Caroline: Adam, do you like life?
Adam: [chuckles] Well, I wouldn't like to live forever. But um, for a little while, yes, but... yes, I like it.
Caroline: But living here? You wouldn't rather be somewhere else, New York, London?
Caroline: Why not?
Adam: Because you have to care about - or at least pretend to care about everything: politics, fashion, culture. It's just exhausting.
Caroline: What I wouldn't give to see some new painters, a new play, go to the opera... Yes, I know. "To Moscow, Olga."
Young Adam: I've decided to change my life. I have to be, you know, more independent. Like other people.
Deirdre Rothemund: [rushes over to him] I don't want you to be like other people; to change.
Young Adam: [calling out] Victor. Victor! Victor, come on!
[slips in the mud]
Young Adam: Ooph! Bad dog.
Caroline: Sometimes it's good to fail. To try but to fail. There's nothing ignoble in that.
Omar Razaghi: I promise to write nothing you don't want me to write.
Caroline: Point is I want you to write nothing.
Omar Razaghi: If you could just give me one reason.
Caroline: I don't have a reason. As anyone will tell you, I am an unreasonable person.
Deirdre Rothemund: I think I'm wasting your time.
Caroline: Time is not a very precious commodity around here.
Omar Razaghi: I believe literature takes its life from us, not the other way around.
Omar Razaghi: [teaching his literature class] What happens to me happens because I am I. Hardy's characters are caught in situations that are impossible to get out of. But are they impossible? Suppose a character decides that he can do something about his fate. What then?
Deirdre's Escort: [attending Omar's concert] So who was that?
Deirdre Rothemund: Someone I met once, in Uruguay, of all places, three years ago.
Deirdre's Escort: What were you doing in Uruguay?
Deirdre Rothemund: I was sent for. A friend needed me. Did you know that a bee sting can be fatal?
Deirdre's Escort: Was it fatal? Did he die?
Deirdre Rothemund: [chuckles] No. He recovered. But it had a profound psychological effect.