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: Back home everyone said I didn't have any talent. They might be saying the same thing over here but it sounds better in French.
: That's... quite a dress you almost have on. Milo Roberts
: Thanks. Jerry Mulligan
: What holds it up? Milo Roberts
: Where is everyone? Milo Roberts
: Here. Jerry Mulligan
: Downstairs? Milo Roberts
: No, here in this room. Jerry Mulligan
: What about that extra girl? Milo Roberts
: That's me.
] Jerry Mulligan
: This is Paris, and I'm an American who lives here. My name is Jerry Mulligan, and I'm an ex G.I. In 1945 when the army told me to find my own job, I stayed on. And I'll tell you why: I'm a painter, and all my life that's all I've ever wanted to do.
: Maybe Paris has a way of making people forget. Jerry Mulligan
: Paris? No. Not this city. It's too real and too beautiful to ever let you forget anything.
: What gets me is, I don't know anything about her. We manage to be together for a few moments and then off she goes. Sometimes we have a wonderful time together and other times it's no fun at all. But I got to be with her.
: Well, uh, with a binding like you've got, people are going to want to know what's in the book.
: [after watching Jerry dismiss a young woman looking at his work
] Do you mind if I have a look, or will you chew my head off too? Jerry Mulligan
: No, you're all right. She's just one of those third year girls who gripe my liver. Milo Roberts
: Third year girls? Jerry Mulligan
: Yeah, you know, American college kids. They come over here to take their third year and lap up a little culture. They give me a swift pain. Milo Roberts
: Why? They're harmless enough. Jerry Mulligan
: They're officious and dull. They're always making profound observations they've overheard.
: Hey, uh, how'd you come by all these worldly possessions? A rich husband or a rich father? Milo Roberts
: Civilization has a natural resistance to improving itself.
: I came to Paris to paint, like Utrillo did, and Rouault did, and Lautrec did. I loved what they've created and I thought that, maybe, something could happen to me too. Well, it happened all right, but Paris is not enough for me anymore, because the more beautiful it is, the more it will hurt without you.
: Why do you always talk about money? Jerry Mulligan
: Because I ain't got any. And when you ain't got any that takes on a curious significance.
: I never touch a guy unless I've known him at least fifteen minutes.