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    I recently thought of a movie quote when thinking about some of the posters here, and my favourite of all time soon followed. I thought it might be fun to include another one of these threads.

    1000 "That is one big pile of shit." —Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum), Jurassic Park
    999 "A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals and you know it." —K (Tommy Lee Jones) Men In Black
    998 "::sneezes:: Oh, sorry... I'm allergic to bullshit." —Del Spooner (Will Smith), I, Robot
    997 "Yipee-ki-yay, motherfucker." —John McClane (Bruce Willis), Die Hard
    996 "Hasta la vista, baby." —The Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger), Terminator 2: Judgment Day
    995 "Oh, and in case I don't see ya: Good Afternoon, Good Evening, and Good Night." —Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey), The Truman Show
    994 "Bye, Mrs. Santa's sister." —The Kid (Brett Kelly), Bad Santa
    993 "Silencio." —. (?), Mullholland Drive
    992 "It's all a tape. It's all recorded." —. (?), Mullholland Drive
    991 "They (my friends) died saving my life." —Charles Morse (Anthony Hopkins), The Edge
    990 "English, motherfucker! Do you speak it?" —Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson), Pulp Fiction
    989 "First of all, Papa Smurf didn't create Smurfette. Gargamel did. She was sent in as Gargamel's evil spy with the intention of desroying tghe Smurf village, but the overwhelming goodness of the Smurf way of life transformed her. And as for the whole gang-bang scenario, it just couldn't happen. Smurfs are asexual. They don't even have reproductive orfgans under those little white pants. That's what's so illogical, you know, about being a Smurf. What's the point of living if you don't have a dick?" —Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal), Donnie Darko
    988 "Forget about it." —Donnie Brasco aka Joseph D. 'Joe' Pistone (Johnny Depp) Benjamin 'Lefty' Ruggiero (Al Pacino) [others], Donnie Brasco
    987 "I gotta pee." —Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks), Forrest Gump
    986 "The first rule of Fight Club is: You do not talk about Fight Club." —Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), Fight Club
    985 "The second rule of Fight Clib is: You do not talk about Fight Club." —Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), Fight Club
    984 "I look like you want to look; I fuck like you want to fuck." —Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), Fight Club
    983 "Shut your fat ass Ramey. I can't buy a pack of smokes without running into nine guys you've fucked!" —David Della 'Roc/Funny Man' Rocco (David Della Rocco), The Boondock Saints
    982 "Good, bad, I'm the guy with the gun." Ashley J. 'Ash' Williams/Evil Ash/Mini-Ash (Bruce Campbell), Army of Darkness
    981 "If I should die this very moment, I wouldn't fear for I've never known completeness like being here. Wrapped in the warmth of you, loving every breath of you. Why live life from dream to dream and dread the day when dreaming ends." —Satine (Nicole Kidman), Moulin Rouge; from the song Gorecky - Lamb
    980 "Now that you're dead, what are you going to do with your life?" —Veronica Sawyer (Winona Ryder), Heathers
    979 "People will look at the ashes of Westerburg and say 'Now there's a school that self-destructed, not because society didn't care, but because the school was society.' Now that's deep." —J.D. (Christian Slater), Heathers
    978 "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tanner gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die." —Batty (Rutger Hauer) Blade Runner
    977 The dialogue between Cocccotti (Christopher Walken) and Clifford Worley (Dennis Hopper), True Romance
    976 "Why should I be afraid to die? I belong to you. If I go first, I"ll wait for you there. on the other side of the dark waters. Be with me now." —Private Jack Bell (Ben Chaplin) The Thin Red Line
    975 "I promised her my eternal love—and I actually thought that for a couple of hours." —Vicomte de Valmont (John Malkovich) Dangerous Liaisons
    974 "Don't be so gloomy. After all, it's not that awful. Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love—they had 500 years of democracy and peace—and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock." —Harry Lime (Orson Welles) in The Third Man
    973 "Birdie num num" —Hrundy V. Bakshi (Peter Sellers), The Party
    972 "Say hello to my little friend!" —Tony Montana (Al Pacino), Scarface
    971 "Don Corleone, I am honored and grateful that you have invited me to your daughter... 's wedding... on the day of your daughter's wedding." —Luca Brasi (Lenny Montana), The Godfather
    970 "The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist." —Roger 'Verbal' Kint (Kevin Spacey), The Usual Suspects
    969 "I will bring the whole edifice down on their unworthy heads." —John Morlar (Richard Burton), The Medusa Touch
    968 "I am Spartacus!" —Said by a whole bunch of folks other than Spartacus (A whole bunch of folks not Kirk Douglas), Spartacus
    967 "What we've got here is ... failure to communicate." —Captain (Strother Martin), Cool Hand Luke
    966 "I know what you're thinking—did he shoot six times or only five? [etc.]" —'Dirty' Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood), Dirty Harry
    965 "If they're drinking Merlot, I'm leaving!" —Miles Raymond (Paul Giamatti), Sideways
    964 "I have to remind myself that some birds aren't meant to be caged, that's all. Their feathers are just too bright... and when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice... but still, the place you live is that much more drab and empty that they're gone. I guess I just miss my friend." —Red (Morgan Freeman), The Shashank Redemption
    963 [Monologue] —Paul (Will Smith), Six Degrees of Separation
    962 "African or European?" —King Arthur (Graham Chapman), Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    961 "I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti...ksss..." —Dr. Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), The Silence of the Lambs
    960 "We're not worthy! We're not worthy!" —Wayne (Mike Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey), Wayne's World
    959 "Making Christmas, making Christmas! La-l-la!" Various characters, The Nightmare Before Christmas
    958 Snikt! —Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), X-MEN
    957 "Hi, Judy, sorry to wake you ... Mary ... Mary ... Your God-daughter Mary ... Prison, but it won't happen again." Mary (Parker Posey), Party Girl (1995)
    956 "This is Ohio. If you don't have a brewski in your hand, you might as well be wearin' a dress." —J.D. (Christian Slater), Heathers
    955 "I love the smell of napalm in the morning. It smells like . . . victory." Lt. Col. Kilgore (Robert Duvall), Apocalypse Now
    954 "God, I liked him better before he died." —Leonard H. 'Bones' McCoy (DeForest Kelley), Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
    953 "Help! Help! I'm bein' repressed!" —Dennis (Michael Palin), Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    952 "We're gonna need a bigger boat." —Police Chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider), JAWS
    951 "I just don't dig on swine." —Jules (Samuel L. Jackson), Pulp Fiction
    950 Sandro Cenoura: "Have you lost your mind? You are just a child!"
    Gang Member: "I smoke, I snort, I've killd and robbed, I'm a man." —Sandro Cenoura (Matheus Nachtergaele) and Gang Member (?), Cidade de Deus

    949 "I'm afraid I can't do that, Dave." —HAL 9000 (Douglas Rain), 2001: A Space Odyssey
    948 "Shut the fuck up, Donny!" —Walter Sobchak (John Goodman), The Big Lebowski
    947 "There is no spoon." —Neo (Keanu Reeves), The Matrix
    946 "Non!" —Marcel Marceau (Himself), Silent Movie
    945 "If it bleeds, we can kill it." —Major 'Dutch' Schaeffer (Arnold Schwarzenegger), Predator
    944 "Ah. Well... I attended Julliard... I'm a graduate of the Harvard business school. I travel quite extensively. I lived through the Black Plague and had a pretty good time during that. I've seen the EXORCIST ABOUT A HUNDRED AND SIXTY-SEVEN TIMES, AND IT KEEPS GETTING FUNNIER EVERY SINGLE TIME I SEE IT... NOT TO MENTION THE FACT THAT YOU'RE TALKING TO A DEAD GUY... NOW WHAT DO YOU THINK? You think I'm qualified?" —Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton), Beetlejuice
    943 "Darling. Light of my life. I'm not gonna hurt ya. You didn't let me finish my sentence. I said, I'm not gonna hurt ya. I'm just gonna bash your brains in. I'm gonna bash 'em right the fuck in. Ha, ha." —Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson), The Shining
    942 "The horror. The horror." —Kurtz (Marlon Brando), Apocalypse Now
    941 "If I die, pretend I said something deep and clever." —Sebastian Caine (Kevin Bacon), Hollow Man
    940 "I signed that release waiver, so you can just feel free to stick things in my slot." —Natalie (Cameran Diaz), Charlie's Angels
    939 "You Samoans are all the same. You have no faith in the essential decency of the white man's culture." —Hunter S. Thompson (Johnny Depp), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
    938 "I haven't seen anyone walk like that since Jurassic Park." —Victor Melling (Michael Caine), Miss Congeniality
    937 Louie: "Goddamn it. You shot me in the exact same fucking place as last time!"
    Ghost Dog: I'm sorry. I mean you no disrespect. You're my retainer. I don't want to put too many holes in you." —Louie (John Tormey) and Ghost Dog (Forest Whitaker), Ghost Dog

    936 Ghost Dog: "You know, in ancient cultures, bears were considered equal with men."
    Hunter: "This ain't no ancient culture here, mister."
    Ghost Dog: "Sometimes it is." —Ghost Dog (Forest Whitaker) and Bear Hunter (Jonathan Cook), Ghost Dog

    935 "When you dream, there are no rules. People can fly; anything could happen. Sometimes there's a moment when you become aware of the real world around you. You may think you can fly, but you better not try." —Brian Kessler (David Duchovny), Kalifornia
    934 Fletcher: "Here it goes: I sped. I followed too closely. I ran a stop sign. I almost hit a Chevy. I sped some more. I failed to yield at a crosswalk. I changed lanes at an intersection. I changed lanes without signaling while running a red light and SPEEDING!"
    Cop: "Is that all?"
    Fletcher: "No... I have unpaid parking tickets." —Fletcher (Jim Carrey) and Cop (Tony Carreiro), Liar Liar

    933 "I haven't killed anybody... [gunshot] ...since 1984. [More gunshots]" —Vincenzo Coccotti (Christopher Walken), True Romance
    932 "Wait. We cannot break bread with you. You have taken the land which is rightfully ours. Years from now my people will be forced to live in movile homes on reservations. Your people will wear cardigans, and drink highballs. We will sell our bracelets by the road sides, and you will play golf, and eat hot hors d'oeuvres. My people will have pain and degradation. Your people will have stick shifts. The gods of my tribe have spoken. They said do not trust the pilgrims, especially Sarah Miller. And for all of these reasons I have decided to scalp you and burn your village to the ground." —Wednesday Addams (Christina Ricci), Addams Family Values
    931 "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die." —Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin), The Princess Bride
    930 Vizzini: "He didn't fall!? Inconceivable!"
    Inigo Montoya: "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." —Vizzini (Wallace Shawn) and Inigo Montoya (Mandy Patinkin), The Princess Bride

    929 "Control? You [humanity] never had control." —Ethan Powell (Anthony Hopkins), Instinct
    928 "Do it to Julia!" —Winston Smith (John Hurt), 1984
    927 "You talkin' to me?" —Travix Bickle (Robert DeNiro), Taxi Driver
    926 "Is it safe?" —Dr. Christian Szell (Sir Laurence Olivier), Marathon Man
    925 "I got you, fucker." —Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), Alien
    924 "Charlie don't surf!" —Kilgore (Robert Duvall), Apocalypse Now
    923 "Come and play with us." —Grady daughters (Lisa and Louise Burns), The Shining
    922 "You gentlemen can't fight in here, this is that war room!" —President Merkin Muffley (Peter Sellers), Dr. Strangelove
    921 "We must protect our 'phoney baloney' jobs, gentlemen." —Gov. William J LePetomaine (Mel Brooks), Blazing Saddles
    920 Dr. Frankenstein: "What knockers!"
    Inga: "Why thank you, herr doctor." —Dr. Frankenstein (Gene Wilder) and Inga (Teri Garr), Young Frankenstein

    919 "I've suffered the tortures of the damned, sir—the tortures of the damned." —Alex de Large (Malcolm McDowell), A Clockwork Orange
    918 "It's me, remember? The tomato girl from upstairs?" —The Girl (Marilyn Monroe), The Seven Year Itch
    917 "Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown." —Lawrence Walsh (Joe Mantell), Chinatown
    916 "This is a snakeskin jacket! And for me it's a symbol of my individuality, and my belief... in personal freedom." —Sailor Ripley (Nicolas Cage), Wild at Heart
    915 "There's an old joke. Uh, two elderly women are at a Catskills mountain resort, and one of 'em says 'Boy, the food at this place is really terrible.' The other one says 'Yeah, I know, and such small portions.' Well, that's essentially how I feel about life. Full of loneliness and misery and suffering and unhappiness, and it's all over much too quickly." —Alvy Singer (Woody Allen), Annie Hall
    914 General Sternwood: "How do you like your brandy, sir?"
    Philip Marlowe: "In a glass." —Gen. Sternwood (Charles Waldron) and Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart), The Big Sleep

    913 "Private Pyle, I'm gonna give you three seconds—exactly three-fucking-seconds—to wipe that stupid looking grin off your face or I will gouge out your eyeballs and skull-fuck you!" —Sgt. Hartman (R. Lee Ermey), Full Metal Jacket
    912 "The Dude abides." —Jeff Lebowski aka The Dude (Jeff Bridges), The Big Lebowski
    911 [Monologue] —Howard Beale (Peter Finch), Network
    910 "That's right, Dude, the beauty of it is its simplicity." —Walter Sobchak (John Goodman), The Big Lebowski
    909 "Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." —Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland), The Wizard of Oz
    908 "You were not kept out of it; you're neck deep in it." —Ribert Ritter (Henry Czerny), Clear and Present Danger
    907 "On est pas bien là ? Paisibles, à la fraîche, décontractés du gland, et on bandera quand on aura envie de bander..." —Gérard Depardieu (Jean-Claude), Les Valseuses
    906 Aragorn: "Are you frightened?"
    Frodo: "Yes."
    Aragorn: "Not nearly frightened enough. I know what hunts you." —Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) and Frodo (Elijah Wood), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    905 Mayor: "I don't want to have any more trouble like you had last year in the Filmore District, understand? That's my policy."
    Harry: "Yeah, well, when an adult male is chasing a female with intent to commit rape, I shoot the bastartd—that's my policy."
    Mayor: "Intent? How did you establish that?"
    Harry: "When a naked man is chasing a woman through an alley with a butcher knife and a hard-on, I figure he isn't out collecting for the Red Cross." —The Mayor (John Vernon) and Insp. 'Dirty' Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood), Dirty Harry

    904 "Woof." —Dr. Doppler (David Hyde Pierce), Treasure Planet
    903 "No! NOOOOOOOO!! I will not sacrifice the Enterprise. We've made too many compromises already; too many retreats. They invade our space and we fall back. They assimilate entire worlds; and we fall back. Not again. The line must be drawn here. This far, no further! And I ... will make them pay for what they've done." —Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), Star Trek: First Contact
    902 "Actually, I never read it." —Lily Sloane (Alfre Woodard), Star Trek: First Contact
    901 Gray: "That's it. That's your plan—we wait and see what happens?"
    Dr. Sid: [nods]
    Gray: "Oh, good." —Gray Edwards (Alec Baldwin) and Dr. Sid (Donald Sutherland), Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within

    900 "This town needs an enema." —Joker (Jack Nicholson), Batman
    899 [/b] Odile : [Picking up a framed photograph] "C'est lui ? Is this him?
    La veuve : "Non, c'est mon chien."
    The widow: "No, that's my dog.
    Odile : "Ah oui, bien sûr."
    Ah yes, of course. —Odile Deray (Chantal Lauby) and La veuve de M. Jacques (Valérie Lemercier), La Cité de la Peur
    898 Commissaire Bialès : "Vous aimez Mozart ? Do you like Mozart?
    Odile : "Oui. C'est lequel ?"
    Yes. Which one's this?
    C.B. : "Euh ... le dernier."
    Err ... his latest.
    [They go to the minibar]
    C.B. : "Vous voulez un whiskey ?"
    Would you like a whiskey?
    Odile : "Juste un doigt."
    Just a finger.
    C.B. : "Oui, mais vous voulez le whiskey avant ?"
    Sure, but do you want your whiskey first? —Commissaire Patrick Bialès (Gérard Darmon) and Odile Deray (Chantal Lauby), La Cité de la Peur
    ——898 Commissaire Bialès : "Vous aimez Mozart ?" You like Mozart?
    ———Odile : "Oui. C'est lequel ?"
    Yes. It is which?
    ———C.B. : "Euh ... le dernier."
    Euh ... the last.
    ———[They go to the minibar]
    ———C.B. : "Vous voulez un whiskey ?"
    You would like a whiskey?
    ———Odile : "Juste un doigt."
    Just a finger.
    ———C.B. : "Oui, mais vous voulez le whiskey avant ?"
    Yes, but you would like the whiskey first?
    897 Amélie [to her father, who is not paying attention to her]: "I had two heart attacks, an abortion, did crack... while I was pregnant. Other than that, I'm fine." -Amélie Poulain (Audrey Tautou), Amélie
    896 "You know, Phillip, you have a goddamned red, white and blue American right to eat cotton candy and ride roller coasters." —Robert 'Butch' Haynes (Kevin Costner), A Perfect World
    895 "She Talks in her sleep" -Professor Henry Jones (Sean Connery), Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade
    894 "Wanna rent really bad pornos and see if we recognize anyone?" —Robin Moon (Lori Petty), Relax... It's Just Sex

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    998. "::sneezes:: Oh, sorry... I'm allergic to bullshit." - Del Spooner (Will Smith), I, Robot

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      997. Yipee-ki-yay, motherfucker. - Bruce Willis, Die Hard.

      996. Astalavista, baby. - Arnie, Terminator 2: Judgement Day.

      995. Oh, and in case I don't see ya, good afternoon, good evening, and good night. - Jim Carrey, The Truman Show.

      994. Bye, Mrs. Santa's sister. - The kid, Bad Santa.

      993. Silencio. - Mulholland Drive.

      992. It is all a tape. It's all recorded. - Mulholland Drive.

      991. They (my friends) died saving my life. - Anthony Hopkins, The Edge.

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        990. "English, motherfucker! Do you speak it?" - Samuel Jackson, Pulp Fiction

        989. "First of all, Papa Smurf didn't create Smurfette. Gargamel did. She was sent in as Gargamel's evil spy with the intention of destroying the Smurf village, but the overwhelming goodness of the Smurf way of life transformed her. And as for the whole gang-bang scenario, it just couldn't happen. Smurfs are asexual. They don't even have reproductive organs under those little white pants. That's what's so illogical, you know, about being a Smurf. What's the point of living if you don't have a dick?" - Jake Gyllenhaal, Donnie Darko

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          988. Forget about it. - Johnny Depp and Al Pacino among various others, Donnie Brasco.

          987. I gotta pee. - Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump.

          986. The first rule of fight club is you do not talk about fight club. - Tyler Durden, Fight Club.

          985. The second rule of fight club is you do not talk about fight club. - Tyler Durden, Fight Club.

          984. I look like you want to look, I fuck like you want to fuck. - Tyler Durden, Fight Club.

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            983: "Shut your fat ass Ramey. I can't buy a pack of smokes without running into nine guys you've fucked!" David Della Rocco - Boondock Saints

            982: "Good, bad, I'm the guy with the gun." Bruce Campbell - Army of Darkness

            981 "If I should die this very moment I wouldn't fear for I've never known completeness like being here. Wrapped in the warmth of you, loving every breath of you. Why live life from dream to dream and dread the day when dreaming ends." Nicole Kidman - Moulin Rouge

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                972. "Say hello to my little friend!" - Tony Montana - Scarface

                971. "Don Corleone, I am honored and grateful that you have invited me to your daughter... 's wedding... on the day of your daughter's wedding." - Luca Brasi - The Godfather

                970. "The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist." - Verbal - The Usual Suspects

                969. "I will bring the whole edifice down on their unworthy heads." - John Morlar - The Medusa Touch

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                  968. "I am Spartacus!" said by a whole bunch of folks other than Spartacus (Kirk Douglas) in Spartacus.
                  967. "What we have here is a failure to communicate." The Warden and Luke (Paul Newman) in Cool Hand Luke.
                  966. "I know what you're thinking--did he shoot six times or only five?" Etc. By Harry (Clint Eastwood) in Dirty Harry.
                  965. "If they're drinking Merlot, I'm leaving!" Myles (Paul Giamatti) in Sideways.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by imitation is suicide
                      970. "The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist." - Verbal - The Usual Suspects
                      I seem to remember this line being used in another film. Can't remember the name, though.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by John B.
                        966. "I know what you're thinking--did he shoot six times or only five?"
                        That's a great bit of dialogue. I love the whole thing.

                        "I know what you're thinking, "Did he fire six shots or only five?" Well to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I've kind of lost track myself. But being this is a .44 Magnum — the most powerful handgun in the world — and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya, punk?"

                        And the whole time the guy is laying on the floor in terror.



                        964. "I have to remind myself that some birds aren't meant to be caged, that's all. Their feathers are just too bright... and when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice... but still, the place you live is that much more drab and empty that they're gone. I guess I just miss my friend. " - Red (Morgan Freeman), Shawshank Redemption

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                          963. "A substitue teacher out on Long Island was dropped from his job for fighting with a student. A few weeks later, he returned to the classrom, shot the student—unsuccessfully—held the class hostage, and then shot himself... Successfully. This fact caught my eye; last sentence, Times: 'A neighboor described the teacher as a nice boy; always reading Catcher in the Rye. This nitwit Chapman, who shot John Lennon, said he did it because he wanted to draw the attention of the world to Catcher in the Rye; and the reading of this book would be his defense. Young Hinckley—the 'wiz-kid' who shot Reagan and his press secratary—said: 'If you want my defense, all you have to do is read ... Catcher in the Rye.'
                          "I borrowed a copy [of the book] from a young friend of mine, because I wanted to see what she had underlined; and I read this book to find out why this touching, beautiful, sensitive story published in July 1951 had turned into this manifesto of hate. I started reading; it's exactly as I'd remembered; everybody's a phony. Page 2: 'My brother's in Hollywood being a prostitute.' Page 3: 'What a phony slob his father was.' Page 9: 'People never notice anything.' Then, on page 22, my hair stood up; remember HOlden Caulfiend, the definitive, sensitive youth wearing his red hunter's cap?: 'A deer hunter's cap? Like hell it is. I sort of closed one eye, like I was taking aim at it. This is a people-shooting hat. I shoot people in this hat.' This book is preparing people for bigger moments in their lives than I had ever dreamed of. Then, on page 89: 'I'd rather push a guy out the window or chop his head off with an ax, than sock him in the jaw. I hate fist fights. What scares me most is the other man's face.'
                          "I finished the book, it's a touching story; comic because the boy wants to do so much and can't do anything; hates all phoniness and only lies to others; wants everyone to like him, but is only hateful and is completely self-involved. In other words: A pretty accurate picture of a male adolescent.
                          "And what alarms me about the book—not the book so much as the aura about it is this: The book is primarily about paralysis, the boy can't function; and at the end before he can run away and start a new life, it's starts to rain and he folds. Now, there's nothing wrong in writing about emotional and intellectual paralysis. It may, indeed, thanks to Checov and Samuel Beckett, be the great modern theme. The extraordinary last lines of Waiting for Godot: 'Let's go.' 'Yes, let's go.' Stage directions: 'They do not move.' But the aura around this book of Salinger's; which—perhaps—should be read by everyone but young men is this: It mirrors like a Fun-House mirror and amplifies like a distorted speaker one of the great tragedies of our times: The death of the imagination. Because what else is paralysis?
                          "The imagination has been so debased that imagination... Being imaginative, rather than being the linchpin of our existence now stands as a synonym for something outside ourselves. LIke science fiction or some new use for tangerine slices on raw pork chops. 'What an imaginative summer recipe.' And Star Wars, 'so imaginative.' And Star Trek, 'so imaginative.' And Lord of the Rings, 'all those dwarves; so imaginative.'
                          "The imagination has moved out of the realm of being our link; our most personal link with our inner lives and the world outside that world—this world we share. What is schizophrenia but a horrifying state where what's in here [our minds] doesn't match up with what's out there? Why has imagination become a synonym for style? I believe the imagination is the passport that we create to help take us into the real world. I believe the imagination is merely a phrase for what is most uniquely us.
                          "Jung says the greatest sin is to be unconscious. Our boy Holden says: 'What scares me most is the other guy's face. It wouldn't be so bad if you could both be blindfolded.' Most of the time the faces that we face are not the other guys', but our own faces. And it is the worst kind of yellowness: to be so scared of yourself that you put blindfolds on rather than deal with yourself.
                          "To face ourselves, that's the hard thing. The imagination: That's God's gift to make the act of self-examination bearable." —Paul (Will Smith), Six Degrees of Separation

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                            962. "European or African?" King Arthur (Graham Chapman), Monty Python and the Holy Grail

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by John B.
                              962. "European or African?" King Arthur (Graham Chapman), Monty Python and the Holy Grail
                              African or European?

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