Ray Stoller
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Ray Stoller (Character)
from Breaking Away (1979)

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Breaking Away (1979)
Dad: God-damned see-thru coffee!
Mom: He was very sickly until he started riding around on that bicycle.
Dad: Yeah... well... now his body's fine, but his mind is gone.

Dad: He's never tired. He's never miserable.
Mom: He's young.
Dad: When I was young I was tired and miserable.

Dave: Buon giorno, papa!
Dad: I'm not "papa." I'm your god-damned father.

Mom: What's the matter?
Dad: He's shavin'.
Mom: Well... so what?
Dad: ...his legs.

Dad: What are we gonna do about him?
Mom: I don't know dear. We could always strangle him while he's asleep.

Dad: What is this?
Mom: It's sauteed zucchini.
Dad: It's I-ty food. I don't want no I-ty food.
Mom: It's not. I got it at the A&P. It's like... squash.
Dad: I know I-ty food when I hear it! It's all them "eenie" foods... zucchini... and linguine... and fettuccine. I want some American food, dammit! I want French Fries!
Mom: [to the cat] Oh, get off the table, Fellini!
Dad: Hey, that's *my* cat! His name's Jake, not Fellini! I won't have any "eenie" in this house!
[to the cat]
Dad: Your name's Jake, you understand?

Dave: Pop, can I have this Saturday off?
Dad: Hell no!
Dave: Eh, just this once, Pop. The Italians are coming Saturday.
Dad: I don't care if the second coming's coming!

Dad: No, I don't feel lucky to be alive! I feel lucky I'm not dead. There's a difference.

Dad: What's the matter? What are you cryin' for? I think you lost your wallet or something. I didn't want you to be this miserable. A little bit's all I asked for.

Dad: I was proud of my work. And the buildings went up. When they were finished the damnedest thing happened. It was like the buildings were too good for us. Nobody told us that. It just felt uncomfortable, that's all.

Dad: You guys still go swimmin' in the quarries?
Dave: Sure.
Dad: So, the only thing you got to show for my 20 years of work is the holes we left behind?

Dad: If you eat so much, Moocher, how come you're so damned small?
Moocher: Oh... It's my metabolism. I eat 3 times a day and my metabolism eats 5 times a day.

Dave: You mean we might be a father?
Dad: No. I might be a father. And your mom might be a mother. And YOU might be a brother. See, that way I keep it all in the family.
Moocher: Wow! Hey, I didn't think people your age...
Dad: The next word may be your last, kid!

Dad: I dreamed all last night, that everyone I ever sold a car to came back for a refund. And there you were, handing out the checks! One for you, and one for you...

Dad: Refund? Refund? Are you crazy! Refund? Refund? Refund?

Dave: Everybody cheats. I just didn't know.
Dad: Well, now you know.

Dave: Italianos - like the nightingales they sing. Like the eagles they fly!
Dad: Speakin' of flies, eh, you brought a helluva lot of flies in with you.
Dave: Did you know that fly in Italian is 'mosca'?
Dad: Did you know in English it's 'pest'?

Dad: You know, them college boys ain't so smart. I sold one of my worst cars to one of 'em today. They ain't too smart.

Mom: Well, you could use some help. What if you gave him a job?
Dad: I don't want him sellin' used cars!
Mom: Why not? It's good enough for you.
Dad: Who says its good enough for me?
Mom: You do.
Dad: Damn right, it's good enough for me. But, I don't need any help. And he'd ruin me if I hired him. A weirdo kid like that. Jeez.

Dad: How you feelin'?
Dave: Tired, Pop.
Dad: Exhausted.
Dave: Yeah.
Dad: Good. Get used to it. From now on its gonna be more of the same. Let's go home.

Dave: Hell, I don't want to go to college Dad. To hell with them. I'm proud of being a cutter.
Dad: You're not a cutter. I'm a cutter.

Dad: [after Dave has taken his college entrance exam] What? Are you afraid?
Dave: Yeah, a little bit. And then there's the rest of the guys.
Dad: Well, you took the exam. Did all right, didn't you?
Dave: Yes.
Dad: Well, that's - that's good.

Dad: [Last lines] Hi ya, big shot!
Dave: Bon jour, Papa!