Brighton Beach Memoirs
- Eugene Morris Jerome...It is the second worst name ever given to a male child. The first worst is Haskell Fleischmann...
- If only I was born Italian...All the best Yankees are Italian...My mother makes spaghetti with ketchup, what chance do I have?
- I felt her chest! When she grabbed me, I felt my first chest!
- Attention, ladies and gentlemen! Today's game will be delayed because of my aunt Blanche's headache...
- I love tense moments! Especially when I'm not the one they're all tense about.
- If I had a choice between a tryout with the Yankees and actually seeing her [Nora's] bare breasts for two and a half seconds, I would have some serious thinking to do...
- (On his father) "He was born at the age of forty-two...
- It started out like a murder mystery in Blenheim castle. No one said a word, but everyone looked suspicious...It was so quiet, you could hear Laurie's soup going down her esophagus.
- The tension in the air was so thick, you could cut it with a knife. Which is more than I could say for the liver."
- It's amazing how quickly you recover from misery when someone offers you ice cream.
- How am I going to become a writer if I don't know how to suffer? Actually, I'd give up writing if I could see a naked girl while I was eating ice cream.
- You don't get too far talking to Laurie. Sometimes I think the flutter in her heart is actually in her brain.
- A momentous moment in the life of I, Eugene Morris Jerome. I have seen the Golden Palace of the Himalayas.... Puberty is over. Onwards and upwards!
- If my mother taught logic in high school, this would be some weird country
- It was (he whispers)- cancer! I think they're afraid if they if they said it out loud, G*d would say,"I HEARD THAT! YOU SAID THE DREAD DISEASE! (he points his finger down) JUST FOR THAT, I SMITE YOU WITH IT!"
- Your father will give you plenty of stuff when he gets home!
- Stay on your own side of the street. That's what they have gutters for.
- From your lips to the Irish sweepstakes...
- I never voted before in my life, why should I start with my own family?
- STOP THAT YELLING! I HAVE A CAKE IN THE OVEN!
- This is a family. The world doesn't survive without families...
- You know me. I'm not happy unless I can worry. My family were worriers. Worriers generally marry fainters.
- Pearls are like people. They like to go out and be seen once in a while.
- Do you think you're the only one in this world who has troubles? We all have troubles. We all get our equal share.
- How many beatings from Momma did I get from things that you did? How many dresses did I go without so that you could look like someone when you went out? I was the workhorse and you were the pretty one. You have no right to talk to me like that. No right.
- To me good friends are strangers. But sisters are sisters.
- Dancing is just for a few years. A diploma is forever.
- When have the Jews and the Irish ever fought a war?
- But mostly, you live for your children. Your children keep you going.
- Sure, it hurts, but if you love someone, you forgive them.
- You earn your independence. You don't take it at the expense of others.
- Believe me, there is no leg that's twisted or bent that is more crippling than a human being who thrives of his own misfortunes...
- I am tired of apologizing. After a while it becomes your life's work and it doesn't bring any money into the house.
- I've already buried someone I love. Now it's time to bury someone I hate.
- I'm staring into space. I can't help it if your body interferes.
- I had to chop the ice. I'm all out of breath.
- How'd you like an official American League Baseball in your mouth?
- Let me give you a piece of advice: When you're going through puberty, don't start with anyone in your own house.
- Her breasts were gorgeous. Like two peaches hanging on the the vine waiting to be plucked...Maybe nectarines. Like two nectarines, all soft and pink and shining in the morning sun...
- Every time I get in trouble, I have to tell you what a naked girl looks like?...Do me a favor, Eugene. Go in the bathroom, whack off, and grow up by yourself.
- If you ever write a story about me, call me Hank. I always liked the name Hank.
- Sit down, mom, because I don't want you fainting on the floor.
- I'm going to be in a Broadway show!
- Then I found his coat in Mom's closet and I put my hand in the pocket. And everything was gone. It was emptied and dry-cleaned and it felt cold...And that's when I knew he was really dead.
- At his funeral i'll put on a pointy hat and blow a horn, the bastard!
- If you're Jewish, you've got a cousin suffering somewhere in the world.
- What God gives us to deal with, we deal with.
- Me? Attractive? You really must think I'm dying, don't you?
- Kate: How many times have I told you not to leave your things around the house?
- Eugene: A hundred and nine.
- Kate: What?
- Eugene: You said yesterday, I told you a hundred and nine times not to leave your things around the house.
- Kate: What would you tell your father if he came home and I was dead on the kitchen floor?
- Eugene: I'd say, Don't go in the kitchen, Pa!
- Laurie: Who were the Cossacks?
- Kate: Same filthy bunch as live across the street.
- Laurie: You mean the Murphys?
- Kate: All of them.
- Laurie: The Murphys are Russian?
- Laurie: How can you be in a Broadway show? Don't you have to sing and act?
- Nora: I can sing.
- Laurie: No you can't.
- Nora: A little.
- Laurie: No, you can't.
- Nora: I can carry a tune.
- Laurie: No, you can't.
- Nora:...Algebra and English isn't going to help me on the stage.
- Laurie: Arent?
- Kate: And get a quarter pound of butter.
- Eugene: I bought a quarter pound of butter this morning. Why don't you buy a half pound at a time?
- Kate: And suppose the house burned down this afternoon? Why do I need an extra quarter pound of butter?
- Eugene: If my mother taught logic in high school, this would be some weird country.
- Eugene: Fired? You mean for good?
- Stan: You don't get fired temporarily. It's a lifetime firing
- Eugene: (choking) Ma, I think I have a bone in my throat.
- Kate: There are no bones in liver!
- Jack: Only a four-year college education is equal to a four-year college education.
- Stanley: I don't think Abraham Lincoln went to college.
- Kate: You sit there and finish your liver.
- Eugene: I can't swallow it. It won't go down. Remember the Lima Bean catastrophe last month? Does anyone want to see a repeat of that disgusting episode?
- Jack: Why does he always talk like it's a Sherlock Holmes story?
- Kate: Eat half of it.
- Eugene: Which half? They're both terrible.
- Kate: A quarter of it. Two bites.
- Eugene: One bite.
- Kate: Two bites.
- Eugene: I know you. If I eat one bite, you'll make me eat another bite...I'll take it to my room. I'll eat it tonight. I need time to chew it.
- Jack: My father always used to say, "Throw your problems out to sea and the answers will wash back up on shore."
- Nora: Did they?
- Jack: Not in Brighton Beach. Orange peels and watermelon pits washed up. That's why it's good to take someone who knows how to give advice.
- Stanley: It's puberty.
- Eugene: It's what?
- Stanley': Puberty. You never heard that word before? You don't read books?
- Eugene: Yeah, The Citadel by A.J. Cronin. He never mentioned puberty.
- Eugene: What's wrong with being in love with your own cousin?
- Stanley: Because it's against the laws of nature. If she was your stepsister, it would be dirty, but it would be okay. But you can't love your own cousin.
- Stanley: How horny can you get?
- Eugene: I don't know. What's the highest score?
- Eugene: I'm not playing. I'm writing.<
- Kate: Well, do it quietly.
- Blanche: I was never concerned about your leaving me. It was your future I was worried about.
- Nora: It was my future. Why couldn't I have something to say about it?