When one is altering the face of the universe one cannot remember small helpful acts.
(Alice Foote MacDougall (1867-1945), U.S. businesswoman. The Autobiography of a Business Woman, ch. 3 (1928).
On her failure to acknowledge a small, but important, order placed with her in the early years of her wholesale coffee business, when she was struggling to establish herself against great odds.)
As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.
(Nicholas Pileggi, U.S. screenwriter, and Martin Scorsese. Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), GoodFellas, voiceover in the opening scene while Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) and Jimmy Conway (Robert DeNiro) finish killing Billy Batts (Frank Vincent) (1990).)
Remember, you can always stoop and pick up nothing.
(Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977), British actor, screenwriter, director, and Orson Welles. Monsieur Henri Verdoux (Charles Chaplin), Monsieur Verdoux, said to Annabella Bonheur (Martha Raye) as Verdoux tries to steer her away from swindlers to swindles of his own (1947).)
Remember this, Dr. Glendon: The werewolf instinctively seeks to kill the thing it loves best.
(John Colton (1886-1946). Stuart Walker. Dr. Yogami (Warner Oland), Werewolf of London, warning the unbelieving Glendon that he is now a werewolf himself (1935).
Original story by Robert Harris; Colton was born in Japan, of British parents, and then moved to Americayou figure out his nationality.)
Looking on oneself as something alien, forgetting the sight, remembering the gaze.
(Franz Kafka (1883-1924), Prague German Jewish author, novelist. The Third Notebook, December 6, 1917. The Blue Octavo Notebooks, ed. Max Brod, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins. Exact Change, Cambridge, MA (1991). Dearest Father: Stories and Other Writings, trans. by Ernst Kaiser and Eithne Wilkins, New York, Schocken Books (1954).)