Created By: CaoCao on November 18, 2012 Last Edited By: CaoCao on November 21, 2012
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Quoting Myself

A character spouts an aphorism that sounds like a quote, but it turns out he's quoting himself.

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Spouting an aphorism is a great way to lend gravitas to your argument, or simply to sound smart. But sometimes nothing anyone famous said will do, so you just make something up on the spot, or rehash something you previously said.

Often your interlocutor will tentatively attribute the quote to one author or another, and you can admit, deadpan-style, that the aphorism is really yours.


Examples:

Film
  • Jack Burton, the main character in Big Trouble in Little China, would constantly begin his words fo wisdom with "Remember what old Jack Burton says at a time like this...". This is trope is invoked in the climax when he faces down the Big Bad and does this, only to have the villains ask, "Who?". Jack then growls, "Jack Burton... me!".
  • Dead Poets Society:
    McAllister: Show me the heart unfettered by foolish dreams and I'll show you a happy man.
    Keating: But only in their dreams can men be truly free. 'Twas always thus, and always thus will be.
    McAllister: Tennyson?
    Keating: No, Keating.
  • Patton.
    Patton: You know what the poet said. "Through the travail of ages, midst the pomp and toils of war, have I fought and strove and perished countless times upon the star. As if through a glass and darkly, the age-old strife I see, where I fought in many guises, many names, but always me."
    You know who the poet was? Me.
  • The Wiz:
    Scarecrow: Success, fame, and fortune, they're all illusions. All there is that is real is the friendship that two can share.
    Dorothy: That's beautiful! Who said that?
    Scarecrow: [modestly] I did.
  • The Three Musketeers (1993) Aramis recites poetry to a tavern wench. D'Artagnan asks if it's Shakespeare and Aramis replies that it's Aramis.
  • The last Harry Potter movie has a scene where Remus Lupin and Kingsley Shacklebolt are standing near each other at the start of the Battle for Hogwarts.
    Lupin: It is the quality of one's convictions that determines success, not the number of followers.
    Kingsley: Who said that?
    Lupin: Me.

Literature

Live-Action TV
  • CSI Crime Scene Investigation:
    Grissom: The best intentions are fraught with disappointment.
    Willows: Emerson?
    Grissom: Grissom.
  • In an episode of 3rd Rock from the Sun, a coincidence involving this led to Mary mistakenly believing that Dick was really a wanted activist she knew during her hippie days in The '60s:
    Dick: History is made by the individual, not by the masses.
    Mary: Who said that?
    Dick: I did.
    Mary: No, where's that from?
    Dick: My mouth.
    Mary: No, somebody said that!
    Dick: Hellllloooo! That was me.
    Mary: This is so weird.
    [flashback to young Mary at Berkeley]
    Mary: This is so weird.
    Manny: I mean, you've been rinsed and hung out to dry. Think about it. Dig it, babe, that's what's happened. History is made by the individual, not by the masses.
    Mary: Who said that?
    Manny: I did.
    Mary: Wow!
    [return to present]
    Mary: Wow!
  • The Big Bang Theory:
    Ramona: Didn't a great man once say, 'Science demands nothing less than the fervent and unconditional dedication of our entire lives'?
    Sheldon: He did.
    Ramona: And who was that great man?
    Sheldon: Me. Sorry, Leonard.
    Leonard: Seriously? You're not coming?
    Sheldon: You heard her. How can I argue with me?

Theatre
  • 1776:
    Dr. Benjamin Franklin: Treason is a charge invented by winners as an excuse for hanging the losers.
    John Adams: I have more to do than stand here listening to you quote yourself.
    Dr. Benjamin Franklin: Oh, that was a new one.

Web Comic
  • After Agatha in Girl Genius surprises Zeetha by not only managing to fix a "magic" artifact but improving it as well, she declares "Any sufficiently analyzed magic is indistinguishable from science!" Zeetha asks why it's in quotes and who said it, to which Agatha responds, "ME!"

Western Animation

Community Feedback Replies: 13
  • November 18, 2012
    Bisected8
    This needs a description.

    Also;

  • November 18, 2012
    Quatic
    A variation from The Big Bang Theory:

    Ramona: Didn't a great man once say, 'Science demands nothing less than the fervent and unconditional dedication of our entire lives'?

    Sheldon: He did.

    Ramona: And who was that great man?

    Sheldon: Me. Sorry, Leonard.

    Leonard: Seriously? You're not coming?

    Sheldon: You heard her. How can I argue with me?

  • November 18, 2012
    Dacilriel
    Description, please.

    In The Three Musketeers 1993 Aramis recites poetry to a tavern wench. D'Artagnan asks if it's Shakespeare and Aramis replies that it's Aramis.

    Seventeen Seventy Six:
    Dr. Benjamin Franklin: Treason is a charge invented by winners as an excuse for hanging the losers.
    John Adams: I have more to do than stand here listening to you quote yourself.
    Dr. Benjamin Franklin: Oh, that was a new one.

  • November 18, 2012
    Random888
    Where On Earth Is Carmen Sandiego:
    • Carmen: A philosopher once said, "Competition can make you stronger."
    • Player: Which philosopher said that?
    • Carmen: Me!
  • November 18, 2012
    Dawnwing
    • The last Harry Potter movie has a scene where Remus Lupin and Kingsley Shacklebolt are standing near each other at the start of the Battle for Hogwarts.
      Lupin: It is the quality of one's convictions that determines success, not the number of followers.
      Kingsley: Who said that?
      Lupin: Me.
  • November 19, 2012
    Arivne
    Film
    Patton: You know what the poet said. "Through the travail of ages, midst the pomp and toils of war, have I fought and strove and perished countless times upon the star. As if through a glass and darkly, the age-old strife I see, where I fought in many guises, many names, but always me."
    Patton: You know who the poet was? Me.
  • November 19, 2012
    Chabal2
    In Making Money, Moist says at one point "Does not a penny to the widow outshine the unconquered sun?" When asked what it means, he admits he has no idea, but it sounds impressive.

  • November 19, 2012
    Duncan
    From The Wiz:
    Scarecrow: Success, fame, and fortune, they're all illusions. All there is that is real is the friendship that two can share.
    Dorothy: That's beautiful! Who said that?
    Scarecrow: [modestly] I did.
  • November 19, 2012
    Random888
    In an episode of Third Rock From The Sun, a coincidence involving this led to Mary mistakenly believing that Dick was really a wanted activist she knew during her hippie days in The Sixties:
    • Dick: History is made by the individual, not by the masses.
    • Mary: Who said that?
    • Dick: I did.
    • Mary: No, where's that from?
    • Dick: My mouth.
    • Mary: No, somebody said that!
    • Dick: Hellllloooo! That was me.
    • Mary: This is so weird.
    • [flashback to young Mary at Berkeley]
    • Mary: This is so weird.
    • Manny: I mean, you've been rinsed and hung out to dry. Think about it. Dig it, babe, that's what's happened. History is made by the individual, not by the masses.
    • Mary: Who said that?
    • Manny: I did.
    • Mary: Wow!
    • [return to present]
    • Mary: Wow!
  • November 19, 2012
    Tallens
    • In Seventeen Seventy Six, at one point while John Adams and Ben Franklin are talking, Franklin starts musing on the meaning of treason. "Treason is a charge invented by winners, as an excuse for hanging the losers." Adams is not in the mood to hear Franklin quote himself, but it's subverted when Franklin protests, "Oh, no, that was a new one!"
  • November 19, 2012
    AP
    • Jack Burton, the main character in Big Trouble In Little China, would constantly begin his words fo wisdom with "Remember what old Jack Burton says at a time like this...". This is trope is invoked in the climax when he faces down the Big Bad and does this, only to have the villains ask, "Who?". Jack then growls, "Jack Burton... me!".
  • November 20, 2012
    Tallens
    • After Agatha in Girl Genius surprises Zeetha by not only managing to fix a "magic" artifact but improving it as well, she declares "Any sufficiently analyzed magic is indistinguishable from science!" Zeetha asks why it's in quotes and who said it, to which Agatha responds, "ME!"

  • November 21, 2012
    CaoCao
    Any more examples to suggest? I'll be launching this soon.
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