Quotes / Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress


"Everybody falls the first time."
Cypher, The Matrix

W. E. Coyote's Law of Cartoon Inertia: Objects in motion tend to stay at the same altitude until gravity is noticed.
Vaarsuvius, The Order of the Stick

I Fell for Hours!
Yoshi: Ooh! Hours long time!
Well, it seemed like hours!

I know this defies the law of gravity, but I never studied law.
Bugs Bunny, High-Diving Harenote 

Oh! Gravity works!

Gravity plays favorites, I know it 'cause I saw / Honest to God, officer, it's awful
The Dresden Dolls, Gravity

You win again, Gravity!
—Zapp Brannigan, Futurama

My actions have consequences and Gravity Is a Harsh Mistress.

Gravity's one mean mother, huh?
Jacob Taylor, Mass Effect 2

Ah-ha! I'll bounce off that broad, flat surface and be in a lot of pain!
The Tick, moments before he becomes the Trope Namer

It was then that young Stephanie realized that gravity would forever be her enemy.
—Stephanie Brown, Batgirl.

The Lobe: Freakazoid!, why is it taking us so long to fall?
Freakazoid!: 'Cause it's funny!
The Lobe: No it's not, it's just stupid! It's almost as dumb as that Handman episode!

Mason: Hey! I've got an idea! Maybe if I walk over the gap without looking down, I'll walk on thin air, Looney Tunes-style!
(Mason falls off)
Solar: Neptune! Mason stupidity defense code 437!
Neptune: I'm on it, Solar. Here's a 1-Up!
Krizzy: You have this down to a science, don't you?

Then gravity, that smug jerk, tapped me on the shoulder and asked me how I was going to stay up. I didn't have an answer to that. I fell.
Jim, Mog World

Aw, come on gravity... You used to be cool.
Homer Simpson, The Simpsons

This wouldn't be a problem if it weren't for gravity.
Goofy, Goof Troop, "All the Goof That's Fit to Print"

Sonic: (having escaped a force field and ends up hanging in space) Did it! But how am I gonna get down? (realizes) Oh, yeah... I'LL FALL!!!!
Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, "Over The Hill Hero"

Oh, gravity. Thou art a heartless bitch.
Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory

First Law of Cartoon Physics: "Gravity doesn't work until you look down."
An image on the internet talking about this very trope.

As I ran at full speed, with my nose up in the atmosphere, and intent only upon the purloiner of my propertynote , I suddenly perceived that my feet rested no longer upon terra-firma; the fact is, I had thrown myself over a precipice, and should inevitably have been dashed to pieces but for my good fortune in grasping the end of a long guide-rope, which depended from a passing balloon.
Edgar Allan Poe, The Angel of the Odd

(Gasp) I can levitate!
Queen Delightful, The 7D "Bedknobs and Gloomsticks"

Gravity is the only important scientific principle that can really hurt your backside.
Alan "Brain" Powers, Arthur, "And Now Let's Talk to Some Kids"

"Good Lord," he breathed. He looked below him. Nothing there. Like a Warner Brothers' cartoon character, standing on nothing without harm. Better not visualize that too much, because they always started to fall when they figured out where they were.