Quotes: Glory Days

He said "I dance now at every chance at honky-tonks for drinks and tips
But most of the time I spend behind these county bars, 'cause I drinks a bit"
He shook his head, yes, he shook his head
I heard someone ask him, "Oh, please,
Mr. Bojangles,
Mr. Bojangles,
Dance, dance, Mr. Bojangles, dance."
Jerry Jeff Walker, "Mr. Bonjangles"

(to portrait of Electric Mayhem) Remember when the stage caved in while you were rocking out?
(to Swedish Chef) Who'd have thought your smorgasbord would be hard to live without?
If we could do it all again
Just another chance to entertain
Would anybody watch or even care?
Or did something break we can't repair?
(to Gonzo) Your cannonball trajectory, it always gave me hope
(to Fozzie) They may have been unbearable, but I still loved your jokes
Is there more I could have said?
Now they're only pictures in my head
—"Pictures in My Head", The Muppets

Now I think I'm going down to the well tonight and I'm going to drink till I get my fill
And I hope when I get old I don't sit around thinking about it but I probably will
Yeah, just sitting back trying to recapture a little of the glory
Well time slips away and leaves you with nothing mister but boring stories of glory days
Bruce Springsteen, "Glory Days"

Why they came east I don't know. They had spent a year in France, for no particular reason, and then drifted here and there unrestfully wherever people played polo and were rich together. This was a permanent move, said Daisy over the telephone, but I didn't believe it—I had no sight into Daisy's heart but'' I felt that Tom would drift on forever seeking a little wistfully for the dramatic turbulence of some irrecoverable football game.
F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Great Gatsby"

Savor the fruit of life, my young friends. It has a sweet taste when it is fresh from the vine. But don't live too long. The taste turns bitter... after a time.
Kor, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine ("Once More Unto the Breach")

Numero Cinco: We fought monsters and gangsters. Vampiros. We were heroes. We protected the weak...Surely you have heard about our great victory over the Devil's Robot?
Angel: *shrugs* Sorry.
[beat]
Numero Cinco: Nobody remembers the good stuff.
Angel, "The Cautionary Tale of Numero Cinco"

Meeting with Dreiberg left bad taste in mouth. A flabby failure sits whimpering in his basement. Why are so few of us left active, healthy, and without personality disorders? The First Nite Owl runs an autorepair shop. The first Silk Spectre is a bloated, aging whore dying in a California rest resort. Dollar Bill got his cape stuck on a revolving door where he got gunned down.
Rorschach, Watchmen

In those days, he had called himself Ma'elKoth, a phrase in Paquli that translates, roughly, as I Am Limitless. Ma, in Paquli, is the present nominative case of to be; tan is its past tense.

I Was Limitless."
— Description of Tan'elKoth in Blade of Tyshalle

I had learned one of the bitter lessons of life: never try to regain the past, the fire will have become ashes.
Gen. Douglas MacArthur

Does one mellow or does one rot? The two processes are perhaps the same.

I’m trying to give my sons an education about movies as well. You sit there and watch a comedy, let’s say Meet the Fockers, and it’s Robert De Niro. You tell them this guy was at one time considered the greatest living actor. My boys look at me and say, 'Really? This guy?'

That cheerleading outfit isn't making you look any younger, Madge. It's time for you to stop putting out aggressively bland comeback albums and make room for Kesha and Katy and the other 800 female artists out there who change outfits every five minutes to distract people from their terrible singing.
Drew Magary, "The Least Influential People of 2012"

Here you've got a 46-year-old bald movie star wannabe who looks like Uncle Creepy with a good build taking on a guy with an artificial hip that hadn't wrestled a full schedule in ten years. It's a tribute to the massive egotism, in my mind, of both men and indictment of WCW's promotional policies that this match even took place, much less being the main event, when the card was probably the best that WCW's capable of having. By the ten minute mark, they were sucking wind so bad the first three rows passed out of oxygen deprivation–would've been funny if it wasn't so sad. Well, I'm sick and damn tired of guys claim to be the 'icon,' especially when it usually comes from guys who just didn't know when to quit. Roddy Piper was my idol when I was a teenager, but that was twenty years ago. Hulk Hogan during his best years was 50% media creation...The Undertaker, Ric Flair, and Steve Austin have never claimed to be icons, which means they're big candidates to be just that. And on a personal note to Hulk Hogan: you are a household word, but so is garbage; and it stinks when it gets old, too.
Jim Cornette on Halloween Havoc

The audience got some insight into how reckless Flair’s financing is, and all it took was some pen-and-paper arithmetic by Wendy’s pre-teen son. You’d need a six-figure salary just to pay for Ric’s dinners...Kitty later confronted Ric, and in their heart-to-heart talk, she said she believed that Ric was spending so frivolously to try to hold on to that rush of excitement from his glory days in the ring. Ric welled up with tears, as if in agreement, showing a very human side to the Nature Boy. Then he punched open his old forehead scars and called the cops on Kitty for domestic assault. Nah, maybe I embellished just slightly right there.

As the morons crawl up the slope of the dune on their hands and knees [?], we get close-ups of Uhura’s beefy legs from the front and from behind and, as near as I can tell, that’s actually Nichelle Nichols dancing. And this is another one of the big problems with the movie as a whole: Everyone’s old enough to qualify for Medicare, and yet they’re still running around and getting naked and rolling around in the dirt like they’re the same age as when they made the original series. Nichelle Nichols certainly looks good for her age here, but I think most Trek fans would prefer these characters presented in a slightly more dignified way.

Steven (Seagal) started out surprisingly strong, considering his obvious acting limitations. Under Siege wasn't too bad, despite my standing claim that Steven wasn't really the star and that the battleship out-acted him.... But the years have not been kind to ol' Steven. It seems that he's blown all his cash to feed his Ding-Dong habit, as you'll notice if you pick up anything of his since Exit Wounds. He's so tubby in Half Past Dead that almost every shot of him is in extreme close-up so you can't see his ponderous paunch and huge jiggly ass. The few times you do see him from the neck-down, he's in gigantic baggy prison chinos and sporting a hilarious dew-rag. But in truth, Steven's stuntman gets most of the camera time anymore. He's more walrus now than man, and if he were to seriously try any of that aikido shit anymore he'd herniate himself so bad his stomach would rupture and he'd drown the crew in gravy.
Noah Antwiler on Belly of the Beast