Added January 5 2014
“But we are all fortunate in one way or another. The task for most of us is to identify in what way that is, would you not agree?”
Added December 9 2013
Rapunzel: I’ve been looking out of a window for eighteen years, dreaming about what I might feel like when those lights rise in the sky. What if it’s not everything I dreamed it would be?
Flynn Rider: It will be.
Rapunzel: And what if it is? What do I do then?
Flynn Rider: Well,that’s the good part I guess. You get to go find a new dream.
Added December 7 2013
Up through the water came a large trout; a flash of silver; a dart of light; the fulfillment of a small boy’s dream.
Added November 18 2013
Upon this, one has to remark that men ought either to be well treated or crushed, because they can avenge themselves of lighter injuries, of more serious ones they cannot; therefore the injury that is to be done to a man ought to be of such a kind that one does not stand in fear of revenge.
Added November 9 2013
Nobody had ever said that to Bertie before. How about some chocolate? It was not a complex, phrase, but its power, its sheer, overwhelming sense of gift and possibility filled Bertie with awe. Well might more of us say these words to others, and more frequently – how healing would that prove to be. “Look, we’ve had our differences, but how about some chocolate?” Or: “I’m so sorry, how about some chocolate?” Or simply: “Great to see you! How about some chocolate?”
Added October 30 2013
“It was 84-0 at the end. Actually, they stopped it early for some reason.”
Stuart suppressed a smile. “Bad luck, Bertie. But I’m sure that they’ll do better next time.” He paused. “What do you think went wrong, Bertie?”
Bertie thought for a moment. “I think it’s because our team was told that they should share the ball, Daddy. So they did. They shared.”
Added October 27 2013
Flynn Rider: All right, Blondie.
Flynn Rider: Gesundheit.
Added October 20 2013
The Romans never allowed a trouble spot to remain simply to avoid going to war over it, because they knew that wars don’t just go away, they are only postponed to someone else’s advantage.
Added October 16 2013
“Of course there is such thing as a second chance,” went on Domenica, “We may waste our first trip to Italy, but that doesn’t mean that we need waste our second.”
Added October 13 2013
A prudent man should always follow in the path trodden by great men and imitate those who are most excellent.
Added September 29 2013
In judging policies we should consider the results that have been achieved through them rather than the means by which they have been executed.
Added September 24 2013
Occasionally words must serve to veil the facts. But let this happen in such a way that no one become aware of it; or, if it should be noticed, excuses must be at hand to be produced immediately.
Added September 17 2013
Flynn Rider: You were my new dream.
Rapunzel: And you were mine.
Added September 10 2013
Pixar is the first studio that is a movie star.
I began my work as a film critic in 1967. I had not thought to be a film critic, and indeed had few firm career plans apart from vague notions that I might someday be a political columnist or a professor of English.
Robert Zonka, who was named the paper’s feature editor the same day I was hired at the Chicago Sun-Times, became one of the best friends of a lifetime. One day in March 1967, he called me into a conference room, told me that Eleanor Keen, the paper’s movie critic, was retiring, and that I was the new critic. I walked away in elation and disbelief, yet hardly suspected that this day would set the course for the rest of my life.
Added September 8 2013
In my very first review I was already jaded, observing of “Galia,” an obscure French film, that it “opens and closes with arty shots of the ocean, mother of us all, but in between it’s pretty clear that what is washing ashore is the French New Wave.” My pose in those days was one of superiority to the movies, although just when I had the exact angle of condescension calculated, a movie would open that disarmed my defenses and left me ecstatic and joyful.
Added September 6 2013
I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization.
Added August 29 2013
Flynn Rider: Frankly, I’m too scared to ask about the frog.
Flynn Rider: Nuance!
Added August 26 2013
“Kindness” covers all of my political beliefs. No need to spell them out. I believe that if, at the end, according to our abilities, we have done something to make others a little happier, and something to make ourselves a little happier, that is about the best we can do. To make others less happy is a crime. To make ourselves unhappy is where all crime starts. We must try to contribute joy to the world. That is true no matter what our problems, our health, our circumstances. We must try. I didn’t always know this and am happy I lived long enough to find it out.
Added August 23 2013
Hook Hand Thug: Go, live your dream.
Flynn Rider: I will.
Hook Hand Thug: Your dream stinks. I was talking to her.
Added August 14 2013
Accept loss forever
Added August 13 2013
I lost faith in the Oscars the first year I was a movie critic — the year that Bonnie and Clyde didn’t win.
Added August 11 2013
Sherlock Holmes: Try not to start a war before I get home – you know what it does to the traffic.
Added August 10 2013
Alex Dunphy: Could you L a little less OL?
A depressing number of people seem to process everything literally. They are to wit as a blind man is to a forest, able to find every tree, but each one coming as a surprise.