"That’s what this guy wants to be: the camera behind the camera behind the camera giving the last and final truth. We all want to be the one standing farthest back. The one who gets to say what’s good or bad. Right or wrong."
"People in France have a phrase: "Spirit of the Stairway." In French: Esprit d’Escalier. It means that moment when you find the answer but it’s too late. Say you’re at a party and someone insults you. You have to say something. So, under pressure, with everybody watching, you say something lame. But the moment you leave the party … As you start down the stairway, then — magic. You come up with the perfect thing you should’ve said. The perfect crippling put-down. That’s Spirit of the Stairway. The trouble is, even the French don’t have a phrase for the stupid things you actually do say under pressure. Those stupid, desperate things you actually think or d. Some deeds are too low to even get a name. Too low to even get talked about."
"Remember how good you feel now. There will be a time later on when everything will seem bleak. I don’t want you to minimize the grim and harsh times. I know how bad you feel then. But they won’t last forever. Capture the good moments."
"He told me once that I could never go back. I could never be that I was before. Looking over my life, I know now that I don’t want to go back. I want to go ahead. I look forward to a future filled with accomplishment, learning and the love my family and friends. Many people helped me get to where I am now. Now it is my turn. Painful as it has been my story can help other people find their own ways out of their darkness. I will know that I have not wasted a great gift I have given: the chance to begin life again."
"I’m talking about love. Not begging. Love shouldn’t make a beggar of one. I wouldn’t want love if I had to beg for it, to barter or qualify it. And I should despise it if anyone ever begged for my love. Love is something that must be given — it can’t be bought with words or pity, or even reason. I shall never beg you.”
"Peace of mind does not always come with love. For sure you’ll have peace of mind with her and a good conscience. With me, you might have to battle that conscience. But then, love is always a bit of a struggle isn’t it?"
"But there’s got to be a heaven, because look at all those babies who got killed by Hitler. And look at all the people born deaf and blind like Helen Keller. if there wasn’t something after, then it wouldn’t be fair. Why should a nice lady like Helen Keller never be able to see or hear and someone like you have everything if it wasn’t gonna be evened up later on. Sure, there’s a heaven."
"I hate people who say it was all so wonderful when they were starving. It stunk. One-night stands, cold trains, dim-witted audiences … but there was something that kept you going and made you feel good — hope. It was all so lousy that you knew it had to get better, and you dreamed of the big time or security and thought it would be so wonderful if you could just latch onto a piece of it. And that hope kept you going so that it didn’t seem bad. But when you sit here and think, Geez, here it is … this is it … and it stinks. Then what?"
"And in the morning … well, thing like this had to be taken in stages. Men were much more casual about it then women. But the most important thing in the world happened. She knew the feeling of love — and she knew it was the whole reason for living."
"You think from day to day. If you allow yourself to think of the future — any personal future — you lose your nerve. And suddenly you recall all the senseless time-wasting things you’ve … the wasted minutes you’ll never recover. And you realize that time is the most precious thing. Because time is life. It’s the only thing you can never get back. You can lose a girl and perhaps win her back — or find another. But a second — this secnd — when it goes it’s irrevocably gone."
"If you want to write, if you honestly feel you have something to say, then do it. Everyone should at least try to do the thing he wants to do. Later in life situations and responsibilities force people to compromise. But to compromise now … it’s like quitting before you start."
"There’s no such thing as love, the way you talk about it. You’ll only find that kind of love in cheap movies and novels. Love is companionship, having friends in common, the same interests. Sex is the connotation you’re placing on love, and let me tell you, that if and when it does exist, it dies very quickly after marriage — or as soon as the girl learns what it’s all about."