Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Favorite Quotes 1999-2008

January 9, 2008
"People observe the colors of a day only at its beginnings and ends, but to me it's quite clear that a day merges through a multitude of shades and intonations, with each passing moment. A single hour can consist of thousands of different colors. Waxy yellows, cloud-spat blues. Murky darknesses. In my line of work, I make it a point to notice them."
The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

February 18, 2007
"I'm still gonna cry though... my tears don't compromise my strength - they never have."
Kleenex Commercial

November 1, 2006
"Inspiration is unsettling to a degree. If not pinned down immediately by being worked on... it melts away like morning dew and is lost forever."
Knitter's Almanac, Elizabeth Zimmerman

August 19, 2006
"Ah, Mrs. Dalloway... always giving parties to cover the silence..."
The Hours, director Stephen Daldry

May 17, 2006
"We live our lives, do whatever we do, and then we sleep- it's as simple and ordinary as that."
Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand

March 2, 2005
"They seemed to be staring at the dark, but their eyes were watching God."
Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

January 5, 2005
"Oh... guys? Don't stay in here all day. I had to take the batteries out of the carbon monoxide detector; it was beeping all night."
Garden State, director Zach Braff

December 8, 2004
"And so it is just like you said it would be. Life goes easy on me most of the time."
The Blower's Daughter, Damien Rice

November 1, 2004
"I think the easiest way to lose something is to want it too badly."
J.D. on Scrubs

August 1, 2004
"let go... 'cause there's beauty in the breakdown..."
Let Go, Frou Frou

June 8, 2004
"Man is the universe becoming conscious of itself."
Footprints of God, Greg Iles

March 21, 2004
"Constant speech is not communication."
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, director Michel Gondry

February 2, 2004
"It's almost easier being down and alone than when you're up and no one's there to share the view with you."
The House of Sand and Fog, Andre Dubus III

December 20, 2003
"Celebrate we will Because life is short but sweet for certain..."
Dave Matthews Band, Two Step

June 11, 2003
"I guess it made more sense to commit to nothing, keep my options open. And that's suicide. By tiny, tiny increments."
High Fidelity, movie based on book by Nick Hornby

January 13, 2003
"...saw this book and thought of you... saw just about everything and thought of you..."
Good Morning, Miami, NBC Television Series

September 27 , 2002
"Ladies and gentlemen of the jury, exhibit number one is what the seraphs, the misinformed, simple, noble-winged seraphs, envied. Look at this tangle of thorns."
Lolita, Vladimir Nabokov

June 7, 2002
"Now is not the time for verbal swordplay, for unlikely flights of imagination and wildly shifting perspectives, for metaphysical conceit, for wit. And nothing would be worse than a detailed scholarly analysis. Eruditions. Interpretation. Complication. Now is a time for simplicity. Now is a time for, dare I say it, kindness."
Wit, Margaret Edson

March 23, 2002
" ...our lives can change with every breath we take..."
Where the Heart Is, Billie Letts

March 11, 2002
"Suffering and despair force you to plumb the depths of the human heart in a way normal life can't. It makes us wise beyond our years. Most people just go along."
Cherry, Mary Karr

February 14, 2002
"When two people love each other, totally, truthfully, all the way love each other, the answer to that question is simple... When do you get to that point when enough is enough? Never... Never."
The Mexican, a movie

January 16, 2002
"Accept what people offer. Drink their milkshakes. Take their love."
She's Come Undone, Wally Lamb

December 22, 2001
"hey boy come sleep
i will turn the ocean into sky
how do you keep
when the love is making you high?"
High, Sarah Slean

November 5, 2001
"On cold days a man can see his breath, on a hot day he can't. On both occasions, the man breathes."
White Teeth, Zadie Smith

September 9, 2001
"The big show is inside my head."
Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut

August 23, 2001
"Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, and one by one."
Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds, Charles Mackay

April 15, 2001
"...it did not really matter how late I was at work the next morning because when I thought about it all, I discovered that nothing really matters except not being old and being alive and having potential to dream about, and not being alone."
Gold Coast, James Alan McPherson

March 4, 2001
"'All our work undone- all our work. What are these martians?' 'What are we?' I answered, clearing my throat."
War of the Worlds, H.G Wells

September 11, 2000
"Theory without practice is empty; practice without theory is blind."
-John Dewey ---quoted in Billmeyer and Saltzman's Principles of Color Technology, Roy Berns

August 29, 2000
"...and when I've lived a life where every hour had to have a purpose, and suddenly I discover what it's like to feel things that have no purpose but myself, and I see suddenly how sacred a purpose that can be, so that I can't even argue, I can't doubt, I can't fight it, and I know, then, that a life is possible whose only justification is my own joy- then everything, everything else suddenly seems very different to me."
We the Living, Ayn Rand

June 27, 2000
"I started laughing. And in that moment, I swear we were infinite."
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

May 15, 2000
"The only sexual beauty that an ordinary human being can see today is in the woman who will kill him. Sex is death."
Welcome to the Monkee House, Kurt Vonnegut

May 5, 2000
"It was Sunday- not just a day but rather a gap between two other days."
Crazy Sunday, F. Scott Fitzgerald

March 21, 2000
"One runs the risk of weeping a little, if one lets himself be tamed...."
The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint Exupery

March 1, 2000
"Do change your mind about those treatments, ma'am. I just adore your little battery charger."
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Dale Wasserman

February 15, 2000
"Misfortune is like a child in it's mother's womb: nothing can stop it being born. It grows visibly stronger and stronger; its network of veins and arteries develops. Then one day it appears, in a deluge of uncleanliness, water and blood."
Segu, Maryse Conde

January 27, 2000
"Love does not consist in gazing at each other but in looking together in the same direction."
Antoine de Saint-Exupery

December 20, 1999
"Sometimes only the spirit of a tradition survives; sometimes only its form."
The Dark Child, Camara Laye

November 9, 1999
"The women all had big minds because they were big animals, but they did not use them much for this reason: unusual ideas could make enemies, and the women, if they were going to achieve any sort of comfort and safety, needed all the friends they could get. So, in the interests of survival, they trained themselves to be agreeing machines instead of thinking machines. All their minds had to do was to discover what other people were thinking, and then they thought that, too."
Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut

October 25, 1999
"Death through a blunder she might be able to understand; but death as a product of cool reason, a step in logic, she could never accept. Rather than accept it, she would have had them all die."
Welcome to the Monkee House, Kurt Vonnegut

October 15, 1999
"Grownups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them."
The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery

September 29, 1999
"'Kitchy, kitchy, kitchy koo', John said tapping his finger on the side of an aquarium that had two piranha flesh-eating fish in it."
The Pigman, Paul Zindel

September 21, 1999
"Twelve voices were shouting in anger, and they were all alike. No question, now, what had happened to the faces of the pigs.... already it was impossible to tell which was which."
Animal Farm, George Orwell

September 11, 1999
"The secrets of the earth are not for all men to see, but only for those who will seek them."
Anthem, Ayn Rand

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