All The World’s A Stage

9 Nov

NaNoWriNO Day 9

Topic: Actor/Actress who makes me smile, and how I would behave if I met him/her


“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players, They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts”

I’ve always loved this snippet from William Shakespeare’s As You Like It (Act II, Scene VII) because I find it to be such a succinct way of describing life. I love seeing myself, or a particular period of my life, in books or plays or movies or songs. It’s like making a human connection with someone even though there is nobody there to have that connection with.

Truth be told, I’ve never really been impacted emotionally by an actor or actress. They make a living off of convincing audiences they are anyone but who they really are. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure some of them are very nice people, but I’ve never had the desire to thank them for playing make believe.

I may not get something from the person behind the character, but I have definitely taken something away from the character itself. I’m not sure why the following quotes are among my favorites of all time. Perhaps they are so powerful that they touched everyone who watched the movie, or it could be that they were exactly what I needed to hear at the time. I just know that these moments, with these characters, left an imprint in my mind.

“I have to believe in a world outside my own mind. I have to believe that my actions still have meaning, even if I can’t remember them. I have to believe that when my eyes are closed, the world’s still there. Do I believe the world’s still there? Is it still out there?… Yeah. We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I’m no different.” – Leonard Shelby in Memento

“Some people feel like they don’t deserve love. They walk away quietly into empty spaces, trying to close the gaps of the past.” – Christopher McCandless in Into the Wild

“I never realize how much I like being home unless I’ve been somewhere really different for a while.” Juno MacGuff in Juno

“I’ll tell you everything, and you tell me everything, and maybe we can get through all the piss and shit and lies that kill other people.” – Claudia Wilson Gator in Magnolia

“Don’t ever let anyone ever say to you, ‘You shouldn’t regret anything.’ Don’t do that, don’t! You regret what you fucking want! And use that, use that, use that regret for anything, any way you want.” – Earl Patridge in Magnolia

“Instead of telling our young people to plan ahead, we should tell them to plan to be surprised.” – Dan Burns in Dan in Real Life

“I have to remind myself that some birds aren’t meant to be caged. Their feathers are just too bright. And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up DOES rejoice. But still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they’re gone.” Red in The Shawshank Redemption

“…we live or die by the clock. We never turn our back on it. And we never, ever allow ourselves the sin of losing track of time. – Chuck Noland in Cast Away

“…there’s a conflict in every human heart, between the rational and irrational, between good and evil. And good does not always triumph. Sometimes, the dark side overcomes what Lincoln called the better angels of our nature.” – General Corman in Apocalypse Now

If I could thank these characters, I certainly would. My reaction to meeting them would probably be something like, “Um…this is kind of weird. How are you real?” I’ll guess I’ll have to settle for seeing them while I sit on my couch in my sweats.

Now that I’ve showed you mine, you need to show me yours. Which movie characters (or movie itself) stand out in your minds?


Thank you to Katy from Tired of Previews for suggesting this topic. She’s a movie reviewer, and just got a snazzy new site. Please check it out!

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69 Responses to “All The World’s A Stage”

  1. Dani Heart 11/13/2012 at 4:46 pm #

    Okay, I had to think about this for a while…. I am that kind of person. πŸ™‚ Anyway… my first quote is from a movie most of you probably won’t remember.. It’s the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie (Caroline?). There is a line where Caroline played by Stephanie Zimbalist says to Winston ” It’s like your in a cage Winston and I thought if I could just bend the bars a little you would be able to squeeze through and be free, but it is Heidi we must free first only then can you be totally free to live your life”. The movie is about a woman who befriends an old lady in a nursing home where she works. The old lady keeps calling her by another name. She convinces her that she could be her granddaughter she looks and acts so much like her, and there’s money to be had if she can pull it off. The old lady tells her do it for me, for Heidi and Winston, consider the money payment in advance! So she does.. and the quote above is when she realizes that to help Winston she will have to take on much much more than she bargained for, but instead of running with the money she does take it on, because it’s the right thing to do! My second quote is from another of my all time favorite movies Tombstone. Someone asks Doc Holliday why he has taken on Wyatt’s fight? Doc says, “because he’s my friend”, and the other person says..I have lots of friends.. to which Doc replies flatly “I don’t”! True friendship is rare and should always be cherished. πŸ™‚ and of course.. “I’m your huckleberry comes to mind whenever I perceive a challenge that I know I can conquer. πŸ˜‰

    • Jen and Tonic 11/18/2012 at 1:41 am #

      It’s okay to think about it for awhile! I thought about it for a couple of hours before writing the post πŸ™‚

      You picked two totally opposite movies for your quotes! I love that. You’re a versatile woman, Mrs. Heart.

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