Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Wills the Wont's and the Can'ts

This quote stuck with me over the years from the Disney's movie, The Black Hole, spoken by V.I.N.CENT, the loyal, witty robot (voiced by Roddy McDowall).

Speaking to the ship's first officer about people, V.I.N.CENT said, "There are three basic types, Mr. Pizer: the Wills, the Won'ts, and the Can'ts. The Wills accomplish everything, the Won'ts oppose everything, and the Can'ts won't try anything."

I guess I morphed it some in my mind as:

There are three basic types of people in the world: The Wills, the Won'ts and the Can'ts. The Wills accomplish everything, the Won'ts oppose everything and the Can'ts won't will themselves to try.

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There are various versions of this statement out there, but maybe mine is a bit snappier, even if it says the same thing. And, of course, I may not be the first one that came up with it--even if it was years ago.

Occasionally I use this quote in the classroom.

As far as the movie goes? A little campy but good enough that it stuck with me over the years.


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    1. Thanks, Angie. I think it's a like catchier with the repition of the words.

  2. Very good one, that I don't remember even though I've seen the movie a couple of time.

    It is very similar to my own mantra that I've carried since a child; two lines spoken by Yoda in The Empire Strikes Back:

    "No! Try not. Do, or do not. There is no 'try.'"

    And then, later in response to Luke's "Master, I...I don't believe it."

    "THAT is why you fail."

    1. J Jones, I recall those statements from Yoda. They hold truth in life's choices and struggles as well.

  3. That's a really true quote. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I do wish that Terry wouldn't talk politics so much. I mean that does sum up Congress these days. :)

    1. What, Kevin?
      You Will pay taxes.
      We Won't listen to you.
      We Can't stop spending money we don't have.