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I need a quote.

Asked by crystalvegan (368points) March 25th, 2010

I’m making a short film about a man’s last moments of life, and in this film he’s seeing flashbacks from his life, that start out positive and turn distorted.

In the opening of this film, I want to show a quote….something about a mans worth, or a mans life…nothing from the Bible, and nothing too obvious. Something a bit more obscure, but still relating to the film. It can be dark, or inspirational…I’m really open to anything.

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KhiaKarma's avatar

At the moment of death I hope to be surprised.
Ivan Illich

WestRiverrat's avatar

Here are a couple.

When I was a boy, the Sioux owned the world. The sun rose and set on their land; they sent ten thousand men to battle. Where are the warriors today? Who slew them? Where are our lands? Who owns them?

I am a red man. If the Great Spirit had desired me to be a white man he would have made me so in the first place.

Sitting Bull

anartist's avatar

What though on hamely fare we dine,
Wear hoddin grey, an’ a that;
Gie fools their silks, and knaves their wine;
A Man’s a Man for a’ that

Robert Burns, from “A Man’s a Man for a’ tha”

Just_Justine's avatar

“Teach us to fly” they asked; so he took them to the edge and pushed
and they flew”

JeanPaulSartre's avatar

“Life is for each man a solitary cell whose walls are mirrors.” -Eugene O’neill

majorrich's avatar

The best advice a man can heed, is to plant no more garden than the wife will weed.
-H.H.Blount 1921–2008

Bugabear's avatar

A single death is a tragedy, a million deaths is a statistic. – Joseph Stalin. I really like Stalin’s.

anartist's avatar

Do not go gentle into that good night,
Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
—Dylan Thomas

squidcake's avatar

“For the dead there are no more toils.”

“Because I could not stop for Death,
He kindly stopped for me.
The Carriage held but just ourselves
And Immortality.”

—Emily Dickinson
(sorry, couldn’t resist. I just love that woman.)

majorrich's avatar

“Pain is a good thing. It lets you know you are still alive” SSgt Kelly Ft. Bragg NC

Shae's avatar

“they are the abstract and brief
chronicles of the time. After your death you were better have a
bad epitaph than their ill report while you live.” – Hamlet Act II Scene 2

“He ate and drank the precious Words, his Spirit grew robust; He knew no more that he was poor, nor that his frame was Dust.”
-Emily Dickinson

CyanoticWasp's avatar

The gods are dead, but in their name
Humanity is sold to shame,
While (then as now!) the tinsel’d Priest
Sitteth with robbers at the feast,
Blesses the laden blood-stain’d board,
Weaves garlands round the butcher’s sword,
And poureth freely (now as then)
The sacramental blood of Men!

—Robert Buchanan
“The New Rome”

galileogirl's avatar


Watch Citizen Kane to make sure you aren’t rewriting it.

Soubresaut's avatar

“Man cannot walk through walls, but his hopes and dreams can traverse through time.”
… dunno who said it, or I’d give them credit

jaytkay's avatar

“Holy moly there are some great quotes up there. Good job, people!”

Seriously. Good job!

TexasDude's avatar

It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by the dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who, at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly; so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory or defeat.

-Theodore Roosevelt

Boombip's avatar

Live life to it’s fullest,
And when Death comes knocking,
Have no regrets.

ratboy's avatar

You fall out of your mother’s womb, you crawl across open country under fire, and drop into your grave.

—Quentin Crisp

anartist's avatar

@squidcake forgiven. I feel the same way . . .

majorrich's avatar

Nine months to get out.. the rest of your life trying to get back in..

anartist's avatar

@majorrich is that an original?

anartist's avatar

Put a twenty-dollar gold piece on my watch chain, So you can let all the boys know I died standing pat
from St James Infirmary—Louis Armstrong

anartist's avatar

@Just_Justine what’s the ‘teach us to fly’ from? it’s neat.

rebbel's avatar

“I would even wish you dead,
If i could be your grave,
Then, with you captured in my arms,
You’ld always be mine.”

—Free translation of a H. de Vries poem.

majorrich's avatar

@anartist yup my own churning cesspool of a brain belched that one out. LOL

ucme's avatar

Life is very short & there’s no time for fussing & fighting my friend.
Lennon & McCartney.

anartist's avatar

@majorrich not bad. not bad. :-)

jfos's avatar

“On trouve toujours plus des moines que de raison.”
-From Dostoevsky’s The Possessed
(Translated from French: One always finds more monks than reason.)

Jayy's avatar

The instant you’re born you’re dying.

crystalvegan's avatar

These are great! Thanks so much for the quotes!

myopicvisionary's avatar

I forgive you…. and I forgive me.

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