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Krystle posting in Quotes from Aaron Sorkin shows
User: krystle_ab
Date: 2010-03-21 15:46
Subject: sorkinverse
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There is a new community for fans of Aaron Sorkins Work. It is called sorkinverse .

For those of familiar to whedonland , jjverse , crimeland , etc, it is much like those communities.

For those of you not familiar with the communities listed above, basically what happens is all the members are divided into three teams. Each of these teams represent a TV show of Sorkin's. You compete in different challenges (some art based, fic based, trivia based, luck based, etc.) for points which will be awarded to your team. At the end of each cycle a team will be crowned the overall winner for that cycle.

This is a great way to find new friends with mutual interest and it has the benefit of being really fun.

Which team will win? Come and play and try to make it yours!

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Carlos posting in Quotes from Aaron Sorkin shows
User: paladincub21
Date: 2008-09-22 22:47
Subject: Break's Over
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I do not assume that we are all of the same politics, but at least we can share in Aaron Sorkin's writing.

here is something he wrote recently:
Aaron Sorkin writes a dialogue between President Bartlett and Barack Obama.

You can read the whole thing here, but here is the salient part:

OBAMA The problem is we can’t appear angry. Bush called us the angry left. Did you see anyone in Denver who was angry?

BARTLET Well ... let me think. ...We went to war against the wrong country, Osama bin Laden just celebrated his seventh anniversary of not being caught either dead or alive, my family’s less safe than it was eight years ago, we’ve lost trillions of dollars, millions of jobs, thousands of lives and we lost an entire city due to bad weather. So, you know ... I’m a little angry.

OBAMA What would you do?

BARTLET GET ANGRIER! Call them liars, because that’s what they are. Sarah Palin didn’t say “thanks but no thanks” to the Bridge to Nowhere. She just said “Thanks.” You were raised by a single mother on food stamps — where does a guy with eight houses who was legacied into Annapolis get off calling you an elitist? And by the way, if you do nothing else, take that word back. Elite is a good word, it means well above average. I’d ask them what their problem is with excellence. While you’re at it, I want the word “patriot” back. McCain can say that the transcendent issue of our time is the spread of Islamic fanaticism or he can choose a running mate who doesn’t know the Bush doctrine from the Monroe Doctrine, but he can’t do both at the same time and call it patriotic. They have to lie — the truth isn’t their friend right now. Get angry. Mock them mercilessly; they’ve earned it. McCain decried agents of intolerance, then chose a running mate who had to ask if she was allowed to ban books from a public library. It’s not bad enough she thinks the planet Earth was created in six days 6,000 years ago complete with a man, a woman and a talking snake, she wants schools to teach the rest of our kids to deny geology, anthropology, archaeology and common sense too? It’s not bad enough she’s forcing her own daughter into a loveless marriage to a teenage hood, she wants the rest of us to guide our daughters in that direction too? It’s not enough that a woman shouldn’t have the right to choose, it should be the law of the land that she has to carry and deliver her rapist’s baby too? I don’t know whether or not Governor Palin has the tenacity of a pit bull, but I know for sure she’s got the qualifications of one. And you’re worried about seeming angry? You could eat their lunch, make them cry and tell their mamas about it and God himself would call it restrained. There are times when you are simply required to be impolite. There are times when condescension is called for!

OBAMA Good to get that off your chest?

BARTLET Am I keeping you from something?

OBAMA Well, it’s not as if I didn’t know all of that and it took you like 20 minutes to say.

BARTLET I know, I have a problem, but admitting it is the first step.

OBAMA What’s the second step?

BARTLET I don’t care.

OBAMA So what about hope? Chuck it for outrage and put-downs?

BARTLET No. You’re elite, you can do both. Four weeks ago you had the best week of your campaign, followed — granted, inexplicably — by the worst week of your campaign. And you’re still in a statistical dead heat. You’re a 47-year-old black man with a foreign-sounding name who went to Harvard and thinks devotion to your country and lapel pins aren’t the same thing and you’re in a statistical tie with a war hero and a Cinemax heroine. To these aged eyes, Senator, that’s what progress looks like. You guys got four debates. Get out of my house and go back to work.

OBAMA Wait, what is it you always used to say? When you hit a bump on the show and your people were down and frustrated? You’d give them a pep talk and then you’d always end it with something. What was it ...?

BARTLET “Break’s over.”

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User: carta
Date: 2008-03-24 11:46
Subject: question - Sports Night quote
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Does anyone have or remember or know what episode a quote that sounds something like the following is? Dana's talking to Casey, telling him he's uptight (or similar) and says something like "I'm going to tell you this, and I'm going to tell you in five bullet points, only I'm going to say the second point first and the third point last." She's teasing him, and it's really cute.

edited: Thank you mrsshotglass! I append the right one, to replace my mangled one above:

Casey: How am I conversationally anal-retentive?
Dana: Let me answer that question in four parts, with the fourth part first and the third part last. The second part has five subjects--
Casey: All right, all right.
-- The Head Coach, Dinner and the Morning Mail [1.06]
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girl who thinks philately is fun posting in Quotes from Aaron Sorkin shows
User: bkworm9
Date: 2008-01-25 23:23
Subject: West Wing: "Red Mass"
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I watched this today, and I've been thinking about it ever since.


Donna is sitting at her desk reading a book, when Josh walks up to her.


Huh? Hello.

How was it?

I'm sorry?

How was it?

[bewildered] It was...I don't know. It was... I don't... I don't think... maybe I'm not ready
to talk about it yet.

What was...?

It was a transforming... no, that's the wrong word. We are not "transformed," we "locate the light switch." I own myself, Josh. You don't mind if I say that out loud at frequent intervals with no provocation for a little while, do you?


Because I live my life out loud.

You're reading the book?

The owner's manual.

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girl who thinks philately is fun posting in Quotes from Aaron Sorkin shows
User: bkworm9
Date: 2007-11-13 00:28
Subject: from TWW: "Privateers"
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Just watched this today and couldn't stop laughing at CJ:

Will, C.J., and Amy walk into THE MURAL ROOM, where a man and a much older woman are waiting.

Mr. Thomas?


I'm C.J. Cregg. My assistant spoke to you on the phone. Mrs. Cotesworth-Haye, I'm C.J. Cregg. I'm the White House Press Secretary. This is Will Bailey our Deputy Communications Director and Amelia Gardner, who's the First Lady's Chief of Staff. And this is her first day as a matter of fact. We're so happy you could take the time to come over so we could talk this through.

I'm Marion Cotesworth-Haye.

[starts laughing hysterically] I'm sorry. I was... I was... thinking of this thing from... this thing that just happened... with the deficit. I'm sorry...

Oh God. Excuse us.

Amy leads C.J. into the corner.

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User: joshdonna
Date: 2007-10-24 20:42
Subject: Icons
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I've made some more icons! Enjoy!

1 2 3

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NV posting in Quotes from Aaron Sorkin shows
User: neur0vanity
Date: 2007-09-19 05:19
Subject: Bartlet For America (S3)
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As a raging alcoholic, I can confidently say that this quote hits the issue perfectly.

I'm an alcoholic. I don't have one drink. I don't understand people who have one drink. I don't understand people who leave half a glass of wine on the table. I don't understand people who say they've had enough. How can you have enough of feeling like this? How can you not want to feel like this longer? My brain works differently. [...] I don't get drunk in front of people. I get drunk alone. [...] You think it has something to do with smart and stupid. Do you have any idea how many alcoholics are in Mensa?

- Leo McGarry, "Bartlet For America" (Season Three)

On another note, I am dying to see the special feature or what-have-you where the actors on TWW recite their favorite curse words. Can anyone help me out by telling me which season DVD this is on or (better yet) where to find a video for it?
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phoebesmum posting in Quotes from Aaron Sorkin shows
User: phoebesmum
Date: 2007-06-25 10:00
Subject: Sports Night Glee Week
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This week is Sports Night Glee Week: a week long party to bring the Sports Night fandom together to enjoy all that is Sports Night*. There will be different activities for each day of the week. The dates: Monday, June 25th thru Sunday, July 1st. Want to know more? It's all over at sportsnightglee, funnily enough. And it's all thanks to storydivagirl, whose brainchild the whole thing is. Hurrah!

* I am telling many, many people. Just to keep this on-topic.
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Fae posting in Quotes from Aaron Sorkin shows
User: faechan
Date: 2007-06-23 19:12
Subject: SN quote
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Hi there - I hope I can ask this, sorry if I'm breaking any rule :|

I'm looking for a Sports Night quote from 2x19 April is the cruelest month - the exchange between Dan and Casey at the end of the episode, the scene in which they hug and make up.
I'm from Italy and the italian version of those lines it's completely screwed up - at least, from what I could understand of the english version, there's no correspondance at all, they pretty much invented another dialogue :D But I'd like to be sure, so if someone could quote it for me, it'd be great.

Thank you so much.

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MF Luder posting in Quotes from Aaron Sorkin shows
User: mf_luder_xf
Date: 2007-01-07 03:44
Subject: Help!
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Ugh. I'm hoping this is allowed and that someone can help me.

I'm looking for the episode where Bartlet quotes a movie to Charlie, I believe. It's something about "when the fall is all you have left..."

I cannot find it for the life of me. Thanks, in advance.

ETA: Got it! Thank you so much!
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