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    "Kid: That was the best shot I ever saw!
    Coburn: The worst. I was aiming for the horse."

    The Magnificent Seven

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    Nice parallel!

    [A tied-up Crow is made to kneel outside Serenity as it prepares to lift off]
    Mal: "Now this is all the money Niska gave us in advance. You give it back to him, tell him the job didn't work out. We're not thieves... well, we are thieves, but the point is we're not taking what's his. We'll stay out of his way as best we can from here on in. You'll explain that's best for everyone, okay?"
    Crow: [Stands up] "Keep the money. Use it to buy a funeral. It doesn't matter where you go, or how far you fly, I will hunt you down, and the last thing you see will be my blade."
    Mal: "Darn." [Kicks Crow into Serenity's engine intake]
    [Cut to another henchman being placed before Mal]
    Mal: "Now this is all the money Niska gave us in advance—"
    Henchman: "Oh, I get it! I'm good. Best thing for everybody." [Desperate grin] "I'm right there with you."

    Firefly

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    Well, thank you. Just knd of fortuitous.

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    Jayne: "You save his gorram life, he still takes the cargo. Hwoon dahn ["bastard egg"].
    Mal: "He had to. Couldn't let us profit. Wouldn't be civilized."

    Firefly

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    "I love the Corps! Every meal a banquet, every paycheck a fortune!"

    — Apone, Aliens (or close to it).

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    I can't resist 2x posting: apparently, in some strange corner of the world, something is marginally right with the Eng Lang.

    Of course, it is Buck Cannon speaking, who is basically an illiterate, drunken fool, although capable at certain things:

    "Don Sebastien, Old Quirapera's waiting for you out there.

    He'll be bigly disappointed!"

    The High Chaparral,, "Mi Casa, Su Casa"

    I couldn't believe my ears.

    Do keep in mind that Buck Cannon is a truly illiterate man who has grave difficulties with even the spoken language, even in one tongue. However, he is competent at various trades, is not a thief, is honest, loyal, and not a rapist, So I say Buck Cameron can use the word. No one else, though.

    No, I'm not going to drag down the Oxford English Dictionary for precedent, but it is proof that stupid saddle-tramps have once used that term which should not be uttered.
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    Zoe (listens): "Proximity alert. We must be comin' up on something."
    Wash: "Oh, my God. What can it be? We're all doomed! Who's flying this thing?! (pause) Oh, right, that would be me. Back to work."

    Firefly

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    "Creed: No, no, no, that's where you're wrong. This isn't just an exhibition fight that doesn't mean anything. This is us against them, what are you talking about? Now, c'mon! Stallion, maybe you don't know, but I'm talking about now. And you'll know when it's over."

    Rocky IV

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    Jayne: "Tell you what I think. I figure that fellow we run into did everyone on board. Killed 'em all. Then he decided to take a swim, see how fast his blood would boil out his ears."
    Wash: "You're a very 'up' person."

    Firefly

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    "I am going to help my gram-gram. She is the one who taught me: it is better to be truthful and good, than to not."

    Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

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    Mal: "We'll check it out, see if there are any survivors. And if not, well, then, no one's gonna mind if we take a look around, see if there's not something of value they might've left behind."
    Jayne: "Yeah, no, uh, someone could be hurt!"

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    "Smooth Irish Whiskey Made the John Jameson Way Since 1780"
    — it says so on the label!

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    Inara: "I like watching the game. As with other situations, the key seems to be giving Jayne a heavy stick and standing back."

    Firefly

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    "Well, we're all just going to go in there looking all, innocent and vulnerable.....Well, anyway, we're all just going to go in there."

    Alias Smith and Jones series première

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    Zoe: "Planet's coming up a mite fast."
    Wash: "That's just 'cause... I'm going down too quick. Likely crash and kill us all."
    [As the ship begins to shake, Mal calmly leaves.]
    Mal: "Well, that happens, let me know."

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    "The truth was that I had the best camel. The excellent Wodheiha struggled gamely forward under the weight of the extra gold."

    — TE Lawrence Seven PIllars

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    Mal: "It sounds like the finest party I can imagine getting paid to go to."
    Inara: "I don't suppose you'd find it up to [the] standards of your outings. More conversation, and somewhat less... petty theft and getting hit with pool cues."

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    "[Auda] jerked his halter, cantered his mare down the path, and rode out to plain view beneath the easternmost houses of the village. There he reined in, and shook a hand at them, booming in his wonderful voice: 'Dogs, do you not know Auda?'"

    — TE Lawrence Seven Pillars

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    Kaylee: "Look at the fluffy one!"
    Zoe: "Too much foofaraw. If I'm gonna wear a dress, I want something with some slink."

    Firefly

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    "— Bottle and three glasses.
    — Bar ain't open yet.
    — Door's open. Bar's open."

    The High Chaparral, "A Matter of Vengence"

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    Badger: "'Course you couldn't buy an invite with a diamond the size of a testicle. I've got my hands on a couple." [pause] "Of invites!"

    Firefly

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    "He had the gift, rare among Englishmen, of making the best of a good thing."

    — TE Lawr., Seven Pillars

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    Badger: "You think you're better than other people!"
    Mal: "Just the ones I'm better than."

    Firefly

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    "Somewhere in the place a cheap clock ticked loudly, and it distressed me that their beating was not in its time. I writhed and twisted, but was held so tightly that my struggles were useless."

    — TE Lawr, Seven Pillars

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    Mal: "Yeah, well just be careful. We cheated Badger out of good money to buy that frippery and you're supposed to make me look respectable."
    Kaylee: "Yes, sir, Cap'n Tightpants."

    Firefly

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    "First I repress my violent urges and now they're out again? Pick a lane, Cheryl or Carol!"

    Archer

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    Wash: "Don't fall asleep now. Sleepiness is weakness of character, ask anyone."
    Zoe (almost dozing off after sex): "It is not!"
    Wash: "You're Acting Captain. You know what happens, you fall asleep?"
    Zoe: "Jayne slits my throat and takes over?"
    Wash: "That's right."

    Firefly

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    "The salty liquorice shell of Tyrkisk Peber Original sweets hides strong salty liquorice powder. Suitable for vegans. The bag contains just the right amount to challenge your taste buds ? and your friends too! [sic]"

    — ad copy for Fazer Tyrkisk Peber Salmiakki

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    Wash: "I wash my hands of it. Hopeless case. I'll read a nice poem at the funeral. Something with imagery."
    Zoe: "You could lock the door. Keep the power-hungry maniac at bay."
    Wash: "Don't know. I'm starting to like this poetry thing. 'Here lies my beloved Zoe, my autumn flower... somewhat less attractive now that she's all corpsified and gross—'" [Zoe hits him with a pillow]

    Firefly

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    "So you're telling me that the good old boys were drinking whiskey and rye? Like mixed together? I'm concerned about the mental health of them good old boys! Do you think their jobs were levee-based?"

    Archer

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    Sir Warrick: "I know him. And I think he's a psychotic low-life."
    Mal: "And I think calling him that is an insult to the psychotic low-life community."

    Firefly

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    "We'll check the morgue records, but I don't recall anything coming in minus an ear. The person may very well be still alive somewhere."

    — Lumberton's coroner, Blue Velvet

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    Kaylee: "Don't you just love this party? Everything's so fancy and they have some kind of hot cheese over there!"
    Cabott: "It's not as good as last year."
    Kaylee: "Oh, really? What'd they have last year?"
    Cabott: "Standards."

    Firefly

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    Mal: "And I never back down from a fight."
    Inara: "Yes, you do! You do all the time!"
    Mal: "Well... yeah, but I'm not backing down from this one!"

    Firefly

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    "Staying in this place with the windows open is like living next to a dog pound. Last night we had a huge paranoid poodle up here in the room, and the dumb bastard went totally out of control when the seals started barking—racing around the room like a chicken hearing a pack of wolves outside the window, howling & whining, leaping up on the bed & scattering my book-galley pages all over the floor, knocking the phone off the hook, upsetting the gin bottles, trashing my carefully organized stacks of campaign photographs… off to the right of this typewriter, on the floor between the beds, I can see an 8x10 print of Frank Mankiewicz yelling into a telephone at the Democratic Convention in Miami; but that one will never be used, because the goddamn hound put five big claw-holes in the middle of Frank’s chest."

    — Hunter S. Th., Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72, "Author's Note"

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    Inara: "You have a strange sense of nobility, Captain. You'll lay a man out for implying I'm a whore, but you keep calling me one to my face."
    Mal: "I might not show respect to your job, but he didn't respect you. That's the difference. Inara, he doesn't even see you."
    Inara: "Well, I guess death will solve the issue to everyone's satisfaction."

    Firefly

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    "Indeed. Maybe Rehnquist—far gone with an overdose of raw sowbelly and crazy for terminal vengeance on the first house he comes to.
    This world is full of dangerous beasts—but none quite as ugly and uncontrollable as a lawyer who has finally flipped off the tracks of Reason. He will run completely amok—like a Priest into sex, or a narc-squad cop who suddenly decides to start sampling his contraband."

    — HST, Fear Loath Camp Trail '72

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    River: "Sure. I got a secret. More'n one. Don't seem like I'd tell 'em to you, now, do it? Anyone off Dyton colony knows better'n to talk to strangers. [pokes Badger in the chest] You're talkin' loud enough for the both of us, ain't ya? I've met a dozen like you. Skipped off home early. Minor grift jobs here and there. Spent some time in the lockdown, but less than you claim. And you're what? A petty thief with delusions o' standing? Sad little king of a sad little hill."

    Firefly

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    "We spent the rest of the flight arguing politics. He is backing Muskie, and as he talked I got the feeling that he thought he was already at a point where, sooner or later, we would all be. “Ed’s a good man,” he said. “He’s honest. I respect the guy.” Then he stabbed the padded seat arm between us two or three times with his forefinger. “But the main reason I’m working for him,” he said, “is that he’s the only guy we have who can beat Nixon.” He stabbed the arm again. “If Nixon wins again, we’re in real trouble.” He picked up his drink, then saw it was empty and put it down again. “That’s the real issue this time,” he said. “Beating Nixon. It’s hard to even guess how much damage those bastards will do if they get in for another four years.”

    — HST, Fear.Loath.Camp.Trail.72

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    Inara: "You're always breaking the rules, no matter which society you're in! You don't get along with ordinary criminals either, which is why you're constantly getting in trouble!"
    Mal: "You think following the rules will buy you a nice life, even if the rules make you a slave."

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    "Whatever O’Brien and his people had in mind, it didn’t come across. They looked and talked like a bunch of surly, burned-out Republicans—still wondering why Hubert Humphrey didn’t make it in ’68 with his Politics of Joy."

    — HST, FATLon.the.Camp.Tr.72

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    [After winning a duel, Mal refuses to kill the prone, humiliated Atherton.]
    Sir Warrick: "You have to finish it, lad." [Mal doesn't move] "You have to finish it. For a man to lay beaten, yet breathing? It makes him a coward."
    Inara: "It's humiliation."
    Mal: "It would be humiliating, having to lie there while the better man refuses to spill your blood. Mercy is the mark of a great man."
    [He lightly stabs Atherton.]
    Mal: "Guess I'm just a good man."
    [He repeats the poking.]
    Mal: "Well, I'm all right."

    Firefly

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    “The only way a reporter should look at a politician is down.”

    — Mencken, supposedly

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    Mal: "Don't care much for fancy parties. Too rough."
    Inara: "It wasn't entirely a disaster."
    Mal: "I got stabbed! Right here!"
    Inara: "You also lined up exciting new crime."

    Firefly

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    "You know how old people lose all shame about eating, and it makes you puke to watch them? Old junkies are the same about junk. They jibber and squeal at the sight of it. The spit hangs off their chin, and their stomach rumbles and all their guts grind in peristalsis while they cook up, dissolving the body's decent skin, you expect at any moment a great blob of protoplasm will flop right out and surround the junk.

    -- Burroughs, Naked Lunch

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    Mal: "Don't take his offer."
    Inara: "What?"
    Mal: "Don't do it. 'Cause in the case that it happens, that means he's a fella who killed me, and I don't like fellas who kill me, not in general. I said before I don't have call to stop you, and that's true. Anyways, don't."

    Firefly

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    "Game over, man! Game over!"

    — some movie ;D

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    Ooo, I know which one! I know!

    River (as a child): "We got outflanked by the Independent squad, and we're never gonna make it back to our platoon. [pauses] We need to resort to cannibalism."
    Simon: "That was fast. Don't we have rations or anything?"

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    "Daycare! Right! I'll see you all in hell!"

    Police Story. I swear to Christ in hell that's what the English dubbing sounds like, although that's not exactly what is intended, pretty sure.

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