“Destiny is a good thing to accept when it's going your way. When it isn't, don't call it destiny; call it injustice, treachery, or simple bad luck.”
“But how can one be warm alone?”
“That's another thing that pisses me off about that Michelangelo statue of me in Florence. He's got me standing there uncircumcised! Who the fuck did he think I was?”
“It takes very little to make us [women] happy, and more than is contained in heaven and earth to keep us that way”
“Some Promised Land. The honey was there, but the milk we brought in with our goats. To people in California, God gives a magnificent coastline, a movie industry, and Beverly Hills. To us He gives sand. To Cannes He gives a plush film festival. We get the PLO. Our winters are rainy, our summers hot. To people who didn't know how to wind a wristwatch He gives underground oceans of oil. To us He gives hernia, piles, and anti-Semitism.”
“You’ve got to have a God. Without God, you might turn to something really crazy, like witchcraft, or religion.”
“First impressions die slowly, bad impressions take even longer”
“Moses has the Ten Commandments, it's true, but I've got much better lines - King David”
“Reason, intellect, and logic are historical phenomena. There is a history of logic as there is a history of technology. Nothing suggests that logic as we know it is the last and final stage of intellectual evolution. Human logic is a historical phase between prehuman nonlogic on the one hand and superhuman logic on the other hand. Reason and mind, the human beings’ most efficacious equipment in their struggle for survival, are embedded in the continuous flow of zoological events. They are neither eternal nor unchangeable. They are transitory.”
“The portrait of his past was partially erased by God and he is searching for those erased portions.”
“As if it were important, he strained his memory; beside the sofa there had been a large lamp with a round milk-white base encircled by a chain of painted roses, and beyond that, on the wall, neatly framed, was a series of water colors done by a forgotten aunt during her Grand Tour.”
“Nobody works harder at learning than a curious kid.”
“You see, art makes people think. Blok didn't want people to think. If that happened, they might have realized what was actually happening.”
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