Favorite Quotes

(Excluding Doctor Who and Quantum Leap)

• The quotes below are only some of my favorites. My criteria for selection were as follows:
• Not from Doctor Who or Quantum Leap;
• Must be at least a little meaningful when taken out of context
• Not too many from one source, and
• Must be something I've actually quoted at some point

Some quotations may not be exact. Any corrections will be gratefully accepted.

Quote Said and/or written by In
"It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever produced the expression, 'As pretty as an airport.'" Douglas Adams The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul
"This is the sort of English up with which I will not put." Winston Churchill, referring to ending a sentence with a preposition--or maybe not doing so. The Penguin Dictionary of Quotations attributes this to "Marginal comment on state document, quoted in Sir Ernest Gower's Plain Words."
"Did I do anything wrong today, or has the world always been like this and I've been too wrapped up in myself to notice?'" Arthur Dent (written by Douglas Adams) The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (book version of quote)
"...and Black squcked his thrug till all he could whupple was geep.
"'Geep,' whuppled the parrot."
James Thurber The Wonderful O
"As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly." Arthur Carlson (played by Gordon Jump) WKRP in Cincinnati, the Turkey Drop episode
"'If you have some liniment I'll put it on my dignity,' Mrs. Whatsit said, still supine. 'I think it's sprained.'" Madeleine L'Engle A Wrinkle in Time
"Do I contradict myself?
Very well then I contradict myself,
(I am large; I contain multitudes.)"
Walt Whitman "Song of Myself"
"...I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then." Alice (written by Lewis Carroll) Alice In Wonderland
"The future is whatever you make it - so make it a good one!" Doc Brown (played by Christopher Lloyd) Back To The Future, Part III
"It ain't over until it's over, and then it's really over." John Blocher, paraprasing Yogi Berra ("It ain't over until it's over") and Mr Kisha. Mr. Kisha was John's science teacher. His quote: "Nothing happens until it happens, and then it really happens."
"It's not my fault (mea culpa)
I'm not to blame (mea culpa)"
Minister Claude Frollo (and priests) Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame
"You can't ask Lassie questions, Mom. She'll only bark at you." Timmy (played by Jon Provost) Lassie  (early 1960s tv version)
"He makes me laugh." Jessica Rabbit (voiced by Kathleen Turner) Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
"There's a certain amount of hurry-up involved." Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey) Help!
"I have my own soul, my own spark of divine fire!" Professor Henry Higgins (played by Rex Harrison, book & lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner) My Fair Lady
"Scrambled Eggs/Oh, baby, how I love your legs." Paul McCartney Early lyrics to the tune that became "Yesterday"
"So much time and so little to do! Strike that. Reverse it. Thank you." Willy Wonka (played by Gene Wilder) Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
"Today's Weather: Shoes" cartoon by Jack Ziegler Quoted in Time Magazine  (or was it Newsweek ?). The cartoon appeared in a book called Hamburger Madness
"I'll rise, but I won't shine." Tom (written by Tennessee Williams) The Glass Menagerie
"Just a ramblin' kind of kangaroo." Clarion '77 catchphrase based on a story by Mike McNevin Hayes, or was it Rand Graham? D.M. Rowles?
"And then everyone was run over by a truck." "How to Write Good" by Michael O'Donoghue (later used in a story by DM Rowles or Fax Goodlife; I forget which) National Lampoon
Clarion '77 catchphrase
"Places to go, people to be." Unknown It's possible I made this up.
"Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something." Westley (as the Dread Pirate Roberts). Written by William Goldman. The Princess Bride
"Character is what you are in the dark." Lord John Whorfin (played by John Lithgow) The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension
"Sorry, neither." Lt. Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), in response to being called a "fair maiden" Star Trek, "The Squire of Gothos"
"Not that there's anything wrong with that."
"No, not at all."
Jerry Seinfeld et al. Seinfeld, the "I'm not gay" episode
"Dogs on the grass, look out!" James Thurber, suggesting alternative to Gertrude Stein's "Pigeons on the grass, alas, alas." probably in Lanterns and Lances
"(and only the snow can begin to explain
how children are apt to forget to remember
with up so floating many bells down)"
e e cummings anyone lived in a pretty how town
"How do you like your blue-eyed boy
Mr Death?"
e e cummings Buffalo Bill's Defunct
"How To Tell if Your Dog is a Space Alien"
"Invisible Aliens From Space Among Us"
tabloid headlines (on successive weeks as I recall), early 1979 Weekly World News ?
"Several centuries (or so) ago, in a country whose name doesn't matter, there was a tall, skinny, straggly-bearded old wizard named Prospero, and not the one you are thinking of, either." John Bellairs The Face in the Frost
"It's all part of the rich tapestry of life." paraphrasing Inspector Clousseau (Peter Sellers), original line probably written by Blake Edwards said when things are going very badly, original expression from A Shot in the Dark
"You stick to that story, son." John Lennon A Hard Day's Night
"Not me, Mom." staff of Morse Road Public Library Columbus OH, circa 1984
"'How reliable is he?' Arthur gave a hollow laugh. 'How shallow is the ocean? How cold is the sun?'" Douglas Adams So Long and Thanks for All the Fish
"It's a moral imperative." Chris Knight  (played by Val Kilmer), possibly quoting from the movie Silkwood Real Genius
"Skip a bit, Brother." Brother Maynard Monty Python and the Holy Grail
"...the human heart in conflict with itself." William Faulkner frequently quoted by Harlan Ellison
"I'm not going to keep on pretending I'm asleep, Albert." Blood the dog "A Boy and His Dog" by Harlan Ellison
"...with vicious pumas in the cravasses." Tommy Smothers "Cabbage," The Two Sides of the Smothers Brothers
"Justice is blind, Your Excellency, and she may be led around by anyone." Guy Williams as Don Diego de la Vega Zorro Fights His Father" episode, Zorro (Disney, 1958)
"I have no quarrel with history, but I am often appalled by the people who make it." Guy Williams as Diego de la Vega "Zorro Fights His Father" episode, Zorro (Disney, 1958)
"It's kind of fun to do the impossible." Walt Disney One of my Disneyland t-shirts has this quote on it
"Art is never finished, only abandoned."

Leonardo da Vinci quoted by J. Michael Straczynski  in Babylon 5 DVD commentary



Other Web pages I maintain (yes, some of them need updating):

atom Project Quantum Leap - fan club for the tv show
L'Engle The Tesseract: a Madeleine L'Engle bibliography  
Dan Dan Cheney - a tribute to someone you probably never met
KFB Back to Karen Funk Blocher's Credos and Curios page
mavarin www.mavarin.com, a whole domain dedicated to "the country in my mind."
New Outpost MÔvarin, my blog about writing, ethics and other stuff
Authors My Top Ten Favorite Authors, with a quote from each


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This page was last modified on 1/11/09.