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Quotes from Irrational Man

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    • Abe: Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.
    • Abe: So much of philosophy is just verbal masturbation.
    • Abe: I couldn't remember the reason for living, and when I did it wasn't convincing.
    • Abe: Life's ironic isn't it? One day a person has a morass of complicated, unsolvable problems then in the batting of an eye, dark clouds part and she can enjoy a decent life again. It's just astounding.
    • Professor #1: I hear Abe Lucas is going to be joining the faculty this summer.
    • Professor #2: Really? That should put some Viagra into the philosophy department.
    • Rita: How's it coming?
    • Rita: I hope you're not going to send me back out into the rain without sleeping with me.
    • Abe: I'm trying to write.
    • Rita: You're blocked. I'm going to unblock you or are you becoming infatuated with that student you spend so much time with?
    • Abe: I'm... blocked. I can't write.
    • Rita: Why?
    • Abe: I don't know, I... I can't *write* 'cause I... I can't breathe.
    • Rita: What would get you breathing again?
    • [sighs]
    • Abe: I... you know... I don't... I'm too... *the will to breathe*, inspiration you know.
    • Rita: You need a muse.
    • Abe: I've never needed a muse before.
    • [sighs]
    • Jill: He's very radical, very original. You either love him or hate him, really.
    • Rita: When I heard you were coming here, I had fantasies that we'd meet and something special would happen.
    • Abe: The dizziness and anxiety had disappeared and I was happy and enjoying the joy of living.
    • Abe: Kant said human reason is troubled by questions that it cannot dismiss, but also cannot answer.
    • Abe: It's very scary when you run out of distractions.
    • Abe: Fifty-fifty odds is better than most people get in life.
    • Jill: Despair is what Kierkegaard called the sickness unto death, Abe. And you suffer from despair.
    • Abe: I'm well aware of what Kierkegaard thought. But he was, in the end, a Christian. How comforting that would be.
    • Abe: I'm Abe Lucas and I've murdered. I've had many experiences and now a unique one. I've taken a human life. Not in battle or self defense, but I made a choice I believed in and saw it through. I feel like an authentic human being.
    • Abe: I'm asking you to put our everyday assumptions aside, and trust your experience of life. In order to really see the world, we must break with our familiar acceptance of it.
    • Jill: You know, Abe actually says that people just manufacture drama so they can get through their lives because they're so empty.
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    • [narrating]
    • Abe: Kant said human reason is troubled by questions that it cannot dismiss, but also cannot answer. Okay, so, what are we talking about here? Morality? Choice? The randomness of life? Aesthetics? Murder?
    • Jill: I think Abe was crazy from the beginning. Was it from stress? Was it anger? Was he disgusted by what he saw as life's never-ending suffering? Or was he simply bored by the meaninglessness of day-to-day existence? He was so damn interesting. And different. And a good talker. And he could always cloud the issue with words.
    • Abe: Where to begin? You know, the existentialists feel nothing happens until you hit absolute rock bottom. Well, let's say that when I went to teach at Braylin College, emotionally, I was at Zabriskie Point. Of course, my reputation, or should I say a reputation, preceded me.
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