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What's Your Favourite Quotation?

By Mrs. Julien | Comment Diversions | February 16, 2013 | Comments ()

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I used to have a t-shirt that said "I hate quotations." Ralph Waldo Emerson. I also had one emblazoned with "OBEY ME", but that's a story for another day. Frankly, I don't know what the hell Emerson is talking about. I love quotations. I collect them. They give me such joy. I collect postcards, too. Can you imagine how I feel about a postcard with a quotation on it?

Pajiba seems an appropriate place for a nice wallow in clever turns of phrase. What are your favourite quotations? Not because they are philosophical or profound, although that may be the case, but just because they please you. With a list of over 1,000 to choose from, my winnowing got a bit challenging, but life is finite, so I'm going with these:

  • I got the urge to look it up in the dictionary she bought me. It's black and enormous and filled with the presence of some sort of God. (Jane Hamilton The Book of Ruth)
  • He made a minor vocabulary error and she inwardly, magnanimously forgave him. (Carrie Fisher Delusions of Grandma)
  • It was a smile not many women had seen, and those who had, had said yes. (Jude Devereux)
  • Merely corroborative detail, intended to give artistic verisimilitude to an otherwise bald and unconvincing narrative. (W.S. Gilbert)
  • I am not going to stop to him merely because he pays no attention. I like hearing myself talk. It is one of my greatest pleasures. I often have long conversations all by myself, and I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying. (Oscar Wilde The Remarkable Rocket)
  • She was mostly immensely relieved to think that virtually everything that anybody had ever told her was wrong. (Douglas Adams So Long and Thanks for All the Fish)
  • She had been given her opportunity to participate in civilization and she had muffed it. (Kurt Vonnegut Mother Night)
  • It seemed to him to strike a note of almost wanton luxury, the sort of thing that causes French Revolutions and Declines and Falls of Roman Empires. (P.G. Wodehouse)
  • Lisa, if you don't watch the violence, you'll never become desensitized to it. (The Simpsons)
  • Metaphysics is never more than semantic pleasantries anyway. (Haruki Murakami Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World)

And now, if you'll excuse me, I clearly need to reread the complete works of Haruki Murakami, and then The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, in between visits to this random P.G. Wodehouse quote generator.

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  • joe dev

    Every facet, every department of your mind, is to be programmed by you. And unless you assume your rightful responsibility, and begin to program your own mind, the world will program it for you.”—Jack Kornfield, "The roots of Buddhist psychology"

  • leuce7

    I care not what others think of what I do, but I care very much about what I think of what I do. That is character.
    -– Theodore Roosevelt

    That is not what I meant at all;
    That is not it, at all.
    -- The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, T. S. Eliot (though I probably quote the first three lines more)

    It's a wonder I haven't abandoned all my ideals, they seem so absurd and impractical. Yet I cling to them because I still believe, in spite of everything, that people are truly good at heart.

    --Diary of Anne Frank

    Otto: Apes don't read philosophy.
    Wanda: Yes, they do Otto, they just don't understand it.
    --A Fish Called Wanda

    If I quote Otto's line out of the blue and you quote Wanda's in return, I will love you forever.

    Also, that a really random collection.

  • MissAmynae

    "...it occurred to him that when the Great Power, Manitou, finished laying down this river, perfect in all details, He had added the mosquito to remind man that no paradise comes free: there are always mosquitoes." --Michener, Chesapeake.

    "I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night." Galileo
    (story behind this one- I've had night terrors since I was 3, and am still terrified of the dark at age 31. This is tattooed on my shoulder, surrounding a crescent moon wrapped in morning glories. It gives me comfort, and reminds me that night is always followed by morning.)

    "Here is nobility without conceit
    friendship without envy, beauty without vanity.
    A willing servant, yet no slave."
    --"The Horse" Author unknown.

    "My troubles are all over, and I am at home..." --Anna Sewell, Black Beauty

    "We all float." Stephen King, "It"

    "I only see one way out. You got to cry without weeping, talk without speaking, scream without raising your voice." --U2, "Running to Stand Still"

    There are many more, but these are the main ones.

  • Prolixity Julien

    You should come play with us on FB, if you aren't already. We can braid each other's hair and talk about frocks and quotes.

  • MissAmynae

    haha, to Facebook, forthwith! Fair warning, I have a LOT of hair!

  • Bronson

    "Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cosy, doesn't try to wear it as a hat" Billy Connelly (a very British one, that).

  • Obst N. Gemuse

    From my dad: "Too much is always enough."

    From Homer Simpson: "Beer. The cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems."

  • Dennis Albert Ramirez

    "My mind is my own church." -- Thomas Paine from The Age of Reason

  • deitybox

    "The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you're uncool." -- Almost Famous

    “ –listen, there’s a hell/of a good universe next door; let’s go.” – e.e. cummings

  • "You're killing me, Smalls." - the Sandlot

    It's a name for a girl
    It's also a thought that changed the world
    And when she walks on the street
    You can hear the strings
    Grace finds goodness in everything

    Grace makes beauty out of ugly things." -U2

  • JH

    "Offer me solutions, offer me alternatives and I decline!" - REM

    "I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day." - Frank Sinatra

    "Fucking dipshit with a nine toed woman." - Walter Sobchak

  • janedoe

    "But now I know the things I know,
    And do the things I do;
    And if you do not like me so,
    To hell, my love, with you!"

    Dorothy Parker, Indian Summer.

  • TheKoiPolloi

    Dorothy Parker is getting mad love in this thread... as it should be.

  • CosmoNewanda

    One of my favorite quotes is from Transmetroplitan. I think of this every election seassion and it still rings true.

    "You want to know about voting. I’m here to tell you about voting. Imagine you’re locked in a huge
    underground night-club filled with sinners, whores, freaks and unnameable things that rape pitbulls
    for fun. And you ain’t allowed out until you all vote on what you’re going to do tonight. You like to
    put your feet up and watch “Republican Party Reservation”. They like to have sex with normal
    people using knives, guns, and brand new sexual organs you did not even know existed. So you
    vote for television, and everyone else, as far as your eye can see, votes to fuck you with
    switchblades. That’s voting. You’re welcome."- Spider Jerusalem

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    "The spirit of inquiry that wants to launch puppies from a trebuchet is the same spirit that gave us the internal combustion engine, the airplane, the light bulb, the kegerator, and that helmet that has two cans of beer with straws so you can drink with your hands free. By such means are the boundaries of human knowledge expanded."

    "The difference between science and religion is that one is willing to be disproved and the other just asks to be believed. Also, real estate."

    "America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, 'cause it's gonna put up a fight. It's gonna say, 'You want free speech? Let's see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who's standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours.' You want to claim this land as the land of the free? Then the symbol of your country can't just be a flag; the symbol also has to be one of its citizens exercising his right to burn that flag in protest. Show me that, defend that, celebrate that in your classrooms. Then, you can stand up and sing about the 'land of the free'."--The American President

  • KingEntropy

    "There is no divine or godhead. We live and then we go in the ground and feed worms. Life is not a rehearsal, nor is it a precursor to the good stuff. This is it, and we get one shot at making things better for those around us and those to come." - Warren Ellis

  • Cranky Aunty

    I want something else. I'm not even sure what to call it anymore except I know it feels roomy and it's drenched in sunlight and it's weightless and I know it's not cheap. Probably not even real.
    -Mark Z Danielewski, House of Leaves

  • poopnado

    SAID A GIVE?!!!??!!!!

  • Tracey Sims

    " “You know, there is only one letter's difference between lonely and
    lovely," I told him once when he was down. "There is only one letter's
    difference between loner and loser," he retorted.” " -Joey Goebel, Torture the Artist

  • forgettingitsthere

    "I'm not as sad as I should be. And that's what makes me sad." - Mary Crawley, Downton Abbey

    “…because nerds like us are allowed to be unironically enthusiastic about stuff… Nerds are allowed to love stuff, like jump-up-and-down-in-the-chair-can’t-control-yourself love it. Hank, when people call people nerds, mostly what they’re saying is ‘you like stuff.’ Which is just not a good insult at all. Like, ‘you are too enthusiastic about the miracle of human consciousness’.” - John Green

    "Humanity i love you because youare perpetually putting the secret of
    life in your pants and forgetting
    it’s there and sitting down
    on it." - Humanity I Love You, E.E. Cummings.

  • Lucie

    "Nobody likes a caribou that pouts" - Cutshaw, The ninth configuration

  • wsapnin

    "The three most dangerous words in the English language are 'Hey, watch this!'" --my dad

  • Everyone has a plan... until they get hit. - Mike Tyson

  • BlackRabbit

    "I have a cunning plan." Baldrick.

  • BlackRabbit

    "Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard."

    H. L. Mencken

  • periwinkled

    "History has remembered the kings and warriors, because they destroyed; art has remembered the people, because they created." - William Morris

    "All tapes left in a car for more than about a fortnight metamorphose into Best of Queen albums." - Pratchett and/or Gaiman, Good Omens

    "The seafilled all spaces
    crumbling towers,
    successive catastrophes of the foam." Pablo Nerdua, Ode to Laziness

    My high school mentor, who taught both English and Theatre, once said that his favourite phrase was "wet, black bough" from Ezra Pound's "In the Station of a Metro," and it's stuck with me ever since.

  • Ty Gear

    "I all the world's a stage, then you should probably just get the hell off," -- Me.

  • Ty Gear

    "Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see," -- Arthur Schoepenhauer

  • Soda

    "I read it. You know how to read, you ignorant fuck?" - Shawshank Redemption.

  • Soda

    Oh, even better:

    "They're both bungholes who think they're too noble to shit." - Someone in Game of Thrones (the book, that is).

  • Enrique del Castillo

    I don't like C.S. Lewis books, but I love this quote:

    “Critics who treat ‘adult’ as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.”

  • “The truth is that in every way, I am squandering the treasure of my life...Every day is like a kid’s drawing, offered to you with a strange mixture of ceremoniousness and offhand disregard, yours for the keeping. Some of the days are rich and complicated, others inscrutable, others little more than a stray gray mark on a ragged page. Some you manage to hang on to, though your reasons for doing so are often hard to fathom. But most of them you just ball up and throw away.” -- Michael Chabon, "Manhood for Amateurs"

    "Who invented liquid soap and why?" -- John Cusack character in "The Sure Thing"

    "It's what I do." -- Captain Malcolm Reynolds

  • Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. I don’t want ass prints on my door.
    - Futurama

  • Heather Mooney

    "This is life’s sorrow: That one can be happy only where two are; And that our hearts are drawn to stars which want us not." Edgar Lee Masters- Harsh, but true.

  • Feralhousecat

    “I searched everywhere for a proof of reality, when all the while I understood quite well that the standard of reality had changed”
    ― Algernon Blackwood

  • Mrs. Julien

    It was a blonde. A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in stained glass window. (Raymond Chandler)

  • Morgan_LaFai

    So this is a list of quotes and words I both love and use in everyday life.

    Never get involved in a land war in Asia. The Princess Bride Btw, I always assumed that quote included Russia, and since I study diplomacy I get a lot of opportunities to use it.

    That is one tasty burger. Pulp Fiction. I use this whenever I eat a truly tasty burger, so not as often as I would like but often enough.

    Jesus, I like him very much, but he no help with curve ball. Major League This is great whenever someone is giving me advice that I just can't use.

    wibbly wobbly, which I use for anything that is confusing or complex. The fully quote is: it's more like a big ball of wibbly wobbly... time-y wimey... stuff. Doctor Who

    And then there are the glorious swear words and other interjections:
    Frak! Battlestar Galactica
    Frell!" and By Hasmada! Farscape
    Shinny, gorram, and rutting Firefly

  • Dave Dorris

    "If there's no great glorious end to all this, if nothing we do matters... , then all that matters is what we do. 'Cause that's all there is. What we do. Now. Today."


  • PerpetualIntern

    My family uses "Whaaaaaa happened??" from A Mighty Wind far too often.

    As for a serious quote:

    "Even after all this time
    The sun never says to the earth,
    "You owe Me."
    Look what happens with
    A love like that,
    It lights the Whole Sky"
    - Hafiz

  • kirbyjay

    Someday we'll look back on this and it will all seem funny....Bruce Springsteen
    It got me through a few hard times, thank you Rosalita

  • Mrs. Julien

    "You ain't a beauty, but hey, you're alright." Different song, but brilliant.

  • kirbyjay

    OMG I was going to add that one too. Thunder Road is Mr Kirbyjay and my singalong to each other

  • Ben

    I can't remember what it's from, but I want to say The Ref, (if anyone could point me in the right direction I'd be gratefull) but basically their's a scene where the police chief is firing a cop and he just turns to him and says
    "I fucked your wife bill...
    three times bill...
    She said you'd never gone, three times.... bill"

  • Salieri2

    It is The Ref:

    "- Bob.

    - Yes.

    - I nailed your wife.

    - What?

    -After the town meeting last August. You were in Rhode Island on business.
    Three times, Bob. She said you never went three times, Bob."


  • Ben

    You're good people.

  • "Whores are for heroes!"--Ernie Devlin

  • And my other favorite...

    "You cannot qualify war in harsher terms than I will. War is cruelty, and you cannot refine it; and those who brought war into our country deserve all the curses and maledictions a people can pour out."--Sherman informing Georgia that there will be no safe word.

  • If you don't care where you're going, every road will take you there.

  • koko temur

    "well by days of not taking you seriously are coming to the middle"

  • John W

    "The man in black fled across the desert and the Gunslinger followed." (The Dark Tower)

    "Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?" (Animal House)

    "Oh yes, there will be blood." (Saw)

    "When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground." (Game of Thrones)

    "But no living man am I! You look upon a woman. Éowyn I am, Éomund’s
    daughter. You stand between me and my lord and kin. Begone, if you be
    not deathless! For living or dark undead, I will smite you, if you touch
    him." (Return of The King)

    "When there is no more room in Hell. The dead will walk the Earth." (Dawn of the Dead)

    "Game over, man!" (Aliens)

    "With great power there must also come great responsibility." (Amazing Fantasy)


    The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you're uncool.

  • pumpkin

    "The world loves a bastard."
    -- Rimmer

  • Skyler Durden

    My most-oft quote is "I'm Intrigued", which I can recall back to the script of Steel Magnolias. My other most-used quote, "I have no response to that", comes from pop-culture, but I can't place it, which I find endlessly frustrating.

  • InternetMagpie

    It's from Joe Versus the Volcano!

  • Skyler Durden

    Holy shit, that's it! My brain cloud is cured!

  • jannymac

    TANSTAAFL - Heinlein

  • I have a long list, I've tried to pick out my favourites...

    "She tries to search her heart, but the map is old and the compass is faulty." Nicola Barker, The Yips

    "The words! I collected them in all shapes and sizes and hung them like bangles in my mind." Hortense Calisher

    "The what-ifs were as boundless as the stars."

    "I collect words, they are sweets in the mouth of sound." Sally Gardner, Maggot Moon

    "Let us read, and let us dance; these two amusements will never do any harm to the world." Voltaire

    "Gentlemen, close your books and listen for we have nothing less than the world to consider." Ann Patchett, State of Wonder

    "A reader lives a thousand years before he dies, the man who does not read lives only one." George R. R. Martin, A Dance with Dragons

    "Things that never happened can tangle with things that did, an imaginary being can hold hands with the flesh-and-blood real, he may live in your house, he may read all that you have read and even make love to your wife. The atheist may lie down with the believer, the encyclopedia with the poem. Everything absorbed and wondered at in the faithless months – science, maths, history, law and all the rest – you can bring with you and put to use when you return yet again to the one true faith." Ian McEwan

    "To read is to fly." A. C. Grayling

    "At one magical instant in your childhood, the page of a book - that string of confused, alien ciphers - shivered into meaning. Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; at that moment, whole universes opened. You became, irrevocably, a reader." Alberto Manguel

    "Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly,
    into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul." Joyce Carol Oates

    "She followed slowly, taking a long time, as though there were some obstacle in the way; and yet: as though, once it was overcome, she would be beyond all walking, and would fly." Rainer Maria Rilke, Going Blind

    "A library in the middle of a community is a cross between an emergency exit, a life-raft and a festival. They are cathedrals of the mind; hospitals of the soul; theme parks of the imagination." Caitlin Moran

  • mswas

    I was just coming here to post that GRRM reading quote! Love it

  • Mrs.P

    "If people never did silly things, nothing intelligent would get done". Wittgenstein still inspires me. I often do very silly things and blame him.

  • aquillia

    "Some people bring joy wherever they go; others, whenever they go." - Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest.

    Brilliant. And, all too often, true.

  • Gamal

    "The trip back downriver was uneventful and over in only twelve words."

    -One of Our Thursdays Is Missing

  • buell

    My favorite one is a bastardization of a Cousin Eddie quote... "Shitter's full!"

  • Strand

    "Young, dumb and full of cum"

    Point Break.

  • District

    "All wise providence permits not sinners to escape thus easily from the punishment they have merited on earth, but reserves them to aid his own designs, using them as instruments whereby to work his vengeance on the guilty." --Edmond Dantes, "The Count of Monte Cristo" by Alexandre Dumas.
    This is my favorite quote from my favorite book. This is the Count explaining that some sinners have screwed up so badly that fate won't allow them to just die; they must live and suffer a greater punishment. Riveting.

  • TheKoiPolloi

    "Our opponent is an alien starship packed with atomic bombs," I said. "We have a protractor."

    Neal Stephenson, Anathem

  • MissAmynae

    Holy shit, I was just typing this! Well-played, indeed!

  • TheKoiPolloi

    I can't believe two of us thought of it! Well, this is why the internet is awesome.

  • MissAmynae

    Great minds and whatnot :-)

    I'm only on page 427 of the book, but the second I came across that line, I grabbed a sticky and put it on my wall. Instant classic!

  • There'll Be Pancakes

    “I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300
    games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game winning shot and
    missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is
    why I succeed.” - Michael Jordan

    "There's no crying in baseball!" - do I even need to say where this is from?

  • Candee

    This movie is so great. I can never remember them exactly but my favorites are from Lovitz.

    "See that grass? Don't eat it."

    "I'm going home to give the wife a little pickle tickle."

  • Guest

    "The facts of this world, seen clearly, are seen through tears."
    -- Atwood

    "Do you wish in the weight of your blows to make up for the deficiency of your logic?"
    -- Godwin

    "And if ye suffer no singers among you, where shall be the fruits of your toil? Toil without song is like a weary journey without an end. Were not death more pleasing?"
    -- Lovecraft

    "Eppur si muove."
    -- Galileo

  • Muhnah_Muhnah

    “And Lot's wife, of course, was told not to look back where all
    those people and their homes had been. But she did look back, and I love
    her for that, because it was so human. So she was turned into a pillar
    of salt. So it goes.”- Kurt Vonnegut (Slaughterhouse 5)

  • Another Kate

    "When nothing you do matters, then all that matters is what you do." -- Angel

  • Erich

    In the words of John Lennon: "You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not."

    i love that line so so much!

  • CptCrckpot

    "No matter how subtle the wizard, a knife between the shoulder blades will seriously cramp his style." - Steven Brust (Vlad Taltos: 'Jhereg')

    "Outside of a dog, man's best friend is a book. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." - Groucho Marx

  • Teresa

    "Outside of a dog, man's best friend is a book. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." - Groucho Marx -- My favorite, too!

  • Teresa

    Although, I believe it's actually, "Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend."

  • CptCrckpot

    I originally heard it as "Outside of a dog, man's best friend is a book. Inside of a dog it is very dark." which I had on a t-shirt, but when I looked up the quote to see if it was real, it came up as what I originally posted. That being said, Groucho (in common with most comedians) was not above re-using a good line, so there may be several variants.

  • Ponytail

    I think you're right - that's the version printed on a UK book shop chain's bags, anyway.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Sometimes it seems the only accomplishment my education ever bestowed on me was the ability to think in quotations. (Margaret Drabble)

  • TheKoiPolloi

    That is awesome!

    And awesomely perfect for the exercise at hand...

  • missbisque

    "As you grow up, always tell the truth, do no harm to others, and don’t
    think you are the most important being on earth. Rich or poor, you then
    can look anyone in the eye and say, 'I’m probably no better than you,
    but I’m certainly your equal.'" --harper lee

    "I said 'Hey girl have you seen that film with those kids in New York in
    the eighties, oh, you have – well, can I watch it with you anyway'" --mando diao

    "...that of all your work, you are still your most beautiful. The most beautiful work of all." --patti smith

  • duckandcover

    "A done bun can't be undone." - Stephen King, Insomnia

  • brite

    To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
    To the last syllable of recorded time;
    And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
    The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
    Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player,
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
    And then is heard no more. It is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing.

    Nothing beats the Bard.

  • par1964

    I thought you were quoting Annie ... tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you, tomorrow ......

  • Melissa

    "The shit hath hitteth the fan...ith" Michael(David Krumholtz) on 10 Things I Hate About You"

    I was 16 when this came out, and a bit of a goodie-goodie, so I didn't really swear, per se, but I was starting to break out of my shell at that point, and so I said this way more times than was ever necessary.

    It may still be on my facebook quote board, right along with

    "S-M-R-T smart! See, I can still spell when I'm drunk!" quoth my sister.

  • toblerone

    Anything and everything from Archer.


    Deru kui wa utareru: The stake that sticks up gets hammered down.

    I'd say I'm sorry to disappoint you, but I'm not. I excel at not giving a shit. Experience has taught me that interest begets expectation, and expectation beget disappointment, so the key to avoiding disappointment is to avoid interest. A equals B equals C Equals A, or whatever. I also don't have a lot of interest in being a good person or a bad person. From what I can tell, either way, you're screwed. Bad people are punished by society's laws, and good people are punished by Murphy's Law. So you see my dilemma. - Georgia Lass.

  • KaGe

    To end Caddyshack, Rodney Dangerfield, "Hey everybody, we're all gonna get laid!"

  • Lingli

    My OH and I use quotations, mostly from UK TV shows like Phoenix Nights but also a lot from The Simpsons, as a kind of shorthand which I only realised recently doesn't entirely make sense to other people. (We may watch a lot more TV than the people we know, too.)
    When our older son was aged 3-4 we had several t-shirts that we got from some website that we used to send him to nursery school in; one had
    "You come at the king, you best not miss"
    on it; another had a quote from The Godfather:
    "Some day, and that day may never come, I will call upon you to do a service for me".
    He also had one that said "I do all my own stunts" (he was very accident-prone) and my favourite one said,
    "I'm cute now, but one day I'll listen to music you won't understand".
    Thinking about it now I'm a wee bit surprised we never had a visit from a social worker…

  • Melissa D

    "Betrayals in war are childlike compared to betrayals in love. New lovers are nervous and tender, but smash everything for the heart is an organ of fire. " The English Patient.

    I've always loved that quote. Love that movie/book!

  • Malin

    "It was the patient, cut-flower sound of a man who is waiting to die." - Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

    “I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.” - Pablo Neruda

    “The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.” - Jane Austen

  • FireLizardQueen

    I'm not a big fan of poetry, but Neruda is always the exception. His words make me long for something I didn't know I was longing for.

  • Melissa D

    Name of the Wind is a great book, as is the sequel.

  • True. Just started first one. Really great.

  • L.O.V.E.

    Oh my God, the quarterback is toast!



    Just about anything from Fight Club


    And from Pecker, No Teabagging!


  • "You see, in this world there's two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig." - Blondie 'The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly,

    "A man's got to know his limitations" Harry Callahan 'Magnum Force'

    "Life's hard. It's harder if you're stupid" - John Wayne

    "The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from highest motives for the greatest good of the greatest number. The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious and lacking in altruism. But they are more comfortable
    neighbors than the other sort."

    "There is no worse tyranny than to force a man to pay for what he does not want merely because you think it would be good for him." -Robert Heinlein

  • $43768042

    Real misanthropes are not found in solitude, but in the world; since it is experience of life, and not philosophy, which produces real hatred of mankind. - Giacomo Leopardi

    Plus on apprend a connaître l'homme, plus on apprend à estimer le chien. - Joussenel

  • Mrs. Julien


  • The Heretic

    Tyler Durden: God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need. We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War's a spiritual war... our Great Depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed off.

  • Enrique del Castillo

    I love Fight Club, and this is my favorite quote (or dialogue, still it counts):

    Narrator: I felt like putting a bullet between the eyes of every Panda that wouldn't screw to save its species. I wanted to open the dump valves on oil tankers and smother all those French beaches I'd never see. I wanted to breathe smoke.

    Tyler Durden: Where'd you go psycho boy?

    Narrator: I felt like destroying something beautiful.

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