"I got a serious question for you, 'What the fuck are you doing?' This is not shit for you to be messin' with. Are you ready to hear something? I want you to see if this sounds familiar . . . Any time you try a decent crime, you got 50 ways you're gonna fuck up. If you think of 25 of them, then you're a genius . . . and you ain't no genius."
"The night's as hot as hell. It's a lousy room in a lousy part of a lousy town . . . I'm staring at a goddess. She's telling me she wants me. I'm not going to waste one more minute wondering how I've gotten this lucky. She smells like angels ought to smell, the perfect woman . . . the Goddess. Goldie. She says her name is Goldie . . ."
"You work and you work and you work. You meet with people you don't like, that you don't know, that you don't even want to know. And you try to sell them things and they try to sell you things, you go home, you listen to the wife nag and the kids bitch. You turn off the TV, you wake up the next day and you do it all over again. But I'll tell you, the only thing that keeps me going is this chick. I've got this incredible chick on the side you see, and she is so hot. I can hardly believe it. She's got one of those heart-shaped asses. Have you ever had a chick with a heart-shaped ass?"
—"I don't know why someone hasn't taken a rifle and blown your head off."
—"Even the most primitive of societies have an innate respect for the insane."
"The first time I saw you, I hated your guts. I think I even hated you before I met you. I hated you on TV. I hated you in Vietnam. You want to know what's destroying this country? It's not booze. It's not drugs. It's TV. It's media. It's people like you. It's vampires. I hate the way you make your living sticking microphones in people's faces. You lie every night at 6:00. I hate the way you kill real feelings. I hate everything that you stand for. Most of all, I hate rich kids and I hate this place. So why do I want to fuck you so bad?"
"Mister. I am the Pope, this might be your church, right now I'm the Pope of Greenwich Village . . ."
—"Are you an atheist?"
—"Yeah, I'm from Brooklyn."
"I'm an old broken down piece of meat and I deserve to be all alone . . ."
—"You know, I got plans."
—"Always a dreamer, eh, Boog?"
—"If you don't have good dreams, Bagel, you got nightmares."
"This is a world where everybody's gotta do something. You know, somebody laid down this rule that everybody's gotta do something, they gotta be something. You know, a dentist, a glider pilot, a narc, a janitor, a preacher, all that . . . Sometimes I just get tired of thinking of all the things that I don't wanna do. All the things that I don't wanna be. Places I don't wanna go, like India, like getting my teeth cleaned. Save the whale, all that, I don't understand that."