Sunday, September 28, 2008
It seems we have been losing too many of the legends lately. This has been difficult year. Word comes that Paul Newman has lost his battle with Lung cancer. This isn't a shock as he has been sick for a little while now, but it's never easy.
My first Paul Newman movie is still my favorite: The Sting. He always seemed to exude "cool" no matter what role he was in.
"You know, I got a hunch, fat man. I got a hunch it's me from here on in. One ball, corner pocket. I mean, that ever happen to you? You know, all of a sudden you feel like you can't miss? 'Cause I dreamed about this game, fat man. I dreamed about this game every night on the road. Five ball. You know, this is my table, man. I own it." - The Hustler
"Dyin'? Boy, he can have this little life any time he wants to. Do ya hear that? Are ya hearin' it? Come on. You're welcome to it, ol' timer. Let me know you're up there. Come on. Love me, hate me, kill me, anything. Just let me know it. I'm just standin' in the rain talkin' to myself. "
-Cool Hand Luke
"I have vision, and the rest of the world wears bifocals." - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
"Glad to meet you, kid, you're a real horse's ass. Is Lonnegan after you too?
I dunno... I ain't seen anybody.
You never do, kid." - The Sting
"You know, so much of the time we're just lost. We say, 'Please, God, tell us what is right; tell us what is true.' And there is no justice: the rich win, the poor are powerless. We become tired of hearing people lie. And after a time, we become dead... a little dead. We think of ourselves as victims... and we become victims. We become... we become weak. We doubt ourselves, we doubt our beliefs. We doubt our institutions. And we doubt the law. But today you are the law. You ARE the law. Not some book... not the lawyers... not the, a marble statue... or the trappings of the court. See those are just symbols of our desire to be just. They are... they are, in fact, a prayer: a fervent and a frightened prayer. In my religion, they say, "Act as if ye had faith... and faith will be given to you." IF... if we are to have faith in justice, we need only to believe in ourselves. And ACT with justice. See, I believe there is justice in our hearts." -The Verdict
"A man of honor always pays his debts... and keeps his word." -Road to Perdition
Paul Newman-1925-2008. Rest easy Luke, rest easy.