The obvious is they convey everything we need someone, even ourselves, to know. In some cases, our poor choice of words can get us into hot water or our excellent choice makes us shine. But sometimes we just don't know how to say what we need to say so we do what comes natural . We borrow or steal someone else's words. There is the infamous quote "Good artists copy, great artists steal." attributed to Picasso, but was actually written by T.S. Eliot in his book, The Sacred Wood: Essays on Poetry and Criticism. (See paragraph 5 and replace 'artists' with 'poets') I don't steal in my own writing, though I admit certain phrases uttered by an Edith Wharton character or two has made me think of ways to sound refined yet removed from the situation.
Anyway, there are times yelling out "It's good to be the King." works. There are also times speaking as if you were Hudson on the original "Upstairs Downstairs" also fits. At least in my world with my one particular friend who is as big an Anglophile as myself. Without further ado, here are lines written by others in book or in films, I have tossed around in conversations, just used randomly or when the situation calls for it and I am not ashamed one bit.
A Room with a View - "I never venture forth without my mackintosh squares." - Eleanor Lavish
"Did you know you were a Leonardo?" - Cecil Vyse
"Mr. Beebe, matches!" - Freddie Honeychurch
"Beauty!" - George Emerson
I have yelled out "Helllooo!" like Mrs. Doubtfire on many occasions. No one gets it.
Family Guy - "It's good to have land."
Wings of the Dove - "Look at my view Milly, isn't it wonderful?" - Lord Mark
30 Rock - "What the what?" "I want to go to there." - Liz Lemon
Sense and Sensibility "Do sit down." To be fair this phrase is in every Jane Austen book/film so can be ascribed to more than one character.
"Do be careful girls, the horses have been here." - Mrs. Jennings.
Rosemary's Baby - I adore the book and the film and the creepiest line for my friend and I is when Roman Castevet says, "To 1966! The year 1!"
The Producers - "That's it baby when you got it flaunt it! Flaunt it!"
One of the best deliveries of a line ever.
I have tons more, but unfortunately my son with a cold needs my attention so off I go. Have a beautiful weekend.