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Charles (Character)
from A Beautiful Mind (2001)

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A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Nash: In competitive behavior someone always loses.
Charles: Well, my niece knows that, John, and she's about this high.
Nash: See if I derive an equilibrium where prevalence is a non-singular event where nobody loses, can you imagine the effect that would have on conflict scenarios, arm negotiations...
Charles: When did you last eat?
Nash: ...currency exchange?
Charles: When did you last eat? You know, food.
Nash: You have no respect for cognitive reverie, you know that?
Charles: Yes. But pizza - now, pizza I have enormous respect for. And of course beer.
[leaves]
Nash: [throws stuff down and follows] I have respect for beer. I have respect for beer!

Charles: That Isaac Newton fellow was right.
Nash: He was on to something.
Charles: Clever boy.

Charles: So what's your story? You the poor kid that never got to go to Exeter or Andover?
Nash: Despite my privileged upbringing, I'm actually quite well-balanced. I have a chip on both shoulders.

Charles: Nothing's ever for sure, John. That's the only sure thing I do know.

Charles: Her husband was too drunk to know he was too drunk to drive.

[showing Charles one of his window equations]
Nash: This is a group playing touch football. This is a flock of pigeons fighting over bread crumbs. And this is a woman chasing a man who stole her purse.
Charles: John, you watched a mugging. That's weird.

Charles: When's the last time you ate? You know... food.

Charles: It's not my problem and it's not your problem. It's their problem. Your answers are not on that wall. They're out there, where you've been working.

Charles: [offering Nash a flask of whiskey] Listen. If we can't break the ice, how 'bout we drown it?

Charles: The prodigal roommate arrives.

Charles: Is my roommate a dick?

Charles: I arrived last night. Right in time for English Department cocktails. The cock was mine. The tail belonged to a lovely young thing with a passion for D.H. Lawrence.

[John meets Charles' niece]
Nash: She's so small.
Charles: Well, she's young, John. That's how they come.

Charles: Mathematics... mathematics is never going to lead you to higher truth and you know why? Because it's boring!

Charles: Officer, I saw the driver who hit me His name was Johny Walker.