"I am a bum. What do you want me to do? Do you want me to write about the sufferings of the upper classes?" —Henry Chinaski, BARFLY
"And as my hands drop the last desperate pen, in some cheap room, they will find me there and never know my name, my meaning, nor the treasure of my escape."
"Quittin' to you would be like swallowin' piss for eternity."
"No money, no job, no rent. Hey, I'm back to normal."
"It's hatred. It's the only thing that lasts."
"What, are you out of brew, or has that lobotomy finally taken hold?"
"Nothing but the dripping sink. Empty bottle. Euphoria. Youth fenced in, stabbed and shaved. Taut words propped up to die."
"This is a world where everybody's gotta do something. Y'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."
"Anybody can be a non-drunk. It takes a special talent to be a drunk. It takes endurance. Endurance is more important than truth."
"Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead."