From Inspired to Insane: The Great Big Blog Post of My Favourite Quotes, Huzzah!

“I am not a demon. I am a lizard, a shark, a heat-seeking panther. I want to be Bob Denver on acid playing the accordion.” -Nicolas Cage.

“…fact is, you are a neo-maxi zoom dweeby.” -Bender character speaking to nerd in the movie The Breakfast Club (1985).

“An error does not become a mistake unless you refuse to correct it.” -John F. Kennedy quoting Orlando. A. Battista in speech, April 27 1961.

“Do not try the patience of wizards for they are subtle and quick to anger.” -Galen, a techo-mage in Babylon 5 (1994); a slight misquote from The Lord of the Rings, Book One, Chapter III by J.R.R. Tolkien.

“Hell is other people.” -Jean-Paul Satre, from his 1944 play No Exit.

“How fate loves a jest.” -Cyrano, played by Jose Ferrer, nearing his death in Cyrano de Bergerac (1950).

“Live as if your were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” -Mahatma Gandhi

“Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter.” -Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back (1980).

“May god stand between you and harm in all the empty places you must walk.” -Commander Sheridan’s speech in Babylon 5 (1994).

“My motherfucker’s so cool, when he goes to bed, sheep count him!” -Character speaking about Gene Hackman’s lead character in Heist (2001) .

“The English will permit anything apart from cruelty to horses or an increase in the price of beer.” -Cardinal Mazarin discussing the English in Return of the Musketeers (1989).

“The beginner’s mind is the best mind someone can have.” -Flea, bassist of the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2002.

“The effects of drugs can last forever”, followed by graffiti underneath- “Only if you’re lucky” -Anonymous (early 1990s); defaced government health warning poster over Croydon Bus Station, United Kingdom.

“There are two rules you must live by, one- don’t sweat the small stuff and two- everything’s the small stuff.” -Iron Feather quoting his grandfather’s advice in Pontiac Moon (1994).

“To understand the present, examine the past.” -Anonymous Chinese proverb.

“Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.” -Used in Equilibrium (2002), from William  Butler Yeats’ poem He Wishes For The Cloths Of Heaven (1899).

“When you kill a snake, you must strike seven inches above its head.” -Anonymous supposed Chinese proverb used in UK TV advertisement.

“Whoso would be a man, must be a non-conformist.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson, in Essays, Series II (Self-Reliance), 1836 to 1837. (I know, I know, “non-conformist” meant something entirely different BITD, but in a modern context…)

“You can really go places with drugs.” -Anonymous graffiti on wall in New York, captured in passing camera shot, in documentary about Quentin Crisp Resident Alien (1990).

“Reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it. Do not count on them. Leave them alone.” -Ayn Rand, Personal notes on The Strike (later Atlas Shrugged) (1946).

“It can be lonely anywhere darling, but at least at the top the food is better.” -Aunty Victoria in Insatiable (1980).

“…you should lose yourself in your passion, but it’s not easily done as it is easily said.” -Philippe Petitte in documentary film Man on Wire (2008).

“…he looked forward to receiving his naturalization papers so that he could commit a crime and not be deported.” -Regarding Quentin Crisp.

“Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know.” -Ernest Hemingway, author and journalist, Nobel laureate (1899-1961)

“Urgh! Hippy, gothy and slutty, now that’s dangerous.” -Sue Lemon in The Best and the Brightest (2010).

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