[narrating] When I was young, about eight or so, I tried making friends with God by inviting Him to my house to watch the World Series. He never showed.

Jim Carroll

You're growing up. And rain sort of remains on the branches of a tree that will someday rule the Earth. And it's good that there is rain. It clears the month of your sorry rainbow expressions, and it clears the streets of the silent armies... so we can dance.

Jim Carroll

Time sure flies when you're young and jerking off.

Jim Carroll

I felt dazed, like I just came out of a 4 hour movie I didn't understand.

Jim Carroll

I was just gonna sniff a bag but one guy says if you're gonna sniff you might as well pop it and another guys says if you gonna pop it you might as well mainline.

Jim

Just my own naked self and the stars breathing down, it's beautiful.

Jim

All I've been doing is reading this diary wondering how the hell I'm still alive?

Jim

I just wanna be pure, I just wanna be pure.

Jim Carroll

I'll tell you what, if our school was this nice I would go there more than once a week.

Mickey

Who's the whore now?

Diane Moody

...did I ever tell you about the first time I did heroin?

Jim

Idle time is the devil's play thing

Jim's Mother

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The Basketball Diaries Quotes

I just wanna be pure, I just wanna be pure.

Jim Carroll

All I've been doing is reading this diary wondering how the hell I'm still alive?

Jim