I wasn't sure about that, but one never knows. Sometimes a neighborhood, like a culture or civilization, is strong enough to absorb and acculturate any number of newcomers. But I don't know if that's true around here any longer. The outward forms and appearances look the same - [...]- but the substance has been altered.

A lot of our perception of history is influenced by inaccurate movies.

Panic---a deep abiding, free-floating anxiety, often without any reason or logical basis.

I know who didn't kill her. Don't.

Confrontational is when I pull my gun. Argumentative is when I pull the trigger.

I tried to picture a bunch of guys in blue suits running around a beachside neighborhood, knocking on doors and flashing Fed creds. That should cause a stampede of illegal aliens heading south.

I recall very well a time when things were better at home. So, I must answer the age-old question: Do I move or make home improvements ?

I used the pen name because I knew I wanted to write better novels under my own name someday.

There is no terra incognito left.

A big Russian lady, who seemed to be the household cook, supervised the making of zakuski -- Russian hors d'oeuvres, which unfortunately didn't include pigs-in-a-blanket. What kind of party is this?

You can trade with ninety-five percent of the rest of the world. Stop blaming the American embargo for all your problems. Your problems are made in Cuba.

Americans, they'll have a legal means to recover.

Americans lived in the moment, without history and thus without prophecy.

We're not thieves. We're repatriating.

We are finding it- first in our heads, then in our hearts." He reminded Purcell. "This is a spiritual journey before it becomes a physical journey.

Credo quia impossibile.' I believe it because it is impossible.

There are a lot of books about the passing of the English aristocracy, but the vast majority of Long Islanders don't understand their own backyard. It's a private preserve.

In America if you're poor, you're worse than a criminal. You're nobody.

Me, Mia. Mama mia, Mia. Otis is rigor mortis.

A boat is sort of a litmus test for relationships, the close quarters and solitude compelling people into either a warm bond or into mutiny and murder.

Never have sex with a woman who has more problems than you do.

She asked me, Was your divorce nasty? Not at all. The marriage was nasty.

It's good to stay as close to real life as you can, and then kind of dress it up.

You don't bother to hate what you think is contemptible.

Buck next brought up the subject of the.

But that's all hindsight. That evening, my mind was cloudy, and my good judgment was influenced by my need to prove something. It goes to show you, you shouldn't stay out too late during the week.

And the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.

There's hell, there's darkness, there is the sulphurous pit; burning, scalding, stench, consumption!

Do you know why Italians don't like Jehovah's Witnesses? No… why? Italians don't like any witnesses.

Nostalgia is basically the ability to forget the things that sucked.

It's a problem, you know, Paul, dealing with stupid people. You project your own intelligence and rationality onto a person who is a complete idiot, and he lets you down.

We entered the house, and there was that pregnant silence in the air, the silence between a husband and wife who have just had words, and it is unlike any other silence except perhaps the awful stillness you hear between the flash of an atomic bomb and the blast.

Sara looked at the well-kept houses along the road. These Communist pigs have beach clubs, good food, and access to foreign goods that the Cuban people can only dream about.

G.I. humor is similar to cop humor.

Well, the more I learn, the less motivation I can find for Colonel Moore to kill his subordinate. On the other hand, I see that other people could have strong motives.

The Cubans say that sex is the only thing that Castro hasn't rationed.

I continued, The painting shows this fish with a big eye and a halo, floating in air, and underneath the fish are all these Native Americans having sex. What? What does that have to do with Custer's Last Stand? Well, the painting is titled, Holy Mackerel, Look at All Those Fucking Indians.

There is a vitality here of people, pursuing their own lives, unburdened by government interference. The price of nearly absolute freedom is borderline anarchy. A little law and order wouldn't hurt. Whose law? Whose order? Fascists and Communists have in common the desire to get everyone into lockstep. I don't want to get into lockstep.

Somehow our devils are never quite what we expect when we meet them face to face.

Well, no one ever said the truth would make you happy—only free.

But if I could choose how and when I wanted to die, I would want to be an eighty-year-old man shot by a jealous young husband who had caught me in bed with his teenage wife.

When Jack Colby first came aboard The Maine looking for a job, wearing a T-shirt that said: Wounded Combat Vet—Some Reassembly Required.

As with real estate, what matters with bullet holes is location, location, location.

When you’re dealing with people who have no moral center, no loyalty to anyone but themselves, you don’t always get the logical results you expect, or the truth that you paid for.

We're not thieves. We're repatriating money that rich Cubans stole from poor Cubans so it can be returned to the rich Cubans who stole it.

I was starting to get to know the city, and when that happens in a screwed-up place, it's time to leave.

It's really scary when you have a moment of temporary sanity.

Better to have a gun and not need it than to need a gun and not have it.

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