"It ain't about how hard you hit. It's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward - how much you can take and keep moving forward. That's winning." - Sylvester Stallone, Rocky Balboa

Dec 19 2017

Granted, the character is a boxer who gets paid to take hits for a living, but don't we all? No matter who you are or what you do for a living, odds are good that someone's got you over a barrel. There's someone whose jokes you have to laugh at, whose ring you have to kiss, and whose scut work you have to do with a smile. That's life.

"There comes a time in man's search for meaning when one realizes that there are no answers. When you come to that horrible, unavoidable realization, you accept it or you kill yourself. Or you simply stop searching." - John Hurt as The Priest, Jackie

Aug 22 2017

This cheery piece of wisdom is delivered to Natalie Portman's version of Jackie Kennedy as she's grappling with the trauma of watching her husband's head explode. Jackie is trying to deal with her own grief while also deciding on the most historically appropriate manner of commemorating The President's death for the country. She's never allowed the simple kindness of privately mourning her husband's murder, except the night she spends drinking heavily and staggering around the residence. 

"I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that." - Douglas Rain as HAL9000, 2001: A Space Odyssey

Jan 13 2014

First of all, I'd just like to apologize to every man I've ever worked with named Dave for unleashing this line of dialogue at them when they ask me to do something unpleasant. I wasn't the first, I'm sure I wasn't the last, and I'm sorry I annoyed you just because your name was Dave. If it makes you feel any better, be grateful you weren't named Maria, because then I'd have started singing at you. There seems to be a shared mass delusion that the best way to frighten people is to scream at them. Just before Christmas, in fact, I was both entertained and terrified by the way the guy in front of me started bellowing at a bag boy who accidentally stepped in front of him. It didn't matter how many times the poor kid apologized, the man kept shouting about how rude he was and actually started chasing him around the front of the store a little bit, demanding an apology he'd already been given. He even went so far as to offer to take the kid out ...

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