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15 Funny, Poignant, Devastating, and Existential Lines That May Convince You to Revisit "Dead Like Me"

By Dustin Rowles | Seriously Random Lists | June 15, 2012 | Comments ()


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"Hundreds and thousands of people die every day. Bodies are easy. Dig a ditch, light a match. But what about the souls -- who takes care of them?"

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"The universe was cocking the fuck-with-me gun."

"I 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."

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"You can't save any of them. All you can ever hope to do is make it easier. And that may not seem like a lot, but it is."

"There are things inside you that no one wants to face. Things that you keep secret, even from yourself. But secrets are funny. The things you try to hide always turn out to be the things you can't forget."

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"Our greatest arrogance is to believe that we are all special, because the truth is we are all unbelievably the same."

"You know what your problem is? You wake up every morning wondering what the world's gonna do for you, wondering who's gonna bend over backwards, kiss your ass and make you happy when you should just thank God for another day and leave it the fuck at that."

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"I died in 1938, which interrupted a very promising career on the silver screen. So now I stay here and help other people go. And they do go somewhere, I know that much. I don't know if there's a heaven or hell, but I believe there's more. My whole life, my whole death, shows me there's more. I just don't know what it is."

"Falling's easy; you just fall. Jumping requires strength of will. ... Landing's a lot like falling; you just land."

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"Deep down, we all want to know if we're loved; it's the fundamental question. But when I was a kid, the question was even more basic. Does anyone even like me?"

"Experience has taught me that interest begets expectation, and expectation begets disappointment, so the key to avoiding disappointment is to avoid interest."

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"As childhood traumas go, nothing beats the realization that everything dies, including you."

"One desperate attempt after another to find something in common with someone else and then cling. 'Hey, you have 10 fingers, I have 10 fingers, let's be friends. We'll make rules and slogans. Then if we find someone with nine fingers, we can beat the crap out of them.' "

"Sure I wanted to be a superhero when I was a kid, but only the guy ones got cool costumes. They got massive capes and scary masks and stuff. All Wonder Woman got was hooker boots and a bathing suit. What the fuck was that about?"

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"Humans beings are simple, predictable clich├ęs. Broken hearts, betrayal -- it's all been done a billion times before. The problem is, every time still hurts like the first. And if you're lucky enough to recover, you can be sure that just as you finish filling in all the cracks in your life, the next one is starting to open."

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  • DickClark

    what a great show, dissapointing that it had to be canceled but better that then have it drag on till. That said, love the show.

  • RJ

    The "Vacation" episode aired just as my parents were separating. It was so sad to see George's parents in love when she and Reggie were small, and to see how they were after her death...how George's death had been part of the end of their family. I still cry when I watch that specific episode and love both seasons. Never even bothered with the movie.

  • Brian Stevenson

    I would love to get things done with Dolores.

  • robbermaiden

    Love. This. Show. I've watched this entire series at least 4 times. Like Arrested Development, it doesn't seem to get old. I don't run across shows that resonate with me the way this one did very often, and the way they handled the "movies" actually still upsets me. Thank god Rube wasn't in them. Good call, Mandy.
    Now I want to watch it again. God, so great.

  • Kip Hackman

    Rube is one of the greatest television characters of all time. I wanna be like him, but I'm nowhere near clever enough, nor do I have the good fortune of being played by Mandy Patinkin, so I'm doubly screwed out of that dream.

  • kdm

    My personal favorite:
    "Security Expert: Ripoff. Report... Identify... Prove... Ostracize... Fire.
    George: [aside, to Delores] Rip-of?
    Security Expert: You got a problem there Millie?
    George: [aka Millie] You misspelled ripoff. You dropped an 'f'.
    Security Expert: Oh I see. We have ourselves a smart-ass.
    George: Don't you mean smart as?"

    But I forgot how awesome so many others were.
    http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/D...

  • TheAggroCraig

    One of my favorite scenes is when Rube is at the post office and he (politely, sort of) unloads on that line-skipping woman. And his little dissertation on what makes a patty melt a patty melt was good.

  • Jezzer

    "Frog... was an asshole."

  • bacchic_frenzy

    I watched this entire show while being confined to my bed with pneumonia. As I lay alone in my bed, with no one there to take care of me or comfort me, struggling to breathe, wondering how my life had gotten to the point where I didn't even have a person interested enough in my life to come see how I was doing, the existential nature of this show both terrified me and galvanized me. As soon as I'd finally recovered, I made an effort to be better to people, to travel more, and to be engaged in life. Now, I'd like to think that if I'm down and out with an illness, that I have people who would want to be around me. It sounds silly, but this show coupled with pneumonia somehow made me a better person. I always think of the character who died in the fire on the set of Gone With the Wind. Her last living thought, "Why has no one ever loved me." That's some profoundly good shit.

  • Slash

    Man, I love that show. The theme song is one of my favorite things ever. Sometimes I hum it to myself. And dance, just a little.

  • himonoonna

    As far as I'm concerned, Dead Like Me is it's own justification, but these are beautiful and just make me want to watch it all over again (again) even more.

  • anon

    One of my favourite shows, I've watched it through several times. It's sort of comfortingly depressing, and that's nice sometimes.

  • annoyed

    Another amazing and sadly wasted Bryan Fuller show. Wonderfalls, Dead Like Me, and Pushing Daisies, how can none of his show last more than 2 seasons?

    I'm miss Georgia...

  • himonoonna

    Indeed, annoyed. Bryan Fuller is one of the few showrunners I will give a chance no matter what the material. I guess we can cross our fingers for Hannibal.

  • Frank Booth

    A true gem .....Came and went way too fast .........

  • Jezzer

    One of my all-time favorite shows. If you can make it through the pilot without crying, you are made of stone. STONE.

  • POINGjam

    I love Mandy Patinkin's bit about the Chicago Style hot dog. And the scene where he sang to his dying daughter ruined my shit.

  • Cree83

    I've heard good things about this show, but most of these quotes remind me of college student poetry....

  • robbermaiden

    yeah, but in the best way.

  • Jezzer

    *hiss*

  • gp

    anyone just now discovering this show- please be aware the post-season-2 "movie" DOES NOT EXIST.

    you're welcome.

  • annoyed

    But it has Desmond! Yes it was terrible.

  • TherecanbeonlyoneAdmin

    I've only watched a few episodes. I think I'll marathon that shit this weekend.

  • hapl0

    Shit, for a second there I thought that was Doyle.

  • Tinkerville

    Thanks for this. Dead Like Me's one of my favorite shows.

  • Nadine

    Good god, that line about Falling versus Jumping was my fucking MANTRA for years. I am totally digging out my Dead Like Me boxsets.

  • fribbley

    One of my favorite shows of all time. It has become one of my Friend Litmus Test shows - if I introduce you to this show and you don't like it, we might still be friends, but you will be on a lower tier.

    That said, I've been married for two years now and I'm afraid to have my wife watch it because how much would it suck if she didn't like it?

  • Uriah_Creep

    This would have been an ideal way to vet her during your engagement, frib.

  • fribbley

    You are probably right... Now I must live in fear for the rest of my life.

  • I miss this show. I would say I aspire to be more like George, but that means I'd have to age backwards, become more surly, and get splattered by a toilet seat.

    But at least there'd be Rube.

  • malechai

    Great show. In Canada, Rogers Anytime TV has a lot of these episodes available to watch for free. If you're able to get over the overwhelming desire not to do anything that Rogers wants you to do.

  • Barry Shitpeas

    What, you mean you don't want to obsessively keep tabs on your home and your kids while simultaneously being part of the most smugly superior couple in the world?

    I swear, Rogers' advertising strategy seems to start with, "What unbearable character can we come up with for this ad?"

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