“Leave the gun. Take the cannoli”

Peggy Noonan had a wonderful article in today’s Wall Street Journal. In “The Politics of ‘The Shallows” she pointed out that people, in her example politicians, quoted movies not books. She was absolutely right. I don’t hear many quotes lifted from books. Now, everyone now quotes from movies and songs. However, I decided to offer a few of my favorite quotes from movies, plays, and songs.

Animal House:

“Christ. Seven years of college down the drain.”

“Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.”


The Big Lebowski:

“That rug really tied the room together.”

“The Dude abides. I don’t know about you but I take comfort in that. It’s good knowin’ he’s out there. The Dude. Takin’ ‘er easy for all us sinners.”


The God Father:

“Revenge is a dish that tastes best when served cold.”



Henry 5:

“From this day to the ending of the world,

But we in it shall be remembered-

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;

For he today that sheds his blood with me

Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,

This day shall gentle his condition”


Julius Caesar:

“Yond Cassius has a lean and hungry look. He thinks too much: such men are dangerous.”


Prince: Changes

“Time may change me

But I can’t trace time”


Finally, a virtually unknown lyric to Paul Simon’s The Boxer:


“Now the years are rolling by me

They are rockin’ evenly

I am older than I once was

And younger than I’ll be

But that’s not unusual

No it isn’t strange”

After changes upon changes

We are more or less the same”

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Solomon Ryan

I like your article, but you have left one of the best authors of all time out of your list: Leo Tolstoy.
“We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the highest degree of human wisdom.”

A shout out to Solomon Ryan, my son, and possibly the best reader in the household. I agree Tolstoy has a few good quips, but compared to the great, they are few and far between. I thank you for reminding me that my favor sentence is from Charles Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of… Read more »
Alec D. Van Ryan

Elaine Dickinson (Airplane)

“There is no reason to become alarmed, and we hope you’ll enjoy the rest of your flight. By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?”


A classic for all nervous flyers.


“Wilma, I promise you; whatever scum did this, not one man on this force will rest one minute until he’s behind bars. Now, let’s grab a bite to eat.”
– Frank Drebbin, The Naked Gun


It’s important to prioritize.

james Naadjie

“This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.” Red or blue pill Pat?


I am not sure I can drop this at my next cocktail party. It gives me a headache just thinking what it means. If someone said this to me, I would be speechless, which you know is virtually impossible. PS, the quote suggests you spend to much time behind a computer.


What will happen to change?
Will change change as all things?
Or will it develop immunity
And embrace hypocrisy?
Will change resist change
And go against its doctrinaire?
Why will change change not
Should nothing be permanent, even change?
Since change is also a thing.

ifedayo oshin


There are a lot of changes in there. Remember what Bill Clinton said: Make change you friend. Or what Hillary said: Can you change a $100.


LOL, poor Hillary


Any person who can earn over $100-million giving speeches over a 15 year span should NEVER be considered poor


one of my current favorites..

Wooh! There is nothin’ like summer in the city
Someone in a rush next to someone lookin’ pretty
Excuse me miss, I know it’s not funny
But your perfume smells like your daddy’s got money
Why you slummin’ in the city in your fancy heels
You searchin for an urchin who can give you ideals?

Lookin’ for a mind at work

Lin-Manuel Miranda has a way with words

There is no doubt that Lin-Manuel Miranda is a genius. I saw Hamilton when it first opened on Broadway and like everyone else was blown away. He captured the spirit of Hamilton I am attaching the most important song in the show; it has so many meanings… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VK4Wk_8PbcI [HAMILTON] I am not throwing away my shot!
I am not throwing away my shot! Hey yo, I’m just like my country
I’m young, scrappy and hungry And I’m not throwing away my shot! I’m ‘a get a scholarship to King’s College I prob’ly shouldn’t brag, but dag, I amaze and astonish The problem… Read more »



Shakespeare would be writing rap now

David Hanick
Long before Trump thought about politics, Merrill Haggard summed up the current situation when he saying the following: I wish a buck was still silver It was back when the country was strong Back before Elvis, before Vietnam war came along Before the Beatles and yesterday When a man could still work and still would Is the best of the free life behind us now And are the good times really over for good? And are we rolling downhill like a snowball headed for hell With no kinda chance for the flag or the liberty bell? Wish a Ford and… Read more »

The world suffers through periods of insanity, some worse than others. No government or institution is immune. And there is no eternal government. Once it doesn’t work, then it falls. i always criticize people for being US centric. We assume that the US government, especially in its present form, is eternal. Wrong. That’s adaptive expectations in economics – viewing the future through the present.

David Hanick
Government is only part of the equation. Granted no government is eternal. Something more basic is a stake here. Something that goes back farther than Sparta. Remember the Spartan response to when Xerxes asked them to lay down their weapons at the battle of Thermopylae? “ΜΟΛΩΝ ΛΑΒΕ” (“Come and take”), The basic desire of a man to be free. That’s what the good times are all about. As history proves, people will go to lengths to preserve their freedom. I hope that we, as a nation, are willing to do something more noble than roll over and accept our fate… Read more »
to quote Janis Joplin: freedom is another way to say nothing left to lose. (I really have to stop with the song lyrics. Promise.) I think you are wrong. Freedom is a recent concept. For centuries most people never questioned what freedom was. The serfs did what the landholders wanted, most people followed the kings’ dictates or the churches. Individual freedom is a recent concept and a dangerous one. After all no one wants a million opinions otherwise nothing will be done. Right now we are suffering an extreme dose of individual freedom and no common good. As for politics,… Read more »