I can't express anger. That's one of the problems I have. I grow a tumor instead.

Isaac Davis

Years ago I wrote this short story about my Mother called "The Castrating Zionist"

Isaac Davis

When it comes to relationships with women, I'm the winner of the August Strindberg Award.

Isaac Davis

Isaac Davis: The steel cube was brilliant?
Mary Wilke: Yes. To me it was very textual, you know what I mean? It was perfectly integrated, and it had a marvelous kind of negative capability. The rest of the stuff downstairs was bullshit.

Don't stare at me with those big eyes. Geez, you look like one of those barefoot kids from Boliva who needs foster parents.

Isaac Davis

[reading aloud from Issac's wife's memoir] "He was given to fits of rage, Jewish liberal paranoia, male chauvinism, self-righteous misanthropy, and nihilistic moods of despair. He had complaints about life but never any solutions. He longed to be an artist but balked at the necessary sacrifices. In his most private moments, he spoke of his fear of death, which he elevated to tragic heights when in fact it was mere narcissism."

Mary Wilke

Party Guest: Oh,but really biting satire is always better than physical force.
Isaac Davis: No,physical force is always better with Nazis.

Either you bring the water to L.A. or you bring L.A. to the water.

Noah Cross

Let me explain something to you, Walsh. This business requires a certain amount of finesse.

Jake Gittes

You're a very nosy fellow, kitty cat. Huh? You know what happens to nosy fellows? Huh? No? Wanna guess? Huh? No? Okay. They lose their noses.

Man with Knife

But, Mrs. Mulwray, I goddamn near lost my nose. And I like it. I like breathing through it. And I still think you're hiding something.

Jake Gittes

Evelyn Mulwray: Hollis seems to think you're an innocent man.
Jake Gittes: Well, I've been accused of a lot of things before, Mrs. Mulwray, but never that.

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