What’s your line?

One of my readers requested I write a piece on memorable lines from movies.  Initially I loved the idea.  We all have our favorites.  The reader kicked off her request with a classic line, uttered by Olympia Dukakis in Steel Magnolias: “The only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize.”  From that same movie I always liked:  “If you can’t say anything nice about anybody, come sit by me.”

As I developed the piece I broke out in hives because I didn’t know where to stop.  I would love to know yours but please, don’t break out in hives.

First, let’s eliminate all the obvious ones:  “Go ahead, make my day.”  “You can’t handle the truth.”  “Frankly my dear…”  And let’s clear away this one that’s going around now, from Get Him to the Greek, “When the world slips you a Jeffrey, stroke the furry wall.”  I already got some great quotes from Princess Bride and Monty Python movies on my June 2 post on bdelygmias.

I’ll throw out a few and let’s see where they take us. Perhaps you’d like to respond either by identifying the movie or, better yet, giving me another line from the same movie.  Be forewarned, there might be multiple quotes from the same movie.  Or, feel free to post one or more of your own, with or without the movie cited.

  1. Don’t much excite you except whores…and biscuits.
  2. Does this proposition entail my dressing up as Little Bo Peep?
  3. The Zen philosopher Basho once wrote, ‘A flute with no holes is not a flute. A donut with no hole is a Danish.’
  4. We consider ourselves bi-coastal if you consider the Mississippi River one of the coasts.
  5. I got off that boat with nothing but my dancer’s belt and a tube of ChapStick.
  6. We have so much in common.  We both love soup.  And snow peas.
  7. There’s what’s right and there’s what’s right and never the twain shall meet.
  8. Now you take that diaper off your head and you put it back on your sister!
  9. I found myself driving past convenience stores…that weren’t on the way home.
  10. Value this time in your life kids, because this is the time in your life when you still have your choices, and it goes by so quickly. When you’re a teenager you think you can do anything, and you do. Your twenties are a blur. Your thirties, you raise your family, you make a little money and you think to yourself, “What happened to my twenties?”  Your forties, you grow a little pot belly, you grow another chin. The music starts to get too loud and one of your old girlfriends from high school becomes a grandmother.  Your fifties, you have a minor surgery. You’ll call it a procedure, but it’s a surgery. Your sixties, you have a major surgery, the music is still loud but it doesn’t matter because you can’t hear it anyway.  Seventies, you and the wife retire to Fort Lauderdale, you start eating dinner at two, lunch around ten, breakfast the night before.  And you spend most of your time wandering around malls looking for the ultimate in soft yogurt and muttering “how come the kids don’t call?” By your eighties, you’ve had a major stroke, and you end up babbling to some Jamaican nurse who your wife can’t stand but who you call mama.  Any questions?

Oh, no, we didn’t even touch Young Frankenstein.  Or any Woody Allen.  Hives.

Hint:  If you are totally stumped, check the tags below for clues.


Filed under Movies, Television and Radio, Quotes

21 responses to “What’s your line?

  1. Marty

    Great lines! Trying to figure out #8.

  2. Katherine

    9. Raising Arizona.

    Oh my gosh the hives! More later.

  3. Marty

    Here is one for old folks…”I seen him suck a batch of eggs”

  4. Marty


    Frank Booth: Hey you wanna go for a ride?
    Jeffrey Beaumont: No thanks.
    Frank Booth: No thanks? What does that mean?
    Jeffrey Beaumont: I don’t wanna go.
    Frank Booth: Go where?
    Jeffrey Beaumont: For a ride.
    Frank Booth: A ride! Now that’s a good idea!

  5. Gayle O.

    One of my all time favorites…

    “Badges?! We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!”

    Is #8 from Mr. Mom?

  6. Ali

    The actual quote, which Steel Magnolias got wrong is “If you can’t say something good about someone, come sit next to me.” and comes from Alice Roosevelt, though the movie writers may have stolen it and used it without attribution. Alice actually had it on a pillow on her settee and always referred to it as her motto.

    But my favorite movie tag line comes from “Some Like it Hot”:

    “But I’m not a woman!”
    “Nobody’s perfect.”

  7. Michelle Strier

    I can’t entirely leave out the most quotable movie of all time. Let’s go with “leave the gun, take the cannoli.”

  8. Katherine

    Ray: “He’s an ugly little spud.”
    Peter: “I think he can hear you, Ray.”

  9. chris

    “Swim? The jump is going to kill you.”

  10. Janet Rozier

    “What we have here is a failure to communicate.”


  11. Janet Rozier

    “What we have here is a failure to communicate.”


  12. Joe

    “perhaps we should pass a law which outlaws that ridiculous haircut of yours”

    “You dont like it sir?”

    “Nobody likes it apart from blind people; and even they can sense it’s profound ugliness”

    Just rented that movie and watched it have wathed it 3 times with 3 different people this past weekend.

  13. Katherine

    It’s not a question of where he grips it. It’s a simple question of weight ratios. A five ounce bird cannot carry a one pound coconut!

  14. I can see I am going to have to look up some of these. But they are great as stand-alones, which is what this exercise is all about!

    Thanks for playing!!!

  15. P.S. I can’t believe I didn’t get Pirate Radio. I am buying it as soon as I can. That is, unless someone might be planning to buy it for me for Christmas 🙂

  16. Gotta admit that most of my favorites are from NASCAR movies and westerns, so I guess I’m your huckleberry ;-):

    “I like to picture Jesus with giant eagle’s wings and singing lead vocals for Lynard Skynard with, like, an angel band and I’m in the front row, and I’m hammered drunk.”

  17. Craig Dees

    Relax, all right? Don’t try to strike everybody out. Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they’re fascist. Throw some ground balls. It’s more democratic.

  18. Polly

    “Terry and I worship an unconventional deity. The power of another dimension. Now you are not going to read about this dimension in a book or a magazine because it exists nowhere… but in my own mind. Through our ceremonies and rituals we have witnessed the awesome and vibratory power… of color. ”

    And another…
    “There’s no crying in baseball!” — easy to guess, but priceless.

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