AMP IT UP 

Outside the arena section lends our website a place for expressing an occasional chuckle amidst our hectic lives. A place to get away (for a while) from the organized world. We drew inspiration from quotes, puns, movie dialogues, oneliners and thought of anchoring it here merely for fun. A little opening up of our world, some stuff what we liked and from where we derive some inspiration.

The idea is to share it with a tribe of likeminded people. 

DUALITY

Movie ‘CRIMSON TIDE' 

(Dialogue between Gene Hackman (Capt Ramsey) & Denzel Washington (Mr Hunter). They have a dissonance at the bridge and Capt Ramsey calls Hunter to his cabin)  

Capt Ramsey: Those sailors out there are just boys,  boys who are training to do a terrible and unthinkable thing, and if that ever occurs the only reassurance they'll have that they're doing the proper thing is gonna derive from their unqualified belief in the unified chain of command. That means we don't question each other's motives in front of the crew. It means we don't undermine each other. It means in a missile drill, they hear your voice right after mine, without hesitation. Do you agree with that policy, sailor?

 

Hunter: Absolutely, sir.

 

Capt Ramsey: We're here to preserve democracy, not to practice it.

PROCRASTINATION CUES 

A victory for democracy: YES PRIME MINISTER- 1986 

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Bernard Woolley: What if the Prime Minister insists we help them?

Sir Humphrey Appleby: Then we follow the four-stage strategy.

Bernard: What's that?

Sir Richard Wharton: Standard Foreign Office response in a time of crisis. In stage one we say nothing is going to happen.

Humphrey: Stage two, we say something may be about to happen, but we should do nothing about it.

Sir Richard Wharton: In stage three, we say that maybe we should do something about it, but there's nothing we can do.

Humphrey: Stage four, we say maybe there was something we could have done, but it's too late now.

Doing the honours: YES MINISTER- 1981 

Sir Humphrey Appleby: Minister, if you block honours pending economies, you might create a dangerous precedent.

James Hacker: You mean that if we do the right thing this time, we might have to do the right thing again next time. It seems on that philosophy, nothing would ever get done at all. 

Humphrey: On the contrary, many, many things must be done... 

James: but nothing must be done for the first time.

Humphrey: No, no, Minister. What I mean is that I am fully seized of your aims and of course I will do my utmost to see that they are put into practice. 

James: If you would. 

Humphrey: And to that end, I recommend that we set up an interdepartmental committee with fairly broad terms of reference so that at the end of the day we'll be in the position to think through the various implications and arrive at a decision based on long-term considerations rather than rush prematurely into precipitate and possibly ill-conceived action which might well have unforeseen repercussions.

James: You mean no. 

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HUMPHREY'S MAZE

The Key: YES PRIME MINISTER - 1986 

Sir Humphrey Appleby: Prime Minister, I must protest in the strongest possible terms my profound opposition to a newly instituted practice which imposes severe and intolerable restrictions upon the ingress and egress of senior members of the hierarchy and which will, in all probability, should the current deplorable innovation be perpetuated, precipitate a constriction of the channels of communication, and culminate in a condition of organisational atrophy and administrative paralysis which will render effectively impossible the coherent and co-ordinated discharge of the function of government within Her Majesty's United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

 

Jim Hacker: You mean you've lost your key?

Humphrey: The identity of the official whose alleged responsibility for this hypothetical oversight has been the subject of recent discussion is not shrouded in quite such impenetrable obscurity as certain previous disclosures may have led you to assume, but, not to put too fine a point on it, the individual in question is, it may surprise you to learn, one whom your present interlocutor is in the habit of defining by means of the perpendicular pronoun.

 

James: I beg your pardon?

 

Humphrey: It was... I

The skeleton in the cupboard: YES MINISTER - 1982 

(James Hacker’s surveillance is withdrawn due to special branch having  reasons to believe that the threat to his life has been diminished. Jim is furious.)

James: Come on, Humphrey, I have a right to know!

Humphrey: Well, it was a conversation to the effect that in view of the somewhat nebulous and inexplicit nature of your remit and the arguably marginal and peripheral nature of your influence on the central deliberations and decisions within the political process, that there could be a case for restructuring their action priorities in such a way as to eliminate your liquidation from their immediate agenda.

 

James: They said that?

 

Humphrey: That was the gist of it.

The death list: YES MINISTER - 1981

Power to the people: YES PRIME MINISTER - 1988 

Humphrey: To put it simply, Prime Minister, certain informal discussions took place, involving a full and frank exchange of views, out of which there arose a series of proposals which on examination proved to indicate certain promising lines of enquiry which when pursued led to the realization that the alternative courses of action might in fact, in certain circumstances, be susceptible of discreet modification, leading to a reappraisal of the original areas of difference and pointing the way to encouraging possibilities of compromise and cooperation which if bilaterally implemented with appropriate give and take on both sides might if the climate were right have a reasonable possibility at the end of the day of leading, rightly or wrongly, to a mutually satisfactory resolution.

James: What the hell are you talking about?

Humphrey: We did a deal.

  • "My doctor recently told me that jogging could add years to my life. I think he was right. I feel ten years older already." - Milton Berle

  • I'm 99% sure no one would run marathons if they weren't allowed to talk about running marathons.
    - Mike Vanatta

  • "I like long walks, especially when they're taken by people who annoy me." - Fred Allen

  • "I spend my time at the gym doing diddly squats".

  • 'The only exercise I take is walking behind the coffins of friends who took exercise.' - Peter O'Toole

  • The advantage of exercising every day is that you die healthier. 

  • A lot of dieting is wishful shrinking. 

  • A successful diet is triumph of mind over platter. 

  • If you want to get in shape, go to the gym every single day, change your clothes and take a shower. If you can do that every single day for a month, pretty soon you'll start doing something while you're there. - Seth Godin

  • I just burned 2000 calories. That's the last time I leave brownies in the oven while I take a nap.

  • “The problem isn’t that obesity runs in your family. The problem is no one runs in your family.”

  • The only exercise I have done this month... is running out of money.

EXERCISE & GYM QUOTES

M.A.S.H

  • This is Frank Burns, one of our best surgeons. A real killer. - Henry Blake

  • It always amazes me how a baby can take a normal adult and turn him into a babbling idiot. -Colonel Potter 

  • Radar, state your business, in one word or less. - Hawkeye 

  • How would you like to donate a pint of blood through your nose? -Trapper 

  • Every time he tickles those ivories, the entire elephants' graveyard turns over. - Charles about Father Mulcahy playing piano.

  • You'll have to excuse these two, they are themselves today. - Potter

  • Insanity is just a state of mind. - Hawkeye

  • In the meantime, be on the lookout for a male caucasian lamb. He is unarmed, and considered to be delicious. - PA announcer 

  • Charles Winchester: Hunnicutt, I have met a lot of people in my life. You are not among them.

  • Hawkeye: Boy, your mind's in the gutter. 
    Trapper: I can't help it. It's attached to my body. 

FRED METCALF COMPILATION 

A tribute 

  • He’s got a very effective way of cutting a long story short. He interrupts.

  • If you ever see two people together and one of them looks bored, chances are he’s the other.

  • There is never a dull moment with him. It’s continuous.

  • Have you forgotten that you owe me ten pounds?

       No, but give me time and I will.

  • Woman: If the boat should start sinking, who would you save first- Me or the children?

       Man: Me

  • I am so depressed, my twin brother forgot my birthday.

  • My wife and I have finally come to terms. Hers!

  • Me worried? I’m telling you, these days I’m sleeping like a baby- I wake up every three hours, crying my eyes out.

  • Wife: Come over here! Husband: I ‘am’ over here!

  • Do you think voters today are apathetic?  Who cares?

  • I don’t know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.-Abraham Lincoln

  • Amnesia is nature’s way of saying ‘Forget it’.

  • Judge: I’m awarding your wife 200 pounds a month.

       Husband: Very generous, I might chip in a few pounds myself!

  • My mother is going to have to stop lying about her age because pretty soon I’m going to be older than she is – Tripp Evenas

  • I got a very ambitious agent- he’s always opening up offices overseas. At the moment I’m out of work in seventeen countries.

  • My company is looking for a new accountant.     

       Didn’t you hire one just last week!

       We did - and that’s the one we’re looking for.

  • I was so surprised when I was born that I couldn’t talk for a year and a half.

  • Proud Father: My new baby looks just like me.

       Nurse: Well, never mind. As long as it’s healthy.

  • There is a man at the door with a moustache.

      Tell him I’ve already got one.

  • Chairman: Right, let’s vote on the recommendation. All those against, raise their hands and say ‘I resign’.

  • What a talker he is! But lately he’s developed a slight impediment in his speech. He stops to breathe.

  • Can you lend me ten pounds till pay day?

       When is pay day?

       I don’t know. You’re the one who’s working.

  • A hen is only an egg’s way of making another egg. – Samuel Butler

  • It requires a great deal of inexperience to be beyond the reach of anxiety.

  • This poor cannibal was really sick. I think, he’d eaten someone who disagreed with him.

  • The cheapest way of tracing your family tree is to run for public office.

  • When old junk meets new money you’ve got an antique.

other quips 

  • A clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.- Steven Wright

  • Fox is so twentieth century.

  • I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.- Nietzsche

  • We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public.- Bryan White

  • Dolphins are so smart, that once captured, they train humans to stand at the edge of the pool and feed them fish. 

  • I’m a very good ventriloquist, even though I say so myself.

  • The shinbone is a device for finding furniture in a dark room.

  • A TV can insult your intelligence, but nothing rubs it in like a computer.

  • By the time a man realises that his father was right, he has a son who thinks he’s wrong.- Charles Wadsworth

  • Dogs have masters. Cats have staff.

  • For every action, there is a corresponding over-reaction.

  • Discretion is being able to raise your eyebrow instead of your voice.

  • It’s not the fall that kills you; it’s the sudden stop at the end.

  • “The problem with kleptomaniacs is that they always take things literally.

  • “It’s not that I’m afraid to die, I just don’t want to be there when it happens.”- Woody Allen

  • Nostalgia isnt what it used to be. - Simone Signoret

  • Archeologist: someone whose career lies in ruins.

  • What if there were no hypothetical questions? - George Carlin

  • Without ME, it’s just AWESO.

  • Reincarnation is making a comeback.

  • I’d kill for a Nobel Peace Prize.

  • The judge has got a stutter, so it doesn’t look like I’m getting a sentence.

  • I told a volcano joke down the pub last night. The whole place erupted.

  • I bet you I could stop gambling.

  • With a calendar, your days are numbered.

  • It’s not the bullet that kills you, it’s the hole.

  • A cheap shot is a terrible thing to waste.

  • A hard thing about a business is minding your own.

  • A child of 5 would know this. Bring me a child of 5. - Groucho Marx

  • I used to be indecisive. Now I’m not sure.- Tommy Cooper

  • 3 sailors were on a boat with 3 cigarettes but no lighter. So they threw 1 in the sea so the boat was a cigarette lighter.

  • Me? A procrastinator? I’ll prove you wrong someday. Just you wait and see.

  • Don't you hate it when someone answers their own questions? I do. 

Pun, Polymesy,

Ambiguous syntax,

Implicatures, Homophones 

from FRAISER's PSYCHIATRIC STADE

  • Frasier, you're my brother. That entitles you to my bone marrow and one of my kidneys; but this is an imposition.- Niles

  • Frasier: Niles, I'm 41. That's hardly middle-aged. Middle age is more like 50, 55.
    Niles: Only if you live to be 110. 

  • Frasier: Well, do you want me to answer as a friend, or a therapist?
    Roz: As a friend.
    Frasier: See a therapist.

  • Roz: Well, I think hugging is very healthy. I read somewhere that if you have physical contact on a regular basis, it can actually extend your life.
    Frasier: Well, in that case you should outlive Styrofoam!

  • Niles: Maris is unable to have pets. She distrusts anything that loves her unconditionally.

  • Bulldog:  I have no sense of decency - that way my other senses are enhanced.

  • Fraiser: I can see you're still waiting on that spine donor.

  • Niles: Her lips said no, but her eyes said 'Read my lips'

  • Fraiser: Excuse me Niles, but I have news for you. Copernicus called & you are not the centre of the universe. 

  • Fraiser: At Cornell University they have an incredible piece of scientific equipment known as the tunelling electron microscope. Now, this microscope is so powerful that by firing electrons you can actually see images of the atom, the infinitesimally minute building blocks of our universe. Roger, if I were using that microscope right now, I still wouldn't be able to locate my interest in your problem. 

  • Frasier: “Come on Dad, don’t you believe in second chances?”
    Martin: “I did…until we had Niles.”

existential themes 

from the world of music

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  • The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of the gun.

  • There is only one cure for grey hair. It was invented by a Frenchman. It is called the guillotine.

  • Success comes to a writer as a rule, so gradually that it is always something of a shock to him to look back  and realise the  heights  to which he has climbed. 

P.G.Wodehouse

  • When you're alone you don't do much laughing.

  • A lesser moustache, under the impact of that quick, agonised expulsion of breath, would have worked loose at the roots.

  • The ideas of debtor and creditor as to what constitutes a good time never coincide.

  • When you have been just told that the girl you love is definitely betrothed to another, you begin to understand how anarchists must feel when the bomb goes off too soon.

  • Hugo- Millicent, is that you?

      Yes

      Is that you?

      Yes.

      Anything in the nature of misunderstanding was cleared away. It was both of them.

  • In his normal state he would not strike a lamb. I’ve known him to do it’

      Do what?
      Not strike lambs.

sales 

movies

top

  • GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS

  • THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS

  • THANK YOU FOR SMOKING

  • LORD OF WAR

  • WALL STREET

  • BARBARIANS AT THE GATE

  • DEATH OF A SALESMAN

  • JERRY MAGUIRE

  • PIRATES OF SILICON VALLEY

  • BOILER ROOM

  • 12 ANGRY MEN

  • TOMMY BOY

  • SUCKERS

  • CADILLAC MAN

  • LORD OF WAR

  • TIN MEN

  • ROGUE TRADER

  • BIG KAHUNA

  • THE GOODS –LIVE HARD , SELL HARD

  • PLANES , TRAINS & AUTOMOBILES  

LEARNING

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OTHER IMPACTFUL MOVIES

THE SIXTH SENSE

GOOD WILL HUNTING

PASSION OF THE CHRIST

THE GOOD THE BAD & THE UGLY

WHERE EAGLES DARE

GUNS OF NAVARONE

A BEAUTIFUL MIND 

CRIMSON TIDE

A FEW GOOD MEN

DISCLOSURE

THE BUCKET LIST

LA CONFIDENTIAL

REVOLUTIONARY ROAD 

SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION

CAST AWAY

SCHINDLER’S LIST

GODFATHER

THE UNTOUCHABLES

THE GREEN MILE

DEAD MAN WALKING 

AS GOOD AS IT GETS

JUDGEMENT AT NUREMBERG (1961)

UP IN THE AIR 

FENCES

THE BIG SHORT 

THE ARTIST

BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY 

THE TRIAL OF CHICAGO 7

THE PIANIST

LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL

SEVEN    

GLADIATOR

UNDER SUSPICION

MILLION DOLLAR BABY

FORREST GUMP

CRASH

RAIN MAN

THE HURT LOCKER

ESCAPE FROM SOBIBOR

THE KINGS SPEECH

THE BOY IN STRIPED PYJAMAS

GANDHI

LINCOLN 

SARAH’S KEY

127 HOURS

ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST

THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND

TO KILL A MOCKING BIRD   

THE MONUMENTS MEN

BENHUR 

PAY IT FORWARD 

12 YEARS A SLAVE

CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

ERIN BROCKOVICH

MY LEFT FOOT

THE JUDGE

LEARNING

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COURAGE TO EXPRESS 

Movie ‘GOOD WILL HUNTING 

Damon (Will Hunting), 20 yrs. old, a genius and works as a Janitor at MIT. Damon sees his therapist Sean Maguire (Robin Williams) and Will tries to decipher Sean’s past from one of Sean’s paintings and Sean is infuriated. Will is also reluctant to talk about himself.  Sean takes him to a lake side park and following dialogue ensue: (abridged)

Sean: So if I asked you about art, you'd probably give me the skinny on every art book ever written. Michelangelo, you know a lot about him, life's work, political aspirations, him and the pope, the whole works, right? I bet you can't tell me what it smells like in the Sistine Chapel. You never actually stood there and looked up at that beautiful ceiling, seeing that. If I ask you about women, you'll probably give me a syllabus of your personal favorites but you can't tell me what it feels like to wake up next to a woman  and feel truly happy. You've never held your best friend's head in your lap and watched him gasp his last breath looking to you for help. If I asked you about love, you'd probably quote me a sonnet, but you've never looked at a woman and been totally vulnerable. And you wouldn't know what it's like to be her angel, to have that love for her be there forever, through anything, through cancer.  And you wouldn't know about sleeping, sitting up in a hospital room for 2 months  holding her hand, because the doctors could see in your eyes that the terms "visiting hours" don't apply to you. I look at you, I don't see an intelligent, confident man, I see a scared kid but you are a genius Will, no one denies that. No one could possibly understand the depths of you but you presume to know everything about me because you saw a painting of mine.  You're an orphan, right? Do you think that I'd know the first thing about how hard your life has been, how you feel, who you are because I read Oliver Twist? Does that encapsulate you? You know what? I can't learn anything from you, that  I can't read in some  book  unless you wanna talk about you and who you are. But you don't wanna do that, do you sport? You're terrified of what you might say.

compelling ted clips

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beach quotes 

  • 'The beach is not always a place, sometimes it is a feeling.' - Unknown

  • 'Because there’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away.' - Sarah Kay

  • 'After a visit to the beach, it's hard to believe that we live in a material world'. - Pam Shaw 

  • 'To go out with the setting sun on an empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude.' - Jeanne Moreau 

  • 'It’s when I go down to the beach that the waves come up to greet me.' Anthony Hincks

  • 'The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach - waiting for a gift from the sea.' - Anne Morrow Lindbergh 

  • 'Don’t spend your entire life building a ship, without ever tasting the salt of the ocean.' - Alexander Den Heijer 

  • The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.' – Jacques Yves Cousteau

  • 'I couldn’t imagine living in a state that didn’t reach the ocean. It was a giant reset button. You could go to the edge of the land and see infinity and feel renewed.' - Avery Sawyer

  • 'We are like islands in the sea, separate on the surface but connected in the deep.' - William James

  • 'You never really know what’s coming. A small wave, or maybe a big one. All you can really do is hope that when it comes, you can surf over it, instead of drowning in its monstrosity.' - Alysha Speer

  • 'The universe is an ocean upon which we are the waves. While some decide to surf, others venture to dive.'- Charbel Tadros

  • 'The ocean has a life of its own. Its tides, whirlpools, currents and eddies are a testament to its conflicting emotions.' - Anthony Hincks

captions actually used 

  • Man accused of killing lawyer receives a new attorney.

  • Most earthquake damage is caused by shaking.

  • Federal agents raid gun shop, find weapons.

  • Murderer says detective ruined his reputation.

  • Voters to vote on whether to vote.

  • Marijuana issue sent to a joint committee.

  • Homeless man under house arrest.   

  • Few want to die, doctor finds. 

  • Hispanics ace Spanish tests.

  • Arizona psychic hit by car, says he never saw it coming. 

  • Salad still good after 50 years. 

  • Anxiety, an issue to worry about. 

  • Stabbing disrupts class for anger management. 

  • Death is nations top killer. 

  • A nuclear explosion would be a disaster. 

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PEOPLE PROCRASTE, REMAIN EXCESSIVELY ANALYTICAL, INATTENTIVE TO PASSING TIME, FORFEIT OPPORTUNITIES, AND CONSIGN THEIR ASPIRATIONS TO A FUTURE DATE. WITH PASSAGE OF TIME, THEY FEEL VICTIMISED BY CIRCUMSTANCES. 

HEADSTRIDE COACHING IS AN INTERVENTION & MEDIATION PROCESS

THAT HELPS PEOPLE DISLODGE THE

ABOVE RESISTIVE BEHAVIOUR.

EVERY MAN TAKES THE LIMITS OF HIS OWN FIELD OF VISION

FOR THE LIMITS OF THE WORLD.

- Arthur Schopenhauer