Line(s) of the Day #TheQueensGambit

“Chess isn’t always competitive. Chess can also be beautiful. It was the board I noticed first. It’s an entire world of just 64 squares. I feel safe in it. I can control it. I can dominate it. And it’s predictable, so if I get hurt, I only have myself to blame.”

Elizabeth Harmon (Anya Taylor-Joy) in the superlative drama series The Queen’s Gambit (2019), which tells of an orphan’s rise through the ranks of the male-dominated world of chess in the 1950s and 60s.

Line(s) of the Day #TheOffice

Darryl Philbin: In the warehouse, we’d use code names for people we wanted to talk about. Andy was “Jelly Roll”, Mike was “Dennis the Menace”, Ryan was “Douchebag.”
Ryan Howard: Hey, that’s not a code name, that’s just an insult.
Oscar Nunez: Plus, everyone would know who you meant.

Craig Robinson, BJ Novak and Oscar Martinez in The Office: An American Workplace (2005 – 2013), the hugely successful American adaptation of The Office (2001 – 2003), which ran for 14 episodes but was hugely influential.

Line(s) of the Day #TheSecretGarden

Of course there must be lots of Magic in the world,” he said wisely one day, “but people don’t know what it is like or how to make it. Perhaps the beginning is just to say nice things are going to happen until you make them happen. I am going to try and experiment.”

As said by Colin Craven in The Secret Garden, the children’s novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Line(s) of the Day #ASpacemanCameTravelling

A spaceman came traveling on his ship from afar
‘Twas light years of time since his mission did start
And over a village, he halted his craft
And it hung in the sky like a star, just like a star

The opening lines of the song A Spaceman Came Travelling by Chris de Burgh from his second album Spanish Train and Other Stories (1975). Though not a chart hit, it’s continued to be popular and still features in most Christmas compliations.

Line(s) of the Day #2Become1

Candlelight and soul forever
A dream of you and me together
Say you believe it, say you believe it

The opening lyrics of 2 Become 1, The Spice Girls’ third consecutive number one and their first Christmas number one. Taken from their debut album Spice (1995), it showed a softer side to the English group without losing their trademark cheekiness.

Line(s) of the Day #November Rain

Nothin’ lasts forever
And we both know hearts can change
And it’s hard to hold a candle
In the cold November rain

Taken from the song November Rain from Californian band Guns n’ Roses from their third studio album Use Your Illusion I (1991). Known as the “most dangerous band in the world”, they had a string of hit singles at the end of the 80s and early 90s, including Welcome to the Jungle.

Line(s) of the Day #MollysGame

But even better than the money was the knowledge that I now knew why I had come to L.A. I knew why I had withstood Reardon’s temper tantrums, his contant insults, the degrading cocktail-waitress uniforms, the sleazy, ass-grabby guys.

I wanted a big life, a grand adventure, and no one was going to hand it to me. I wasn’t born with a way to get it, like my brothers. I was waiting for my opportunity, and somehow I knew it would come. Again I thought of Lewis Carroll’s Alice saying, “I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.” I understood the profound simplicity of that statement – because after tonight I knew I could never, ever go back. 

Molly’s Game (2014), based upon the adventures of Molly Bloom, who ran poker games worth millions for some of the world’s wealthiest men. I’ve also quoted the film adapation here and some useful poker quotes here.