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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?”

The Importance of Being Seven (2012)

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.

Posted in: Tangled

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.

The Importance of Being Seven (2012)

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.

The Prince (1513)

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?”

The Importance of Being Seven (2012)

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.”

The Importance of Being Seven (2012)

Added October 27 2013

Flynn Rider: All right, Blondie.
Rapunzel: Rapunzel.
Flynn Rider: Gesundheit.

Posted in: Tangled

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.

The Prince (1513)

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.”

The Importance of Being Seven (2012)

Added October 13 2013

A prudent man should always follow in the path trodden by great men and imitate those who are most excellent.

The Prince (1513)

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.

undated letter to Piero Soderini

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.

quoted in Arthur Koestler's Darkness At Noon (1941)

Added September 17 2013

Flynn Rider: You were my new dream.
Rapunzel: And you were mine.

Posted in: Tangled

Added September 10 2013

Pixar is the first studio that is a movie star.

Twitter Feed (21 June 2010)
Posted in: Roger Ebert

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.

Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert (2006)
Posted in: Roger Ebert

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.

Awake in the Dark: The Best of Roger Ebert (2006)
Posted in: Roger Ebert

Added September 6 2013

I believe empathy is the most essential quality of civilization.

"Roger Ebert's Journal" column (19 May 2010)
Posted in: Roger Ebert

Added August 29 2013

Flynn Rider: Frankly, I’m too scared to ask about the frog.
Rapunzel: Chameleon.
Flynn Rider: Nuance!

Posted in: Tangled

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.

Life Itself : A Memoir (2011)
Posted in: Roger Ebert

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.

Posted in: Tangled

Added August 14 2013

Accept loss forever

"Belief & Technique For Modern Prose: List of Essentials" in a letter to Don Allen (1958)
Posted in: Jack Kerouac

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.

Playboy 20q
Posted in: Roger Ebert

Added August 11 2013

Sherlock Holmes: Try not to start a war before I get home – you know what it does to the traffic.

A Study in Pink (season 1, episode 1)
Posted in: Sherlock

Added August 10 2013

Alex Dunphy: Could you L a little less OL?

When Good Kids Go Bad (season 3, episode 2)
Posted in: Modern Family

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.

"Movie Answer Man" column (18 September 2005)
Posted in: Roger Ebert