Storey Emmenthal: [his luck-charm phrase] Ear, chin, time one, time two, prick, foot, hand... and God.
Philip Emmenthal: Looking at my father's prick; I think that's what got me to study engineering... Watching his Eiffel Tower, his Empire State building, perhaps it's what made me a good engineer. The penis, if you think about it, is the greatest engineering feature imaginable... Hydraulics, compression, propulsion, heat sensibility... It has practically EVERY engineering characteristic. Towers, low bridges, rocket ships... there's no man-made engineering structure to match it. My father's anatomy instructed my career.
Philip Emmenthal: I never go to the cinema. I can't stand sitting in the dark with strangers, all of us obliged to share the same emotional experiences... it's too intimate. I like to be emotional in private.
Palmira: You can say with safety that nowadays women have finally acknowledged their position of not liking men. We could say now that women don't like men. They can acknowledge that they prefer the company of their own kind. I think we can also say generally that most men do not like other men. Most men prefer to like women. So women are the most liked by the most people. Men love women, women love children, and children love hamsters. A one-way slide. There is little going back the other way. Can hamsters love children? I leave you to deduce the rest.
Philip Emmenthal: Then she says: "How do you want to do it? From the front? Or from behind?" And I say: "A little from the front, and a lot from behind." "Do you want to do it in the garden or by the pool? Or do you want me to lie in the grass?" she says. I say: "Yes." "Or do you want me perhaps to stand?" she says. "Yes," I say. "Or do you want me to sit with my heels in the air?" "Yes," I say. "Yes to what?" she says. "Yes to every thing," I say. "Then I will," she says. And she does, just like that. My God!
Storey Emmenthal: Don't earthquakes make you feel very excited indeed?
Philip Emmenthal: No... emphatically, no.
Storey Emmenthal: It's the ultimate chance event! In this country, you know they are coming, but nobody - absolutely nobody - no expert, no geologist, no public relations man, no politician knows when. No predictions. No given advantages. Amazing. Besides, what about mother?
Beryl: I have one important responsibility I cannot relinquish... I have a pig...
Philip Emmenthal: A pig?
Beryl: Horses and pigs always gets along... they are intelligent animals and likes one another's company.
Philip Emmenthal: Can you... can you ride a pig?
Beryl: Hortense is far too dignified to be ridden. However, Hortense and I have a relationship, which you might find unusual, beyond mere affection. I have no intentions of breaking this relationship. Neither does Hortense.
Philip Emmenthal: Well... as long as I don't get too jealous and you both take a bath after that, I can't say that it'd be any difficult.
Philip Emmenthal: You aren't... gay, are you?
Storey Emmenthal: No... well, I love my own cock well enough, but I've never had enough enthusiasm for anyone else's.
[referring to the house]
Storey Emmenthal: I thought you had this re-decorated?
Philip Emmenthal: It was your mother's idea... but don't change the subject. How come you haven't got plans to marry?
Storey Emmenthal: Perhaps because I'm much in love with my prick to share it permanently. And that's probably your fault.
Philip Emmenthal: My fault?
Storey Emmenthal: Since I was eight years old, you put that big mirror on my wardrobe's door; and I wanted to be double jointed so I could kiss my cock goodnight before I went to sleep.
Philip Emmenthal: All this narcissism is rather boring, isn't it? Find yourself a woman. Get someone else to kiss your cock for you.
Storey Emmenthal: Let's go to a hotel.
Philip Emmenthal: No... it's to far away from her and she might want me...
Storey Emmenthal: How is that possible?
Philip Emmenthal: I might want her... you've never slept with a corpse, I take it.
Philip Emmenthal: I'd like to get you on a slow boat to China...
Storey Emmenthal: I love Latin. The grammar, the difficult tenses, the history... but for some reason I was very bad at it, shamefully and blushingly bad at it. In moments of stress the embarrassment of how bad I was at Latin, a subject I loved, really hit me. It was like being laughed at by someone you desperately loved.
Philip Emmenthal: When I was young I hated my body because it was so thin... now I try not to look at it too much because it's so old. There perhaps might have been just six months when I felt comfortable with it; when I discovered alcohol for the first time and learnt to drive and was fattening out and had just met your mother.
Philip Emmenthal: You have no right to be jealous of a woman who wants to be more of a woman by watching a man dressed up as a woman.
Philip Emmenthal: Imagine a world where nothing is stable. In the West, we have three moving elements: Air, Fire, Water... but at least we can depend on the fourth.
Philip Emmenthal: [reacting to the death of Mio] It's like Shelley. Like Werther. Like a Japanese Ophelia. Like a beautiful Oriental Lady in the Lake.
Storey Emmenthal: I'm thinking of making a film... about all this: our experiences.
Philip Emmenthal: Why make a film when you can live it? Most films are about people longing for something that they haven't got, and what they haven't got is sex and happiness... and we've got both. Or at least... I have.