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03/15/2013 12:47 pm ET | Updated May 15, 2013

From Franny and Zooey to Zoolander : My Favorite Quotes

So, I know that it's a bit of a cop out to make a list of my favorite quotes and then just slap "By Alexis Jane Torre" on it and consider it an original post. But 1.) I'm on spring break so I ain't trying to do work and 2.) I'll provide at least two more paragraphs of personal thoughts/ideas.

If you haven't already noticed from all the Facebook statuses, Instagram captions and Tumblr pages, our generation is really into quotes. I'm guessing that previous generations weren't as obsessed with quotes as we are, and I want to say that this somehow ties into social media. But it would probably take a lot more work than I am currently willing to do to validate that last statement. The gist of this is that our society really digs quoting things.

I'm all in for having a "Favorite Quotations" section on Facebook or dedicating websites solely to quotes or even using them as part of my room decor. My favorite quotes are ones that I reread or re-watch in movies and TV shows, and I'm just kind of in awe of how it's worded so perfectly. And I'm not just talking those deep and philosophical quotes here -- I'm talking humorous one-liners and those romantic and slightly sappy ones too. Sometimes, it gets me thinking of how much work the author or screenwriter put into that one line. But whether they actually lost sleep working on it or not, I think I should show some appreciation for their words.

So, here are my top 10 favorite quotes, in no particular order. (Oh, and I decided to focus on quotes from literature, movies and TV shows!) What are your favorite quotes? Do you agree that our generation has a strong interest in quotes compared to previous generations? Let me know in the comments!

1. "And Lot's wife, of course, was told not to look back where all those people and their homes had been. But she did look back, and I love her for that, because it was so human. So she was turned into a pillar of salt. So it goes."
-- Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five

2. "Oh I can't stop drinking the coffee, I stop drinking the coffee, I stop doing the standing and walking and the words putting into sentence doing."
-- Lorelai Gilmore, Gilmore Girls

3. "So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane."
-- John Green, Looking for Alaska

4. "Have you ever wondered if there was more to life, other than being really, really, ridiculously good-looking?"
-- Derek Zoolander, Zoolander

5. "I don't know what good it is to know so much and be smart as whips and all if it doesn't make you happy."
-- J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey

6. "She's gone. She gave me a pen. I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen."
-- Lloyd Dobler, Say Anything

7. "Idea for a short story. The shore of a lake, a young girl who's spent her whole life beside it, a girl like you. She loves the lake the way a seagull does, and she's happy and free as a seagull. Then a man comes along, sees her, and ruins her life because he has nothing better to do. Destroys her like this seagull here."
-- Anton Chekhov, The Seagull

8. "Just 'cause it's a theme song, don't make it not true."
-- Kirk Lazarus, Tropic Thunder

9. "I was surprised, as always, by how easy the act of leaving was, and how good it felt. The world was suddenly rich with possibility."
-- Jack Kerouac, On the Road

10. "Who is Justice Beaver?"
-- Dwight Schrute, The Office

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