Quote book

As a communications major, I started keeping a quote book when I was in college.  I thought it was something that only I would find useful or important.  I loved writing down sayings, proverbs, and jokes that made me stop and say, “Huh, that was well said.” I didn’t think it was all that remarkable until one of the most brilliant men I have ever shared a room with came into my advanced writing class. His name was John Patrick and he said, “Once you have heard something said well, it is lazy to say it poorly.” and then he asked if anyone was in the practice of keeping a quote book. I was surprised to be the only person who raised her hand in that class. So needless to say, its has been something that I have tried to keep up over the years and have recently went back to. Here are a few submissions that have made the quote book:

From a Protestant minister who works with Shane Claiborne in ecumenical ministries in Philadelphia:
“Jesus is coming back and we got to get it together because He’s coming back for a bride, not a harem.”

“If you want to go fast; go alone. If you want to go far; go together.” African Proverb

“What is this?! Horseville? because I’m surrounded by nay-sayers. WORDPLAY!!” Tracey Morgan, 30 Rock

“I am the dog you put to sleep,
as you like to call the needle of oblivion,
come back to tell you this simple thing:
I never liked you–not one bit.” Billy Collins from “The Revenant

“As you ramble through life, whatever the goal, keep your eye on the donut and not on the hole.” From the thai donut shop on Sandy

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Comedy Connoisseur

My boss’ daughter and I were talking about comedies today as we had both viewed two blockbuster movies this weekend and were discussing which we thought might have outranked the other. I made the offhand and joking comment that I was a comedy connoisseur and we squared off on comedies new and old. So regardless, I had been thinking about my favorite comedies all day and how might they rank on other lists. I checked out AFI’s list of their favorite comedies which you can find here:

 

 

 

 

However, as a student of comedy (I was on and lead 2 improv teams) and raised in a home where comedies were always our first choice, I feel as if my list might perhaps be… oh I don’t know… AMAZING. Just kidding. However, Here You will find my list of my favorite comedies (in no particular order) some of which appear on AFI’s list but many that don’t:

The Three Amigos
Office Space
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
The Big Lebowski
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
Spaceballs
Airplane
Blazing Saddles
Anchorman
The Blues Brothers
The Hangover
Wedding Crashers
Snatch
Mrs. Doubtfire
Bill Cosby Himself  (Special consideration because it’s Bill Cosby and it’s a long stand up routine)
Old School
Raising Arizona
Caddyshack
The Great Outdoors
The Jerk
Groundhog day
Good Morning Vietnam
Billy Madison
Happy Gilmore
Tommy Boy
The Wedding Singer
Animal House
Police Academy
Best in Show
Drop Dead Gorgeous

Who is on your list of favorite comedies?