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Hey guys! This time I wanted to make a quotes list for the writers again, since there are more writers who deserve to be recognized. Same as before, I hope you like these quotes and find them inspirational like I have!
“Wherever the fates lead us let us follow.”
“The world cares very little about what a man or woman knows; it is what a man or woman is able to do that counts.”
“Go forth a conqueror and win great victories.”
“Come what may, all bad fortune is to be conquered by endurance.”
“They succeed, because they think they can.”
“Endure the present, and watch for better things.”
“Perhaps even these things, one day, will be pleasing to remember.”
“Over every mountain there is a path, although it may not be seen from the valley.”
“What we need is more people who specialize in the impossible.”
“Time marks us while we are marking time.”
“I learn by going where I have to go.”
“Success is dependent on effort.”
“It was my care to make my life illustrious not by words more than by deeds.”
“Wisdom outweighs any wealth.”
“Always desire to learn something useful.”
“Fortune cannot aid those who do nothing.”
“There is no success without hardship.”
“To begin, begin.”
“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”
“Faith is a passionate intuition.”
“Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.”
“Life is divided into three terms - that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present, to live better in the future.”
“The world always seems brighter when you’ve just made something that wasn’t there before.”
“Make good art.”
“I lost some time once. It’s always in the last place you look for it.”
“Life is always going to be stranger than fiction, because fiction has to be convincing, and life doesn’t.”
“Write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.”
“The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.”
“Sometimes the best way to learn something is by doing it wrong and looking at what you did.”
“The moment that you feel that just possibly you are walking down the street naked… that’s the moment you may be starting to get it right.”
“I’ve known ambitious people with no aptitude for the thing they did. Most of whom, rather terrifyingly, tended to succeed.”
“I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re doing something.”
“I’ve never known anyone who was what he or she seemed; or at least, was only what he or she seemed. People carry worlds within them.”
“The imagination is a muscle. If it is not exercised, it atrophies.”
“When I started out, there were a lot of things I knew I couldn’t do, and a lot of things I only found out I couldn’t do by going and doing it. And no-one was watching, and nobody cared.”
Percy Bysshe Shelley
“Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.”
“The greatest magnifying glasses in the world are a man’s own eyes when they look upon his own person.”
“On life’s vast ocean diversely we sail. Reasons the card, but passion the gale.”
“Only by learning to live in harmony with your contradictions can you keep it all afloat.”
“Each time you love, love as deeply as if it were forever.”
“Life is very short and what we have to do must be done in the now.”
“Our visions begin with our desires.”
“When I use my strength in the service of my vision it makes no difference whether or not I am afraid.”
“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.”
“I have come to believe over and over again that what is most important to me must be spoken, made verbal and shared, even at the risk of having it bruised or misunderstood.”
“Exhaust the little moment. Soon it dies. And be it gash or gold it will not come Again in this identical guise.”
“Look at what’s happening in this world. Every day there’s something exciting or disturbing to write about. With all that’s going on, how could I stop?”
“Be still my heart; thou hast known worse than this.”
“And what he greatly thought, he nobly dared.”
“Remember when life’s path is steep to keep your mind even.”
“It is courage, courage, courage, that raises the blood of life to crimson splendor. Live bravely and present a brave front to adversity.”
“Always keep your composure. You can’t score from the penalty box; and to win, you have to score.”
“Begin, be bold and venture to be wise.”
“Nothing’s beautiful from every point of view.”
“Seize the day, and put the least possible trust in tomorrow.”
“Life grants nothing to us mortals without hard work.”
“The foolish are like ripples on water, For whatsoever they do is quickly effaced; But the righteous are like carvings upon stone, For their smallest act is durable.”
“Mix a little foolishness with your serious plans. It is lovely to be silly at the right moment.”
I have this headcanon that this was the first real time they met and had a good talk in centuries, if not in millennia. Probably no one cares about my theories, but I’ve been thinking about them for a while now, and I can’t really keep them to myself.
So, according to what Gabe says in Changing Channels, he should have left Heaven somewhen around Lucifer’s fall:
”But watching them turn on each other? Tear at each others throats? I couldn’t bear it! Okay? So I left. And now it’s happening all over again.”
It’s not clear whether he’s referring to the early stages of Lucifer’s rebellion (before he fell), or the fights between Heaven and Hell that came sooner after it; within Christian and non cultures, it’s clear that Satan, the Devil or whatever you want to call him was there way before humans were born (I’m thinking about the snake and the apple, yes). Anyway, according to this whole consideration, if Gabriel left Heaven little after Lucifer’s fall, he would probably be wandering about on Earth for God knows how many millennia; at least since the early stages of humanity developement. But, just a few moments before, he had said:
”Okay, Gabriel. How does an archangel become a trickster?” “I skipped out of heaven, had a face transplant, carved out my own little corner of the world.”
Okay, so: we know that Gabriel isn’t just a trickster. He is the Trickster. So, unless he has sort of stolen Loki’s identity after he and his myth were born, he probably has always been Loki, whose first mythological appearance is set circa in year 1000 AD. Considering this, there are two possibilities: • Gabriel got out of Heaven way before Norse legends were born; before, during or after Lucifer’s fall, somewhen from humanity’s first stepts and beyond; he found a vessel, became a trickster and eventually the object of the Vickings’ legends; • Gabriel ran away from Heaven just during the Middle Ages, either stealing Loki’s identity or becoming Loki himself in the first place.
This sets Gabriel’s getaway from Heaven in a quite ambiguous time lapse, say at least between 200.000BC and 1000AD. Which is, actually, very ambiguous. *coughs* But I thought about that too: Gabriel, in fact, was the archangel meant to announce Jesus’ birth to Mary; of course God had ordered him to do so, therefore we can assume Gabriel was still in Heaven by Jesus’ birth. This reduces our possibilities and we can finally set his parting from Heaven approssimately between 6BC and 1000AC.
Okay, here comes the important part! As this beautiful post convinced me, I have a headcanon about Gabriel and Castiel having a very strong relationship like the one Sam and Dean have. However, when Cass first saw Gabe in Changing Channels, he didn’t immediatly recognise him:
”Something is not right. This thing is much more powerful than it should be”. ”What thing—the Trickster?” “If it is a trickster.”
By the end of the episode, though he had had no possibilities to talk to the Winchesters anymore, Castiel figured out who the Trickster really was. And look at Cass’ face when he finally saw Gabriel again:
I love Misha’s acting so much in this scene, because the emotion here’s clear on his face: this is not the expression of someone who’s simply angry. This is someone who feels betrayed. If you add this to the expression on Castiel’s face when, a little while before, Gabriel taped his mouth and sent him away, that look of complete shock - because no, it can’t be Gabriel, Gabriel could never do something like that to him - and to the post I linked a few sentences above, the results are absolute. Gabriel and Castiel were obviously close in Heaven, and if what I just pointed out in this last paragraph - or, again, the post I linked - didn’t convince you, you can’t just deny the obvious bound the writers showed us in Meta Fiction. And still, however strong their brotherhood was, Castiel didn’t at first recognise Gabriel in Changing Channels, meaning that he had never seen him with this [Gabriel’s] vessel. And, considering the many times Supernatural showed us how difficult it was to find someone strong enough and willing to become an angel’s vessel (especially in S09E03), I am more willing to believe that Gabriel’s never changed his vessel at least since he became Loki; also, if Gabriel had changed his vessel through history, pagan gods would have found out he was something else than a demigod, something who instead required a vessel, as a demon or, in fact, an angel. Last thing is probably bullshit, but I like to think it that way, even if it’s surely just a coincidence: Gabriel’s vessel is short, and his height is about the standard one of - wonder what? - the Middle Ages, or, Loki’s myths ages!
So, finally, here’s the thing. Castiel has not recognised his vessel, who’s most likely to have at least a thousand years, though, considering our first statements, could be up to two thousands; this brings me to think that Gabriel did not just leave Heaven, but his whole family, walking out on his brothers for good and coming on Earth for a fresh start. And though, after two thousand years of being away, after not talking with Cass and his sibilings for centuries and centuries and centuries… He still would give his life for him. He still believes him, and viceversa. And well, I know that two thousand years are not so many for an archangel, but damn, you can actually see in his eyes how much he really cares for his little brother; you can actually sense how Gabriel, the mighty Gabriel, who played badass and pretended to not give a frick about the other angels, who made us believe he only cared about women and sugar- he has truly changed, or has returned to be the person he once was. People misunderstand Gabriel so much, because they just look at how badass he pretends to be and how cheerful and funny he always is; but this is the real Gabriel; someone who left his family because he couln’t stand to see his brothers fight, someone who gave up everything he had because he didn’t want to stand up to his sibilings, but someone who, at the end, screwed up the whole life he had created for himself because he loved his brothers and humanity too much to let them sink without doing anything about it. And if this doesn’t make you think Gabe’s one of the best characters of this whole show, then, well, dont know how else I could cajole you.
The Simpsons Halloween Specials are a tradition in my household and possibly the main reason why I love The Simpsons so much. I don’t care who you are, if you are lucky enough to be spending Halloween with me, this is what we will be doing! As a fan of horror/sci-fi anthology shows such as Tales from the Crypt, The Twilight Zone and kids show Goosebumps, how could I not enjoy a Treehouse of Horror marathon at any stage of the year, and not just October 31st? I have watched all of the Halloween Specials countless times, and have here for you, a list of the best 15 segments, not episodes, that demonstrate how time and time again, The Simpsons have conquered the cartoon, delivering some frightful and memorable horror themed episodes every year since its second season. Get in the mood for Halloween and watch the best Simpsons segments of all time!
15. Bart’s Nightmare/The Bart Zone - Treehouse of Horror II - Season 3
“I’m not nodding, it’s the air conditioning” - Homer
A segment of Twilight Zone-esqe quality in which Bart controls the entire town of Springfield due to his telepathic and supernatural powers. We see Bart changing American history, forcing Krusty the Clown work on a 24/7 basis and Homer hilariously turned into a jack-in-a-box. In this season, like its two former, the focus of many episodes still revolve mainly around Homer and Bart, and this segment demonstrates this, and is significant in Simpsons history.
14. Bart Simpson’s Dracula - Treehouse of Horror IV - Season 5
“Lisa, vampires are make believe like elves, gremlins and Eskimos!” - Homer
A parodic adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula which is very memorable with fans of the show. With classic comedy moments, it deserves a spot on this list. The Simpsons are invited to stay at Mr. Burns’ house where Bart and Lisa learn he is a vampire, but of course, the family are never safe in these non-canon episodes, not even safe from the ‘Super Fun Happy Slide,’ which ironically leads to Burns’ lair where his immortal body rests.
13. Homer3 - Treehouse of Horror VI - Season 7
“It’s like he just disappeared into fat air.” - Selma
In this, The Simpsons creators use a 3D animation as Homer goes behind a bookcase and enters another dimension in attempt to hide from Marge’s sisters. Many of the Simpson’s characters gather to discuss how to help Homer escape. Of course, as always, Homer manages to mess everything up and collapses the dimension, taking him to a “better place” (a live action Los Angeles).
12. Starship Poopers - Treehouse of Horror IX - Season 10
“Someone needs to show your green ass some responsibility!” - Random woman in Jerry Springer audience.
Kang and Kodos are iconic characters in the non-canon Treehouse of Horror stories and undoubtedly make the episodes that little more interesting and humorous. After we learn that Maggie was conceived by Marge and Kang, instead of Homer, a custody battle begins. They all appear on the Jerry Springer show, where of course, nothing gets solved. The final segment of my all time favourite Treehouse of Horror episode.
11. The Terror of Tiny Toon - Treehouse of Horror IX - Season 10
“Momma took those batteries, she took ‘em away. Momma took those batteries, size AA.” - Homer (singing with harmonica)
Marge takes Maggie trick-or-treating but orders Bart and Lisa not to watch any episodes of Itchy and Scratchy. They then find a “highly unstable” substitute for the remote battery and end up in the cartoon itself. After finding a scene of the cartoon funny, Itchy and Scratchy decide to get their own back and plot to kill Bart and Lisa.
10. Nightmare on Evergreen Terrace - Treehouse of Horror VI - Season 7
“Bart, don’t you realise what this means? The next time we fall asleep we could die.” - Lisa
“Hey! Welcome to my world!” *falls asleep* - Grandpa
A brilliant adaptation of Nightmare on Elm Street, Groundskeeper Willie is haunting the children of Springfield’s dreams. Once most of the children realise that they are all having nightmares about him, they try to come together and beat him. After many of the children dying, Bart and Lisa try to help each other by staying awake for as long as possible. Eventually they enter the dream and try to beat him once and for all.
09. I Know What You Diddily-Iddily-Did - Treehouse of Horror X - Season 11
“When I think about Ned, I can’t help but remember the look on his face when Marge drove over–” - Homer
In this parody of I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Simpsons kill Ned Flanders and decide to keep it a secret from the town. However, like many Treehouse of Horror episodes, Flanders is some form of supernatural being, and here, stalks the family before revealing his true werewolf form. With many memorable quotes, this is a classic segment that deserves a top ten spot.
08. Dial ‘Z’ For Zombies - Treehouse of Horror III - Season 4
“Martin Prince, report to my office at once; and bring that big, juicy, chess-club brain of yours along with you.” - Principal Skinner
Bart stumbles across the ‘occult section’ of the Springfield Library, and decides to try a spell that will wake the Simpsons beloved cat, Snowball I. Instead, he ends up raising the entire dead population of Springfield. This segment features one my favourite Treehouse of Horror moments: “Spare my family, take me, take me.” Homer’s self-sacrifice is dismissed asthe Zombies knock on his head and walk away, not interested at all with Homer or his lack of brain.
07. Lisa’s Nightmare/The Monkey’s Paw - Treehouse of Horror II - Season 3
“The turkey’s a little dry” - Homer
An adaptation of the short story by W.W Jacobs. After a trip to Morocco (originally thought by Homer to be Monaco), Homer is enticed by a strange monkey’s paw, which he was advised not to buy. It is said to grant wishes, but with grave misfortune as its consequence. The Simpsons obviously ignore this and and try for themselves; their wishes including a pacifier for Maggie, wealth and fame, peace on earth and finally, the perfect sandwich.
06. The Ned Zone - Treehouse of Horror XV - Season 16
“But, you’re gonna kill us all!” - Ned “But, ice cream cake!” - Homer
A worthy episode simply for its adaptation of The Dead Zone, that proves even later Treehouse of Horror is capable of having top quality horror-comedy. Ned Flanders, again as a character with supernatural powers, develops the ability to see visions of peoples deaths when in contact with them. This segment is brilliant in portraying Homer at his ignorant, selfish best, and emphasises a frustrated friendship between him and Flanders that is commonly seen in the canon episodes.
05. The Genesis Tub -Treehouse of Horror VII - Season 8
“It worked! The de-bigulator worked!” - Professor Frink
Lisa uses one of her baby teeth for a science project, which actually turns into a miniature world where she is God. It begins to develop at a rapid rate and soon creates technology to exit the tub in which they originally existed. They consider Bart to be the Devil and try to destroy him, as well as shrinking Lisa with no possible way of resizing her. Bart steals Lisa’s invention whilst she is in it and uses it for his own project, and Lisa faces the rest of her life in the miniature world.
04. The Shinning - Treehouse of Horror V - Season 6
“No TV and no beer make Homer go something, something” - Homer
“Go crazy?” - Marge
“Don’t mind if I do!” - Homer
A very funny and dedicated adaptation of The Shining. Homer begins down the path of Nicholson-style insanity as the Simpsons work as caretakers in a secluded mansion. Some of The Simpsons’ finest comedy moments feature in this tiny segment, and Treehouse of Horror V is regarded by most as the best Treehouse of Horror episode.
3. Time and Punishment - Treehouse of Horror V - Season 6
“Marge dear, would you kindly pass me a donut?” - Homer
I’m a sucker for time travel, so this segment naturally has to be one of my favourites. In this, the Simpsons’ toaster has broken, so Homer spends an unhealthy amount of time fixing it. Instead, he creates a time machine which takes him back to the age of the dinosaurs. Not following Grandpa’s advice about leaving everything untouched, Homer squishes a bug and returns back to the present day. Upon his return, Ned Flanders is the world ruler, much to Homer’s dismay and he attempts to go back and return everything back to how it was. After many unsuccessful attempts, Homer settles for what he feels is “close enough”. I have to mention, along with ‘The Shinning’ from the same episode, that I specifically love the presence of Groundskeeper Willie, who appears in each segment of Treehouse of Horror V.
02. The Devil and Homer Simpson - Treehouse of Horror IV - Season 5
“Homer, stop picking at it!” - Marge
“Aw, but I’m so sweet and tasty. - Homer
Homer’s donut craving is so severe he signs a contract with the Devil (Ned Flanders) in exchange for his soul. He tries to outsmart the Flanders by not finishing the last bite, but of course he cannot help himself, and in a sleepwalk state, eats the remainder. The Simpson’s demand a fair trial, but before this, Homer spends the day in Hell, eating an unlimited supply of donuts. This segment is packed with hilarious moments, notably an animated Richard Nixon on the Devil’s “jury of the damned”.
01. Hell Toupée - Treehouse of Horror IX - Season 10
“Freeze Hairball!” - Chief Wiggum
Snake is one of my favourite characters, and possibly the coolest. Who else could comb their hair with Kwik-E-Mart nacho cheez and still rock the bag-boy image? This specific segment is obscure but not one to be missed! It oozes classic Simpsons at a time where their innuendos and mature themes were at their best. Such genuine humour never really to be seen to that extent again, especially not from the canon episodes. It features on a VHS I bought called Too Hot For TV, and even as a child I recognised just how adult themed the collection of episodes was on that tape. After Snake gets executed for attempted robbery of the Kwik-E-mart, his vengeance is taken out beyond the grave through Homer, who was given his hair though a transplant. Apu and Moe are the first victims but Bart was also at the crime scene.
Honourable mentions: Hungry are the Damned (season 2), Nightmare Cafeteria (season 6), Citizen Kang (season 8), The HΩmega Man (season 9), Desperately Xeeking Xena (season 11) and Night of the Dolphin (season 12)
you hate seth for the sake of hating him when he has done a lot of genuinely compelling satirical points on religion and the like. he's brilliant really you're just only looking at the fart jokes
woooooooooohoooooohoooo boy you are taking me into a dark place I really don’t wanna go down but i’m gonna go there anyway so buckle up and listen cuz i’m gonna lay out a whole lot of what frustrates me about this man.
today we’re gonna talk about two episodes of television. Homer the Heretic from The Simpsons and Not All Dogs Go to Heaven from Family Guy, both episodes handling religion. Many know The Simpsons is one of my all time favorite shows while Family Guy is one of my most hated and you’re about to find out way
In The Simpsons episode Homer stops going to church with his family so he can continue doing things at home like sleeping in and goofing around on his Sundays instead. When he has a dream confronted by an angry God, Homer defends that he’s not necessarily renouncing his faith, just finding worship in his own personal means. It’s intriguing, relatable, and even has the same Simpsons brilliance in its comedy all the while
“I’m not a bad guy, I work hard, and I love my kids…so why should I spend half my Sunday hearing about how I’m going to hell?”
God even seems open to this idea in his dream and agrees with Homer in their dislike over Reverend Lovejoy’s piety. In the end Homer’s house catches on fire when he falls asleep smoking a cigar and it’s ultimately his Christian neighbor Ned Flanders who sees the fire first and comes in to rescue him. Meanwhile the volunteer firesquad consisting of citizens like Apu (who’s Hindu) and Krusty (Who’s Jewish) arrive to help put out the flames. Marge and Reverend Lovejoy point out that in the end ALL these people with different religious beliefs saved his life, and suggested that spirituality was working through the hearts of each and every one of them despite the separate personal religions they hold. They’re all good people who all came together to help their friend. It’s a hugely open-minded and optimistic message of coexistence, acceptance, and that nobody is really wrong as long as they’re good people. It was an episode during the Simpsons prime that had all the elements that made them so brilliant. It poked fun at organized religion and brilliantly so, but it wasn’t anti-religion by any means. And it had the heart and humor mixed so brilliantly together that made the show amazing. it aired in 1992
Now we’ll look at the Family Guy episode. Obviously you can’t outright hate a show you’ve never even watched without reason, so this is one of the episodes i’ve seen through the years that has cemented the terrible taste it leaves in my mouth. In it, Meg finds religion as a Christian and immediately she shoves it down everyone’s throats and over-the-top in her hatred of anything pro-science and the like. It’s ridiculous. and this is not the only episode in which Seth portrays all believes as complete nut jobs. Near the end she’s shown burning a bunch of complex books on science before finally burning a counting book for first graders. Look at how fucking stupid theists are! Haha they can’t even comprehend simple logic of any kind because they believe in a God! Don’t they realize they’re fucking wrong! and what really makes it worse is that Brian’s defense, his DEFENSE, is that if there were a God he wouldn’t have given Meg a beautiful mother like Lois and made her so ugly. Wow! what a fucking liberating message to tell someone! Brian is supposed to be the hero preaching the truth in this episode and here he’s fucking saying that ultimately, that if you’re ugly and don’t hold up to the same standardized levels of beauty as everyone else then there is no religion and your life is miserable because of this factor. It also further adds to the absolute despicable treatment of Meg’s character that the writers fucking REVEL in so much because sophomore guys in high school laugh their asses off over family members shooting Meg in the leg for a quick laugh. Why are we supposed to sympathize with a character who could say such a despicable thing? Here you’ll find none of the more open-minded acceptance in the favor of judging a person’s character found in The Simpsons. Here anyone who believes is a complete extremist idiot that can’t understand basic logic of any kind and needs to be put in their proper place by the truth. There is no room for middle ground or having an open-minded take on it. In Family Guy it’s all black and white. You either have the same beliefs as Seth Macfarlane or you’re fucking stupid.
Homer Simpson is an idiot and has always made several bad decisions. But his heart’s in the right place and he loves his family more than anything. He’s always willing to come around in the end and own up to his mistakes. (at least in the Classic era) Characters like Peter Griffin and Brian are loathsome, offensive assholes. They’re ignorant and treat other people like shit, but as long as they squeeze in one message at the end as the voice of Seth Macfarlane’s own personal beliefs, they get a pass and can go back to continuing treating Meg and Lois like garbage by the next episode. The fact that at one point he was in charge of 3 animated shows on FOX is disgusting
good satire has an air of subtlety and realism in the points they’re making all while having a comedic bite. The Simpsons achieved this masterfully by treating their characters like human being with flaws but good intentions instead of crazy exaggerations as a way to say “they’re all like this”. Family Guy isn’t satire. It’s so obvious and unfunny in the points it tries to get across
Seth Macfarlane is an obnoxiously ignorant, egotistical, and insufferable dickhead. and the fact so many people I know are fucking inspired by him makes me so sick
Okay I’m sitting here reading this article about Shakespeare’s appropriation of Homeric material for a discourse on the dying idea of chivalry in Troilus and Cressida and I just??? This guy is so wrong???? Like have you read the Iliad???? It’s not a just an indiscriminate
mêlée??? It’s actually famous for establishing the impractical but romantic Greek tradition of one-on-one fighting that persisted for literally thousands of years????? Like please read your source material?????????? You have no idea what you’re talking about?????