Al Goddard: You can rob Fort Knox and live, but steal a dime and kill a post office man, and they'll spend a million and a lifetime lookin' for you.
Maury Ahearn: And remember one thing, Al. The biggest thing on your side isn't a pair of brass knuckles. It's time and men and patience.
Al Goddard: [Dryly] Thanks, and now do you mind if I find out who killed Harry Gruber?
Maury Ahearn: No. No, I'm sure you will, Al, because you're a good cop. But that's about all you are.
Al Goddard: You don't think very much of me, do you?
Sister Augustine: I think of everything, Mr. Goddard, but I feel sorry for you. I don't think you have a heart.
Al Goddard: Call it muscle. That's the way it is for a cop.
Sister Augustine: I don't believe you.
Al Goddard: When a cop dies, they don't listen to his heart fade. It's a charley horse in the chest.
Earl Boettiger: Anybody ever tell you about murder? It's against the law.
Joe Regas: You're gonna take this Maxie's word? If somebody gave him a Bible to swear on, he'd steal it.
Dodie: You afraid of me, Al?
Al Goddard: Doesn't Earl ever get jealous?
Dodie: He understands. You can put strings on good women or bad women. But you can't do anything about lazy ones.
Al Goddard: You can beat 'em.
Dodie: They stay about the same. You can't make 'em do the right thing, or the wrong thing. They're lazy. They do the *easy* thing.
[nestles close for a kiss, then promptly springs up from Al's lap when Earl's voice is heard in hallway. Brightly]
Dodie: Saved by the bell!
Al Goddard: That... is the story of my life.