the philosophers/poets:
“Once, There was this boy. Who was in love with a girl. The girl knew from the beginning that he loved her. One day when he proposed, but she rejected him. His friends thought he would take to alcohol, drugs etc, and ruin his life. To their surprise, he was not depressed. When they asked him: ‘How was it that you ares not sad?’ He replied, ‘Why should I feel sad! I lost someone who never loved me, she lost someone who loved her.'” -Unknown
“If you start by sacrificing yourself for someone you will end by hating that person you have sacrificed yourself for.” – GB Shaw
“The reasonable man adapts himself to his surroundings. The unereasonable man attempts to adapt his sorroundings to himself. Therefore the unreasonable man is the hope of the world.” – GB Shaw
“Beware the man who fails to return your blow. He neither forgives you nor allows you to forgive yourself.” GB Shaw
“Patience with yourself is hope, patience with others is love and patience with God is faith.” – Adel Bestavros
“Rage, rage against the dying of the light.” Dylan Thomas
“Leave her to heaven. And to the barbs that within her bosom lodge, to prick and sting her.” Hamlet
“Everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die to get there.”
“If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph: THE ONLY PROOF HE NEEDED FOR THE EXISTENCE OF GOD WAS MUSIC.” – Kurt Vonnegut, A Man Without A Country
“Dance Like No One is Watching…
Love Like You Have Never Been Hurt Before…
Go to Work Like You Don’t Need The Money.”
— Kurt Vonnegut
“I say in speeches that a plausible mission of artists is to make people appreciate being alive at least a little bit. I am then asked if I know of any artists who pulled that off. I reply, ‘The Beatles did.” — Kurt Vonnegut
“Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you’ll look back and realize they were big things.”
— Kurt Vonnegut
“Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.”
— Kurt Vonnegut
From the songwriters:
“Tomorrow see the things that never come today
When you see me fly away without you” – Neil Young
“I’ve got dreams to remember” – Otis Redding
“Maybe you think that love will make a fool and so that makes you right to break the rules.” – Smokey Robinson
‘When the rain is in your face and the whole world is on your case I’d offer you a warm embrace to make you feel my love.” – Bob Dylan
“When we meet again introduced as friends please don’t let on that you knew me when I was hungry and it was your world.” – Bob Dylan
“There’s a rock and roll island in the sun…” – Big Danny Gallagher
“Down at the bar Billy’s flat on his face
I guess he done found himself a resting place
There ain’t much left for the drinking man to say…
Someday, someway all of the children of the heavenly gate
Are gonna ride away and make our getaway.” – Big Danny Gallagher
“The story’s in the past with nothing to recall
I’ve got my life to live and I don’t need you at all.
The rollercoaster ride we took is nearly at an end,
I bought my ticket with my tears thats all I’m gonna spend.
And I think its gonna be alright yeah the sorst is over now
The morning sun is shining like a red rubber ball.” – Paul Simon (my cousin Marty was the drummer for the Cyrkle who had the hit with it).
“I belong in the service of the Queen.” – Counting Crows
“Everything dies thats a fact maybe everything that dies some day comes back” – Bruce Springsteen
“Angel came down from Heaven yesterday, stayed with me just long enough to rescue me” – Jimi Hendrix
“Its the soul afraid of dying that never learns to live.” – Bette Midler
From the restroom walls:
“Life sure goes on, don’t it?” – Court Tavern New Brunswick (after David Shearn’s death in 1989)
“Those who post upon these walls roll their sh*t in little balls those who read these words of wit eat those little balls of sh*t”
“It was just one word but it was one too many.” – I Don’t Know You 2007
“I’m living on dreams ’cause its better than living with you.” – Living On Dreams (1982 JP Gotrock single)
“She wouldn’t let me say it was all my fault. She wouldn’t let me say anything at all.” – Wouldn’t Let Me Say 2007
“When things are bad life is easier to live. When things are good you have to worry and think of how to keep things good. When things are bad all you have to worry about is making it to the next day.”
“Noithing makes me wince more than calling me a good person. When someone says this the next thing I expect is either that they’ll be watching me closely for any evidence to the contrary or trying to get me to do something that provides this evidence.”
“No one ever is ever made uncomfortable by how you feel about them. They are made uncomfortable by the way they feel about you. And that’s a choice that they make.”
“You’ve got to be taught to hate… and to fear.” – From a ’60’s commercial
“People, can’t we all just get along?” – ’90s police beating victim Rodney King
“Never wrestle with a pig in sh*t. The pig just enjoys itself and you get sh*t all over yourself.” – My mother
“Its bad chemicals, Al, just bad chemicals! You can’t reason with bad chemicals!” – David Shearn, about a certain band member famous for his ill-temper.
“When you arrive at a fork in the road, take it.” – Yogi Berra
“You can observe a lot by just watching.” – Yogi Berra
“You should always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise, they won’t come to yours.” – Yogi Berra
“If people don’t want to come out to the ball park, nobody’s gonna stop ’em.” – Yogi Berra
“Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.” – Yogi Berra
“If ever there is a tomorrow when we are not together… there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even when we are apart… I’ll always be with you” – Winnie The Pooh
“If you live to be 100, I hope I live to be 100 minus 1 day, so I never have to live without you.”- Winnie The Pooh
“Pooh,” said Rabbit kindly, “you haven’t any brain.”
“I know,” said Pooh humbly.- Winnie The Pooh
“Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.”.- Winnie The Pooh
“Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind. “Pooh,” he whispered.
“Nothing,” said Piglet, taking Pooh’s paw, “I just wanted to be sure of you.”” – Winnie The Pooh
“Rabbit’s clever,” said Pooh thoughtfully.
“Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit’s clever.”
“And he has Brain.”
“Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit has Brain.”
There was a long silence.
“I suppose,” said Pooh, “that that’s why he never understands anything.” – Winnie The Pooh
“Hallo, Rabbit,” he said, “is that you?”
“Let’s pretend it isn’t,” said Rabbit, “and see what happens.”- Winnie The Pooh
“”Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best — ” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called”- Winnie The Pooh
“Promise me you’ll never forget me because if I thought you would I’d never leave.”- Winnie The Pooh
“Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.”- Winnie The Pooh