Added May 22 2013
Bishops move diagonally. That’s why they often turn up where the kings don’t expect them to be.
I personally have always voted for the death penalty because I believe that people who go out prepared to take the lives of other people forfeit their own right to live. I believe that that death penalty should be used only very rarely, but I believe that no-one should go out certain that no matter how cruel, how vicious, how hideous their murder, they themselves will not suffer the death penalty.
“I like the idea of democracy. You have to have someone everyone distrusts,” said Brutha. “That way, everyone’s happy.”
Brother Preptil, the master of the music, had described Brutha’s voice as putting him in mind of a disappointed vulture arriving too late at the dead donkey.
Added May 21 2013
Tom: In memory everything seems to happen to music.
And so I set these things down before the onset of the first of a thousand small physical degradations as, in a still-distant suburb, Death strides whistling towards me.
“I used to think that I was stupid, and then I met philosophers.”
Holmes: They’re killings, serial killings! We’ve got a serial killer on our hands. I love those, there’s always something to look forward to.
Watson: Why didn’t I think of that?
Holmes: Because you’re an idiot. No, no, no, don’t be like that, practically everyone is.
Rose: Have I been a good wife?
Cosmo Castorini: Yeah.
Rose: I want you to stop seeing her.
Cosmo Castorini: Okay.
Rose: And go to confession.
Added May 20 2013
Lestrade: It’s a drugs bust.
Watson: Seriously. This guy, a junkie? Have you met him?
Watson: I’m pretty sure you could search this flat all day and you wouldn’t find anything that you could call recreational.
But the great Master said, “I see
No best in kind, but in degree;
I gave a various gift to each,
To charm, to strengthen, and to teach.
Added May 19 2013
Once-ler: Why are you so interested in trees, anyway? Why aren’t you like other kids? Breakdancing and wearing bellbottoms and playing the Donkey Kongs?
Look not mournfully into the Past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the Present. It is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy Future, without fear, and with a manly heart.
Added May 18 2013
Holmes: What’s wrong?
Watson: I just met a friend of yours.
Holmes: A friend?
Watson: An enemy.
Holmes: Oh. Which one?
Watson: Your arch enemy. According to him.
Holmes: Oh. Did he offer you money to spy on me?
Holmes: Did you take it?
Holmes: Pity, we could’ve split the fee. Think it over next time.
Added May 17 2013
Look, then, into thine heart, and write!
Music is the universal language of mankind — poetry their universal pastime and delight.
I believe that the royal family are a focus of patriotism, of loyalty, of affection and of esteem. That is a rare combination, and we should value it highly.
Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were. But without it we go nowhere.
Added May 16 2013
Tony Soprano: It’s good to be in something from the ground floor. I came too late for that and I know. But lately, I’m getting the feeling that I came in at the end. The best is over.
Watson: Have you talked to the police?
Holmes: Four people are dead. There’s no time to talk to the police.
Watson: So why are you talking to me?
Holmes: Mrs. Hudson took my skull.
Watson: So I’m basically filling in for the skull?
Holmes: Relax, you’re doing fine.
We must try to find ways to starve the terrorist and the hijacker of the oxygen of publicity on which they depend.
History, contrary to popular theories, is kings and dates and battles.
You know, if you just set out to be liked, you would be prepared to compromise on anything, wouldn’t you, at any time? And you would achieve nothing!
Added May 15 2013
Exploration really is the essence of the human spirit, and to pause, to falter, to turn our back on the quest for knowledge, is to perish.