Well, it’s official. I’m not deep. I don’t have deep, ponderous thoughts; I can’t solve the great mysteries of life; and I can’t recite quotes from famous poets and authors.
I also can’t figure out how fast a train is traveling if it takes twelve hours to get from Phoenix to Chicago with a 57 minute layover in St. Louis when there are 12 pigs, 7 cows, and several cases of cocoa powder on the train.
How is it that I’ve just now made this discovery about my lack depth?
I read it in the September 2011 issue of Real Simple magazine.
It’s right there in black and white on page 37 in the Your Words section.
The magazine asked readers the question “what book do you often quote from?” One reader replied that a line from Kahlil Gibran’s The Profit often comes to mind when thinking of her boyfriend who is deployed in Afghanistan.
“Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation.”
Another reader loves a line from Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre.
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
Clearly, these people are deep.
The article got me thinking about books from which I often quote.
Ummm. Ugh. Hmmm. (smell of wood burning)
Though I’m a voracious reader, I couldn’t think of a single quote. Nothing. Nada. Zip. Apparently I’ve got a mind that’s less like a steel trap and more like quicksand.
Then I started thinking about great movies, perhaps adapted from great books, that I can quote from and the only lines I could come up with were from the movie The Princess Bride:
“Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”
And from The Jerk:
“All I need… is this chair…”
I looked up that quote from The Jerk on the Internet Movie Database and realized that I don’t even have it correct.
Upon greater introspection, I realized that I can quote from one of history’s greatest poems:
“what to my wondering eyes should appear, but a miniature sleigh and eight tiny reindeer”
I’ll be sure to pull that one out at the next business networking event I attend. I’m sure everyone will be greatly impressed.
I should probably feel less civilized, less intelligent, or less something because I can’t recite quotes. Maybe I should send myself to therapy about it.
On second thought, nah. I really don’t care.
That’s probably the result of being undeep.
What are your favorite quotes from books, movies or poetry?