November 29, 2016

“The power of Christ compels you!” … and the power of Patty, fiber, comedy, Kanye and Taylor.

“The power of Christ compels you!”

FAMOUS SATAN-BUSTING MOVIE QUOTE:

“The power of Christ compels you!”
       The words from the Catholic “Rite of Exorcism” repeated multiple times by the characters Father Merrin and Father Damien (played by Max von Sydow and Jason Miller) in the movie The Exorcist (1973), as they try to exorcize the demon that possesses Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair). 
       You can watch the scene where they chant the line as Regan floats in the air above her bed by clicking
this link or the image at left.
       It still gives me goosebumps. 

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THE ORIGIN OF THE FAMED LINE:

“I adjure you, ancient serpent...to depart from this servant of God, whom almighty God has made in His image. Yield, therefore, yield not to my own person but to the minister of Christ. For it is the power of Christ that compels you.” 
       Part of the official Catholic “Rite of Exorcism”
       The instructions for the rite explain that it should be used get rid of a demon in “the person possessed.” It adds the helpful tip that the afflicted party “should be bound if there is any danger.”

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THE GHOSTBUSTING VERSION:

“The power of Patty compels you!” 
       Line shouted by character Patty Tolan (played by Leslie Jones) in the
the 2016 version of the movie Ghostbusters.
       Patty yells this while slapping the face of her friend Abby Yates (actress Melissa McCarthy), in an attempt to exorcize the ghost that possesses Abby’s body.
       It works. After the ghost leaves, Abby quips: “Ow! That’s gonna leave a mark.”

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THE HOLY VAMPIRE BUSTER’S VERSION:

“The Power of Christ Impales You!” 
       Ad tagline for the indie comedy-horror movie Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter (2001)

Robin Williams Weapons of Self Destruction

ROBIN’S DEMON TURD:

“The drugs make you so constipated, I thought they were gonna have to bring in a priest to do a f**king exorcism. ‘Demon turd, fall from his ass! The power of fiber compels you! The power of fiber compels you!’
       Robin Williams (1951-2014)
       American comedian and actor
       Riffing on the constipation caused by the pain medication he took after heart surgery, in his 2009 HBO special Weapons of Self-Destruction.

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SARAH’S POLITICAL TURD:

“Silverman filled the time by scolding Bernie Sanders supporters for refusing to unite behind Hillary...Being chewed out by a flailing comedian is the way to ‘get over it’? The power of comedy compels you! The power of comedy compels you! Good luck with that.”
       Ed Morrissey
       Senior Editor of the HotAir.com website
       An observation he made in a post the day after comedian Sarah Silverman told disgruntled Bernie Sanders supporters at the 2016 Democratic National Convention: “To the ‘Bernie or Bust’ people, you’re being ridiculous.” Morrissey was also referencing Senator Al Franken’s attempt to make light of the uncomfortable situation. As Sanders supporters booed Silverman loudly, Franken, who was standing with her
at the podium, tried to defend Sarah by saying: “This is a comedian. This is the power of comedy.”

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THE KANYE WEST GRAFFITI QUOTE:

“THE POWER OF KANYE COMPELS YOU”
       These words, spray-painted on a brick wall, gained attention when a photo
showing Taylor Swift standing next to them was posted in various places on the internet.
       Commenters on the photo debated whether it was the real Taylor Swift or an impersonator.
Either way, given her longstanding feud with Kanye West, it ‘s kinda funny.
       Not funny is the recent breakdown in Kanye’s mental health. But it did made me think...The doctors in the The Exorcist assumed Regan was “just” mentally ill. Maybe someone should look into whether West has had any contact with Pazuzu or Captain Howdy.

The Power of Taylor Compels You

A TAYLOR SWIFT FAN’S COUNTERQUOTE:

“THE POWER OF Taylor COMPELS YOU” 
      
A Photoshopped version of the Kanye graffiti a Taylor Swift fan posted on her blog, with the comment “Fixed it.”

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November 16, 2016

"Full of sound and fury, signifying nothing”– from Macbeth and Trump memes, to Slackers and Superman…

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SHAKESPEARE’S FAMOUS QUOTATION:

“Life’s but a walking shadow...a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.”

      
William Shakespeare
       Macbeth,
Act 5, Scene 5
       Even if you’re not a Shakespeare fan you’ve probably seen or heard things or people
described as “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.” These words are spoken by Macbeth near the end of The Bard’s play about him, first performed in 1606. They reflect Macbeth’s realization that all the scheming he’d done and the murders he’d committed to become the King of Scotland had ultimately led him to a joyless, grim and meaningless end. Macbeth says the lines after being told that his wife is dead. Soon after, so is he.
       The phrase “full of sound and fury, signifying nothing” turned into a common way of saying that something, or some person, is loud or attention-getting but essentially inconsequential or irrelevant. 
       Author William Faulkner helped make “sound and fury” an an especially common phrase by titling what would become his most famous novel
The Sound and the Fury (first published in 1929).
       By the way, if you are a Shakespeare fan like me, I highly recommend two modern adaptations of Macbeth that you can stream on Amazon: the 2010
PBS “Great Performances” adaptation starring Patrick Stewart as Macbeth in a fascist-style realm, and the visually-stunning 2015 film starring Michael Fassbender in the title role.

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TRUMP APPLICATION #1 – THAT WAS THEN...

“AN IDIOT, FULL OF SOUND AND FURY, SIGNIFYING NOTHING”  
       One of the many snarky internet
memes about candidate Donald Trump posted on Facebook prior to his victory in the November 8, 2016 presidential election, a result that was widely dismissed as unlikely or even impossible before it happened.

Trump protesters November 2016

TRUMP APPLICATION #2 – THIS IS NOW...

“Whatever reactions the protesters have, they need to face the facts that Clinton’s large margin in popular votes didn’t translate into an electoral victory. Their protests are mostly ‘full of sound and fury, signifying nothing’ more than profound disappointment.”
       Mitch Edelman
       American journalist
      
In his column about the post-election anti-Trump on the Carroll County News site, November 14, 2016

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MOVIE QUOTE #1:

“I’m what, a slacker?...I’m in that white space where consumer terror meets irony and pessimism, where Scooby Doo and Dr. Faustus hold equal sway over the mind, where the Butthole Surfers provide the background volume, where we choose what is not obvious over what is easy. It goes on...like TV channel-cruising, no plot, no tragic flaws, no resolution, just mastering the moment, pushing forward, full of sound and fury, full of life signifying everything on any given day.”
      
Richard Linklater
       American filmmaker, screenwriter and actor 
      
In his book Slacker (1992), about the making of his 1991 movie Slacker             

LA Story movie poster

MOVIE QUOTE #2:

“Sitting there at that moment I thought of something else Shakespeare said. He said, ‘Hey, life is pretty stupid, with lots of hubbub to keep you busy but really not amounting to much.’ Of course I'm paraphrasing.”
      
Steve Martin as the character Harris K. Telemacher
      
In the movie L.A. Story (1991)

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MOVIE BASHING QUOTE #1:

“Once you get past all the sound and fury, what you’re left with is basically emptiness.”
      
Allison Shoemaker
       Staff writer for the Consequence of Sound entertainment website
      
In her review of Tim Burton's 2016 film Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

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MOVIE BASHING QUOTE #2:

“‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ is a rancid brew of silence, sound and fury, signifying the absolute worst the comic book movie genre has to offer.” 
      
Alex Biese
       American entertainment journalist and reviewer
      
In his review of the film for the Asbury Park Press, March 28, 2016

       NOTE: For some other uses and variations of “full of sound and fury…” see the previous QuoteCounterquote.com post at this link.

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November 9, 2016

“Living well is the best revenge.”


THE OLD PROVERBIAL SAW:

“Living well is the best revenge.” 
       Generally attributed to
George Herbert (1593-1633)
       English clergyman and poet
       A saying included in his collection of proverbs, first published in Outlandish Proverbs (1640)
      
Many books and websites credit “Living well is the best revenge” to Herbert. It’s one of hundreds of common proverbs from various languages that he collected and translated as a scholarly hobby, and as grist for sermons he gave as an Anglican priest. Seven years after Herbert died, 1,032 of the sayings he collected were assembled into a book published under the name Outlandish Proverbs. This was republished with some additional entries in 1651, with the title Jacula Prudentum (Latin for “javelins of the wise”). It’s likely that Herbert heard and recorded “Living well is the best revenge,” rather than coining it. But its inclusion in his widely-read, pioneering collection of proverbs certainly helped popularize this old saying.

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CYNDI LAUPER'S VARIATION:

“I don’t think I have ever achieved greatness despite everything I’ve done, but it’s not so much greatness, it’s happiness you need to focus on. Enjoying life is the best revenge. You have to stay connected to life and the things that excite you. Life is for learning.”
       Cyndi Lauper
       American singer, songwriter and actress
       In an interview posted on the Music News website and others in November 2016


THE HAPPY LOSERS ANTHEM:

“Everybody join the club,
Failure is the best revenge.
FAILURE!
Only one way of doing things right,
   but a thousand ways wrong.
So join the fight
   in showing the winners we don’t play their games
An army of losers, retarded and lame.”
      
The Vandals
       American punk rock band
       Lyrics from their song
“Failure Is The Best Revenge,” on their album The Quickening (1996)


THE HAPPY WINNERS QUIP:

“That’s the best revenge of all: happiness. Nothing drives people crazier than seeing someone have a good fucking life.” 
      
Chuck Palahniuk
       American novelist and journalist, best known for his novel Fight Club (1996)
       This quip is widely attributed to Palahniuk, though
an old discussion thread on the biggest fan site for the author suggests he may not have said it.


GOSSIP GIRL’S POISON PEN VERSION:

“Sticks and stones may break bones, but a poison pen is the best revenge.”
      
Kristen Bell, as the voice of the unseen blogger “Gossip Girl”
       In a voiceover in the
“You've Got Yale!” episode of the TV series Gossip Girl (Season 2, Episode 16, first aired January 19, 2009)


A CARTOONIST’S CAUSTIC PEN VERSION:

“Living well is the best revenge...and by living well, I mean seeing my enemies die in agony.”
      
Mike Stivers
       American cartoonist 
       Word bubbles in a cartoon created by Stivers in 2003

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July 21, 2016

“Today is the first day of the rest of your life.”

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THE OLD SIXTIES SLOGAN:

“Today is the first day of the rest of your life.”
      
Charles Dederich (1914-1997)
       Founder of
Synanon, the 1960s drug rehabilitation organization that morphed into a cult 
      
Most sources credit Charles Dederich with coining this well-known self-help mantra in the 1960s, around the time he founded Synanon. Clearly, it’s use by Dederich and Synanon as a slogan for recovering drug addicts helped popularize the saying. However, Dederich may or may not have created it. It’s one of those sayings that just seem to have been floating around in the 1960s. Many websites and books say it was coined by the legendary Hippie activist/theater group called The Diggers. It was also used by Yippie leader Abbie Hoffman in his 1968 book Revolution for the Hell of It (1968), as the title of a song in the obscure 1968 musical Love Match, and on on everything from head shop posters and greeting cards. I suspect that’s why some sources simply (and perhaps rightly) credit it to “Anonymous.” (Related post: “One day at a time”)

Steve Martin Twitter profile pic

STEVE MARTIN’S COUNTERTWEET:

“I thought yesterday was the first day of the rest of my life but it turns out today is.”
       Steve Martin
       American actor, comedian, musician and writer
       A tweet from his Twitter feed

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THE “OLD” OPTIMIST’S VARIATION:

“Do something outrageous, bold, unlike yourself. If the bathing suit doesn’t fit, skinny-dip. The clock ticketh. To adapt an old philosophy: Today is the youngest day of the rest of your life.”
      
Susan Swartz
       California-based journalist, author and public radio commentator
       Advice in her book
Juicy Tomatoes: Plain Truths, Dumb Lies, and Sisterly Advice about Life After 50 (2000)

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THE AGELESS PESSIMIST’S VARIATION:

“Today today is the first day of the rest of your life...and it too will suck.” 
      
T-shirt slogan (on Zazzle.com)

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THE WALKING WOUNDED VERSION:

“Remember those posters that said, ‘Today is the first day of the rest of your life’? Well, that’s true of every day but one — the day you die.”
      
Kevin Spacey, as the character Lester Burnham
       A poignant quote from the 1999 film
American Beauty, spoken as a voiceover by Lester not long before he commits suicide.

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THE WALKING DEAD VERSION:

“To our newest undead recruits. Good moaning. Today is the first day of the rest of your afterlife.”
      
Virginia Reynolds (a.k.a. “MsCadavreExquis”)
       American author alleged to be the “love child of Marcel Duchamp and Victoria Woodhull”
       From the "Deadication" of her book
The Art of War for Zombies: Ancient Chinese Secrets of World Domination (2011)

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July 8, 2016

“Life is unfair…”

John F Kennedy life is unfair quote

JFK’S FAMED OBSERVATION:

“Life is unfair.”
       President John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)
       American Democratic politician who served as the 35th President of the United States       
       This famous pithy quote comes from comments Kennedy made in a press conference on March 21, 1962. It’s one of JFK’s most widely-cited quotations, though few people today are aware of the context. It was part of his response to a question about U.S. Army reservists who had publicly objected to being called up to serve as “military advisors” in Vietnam. Kennedy had recently increased the American military presence in Vietnam to nearly 10,000 troops. Some reservists had expressed their opposition by holding public demonstrations.
       When asked about those protests, Kennedy responded: “Some men are killed in a war and some men are wounded, and some men never leave the country, and some men are stationed in the Antarctic and some are stationed in San Francisco. It’s very hard in military or in personal life to assure complete equality. Life is unfair.”
       For more background see the entry about this quote on my ThisDayinQuotes.com site and Garson O’Toole’s post about it on his great QuoteInvestigator.com site.

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SCALZI’S CLARIFICATION:

“There’s a difference between the fact that the universe is inherently unfair on a cosmic level, and the fact that life is unfair because people are actively making it so.”
       John Scalzi
       American science fiction author 
       A comment Scalzi made in a post on his blog about homophobia. As he notes in the next sentence in that post: “There’s not much one can do about the former, but the latter is fixable.”

Steve Maraboli

MARABOLI’S MAXIM:

“The only thing that makes life unfair is the delusion that it should be fair.”
       Steve Maraboli
       American behavioral scientist, motivational speaker and author 
       From his book Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

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USTINOV’S UNCONFIRMED QUIP:

“Life is unfair but remember sometimes it is unfair in your favor.”
       Attributed to Peter Ustinov (1921-2004)
       British actor and writer 
       This quip is attributed to Ustinov by hundreds of posts on the Internet, but none that I found gave any source. If you can confirm that it’s a real quote by Ustinov and know the source, please shoot me an email and let me know.

Rob Lowe autobiography

LOWE’S COUNTERQUOTE:

“Nothing in life is unfair. It’s just life.”
       Rob Lowe
       American actor
       In his autobiography Stories I Only Tell My Friends

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A THOUGHT ABOUT MARILYN:

“At her death the world looked for villains. It found only the troubling truths that life is unfair and cruel, that we see human despair too late, that courage is not always enough.” 
       From the narration for the classic 1966 documentary film The Legend of Marilyn Monroe, produced shortly after Marilyn’s death.
       Script by Theodore Strauss and Terry Sanders (who also directed the film). Actor John Huston is the narrator.

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