Quotes: Poor Communication Kills

Fiction

What we've got here is a failure to communicate.
Cool Hand Luke, 1967

You said "I'm gonna run you down",
I heard "I'm an orangutan"'
They Might Be Giants, "Broke In Two"

Communication breakdown
It's always the same,
Led Zeppelin, "Communication Breakdown"

a> I think we need to work on our communication.. one guy is talking crap, one just goes "lol" and the other one doesn't understand what's going on
b> lol
c> what?
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SpannerGO0: HEY BICTHES
*** SpannerGO0 was kicked by sam88 (don't be a douche)
BicThes: he was talking to me i think
sam88: whoops
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Iíd always hated those parts in the TV shows and movies, where everything could be resolved with the simple truth. It was why Iíd never been able to watch romantic comedies. It grated: the sitcom-esque comedic situations which would be resolved if people would only sit down, explain, and listen to one another, the tragedies which could have been prevented with a few simple words.

I didnít want to be one of those tragedies.
Skitter, Worm

Hawke: Your mage-templar group was conspiring to overthrow Meredith.
Orsino: I have a sudden, deep regret I interfered...

(The characters are outside of a slaughterhouse with the word "Slaughterhouse" clearly visible over the door)
And that says bank?
It does?
Yes it does.
Frylock: Say, Carl, do you have any idea whatís in these candy bars?
Carl: No I do not.
Frylock: Well, would you like to look through this scope and just see what youíve been eating?
Carl: No. Itís South Bronx Paradise, baby!
Frylock: Itís South Bronx Parasite!
Carl: Yeah, whatever.
Frylock: Did you even read the wrapper?
Carl: Itís typical, liberal media, parasite, paradise. Youíre guaranteed to shed pounds within hours, I know that.
Frylock: Yeah, because thereís larva inside of you feeding on your flesh.

Real Life

Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can fuckin' kill you.
Taylor Mali

You can understand why Blake is playing underhanded tactics on Gouda Prime, to root out the Federation spies and to keep his skin wrapped comfortably all over. However, not trusting Tarrant turns out to be a fatal mistake on his part; pretending to have captured him to lure Avon out into the open was a dangerous move and one that he pays for with his life. It isn't Tarrant he has misjudged, but Avon. Blake failed to recognise how paranoid his friend has become without his influence and the mere mention of the only man Avon ever trusted turning against him is enough for him to pull the trigger...Gouda Prime is set to be the location of the launch of a new wave of resistance against the Federation, but the outcome is where one terrible, fatal misunderstanding leads to a massacre and a trap that Avon's crew cannot escape.
Joe Ford on Blake's 7, "Blake"

David: Really, thatís almost the problem with the show — if the Kents werenít dicks, then you wouldnít have any real friction between Clark and his parents, which would take away a ton of drama.
Chris: Yes, but then all the drama could result from, you know, Lex, whose world-conquering super-villain master plans have involved a) Running for local government, and b) getting someone fired from a job.
David: Ahem. I believe you forgot providing children ó CHILDREN! ó with the devilís agent, LIQUOR.
Chris: At this point, Lex is less of a super-villain and more Your Dadís One Weird Friend.
—Chris Sims and David Uzumeri on Smallville ("Spell")

Almost any TV show, at some point you realize the whole problem is person A not talking to person B and solving the mystery/interpersonal conflict, and that's where TV shows come from. But man, if this whole show just sat down it would be so easy:"''

"I saw/fucked/became a bizarre creature, that's why I was acting so weird before."
"OMG me too! That's totally why I was acting weird!"
"It was all for nothing. How funny! Once again, communication has saved the day."

This was the most unprovoked and avoidable fight I've ever seen

"Dammit all, is this movie Doing the whole 'Simple misunderstanding that real people would never have because they ask questions and have normal human conversations about it' thing?"
Web Video/Cinamasins, on Frozen

"Bravely Default is a game where every bad thing could have been avoided if the characters would have actually communicated with eachother during the numerous opportunities they're given to do so. I wish I could say this was uncommon for RPGs, but HILARIOUS COMEDIES OF ERROR cause the end of the world surprisingly often."