Friday, August 22, 2008

The Tag That Boomeranged

I got an easy tag one day in June and cheerfully finished it off, noting that my post count had gone up by one without putting in much effort (unlike many people who write posts in 15-20 minutes, I take a really long time to write something....even this one is taking me nearly an hour and a half and counting).

So when a tag that you had thrown at unsuspecting blog pals boomerangs on you, you can either blame your bad luck for having to do a similar tag again or thank your lucky stars for getting an opportunity to increase the number of posts by one more. I chose to do the latter. But I must say that this one is a bit more involved than the one I passed along. I also had to spend a lot of time googling for some of the quotes I vaguely remember from somewhere (I'm not much of a quotes person) and at the end of it couldn't find most of the quotes I was looking for.

Here are the rules of the tag, as set down by apostle Tom, the dangerous Confused Mortar:

Jot down 5 of your favorite quotes from the various books you’ve read. If you don’t have the books with you now, googling (Wikiquotes and the like) can be used to find them. Tag five people and acknowledge the person who tagged you.

I've bent the rules a little by including TV shows and movies (hey, they have screenplays and scripts which are in the form of books; so I'm technically not breaking any rule).

Starting off with the paragon of incompetence - Michael Scott in 'The Office':
I don't want somebody sucking up to me because they think I'm going to help their career. I want them sucking up to me because they genuinely love me.

Next up is a quote from one of my favourite books of all time, 'Midnight's Children' by Salman Rushdie:
No people whose word for "yesterday" is the same as their word for "tomorrow" can be said to have a firm grip on the time.

From the classic British TV series, 'Yes, Minister' (there are so many of them I love that I just went to wikiquotes and picked one at random):
Sir Humphrey: Didn't you read the Financial Times this morning?
Sir Desmond Glazebrook: Never do.
Sir Humphrey: Well, you're a banker, surely you read the Financial Times?
Sir Desmond: Can't understand it. Full of economic theory.
Sir Humphrey: Why do you buy it?
Sir Desmond: Oh, you know, it's part of the uniform.

I consider Anna Karenina to be one of the greatest accomplishments of my life (reading it, that is). When that Leo dude writes something, he doesn't bother about keeping it short. I lost count of the number of times I had to get the epic (both the volumes) reissued from my college library. This led to the following words from the Librarian which deserves a mention as one of my favourite quotes (but does not count since it's not to be found on wikiquotes):
You shouldn't be wasting your time reading these silly story books. You should be reading some engineering books.
Battling the verbosity was tough (mostly because my hands ached after a few minutes from holding up the book to read), but battling the Librarian (yes, one with the capital L) was tougher still. However, the book was full of gems like this:
All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

If there is any book on earth that is quote-worthy from beginning to end, it has to be 'To Kill a Mockingbird':

Tom Robinson: Looks like she didn't have nobody to help her. I felt right sorry for her. She seemed...
Prosecutor: You felt sorry for her? A white woman? You felt sorry for her?

Now to tag 5 people:

I tag Peter, Paul, James, John, Judas and any other apostle who is feeling left out ;-)

PS: Kunz had been looking around for stuff to use against Mallus in general and me in particular. Look what he found - Hotel Keralafornia by The Yeagles. He thought I'd be angry, but I was laughing louder than him. Last seen, he was muttering, "Somebody makes fun of you and what you do is laugh along with him?"


Tom said...

Yes, tags are probably the easiest way to hike up our post count. "To kill a mocking bird" has been in my shelf for quite a while; will read that shortly.
P.S. The 'Yes, Minister' conversation was my favorite among the lot.

silverine said...

That Michael Scott quote was LOL!! Yes Minister is full of quotes!! I wish they would air the series again!! Nice list of quotes!

mathew said...

"You shouldn't be wasting your time reading these silly story books. You should be reading some engineering books. "hehehe...

i think i have listened to such countless teacher quotes..:-P

Rada said...

One of my favorite quotes is from the movie "The Good, the bad & the Ugly.

Clint Eastwood (Good) is in the bath tub when Eli Wallach (Ugly) barges in with a gun and starts talking.

Clint coolly shoots him from the tub and says: "When you want to shoot, shoot, don't talk!" :-)

Philip said...

tom: It's a great read...but most people who have read it expecting a masterpiece have been disappointed. So try to read it without too many expectations (if that's possible)

silverine: When they aired it on TV, I was too young to understand anything. But having the series on DVD helps :))

mathew: Teachers, parents and librarians...who'd have thought they'd be the people trying to discourage you from reading.

rada: As good an advice as any one will ever get :)

Praveen said...

good collection of quotes man...
leo dude is indeed one tuf nut to crack...

my alltime fav is this one from the gr8est movie ever made "shawshank redemption"
-"Hope is a good thing. Maybe the best of things. And a good thing never dies".

if my memory is correct, the scene u mentioned was between bad and ugly(not sure though)

Destination Infinity said...

"What is Real? How do you define Real? If you are talking about your Senses, what you feel, taste, smell or see, then all you are talking about are electrical signals interpreted by your brain" - Morpheus in Matrix

This is my favorite quote.

Destination Infinity

Karthik said...

I have the entire DVD set of Yes Minister Series :-)

Nice Tag.

Abraham Menacherry said...

Good to hear that there are other people out there who take more than half an hour to write a post. Me too!!

I like the quote about happy families.. though I remember it from a movie(american beauty??) not from the novel..