Tuesday, May 5, 2009
I love quotes. Many writers do. We collect them like knick-knacks, setting them up on "shelves" to be brought down and used later as a jumping off point for our writing. We get ideas just from looking at them, observing them, letting them roll off our tongues. These ideas sometimes take seed and grow into full-fledged stories, essays or poems. You just never know where a simple quote is going to take you, and you never know when you will hear such a quote. I've pulled my little notebook from my purse in dark theaters just so I can write down something I just heard in the movie, something I felt I may be able to use later.
Today, I am going to share a few of my favorite quotes and where I first heard them. Maybe they can inspire your own creativity.
"[R]emember, no matter where you go, there you are."
-Buckaroo Banzai (The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension)
"You see, madness, as you know, is like gravity. All it takes is a little push."
-The Joker (The Dark Knight)
"The shrinks diagnosed me as a sociopath with paranoid delusions. But they were just out to get me because I threatened to kill them."
-From the TV show Heroes: don't remember the character's name
"There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line."
"A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin."
-H. L. Mencken
Take those and run with them.....