Monday, July 25, 2011

What's your favorite line?

Happy Monday! I hope everyone out there had a glorious weekend and got more sleep than I did. Folks who went to Comic Con: POST PHOTOS NOW PLZ K THX.

Yup, that's the one
Most of us have a movie quote or two in our regular repertoire, am I right? Two of my favorites are "You can do eeet!" and "Chill, Winston," and at the moment I could not tell you which movie either of them came from*. Lately, though, one of my favorite lines to quote is from the book The Giver: "Precision of language, Jonah." I didn't even dig the book that much, but the line is great to use on flaky friends or a nonsense-talking husband (who, unfortunately, is the only one who gets it). Just a few minutes ago I was poking around online and I found a sentence someone had written that was the equivalent of: "Kelsey and me stood around long after the party was over." That kind of bad grammar makes my toes curl, and the first thought that popped into my head: Precision of grammar, Jonas!

(Side note: I did an exact search on this quote, thinking I would find it used in a hundred different places, but I only got one hit. Guess it's not as popular as I wanted to think.)

Other than a few completely random and useless Stephen King phrases that I will never get out of my head, I don't think I have any other favorite memorized lines from books, but I'm guessing that some of you do and I'm curious to hear them. So if you have time, please share your favorites!

*Yeah I had to go look them up. I knew Rob Schneider says the first one but I didn't realize he says it in, like, every Adam Sandler movie. The other is from Lock, Stock & 2 Smoking Barrels, and if you haven't seen that movie yet, what are you waiting for?


  1. There is a line from I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak that describes my life pretty much exactly, so I use it a lot on message board siggys, in profiles and about me sections, etc.

    "I read more books than I should, and I am decidedly crap at sex and doing my taxes. Nice to meet you."

  2. I'm always quoting the cartoon Phineas and Ferb because I'm that ridiculously awesome. ;) Uh, no. I don't have a favorite quote, though I love when Hermione says "You could have gotten us killed. Or worse, expelled!"

  3. Oh, now I'm going to be thinking off and on all day about favorite movie lines. :) I'm glad to be a new follower, and thank you very much for following Bird's-eye View!

  4. "Miss Jean Louise, stand up, your father's passin'."

    "That's heavy" (Back to the Future)

    "The world has moved on." (Stephen King, of course ;-))

  5. Taming of the Shrew "I am undone"

  6. Anything from The Princess Bride or Elf is gold for me. :)

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  7. I quote SO MANY movies/books all the time and folks never know what the heck I'm talking about. Mostly they just think I'm crazy. It's great. I also have theme songs for my life, which are on continuous shuffle in my yeah, I might just be crazy. :D LOL

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  9. I've got one I say all the time, and no one ever knows what it's from:
    "Serpentine Sheldon, serpentine!" from The In-laws. Gotta love Alan Arkin!