Quotes / Born in the Wrong Century


Dwight: Most people think Marv is crazy. He just had the rotten luck of being born in the wrong century. He'd be right at home on some ancient battlefield swinging an axe into somebody's face. Or in a Roman arena, taking his sword to other gladiators like him. They woulda tossed him girls like Nancy back then.
Sin City, both the comic and movie versions

"Then the idiot who praises, with enthusiastic tone,
"All centuries but this, and every country but his own..."
The Mikado, The Mikado, "As Someday It May Happen" (aka "I've Got a Little List")

A warrior at heart, she’d said. He’d thought, sometimes, that he was born at the wrong time. Had he been born in Rome’s heyday, the Crusades or any of the great wars, in eras where martial pride and strength were valued, he thought he might have been a great person, a soldier feared on the battlefield. He would have relished that life. Here, now? Even with powers, he wasn’t so notable. People with a tendency for violence and a thirst for blood just didn’t thrive.
Hookwolf, Worm

Hobbes: Of course, your dad thinks transportation should've stopped with the bicycle.
Calvin: I'm a 21st century kid trapped in a 19th century family.

"I guess I just wasn't made for these times."
The Beach Boys, Pet Sounds, "I Just Wasn't Made For These Times"

"Me and him, we're from different ancient tribes. And now, we're both almost extinct. Sometimes... you gotta stick with the ancient ways. The old-school ways."

Michelle: You were a loser in the year 2000 and you're a loser in the year 4000.
Fry: Yeah, but in the year 3000, I had it all!
Futurama, The Cryonic Woman

Eddie Riggs: Ever feel like you've been born in the wrong time, like you should have been born earlier? When the music was... Real?
Roadie: ...Like, the seventies?
Eddie: Earlier. Like, the early seventies.

Real Life

A major newspaper has kicked George Will to the curb over a recent column wherein the venerable conservative opinionator claimed that being a rape victim is a 'coveted status' that comes with 'privileges'... On one hand: 'Hooray!' On the other, it's pretty telling that a newspaper in St. Louis is more tuned in and with-it than the opinion pages of the most prominent newspaper in our nation's ostensibly cosmopolitan capitol.

"Yes, Vince McMahon, self-made billionaire (ignoring the fact that his dad started the WWF and that he doesn’t have anywhere near a billion dollars), chairman of a publicly-traded company, and 62-year-old adult living in 21st century America, could not tell the difference between his image on a screen and his actual self. With Vince’s poor understanding of how visual representations work, it’s a wonder that he let himself be turned into an action figure, knowing how many stunners he would have to endure from Stone Cold’s action figure."

"I guess Whoopi Goldberg’s official title at The View is 'The Devil’s Chatty Advocate'...Whoopi has defended Mel Gibson’s infamous racist rant, defended Roman Polanski by inventing the word 'rape-rape', and most recently, defended human hershey squirt Justin Bieber’s use of the n-word... I think Whoopi needs to walk her ass to the optometrist and get the prescription on her glasses checked, because if a mouth breather like Sherri Shepherd is staring at you like you’ve got dried smegma flakes for brains and noted dum-dum Jenny McCarthy is sending you 'Oh here go hell come' vibes, it might be time to stop talking."

"It just wasn't Newt (Gingrich)'s year. His year was 1954."
Jimmy Kimmel, 2012 White House Correspondents' Dinner

"I always felt like I was born in the wrong time period. I felt like I should've been born in the mid-to-late '40's."