There’s tons of movie quotes that I like. You’ll probably notice it from all my blog posts. But, there’s this one quote which I’d like to share for today because of how deep and profound it sounds coming from one of the most esteemed writers in history. Plus, I like how this was intertwined so-matter-of-factly in the movie.
The quote is from the movie “Midnight in Paris” where Gil (Owen Wilson) a nostalgic screenwriter found himself mysteriously going back to the 1920s every day at midnight. One night, he met his idol Ernest Hemingway. Visiting from a different era, Gil wonders where Hemingway gets his courage and passion from. As such, the latter thus sheds some words of wisdom which both you and I can ponder on.
Gil: Hi Mr. Hemingway.
Ernest Hemingway: The assignment was to take the hill. There were four of us, five if you counted Vicente, but he had lost his hand when a grenade went off and couldn’t fight as could when I first met him. And he was young and brave, and the hill was soggy from days of rain. And it sloped down toward a road and there were many German soldiers on the road. And the idea was to aim for the first group, and if our aim was true we could delay them.
Gil: Were you scared?
Ernest Hemingway: Of what?
Gil: Of getting killed.
Ernest Hemingway: You’ll never write well if you fear dying. Do you?
Gil: Yeah, I do. I’d say it’s probably might be my greatest fear actually.
Ernest Hemingway: It’s something all men before you have done, all men will do.
Gil: I know, I know.
Ernest Hemingway: Have you ever made love to a truly great woman?
Gil: Actually, my fiancé is pretty sexy.
Ernest Hemingway: And when you make love to her you feel true and beautiful passion. And you for at least that moment lose your fear of death.
Gil: No, that… that doesn’t happen.
Ernest Hemingway: I believe that love that is true and real creates a respite from death. All cowardice comes from not loving, or not loving well, which is the same thing. And when the man who is brave and true looks death squarely in the face like some rhino hunters I know, or Belmonte, who’s truly brave. It is because they love with sufficient passion to push death out of their minds, until the return that it does to all men. And then you must make really good love again. Think about it.
Rather deep, eh?
Also, please remember to visit Cumuloq’s site. I like her choice for today. If I remember how the movie ‘Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist’ went, I would love to have chosen that but I don’t so, oh wells. We’ll catch you tomorrow for our favourite movie series or trilogy. Tata! 🙂
PS: I hope I’m back to my tip-top shape tmr. I’m sick of being sick. 😐