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Quite an experience to live in fear, isn’t it? That’s what it is to be a slave.

— Batty the replicant (android), from Blade Runner  <link>

Two Questions

The ancient Egyptians had a beautiful belief about death. When their souls reached the entrance to heaven, the gods asked them two questions. Their answers determined whether they were admitted or not.
     Have you found joy in your life?
     Has your life brought joy to others?

— Carter Chambers, from the movie The Bucket List  <link>

You never had a rope around your neck. Well, I’m going to tell you something. When that rope starts to pull tight, you can feel the Devil bite your ass.

— Tuco, the “ugly” bandit from the movie The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly  <link>

What Bends?

Boy: Do not try and bend the spoon. That’s impossible. Instead…only try to realize the truth.

Neo: What truth?

Boy: There is no spoon.

Neo: There is no spoon?

Boy: Then you’ll see, that it is not the spoon that bends, it is only yourself.

from the movie, Matrix  <link>

“Allow me to explain about the theatre business. The natural condition is one of insurmountable obstacles on the road to imminent disaster.”

“So what do we do?”

“Nothing. Strangely enough, it all turns out well.”


“I don’t know. It’s a mystery.”

— from the movie, Shakespeare In Love  <link>

Do or do not. There is no try.

— Yoda, from Star Wars, Episode V: Empire Strikes Back  <link>

My name is Bruce.
I am a nice shark,
    not a mindless eating machine.
If I am to change this image,
    I must first change myself.
Fish are friends, not food.

from Finding Nemo  <link>

The Really Interesting Questions

[Suppose] we just finished poisoning the earth and everyone was dead in a hundred years. Then what was the point of anything? Art, beauty—all gone—the Greeks, the Constitution, people dying for freedom, ideas. None of it meant anything? What about religion? Do we give up on God too?

I realized science couldn’t answer any of the really interesting questions.

— Dr. Chantilas, from Red Planet  <link>

I don’t know if we each have a destiny or if we’re all just floating accidental like on a breeze, but I think maybe it’s both. Maybe both are happening at the same time.

— Forrest Gump  <link>

The Wizard said to the Tin Man, “Remember my friend, love is not measured by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.”

from The Wizard of Oz  <link>

I wanna tell you something…, something you do not yet know…. The universe will expand, then it will collapse back on itself, then will expand again. It will repeat this process forever. What you don’t you know is that when the universe expands again, everything will be as it is now. Whatever mistakes you make this time around, you will live through on your next pass. Every mistake you make, you will live through again, and again, forever. So my advice to you is to get it right this time around, because this time is all you have.

— Prot, from K-Pax
(Except for the last six words, does Prot describe a version of hell?)  <link>