Sounds Familiar

“During his long life, he was a printer’s apprentice and a riverboat pilot, a prospector who never struck gold, and a Confederate soldier who never fought a battle. He was considered the funniest man on earth, a brilliant performer on the lecture circuit who could entertain almost any audience… and a spectacularly inept businessman whose countless schemes to get rich quick threatened again and again to bring him to ruin. But above all, Mark Twain was a writer, a natural born storyteller, and a self-taught genius with words who understood before anyone else that art could be created out of the American language.” – Narrator (Keith David), MARK TWAIN, a film by Ken Burns

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Sounds Familiar

“The first nineteen years of my life, nothing happened. Nothing at all, not ever. And then I met a man called the Doctor. A man who could change his face. He took me away from home in his magical machine. He showed me the whole of time and space. I thought it would never end.” – Rose Tyler (Billie Piper), DOCTOR WHO (“Army of Ghosts”)

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“This is my first go at teaching – teaching schoolboys, that is. Up till now, the only teaching I’ve done is trying to teach recruits to look after themselves and not get shot their first week out. There wasn’t time to be patient, see, and I never had to learn to suffer fools gladly. That might take me a bit of time, Mr. Dobson. Until I do, maybe you’d better keep your head down, eh?” – David Powlett-Jones (John Duttine), TO SERVE THEM ALL MY DAYS on MASTERPIECE THEATRE

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“Somebody apparently once went up to the great philosopher Wittgenstein and said what a lot of morons people back in the Middle Ages must have been to have looked every morning at what’s going on behind me now (the dawn) and to have thought that what they were seeing was the sun going round the Earth, whereas every school kid knows the Earth goes round the sun … doesn’t take too many brains to understand that. To which Wittgenstein replied, ‘Yeah, but I wonder what it would have looked like if the sun had been going round the Earth.’” – James Burke, THE DAY THE UNIVERSE CHANGED