First, it's a Saturday night thing when you feel cool like a gangster or a rockstar- just something to kill the boredom, you know? They call it a chippie, a small habit. It feels so good, you start doing it on Tuesdays... then Thursdays... then it's got you. Every wise ass punk on the block says it won't happen to them, but it does.

Jim Carroll

And in the next life, father, I'M gonna have the PADDLE.

Jim

[wakes Jim up from his dream by slamming his cane against his desk] Wake up, Mr. Carroll, it's later than you think!

Father McNulty

You gotta have presence on the court. Presence like a cheetah rather than a chimp. Sure, they both got it, but Chimpy gotta jump his nuts around to get it. The shy cheetah moves with total nonchalance, stickin' it to them in his sexy, slow strut. Me? I play like a cheetah.

Jim

Gee whiz, ma, we oughtta have these heart to heart talks more often, they're good for us.

Jim

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

Jim Carroll

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

Jim

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The Basketball Diaries Quotes

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

Jim

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