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*Quotes, Un-Quotes...* by MMMmmm... on 27 February 2008 11:10pm
A place for any quotes of any kind...

I made one up: "The truth is not black or white, but reflects light like sparkling silver..."

And here's one from Thoreau (oops!):

"The finest qualities of our nature, like the bloom on fruits, can be
preserved only by the most delicate handling. Yet we do not treat
ourselves nor one another thus tenderly."

Funny is important too. :)
Re: *Quotes, Un-Quotes...* by mrsthing on 28 February 2008 2:22am
"When someone says, 'I'm not a prude, but...' they really mean, "I am a prude, and..." --John Cleese

"When you're tempted to use the word 'very' in your writing, use 'damn' instead. Your editor will cut it, and your writing will be better for it." -- Mark Twain

"Gratitude is the best therapy."
Re: *Quotes, Un-Quotes...* by pandab on 28 February 2008 4:04am
"Courage, dear ones
Beauty will fade
And youth, too
We must take the plunge now
Or throw in the white towel"
--Elizabeth Spires

I hope I didn't grossly misquote it!

This is from a poem I heard on NPR many years ago. I don't remember the rest of it--can't even remember the title--but this particular bit has stayed with me.

If anyone has heard of this poem and has a copy of it, please let me know!

Re: *Quotes, Un-Quotes...* by elina on 28 February 2008 8:18am
"We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars."
- Oscar Wilde

"And with an attitude like that I'm afraid you're shaping up to be a pretty pathetic king indeed."
- from Lion King

"Like the Phoenix I rise from the ashes of life, I don't need fortune or fame, just some piece of mind. Like the Phoenix I fly leaving the lies behind. Future's golden for me, there is no one who can stop me now."
- Timo Tolkki
Re: *Quotes, Un-Quotes...* by geordiegirl on 28 February 2008 4:01pm
Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life!

Well it should be in any modern book of quotations, as should Nudge, Nudge, Wink, Wink. Say No More! - and a few more of theirs.
Re: *Quotes, Un-Quotes...* by mrsthing on 28 February 2008 8:31pm
"Let us not be down'earted! One total catastrophe like this is just the beginning!" --John Cleese, as Reg in "Life of Brian"

"If we took the bones out, it wouldn't be crunchy!" --Terry Jones in the "Crunchy Frog" sketch

"You know, there are many people in the country today who, through no fault of their own, are sane. Some of them were born sane. Some of them became sane later in their lives. It is up to people like you and me, who are out of our tiny little minds, to try and help these people overcome their sanity."--Graham Chapman as the Reverend Arthur Belling in the Silly Vicar sketch

"It's dull. Dull. Dull. My God it's dull, it's so desperately dull and tedious and stuffy and boring and des-per-ate-ly DULL." --Michael Palin as Mr. Anchovy in "Vocational Guidance Counsellor".

"Trotsky! My lack of God, it's Trotsky!" --Terry Gilliam as Desk Clerk in "Bicycle Tour" (one of my favorite shows, and a harbinger of things to come for Michael, except without the bicycle)

"...and when you finally get to the hotel, there's no water in the taps, there's no water in the pool, there's no water in the bog, and there's a bleeding lizard in the bidet..." and the rest of Eric's tirade from the Travel Agent sketch

But their humor is so visual and aural, few of the lines translate well into print. When Eric says, "One?!" in the Michaelangelo sketch at the Hollywood Bowl, he gets a huge laugh, but if I just print "One?!" here, it loses a lot of its impact.
Re: *Quotes, Un-Quotes...* by Palin_Lover on 29 February 2008 2:01am
Haha! I must agree! That face that he makes when he goes "One?!" and just he way he says it is what makes it so hysterical!! LOVE that sketch!! XP
Re: *Quotes, Un-Quotes...* by pandab on 29 February 2008 2:43am
"Hello, miss!"

Re: *Quotes, Un-Quotes...* by mrsthing on 29 February 2008 3:32am
I love John's tirade in "Architect Sketch". It's his best of the series, I think. But it does read as well as it sounds when he delivers it. And his face keeps getting redder and redder.

Anyway, here's a non-Python quote:

Life is not a journey to the grave with the goal of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out & loudly proclaiming, "WOW--WHAT A RIDE!"
Re: *Quotes, Un-Quotes...* by geordiegirl on 29 February 2008 8:20pm
I like your quote, Judy. I can never think of any (except the odd very well-known Shakespearean ones. They seem to get more relevant as i get older...

About Python, yes, that was part of the shock-of-the-new, the visual humour of them: nonetheless, I think Eric in particular could turn such a good line - as you quote from the Travel Agent sketch, one of my favourites too. When he played the lead comic in 'The Mikado' years ago in London (I think he did this in Houston too) he rewrote the 'political' song almost every night to take account of news items. I did admire that.
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