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Tuesday February 03, 2009

Francois Truffaut Quote of the Day - I

"We almost didn't make it at first. I'd watch her over breakfast, wondering how to get rid of her. But then I thought, 'Where do you get these ideas?' And I found no answer."

— Passerby, happily married after 11 years, in Francois Truffaut's Tirez sur le pianiste (1960)

Posted at 07:30 AM on Feb 03, 2009 in category Quote of the Day, Movies - Foreign
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Thursday January 29, 2009

John Updike Quote of the Day

It came to me the other day:
Were I to die, no one would say,
“Oh, what a shame! So young, so full
Of promise — depths unplumbable!”

Instead, a shrug and tearless eyes
Will greet my overdue demise;
The wide response will be, I know,
“I thought he died a while ago.”

For life’s a shabby subterfuge,
And death is real, and dark, and huge.
The shock of it will register
Nowhere but where it will occur.

JOHN UPDIKE
Posted at 03:16 PM on Jan 29, 2009 in category Quote of the Day, Books
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Robert Downey Jr. Quote of the Day

"I'm not very popular for saying this, and the missus tells me to keep it on the QT, but lately for me, the biggest, most commercial projects that I've done are the most creatively satisfying, the most collaborative and the ones that the audiences respond to. And I jump off and do an indie, and they can't hit their ass with both hands, it's 50 monkeys f–––ing a football and then you have to go and pump your kidneys dry in Sundance."

— Robert Downey, Jr., during the annual Oscar roundtable discussion in Newsweek.

Posted at 02:05 PM on Jan 29, 2009 in category Quote of the Day, Movies - The Oscars
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Barack Obama Quote of the Day

“Because of you, John. Barack Obama.”

—How Pres. Obama autographed a photo for U.S. Rep. (and civil rights legend) John Lewis after the inauguration on Jan. 20th. From David Remnick's must-read “Talk of the Town” piece in this week's New Yorker.

Posted at 11:26 AM on Jan 29, 2009 in category Quote of the Day, Politics
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Wednesday January 21, 2009

Sam Cooke Quote of the Day

There’ve been times that I thought
I couldn’t last for long
Now I think I’m able
To carry on

It’s been a long
A long time coming
But I know
Change gonna come
Oh, yes it will

— Sam Cooke, “A Change is Gonna Come.” Great use of this song, by the way, in Spike Lee's “Malcom X.”

ADDENDUM: The New York Times editorial on the inaugural speech.

Posted at 08:35 AM on Jan 21, 2009 in category Quote of the Day, Politics, Music
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