Quotes from the Movie Drugstore Cowboy

Diane was my wife. I loved her, and she loved dope. So we made a good couple.

Bob Hughes

After any kind of drug haul, everyone in the crew indulged. I laughed to myself as I pictured blues and Dilaudid in such great amounts on the spoon that it would literally be overflowing. Upon entering my vein, the drug would start a warm itch that would surge along until the brain consumed it in a gentle explosion. It began in the back of the neck and rose rapidly until I felt such pleasure that the whole world sympathized and took on a soft, lofty appeal. Everything was grand then. Your worst enemy -- he wasn't so bad. The ants in the grass -- they were just, you know, doin' their thing. Everything took on the rosy hue of unlimited success. You could do no wrong, and as long as it lasted, life was beautiful.

Bob Hughes

Most people don't know how they're gonna feel from one moment to the next. But a dope fiend has a pretty good idea. All you gotta do is look at the labels on the little bottles.

Bob Hughes

We played a game you couldn't win... to the utmost.

Bob Hughes

Well, to begin with, nobody, and I mean nobody, can talk a junkie out of using. You can talk to 'em for years but sooner or later they're gonna get ahold of something. Maybe it's not dope. Maybe it's booze, maybe it's glue, maybe it's gasoline. Maybe it's a gunshot to the head. But something. Something to relieve the pressures of their everyday life, like having to tie their shoes.

Bob Hughes

I knew it in my heart. You can buck the system but you can't buck the dark forces that lie hidden beneath the surface. The ones some people call superstitions.

Bob Hughes

The reason nobody mentioned dogs, Rick, is that to mention the dog would have been a hex in itself.

Bob

Heavy, man. You guys been reading too much Mickey Spillane or something?

Bob

Hey what do you think I am, some closet pimp? I've never heard such a violation of women's rights in all my life! [pauses] Just out of curiosity, how many bags of speed would you give me for this girl?

Bob

What do you want? You want my life story? [Gets up] I'm a junkie, I like drugs, I like the whole lifestyle. But it just didn't pay off. You know, you don't see my kind of people. Because my kind of people don't beg dope, they go out and get it.

Bob

Father Murphy? Hey Tom.

Bob

You live here too?

Bob

Lord, it's my dope fiend thief of a son and his crazy little nymphomaniac wife.

Mrs. Hughes

I truly feel pity for you both. You are grown up now! And yet you still act as children, who want to do nothing but run and play. You cannot run and play all your life, Diane!

Mrs. Hughes

Jesus, Bob, you never told us anything about not mentioning dogs.

Rick

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