Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Food for thought from The Sterile Cuckoo

Dialogue that has stuck in my head for 42 years:

You know what the trouble is? Trouble is that probably all the good things in life take place in no more than a minute. I mean all added up, I bet you at the end of seventy years, should you live so long, you can sit down, you can figure the whole thing out:

You spent nineteen years sleepin’, you spent five years goin’ to the bathroom, you spent thirty-five years doin’ some kinda work you absolutely hated, spent seven thousand eight hundred and fifty-three minutes blinkin’ your eyes.

And added to that, you got that one minute of good things. Then one day you wonder whether your minute’s up.

Liza Minnelli as Pookie Adams in The Sterile Cuckoo (1969)

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