In my early manhood and in middle-life, I used to vex myself with reforms, every now and then. And I never had occasion to regret these divergencies, for whether the resulting deprivations were long or short, the rewarding pleasures which I got out of the vice when I returned to it, always paid me for all that it cost.
It was about this time I conceived the bold and arduous project of arriving at moral perfection.
Is our curse the endless pursuit of a happiness which can never be attained?
Anything that doesn't take years of your life and drive you to suicide hardly seems worth doing.
We've come to realize that we're not nearly as rational as we like to believe.
I try to avoid having plans for my life, but I have many ideas. Which ones actually happen will be a surprise to me. It's more fun that way.
It's good to have a plan, but if something extraordinary comes your way, you should go for it.
A good idea that doesn't happen is no idea at all.
I said I'd do something about this, and I am.
Ed Tom Bell:
You can say it's my job to fight it but I don't know what it is anymore.
More than that, I don't want to know. A man would have to put his soul at hazard. He would have to say, okay, I'll be part of this world.
Ernie: Is there anything fluffier than a cloud?
Big Tom: If there is, I don't want to know about it.