Monday, March 26, 2007

five favorite quotes

It has come to my attention, almost by accident, that I have been tagged and given the task of providing five of my favorite quotes on any subject I desire, by the JJ herself. So, out of a desire to be sporting, here they are:

1. "I would like to know what Jesus meant when He said, 'Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.' I would like to know poverty of Spirit, for poverty is all I am left with. I would like the courage to be made poor before the shattering depth of the Creator and alongside the unthinkable breadth of humanity. Spiritual poverty is all I ask for now, and it is more than I can handle."
-- Gordon Atkinson, in the Wittenburg Door

2. "You are so full of what is right that you have lost sight of what is good. I do not believe you have taken a Christian stand, but a legalistic one -- one from which even the Apostle Paul would recoil."
-- Del Terry, religion professor, on an ethics paper I wrote in college
(In a lecture two years later, he said I had the role of Satan in his class)

3. "The boy is Ignorance. The girl is Want. Beware of them both, and all of their degree, but most of all beware this boy, for on his brow I see written that which is Doom, unless the writing be erased. Deny it! Slander those who tell it to you! Admit it but do nothing about it, and make it worse! And bide the end!"
-- Charles Dickens, "A Christmas Carol"

4. "You're so nice. You're not good, you're not bad, you're just ... nice."
-- Stephen Sondheim, "Into the Woods"

5. "It is not the slander of our enemies that we will remember, but the silence of our friends."
-- Mahatma Gandhi

And as a bonus:

"It's K-K-K-Ken, coming to k-k-k-kill me!" -- Otto (Kevin Kline), "A Fish Called Wanda"

Since it now falls to me to tag three other people, and the JJ already tagged Liadan, I suppose I shall have to pick three other people. So, I choose MJ, Brucker, and Greg Hartman, especially as Sir Ian McKellan never responded to the last time I tagged him.

5 comments:

Brucker said...

There, happy?

marauder said...

Without question.

Brucker said...

Too late, I already questioned.

marauder said...

The problem with thinking of good quotes is that once you start, it's very difficult to stop. Since making this post the other day, I've gee-whizzed over a number of quotes I wish I had included:

"Gravity is arbitrary."
-- Calvin, "Calvin and Hobbes"

"What's the point of being cool if you don't get to wear a sombrero?"
-- Hobbes, "Calvin and Hobbes"

"The night can make a man more brave but not more sober."
-- Alan Moore, "Saga of the Swamp Thing"

"Happiness is the most insidious prison of all."
-- V, "V for Vendetta"

"It was my integrity that was so important. Is that so selfish? It sells for so little, but it's all we have left in this place. It is the very last inch of us. But within that inch we are free."
-- Valeria, "V for Vendetta"

MJ said...

Dude, when were you going to let me know I got tagged? Aw man...I gotta find quotes now? Geez..Man, you know I never listen to anyone when they talk...shit...now I gotta to go find you quotes five freakin' quotes....Can you narrow it down to 2. Five is just too much for me. Can we negotiate? haggle a little? 3 is my maximum. I will go no higher. Is this gonna be one of those things where if I don't do it I get 5 years of bad luck. If that's the case I will pray for your smiting because I am too absentminded for this kind of crap and how dare you invite me into 5 years of bad luck in that way. Alright I'm all done being cute now. Nice to tell me. really.