“It don’t take too long to kill things. Not like it takes to grow.”
“You don't care about people, Hud. You don't give a damn about them. Oh, you got all that charm going for you and it makes the youngsters want to be like you. That's the shame of it because you don't value anything. You don't respect nothing. You keep no check on your appetites at all. You live just for yourself and that makes you not fit to live with.”
“Little by little the look of the country changes because of the men we admire.”
"Why do women insist on loving men for what they want them to be instead of what they are?"
“Well just smile…at anything, at the whole ridiculous spectacle of life. Of people being so serious, taking themselves pompously, exaggerating their own importance.”
“My profession? Keeping my body fit, keeping my mind alert, and keeping the landlord appeased. That’s a fulltime job.”
“It’s always good luck to launch something with champagne – a battleship or an evening.”
“What about life, Ninotchka? Do Russians never think about life, of the moment in which we are living? It’s the only moment we ever really have.”