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Quotes from Motherless Brooklyn

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    • Lionel Essrog: There's something going down, and it's big, and they were not happy about what he found.
    • Lionel Essrog: Tits on a Tuesday!
    • [about Laura]
    • Lionel Essrog: Kiss her face all night long, Bailey!
    • Lionel Essrog: Fuckin' mess is right. The nun said my soul wasn't at peace with God and I should do penance. Frank said anyone teaching God's love while they hit you with a stick should be ignored on every subject.
    • Lionel Essrog: Here lies Frank Minna. Cool as can be. They'll carve that on his fuckin' tombstone.
    • Paul: Emerson said that "an institution is the lengthened shadow of one man."
    • Paul: Satisfaction won't unburden a tortured heart.
    • Lionel Essrog: But there's no upside in lyin' to a woman who's smarter than you, so, I told her the truth.
    • Lionel Essrog: Frank told me once, if you're up against someone bigger than you, someone you can't beat toe to toe, make 'em think you respect their size, and then cut a deal that lets you walk out in one piece. Then figure out a way to stick it to 'em later without leaving your prints on the knife.
    • [first lines]
    • [narrating]
    • Lionel Essrog: Frank always used to say, "Tell your story walkin', pal." He was more philosophical than your average gumshoe, but he liked to do his talkin' on the move, so here's how it all went down. I got somethin' wrong with my head. That's the first thing to know.
    • [real life]
    • Lionel Essrog: If!
    • [narrating]
    • Lionel Essrog: It's like having glass in the brain. I can't stop pickin' things apart... twistin' 'em around, reassembling 'em. Words and sounds, especially. It's like an itch that has to be scratched.
    • [about a sweater snag]
    • Gilbert Coney: Quit pullin' at it! You're gonna make a fuckin' mess out of things.
    • [real life]
    • Lionel Essrog: I got threads in my heads. I got threads in my heads! I got threads in my heads, man!
    • [narrating]
    • Lionel Essrog: And I twitch a lot. It's hard to miss. It makes me look like a goddamn spastic, but if I try to hold it back, it just makes it worse.
    • [grimacing]
    • Frank Minna: Got through Guadalcanal without a scratch, and I get shot with my own gun - in Queens!
    • [last lines]
    • [sitting together on their new porch]
    • Lionel Essrog: "Brooklyn's big... Brooklyn's big, but there's things even bigger."
    • Laura Rose: What's that?
    • Lionel Essrog: I think it's something Frank said to me, but I. I can't remember when.
    • Laura Rose: Maybe this is what he meant.
    • [twitching again]
    • Lionel Essrog: If! If!
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