The Dark Knight

I have watched this movie, the second installment of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, on July 18th every year since 2008 in honor of a friend’s birthday. Today, preparing for my eighth annual viewing, I thought I would share some of my favorite lines from this film.

Batman: Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded.

Bozo: I believe whatever doesn’t kill you, simply makes you… [takes off his mask, revealing the Joker] …stranger.

Harvey Dent: The night is darkest just before the dawn. And I promise you, the dawn is coming.

The Joker: Oh, you. You just couldn’t let me go, could you? This is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. You truly are incorruptible, aren’t you? You won’t kill me out of some misplaced sense of self-righteousness. And I won’t kill you because you’re just too much fun. I think you and I are destined to do this forever.

Harvey Dent: You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.

Batman: [as Joker is holding Rachel out a window] Let her go!
The Joker: [giving him a look] Very poor choice of words…

Two-Face: You thought we could be decent men in an indecent time. But you were wrong. The world is cruel, and the only morality in a cruel world is chance. [holds up his coin] Unbiased. Unprejudiced. Fair.

The Joker: Don’t talk like one of them, you’re not! Even if you’d like to be. To them, you’re just a freak, like me. They need you right now. But when they don’t, they’ll cast you out, like a leper. See, their morals, their code… it’s a bad joke. Dropped at the first sign of trouble. They’re only as good as the world allows them to be. I’ll show you, when the chips are down, these… these civilized people? They’ll eat each other. See, I’m not a monster, I’m just ahead of the curve.

Alfred Pennyworth: You hammered them and in their desperation they turned to a man they didn’t fully understand. Some men aren’t looking for anything logical. They can’t be bought, bullied, reasoned or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn.

James Gordon Jr.: Batman? Batman! Why’s he running dad?
Lt. James Gordon: Because we have to chase him.
James Gordon Jr.: He didn’t do anything wrong.
Lt. James Gordon: Because he’s the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we’ll hunt him. Because he can take it. Because he’s not our hero. He’s a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A Dark Knight.


“As You Wish”

I am currently reading Cary Elwes’ memoirs from the making of The Princess Bride, “As You Wish”. Elwes plays Westley in this 1987 treasure which is based on William Goldman’s book, “The Princess Bride” (which I also recommend). I really love this movie, and reading all of the behind the scenes details got me thinking about my favorite lines from the film. While there are many memorable quotes from the movie, these are just some my favorites:

“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You Killed My father. Prepare to die.” –Inigo

“Life is pain, highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.” –Man in Black

“You seem a decent fellow. I hate to kill you.” -Inigo
”You seem a decent fellow. I hate to die.” –Man in Black

“Inconceivable!” –Vizzini
“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.” –Inigo

“We’ll never survive.” –Buttercup
“Nonsense. You only say that because no one ever has.” –Westley

“There’s a shortage of perfect breasts in this world. It would be a pity to damage yours.” –Westley

“Truly, you have a dizzying intellect.”-Westley
“Wait till I get going…”-Vizzini

“You are trying to kidnap what I have rightfully stolen.” – Vizzini

“As you Wish.” –Westley

Brains, Courage, Heart & Home

Last month I read “Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West” by Gregory Maguire (the basis of the hit Broadway musical), followed by the L. Frank Baum 1900 classic, “The Wizard of Oz”. After completing those I felt it necessary to break out my old VHS copy of the 1939 Hollywood marvel, “The Wizard of Oz”.

The differences are many. Tinseltown embellished the original story (which is not surprising); for instance, in the book there is no Miss Gulch, and there are terrifying creatures with the bodies of bears and the heads of tigers (oh my!) called Kalidahs. The flying monkeys are good, the company makes it out of the field of poppies without snow, and the book is more gruesome than I thought. The most flagrant ‘modification’ for the movie was that the iconic ruby red slippers are actually SILVER in the original book (they are red in Maguire’s book, and are complimented by Nessarose’s (The Wicked Witch of the East) striped stockings).

I really enjoyed both books and I had fun comparing and contrasting the two books to the original movie.

I thought I would share my favorite quotes from over the rainbow.

The Wizard of Oz: “A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others.”

Dorothy: “How do you talk if you don’t have a brain?”
Scarecrow: “Well, some people without brains do an awful lot of talking don’t they?”

Dorothy: “Lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh, my!”

The Wizard of Oz: “As for you, my galvanized friend, you want a heart. You don’t know how lucky you are not to have one. Hearts will never be practical until they can be made unbreakable.”

Glinda, The Good Witch of the North: “You have no power here! Begone, before somebody drops a house on you, too!”

The Wizard of Oz: “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.”

The Wicked Witch of the West: “You cursed brat! Look what you’ve done! I’m melting! Melting! Oh, what a world! What a world! Who would have thought a good little girl like you could destroy my beautiful wickedness?”

The Cowardly Lion: “Courage! What makes a king out of a slave? Courage! What makes the flag on the mast to wave? Courage!”

Dorothy: “Please, sir. We’ve done what you told us. We brought you the broomstick of the Wicked Witch of the West. We melted her!”
The Wizard of Oz: “Oh, you liquidated her, eh? Very resourceful!”

Dorothy: “There’s no place like home.”

30 [Cheap] Things to do When Bored

After being iced in for two days this week, I decided to draft a list of things to do when you are bored or experiencing Spring Fever in the Winter.

  1. Teach yourself something new (to knit, origami, an instrument, dance routines, etc). YouTube and Udemy are great resources for tutorials.
  2. Clean out/organize your closet. Occasional de-cluttering is essential. In the end your life (or at least closet) will be organized and you will have helped others (if you donate old clothes and shoes you do not wear anymore).
  3. Put together a jigsaw puzzle.
  4. Exercise. Ride a bike, go for a run, try yoga, shoot some hoops, go for a hike.
  5. Get crafty. Doodle.
  6. Start a collection. Rocks, bottles, stamps, Christmas decorations…
  7. Watch a movie. Make it a marathon.
  8. Call a friend or relative. Even better, Skype or FaceTime a friend or relative.
  9. Learn some American Sign Language. is a great resource, it has a video dictionary and quizzes.
  10. Write a letter to a loved one. While I was in college my Grandma wrote me a letter each week and after my Grandpa died I made it a goal to write to her every week too. I love getting real mail (not credit card applications), I am sure I am not alone in my excitement for snail mail.
  11. Take quizzes, for fun. Visit and get lost in their plethora of fun quizzes (more added daily).
  12. Host a game night with friends/family.
  13. Try a new recipe. Pinterest is full of interesting recipes, and you need to eat anyway, have fun with it.
  14. Write. Draft a story, poem or song.
  15. Volunteer at a local organization.
  16. Visit a museum. Many museums have free days or hours.
  17. Take in a local play or musical. For a cheaper live theatre experience check out high school and community playhouse productions.
  18. Put your iPod or Pandora on shuffle and sing along.
  19. Dance.
  20. Read a new book (via the library, Amazon or Half Price Books) or, re-read an old favorite.
  21. Work a word search, crossword or Sudoku puzzle.
  22. Window or Pinterest “shop”.
  23. Commit a random act of kindness, i.e. feed a stray cat, take your neighbor’s newspaper to their front door, hold the door open for someone…
  24. Plant a garden.
  25. Write a bucket list… Places you want to see and things you want to do in life.
  26. Create a vision board (physical or on Pinterest). Vision boards have been proven to help you meet goals and manifest what you want.
  27. Plan a vacation. You don’t have to book airfare or hotel rooms, just plan where you want to go and what you want to do there.
  28. Create a care package. Dollar Tree has lots of great things to include in a care package. Make one for a friend or family member or make a few and take them to your local nursing home.
  29. Create a time capsule.
  30. Make a list of the top ten books you have read that you would recommend to someone else.

“Unbroken” Motivational Monday

One of the quotes I shared in last week’s motivational Monday collection really stuck with me, “Life is good, sometimes I forget that.” It was hammered home again after a whirl wind movie tour (three movies in two days) last week.

The quote resurfaced in my head as I was walking back to my car after seeing “Unbroken” (which I highly recommend; the book, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand is on my reading list for this year). Sometimes I think my life is tough, and I know at times my life has been very tough, yet my worst day is nothing compared to anything portrayed in the film based on the story of Louis Zamperini’s life. I have lost a kidney, relationships, and loved ones; I have questioned God when he has made me wait and I haven’t been able to see the path he has for me, but I need to remember life could be always worse. Louis’ story is one of survival, resilience and forgiveness. When life gets me down I hope to remember not only could it be worse, but that others already have it worse than me.

With all that said, my motivational quotes for this week (from this film) are:

 “However dark the night, however dim our hopes, the light will always follow darkness.”

“A moment of pain is worth a lifetime of glory.”

“If I can take it, I can make it.”

“Never give up. No matter what.”

The Sound of Music

A couple of weeks ago I finished reading an amazing book that was first published in 1949 by Maria Augusta von Trapp, The Story of the Trapp Family Singers. I absolutely loved every bit of this book.  The faith of the von Trapp family, and especially Maria was so inspiring.  I felt the whole spectrum of emotions joy, fear, awe, loss, excitement, worry and I laughed aloud many times too.  I highly recommend this book.  It was written in first person by the matriarch herself and tells a more detailed, real and longer story than the (wonderful) 1965 film.

After finishing the book, of course I had to re-watch the movie The Sound of Music.  This is my mother’s favorite movie so I have seen it many times before, but I saw it with fresh eyes this time.  The 174 minute film only represents the first 126 pages of the 312 page book that inspired it.  The book goes on to tell about the family’s travels to America, their singing tours, music camp and more.  It is not a boring autobiography. It is inspiring, enlightening and humorous.

On another note, on September 5th I wrote a post called “Music in Life” in which to told y’all about my left hand’s adventure learning to play the piano along with my right hand… I am pleased to share that I have memorized and mastered Edelweiss on the piano. With my reading of this book, watching the movie and discussions of my family’s German/Austrian ancestry, I thought this was a great song to sit down and teach myself to play properly.