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Trying to find a quote from Gone with the Wind

I'm trying to find an excerpt/quote from Gone with the Wind (the movie). Someone (I think Rhett but I'm not sure) is criticizing Ashley (to his face? behind his back? can't remember) for being unfair to both Scarlett and Melanie. I thought it was along the lines of Ashley being too weak to either love her properly or give her up properly. Help? [more inside]
posted by Salamandrous on Jun 14, 2014 - 4 answers

What did Robert Oppenheimer say about scientists' drive to get results?

I read a while ago a quote from Oppenheimer that eloquently expressed the idea that once a scientist gets in his or her head the idea that a result is achievable, he or she will not be stopped until that result is achieved. He referred to the scientist, though the sense in which he meant the term might better map to what many consider an engineer. [more inside]
posted by edw on Jun 14, 2014 - 6 answers

Mental hacks needed, please.

Please share your mind hacks/mental hacks/stories you tell yourself to make things in your life easier. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Oct 28, 2013 - 76 answers

Find that Pratchett quotation

Does anyone know the Terry Pratchett quotation I'm trying to remember? I think (but am not certain) it's in one of the City Watch books, possibly Night Watch. It was a great concise expression of how people are not good or bad, they're people, and how most people want tomorrow to be the same as yesterday with maybe a tiny bit of improvement to look forward to. Or at least that's how I remember it. I can't for the life of me nail down the details of the quote and Pratchett is so popular and prolific that trying to Google it is not working. Hivemind, help me!
posted by Wretch729 on Oct 21, 2013 - 7 answers

How much is it OK to tweak quotes?

When I type up a line or a short passage from a novel to post online, I often "clean it up" a little, and I'm wondering how much of this is OK. [more inside]
posted by pete_22 on Jun 9, 2013 - 49 answers

Help me find the best love quotes from Broadway musicals

My partner is a huge, huge theater buff, particularly musicals, and he is going away to work for the next three months directing shows at a performing arts camp. Last summer, before he left, he hid little love notes for me to discover in the apartment, and it was just the sweetest gesture ever. I want to return the favor to him this year, and sneak my own notes into his luggage before he leaves and in his cabin when I visit. I decided that it would be perfect to use romantic quotes from show tunes - but I really don't know anything about theater other than what I've picked up from osmosis. I could google for Broadway quotes, but they wouldn't have any significance to me. So I'm hoping that if I give some ideas of what he likes and dislikes, the hivemind could make some thoughtful suggestions. [more inside]
posted by Neely O'Hara on May 29, 2013 - 33 answers

Where's the rest of this new york times editorial?

This quote has been going around various friend's facebook pages, supposedly from a NYT editorial opposing the 16th Amendment. I can't find the rest of the article, and would like to see the context for the quote. Any leads online or offline where I could check it out? [more inside]
posted by Potomac Avenue on May 28, 2013 - 6 answers

How to stop spammers when they have your info

A few weeks ago I got some phone calls and emails about a quote I submitted online for moving to some small town in central California. The only problem is I never filled out that form. Since they had my yahoo email, I figured they might have hacked my yahoo account somehow and got my phone number from there. I changed my password and removed my phone number from the account but it was too late. Today I got emails and phone calls about auto insurance quotes. The emails I can ignore and once I answer the phone and explain the situation, the agents remove me from their list but I don't know if I want to put up with this every few weeks. Has this ever happened to anyone else? and do I have any other recourse than changing my phone number?
posted by amapolaroja on Apr 16, 2013 - 8 answers

Is there a good quote or idiom for this sentiment?

It doesn't have to 100% match the sentiment, but I'd love if it has the same general lesson (and is more concise than the following): "An idea that you keep in your head, incessantly perfecting, is worth nothing. Whereas the person who is willing to actually act on an idea, even if it's imperfect, has accomplished something. So instead of getting hung up on perfection, just DO something and learn from it for the next time." I'm kind of looking for what, say, Diablo Cody would say to her hipster haters who have never finished a screenplay. Or what you'd tell your friend who wants to be a writer but has been tinkering with their novel for the last 200 years. Oh, and I know about "perfect is the enemy of the good."
posted by Anonymousness on Mar 10, 2013 - 52 answers

Quoting from literature in conversations

Does anyone memorize quotes from literary works and use them in conversations? [more inside]
posted by eisenl on Jan 24, 2013 - 35 answers

Most Boring Thing Ever Times A Million

Half-remembered quote from an author (possibly Russian) who'd spent a lot of time in prison. Something along the lines of 'it is the most boring thing imaginable---do not think about it for too long, for to do so is to give the thought too much color. Briefly think of the most boring thing possible, then extend that as long as you can.' Who said this? Who quoted it in the past five years? I think I read it in The New Yorker, or more likely Harper's.
posted by shushufindi on Sep 4, 2012 - 9 answers

How to send uplifting messages by email.

My wife is hiking the Camino in Spain, the same one as depicted in 'The Way' with Martin Sheen. She's having some difficulties adjusting and could use some uplifting messages. What can I send her? [more inside]
posted by diode on Jun 19, 2012 - 10 answers

I believe in sunshine and lollipops and manicures and jolly fun time..

"I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles." - attributed to Audrey Hepburn, but I'm kind of obsessed with how modernly wooey-gooey fabricated it sounds and wanting to know exactly where it came from. I'm happy to be proved wrong OR right, I just have to know. Does anyone know where this quote actually comes from? [more inside]
posted by bleep on May 18, 2012 - 20 answers

Van Gogh Letter

Looking for a very specific van Gogh line from his letters... [more inside]
posted by disillusioned on May 10, 2012 - 4 answers

"Well ain't that sweeet!" Movie quote earworm help needed

Help me purge this movie quote earworm: "Well ain't that sweeet!" [more inside]
posted by It's Raining Florence Henderson on Feb 24, 2012 - 3 answers

Bits of Wisdom on Dogs

Your favorite quotes about dogs, please. [more inside]
posted by glaucon on Jan 5, 2012 - 34 answers

If no one ever helps me, how will I learn?

Do you know the origin of this quote? Something along the lines of, "If no one ever hits you, how will you learn?" [more inside]
posted by rhiannonstone on Dec 9, 2011 - 4 answers

Oh Mr. President!

I heard something like this. Abraham Lincoln said he wanted to paint the bathroom green and his wife wanted to paint it yellow "so we compromised and painted it yellow". Did anything like this ever happen? Who? Where? When? I have a friend who would like to use this in a wedding speech. My google fu fails me.
posted by snowjoe on Nov 10, 2011 - 10 answers

What was the Shakespeare quote about the perfect prince?

Looking for a Shakespeare quote about the prince having been the ideal every man wished to be. [more inside]
posted by ldthomps on Jul 19, 2011 - 6 answers

Baller Quote

There is a quote somewhere that says something to the effect of, "The man who loses one dollar at a time goes home hungry. The man who blows it all in a big way eats for free." Any idea where that's from? Driving me nuts. It might be Heinlein. It feels a little like Bueller.
posted by ictow on Jun 21, 2011 - 3 answers

Did she really say that?

I love this quote: "Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained." The interwebs attribute it to Marie Curie but I can't verify this or where it's from. Please hope me.
posted by Dilemma on Jun 8, 2011 - 7 answers

the world ain't what it used to be

Help-me-remember-this-bad-movie-filter: There was a movie, perhaps 15+ years ago, that was about a orchestra violinist who lost his job and/or had some kind of car trouble that stranded him in a very small town. Hilarity (at least the attempt at hilarity ensues). The only thing that makes this movie memorable to me at all is an exchange between him and one of the residents, I think perhaps the tow truck driver. [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike on May 15, 2011 - 9 answers

A Day in the Life of the Underappreciated Dandelion

Help me find this quote about dandelions... [more inside]
posted by polly_dactyl on May 11, 2011 - 6 answers

Help find this quote about Christian poverty?

Help me find this exact quote about Christian poverty. Probably a saint, ca. fall of Rome. [more inside]
posted by hishtafel on Dec 20, 2010 - 2 answers

Lost quote

There's a quote about how years were a poor measure of the length of WWII, and for the life of me I can't find it again. [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Nov 13, 2010 - 4 answers

Most People Think Most People Are...

Most people think most people are stupid. I hear and read this in person and all over the internet, and it drives me crazy. I want a good retort to this kind of comment. [more inside]
posted by alice_curiouse on Oct 13, 2010 - 50 answers

Who said goodbye best?

What's a not-too-sappy quotation for a going away card? [more inside]
posted by Gin and Comics on Aug 12, 2010 - 14 answers

Trying to find a certain TS Eliot quote

Help me find this T.S. Eliot quote! [more inside]
posted by kittensofthenight on Aug 4, 2010 - 2 answers

Just Go Away Why Doncha?!

What's a good quote, saying, poem, or short passage that boils down to "Let sleeping dogs lie" - but isn't that exact quote, or the original "It is nought good a slepyng hound to wake?" [more inside]
posted by HopperFan on Jul 2, 2010 - 13 answers

Braindead Book Critics?

Quote attribution question, possibly George Orwell, or possibly a comment in a thread about George Orwell, or possibly none of the above. I seem to remember someone attributing a quote along the lines of "An honest book critic would write 'this book inspires no thoughts one way or the other' in 9 out of 10 of his reviews" to George Orwell. What's the correct quote, attribution, and (for bonus points) source? [more inside]
posted by Weebot on Jul 2, 2010 - 2 answers

Japanese Filter: Need Japanese Shunryu Suzuki quote

Japanese Filter: Can anyone help me find the Japanese version of an English Shunryu Suzuki quote? [more inside]
posted by MPenguin on Jun 1, 2010 - 6 answers

What are some good self-reminders to be generous and compassionate?

What are some short quotes or sayings that can be used to remind yourself to treat others with compassion and generosity? I'm looking for quick reminders (maybe one-liners) to be used on the fly during the day. Thank you!
posted by jenmakes on May 29, 2010 - 53 answers

Most well-known quotes from history

Most well-known quotes from speeches, literature or historical persons. [more inside]
posted by dealing away on Mar 10, 2010 - 25 answers

Camera on Cameron

Did James Cameron work on Halo? [more inside]
posted by citywolf on Jan 28, 2010 - 8 answers

Get in loser, we're going shopping.

What should I buy for my friend's birthday? Answers from hardcore Mean Girls fans preferred. [more inside]
posted by tantivy on Jan 25, 2010 - 16 answers

Quality Historical Stock Quotes

Looking for an easy, cheap (ideally free) way to look up historical stock prices for discontinued stocks. Yahoo Finance, et. al aren't cutting it. [more inside]
posted by philosophistry on Jan 24, 2010 - 6 answers

Who only serves food that's white?

Help me identify this mangled and misremembered quote from a movie or television show: "You have got to check out Moby's new restaurant -- He only serves food that's white." [more inside]
posted by lizzicide on Sep 4, 2009 - 7 answers

Name that citation please!

Original citation for the quote "What gets measured gets managed?" [more inside]
posted by Mrs Mutant on Jul 23, 2009 - 10 answers

other people's money

Quotefilter: A wise junkie once told me something that sounded suspiciously like a quotation. He said, "They'll spend any amount of your money to protect theirs." Does this ring a bell for anyone? I've had no luck thus far googling for variations.
posted by well_balanced on Jun 18, 2009 - 2 answers

The most imitated AskMe..

Who was it who first said that (paraphrasing) "the American black man is the most imitated man in the world"? [more inside]
posted by CRM114 on Mar 2, 2009 - 9 answers

When did Karl Rove make his famous prediction?

So when did Karl Rove claim that we were on the verge of a 'permanent Republican majority?' [more inside]
posted by Tomorrowful on Dec 29, 2008 - 5 answers

Help with a french translation

Does anyone know the original french to this quote, "perfection is a lot of little things done well"? [more inside]
posted by ecks on Dec 16, 2008 - 7 answers

Help me find a quote/poem/proverb about friendship and neighbors.

Please help me find a quote, proverb or poem, about friendship and neighbors. [more inside]
posted by librarianamy on Dec 4, 2008 - 7 answers

Need quote from Rocko's Modern Life ("Cruisin'") -- please help!

In the RMT episode "Cruisin'" (the Bermuda Triangle one), an old man talks to Rocko about the burdens of seniority. His monologue, if I remember correctly, is about watching one's friends die and eventually becoming alone in the world. Does anyone have the exact quote?
posted by archagon on Oct 16, 2006 - 2 answers

Why the use of these open quotes?

In a recent MeFi thread, caution live frogs asks:
what's up with the ``fake quotation marks" style of quoting something in online papers? why fake it when there are perfectly legitimate ?curly quotes? available?
I have often wondered why those awful open quotes are so ubiquitous (and why only the open quotes?); anyone know?
posted by languagehat on May 12, 2004 - 19 answers

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