Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Wednesday Discussion: Heard Any Great Lines Lately?

"The new guy's an idiot...but that was a great line. I'll have to use it in my novel."

"The pen is the tongue of the mind." Miguel de Cervantes

And sometimes real life provides dialogue that our pens can have fun with incorporating into a work in progress.

What are some great lines you've heard in real life, said by a spouse, friend, child or relative? 

My favorite was said by an acquaintance at my gym. I didn't hear it first hand, but she told me after the fact. 

She'd been crudely propositioned by a military man, and her response to him from the StairMaster was as follows:

"I don't care how many battles you've fought or how many people you've killed, but if you say something like that to me again, I'm gonna get down off here and make sure you'll never be able to fight again!"

I'll have to use that in my next manuscript! Now it's your turn--share a great line and who said it!


Jules said...

My grandmother is such a wealth of these :) "What did you have for dinner granny?" "Brown surprise meat with gravy and ice cream." :)
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

Maria McKenzie said...

Love it!

Myne said...

LOL..I can't think of one right now, but that one by friend at the gym is classic..

Maria McKenzie said...

I know! I've told her she should be a writer:).

Francine Howarth said...


I once knew a little kid of 6yrs who'd been chastised for swearing like his dad, so he adapted words that sounded right but didn't get him into trouble:

His mother caught him up to mischief and sent him indoors, needless to say his gran asked him what he'd done. He upped and said:

"I tucked up."
"Tucked up what?"
His mother walked through the door, said, "What have I told you about using words like that?"
He threw his arms in the air in despair, said, "I said tucked up, not f*cked up." ;)

I did put this in one of my novels.


Maria McKenzie said...

LOL! That's great! Out of the mouths of babes;).

Old Kitty said...

Girl one: So you're leaving the class?
Girl two: Yeah, I can't bear it any longer. I thought we'd be studying books in English, not this Chaucer stuff.

:-) Overheard while food shopping - the two young girls were working there stacking shelves.

Take care

Maria McKenzie said...

Too funny:)!