What is it about great lines? From books, music, and movies, opening lines and interesting or funny bits of wisdom make parrots out of many of us. My family can go through nearly an entire day when 95% of our communication consists of lines from books and movies. After serving milk at the dinner table… “Milk was a bad choice.” Or the phone rings… “Buddy the Elf. What’s your favorite color?
If I heard my daughter proclaim, “We were somewhere around Barstow on the edge of the desert when the drugs began to take hold.” I would not worry about my kids, I would be transported to my early teens and illicit stories read by flashlight.
The power of a great line can transcend politics, society, religion, and take the universal love of story telling and make it the topic of conversation.
As I writer I allow the occasional dream of someone quoting my lines back to me. But my inner demons usually say: “I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let’s face it.”
Do you have a great line to share?
Borrowed lines from: Anchorman, Elf, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, On the Waterfront