Friday, October 28, 2011

The Collected Wisdom of (Imaginary) Madmen, Part 1

I have a thing for madness.

Fictional madness, mind you. (I harbor no illusions about the romance of the real kind.) I like a clean dark cut to my mad characters. They're quickly replacing the villain and the wicked good as favorites in my fictional worlds. But most of all, I love what they say. Funny, profound, and a good dose of wtf- the collected wisdom of madmen (and women.)

Tonight (Fringe Friday), I've collected some of the more bizzare and funny and wtf sayings of Dr. Walter Bishop, one of my current favorite fictional madmen. I actually have a quote from him pinned to a quilt on the wall in my studio. When I can't/ don't want/ know it's impossible to write another word or have a worthwhile idea ever again, I look at my scraggly Walter Bishop index card and read:

"I know what it is like, to not feel equal to the task that is required of you."

Of course, the mad doctor was talking about saving the universe. Two universes, actually, and I'm just trying to coax ideas out of hiding and into the harsh light of day. But still. I've found it to be a surprisingly helpful index card, scraggly or no.

So here is some more of the collected wisdom of Walter Bishop, twizzler and slush-o guzzling scientist who as good as destroyed the universe, but would give anything to bring it back:
1. "We're all mutants. What's more remarkable is how many of us appear to be normal."
2. "There is so much to be explained. Until it is."
3. "Do you know what you're putting in our bodies? Death! Delicious, strawberry flavoured death!"
4."Well, we're all victims of our own gene pool. Someone must have peed in yours."
5. "When I mentioned that the poison would kill me within the hour, did either of you happen to notice the time?"


  1. #5 is my favorite. I love Fringe and Walter. Is it wrong that I crush on him as much as Pacey, um, I mean, Peter?

  2. Oh I love Walter...I happen to love his Naked Tuesdays :) (I think it was only during one episode though).