Monologing  

maybejustrex4 52M  
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3/23/2017 5:07 am
Monologing


Do you have a favorite speech or monologue that pops up in your head every now and then? Probably from a movie or play or tv show, not just a line but decent length speech that crops up? Here on the site, you see the Crash Davis Bull Durham rant from time to time ("long slow deep wet kisses that last three days") and occasional references to others.

Mine tend to come from plays. Sure, I like the Shakespeare classics like Macbeth ("life is a poor actor who struts and frets his hour on the stage") or Henry V's St. Crispin's Day speech ("we few, we happy few, we band of brothers").

The one that gets me, however, just stops me dead in my tracks is the opening monologue from The Fantasticks. Every few months, a couple times a year it comes into my head and I am tearing up by the end of it ("It is September, before a rainfall. The perfect time to be in love.") Never knew why other than the power of the language. No particular affiliation with the play (which I have to admit is now dated beyond recognition for the most part), no especially torrid September love affair (May and June tended to be my sweet spots). Still, there it is.

Any favorites for you?

*And a tip of the hat to The Incredibles for the great word "monologing" used there to describe a super villain's tendency on the cusp of victory to explain his whole plan to the captured hero.

maybejustrex4 52M  
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3/29/2017 2:01 pm

    Quoting  :

It has been entirely too many years since I have watched either of those movies. I have been a big fan of showing my boy some older films (hooked him early with Rear Window) and I think he would like both of those.


author51 56F  
67762 posts
3/31/2017 6:10 am

Better three hours too soon then a minute too late.
If music be the food of love, play on
Though she be but little, she be fierce.

I love Shakespeare but to remember an entire monologing has never been my strong suit.

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maybejustrex4 52M  
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4/4/2017 8:09 am

    Quoting author51:
    Better three hours too soon then a minute too late.
    If music be the food of love, play on
    Though she be but little, she be fierce.

    I love Shakespeare but to remember an entire monologing has never been my strong suit.
Good ones. The trick to finding short Shakespeare quotes is picking one that isn't already a movie or book title. For example, I used to be a fan of Cassius' line "the fault is not in our stars but in ourselves."


TicklePlease 51F  
11537 posts
4/26/2017 5:06 am

How did I miss this one when you wrote it? Wait... don't answer that.

"I want to look him straight in the eye and tell him what a cheap, lying, no good, rotten, far flushing, snake licking, dirt eating, inbreed, overstuffed, ignorant, blood sucking, dog kissing, brainless, dickless, hopeless, heartless, fat assed, bug eyed, stiff legged, spotty lipped, worm headed, sack of monkey shit he is!!! Halleluah!! Holy shit!!

PS - I say "you almost caught me monologing" a LOT! In my head.


maybejustrex4 52M  
2388 posts
4/26/2017 10:15 am

    Quoting TicklePlease:
    How did I miss this one when you wrote it? Wait... don't answer that.

    "I want to look him straight in the eye and tell him what a cheap, lying, no good, rotten, far flushing, snake licking, dirt eating, inbreed, overstuffed, ignorant, blood sucking, dog kissing, brainless, dickless, hopeless, heartless, fat assed, bug eyed, stiff legged, spotty lipped, worm headed, sack of monkey shit he is!!! Halleluah!! Holy shit!!

    PS - I say "you almost caught me monologing" a LOT! In my head.
Oh baby, and on Administrative Professional's Day too!

Undeniably great quote though. Been showing Community to the kid and loving it all over again. It is too bad Dan Harmon lost his shit for a while and that of all people Chevy Chase had to be the Jeremiah warning us what was coming.


BiggLala 46F  
25187 posts
3/29/2018 5:59 pm

You already mentioned the one I'm most partial to, Crash's monologue in Bull Durham. My second favorite is probably the one I quoted the other day on your 'naughty post...Ronny's speech to Loretta.

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maybejustrex4 52M  
2388 posts
4/2/2018 1:41 am

    Quoting BiggLala:
    You already mentioned the one I'm most partial to, Crash's monologue in Bull Durham. My second favorite is probably the one I quoted the other day on your 'naughty post...Ronny's speech to Loretta.
Two of the greats. Sometimes I worry that our love of one liners has limited the interest in a longer, better speech.


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