"Don't be angry with the rain; it simply does not know how to fall upward."
"Existence is but a brief crack of light between two eternities of darkness."
"The pages are still blank, but there is a miraculous feeling of the words being there, written in invisible ink and clamoring to become visible."
"Existence is a series of footnotes to a vast, obscure, unfinished masterpiece."
"And the rest is rust and stardust."
"Lolita, light of my life, fire of my loins. My sin, my soul. Lo-lee-ta: the tip of the tongue taking a trip of three steps down the palate to tap, at three, on the teeth. Lo. Lee. Ta."
"Mind you, sometimes the angels smoke, hiding it with their sleeves, and when the archangel comes, they throw the cigarettes away: that’s when you get shooting stars."
"A certain man once lost a diamond cuff-link in the wide blue sea, and twenty years later, on the exact day, a Friday apparently, he was eating a large fish - but there was no diamond inside. That’s what I like about coincidence."
"I had a liver transplant, then I had a pacemaker put in, then I had a new knee put it, then I had a heart valve put in. I'm almost brand new. I have a lot of new parts."
"A mother and a little boy were walking along, and I could tell the minute the recognition hit the little boy. As he walked by holding his mother's hand, he said in a real loud voice, Look, Mother. There goes an old Gomer Pyle."
"If you don't lose, you cannot enjoy the victories. So I have to accept both things."
"I think that I shall never see a billboard lovely as a tree. Perhaps, unless the billboards fall, I'll never see a tree at all."
"Marriage is the alliance of two people, one of whom never remembers birthdays and the other who never forgets them."
"The lamp burns bright when wick and oil are clean."
"Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish."
"Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence."
"There is a spirit which I feel, that delights to do no evil, nor revenge any wrong, but delights to endure all things, in hope to enjoy its own in the end. Its hope is to outlive all cruelty, or whatever is of a nature contrary to itself."
"The world is shaped by two things — stories told and the memories they leave behind."
"When you call upon a Thoroughbred, he gives you all the speed, strength of heart and sinew in him. When you call on a jackass, he kicks."
"Some mornings you wake up and think, gee I look handsome today. Other days I think, what am I doing in the movies? I wanna go back to Ireland and drive a forklift."