Lester: Hey, Sunny, until you pay me more than 15% of your earnings, I'm only going to take 15% of your shit.
Lester: The Olympics, the NBA, the NFL - all filled up with children who didn't have fathers. You may be a flawed character, but you're building hers. You're the asshole who will put your daughter on the moon.
Lester: In the long run, ambiguity caters to every market. This early in the game, you cannot let a reporter - I mean, if you let him nail you down to just women, you'll be closing the market that hasn't even opened.
Voice of Sevon: Silence has no opposite in noise. It is beyond positive and negative. Silence dissolves all objects. It is not related to any counterpart which belongs to the mind. Silence has nothing to do with mind. It cannot be defined. But it can be felt directly, because it is our nearness. Silence is freedom without restriction or center. It is our wholeness, neither inside nor outside the body. Silence is joyful, not pleasurable. It is not psychological. It is... feeling... without a feeler. Silence needs no intermediary. Sound which comes from silence is music.
Lester: What I'm talkin' about is the groundwork that no new artist wants to do. We're makin' fans, Sunny, who feel like they discovered you. The power of discovery - that is the advantage, man, that no new artist should overlook.
Truck Driver: You've never had to work. What are you worried about? This what happens when you marry the homecoming queen?
Sunny Holiday: No. That's what happens when your mother marries the homecoming king.
Truck Driver: Your mom had good taste.
Sunny Holiday: Yeah. You can be thankful it wasn't expensive taste.
Truck Driver: She got what she wanted.
Sunny Holiday: Here, child support.
[slides his diner check over]
Sunny Holiday: I just wanna have a good time.
Lester: What you got there is a kitten in heat. Two pumps and a shot, and it's wham! A wife, a kid, and a cat that pisses on the fucking bed. And what happens? All the opportunity that was there vanishes in two seconds, man. I don't know about your past, but I'm trying to protect your future.
Lester: If you can't create empathy for yourself, you are nothing. The people want to feel empathy for you.
Voice of Sevon: Observation and perception are two different things. The observing eye is stronger. The perceiving eye is weaker. Remember what's written here. Constantly accustom yourself to this eye focus, and find out the state where your eye focus does not change, no matter what happens. It is essential to see to both sides without moving the eyeballs.
Lester: Look, look, Sunny. It was either this or a juicer, man, okay?
[hands him a blender tied with a bow]
Lester: Now it had nothing to do with your performance, man. The judge were just a little off, okay? Don't take it personally.
Sunny Holiday: [hands him the bow]
Lester: What's this?
Sunny Holiday: 15% Don't take it personally.
Roland: You know, for being named Sunny, you're not that bright.