Fragments — 12 (Favorite Lines)

On Saturday afternoons in Berkeley, California, I would to listen to Michael Feldsman’s show What Do You Know? on KALW 91.7 which starts off with the question “What do you know?” and the audience responds “Not much! And you?”

I like that sort of stuff. Opening lines and closing lines, I mean.

For instance, on Garrison Keillor’s radio show A Prairie Home Companion , he always ends his monologue with “That’s all the news from Lake Woebegone — where the women are strong, the men are good looking and all the children are above average.”

Many years ago I used to be a big fan of Dave Allen, a British commentator on TV commentator on British TV with a show called “Dave Allen at Large.” He had a unique style. The setting was simple. He would sit on a high stool dressed in a suit. He delivered a monologue on all sorts of topics. He would smoke and drink scotch whisky during his monologue. And he would always end his show with the line, “Thank you, good night, and may your god go with you.”

Movies provide great lines as well. Sholay was a mine for great lines such as ”Tera kya hoga, kalya?”. One of my all-time favorites is from the movie The Sixth Sense where the boy confides that “I see dead people!” You have to say it in a tiny hoarse whisper. When I say it, it just cracks me up.

6 thoughts on “Fragments — 12 (Favorite Lines)

  1. Nitin Monday May 8, 2006 / 5:13 pm

    One more that comes to my mind is HUMLOG tv series (1984). Ashok Kumar almost always used to end his closing monologue with the word humlog (…dekhenge Humlog,etc)



  2. Gaurav Monday May 8, 2006 / 9:55 pm


    As far as Sholay goes whole movie is quoteworthy.

    Gabbar : Kitne Aadmi They.
    Gabbar : Yeh Haath humko de de.

    Jai : Mujhe to Saare Police waalon ki shaklain ek jaise dikhti hai.

    Thakur: Loha garam hai maar do hathoda
    Thakur: Paisa jo tum chahon, Kaam jo main chahon



  3. Navin Monday May 8, 2006 / 11:26 pm

    “I see dead people ALL THE TIME” is my fav line too…

    One of my favorite movies, Apollo 13 is fraught with some cool quotes. Ed Harris saying “Failure is not an option”.

    On one other occassion he shouts “lets look at this from a status perspective…”

    AND.. if you have seen CASINO .. its full of another one of my favorite word… “FUCK” 🙂


  4. Jayant N Tuesday May 9, 2006 / 2:03 am

    Dave Allen NOT British but IRISH…nevertheless one of the all time best!


  5. Jayant N Tuesday May 9, 2006 / 2:05 am

    for all those who do not know BRITISH does NOT include southern IRELAND (EIRE)

    Atanu’s response: Thanks. I was aware of that. I changed the line to say “commentator on British TV” instead of “British commentator on TV”.


  6. V Wednesday July 5, 2006 / 8:00 am

    From the movie Crimson Tide. ” … I am here to protect democracy, Not to practice it …”

    I don’t agree with the quote, but I still like it 🙂


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