Let me explain something to you, Walsh. This business requires a certain amount of finesse.Jake Gittes
Either you bring the water to L.A. or you bring L.A. to the water.Noah Cross
You're dumber than you think I think you are.Jake Gittes
Party Guest: Oh,but really biting satire is always better than physical force.
Isaac Davis: No,physical force is always better with Nazis.
[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
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
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.
When it comes to relationships with women, I'm the winner of the August Strindberg Award.Isaac Davis
Years ago I wrote this short story about my Mother called "The Castrating Zionist"Isaac Davis
I can't express anger. That's one of the problems I have. I grow a tumor instead.Isaac Davis
My analyst warned me, but you were so beautiful I got another analyst.Isaac Davis
Plus I'll probably have to give my parents less money. It'll kill my father. He's not gonna be able to get as good a seat in the synagogue. He'll be in the back, away from God, far from the action.Isaac Davis