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All The King's Men Quotes
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"For years I had condemned her as a woman without heart, who loved merely power over men and the momentary satisfaction to vanity or flesh which they could give her, who lived in a strange loveless oscillation between calculation and instinct."
"Her eyes were glittering like the eyes of a child when you give a nice surprise, and she laughed with a sudden throaty, tingling way. It is the way a woman laughs for happiness."
who is her?
"He gave you the impression of being a slow and deliberate man to look at him, and he had a way of sitting loose as though he had sunk inside himself and was going down for the third time and his eyes would blink like an owl's in a cage. Then all of a sudden he would make a move." WHo is he?
"Nothing fazed him, not insult or anger or violence or getting his face beat into a hamburger. He was a true businessman. He knew the value of everything." who is it describing?
"You don't know how much I know or what. I was thick with the Boss and I know a lot. I'm the joker in the deck.... You want to deal me to yourself from the bottom of the deck. But it's no sale, Tiny, it's no sale."
"For the truth is a terrible thing."
"And what we students of history always learn is that the human being is a very complicated contraption and that they are not good or bad but are good and bad and the good comes out of the bad and the bad out of the good, and the devil take the hindmost."
Jack Burden said to Adam stanton
"lived for a few years and in that time he learned that the world is all of one piece. He learned that the world is like an enormous spider web and if you touch it, however lightly, at any point, the vibration ripples to the remotest perimeter and the drowsy spider feels the tingle and is drowsy no more but springs out to fling the gossamer coils about you who have touched the web and then inject the black, numbing poison under your hide."
"I can give him a history lesson"
Jack Burden, him= adam stanton
"Its not business, it pure pleasure, at least im aiming for it to be before im through."
"There was nothing particularly wrong with them; they were just the ordinary garden variety of human garbage." Describing who?
Jack said about lois' friend
"Just tell 'em you're gonna soak the fat boys and forget the rest of the tax stuff...Willie, make 'em cry, make 'em laugh, make 'em mad, even mad at you. Stir them up and they'll love it and come back for more, but, for heaven's sakes, don't try to improve their minds."
Jack said to Willie Stark
what type of thinking is "What you don't know don't hurt you, for it ain't real."
"Come to think of it, there ain't a thing but dirt on this green God's globe except what's under water, and that's dirt too. It's dirt makes the grass grow. A diamond ain't a thing in the world but a piece of dirt that got awful hot. And God-a-Mighty picked up a handful of dirt and blew on it and made you and me and George Washington and mankind blessed in faculty and apprehension. It all depends on what you do with the dirt. That right?"
"Man is conceived in sin and born in corruption and he passeth from the stink of the didie to the stench of the shroud. There is always something."
"its the nuts!"
"I'm not a lawyer. I know some law. ... but I'm not a lawyer. That's why I can see what the law is like. It's like a single-bed blanket on a double bed and three folks in the bed and a cold night. There ain't ever enough blanket to cover the case, no matter how much pulling and hauling, and somebody is always going to nigh catch pneumonia. Hell, the law is like the pants you bought last year for a growing boy, but it is always this year and the seams are popped and the shankbone's to the breeze. The law is always too short and too tight for growing humankind. The best you can do is do something and then make up some law to fit and by the time that law gets on the books you would have done something different."
"The Friend of Your Youth is the only friend you will ever have, for he does not really see you. He sees in his mind a face that does not exist anymore, speaks a name - Spike, Bud, Snip, Red, Rusty, Jack, Dave - which belongs to that now nonexistent face but which by some inane doddering confusion of the universe is for the moment attached to a not happily met and boring stranger." Who is it describing?
Adam Stanton described by Jack
"That when they come to you sweet talking you better not listen to anything they say. I don't aim to forget that."
Willie, They= tiny
"If you want him to do it, you've got to change the picture of the world inside his head."
Jack about Adam
"Goodness. Yeah, just plain simple goodness. Well you cant inherit that from anybody. ou got to make it, Doc. If you want it. And you got to make it out of badness."
Willie to Adam
"If it werent for the lady, id let you go on and bust yourself. I dont mind a ride to headquarters. But ill give you a chance."
Jack to cop
"Hell let him be a man. I never had any fun growing up. let him have some Fun!"
Willie to Lucy about Tom
"I rather see him dead at my feet than what your vanity will make him"
Lucy to Willie about tom
"he'll be all american" About who?
"All right, im snobbish. Im so snobbish, i had lunch with him last week."
"we oughtn't, we oughtn't--it wouldn't be--it wouldn't be right"
Drove to Long Beach
" I want to do what you want.just so its something.even if you dont have money. i told you i'd live in a shack."
commited suicide in chapters 5-7
you have sworn you did not receive that letter, you have sworn to a lie, and that is perjury and the penalty for perjury is severe.
"Before you ever use those things, those papers, show them to Judge irwin, give him a chance"
How do u know the truth from lies if lies is what truths are (something along those lines)
You should have led the duck more jack
I have went to governor Stanton today...he is supporting the judge-
Who retells "I have went to governor Stanton today...he is supporting the judge-"
They threw my brother out of a job
They are protecting a thief
"If I wanted money, I could think of easier ways to make it then the way I make it with you"
"For if God is perfection and the only perfection is nonbeing, then God is nonbeing. Then god is nothing"
Was Judge Irwin ever broke-bad broke?
"What you mean is that it was a fine, beautiful time back then, but I mean that if it was such a ********ed fine, beautiful time, why did it turn into this time which is not so damned fineand beautiful if there wasan't something in that time which wasn't fine and beautiful? Answer that one."
"What the hell if Stark knows about the Judge being broke. It was more than twenty years ago. And there's no law against being broke. What the hell."
"Jesus, and the Boss gonna put six million bucks in a hospital---six million bucks."
"He married money. Cousin Mathilde says so, and she knows everything. He was broke but he married money"
Damn it, can't you understand? Can't you?
"Need not expect to buy me. I have----everything I want"
I went there and made him a proposition. He's a grown man and if he doesn't like it he doesn't have to take it. There's no use blaming me and---"
"Well if you want him to do it, you've got to change the picture of the world inside his head"
"I can change that picture of the world he carries around is his head"
"Those things--those papers you said you had---send them to me"
"Goodness. Yeah, just plain, simple goodness. Well you can't inherit that from anybody. You got to make it, Doc. If you want it. And you got to make it out of badness. Badness"
"Because what folks claim is right is always just a couple of jumps short of what they need to do business"
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