Untethered Dog

A Commonplace By Tom Swift

Dialogue

Effort

Jimmy Dugan: “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard … is … what makes it great.” –A League of Their Own (1992)

Inspiration

Leonna Barrett: “What happened this morning is an outrage! My boy’s no criminal! He and those children belong in school, not back out on the streets! Our kids don’t deserve this! Some of those children are smart. They’re just discouraged what chances they got out there, what kind of jobs they got waiting for them. […]

Success

Louden Swain: “Hey, Carla?” Carla: “Yeah?” Louden: “I’d do it all again.” Carla: “So would I.” –Vision Quest (1985)

Love

Louden Swain: “You never took a night off to see me wrestle before. They’ll dock you for that.” Elmo: “Hey, kid — money ain’t everything.” Louden Swain: “It’s not that big a deal, Elmo. I mean, it’s six lousy minutes on the mat, if that.” Elmo: “You ever hear of Pele?” Louden Swain: “Yeah, he’s […]

Acceptance

Mike: “So what should I do?” Monk: “My parents died when I was ten. Two months later my uncle and I moved to America. I was forced to let go of everything I knew. In order to move on. Sometimes in life, you must do that.” Mike: “Where are you from, father?” Monk: “Vietnam. Hau […]

Love

Jack: “Rose! You’re so stupid. Why did you do that, huh? You’re so stupid, Rose. Why did you do that? Why?” Rose: “You jump, I jump, right?” Jack: “Right.” Rose: “Oh God! I couldn’t go. I couldn’t go, Jack.” Jack: “It’s all right. We’ll think of something.” Rose: “At least I’m with you.” Jack: “We’ll […]

Love

Kumail to Emily: “Can we have an awkward hug before we part forever?” –The Big Sick (2017)

Boldness

Rose: “When the ship docks, I’m getting off with you.” Jack: “This is crazy.” Rose: “I know. It doesn’t make any sense. That’s why I trust it.” –Titanic (1997)

Humor

Tommy Ryan: [running to find a lifeboat] “Music to drown by. Now I know I’m in first class.” –Titanic (1997)

Awareness

Sister Sarah Joan, school principal: “It’s clear [in your college application essay] how much you love Sacramento.” Lady Bird: “I guess I pay attention.” Sister Sarah: “Don’t you think they’re the same thing?” –Lady Bird (2017)