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LEDs sing love poems

I'm trying to track down the source of a quote that's been sitting in my memory for years. It's all rotted away now, but there were two parts to it, something like: "We wrote spells, carved them ...
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What is the origin of this quote by Sheridan?

In the Babylon 5 episode Voices of Authority, this exchange happens between Ivanova and Sheridan: Ivanova: Is there anything else you need? Sheridan: A glass of whiskey, a gun, and two bullets. ...
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What did Yoda mean when he said “Strong am I in the force, but not that strong.”?

In Return of the Jedi, as Yoda lies dying, he speaks to to Luke: YODA Soon will I rest. Yes, forever sleep. Earned it, I have. Yoda sits himself on his bed, with great effort. LUKE ...
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Where did “you shall not pass” come from?

One of the most memorable lines from the Lord of the Rings movies is when Gandalf stands before the Balrog and says "You shall not pass." He doesn't actually say that in the book. In the ...
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Origin of quote in Abercrombie's The Blade Itself

In the first volume of Joe Abercrombie's First Law Trilogy the title of the first book "The Blade Itself" is attributed to a quote from The Odyssey by Homer "The blade itself incites to deeds of ...
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Is this a legit Star Trek quote? If so, which movie/TV episode/book is it from?

I saw this quote on some StarTrek forums (quoted here, mentioned here) but was not able to authenticate it as coming from actual Star Trek material. "Well don't. Don't let them promote you. Don't ...
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Arthur C. Clarke on science fiction fans

I once read somewhere that on a science fiction convention Arthur C. Clarke made a comment that science fiction fans are more intelligent than the average person. Is it true that he said that or is it ...
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Who is to credit for Aaron Satie's wisdom?

The following quote is from one of my favourite Star Trek: The Next Generations episodes, The Drumhead (4x21); It is cited by Picard and attributed to the fictional Judge Aaron Satie: With the ...
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What are the words of Galadriel at the beginning of the Fellowship?

In the trilogy of the movies, at the very beginning Galadriel says a few words starting with "The World is changed. I feel it..." In the background the words start in Elvish "Yamma presta..." What are ...
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Discworld quote about students getting in the way

There's a famous quote by one of the staff of Unseen University, where they say something along the lines of the university being a great place if it wasn't for all the bloody students. Does anyone ...
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In “The Courts of Chaos”, to whom is Corwin speaking when he addresses Carmen?

In the very last page of "The Courts of Chaos", after mentally addressing his family, Corwin says, and pardon my poor french, "Carmen, voulez vous avec moi?" To whom is he speaking, the reader? And ...
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Does this Vader quote have more meaning than it first appears? [closed]

Everyone follow along with the voices in your heads as you read this script segment from the end of Episode VI: VADER Luke, help me take this mask off. LUKE But you'll die. VADER ...
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Was Obi-wan ever taught by Yoda?

I found a quote whilst researching my previous question about Force Ghosts, about how Obi-Wan was trained by Yoda: Yoda: [Looking away from Luke] I cannot teach him. The boy has no patience. ...
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Did obi-wan ever become more powerful?

In Star wars: IV A New Hope, Obi-Wan says to Darth Vader: You can't win, Darth. If you strike me down, I shall become more powerful than you could possibly imagine. What did he mean by this? ...
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What is the significance of “Hexapodia is the key insight”?

In Vernor Vinge's A Fire Upon the Deep there is a rather odd communication relay message that contained the keyword phrase "Hexapodia as the key insight": Crypto: 0 As-Received-By: OOB ...
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Why was he glad, his brother changed his last name?

In the 1977 film Wizards Avatar says: But neither Blackwolf, nor Avatar ever had a last name. What was he on about?
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“It's life, but not as we know it” - actual quote

There are a few quotes from Star Trek that aren't actually ever said (such as "Beam me up, Scotty"). Is there an actual episode where Spock (or even McCoy) says something akin to It's life, but ...
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Story about girl who must become REAL to inherit throne

I don't remember if this is a short story or novel. It could be either, but I'm more inclined to think it's a short story. It's been over 20 years since I read it. The story drew a clear ...
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Are there nice wedding-related quotes in Doctor Who?

Two of my friends are getting married. They're both huge Doctor Who geeks, and actually met through a DW RPG. Their wedding invitation contained a very subtle DW reference (you wouldn't have been able ...
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What is the context of the quote “With great power comes great responsibility”?

Without a doubt, this is one of the most famous quotes from Spiderman. I think that in the movie, it's Uncle Ben who says it. However, was the quote also present in the comics? More importantly, what ...
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Trying to identify “I will measure the dust” story

I have a distant memory of a story which involves a person conversing with an intelligent space probe before it's launched on a long-term mission. As I recall it, their conversation goes something ...