Margot (midnight_birth) wrote in margot_quotes,

Glengarry Glen Ross by David Mamet.


Title: Glengarry Glen Ross.
Author: David Mamet.
Genre: Literature, fiction, plays, humour, business and finance.
Country: U.K.
Language: English.
Publication Date: Written 1983.
Summary: This scalding comedy is abut small-time, cutthroat salesmen trying to grind out a living by pushing plots of land on reluctant buyers in a never-ending struggle for their fair share of the American dream. Mamet writes with brutal power about the tough life of tough characters who cajole, connive, wheedle, and wheel and deal for a piece of the action—where closing a sale can mean a brand new Cadillac but losing one can mean losing it all.

My rating: 7/10.
My Review:

Moss: ...I'll tell you, you got, you know, you got... what did I learn as a kid on Western? Don't sell a guy one car. Sell him five cars over fifteen years.

Moss: Yes. It is. It is simple, and you know what the hard part is?

Aaronow: What?

Moss: Starting up.

Aaronow: What hard part?

Moss: Of doing the thing. The dif... the difference. Between me and Jerry Graff. Going to business for yourself. The hard part is... you know what it is?

Aaronow: What?

Moss: Just the act.

Aaronow: What act?

Moss: To say "I'm going on my own." 'Cause what you do, George, let me tell you what you do: you find yourself in thrall to someone else. And we enslave ourselves. To please. To win some fucking toaster... to... to... and the guy who got there first made up those...

Aaronow: That's right...

Moss: He made up those rules, and we're working for him.

Moss: ...In or out. You tell me, you're out you take the consequences.

Aaronow: I do?

Moss: Yes. (Pause.)

Aaronow: And why is that?

Moss: Because you listened.

Roma: ...When you die you're going to regret the things you don't do. You think you're queer...? I'm going to tell you something: we're all queer. You think that you're a thief? So what? You get befuddled by a middle-class morality...? Get shut of it. Shut it out. You cheated on your wife...? You did it, live with it. (Pause.) You fuck little girls, so be it. There's an absolute morality? May be. And then what? If you think there is, then be that thing. Bad people go to hell? I don't think so. If you think that, act that way. A hell exists on earth? Yes. I won't live in it. That's me. You even take a dump made you feel you'd just slept for twelve hours...?

Lingk: Did I...?

Roma: Yes.

Lingk: I don't know.

Roma: Or a piss...? A great meal fades in reflection. Everything else gains. You know why? 'Cause it's only food. This shit we eat, it keeps us going. But it's only food. The great fucks that you may have had. What do you remember about them?

Lingk: What do I...?

Roma: Yes.

Lingk: Mmmm...

Roma: I don't know. For me, I'm saying, what is it, it's probably not the orgasm. Some broads, forearms on your neck, something her eyes did. There was a sound she made... or, me, lying, in the, I'll tell you: me lying in bed; the next day she brought me café au lait. She gives me a cigarette, my balls feel like concrete. Eh? What I'm saying, what is our life? (Pause. It's looking forward or it's looking back. And that's our life. That's it. Where is the moment? (Pause.) And what is it that we're afraid of? Loss. What else? (Pause.) The bank closes. We get sick, my wife died on a plane, the stock market collapsed... the house burnt down... what of these happen...? None of 'em. We worry anyway. What does this mean? I'm not secure. How can I be secure? (Pause.) Through amassing wealth beyond all measure? No. And what's beyond all measure? That's a sickness. That's a trap. There is no measure. Only greed. How can we act? The right way, we would say, to deal with this: "There is a one-in-a-million chance that so and so will happen... Fuck it, it won't happen to me..." No. We know that's not the right way I think. (Pause.) We say the correct way to deal with this is "There is a one-in-so-and-so chance this will happen... God protect me. I am powerless, let it not happen to me..." But no to that. I say. There's something else. What is it? "If it happens, AS IT MAY for that is not within our powers, I will deal with it, just as I do today with what draws my concern today." I say this is how we must act. I do those things which seem correct to me today. I trust myself. And if security concerns me, I do that which today I think will make me secure. And every day I do that, when that day arrives that I need a reserve, (a) odds are that I have it, and (b) the true reserve that I have is the strength that I have of acting each day without fear. (Pause.) According to the dictates of my mind. (Pause.) Stocks, bonds, objects of art, real estate. Now: what are they? (Pause.) An opportunity. To what? To make money? Perhaps. To lose money? Perhaps. To "indulge" and to "learn" about ourselves? Perhaps. So fucking what? What isn't? They're an opportunity. That's all. They're an event. A guy comes up to you, you make a call, you send in a brochure, it doesn't matter, "There're these properties I'd like for you to see." What does it mean? What you want it to mean. (Pause.) Money? (Pause.) If that's what it signifies to you. Security? (Pause.) Comfort? (Pause.) All it is is THINGS THAT HAPPEN TO YOU. (Pause.) That's all it is. How are they different? (Pause.) Some poor newly married guy gets run down by a cab. Some busboy wins the lottery. (Pause.) All it is, it's a carnival. What's special... what draws us? (Pause.) We're all different. (Pause.) We're not the same. (Pause.) Hmmm. (Pause. Sigh.) It's been a long day. (Pause.) What are you drinking?

Lingk: Gimlet.

Roma: Well, let's have a couple of more. My name is Richard Roma, what's yours?

Roma: ...Were you the guy who broke in?

Aaronow: Was I?

Roma: Yes.

Aaronow: No.

Roma: Then don't sweat it, George, you know why?

Aaronow: No.

Roma: You have nothing to hide.

Aaronow: (Pause.) When I talk to the police, I get nervous.

Roma: Yeah. You know who doesn't?

Aaronow: No, who?

Roma: Thieves.

Aaronow: Why?

Roma: They're inured to it.

Aaronow: You think so?

Roma: Yes. (Pause.)

Aaronow: But what should I tell them?

Roma: The truth, George. Always tell the truth. It's the easiest thing to remember.

Roma: ...I swear... it's not a world of men... it's not a world of men, Machine... it's a world of clock watchers, bureaucrats, officeholders... what it is, it's a fucked-up world... there's no adventure to it.
Tags: 1980s - fiction, 1980s - plays, 20th century - fiction, 20th century - plays, american - fiction, american - plays, business and finance (fiction), fiction, humour (fiction), literature, plays

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