I was thinking the other day of some the best lines from stories that I know. Sometimes the lines were in less-than-great books and film and some times they were embedded in stellar narratives, but there was always something in that moment that illuminated character and exploded plot and just stopped me and made me pay a split-second tribute to a writer who came up with a line I couldn’t have dreamt of. You know what makes me happy? Good writers writing good stories that have real moments of brilliance.
“If you bother her again, I will break every individual bone in your hand and arm. It will take about an hour.” *
“You’re wearing my shirt, Gordon.” **
“I want it on my desk warm from the laminator at 5:00 P.M., and if it is one minute late, I will go to the animal shelter and get you a kitty cat. I will let you fall in love with that kitty cat. And then, on some dark, cold night I will steal away into your home and punch you in the face.”***
***** “Reality is just a collective hunch.”
(This is not the quote I wanted, so I have ordered the book from eBay (it’s OOP) and I will fix this part when it gets here. It’s something about reality being too clingy, it needed her to be there for it all the time, so she just had to let it go.)
Honorable Mention: “Dolphins are just gay sharks.”
Or the quote for today:
“I urge you to notice when you are happy, and exclaim or murmur or think at some point, ‘If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is.” (That’s Kurt Vonnegut. Also us every Sunday.)
(Also, it’s August. How time flies when you’re broiling in your own skin.)
So how did you notice you were happy this week?
Quote cheat sheet:
* Martha Wells.
** Aaron Sorkin
*** Ryan Murphy
**** ad lib by Harrison Ford
***** Lily Tomlin