Shit happens alright? Shit fucking happens... christ!

Mickey

I saw this girl next to me who wasn't beautiful until she smiled.

Jim Carroll

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

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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