Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Quotable Books

Many people quote movies, but do you quote books in normal conversation or in occasional outbursts? Yeah, I do, too.

Here are a few from our household.

"Silencio!" and "Expelliarmus!" from Harry Potter

"Do it for Johnny!" from The Outsiders

Let's sleep in a "real pile." from Where the Wild Things Are (maybe that one is from the movie, can't remember if it's in the book too.)

"You do not like them. So you say. Try them! Try them! And you may." from Green Eggs and Ham

"You've got the cheese touch!" from Diary of a Wimpy Kid

"Wanna see my secret freckle? It's got a hair in it!" Diary of a Wimpy Kid (okay, that is inspired by the movie, too)
"Who Pooped in the Park?" from Who Pooped in the Park? - a book about scat in various national parks!

Various Shel Silverstein poems like "Chester," "Two Tutors" and "Boa Constrictor." Yeah, I just say them occasionally out loud to the kids. They are funny! I've memorized so many Silverstein poems since my childhood.


Speaking of Johnny, did anyone catch Ralph Macchio on Dancing with the Stars? I don't watch it, but I had to google him on Youtube to see how he did! Dance on, Dance off!

Is anyone else having trouble cutting and pasting into blogger or adding pictures? Every time I try to add a picture or video, it closes! Arrgh! It's so frustrating that I'm not blogging as much (that and I'm busy!!!). Have a great rest of your week, friends!


Marisa Hopkins said...

Haha, ours are mostly from movies or TV shows, because my hubs hates reading anything but biographies and those don't quote quite as awesomely as fiction (you know, because the famous people quotes are usually famous by the time the biography is written), but we always shout out "Hot Dogs for tea, boys!" whenever it's time for dinner (from Twin Town, a Welsh movie) and we quote the shows Little Britain and The Flight of the Conchords pretty much daily.

Kristine Asselin said...

Oh my, Ralph. I was a fan in the Tiger Beat days. Which were, obviously, a very long time ago.

Hey, I quoted Harry Potter Deathly Hallows in my interview with Cambria Dillon (shameless plug) today.

We quote HP all the time in my house.

Anonymous said...

I quote spontaneously. No real catch phrases from me. But I do quote from movies often depending on the circumstances. I also substitute words into songs. Wifey doesn't a;ways find them funny but I laugh my arse off.

Lydia K said...

My hubs and I tend to quote the HBO series the Wire all the time. Not a book, and a lot more embarrassing.
"He's out the game, yo!"

I know. We look like morons.

Laura Pauling said...

The only reason I don't - is become my memory doesn't work like that and I can never remember the lines.

Ralph did great. I loved it more b/c of memories of Karate Kid! Thanks for sharing.

Matthew MacNish said...

I definitely quote books, but I probably quote movies more often.

I've got to watch this video now.

Katie Mills said...

I dunno if this is a book, but when one of my kids is throwing a fit, I've been known to cross my pointer fingers and say 'the power of the christ compells you!!!'

Kelly said...

Marisa - Our quotes are mostly from movies, too, with these book quotes scattered among them!
Kris - Oh, yeah. I was a Tiger Beat gal too!
Steve - I love substituting words into songs, too!!! It amuses me.
Lydia - We quote movies more than books too, yo. My hubby has been quoting Caddyshack since the day I met him!
Laura - Wax on, Wax off!
Matthew - Agreed. I think actually hearing the movie quote (and having more media exposure) makes movie quotes more memorable and others know what you are talking about!
Katie - Does that work??? Because if it does, I'm trying it! :)

Bish Denham said...

"We are here, we are here, we are here!" Horton Hears a Who

In a Rumblestiltskin type story called TOM TIT TOT there's a line about "that twirling that's tail." My mother would quote it if my sister or I know edgy. "Is that twirling that's tail?" she'd ask. Always made us laugh.

"We did (I do) not like it, not one little bit." The Cat in the Hat.

So yes, I do upon occasion quote books.

Tina Laurel Lee said...

Your family has some good ones! This is so fun! And I really envy your memory for this stuff.

We have a Lynrd Skynyrd song that we quote quite often, "Oooh, that smell.." Does that count?

Shannon O'Donnell said...

"Dance on, Dance off!" LOL. I love it! :-)

Sara McClung ♥ said...

haha! that's so funny, I've never thought about BOOK quotes in real life. But I definitely use the same HP quotes that you do. And sometimes I use the lion falling in love the the lamb Twilight quote. Usually when I'm being snarky... It just works so well ;-)

Lola Sharp said...

I do quote books, but only a small handful of people get it when I do. Thus, I more often quote TV shows (Gilmore Girls, Veronica Mars, Firefly, Buffy, etc.) or movies. (the list of movies I can quote is embarrassingly l-o-n-g, so I shan't name them)

No, I didn't see it...I don't watch that show.


MG Higgins said...

I think if we had kids we'd be quoting more books, but I do think some HP remarks come up. We tend to do more films, like, "I'll be back." (In a good Terminator accent)

DEZMOND said...

not only that I quote movies in everyday life and books, but sometimes I even adopt a vocabulary from books :)
For example, I translated an Indian book TIGER HILLS by Sarita Mandana last year. In it she uses Indian words for many things, so she for example calls kids "kunyi" and fathers "apaja". I've used those words for all the kids around me and fathers for many months after that :)

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Awesome post, Kelly! LOL, I love these quotes! And thanks for the Ralph Macchio clip. I missed Dancing With the Stars, but I've been a Ralph Macchio fan since The Outsiders. So cool to see him doing so well!
As for quotes: Lots of Dr. Seuss-isms around here.

Chris Phillips said...

The real pile line is just in the movie. I use the "I'll eat you up I love you so" line a bit though.

Lindsay N. Currie said...

My kids run around screaming about the cheese touch all the time LOL! That's one book we all think is quite funny. For the most part, many of our quotes come from movies or television and usually we don't all quote the same stuff because we have such different taste but this is such a cute idea. I wish I wasn't still quoting the show "Friends". Seriously, it's lame, but I do it LOL!

Susan Fields said...

It sounds like you guys have a lot of fun at your house! And I love Shel Silverstein, too. Runny Babbit was one of my kids' favorite books when they were younger.

Her highness, Samantha VĂ©rant said...

Yee gads, Ralph Macchio. You know, he never quite did it for me. He kind of still bothers me-- even if he does look great for 49. Now I just have to find out a way to use the phrase who pooped in the park...

Kelly said...

Bish - I love Dr. Seuss quotes plus the quirky quote your mom said!
Tina - I used to quote that song as a teen!!!! Seriously!
Shannon - Hee!
Sara - Yes, I'm sure lots of teens quote that! I've even seen tattoos with that quote!
Lola - YEah, we quote movies and TV more than books too. Fun quips!
MG- I'll bet there are not many people that haven't said, "I'll be back" in an Arnold accent!
Dezz - I quote Who Pooped in the Park and you quote such intelligent things... :)
Cynthia - I so loved everyone on the Outsiders! (well except the socs)
Chris - Thanks! I was too lazy to get the book and look!
Lindsay - Friends was such a great show. Still funny!
Susan - Shel is my fave poet ever!
Sam- We have two dogs who occasionally have an accident in the house. That's when I say it!

Marcia said...

In one of my kids' favorite picture books, one sibling said to another, about a third, "Hurry before he goes and gets you-know-what out of the dirty laundry." Even when my kids were in HS, if anybody started hunting through the clothes chute for an item, I'd say, "Are you getting you-know-what out of the dirty laundry?" and everybody would crack up.

Monica Mansfield said...

"So it goes." -Slaughterhouse V

I quote Chris Cleave's books too. "There's a difference" from Incidiary, and "That's a good trick" from Little Bee.

All of those quotes are used several times throughout the novels.

I definitely quote HP, too often to pick just one! I am sure there are more but those are the ones that stand out in my mind.

Jill Kemerer said...

Love this! I did watch Ralph Macchio on DWTS. I, unkindly, told my husband Ralph has a toupee, which my husband took great offense to. The original Karate Kid was a fave of his. ;)

Book lines: Who is John Galt? Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged--sorry, it's stuck with me!

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

"Dance on, dance off" Hahahaha! You crack me up, Kelly. Man, I loved his movies.

We quote books all the time, especially Harry Potter. Lord of the Rings, too, but daughter's only seen the movies. One I tell my kids is "love you forever, like you for always" from Love You Forever.

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I have a few favorite phrases, but I don't think they come from books or TV....Elana Johnson once said on her blog you must speak ya to write ya....I don't write ya yet, but Dude....I read a whole lot of's the beast! Just sayin'!

Kim Kasch said...

I feel like I'm eleventy-one! :)

Angela Ackerman said...

Kelly, I love that you and the fam quote books.

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

Jemi Fraser said...

Dance on! Dance off! --- totally cracked me up here!!! :)

I tend to sing snippets from my fave musicals (Wiz of Oz, Sound of M & more) ... much to the annoyance of, well, pretty much everyone :)

Missed Periods said...

I qoute the occasional Shakespeare. You know, the "She doth protest..." or "That by which we call a rose..." But mostly, I quote Will Ferrell movies.

Theresa Milstein said...

Ha! Harry Potter spells pop up at our house. And Green Eggs and Ham. And some young kids' cartoons come (Dora the Explorer for some reason). My husband and I quote "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels".

Have a great week.

Hema P. said...

I so hear you, Kelly! My daughter and I keep making book-to-real-life connections all the time. Not nerdy at all! :)

Rena said...

Great quotes, Kelly. We quote movies quite a bit, but I guess the Bible would be the main book we use.

I've heard others complaining about pasting in Blogger lately, so I guess they're having issues.

Anonymous said...

I wish I quoted from books. I've always been envious of the few people I've met who could quote from Shakespeare or other classic writers. Even if I reread classic plays, novels and poems, nothing really sticks to my memory.

C.R. Evers said...

awesome quotes. I'm not sure if I use quotes in daily life, but there's one I think about often. One of my favorite quotes that I keep at the front of my mind is from Natalie Babbit's Tuck Everlasting.

"Don't be afraid of dying. Be afraid of the life unlived."

That one keeps me going when I get down.

fun post!

cleemckenzie said...

I've always thought sleeping in pile would be neat. My kittens seem to benefit from pile sleeping, so why not me?

Anita said...

We quote Harry Potter sometimes. And we make up quotes for Nancy Drew. Rude ones.

I'm motivating you and Jonathon. Get writing!!! Let me know what I can do to help!

ali said...

Sadly, I am not smart enough to remember much of anything that I read. I know, it's a weakness. Seriously. I mean, what kind of writer/reader am I? *hangs head in shame*

I'm super impressed by people who can do it though!

Kelly said...

Love reading all the great quotes! (sorry for not commenting earlier I've been out of town!!!)

Kelly said...

And Anita - We need motivating. I just gave us a big goal for the next two weeks. Make sure to kick us in the pants if needed.