Dialogue to Live By

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“Reject the basic assumptions of civilization, especially the importance of material possessions.”– Tyler Durden, portrayed by Brad Pitt, in FIGHT CLUB

“Lie to no one. If they’re somebody close to you, you’re gonna ruin it with a lie.  And if they’re a stranger, who the fuck are they that ya gotta lie to.” – Okla, portrayed by Willie Nelson, in THIEF

“All due respect, you got no fucking idea what it’s like to be number one.  Every decision you make affects every facet of every fucking thing.  It’s too much to deal with almost.  And in the end you’re completely alone with it.” – Johnny Sack, portrayed by Vincent Curatola, in THE SOPRANOS

“Pain and damage don’t end the world.  Or despair or fucking beatings. The world ends when you’re dead.  Until then, you got more punishment in store.  Stand it like a man – and give some back.” – Al Swearengen, portrayed by Ian McShane, in DEADWOOD

“I don’t get strokes, I give ‘em.” – Coach Montezuma Monroe, portrayed by Jim Brown, in ANY GIVEN SUNDAY

“Weird, huh?  Yeah, weird.” – Terry Cowens and Vance Cowens, portrayed by Randall Batinkoff and Dyan Haggerty, in ALONG FOR THE RIDE

“Sometimes you miss the bullseye.” – Raylan Givens, portrayed by Timothy Olyphant, in JUSTIFIED

“No one gives it to you, you gotta take it.” – Frank Costello, portrayed by Jack Nicholson, in THE DEPARTED.

“Confidence is a seductive concept, if you’ve never had any and are starting to get some.” – Stanley, portrayed by Richard Neil, in THE SECOND ROOM

“Art never dies, art is an expression, and we have to stop expressing to kill an art form.”– Jay Johnson, in I’M NO DUMMY.

“My God. I haven’t been fucked like that since grade school.” – Marla Singer portrayed by Helena Bonham Carter, in FIGHT CLUB.

“I always tell the truth, even when I lie.” – Tony Montana, portrayed by Al Pacino, in SCARFACE.

“I don’t want to be a product of my environment.  I want my environment to be a product of me.”   – Frank Costello, portrayed by Jack Nicholson, in THE DEPARTED.

“I used to be somebody, but now I’m somebody else.  Who I’ll be tomorrow is anybodies guess.” – Bad Blake, portrayed by Jeff Bridges, in CRAZY HEART.

“Visions are worth fighting for. Why spend your life making someone else’s dream?” – Orson Welles, portrayed by Vincent D’Onofrio, in ED WOOD.

“I’m not crazy.  I’m colorful.” – Percy Garris, portrayed by Strother Martin, in BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID.

“The Japanese have a saying, ‘a man is whatever room he is in…'” – Bert Cooper, portrayed by Robert Morse, on MAD MEN.

“I’d damn sent rather be hung by my friends, than by a bunch of damn strangers.” – Jake Spoon,  portrayed by Robert Urich, in LONESOME DOVE.

“I can’t believe how much money I’ve spent fucking up my life.” – Brenda Chenowirth, portrayed by Rachel Griffiths, on SIX FEET UNDER.

“The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you’re uncool.” – Lester Bangs, portrayed by Philip Seymour Hoffman, in ALMOST FAMOUS

“Who’s the more foolish, the fool, or the fool who follows him?” – Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi, portrayed by Alec Guinness, in STAR WARS

“Everybody needs somebody, but you can do better than him.” – Frankie Machine, portrayed by Frank Sinatra, in THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM

“Why do you hate me so much?  All I ever did to you, was like you.” – Annette, portrayed by Donna Pescow, in SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER

“Yesterday’s gone, we can’t get it back.” – Augustus “Gus” McCrae,  portrayed by Robert Duvall, in LONESOME DOVE

“That’s a lot of woman there. Beautiful, classy, and guts. Hard enough to kill ya and soft enough to change ya.” – Dolworth, portrayed by Burt Lancaster, in THE PROFESSIONALS.

“We’re flawed because we want so much more.  We’re ruined because we get these things, then wish for what we had.” – Don Draper, portrayed by Jon Hamm on MAD MEN

“What you got ain’t nothing new. This country’s hard on people. Can’t stop what’s coming.  Ain’t no waiting on you.  That’s vanity. – Ellis, portrayed by Barry Corbin, in NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN

“You always making big, big plans for tomorrow, you wanna know why?  ‘Cause you always fuckin’ up today.” – Bobbie, portrayed by Billie Neal, in DOWN BY LAW

“I ain’t one for looking back.  Eyes ahead.” – Freddy Hayes, portrayed by Reg E. Cathey on HOUSE OF CARDS

“One way or another, we all work for our vice.” – Doc Riedenschneider, portrayed by Sam Jaffe in THE ASPHALT JUNGLE.

“I swear you two are the most fucked up people I’ve ever known; and I specialize in fucked up.” – Tanner Bolt, portrayed by Tyler Perry in GONE GIRL.

“When I was a kid I had a pet rattlesnake, I was fond of it, but I wouldn’t turn my back on it.” – Cole Harden, portrayed by Gary Cooper in THE WESTERNER.

“Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger; anger leads to hate; hate leads to suffering.” – Yoda, voiced by Frank Oz in STAR WARS: Episode 1 – THE PHANTOM MENACE

“As long as you can still grab a breath, you fight. You breathe… keep breathing” – Hugh Glass, portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in THE REVENANT.

“I’ve known good criminals and bad cops, bad priests, honorable thieves, you can be on one side of the law or the other. But if you make a deal with somebody you keep your word.” – Mike Erhmantraut, portrayed by Jonathan Banks on BETTER CALL SAUL.

“Why don’t you wise up Ruth. It’s their world and we’re just living in it.” – Johnny Ingram, portrayed by Harry Belafonte in ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW.

“I’ve met a lot of hard boiled eggs in my time, but you, you’re 20 minutes.” – Lorraine Minosa, portrayed by Jan Sterling in ACE IN THE HOLE.

“I once asked this literary agent what kind of writing paid the best.  He said, ‘Ransom notes.’ – Harry Zimm, portrayed by Gene Hackman in GET SHORTY.

“Take your paws off me, or I’ll make you use that gun.” – Samuel Spade portrayed by Humphrey Bogart in THE MALTESE FALCON.

“Favor kill you faster than a bullit.” – Carlito Brigante portrayed by Al Pacino in CARLITO’S WAY.

“You can’t play God without being acquainted with the Devil.” – Dr. Robert Ford portrayed by Anthony Hopkins on WESTWORLD (2016).

“Problem is most people don’t believe something can happen until it already has.  It’s not stupidity or weakness, it’s just human nature.” – Jurgen Warmbrunn portrayed by Ludi Boeken in WORLD WAR Z.

“I was winning. Now the games over, it’s finished and I lost.  No matter how far ahead you think you are you never win. It’s not in the cards.  Never has been, never will be.  There’s always some outside force, some unexpected thing that has you beaten before you ever really start.” – Al Wacker portrayed by John Dehner on THE RIFLEMAN.

“Personally, I don’t like a girlfriend to have a husband.  If she’ll fool a husband, I figure she’ll fool me.” – Michael O’Hara portrayed by Orson Welles in THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI.

“It’s a dog eat dog world, and I’m wearing Milkbone underwear.” – Norm Petersen portrayed by George Wendt on CHEERS.

“A relationship, I think, is like a shark.  It has to constantly move forward or it dies.  And I think what we’re got on our hands is a dead shark.” – Alvy Singer portrayed by Woody Allen in ANNIE HALL.

“You hit the ground running, and you don’t look back.” – Feech La Manna portray by Frank Loggia on THE SOPRANOS.

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