almost martyrs don’t count.
Berlin: Did I tell you that when you were circumcised they threw away the wrong part?
David Gale: Yes, I believe you mentioned it. It’s called schmuck.
David Gale: Part of the foreskin they throw away after circumcision, I believe it is called schmuck.
Berlin: Aren’t we so fucking clever.
Berlin: Sorry about being late. There was, you know, a thing.
David Gale: Yeah, there usually is, Berlin.
Berlin: Look, I know I’m not doing too well, and, to torture a clichÃ©, I will do anything to pass.
David Gale: Anything, huh?
Berlin: Any. Thing.
David Gale: Ok, Berlin.
[leans in close]
David Gale: I will give you a good grade, I will give you a very, very good grade if you just (whispers into her ear) study.
Bitsey Bloom: Hate’s no fun if you keep it to yourself.
Bitsey Bloom: Of course he sympathizes with murderers…he is one!
Bitsey Bloom: You know you are in the bible belt when there are more churches than Starbucks.
Zack: When there are more prisons than Starbucks.
Braxton Belyeu: I’m no more afraid of the Grim Reaper than I am of a Presbyterian on Mother’s Day.
Come on, think. I want you to reach back into those minds and tell me, tell us all, what it is you fantasize about. World peace? I thought so. Do you fantasize about international fame? Do you fantasize about winning a Pulitzer Prize? Or a Nobel Peace Prize? An MTV Music Award? Do you fantasize about meeting some genius hunk, ostensibly bad but secretly simmering with noble passion and willing to sleep on the wet spot? You get Lucans point. Fantasies have to be unrealistic because the moment, the secod, that you get what you desire, you don’t, you can’t want it anymore. In order to continue to exist desire must have it’s objects perpetually absent. Its not the it that you want, it’s the fantasy of it. So desire supports crazy fantasies. This is what Pascal means when he says we are only truly happy when daydreaming about future happiness or why we say the hunt is sweeter than the kill. Or be careful what you wish for, not because you get it but because you’re doomed not to want it once you do. So the lesson of Lucas is, living by wants will never make you happy. What it means to be fully human is to strive to live by ideals and ideals and not to measure your life by what you’ve attained in terms of your desires but those small moments of integrity, compassion, rationality, even self-sacrifice. Because in the end, the only way that we can measure the signifigance of our own lives is by valuing the lives of others.
Constance Harraway: The TA just finished transcribing all the governor’s radio and TV comments. Listen to this gem: Journalist – ‘Governor, don’t you think three executions in one week is a little excessive?’ Governor – ‘I say let’s bring them in, strap them down, and rock and roll.’
David Gale: Oh, it’s good to know our governor is in touch with his inner frat boy.
Constance Harraway: You wanna tell me what’s up?
David Gale: Nothing. Everything. Something profoundly stupid happened last night.
Constance Harraway: I hope you used a condom.
[David looks at Constance]
Constance Harraway: Oh Jesus Christ, David. Was she one of yours?
David Gale: It was Berlin.
Constance Harraway: Oh great! Oh, that’s great. I can hear the grapevine now. ‘They had to suspend her so that Gale could dick her with a conscience.’ A power differential equals coercion. That is great. You’re so weak!
David Gale: You know, you’re not my wife, Constance. Thank God!
Constance Harraway: Oh, well, don’t worry. It’s not a position I aspire to, so fuck you.
Constance Harraway: You work so hard not to be seen as a sex object. Before long, you’re not seen at all.
David Gale: Death is a gift.
David Gale: How do we start?
Bitsey Bloom: We start with…you telling me what I’m doing here.
David Gale: No one who looks through that glass sees a person. They see a crime. I’m not David Gale. I’m a murderer and a rapist.. four days shy of his execution.
David Gale: I fell of the wagon and hurt myself.
David Gale: I fell off the bandwagon, and I hurt my hand.
David Gale: They wanted me to die, knowing the key to my freedom was out there somewhere!
David Gale: [Giving a lecture to his college students] Fantasies have to be unrealistic. Because the minute- the second- that you get what you want, you don’t- you can’t- want it anymore.
David Gale: [while drunk] Socrates was ugly, Plato was fat, and, um, and Aristotle was a prissy dresser!
How many lovers have you had?
(holds up four fingers)
Oh you should have had more sex.
Wanna go for five? Complete the hand.
A pity lay? No thanks.
Hey…it wouldn’t be pity.
It’s not even your alcohol problem, hell, I’d enjoy having a staff member whose crutch wasn’t prozac…
That’s a whole different kettle of crawdads.
There once was a girl named Berlin.
Who liked it now and again.
Not now and again
and again and again and again.
there once was a lesbian from cancun, who took a young man up to her room, where they argued all night as to who had the right to do what and how much and to whom.
We spend out whole lives trying to stop death—eating, inventing, loving, praying, fighting, killing… but what do we really know about death? Just that nobody comes back. But there comes a point in life, a moment, when your mind outlives its desires, its obsessions… when your habits survive your dreams, and when your losses…….. maybe death is a gift- you wonder…
When there are more prisons than Starbucks.
You know you are in the bible belt when there are more churches than Starbucks.
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