Untethered Dog

A Commonplace By Tom Swift

TV Shows

Courage

Miriam “Midge” Maisel: “Do you love it?” Lenny Bruce: “Do I love what?” Midge: “Comedy. Stand-up. Do you love it?” Lenny Bruce: “Seriously?” [Midge nods] Lenny Bruce: “Well, I’ve been doing it awhile. Let’s put it like this. If there was anything else in the entire world that I could possibly do to earn a […]

Humor

Certainty

Brian Brenner: “He’ll cave. He’ll agree to the debate on their terms.” MacKenzie McHale: “No, he won’t.” Brian: “You romanticize Will.” MacKenzie: “Mm-hmm.” Brian: “That mock debate was about him. He was the star. He attacked his—” MacKenzie: “He didn’t attack anybody. He asked questions that the candidates should be able to answer and that […]

Self-Respect

Dr. Jack Habib: “But if you stand in the rain without a jacket, you’re gonna get a cold. And if you have a physically abusive father who abandons you and your family, you’re gonna be 1,000 times more sensitive to betrayal than the average person who’s already extremely sensitive to betrayal.” Will McAvoy: “I miss […]

Transformation

Sloan: “What was that?” Don: “Anyway … You’re feeling rage.” Sloan: “I’d love it if I was. I’d give anything to feel rage. It’d trump the humiliation and I’d be able to get up. I think I live here now.” Don: “What if I were able to promise you that humiliation always turns into rage?” […]

Courage

Sloan: “The greater fool is actually an economic term. The greater fool is a patsy. For the rest of us to profit, we need a greater fool, someone who will buy long and sell short. Most people spend their lives trying not to be the greater fool; we toss him the hot potato, we dive […]

Weakness

Bubbles: “Ain’t no shame in holdin’ on to grief. As long as you make room for other things, too.” –The Wire, Season 5 (2008)

Self-Respect

Bunk Moreland: “So, you’re my eyeball witness, huh?” Omar nods. Bunk: “So, why’d you step up on this?” Omar: “Bird triflin’, basically. Kill an everyday workin’ man and all. I mean, I do some dirt, too, but I ain’t never put my gun on nobody that wasn’t in the game.” Bunk: “A man must have […]

Love

Walon: “Look, forgiveness from other folks is good, but ain’t nothin’ but words comin’ at you from outside. You want to kick this shit, you got to forgive your own self. Love yourself some, brother. And then drag your sorry ass to some meetings.” Bubbles: “Meetings?” Walon: “What the fuck do you wanna hear? That […]

Citizenship

Man On Stoop: “I’m sayin’, every Friday night in an alley behind the Cut Rate, we rollin’ bones, you know? I mean all them boys, we roll til late. McNulty: “Alley crap game, right?” Man On Stoop: “Like every time, Snot, he’d fade a few shooters, play it out til the pot’s deep. Snatch and […]