Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions. You may have a heart of gold, but so does a hard-boiled egg. –Unknown
Space is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the drug store, but that’s just peanuts to space. Douglas Adams, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”
Douglas Noel Adams (11 March 1952 – 11 May 2001) was an English writer, humourist, and dramatist best known as the author of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which originated in 1978 as a BBC radio comedy before developing into a “trilogy” of five books that sold more than 15 million copies in his lifetime and generated a television series, several stage plays, comics, a computer game, and in 2005 a feature film. Adams’s contribution to UK radio is commemorated in The Radio Academy’s Hall of Fame.
Armageddon, a very good movie, and a speech by actor, who plays only this small part in the movie.
I address you tonight not as the President of the United States, not as the leader of a country, but as a citizen of humanity. We are faced with the very gravest of challenges. The Bible calls this day “Armageddon” – the end of all things. And yet, for the first time in the history of the planet, a species has the technology to prevent its own extinction. All of you praying with us need to know that everything that can be done to prevent this disaster is being called into service. The human thirst for excellence, knowledge; every step up the ladder of science; every adventurous reach into space; all of our combined modern technologies and imaginations; even the wars that we’ve fought have provided us the tools to wage this terrible battle. Through all of the chaos that is our history; through all of the wrongs and the discord; through all of the pain and suffering; through all of our times, there is one thing that has nourished our souls, and elevated our species above its origins, and that is our courage. The dreams of an entire planet are focused tonight on those fourteen brave souls traveling into the heavens. And may we all, citizens the world over, see these events through. God speed, and good luck to you.
Movie written by Jonathan Hensleigh, J.J. Abrams, Tony Gilroy, Shane Salerno, and Robert Roy Pool.
If the world would ever come into a situation like the one portrayed in the movie I believe we could put aside our differences and do great and wonderful things. For about 15 minutes and then go back to being dunderheads.
Oh by the way if the picture is an interview scene from Seinfeld, not that it relates to my book but if I put Seinfeld in the tags, I thought maybe it would drive some random traffic to my site.
All music is folk music. I ain’t never heard no horse sing a song. Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong (1901-1971), U.S. jazz trumpeter, bandleader, singer.
An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last. Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British statesman, writer, 1874-1965.
Many that live deserve death. Some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them, Frodo? Do not be too eager to deal out death in judgment. Even the very wise cannot see all ends. Gandalf to Frodo, The Fellowship of the Ring (the movie version).
Of course based on the books by the very educated J.R.R. Tolkien.
I don’t know if this speech is in the original book or not, I have the books, but unfortunately they are packed up now with an upcoming move I will be making. (Good bye suburbs, hello city living). If anyone could tell me how close, if at all, this speech from the movie is to the book it would be greatly appreciated, in fact first one to send me a comment will be allowed to follow my blog for one year free. 🙂