...of the moment
"Mama, just for a moment we're happy. Let's really look at one another!...I can't. I can't go on.It goes so fast. We don't have time to look at one another. I didn't realize. So all that was going on and we never noticed. Take me back -- up the hill -- to my grave. But first: Wait! One more look. Good-bye, Good-bye world. Good-bye, Grover's Corners....Mama and Papa. Good-bye to clocks ticking....and Mama's sunflowers. And food and coffee. And new ironed dresses and hot baths....and sleeping and waking up. Oh, earth,you are too wonderful for anybody to realize you. Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it--every,every minute?"
"No... ...The saints and poets, maybe they do some."
"I'm ready to go back."
--Emily and Stage Manager, Thornton Wilder's "Our Town". There's a strong parallel with the ending of "American Beauty"
"More often than we think, it is better to be kind than to be right."