"That's what life is all about – you make a big splash. Otherwise you die a nobody."
“My father was very sure about certain matters pertaining to the universe. To him, all good things, trout as well as eternal salvation, came by grace; and grace comes by art; and art does not come easy.”
“All in all, not a bad guy, if looks, brains and personality don’t count.”
“You must strive to find your own voice. Because the longer you wait to begin, the less likely you are to find it at all.”
“Character is what you are in the dark.”
“I have to be a real person and make my own moral choices, even when they do require real courage. Otherwise you’re like a robot or a lizard.”
“Nobody thinks they’re a bad person. I’m not even claiming that people always think they are doing the right thing. They may know they are doing something dishonest or insensitive or manipulative, but they always think there is a good reason for doing it. They almost always that it will turn out for the best in the end, even if it just turns out the best for them.”
"She has little religious feeling yet has a reverence for life. This is a spirit like a wavering flame which only needs care to burn high. If this does not happen, she could lapse into the promiscuity and bitterness of a failed romantic."
"In another country, she would be a decent woman. Here, she begs and perhaps sells herself. Her tragedy is repeated a million times in this city. What then must we do? We must give them love."
“Don’t give in to hate. That leads to the dark side.”