The Movie: Monty Python and the Holy Grail, 1975 (Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones & Michael Palin, screenwriters; Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones, dir.)
Who says it: John Cleese as The Black Knight
The context: He’s just had his arm cut off, and blood is spurting from the wound.
How to use it: To express lunatic courage and gallantry.
Today's quotation is in honor of my friend Randy White and all of the other survivors of Hurricane Charley. The devastation is mind-boggling and heart-breaking. Randy, through some combination of bravery and insanity, rode the storm out in his 1920s-era Cracker stilt house, built on an old Calusa mound on Pine Island. Amazingly, his DSL never went down, so you can read his account of the storm on his website, www.docford.com. If you don't already read his books, go buy a couple just to encourage him. You can also make a donation to the disaster relief fund here.
Several friends have been sending me Python lines for this blog, so this won't be the last one I post. In fact, the guys in my college theater group proved on more than one occasion that it's possible to talk for hours and never say anything that isn't a Python quotation.