Thursday, May 15, 2008

The quotes file

All throughout college I had my Quotes file—a Word document of eighty pages that was just full of quotes that I thought were funny or interesting, mostly from my friends. I had a good time maintaining it. But at some point, I think my senior year, I stopped maintaining it. I occasionally—just a couple times a year now—put new quotes in it, but I've pretty much given up on it.

I don't know what really motivated me to create it in the first place. Perhaps subconsciously I thought that maybe I'd never be around people as funny as the people I knew in college, and I had to preserve those memories forever. Or maybe it was just part of my obsessive need to collect, store, and organize things. But whatever it was, I grew out of it. When I go through the list today, I realize that I hear and say things every day that are funnier than a lot of stuff in there. Only a few pages' worth of quotes in that document are probably truly special. It doesn't make much sense to worry about keeping most of the stuff in there, especially if I'm not going to keep adding new stuff that's just as entertaining as or more than other quotes in it.

The last quote I put in there was actually only about a month ago, and it was from 30 Rock, not real life.

Jack: But let me ask you a question, Kenneth. If Mr. Bright here told you to vote Republican, would you do it?
Kenneth: Oh, uh, no sir. I don’t vote Republican… or Democrat. Choosing is a sin, so I always just write in the Lord’s name!
Jack: That’s Republican; we count those.

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