“A great sorrow, and one that I am only beginning to understand: we don’t get to choose our own hearts. We can’t make ourselves want what’s good for us or what’s good for other people. We don’t get to choose the people we are.”
As said by the highly reflective Theodore Decker in The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (2013). The Pulitzer Prize winning novel tells of a 13 year’s old struggle to recover after a tragic incident, and his long-running connection with a painting by Carel Fabritius. You can find my review of The Secret History, Tartt’s debut novel here.
Juror #8: Let me ask you this: Do you really think the boy’d shout out a thing like that so the whole neighbourhood could hear him? I don’t think so – he’s much too bright for that. Juror #10: Bright? He’s a common ignorant slob. He don’t even speak good English. Juror #11: He *doesn’t* speak good English.
Henry Fonda, Ed Begley and George Voskovec in the superlative courtroom drama 12 Angry Men (1957). A truly astonishing film that has continued to inspire and provoke debate about the justice system and those chosen to help carry a verdict. I’ve included the film in my blog numerous times. As well as the recent Scorching Hot Weather Film Quiz, it’s also been in my Favourite Filmsand B/W Adaptions from Plays quizzes, as well as being on a guest film post.
One post on the insightful quotes of Oscar Wilde was never going to be enough. Not even close. That’s why the first one was geared to his more wittier quotes and the second part is focused on his more philosophical, more profound quotes. Before you do, here are two extra quotes.
Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson) in the horror phenomenon The Shining (1980). Famously based on a Stephen King novel, it tells of an aspiring writer and recovering alcoholic who starts to lose his sanity amidst the confines of an isolated hotel.
Whether we fall by ambition, blood, or lust, Like diamonds, we are cut with our own dust
As quoted by Ferdinand in The Duchess of Malfi (1612 – 1613) by John Webster, one of the great early writers. Though I’ve yet to read it, I’ve always been struck by this quote since seeing it on Amy’s blog, where she quoted it again recently.
I do wish we could chat longer, but… I’m having an old friend for dinner. Bye.
Hannibal Lecter (Sir Anthony Hopkins) in the cinematic masterpiece Silence of the Lambs (1991), one of only three films to win the highly-prized quintet of Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Original/Adapted Screenplay. The psychological thriller told of an FBI agent who must work with a manipulative killer to catch another criminal. It was directed by Jonathan Demme, who sadly passed away earlier this week at the age of 73.
Tired of lying in the sunshine, staying home to watch the rain, And you are young and life is long, and there is time to kill today, And then one day you find, the years have got behind you, No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.
Taken from the song Time from the seminal album The Dark Side of the Moon (1974) by hugely influential alternative rock group Pink Floyd. Along with its iconic cover, the album was a worldwide smash, is regularly voted one of the best ever and has sold over 45 million copies. It is one of my favourite Pink Floyd songs, along with Comfortably Numb.
In the New York Herald, November 26, year 1911, there is an account of the hanging of three men. They died for the murder of Sir Edmund William Godfrey; Husband, Father, Pharmacist and all around gentle-man resident of: Greenberry Hill, London. He was murdered by three vagrants whose motive was simple robbery. They were identified as: Joseph Green, Stanley Berry, and Daniel Hill. Green, Berry, Hill. And I Would Like To Think This was Only A Matter Of Chance.
The opening lines as narrated in Magnolia (1999), a mosaic mixture of storylines that arguably includes Tom Cruise’s best ever performance.