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  • Because some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.
    -- Alfred Pennyworth, The Dark Knight (2008)
  • A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something.
    -- Frank Capra
  • You can take all the sincerity in Hollywood, place it in the navel of a firefly and still have room enough for three caraway seeds and a producer's heart.
    -- Fred Allen
  • Fiona Glenanne: In my experience, if something seems to good to be true, it's best to shoot it just in case.
    -- Burn Notice, TV Series
  • Nora Charles: How did you find me here?
    Nick Charles: I saw a great group of men standing around a table. I knew there was only one woman in the world who could attract men like that. A woman with a lot of money.
    -- Another Thin Man (1939)
  • Doc: Well, that's all in the past.
    Marty McFly: You mean the future.
    Doc: Whatever!
    -- Back to the Future II
  • Doc: Great Scott! Jennifer could conceivably encounter her future self! The consequences of that could be disastrous!
    Marty McFly: Doc, what do you mean?
    Doc: I foresee two possibilities. One, coming face to face with herself 30 years older would put her into shock and she'd simply pass out. Or two, the encounter could create a time paradox, the results of which could cause a chain reaction that would unravel the very fabric of the space time continuum, and destroy the entire universe! Granted, that's a worse case scenario. The destruction might in fact be very localized, limited to merely our own galaxy.
    Marty McFly: Well, that's a relief.
    -- Back to the Future II
  • Women need a reason to have sex. Men just need a place.
    -- Billy Crystal
  • "For those who don't believe, no explanation will be satisfactory. For those who do believe, no explanation is necessary."
    -- The Song of Bernadette
  • "Yes, yes I know he's brilliant, but is he lucky"?
    From a scene in "The Guns of Navarone" where the British special ops boss quotes Napoleon
  • Ziva (commenting about a Yard sale): Why would anyone want to buy somebody else’s junk?
    Tony: One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.
    Ziva: In Israel, we have a saying. “Zevel Ze Zevel.” Crap is crap.
    -- NCIS
  • "Every generation gets the (James) Bond it deserves if not necessarily desires... [and with his creased face and uneasy smile, Mr. Craig fits these grim times well]"
    -- Manohla Dargis (NY Times review of the Casino Royale James Bond movie)
  • Ducky: What do you expect me to find?
    Gibbs: Nothing. I just need to buy more time.
    Ducky: Oh, Jethro, I can spend forever finding nothing.
    -- NCIS
  • Steyn: How are you an expert on women?
    Mpudi: I got seven wives. How many you got?
    Steyn: Why aren't you at home with them?
    Mpudi: I know how to marry them. Nobody knows how to live with them.
    -- The Gods Must Be Crazy
  • “To fight injustice anywhere is to fight injustice everywhere.”
    -- Zolly the Armenian, Kung Fu (TV Series)
  • Gibbs: What are you doing here Tobias?
    Fornell: Can't an old friend just stop by?
    Gibbs: Well you are old, I'll give you that.
    -- NCIS
  • If there is no God, would it really make any difference?
    Life would become understandable. What a relief. And thus death would be a snuffing out of life.
    The dissolution of body and soul.
    Cruelty, loneliness and fear-
    all these things would be straightforward and transparent.
    Suffering is incomprehensible, so it needs no explanation.
    There is no creator. No sustainer of life. No design.
    (long silence)
    God... why have you forsaken me?
    -- Pastor Tomas Ericsson, Ingmar Bergman's 1962 Winter Light
  • From the TV Series Kung Fu:
    • If I worry, will the future change?
      -- Kwai Chang Caine, Kung Fu
    • Evil cannot be conquered in the world... It can only be resisted within oneself.
      -- Master Po, Kung Fu
    • You think wisdom is a flower for you to pluck. It is a mountain and it must be climbed.
      -- Kwai Chang Caine, Kung Fu
    • I seek only to become a cup. Empty of myself. Filled with oneness.
      -- Kwai Chang Caine, Kung Fu
    • If a man lives, it is a certainty he will die. Therefore, it is foolish to think of death as if he were a foe to be vanquished. He will come when he will come.
      -- Kwai Chang Caine, Kung Fu
    • "Avoid rather than check. Check rather than hurt. Hurt rather than maim. Maim rather than kill. For all life is precious and cannot be replaced." - Master Kan
    • "To suppress a truth is to give it force beyond endurance." — Master Kan
    • "Because a man can see, he does not look." — Master Po
    • Master Po: "I have three treasures which I hold and keep. The first is mercy, for from mercy comes courage. The second is frugality, from which comes generosity to others. The third is humility, for from it comes leadership.
      Caine: "Strange treasures. How shall I hold them and keep them? Memory?"
      Master Po : "No, Grasshopper, not in memory, but in your deeds."
    • Caine: "But Master, how do I not contend with a man that would contend with me?"
      Master Po: "In a heart that is one with nature, though the body contends, there is no violence, and in the heart that is not one with nature, though the body be at rest, there is always violence. Be, therefore, like the prow of a boat. It cleaves water, yet it leaves in its wake water unbroken."
  • Sydney, will you relax. Sit down, have a sandwich, have a glass of milk. Do some fuckin' thing.
    -- Midnight Run (1988)
  • And I don't need anything in the world, darling, but you... and a toothbrush.
    -- Nick Charles, After the Thin Man (1936)
  • Like a diet of the mind, I choose not to indulge certain appetites.
    -- John Nash, A Beautiful Mind (2001)
  • I only got myself and this big old world,
    And I sip that cup of life with my fingers curved.
    I don’t worry what road to take,
    I don’t have to think of that.
    Whatever I take is the road I make
    it’s the road of life make no mistake for me
    Yeah...
    -- Disney’s Aristocats
  • You are what you love. Not what loves you.
    -- Charlie Kaufman, Adaptation (2002)
  • Aw, as long as there's no find, the noble brotherhood will last, but when the piles of gold begin to grow, that's when the trouble starts.
    -- Howard, The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre (1948)
  • On the page it looked nothing. The beginning simple, almost comic. Just a pulse - bassoons and basset horns - like a rusty squeezebox. Then suddenly - high above it - an oboe, a single note, hanging there unwavering, till a clarinet took over and sweetened it into a phrase of such delight! This was no composition by a performing monkey! This was a music I'd never heard. Filled with such longing, such unfulfillable longing, it had me trembling. It seemed to me that I was hearing the very voice of God.
    -- Salieri, Amadeus (1984)
  • Sharon "Boomer": How do you really know that you can trust me? Admiral Adama: I don't. That's what trust is.
    ("Battlestar Galactica" 2006)
  • You're not supposed to do anything there. Doing anything but nothing is radical.
    -- Akira Kurosawa's Ikiru (1952)
  • I can't afford to hate people. I don't have that kind of time.
    -- Kanji from Akira Kurosawa's Ikiru (1952)
  • Frodo: I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened. Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring. In which case, you were also meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought.
    -- Lord of the Rings
  • Age is a limit we impose upon ourselves.
    Mr. Chang, “ Lost Horizon” (1937 film)
  • Yes, yes I know he's brilliant, but is he lucky?
    -- From a scene in "The Guns of Navarone" where the British special ops boss quotes Napoleon
  • Never trust spiritual leader who cannot dance.
    -- Mr. Miyagi, The Next Karate Kid, 1994
  • For those who don't believe, no explanation will be satisfactory. For those who do believe, no explanation is necessary.
    -- The Song of Bernadette
  • When you need me, but do not want me, then I must stay. When you want me, but no longer need me, then I have to go.
    -- Nanny McPhee
  • A man needs a little madness, or else he never dares to cut the rope and be free...
    -- Zorba the Greek
  • You can knock forever on a deaf man’s door.
    -- Zorba the Greek
  • There was a time when I used to say: that man's a Turk, or a Bulgar, or a Greek. I've done things for my country that would make your hair stand on end, boss. I've cut people's throats, burned villages, robbed and raped women, wiped out entire families. Why? Because they were Bulgars, or Turks. 'Bah! To hell with you, you swine!' I say to myself sometimes. 'To hell with you right away, you ass.' Nowadays I say this man is a good fellow, that one's a bastard. They can be Greeks or Bulgars or Turks, it doesn't matter. Is he good? Or is he bad? That's the only thing I ask nowadays. And as I grow older--I'd swear this on the last crust I eat--I feel I shan't even go on asking that! Whether a man's good or bad, I'm sorry for him, for all of 'em. The sight of a man just rends my insides, even if I act as though I don't care a damn! There he is, poor devil, I think; he also eats and drinks and makes love and is frightened, whoever he is: he has his God and his devil just the same, and he'll peg out and lie as stiff as a board beneath the ground and be food for worms, just the same. Poor devil! We're all brothers! All worm meat!
    -- Zorba the Greek
  • I say a whole bunch of shit. Some of it is true.
    -- Solitary Man (2009)

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