Hari Shanker R

Hari Shanker R

A Happiness Engineer at Automattic.

‘Quote’d

So I’m tagged once again by Abhi chettan (and later by mea culpa). This time, it’s the unique ‘quote’ tag. I fell in love with this one when I chanced on it in three ‘celebrity’ blogs, namely Silverine‘s, Mathew‘s and Thomas Chettan‘s blogs. And I loved all their quotes! Even though Mathew tacitly allowed me to take the tag, I decided to wait for an ‘official’ nod by the Great Mr. A himself. The tag’s like this:

Jot down 5 of your favorite quotes from the various books you’ve read/movies you’ve seen. If you don’t have the books with you now, Googling (Wikiquotes and the like) can be used to find them. Tag five people and acknowledge the person who tagged you.

So here I go!

1.

“I know you’re out there. I can feel you now. I know that you’re afraid. You’re afraid of us. You’re afraid of change. I don’t know the future. I didn’t come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it’s going to begin. I’m going to hang up this phone, and then I’m going to show these people what you don’t want them to see. I’m going to show them a world … without you. A world without rules and controls, without borders or boundaries. A world where anything is possible. Where we go from there is a choice I leave to you...”
Neo (The Matrix)

The Matrix is a movie that hugely inspires me. Alright, there are lot of better quotes from the movie trilogy like ones from Smith & Morpheus, but somehow I love the way Keanu Reeves delivers the ‘quote’. And I know I’ve mentioned the movie a trillion times in this blog. Couldn’t resist! πŸ˜€

2.

You’re not your job. You’re not how much money you have in the bank. You’re not the car you drive. You’re not the contents of your wallet. You’re not your f**king khakis. We are the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.

Self improvement is masturbation.

– Tylder Durden (Fight Club)

It was Abhi chettan who introduced me to this movie. Got to see it after a LOT of coaxing and cajoling! (Yea, people with unlimited downloads are a tad too selfish, it turns out! :P). Ever since, I’ve been addicted. Managed to read the original ‘book’ too! I actually wanted to use the FC quote Abhi chettan used, but well, turns out that even I have used it before in another post. So tried this one. πŸ˜€

3.

Now it is such a bizarrely improbable coincidence that anything so minbogglingly useful could have evolved purely by chance that some thinkers have chosen to see it as a final and clinching proof of the non-existence of God.

The argument goes something like this: “I refuse to prove that I exist,” says God, “for proof denies faith, and without faith I am nothing.”
“But,” says Man, “the Babel fish is a dead giveaway isn’t it? It could not have evolved by chance. It proves you exist, and so therefore, by your own arguments, you don’t. QED.”
“Oh dear,” says God, “I hadn’t thought of that,” and promptly vanishes in a puff of logic.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams)

The funniest book I’ve ever read! It even made me think, in a tongue-in-cheek manner, actually. Reading it for the third time now!

4.

Timon: No, no, no, I mean he’s depressed.
Pumbaa: Oh. (talking to Simba) Hey kid, what’s eatin’ ya?
Timon: Nothing; he’s at the top of the food chain! (laughs hysterically) The food chain! (sees no reaction from Pumbaa or Simba) So… where’re ya from?
Simba: Who cares? I can’t go back.
Timon: Aaaaaah, you’re an outcast. That’s great, so are we!
Pumbaa: What did you do, kid?
Simba: Something terrible. I don’t want to talk about it.
Timon: Good, we don’t wanna hear about it!
Pumbaa: Come on, Timon. (to Simba) Anything we can do?
Simba: Not unless you can change the past.
Pumbaa: (trying to cheer him up) Kid, at times like this, my buddy Timon here says “You gotta put your behind in your past!”–
Timon: No, no no!
Pumbaa: I mean–
Timon: Amateur. Lie down, before you hurt yourself. (to Simba) It’s “You gotta put your past behind you.” Look, kid, bad things happen, and you can’t do anything about it, right?
Simba: Right.
Timon: WRONG! “When the world turns its back on you, you turn your back on the world!”
Simba: Well, that’s not what I was taught.
Timon: Then maybe you need a new lesson…

Simba: “Hakuna matata”?
Pumbaa
: It’s our motto.
Simba
: What’s a motto?
Timon
: Nothing, what’s “a motto” with you? (laughs)
Pumba:
It means ‘no worries’.
Timon: When the world turns its back on you, you turn your back on the world!
The Lion King


Alright, this might look a tad childish to quote from ‘The Lion King’ and all, but I simply love the philosophy of “Hakuna Matata”. It’s even part of the ‘default’ signature in my e-mail. Being a maverick myself, this quote helps me pull through all those debilitating lows in life! πŸ™‚

5.

The only thing that one really knows about human nature is that it changes. Change is the one quality we can predicate of it.
Oscar Wilde

How true!

Bingo! I’m done! πŸ™‚

I’m tagging:

  1. Raouf: He’d love this tag! Drop dead sure.
  2. Shal: Now that she’s back to blogging after a gap, she might need this too! πŸ™‚
  3. pR@tz: Someone who never forgets to tag me! I’m returning the favour now. πŸ˜€
  4. Abhilash Sir: Abhi chettan has already tagged him. I guess I’m repeating it.
  5. Miss Small Wonder: A senior-par-excellence. She too must have some interesting quotes to share!

I’ll end the quote tag with my favourite quote.

“Don’t take life too seriously. You’ll never get out of it alive!”
Bugs Bunny

That’s all folks! πŸ™‚

11 Comments

  1. Sriram

    Whoa! YOU JUST QUOTED MY FAVOURITE FROM THE HH-GUIDE TO THE GALAXY TOO!!! That book is simply awesome!

    And the bugsbunny thing was real good… you’ll never get out of it alive!

  2. raouf

    I read Abhi’s post on this tag. I so wanted this one that I almost asked him for it. πŸ˜› But then I saw your name among the tagged, and knew you would tag me with this. You just had to. Thanks a lot . πŸ™‚

    The Matrix quote is good, but not that good , I feel. Keanu Reeves is stylish and fits the role of Neo to a t, but dialogue delivery is not his forte.
    I haven’t read the Hitchhiker’s Guide.
    Fight Club dialogues are just too good . πŸ™‚

  3. Deepa

    U r rite… there something in this movie (matrix), that makes me sit n watch it for a billion times

    I like the bugs bunny quooote…too.

  4. mathew

    ayyo..celebrity..hehehe..I ll take a snap shot of this and frame it for the future..LOL!!

    btw i love the quotes from Fight Club..It is easily one of my favourite movies..

    Hitch Hikers Guide to Galaxy is a book which I wanted to read for a long time..Will grab a copy next time I am home..and I love tongue n cheek humour!:-D

  5. Hari

    @ sriram:
    True man! Bugs Bunny rocks!

    @ raouf:
    Anytime, man. I knew you were mad about doing this tag. πŸ˜›

    True, as I’ve mentioned, there are LOTS of better quotes from Smith & Morepheus, but somehow I have a predilection for the 'final' neo thingy. Dunno why. πŸ˜€

    @ cris:
    All hail BB! πŸ˜›

    deepa:
    Matrix rocks!

    Hey, everyone likes Bugs! πŸ˜€

    @ mathew:
    Humble, eh Mr Mathew? πŸ˜›
    And do read Hitchhiker’s guide, sire. A person with your sense of humor ought to read it asap. Period. πŸ˜€

  6. Tom

    Mathew and Silverine, celebrity bloggers, obviously! But me, i’m just a rookie kid in the block!
    I too have “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” in my pending list, but unfortunatley haven’t found that book in Tvm. Most of the “youth” has Fight Club in their fav list; athinte climax kandappol enikke vattu pidichu!, when brad pitt tells “I’m you” or something like that.

  7. Hari

    @ nitin:
    Thanks buddy!

    @ tom:
    OMG!! Look who's commenting here! I'm honoured!! πŸ™‚

    You're not a rookie. Period. If Mathew & Silverine religiously comment in your blog, you're a celebrity. It's like that, bro! πŸ˜› The 'celebrity' thing is pretty contagious!

    And yea, you just mentioned the suspense of Fight Club here. Vayikkunna aalukal desp aavum! πŸ˜›

    Btw, thanks a bunch for the blogrolling thingy! I'm honoured once again, chetta!!

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