So, las reglas:
- Post your 3 favorite quotes, one each for three consecutive days. [NO.]
- With each post nominate three bloggers for the challenge. [MAYBE.]
- Recognize the blogger who nominated you. [OKAY.]
"When King Lear dies in Act V, do you know what Shakespeare has written? He's written 'He dies.' That's all, nothing more. No fanfare, no metaphor, no brilliant final words. The culmination of the most influential work of dramatic literature is 'He dies.' It takes Shakespeare, a genius, to come up with 'He dies.' And yet every time I read those two words, I find myself overwhelmed with dysphoria. And I know it's only natural to be sad, but not because of the words 'He dies.' but because of the life we saw prior to the words. I've lived all five of my acts, Mahoney, and I am not asking you to be happy that I must go. I'm only asking that you turn the page, continue reading... and let the next story begin. And if anyone asks what became of me, you relate my life in all its wonder, and end it with a simple and modest 'He died.'"
"I love you."
"I love you, too."
"Your life is an occasion. Rise to it."
–Mr. Magorium and Molly Mahoney, Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (source)
AUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGHHHHHHHHHHHHHH I LOVE THIS QUOTE! I literally transcribed it by hand the first time I watched the movie just because it was so important.
If you have never watched Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (and you should), it's all about finding meaning and joy in life despite discouragement and death, as told through the story of a toy store and its people.
Mr. Magorium is the kind of beautiful soul that is childlike without being childish, and so when we see him take pleasure in popping bubble wrap or dancing or playing with the kids who enter his toy shop, he projects a kind of innocence. Like he doesn't get that life is hard. Like he doesn't get that death is serious business.
And when Mahoney tells him he can't die, that he has to live, he assures her, "My dear, I have." And this is the culmination of that sentiment. Because Mr. Magorium does get it. He knows death, intimately. But even in the face of death, that is no excuse to abandon a fruitful, wonderful life filled to the brim with laughter and all the oddities you can imagine.
So basically Mr. Magorium is one of my favorite characters. And this whole movie is amazing. It restores my gumption. And I bought it for two dollars over the summer so I may delight in it whenever I wish.
And I guess I have to tag people now.