Quotes: Never Live It Down

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    Literature 

The reader also knows that everyone poos. But if the first thing a character does is poo in front of the reader, the reader will think of him as the Pooing Character forevermore.

    Film — Live-action 

If a man builds a thousand bridges and sucks one dick, they don't call him a bridge-builder — they call him a cocksucker.
Vince Boudreau, Play it to the Bone

Danny: And I always confuse Monet and Manet. Now which one married his mistress?
Tess: Monet.
Danny: Right, and then Manet had syphilis.
Tess: They also painted occasionally.

Ulysses S. Grant held this country together. Now what's he remembered for? Being a drunk. Ronald Reagan oversaw the fall of the Berlin Wall, the end of Cold War — but any discussion of his legacy ends with jelly beans, naps, and Alzheimer's!
Hon. Joseph Palmer, The Judge

Reverend Eric Fitzhugh: Am I never to be forgiven for one moment of weakness?
Sir Malcolm Baxter: According to our latest census you've had at least fourteen moments of weakness, Eric.

    Live-action TV 

You make the front page today only if you screw up. They only know your name if you’re the unlucky S.O.B. sitting on 500 tons of dynamite. That’s what they’re really waiting for.
Colonel Belt, The X-Files ("Space")

    music 

"You've changed your face, you've changed your scent
You've even changed your fingerprint
Image is anything
But with all this electricity
You can't change your publicity
The lies the many sing"
T. Bone Burnett, "The Rat Age"

    Web original 

This is the story that killed my parents’ interest in Doctor Who. To this day my mother refuses to accept the possibility that Baker might be good on the audios simply because of how much this story made her hate him.
Dr. Phil Sandifer on Doctor Who, "The Twin Dilemma"

Gwen was supposed to be our audience identification character on this show, but Davies did some quite perverse in making her more unlikable as the show continued, cheating on her long suffering boyfriend with an absolute asshole...This whole affair malarkey leaves a really bad taste in the mouth as far as Gwen is concerned, and in the future when they get married and have a baby it leaves a black cloud just on the horizon of these happy events.

Character: Says "I like bread" that one time.
Fandom: Character has an obsession with bread. Bread is character's true love. Draws character as bread. Every meta joke in fanfic is about bread. The character's room is wallpapered with bread.

"Steve Gerrard, Gerrard,
He slipped from 40 yards!
He gave it to Demba Ba!
Steve Gerrard, Gerrard."
Everton fans, making fun of Steven Gerrard slipping and allowing Demba Ba to score during Liverpool's 2-0 loss to Chelsea on April 27, 2014.

Wait, I forgot to do some 'Paul Reubens wanked in a porno theater' jokes. Have ... have you noticed how 'Pee-wee' could refer to both his character and his penis? Yeah. (Aced it.)

Robert Downey, Jr.. sat down for what he probably thought was going to be another fluffy, generic interview to pimp out the Avengers: Age of Ultron, but I guess he didn’t know who he was dealing with, because the conversation went from fluffiness to Oprah shit.
Michael K., “How many dealers did you have to suck-off in real-life for an 8-ball?”

Cruise bouncing on that couch is one of the touchstones of the last decade, the punchline every time someone writes about his career.

    Web Video 

Ever since you called me a 'freaky fish guy', I haven't been able to escape it! All over the world people see me and shout, "Hey, it's that freaky fish guy! Wanna throw a harpoon at us, Freaky Fish Guy?". And all because I ONCE threw a harpoon at somebody. Does that mean that I DESERVE being labelled a 'Freaky Fish Guy'!?...It's not like I make a habit out of it.

slowbeef: Play the video in 3... 2... 1... and play. [video starts] So fake cancer, you fell for that, really?
ProtonJon: Oh, for fuck's sake!

    Western Animation 

"Words with venom, words that bind
Words used like weapons to cloud my mind!
I'm a person. I'm a man, but no matter how hard I try,
People just say 'Hey! There goes that 'nigger' guy'
Everywhere I go, it's always the same
I can't get away from that terrible name!
'Hey Nigger Guy! Nigger Guy! Nigger Guy!'
Stop! Now go. Call me Nigger Guy!
Fill me with your hate!
Try to bring me down— Oop up, you're too late
Someone just beat you to it
But my dream will not die
To be thought of as more... than just 'Nigger Guy'"
Randy Marsh, South Park ("With Apologies to Jesse Jackson")

Milhouse: Then let's just say, I don't care what people think of me anymore.
Bart: You mean up until now you did care? Then why did you wear that tutu to school last week?
Milhouse: What about all the times I didn't wear a tutu? Nobody ever brings those up!
The Simpsons, "Milhouse Doesn't Live Here Anymore"

No one every lets me forget the time I wouldn't come out of a tunnel in case the rain spoiled my paint.
Henry, "Percy Takes The Plunge"

Perdita: Mickey, she took our puppies!
Cruella: One movie and you're labelled for life!
House of Mouse, "House of Crime"

"I spilled wasabi on my shirt one time, people, ONE TIME!"
Wasabi (explaining his nickname), Big Hero 6

Sydney Ellen Wade: I regrouped. You have to give me that. I stood in the middle of the Oval Office and made it clear that he who doesn't take the GDC seriously does so at his peril.
Beth Wade: And then you walked out the wrong door.
Sydney Ellen Wade: Are you going to keep throwing that back in my face for the rest of my life?
Beth Wade: That's my current plan, yes.

    real life 

Nothing stands out so conspicuously, or remains so firmly fixed in the memory, as something which you have blundered.
Cicero

If all else fails, immortality can always be assured by spectacular error.
John Kenneth Galbraith

When I make a mistake, it's a beaut.
Fiorello La Guardia

I'd been a Serial Killer for four years, but they'd never given me a nickname. Then you bite one guy on the arse, and suddenly you're 'The Buttmuncher.'
Frankie Boyle doing "Unlikely Lines in a Thriller Movie", Mock the Week

If Al Gore invented The Internet, I invented spell check.
Dan Quayle, inventing Gore's invention of the internet

You are remembered for the rules you break.

Last time I was here, I said I was a (referring to his penis) "Magnum". Now people are always screaming 'Magnum' at me...I really shouldn't have said it.
Gackt

I had no protection against the sex jokes and changed attitudes that the Bunny article brought with it; and my heart sank whenever I was introduced as a former Playboy Bunny or found my employee photograph published with little explanation in Playboy.
Gloria Steinem on her seminal piece "I Was a Playboy Bunny"

Alistair loves cheese like Sten loves cookies. Which is to say they mention those things maybe twice, period.
David Gaider on Dragon Age fans

Vertrouwen/reputatie komt te voet en gaat te paard (Trust/reputation comes on foot and leaves on horseback).
— Dutch proverb