You will be missed by many, Mr. Newman.
And by the way, you can drive as fast
as you want to up there.
But you probably already know that.
You know, so much of the time we're just lost. We say, "Please, God,
tell us what is right; tell us what is true." And there is no justice:
the rich win, the poor are powerless. We become tired of hearing people
lie. And after a time, we become dead, a little dead. We think of
ourselves as victims, and we become victims. We become, we become
weak. We doubt ourselves, we doubt our beliefs. We doubt our
institutions. And we doubt the law. But today you are the law. You ARE
the law. Not some book, not the lawyers, not a marble statue, or the
trappings of the court. See those are just symbols of our desire
to be just. They are, they are in fact a prayer: a fervent and a
frightened prayer. In my religion, they say "Act as if ye had faith,
and faith will be given to you." IF, if we are to have faith in justice,
we need only to believe in ourselves. And ACT with justice.
See, I believe there is justice in our hearts.
— The Verdict (1982)
I'm ashamed, Big Daddy. That's why I'm a drunk.
When I'm drunk, I can stand myself.
— Cat On a Hot Tin Roof (1958)