Favorite Quotes

Just throwin' this out there: what's yourmfavorite quote, and by who?

"My Adult Living teacher said that you should always conform to society. I say fuck that!" -myself, May 2013

"I fucking swear, if I don't get most likely to write a novel in the yearbook next year, there is going to be some face-screaming." -myself

"I would rather be poor and happy than rich and unhappy." -Unknown

"Harry Potter is about confronting fears, finding inner strength and doing what is right in the face of adversity. Twilight is about how important it is to have a boyfriend." - Stephen King

"Well, here we are again

It's always such a pleasure

Remember when you tried

To kill me twoce?"

-GLaDOS, Portal 2, Want You Gone

"People always have secrets. It's just a matter of finding out what they are." Lisbeth Salander, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Man Som Hatar Kvinnor)

"You see, madness, as you know, is like gravity. All it takes is a little push!" -The Joker, The Dark Knight

Also, two notes: 1. Adult Living is an actual high school class that takes an entire semester to tell you not to hit kids or old people.

2. I kinda hate Twilight. I kinda think that she should have killed them all at the beginning of the first book.


"You can lead a horticulture, but you can't make her think." - Dorothy Parker, when asked to use the word "horticulture" in a sentence


"The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others." - Vincent Van Gogh


"Technology shapes our consciousness, McLuhan argued, and the development of the printed book in the mid-fifteenth century had inaugurated a reorientation of human experience towards the visual, the regimented, the uniform and instrumental. Language, which had once been a wild, uncontainable affair between the oral and the aural (think whisper, shout, and song, the playful market-square dynamism of dialect and argot) was silenced, flattened, squeezed into lines evenly arranged across the rectilinear space between the margins." - Bob Ehrenreich


"A person doesn't change because you find out more." - Orson Welles's script for The Third Man


"And isn't sanity just a one-trick pony, anyway? I mean all you get is one trick, rational thinking, but when you're good and crazy, ooh ooh ooh the sky is the limit." - The Tick


By a free country I mean a country where people are allowed, so long as they do not hurt their neighbours, to do as they like. I do not mean a country where six men may make five men do exactly as they like. That is not my notion of freedom. - Robert Cecil


I may as well just tell you a few of the things I like, and then, whenever you want to give me a birthday present (my birthday comes once every seven years, on the fifth Tuesday in April) you will know what to give me. - Lewis Carroll


Puurrfect. When you're not on edge, you're taking up too much space. - Cheshire Cat


Hina's not a stupid child! Only stupid people call others stupid, and that means you're the stupid one, Suigintou! Stupid! Stupid! - Hinaichigo


Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way. - E.L. Doctorow


Sparkle, Twilight Journal, longest day of the Thousandth Year. Unicorn in alley this morning. Tire Cutie Mark on his stomach. Equestria's afraid of me. I've seen its true face. The Mare in the Moon is coming, and when the night foams up around their waists, all the horses and politicians will look up and shout, "Save us!" and I'll look down and whisper, "Neigh." - SFDebris


Listen here, Missy. Computers may be twice as fast as they were in 1973, but your average voter is as drunk and stupid as ever. The only thing that's different is me; I've become bitter, and let's face it, crazy over the years. And once I'm swept into office, I'll sell our children's organs to zoos for meat, and I'll go into people's houses at night and wreck up the place. Muahahaha! - Richard Nixon


"I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates, who said, "... I drank what?"" - Val Kilmer in Real Genius


"Our fate is fixed. It's our destiny that must be seized." - Keith David in The Cape


"You know the best thing about necrophilia? You don't have to bring flowers. Yeah, usually they're already there." - George Carlin


"That he is mad, 'tis true; 'tis true 'tis pity; and pity 'tis 'tis true: a foolish figure" - Polonius, Hamlet, Act 2 Scene 2


"Like a police raid on a NAMBLA meeting, this was where you separate the men from the boys." -Psycho Gecko, World Domination In Retrospect, Two Tickets to Paradise 11


"The most astounding fact is the knowledge that the atoms that comprise life on Earth, the atoms that make up the human body, are traceable to the crucibles that cooked light elements into heavy elements in their core under extreme temperatures and pressures. These stars, the high mass ones among them, went unstable in their later years. They collapsed and then exploded, scattering their enriched guts across the galaxy, guts made of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and all the fundamental ingredients of life itself. These ingredients become part of gas clouds that condense, collapse, form the next generation of solar systems, stars with orbiting planets. And those planets now have the ingredients for life itself. So that when I look up at the night sky and I know that yes, we are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up- many people feel small because they're small and the universe is big, but I feel big because my atoms came from those stars. There's a level of connectivity. That's really what you want in life. You want to feel connected, you want to feel relevant, you want to feel like a participant in the goings-on of the activities and events around you. That's precisely what we are, just by being alive." - Neil deGrasse Tyson


"What can the harvest hope for, if not for the care of the Reaper Man?" - DEATH in Reaper Man by Terry Pratchett


"That's Mushy Snugglebite's badonkadonk. She's my main squeeze. Lady's got a gut full of dynamite and a booty like POW." - Tiny Tina, Borderlands 2


I just wanted to point out that "quote" is a verb, as in "an I quote..." Whereas "quotation" is the noun. You are all quoting favourite quotations. Using "quote" as a noun is popular but incorrect. Putting words in books may have given them more rigidity, but before there was the utter chaos of nonstandard spelling and grammar. That's fine for verbal speech, but it lacks coherence in writing, and I will take clarity of thought over chaos any day.


G. S. Williams: Quote is also a slang word for quotation. If I was writing something formal (for example, an English paper), I would say quotation. However, since stating favorite quotATIONS isn't formal writing, quote will work.

I kid, of course; I have an assholey sense of humor. Of course, what high school student doesn't?


I'm being pedantic, primarily because this is a forum for writers and readers, so words and their power are of primary concern. If we don take them seriously, who will?


OMG, an invitation to share beloved quotations. What writer could resist? I could spend all afternoon digging up all time faves to get them exactly right (instead of writing). I'll limit myself to a few from Dorothy Sayers, since I have "Gaudy Night" right here in front of me:


"However loudly we may assert our own unworthiness, few of us are really offended by hearing the assertion contradicted by a disinterested party."


"She was one of those people who never feel that they have said a thing until they have said it three times over."


"Any subject in which you're satisfied with the second rate isn't really your subject."


I forgot these ones (may contain obscenities, vulgarities, offensivities, and all other kinds of nastiness):

"I think that whatever doesn't kill you only makes you...stranger." -The Joker, The Dark Knight

"Why so serious?" -The Joker, The Dark Knight

"It has been decided: we will be using the words 'harlot' and 'hussy' in place of 'skank,' 'whore,' 'hoe,' and 'slut,' and the word 'smut' in place of 'word-porn.'" -Myself

Laurie: "Yeah, but breaking into a maximum security prison is a lot different than putting out a fire." Dan: "Yeah, you're right... it'll be more fun." -Dan and Laurie, Watchmen

Also, G.S. Williams, I would have done the same thing, had it not been myself that said it int the first place. I'm an extremely hypocritical asshole.


"Obviously my above post was my favorite quoting of the time I quoted those quotations." -Psycho Gecko


"Love is my religion" John Keats

"I can resist anything but temptation." Oscar Wilde

"The greatest thing you'll ever learn, is just to love and be loved in return." Nat King Cole

"Squeeze my lemon till the juice runs down my leg" Robert Johnson or Robert Plant, depending on who you ask.

"Dear God, please don't let me sh!t myself." Me, "Song of Simon."


I was just thinking about another one of my favorite quotations (thanks for the correction, Mr. Williams. I love your reviews, and that attention to linguistic detail is one of the things that makes them so good). So I figured I'd share it here. It's a piece of dialogue from Aldous Huxley's Brave New World:


"Mustapha Mond: We prefer to do things comfortably.

The Savage: But I don't want comfort. I want God, I want poetry, I want real danger, I want freedom, I want goodnes. I want sin.

Mustapha Mond: In fact, you're claiming the right to be unhappy. Not to mention the right to grow old and ugly and impotent; the right to have syphilis and cancer; the right to have too little to eat; the right to be lousy; the right to live in constant apprehension of what may happen tomorrow; the right to catch typhoid; the right to be tortured by unspeakable pains of every kind.

The Savage: I claim them all.

Mustapha Mond: You're welcome."


"What we do in life echoes in eternity" (Gladiator, 2002).


It's a particularly beautiful quote for writers, in my opinion. Just think of the countless lives that could be touched, inspired, maybe even changed by your works.


Sorry about the thread necroing, I hope it's not against the rules.


I wish I could write witty or profound dialogue, but I tend to steer clear of characters coming up with such amazing word-spinning. Perhaps that's because It's beyond my abilities :P



"If you would know a man, observe how he treats a cat."


"You're in bad shape when your emotions force you into acts which you know are foolish."



"The less respect an older person deserves the more certain he is to demand it from anyone younger"


"Love is the condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own."


"There are but two ways of forming an opinion in science. One is the scientific method; the other, the scholastic. One can judge from experiment, or one can blindly accept authority. To the scientific mind, experimental proof is all important and theory is merely a convenience in description, to be junked when it no longer fits. To the academic mind, authority is everything and facts are junked when they do not fit theory laid down by authority."




"Do not handicap your children by making their lives easy."


"You live and learn. Or you don't live long."


"Never underestimate the power of human stupidity."


"You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don't ever count on having both at once."



All of them Robert A. Heinlein.


Too lengthy to post, but you should also read this. and give it to any mouthbreathers that complain about money we give NASA. http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=mdp.39015083085392;q1=%22robert%20a%20heinlein%22;start=1;size=25;page=search;seq=47;view=image;num=41



"Writers do not merely reflect and interpret life, they inform and shape life." - E. B. White


"Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar." - E.B. White


"Be ruthless about protecting writing days, i.e., do not cave in to endless requests to have 'essential' and 'long overdue' meetings on those days." - J. K. Rowling


"There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." - Maya Angelou




"A poem begins with a lump in the throat." - Robert Frost


"Stick them with the pointy end" - Jon Snow