Author Jack: "I've been carrying a carving knife around with me for three weeks due to irrational fear of being murdered."
"I couldn't sleep at night... a maniac from North London who had boiled the arsenic out of flypapers..." (0:03)
Jack: "I began to tell Claire about... the criminal stare, an ocular condition that instantly identified a madman."
Jack asks literary agent Clair, "What is it Hemingway says, 'What do you need to become a writer? An unhappy childhood.'"
"The stress of it."
Clair: "You're a workaholic." (0:10)
Jack: "You mad bastard." (0:14)
Jack: "Only a highly suspicious paranoid cynic, or someone like me..." (0:25)
Jack: "Okay, don't let this guy psych you out."
By telephone professor (psychiatrist?) Friedkin asks Jack, "A phobia of launderettes?"
"Do you have any clues where the origin of this phobia lies?"
"No, no, Jack, I sympathize with you, but as unpleasant as the experience may have been, it cannot have been traumatic enough to create such a phobia." (0:31)
Dr. Friedkin asks Jack, in a psychotherapy session, "What is your earliest memory?"
Jack: "The only memory I have of my mother is a book she gave me... I'm sick of these irrational fears."
Friedkin: "I once treated a girl who had a phobia of bananas. When this girl came to see me so pleased with herself because she'd been able to overcome her phobia to the extent that she could sit in the same room as a closed banana. It had to stay closed, unzipped, or else she'd go completely psychotic. But the point is, open or closed, she had not made the connection between her phobia and her fear."
"A past trauma... She projected her fear onto the banana, because looking directly at her trauma was too terrifying. It was a projection."
"All fears and neuroses can be traced back to our early childhood."
"It's the primal trauma we are all trying to forget, to bury in our subconscious, but it inevitably finds expression, either in dreams or fears or infantile fantasies."
"Perhaps... somewhere deep in your subconscious you recognized that you, too, are out of order... The primary defense mechanisms you relied on to get you through childhood no longer support you as an adult."
"You need therapy." (0:38)
Jack, referring to a woman, "What does she think I am, a peeping Tom?" (0:52)
Police sergeant: "We've got a nutter." (0:57)
Policeman Tony asks Jack, "Are you drunk sir?" (1:03)
Sangeet tells Jack, "They'll panic. They'll panic. I don't want them to panic."
Jack: "They must have drugged us..."
"We've been abducted by a crazed psychopath..."
"Are you out of your mind?"
Sanjeet: "No, you're paranoid."
Jack: "Lady, there is a time and a place for accusing a man of being paranoid, and this is not... one of them." (1:08)
Jack tells Tony, "You... maniac." (1:13)
Tony tells Jack, "Yeah, all right, thank you very much Sigmund Freud!" (1:21)
Narrator (Jack), referring to Brian the Hedgehog, "He put on weight, painted his face, and started insisting on being addressed as Balthazar the Berserker."
"He'd erased the memory, and his soul was now black."
Brian: "But look in the mirror, you prickly idiot." (1:26)
Jack tells Tony, referring to the hedgehogs, "They were able to go back and start again where they left off, before the trauma of losing their mum." (1:29)
Dr. Friedkin tells Jack his book is "A perfect synthesis of Jungian and Freudian thought. Harold's lost self is recovered, whilst acknowledging the important role that the false self, the defense mechanism played in surviving the terror of abandonment."
"Next book, Harold must address his destructive Oedipal complex and help Brian with his tendencies toward malignant anal hoarding." (1:32)