Category Archives: Killer Quotes

Killer Quotes – Robert A. Heinlein on specialisation and the human condition

A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.

Robert A. Heinlein – Time Enough for Love

What separates humans from the insects in a nutshell.  Robert A. Heinlein is recognised as one of the leading lights of the Golden Age of science fiction along with Arthur C Clarke and Isaac Asimov.  He is responsible for some of the seminal works of science fiction which have influenced popular culture and modern thought.  He obviously didn’t think much of the man who couldn’t change a car tyre.

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Killer Quotes – Fear – Frank Herbert

“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

Frank Herbert – Dune

In his epic novel Dune Frank Herbert gives us this litany against fear and inspiration that has been keeping tattoo artists busy ever since.


Killer Quotes – Doctor Who on the nature of time

“People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect. But actually from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint it’s more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey… stuff.”

Doctor Who to Sally Sparrow in “Blink” S3.Ep10.

Blink is one of my favourite episodes of the rebooted Doctor Who series. It sees the first appearance of the weeping angels and features this brilliant explanation of how time works – from a non-linear, non-subjjective viewpoint of course.


Killer Quotes – Dr Seuss on dreams, reality, insomnia and falling in love

“You know you’re in love when you can’t fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”

Doctor Seuss

Another favourite. Another Doctor Seuss. Another sentiment anyone who’s ever fallen in love will completely understand.

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Killer Quotes – Dr Seuss on who and what matters

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

Doctor Seuss

Another firm favourite. Words to live by and a way of thinking to empower our children.

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Killer Quotes – Johnny Cash’s love letter to wife June Carter

Happy Birthday Princess,

We get old and get use to each other. We think alike.

We read each others minds. We know what the other wants without asking. Sometimes we irritate each other a little bit. Maybe sometimes take each other for granted.

But once in awhile, like today, I meditate on it and realize how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met. You still fascinate and inspire me.

You influence me for the better. You’re the object of my desire, the #1 Earthly reason for my existence. I love you very much.

Happy Birthday Princess.

John”

Johnny Cash to wife June Carter on her 65th Birthday in 1994

The love story that was the life of Johnny Cash (the Man in Black) and June Carter is part of music folklore.  They were married for 35 years until June’s death in 2003.  This letter was sent to Carter by husband Johnny Cash on her 65th Birthday and provides a glimpse at the fuel that kept the love alive.


Killer Quotes – New Years Eve Declaration of Love in When Harry Met Sally

“I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”

Harry Burns to Sally Albright – When Harry Met Sally

This declaration of love is made by Harry Burns played by Billy Crystal to Sally Albright played by Meg Ryan in the 1989 classic romantic comedy ‘When Harry Met Sally‘.  Harry has just realised that he truly deeply and madly loves the woman with whom he has been friends for years in spite of his personal philosophy that men and women can’t be friends because ‘the sex thing‘ always gets in the way.
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Killer Quotes – Highlander opening monologue

From the dawn of time we came…moving silently down through the centuries. Living many secret lives, struggling to reach the time of the gathering, when the few who remain will battle to the last. No one has ever known we were among you…..until now.

Opening Monologue Highlander (spoken by Sean Connery)

This monologue comes from the opening sequence of the Russell Mulcahy film Highlander and is spoken by Sean Connery who plays the character of Juan Sánchez Villalobos Ramírez in the movie depicting the struggles of a group of immortals battling for the prize which would be bestowed on the last man standing.
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Killer Quotes – Monkey opening monologue

“In the Worlds before Monkey,
Primal chaos reigned,
Heaven sought order.
But the Phoenix can fly only when its feathers are grown.
The four worlds formed again and yet again,
As endless aeons wheeled and passed.
Time and the pure essences of Heaven,
The moisture of the Earth,
And the powers of the Sun and the Moon
All worked upon a certain rock – old as Creation,
And it magically became fertile.
That first egg was named Thought,
Tathagata Buddha, the Father Buddha,
Said, ‘With our thoughts we make the world.’
Elemental forces caused the egg to hatch,
from it then came a stone Monkey.
The nature of Monkey was irrepressible!”

Opening Monologue – Monkey TV Series – NTV/KHK

Another of my childhood influences was the TV Series Monkey. Many a lunch hour was spent running around the playground pretending to be zooming here an there on my own cloud taking me to the fight. Between the fantastical elements, the highly acrobatic and artistic fight scenes and the awful English overdubbing the show was fertile fodder for the imagination of many a 9 year old boy.
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Killer Quotes – W H Auden – Funeral Blues

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,

Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,

Silence the pianos and with muffled drum

Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come. 


Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead

Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,

Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,

Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves. 


He was my North, my South, my East and West,

My working week and my Sunday rest,

My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;

I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.


The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;

Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun;

Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood.

For nothing now can ever come to any good.

W H Auden

Funeral Blues – The title of the above poem, was popularised after W H Auden’s death in 1973 by broadcast on various mass media. It gained further popularity and exposure after being read at the funeral in the 1994 movie Four Weddings and a Funeral.

Written in its present form in 1938 it is a wonderfully sad and melancholy piece, however, a little known earlier 1936 version, written as a satire in five stanzas instead of four, exists.

Auden’s large body of work including Funeral Blues marks him as one of the great writers of the 20th Century.


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