Lines I Like

Movies, music, and my magical life -- I've distilled it all down to a few sentences.
Can you believe it?

"Marrakesh. It sounds like a drink." - Hank McKenna [some kid]

"It sure does." - Dr. Ben McKenna [James Stewart]

The Man Who Knew Too Much


"Here comes Justice."

- my dad, hearing my mom's car pulling into the garage

"Luke, I am your father."

- Tommy Callahan [Chris Farley]

Tommy Boy


"We believe in pumpkins that turn into princesses
     And frogs that turn into princes.
We believe in moons that smile to us
     When we hurry home before midnight strikes."

- Yoko Ono, "Yes, I'm Your Angel"

"Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!"

- Mame Dennis [Rosalind Russell]

Auntie Mame


"To search for perfection is all very well
     But to look for heaven is to live here in hell."

- Sting, "Consider Me Gone"

"Hey! You're no special agent. You're just some guy who hates my mustache!"

- The Tick [Townsend Coleman]

The Tick Animated Series


"I need my pain."

- James T. Kirk [William Shatner]

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

"Does your dad appreciate that you are merely super great?"

- Johnny Mercer, "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby"


"Nothing makes them happy! They are dedicated to being unhappy and to spreading that unhappiness to others! They are the Ambassadors of Unhappy!"

- Julian Bashir [Alexander Siddig]

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine - The Forsaken

"Foiled by a cheap cinematic trick."

- Anna Fassbender [Eddra Gale]

What's New, Pussycat?


"You're half-naked ambition and
     You're half out of your wits
And though your wristwatch always works
     Your necktie never fits."

- Aimee Mann, "The Other End (of the Telescope)"

"My God. What have I done?" - James T. Kirk [William Shatner]

"What you always do. Turn death into a fighting chance to live." - Leonard McCoy [DeForest Kelley]

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock


"Well, if there's a bright center to the universe, you're on the planet that it's farthest from."

- Luke Skywalker [Mark Hamill]

Star Wars: A New Hope

"Nature, Mr. Allnut, is what we are put in this world to rise above."

- Rose Sayer [Katharine Hepburn]

The African Queen


"What'd you do?" - DeDe [Meg Ryan]

"I bribed them to sing a song that would drive us insane and make our hearts swell and burst." - Joe Banks [Tom Hanks]

Joe Versus the Volcano

"The blues are because you're getting fat or it's been raining too long. You're just sad, that's all. The mean reds are horrible. Suddenly you're afraid, and you don't know what you're afraid of."

- Holly Golightly [Audrey Hepburn]

Breakfast at Tiffany's


"Good tea. Nice house"

- Worf [Michael Dorn]

Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Survivors

"Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something."

- Westley [Cary Elwes]

The Princess Bride


"A man has dreams of walking with giants. To carve his niche in the edifice of time. Before the mortar of his zeal has a chance to congeal, the cup is dashed from his lips! The flame is snuffed a-borning! He's brought to wrack and ruin in his prime."

- George Banks [David Tomlinson]

Mary Poppins

"I don't feel good." - Joe Banks [Tom Hanks]

"So what! Do you think I feel good? Nobody feels good. After childhood, it's a fact of life. I feel rotten. So what? I don't let it bother me. I don't let it interfere with my job." - Frank Watori [Dan Hedaya]

Joe Versus the Volcano



"This town's finished for me. At least for a while.There are certain shades of limelight that can wreck a girl's complexion. Don't you ever get that feeling?"

- Holly Golightly [Audrey Hepburn]

Breakfast at Tiffany's


"She thinks she has no soul, no interior life, but the truth is that she has no access to it."

David Denby



"This story was filmed on location...inside a woman's soul!"

- from a poster for MGM's 1955 film I'll Cry Tomorrow

"You only see what your eyes want to see.
     How can life be what you want it to be?
You're frozen, when your heart's not open"

- Madonna/Patrick Leonard, "Frozen"



"After you get what you want you don't want it.
     If I gave you the moon, you'd grow tired of it soon."

- Irving Berlin, "After You Get what You Want You Don't Want It"

"I wish that I could push a button
     And talk in the past and not the present tense
And watch this loving feeling
     Disappear like it was common sense."

- Elvis Costello, "Brilliant Mistake"



"Ivan, there's a crook in this room, and it's not me." - Tony [Peter Sellers]

"There are two crooks in this room, and they are both you!" - Ivan [Terry-Thomas]

Tom Thumb

"No...No...Nothing with tassels...Alligator?! Those are for band leaders!"

- C. R. MacNamara [James Cagney]

One, Two Three



"Having is not as satisfying a thing as wanting."

- Spock [Leonard Nimoy]

Star Trek: The Original Series - Amok Time

"Another common cause of commotion is the foot in the aisle sticker-outer. Nothing good can come of this."

- from an MGM short film about etiquette at the cinema



"You must think of the future, dear. Not the past. Happiness is better than art."

- old guy in the beginning of the film


"Nobody would do anything if they knew what they were in for."

- Amarante Cordova [Carlos Riquelme]

The Milagro Beanfield War



"Now, there's a guy who never goes out of a girl's mind. He just stays there like a heavy meal." - Agnes Prescott [Veda Ann Borg], speaking of Cary Grant's character

"What am I like? " - Joey [Don Beddoe]

"Orange juice." - Agnes Prescott

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer

"Yesterday is dust. Tomorrow, a dream. Our gift is now."

- Gabriel Byrne



"It's our mortality that defines us, Soran."

- Jean-Luc Picard [Patrick Stewart (yum)]

Star Trek: Generations

"When people think you're dying, they really really listen to you. Instead of--" - Narrator/Tyler Durden [Edward Norton]

"Instead of just waiting for their turn to speak." - Marla Singer [Helena Bonham Carter]

Fight Club




"No matter how horrible things are, they can always get worse."

- Julia O. Treadway [Barbara Stanwyck]

Executive Suite

"How 'bout how good it feels to finally forgive you."

- Alannis Morissette, "Thank U"




"Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards."

- Sören Kierkegaard

"This program has performed an illegal operation."

- Windows 2000


"And in time, we won't even recall that we spoke
     Words that turned out to be as big as smoke
Like smoke disappears in the air
     There's always something smoldering somewhere."

- Aimee Mann, "The Other End (of the Telescope)"

"The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars but in ourselves."

- Cassius, William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar


"This is the part I hate. When your heart actually hurts."

- Gwen Moss [Jeanne Tripplehorn]

'Til There Was You

"You couldn't fool your mother on the foolingest day of your life if you had an electrified fooling machine."

- Homer Simpson [Dan Castellanata]

April Fool's Day episode of The Simpsons


"This is where I belong. Rar."

- Spongebob Squarepants [Tom Kenny]

Spongebob Squarepants - Pickles

"The good news is I named my nickel Philip." - Cosmo [Daran Norris]

"What's the bad news?" - Grippulon, King of Yugopotamia [Rob Paulsen]

"It's a girl nickel." - Cosmo [Daran Norris]

The Fairly Oddparents - Spaced Out!


"Pain is easy to write. In pain, we're all drably individual. But what can one write about happiness?"

- Maurice Bendrix [Ralph Fiennes]

The End of the Affair

"Don't you love farce
     My fault, I fear
I thought that you'd want what I want
     Sorry, my dear."

- Stephen Sondheim, "Send in the Clowns"



"You live and learn. At any rate, you live."

- Douglas Adams

"It is foolish to tear one's hair in grief, as though sorrow would be made less by baldness."

- Cicero



"To ease another's heartache is to forget one's own."

- Abraham Lincoln

"Much hustling and bustling, yes."

- JiJi [Phil Hartman]

Kiki's Delivery Service


"Acting is merely the art of keeping a large group of people from coughing. "

- Sir Ralph Richardson

"Things have dropped from me. I have outlived certain desires; I have lost friends, some by death...others through sheer inability to cross the street."

- Virginia Woolf


"If you're going through hell, keep going."

- Winston Churchill

"I don't think I realized it at the time, but there was a silence in my house that...crushed me. There were choruses going on inside of me, and at dinner we all chewed and clanked -- and there were times I thought the fork would melt right in my hand."

- Mark Dolson

Mass Appeal


"Love is the state in which man sees things most decidedly as they are not."

- Friedrich W. Nietzsche

"It's a rare person who wants to hear what he doesn't want to hear."

- Dick Cavett


"In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer."

- Albert Camus, in L'Ete

"Ever notice that 'what the hell' is always the right decision?"

- Marilyn Monroe


"You know, I keep thinking it's gonna get easier. But it just doesn't." - Nate Fisher [Peter Krause]

"No, it doesn't. It just gets more familiar." - David Fisher [Michael C. Hall]

Six Feet Under - In Place of Anger

"Do we really need to waste money and resources killing the retarded when sending them into a hedge maze would be just as effective?"

- from a "What Do You Think?" feature on The Onion addressing the subject of euthanasia. And it was said by the Systems Analyst.


"Sleep faster, we need the pillows."

- Yiddish proverb

"Gaston, do you make love all the time?" - Gigi [Leslie Caron]

"Good heavens, no! The only people who make love all the time are liars." - Gaston Lachaille [Louis Jourdan]



"Why can't I ever fall in love with somebody nice like you?" - Fran [Shirley Maclaine]

"Yeah, well, that's the way it crumbles, cookie-wise." - Bud [Jack Lemmon]

The Apartment

"The war is the war. This is no picnic."

- the Iraqi ambassador on The Today Show


"Phil Shabano. I don't know why, the unqualified son of a bitch. I'll tell you why. Because life isn't fair. But you know what'll happen? It'll balance out. He'll buy that boat I've had to look at in that stupid catalog for three years, and he'll crash in Catalina and die and seals will eat him. Fine. He won't die, and he won't be eaten, but he'll never find his way back to the mainland."

- David Howard [Albert Brooks]

Lost in America

"Wishing for a thing does not make it so."

- Jean-Luc Picard [Patrick Stewart]

Star Trek: The Next Generation - The Samaritan Snare


"The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery."

- Francis Bacon

"Have you ever seen Queen Elizabeth sleep?" - Danny Parker [Val Kilmer]

"No. What? Is she a tweaker?" - Jimmy the Finn [Peter Sarsgaard]

Salton Sea


"Nothing is more terrifying than attempting to make people laugh and failing."

- Clown [John Malkovich]

Shadows and Fog

"It must be nice to always believe you know better, to always think you're the smartest person in the room." - Paul Moore [Peter Hackes]

"No. It's awful." - Jane Craig [Holly Hunter]

Broadcast News


"I'm tired of following my dreams. I'm just going to ask them where they're going and meet up with them later."

- Mitch Hedberg

"If I'm not back in five minutes, wait longer."

- Ace Ventura [Jim Carrey]

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective


"Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung."

- Voltaire

"He's nothing but a wild, vicious animal." - Hotel Manager [i have no idea], speaking of Clint Eastwood

"He's tall isn't he?" - Mary [Mara Krupp]

"You're just dirty." - Hotel Manager [still no clue]

For a Few Dollars More


"When you're unhappy, happy people all seem a bit indecent."

- Maria Braun [Hanna Schygulla]

The Marriage of Maria Braun

"Don't kill me yet. I'm starting to come down with Stockholm Syndrome, handsome." - Bender [John Di Maggio]

Futurama - Insane in the Mainframe


"I can't stand light. I hate weather. My idea of heaven is moving from one smoke-filled room to another."

- Peter O'Toole

"I'd hate to have your nerve in a tooth ." - Holly [Betty Hutton]

The Greatest Show on Earth


"Life is all what's next." - Marco Arlens [Matthew Modine]

The West Wing - The Long Goodbye

"I was never that young." - Commander Pavel Chekov [Walter Koenig]

"No. You were younger. " - Captain James T. Kirk, ret. [William Shatner]

Star Trek: Generations


"Mormons have less fun."

- from a bumper sticker I saw in my head

We are not sure of sorrow,
     And joy was never sure;
To-day will die to-morrow;
     Time stoops to no man's lure;
And love, grown faint and fretful,
With lips but half regretful
Sighs, and with eyes forgetful
     Weeps that no loves endure.

From too much love of living,
     From hope and fear set free,
We thank with brief thanksgiving
     Whatever gods may be
That no man lives for ever;
That dead men rise up never;
That even the weariest river
     Winds somewhere safe to sea.

- Algernon Charles Swinburne, from "The Garden of Proserpine"



© Copyright 2001-2007 Mary Forrest.
Don't even think about passing this off as your own handiwork!

This site created and maintained by Mary Forrest.