Untethered Dog

A Commonplace By Tom Swift

TV Shows

Honesty

[Leo’s office] Toby enters. Leo: “Yeah.” Toby: “I’m gonna have breakfast with Ann Stark tomorrow.” Leo: “Leave it alone.” Toby: “I think we should be able to discuss the minimum wage and—” Leo: “Toby. It’s a brand new year.” Toby: “Let’s not faf around!” Leo: “It’s breakfast.” Toby: “I know. It’s breakfast. We’re not gonna […]

Love

Charlie Young: “Okay, Mr. President. I say this with all possible respect, but each of these knives cuts, you know, meat. Why is it important?” President Josiah Bartlet: “‘Cause it is something we pass on. It’s something with a history, so we can say, ‘My father gave this to me, and his father gave it […]

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 […]