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: It doesn't make sense. I mean what happened. It had nothing to do with the Clutters. They never hurt me. They just happened to be there. I thought Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman... I thought so right up to the time I cut his throat.
: [his last words
] I'd like to apologize, but... who to?
: It's true! Really true! We're on our way and never coming back. Never! And no regrets. Dick
: For you. You're leaving nothing. What about my old man... and my mother? They'll still be there when my checks start bouncing. Perry
: It's nice the way you think about your folks. Dick
: Yeah! I'm a real thoughtful bastard.
: When you hit the end of the rope... your muscles lose control. I'm afraid I'll mess myself. Prison Guard
: It's nothing to be ashamed of. They all do it.
: Did you ever hang any paper? Perry
: I couldn't cash a check, even if it was good!
: I despise people who can't control themselves.
: Do you have any aspirin? They took my aspirin away. Alvin Dewey
: Fellin' bad? Perry
: My legs do.
: Did you see those guys? They coulda robbed us! Perry
: What of?
: That was stupid - stealin' a lousy pack of razor blades! To prove what? Dick
: It's the national pastime, baby, stealin' and cheatin'. If they ever count every cheatin' wife and tax chiseler, the whole country would be behind prison walls.
: Next move... Mexico. Once we beat it out of the country. Perry
: On what? $43 and a smile and bullshit.
[First use of the word 'bullshit' in a Hollywood film
: You guessed it, chief. It's the smile that does it. Like it says in the commercials, the family that sticks together lives forever.
: [to himself, looking in a bathroom mirror
] Stick 'em up! Perry
: Hey, buddy! Perry
: [realizing he's being watched
] How long you been standin' there? Dick
: Long enough to catch your late late show.
: [quoting his father
] Look at me boy! Take a good look! Cause I'm the last living thing you're ever gonna see!
: I thought that Mr. Clutter was a very nice gentleman. I thought so right up to the moment that I cut his throat.
: Perry, I know what 'exacerbate' means. Perry Smith
: Okay... well... Truman Capote
: There is not a word or a sentence or a concept that you can illuminate for me.
: [of Hickok
] He's naturally mendacious. Not to be trusted. If he had a hundred dollars he'd steal a stick of chewing gum.
: ...I am not a character. I'm a human-fucking-being.
: What is punishment? Being in jail isn't punishment, if you didn't like it on the outside. And neither is death, if it was painful to live.