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


[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

Idle time is the devil's play thing

Jim's Mother

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


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

[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

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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?