“Life Was Like A Box Of Chocolates

“Life is like a box of chocolates” – the misquote that launched a thousand variations…

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“My mama always said, life was like a box a chocolates.

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You never know what you’re gonna get.”        Forrest Gump (actor Tom Hanks)        In the 1994 film Forrest Gump        These lines are usually misquoted as “Life is lượt thích a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going khổng lồ get.”  And, both versions are different than what Forrest says in the 1986 novel
by Winston Groom that the film is based on. What Forrest says in the opening line of the novel is: Let me say this: bein a idiot is no box of chocolates.” He goes on to lớn explain: “People laugh, đại bại patience, treat you shabby. Now they says folks sposed to lớn be kind khổng lồ the afflicted, but let me tell you — it ain’t always that way. Even so, I got no complaints, cause I reckon I done live a pretty interestin life, so to lớn speak.”



“LIFE IS like A BOX OF CHOCOLATES...BUT 2020 IS NOTHING BUT NUTS.”            A sign on a 2020 Halloween installation in Medina, Ohio, which features a life-size doll version of Forrest Gump on a park bench. A photo of the installation was included in an article on the Cleveland.com website posted in September 2020.


“A life is lượt thích a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory.”           Leonard Nimoy        American actor & author, especially known for his portrayal of the Vulcan character Spock in the Star Trek TV series and movies        Nimoy posted these moving words on his popular Twitter feed the night of February 22, 2015. It was his last tweet. Early that morning he was rushed to the hospital. A few days later he died, at age 83, from end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The letters “LLAP” at the kết thúc of the tweet were his shorthand initials for “Live long và prosper,” the popular catchphrase he used in many Star Trek episodes and films. Nimoy first spoke the line in the “Amok Time” episode of the original Star Trek series, aired on September 15, 1967, as Episode 1 of Season 2.


“Life is not lượt thích a box of chocolates. A box of chocolates is all good. I mean, it would be like a box of chocolates if there was a occasional turd.”          Bill Maher         American comedian and talk show host         A bình luận Maher made on an episode of his first major TV show Politically Incorrect. (I watched that ep and wrote down the quip, but I forgot to cảnh báo the date.

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The show originally aired from 1997 khổng lồ 2002.)


“Forrest Gump’s mother had a lot of catchy sayings. I never really understood any of them. Life is not lượt thích a box of chocolates. Life is more lượt thích a wad of gum stuck to lớn the bottom of your favorite pair of shoes. The more you try to clean up the mess, the stickier it becomes.”          Ronda Thompson (1955-2007)         American novelist        In her novel Confessions of a Werewolf Supermodel (2007)


“Life is like a box of chocolates. A cheap, thoughtless, perfunctory gift that nobody ever asks for. Unreturnable, because all you get back is another box of chocolates. So you’re stuck with this undefinable whipped mint crap that you mindlessly wolf down when there’s nothing else left khổng lồ eat. Sure, once in a while there’s a peanut butter cup, or an English Toffee. But they’re gone too fast. The taste is fleeting. So you over up with nothing but broken bits filled with hardened jelly và teeth-shattering nuts. If you’re desperate enough lớn eat those, all you’ve got left is a — is an empty box, filled with useless brown paper wrappers.”        The “Cigarette Smoking Man”        The X-Files character played by actor William B. Davis        In a 1996 episode of the The X-Files TV series



Life is lượt thích a sewer. What you get out of it depends on what you put into it.”          Tom Lehrer        American songwriter & satirist         Part of his spoken introduction to lớn the tuy vậy “We Will All Go Together When We Go,” on the album An Evening Wasted With Tom Lehrer

(1953). The lyrics of the tuy vậy include the line: Life is like a sewer / & I"m trying to lớn wade through her.”


“Life is like a game of cards. The hand that is dealt you represents determinism. The way you play it is không tính phí will.”        Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964)        Prime Minister of India from 1947 to 1964        This popular quote appears to have first been attributed lớn Nehru by Norman Cousins, editor of the Saturday Review, in a 1967 issue of that venerable periodical.

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