From the very great movie Rudy, speech given by the actor Charles S. Dutton to the character Rudy.
Since when are you the quitting kind?…So you didn’t make the dress list. There are greater tragedies in the world…Oh, you are so full of crap. You’re 5 feet nothin’, a 100 and nothin’, and you got hardly a speck of athletic ability. And you hung in with the best college football team in the land for two years. And you’re also gonna walk outta here with a degree from the University of Notre Dame. In this lifetime, you don’t have to prove nothin’ to nobody – except yourself. And after what you’ve gone through, if you haven’t done that by now, it ain’t gonna never happen. Now go on back…
Hell, I’ve seen too many games in this stadium…I’ve never seen a game from the stands…I rode the bench for two years. Thought I wasn’t bein’ played because of my color. I got filled up with a lotta attitude. So I quit. Still not a week goes by I don’t regret it. And I guarantee a week won’t go by in your life you won’t regret walkin’ out, letting them get the best of ya. You hear me clear enough?
Of course here is the video.
Charles S. Dutton has had a recent recurring role as a Detective from Denver on the show Longmire.
Creatures are not born with desires unless satisfaction for those desires exists. A baby feels hunger: well, there is such a thing as food. A duckling wants to swim: well, there is such a thing as water. Men feel sexual desire: well, there is such a thing as sex. If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world. (Mere Christianity 120) C.S. Lewis
Friend and colleague of J.R.R. Tolkien, faculty of English at Oxford, and writer or the very popular Chronicles of Narnia series. A small portion of his life was turned into a film, Shadowlands starring Anthony Hopkins and Debra Winger. Not bad for a stuffy scholar from Belfast.
No one has ever made himself great by showing how small someone else is. Irvin Himmel
Okay I love the quote and from what I can find, a fifteen minutes worth of google-fu. All I can tell you about Irvin Himmel is he does not have a wikepedia page, he may or may not be a member of Somerville Rd Church Of Christ in Alabama.
But I will tell you this, people love this quote, anytime you type Himmel’s name, someone seems to be quoting it in an article somewhere. Well since I can’t find any definitive information on Mr. Himmel, let me just say thanks, I enjoy the sentiment, meaning and simple but poignant message of those fourteen words.
Orson Wells as Harry Lime.
In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed – but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, five hundred years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.
Orson Wells delivers this short speech in the movie The Third Man. Although he was a writer, director and actor Wells did not do anything but act in this movie, except Lime’s grumbling about his stomach problems (which were improvisations) and the famous “cuckoo clock” spiel at the end of the Ferris wheel scene.
A much older and well fed Orson Wells.
There is no such thing as a weird human being, It’s just that some people require more understanding than others. Tom Robbins
Thomas Eugene “Tom” Robbins (born July 22, 1936) is an American author. His best-selling novels are “seriocomedies” (also known as “comedy-drama”), often wildly poetic stories with a strong social and philosophical undercurrent, an irreverent bent, and scenes extrapolated from carefully researched bizarre facts. His novel Even Cowgirls Get the Blues was made into a movie in 1993 by Gus Van Sant.
Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. Eleanor Roosevelt
She had a home in Hyde Park, New York. Val Kill The only National Historic Site dedicated to a first lady.
Mrs. Roosevelt when she was 14 years old.
If you have never watched All Quiet on the Western Front (1930 version) go do so, but if you want a glimpse of this great movie from 1930 read this speech from the main character who returns to his old school in Germany and tells the young men who sit in the sames benches he did a short while ago.
I can’t say anything…I can’t tell you anything you don’t know. We live in the trenches out there. We fight. We try not to be killed; sometimes we are. That’s all….
I’ve been there! I know what it’s like…. I heard you in here reciting that same old stuff, making more iron men, more young heroes. You still think it’s beautiful and sweet to die for your country, don’t you? We used to think you knew. The first bombardment taught us better. It’s dirty and painful to die for your country. When it comes to dying for your country, it’s better not to die at all. There are millions out there dying for their countries, and what good is it?…You asked me to tell them how much they’re needed out there. (to the boys) He tells you, ‘Go out and die.’ Oh, but if you’ll pardon me, it’s easier to say ‘go out and die’ than it is to do it….And it’s easier to say it than to watch it happen….
It’s no use talking like this. You won’t know what I mean. Only, it’s been a long while since we enlisted out of this classroom. So long, I thought maybe the whole world had learned by this time. Only now, they’re sending babies, and they won’t last a week! I shouldn’t have come on leave. Up at the front, you’re alive or you’re dead, and that’s all. You can’t fool anybody about that very long. Up there, we know we’re lost and done for, whether we’re dead or alive. Three years we’ve had of it — four years. And every day a year, and every night a century. And our bodies are earth. And our thoughts are clay. And we sleep and eat with death. And we’re done for, because you can’t live that way and keep anything inside you. I shouldn’t have come on leave. I’ll go back tomorrow. I’ve got four days more, but I can’t stand it here! I’ll go back tomorrow. Sorry.
Here is an audio clip of the speech.
And the longer Youtube clip.