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If I had my way books would not be written in English, but in an exceedingly difficult secret language that only skilled professional readers and story-tellers could interpret. Then people like you would have to go to public halls and pay good prices to hear the professionals decode and read the books aloud for you. This plan would have the advantage of scaring off all amateur authors, retired politicians, country doctors and I-Married-a-Midget writers who would not have the patience to learn the secret language.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
You're paired with a pro, but it's two different divisions, ... There's a pro division and an amateur division. You're just on the pro's boat.More [04/07/2006 12:04:00]
While the amateur ranks focus so much on the technical aspects (like jumps), the pros don't jump as much and focus more on artistry and entertaining. Therefore, their programs are not geared enough technically to really compete against the amateurs.More [11/16/2006 12:11:00]
Sam: What's in the case?
Deirdre: That's isn't necessary.
Sam: Is it heavy, is it explosive, is it chained to some unlucky bloke's wrist? Are we gonna have to chop it off?
Deirdre: All right. But I am not under any obligation to let you know...
Sam: If not, the price has gotta go up. I'll get you the case, but the price has gotta go up.
Sam: If it's gonna be a amateur night, I want a hundred thousand dollars. I want it upfront. I want it in a bank account. I want another $100,000 when you get the case.
Deirdre: [after a phone conversation with someone] You'll get your money when we get the case.
Sam: The others too.
Deirdre: That is what I understood. We've gotten the word.More [03/05/2007 12:03:00]
“He's a nice guy. He's passed a couple of tests. He has a good amateur background, which is important. He's calm in the ring after fighting so long in the amateurs. He knows he can handle himself in certain situations.”More [10/13/2007 12:10:00]
Pai Mei: Your swordsmanship is amateur at best.More [05/29/2008 12:05:00]
I was 20, I was an amateur from 14 but my first professional role was at 22.More [06/15/2008 12:06:00]
Announcer: After the first month of league play, the shine still isn't off these "diamond" gals. Alice "Skeeter" Gaspers says legging out a triple is no reason to let your nose get shiny - Betty Grable has nothing on these gals. Helen Haley has not only been a member of several championship amateur teams, she is also an accomplished coffee maker.More [07/13/2008 12:07:00]
Sherlock Holmes:
An amateur investigator like myself can't have too many facts of a case to work on.

More [06/16/2016 01:06:42]
Twister McGurk:
[amazed by Moto's martial arts abilities] If you was a pro, I could never get to be world champion.



Kentaro Moto:
You may depend on me retaining my amateur status.

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Philip Marlowe:
He was doubled up on his face in that bag-of-old-clothes position that always means the same thing: he had been killed by an amateur. Or, by somebody who wanted it to look like an amateur job. Nobody else would hit a man that many times with a sap.

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The Prosecutor:
Never, never in the history of jurisprudence have such terrifying deeds been brought to light. Gentlemen of the jury, you have before you a cruel and cynical monster. Look at him!


[all heads turn to face Verdoux, who turns around himself to look behind.]



The Prosecutor:
Observe him, gentlemen. This man, who has brains, if he had decent instincts, could have made an honest living. And yet, he preferred to rob and murder unsuspecting women. In fact, he made a business of it. I do not ask for vengeance, but for the protection of society. For this mass killer, I demand the extreme penalty: that he be put to death on the guillotine. The State rests its case.



Judge:
Monsieur Verdoux, you have been found guilty. Have you anything to say before sentence is passed upon you?



Henri Verdoux:
Oui, monsieur, I have. However remiss the prosecutor has been in complimenting me, he at least admits that I have brains. Thank you, Monsieur, I have. And for thirty-five years I used them honestly. After that, nobody wanted them. So I was forced to go into business for myself. As for being a mass killer, does not the world encourage it? Is it not building weapons of destruction for the sole purpose of mass killing? Has it not blown unsuspecting women and little children to pieces? And done it very scientifically? As a mass killer, I am an amateur by comparison. However, I do not wish to lose my temper, because very shortly, I shall lose my head. Nevertheless, upon leaving this spark of earthly existence, I have this to say: I shall see you all...very soon...very soon.

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Bob Early:
Maybe that's the difference between an amateur and a professional: the professional knows he can only make one mistake

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Ben Hickman:
The difference between an amateur and a professional: a professional figures out a way to cut down the odds before he makes his move.

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Vogel:
Between shooting two men six feet away and hitting a target at 100 feet there's a certain difference. It's the difference between an amateur and a professional. And, despite all appearances, I'm not professional.

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Abe Lefkowitz:
We got nightclub, movies, swimming pool, steam room, massage table, discothèque, bridge, amateur night... and free blood tests every Wednesday.

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Nicole Sims:
Look it, you got your chance. Give me mine. Let me sing.



Bobby Speed:
Are you...!



Nicole Sims:
Just listen to my demo. Don't you remember when you first started? Well everybody got to start somewhere. Why not here?



Bobby Speed:
You honest, lady, don't you understand? This is going on live. There are millions of people listening to my golden tones. I ain't gonna blow it! This ain't amateur night!



Nicole Sims:
Listen, Mr. Big Shot DJ, I ain't no amateur! I've paid my dues. All I'm asking for is a chance.



Bobby Speed:
Lady, please! Hey Bear!



Nicole Sims:
Alright, alright, I'll go, but my mind's made up, and when it's made up, it stays made up!

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Dr. Irving Finegarten:
Come to think of it, why should I give you a vitamin shot? I'm the one with the hangover. B-12, B-Complex, Crude Liver, and a generous jolt of adrenal cortex. Chased by a Bloody Mary. L'chaim! Now Lila, in order to inject this properly I have to expose my gluteus maximus.



Lila:
Want me to do it for ya?



Dr. Irving Finegarten:
Are you perchance a nurse?



Lila:
No, but I used to be a junkie.



Dr. Irving Finegarten:
Would it endanger your amateur standing if I asked you to use a sterilized needle?



Lila:
You're the doctor.



Dr. Irving Finegarten:
Oh, that's the nicest thing anyone's said to me all week.

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Cousin Charlie:
[as Mae West] Why don't you come up and see me some time? How about Wednesday? That's amateur night.

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Crow:
[during a song number] Heck, when they said amateur night they weren't kidding.

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Scott:
Look, a beginner has no right to approach an Open Amateur.



Fran:
Yeah, well an Open Amateur has no right to dance non-Federation steps, but you did, didn't you?



Scott:
But that's different.



Fran:
*How* is it different? You're just like the rest of them! You think you're different, but you're not, because you're just, you're just really scared! You're really scared to give someone new a go, because you think, you know, they might just be better than you are! Well, you're just pathetic, and you're gutless. You're a gutless wonder! Vivir con miedo, es como vivir a medias!

More [06/16/2016 01:06:42]
Olivia 'Livvie' Locke:
[to Rafe, referring to Alison] Oh, she's just throwing another one of her drama queen fits.



Alison:
Oh, please! I'm a drama queen? You're the definition of it.



Olivia 'Livvie' Locke:
Oh, I'm just an amateur compared to you.

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Judith Moore:
[heckling the female singer on amateur night] Oh... oh GOD. You are PAINFUL! I mean, if you're going to go after a dream, pick the right one. I'm sure you're a very nice person, but face the music. Can you even HEAR the music?

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Sam:
What's in the case?



Deirdre:
That isn't necessary.



Sam:
Is it heavy, is it explosive, is it chained to some unlucky bloke's wrist? Are we gonna have to chop it off?



Deirdre:
All right. But I am not under any obligation to let you know...



Sam:
If not, the price has gotta go up. I'll get you the case, but the price has gotta go up. If it's gonna be a amateur night, I want a hundred thousand dollars. I want it upfront. I want it in a bank account. I want another $100,000 when you get the case.



Deirdre:
[after a phone conversation with someone] You'll get your money when we get the case.



Sam:
The others too.



Deirdre:
That is what I understood. We've gotten the word.

More [06/16/2016 01:06:42]
Buaku:
Cut it out! We ain't here to get dressed in antique fancy clothes and sit around on our asses, we're here to get "Innocent" right? So we ain't got any time to waste on amateur theatricals and anyway your lines with are really terrible.

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Max Guevara:
I had to have radical emergency amateur brain surgery to remove a nanochip from my cerebellum before I stroked from a neurochemical overload."

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Ben:
Nothing went wrong with me! I'm doing what I was made to do, what we were taught to do!



Max Guevara:
Hunt people down to perform amateur dental surgery? I must've missed that class.

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Lee Fernandez:
Right now we're working on something that's selling like hotcakes. It's called, "America's Homemade Sex Videos."



Harold Asailian, Jr.:
What's that?



Lee Fernandez:
They're amateur sex movies that are made at home by everyday people on their home video cameras. They're very popular.



Harold Asailian, Jr.:
Didn't you say they were supposed to be made by amateurs... by average people?



Lee Fernandez:
Who'll know the difference? Besides, we're average people, too. It'll look very realistic. Nobody will know the difference.

More [06/16/2016 01:06:42]
[at Victor's grave]



Sarah, Victor's Wife:
After he worked with you he tried to give up his life of crime. He channelled his interests into amateur dramatics. One night he sneaked off to do the safe at Jackson's - you know, the food-processing plant? Two days later, one of the machines was playing up. They reckon he must have fallen into the mincer.



All:
Ugh!



Sarah, Victor's Wife:
By that stage the order's already gone out. They tried to recall them, but all they got back was half-a-dozen pies and a couple of pasties.



Simon Garden:
And is that what's...


[points at the grave]



Sarah, Victor's Wife:
Yes.



Simon Garden:
What a waste.

More [06/16/2016 01:06:42]
I was planning to remain an amateur for a while.More [07/11/2011 07:07:54]
A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.More [07/14/2011 04:07:35]
I maintain that two and two would continue to make four, in spite of the whine of the amateur for three, or the cry of the critic for five.More [07/19/2011 12:07:37]
Before the start of the '76 Olympics, I'd had 160 amateur fights. I won 155 and lost five.More [08/01/2011 09:08:09]
In love as in sport, the amateur status must be strictly maintained.More [08/23/2011 03:08:05]
I was a good amateur but only an average professional. I soon realized that there was a limit to how far I could rise in the music business, so I left the band and enrolled at New York University.More [08/23/2011 04:08:18]
At this period the enthusiasm of the amateur was fast giving way to a more steady commercial instinct, and I let no opportunity slip of improving my position, but I felt that I was still labouring under the disadvantage of not having acquired some technical profession.More [10/14/2011 02:10:01]
That's what amateur skating is about, technical expertise, and it should always stay that way.More [10/18/2011 01:10:38]
Sport must be amateur or it is not sport. Sports played professionally are entertainment.More [10/21/2011 10:10:38]
Even now I want to keep my amateur spirit, to spend my time, to be in the sport with all my heart.More [10/22/2011 03:10:47]
Let me here call attention to one of the most universally popular mistakes that have to do with photography - that of classing supposedly excellent work as professional, and using the term amateur to convey the idea of immature productions and to excuse atrociously poor photographs.More [11/04/2011 03:11:59]
Later in July I'm going to be promoting and putting on a boxing show of amateur fighters from July 21st through the 28th where one hundred kids will be fighting and competing with each other to see who's going to be the best.More [11/13/2011 03:11:40]
There is a great supply of amateur undertakers in show business.More [11/29/2011 01:11:27]
Photography to the amateur is recreation, to the professional it is work, and hard work too, no matter how pleasurable it my be.More [05/24/2012 05:05:56]
I gravitated to Black Sabbath because it represented a form of proletarian folk art. Through the subject matter you get the social focus and strata of the working-class domestic interior that these objects were placed in. This amateur documentation had an aesthetically fugitive quality to it that I liked.More [06/11/2012 01:06:25]
News arrived yesterday after 4:00 p.m. No other amateur boxer shone so much in the history of that sport. He could have achieved another two Olympic titles if it hadn’t been for certain duties that the principles of internationalism imposed on the Revolution.More [06/23/2012 07:06:16]
The Cuban boxer Teofilo Stevenson, one of the leading boxers in the history of amateur boxing, died Monday at the age 60 of a heart attack. The outstanding athlete won the Olympic gold medal three times.More [06/23/2012 07:06:39]
Everybody is volunteers and this is what people sometimes do not realise. Amateur athletics clubs are run by volunteers.More [08/20/2012 03:08:29]
Your performance depends on your people. Select the best, train them and back them. When errors occur, give sharper guidance. If errors persist or if the fit feels wrong, help them move on. The country cannot afford amateur hour in the White House.More [11/10/2012 05:11:04]
I am extremely excited about this opportunity. There is no bigger stage than fighting on HBO. This is what I have dreamt about since I was a young child. I respect Gonzales as a fighter. He had a great amateur pedigree and he has yet to lose as a professional, but he never faced a fighter like me, and come June 29th, he is going to find that out very quickly.More [05/22/2013 07:05:27]
Although my family - parents and sister - all work in the personnel management business, their real passion is performing, amateur operatic societies and so on.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I was a fairly good amateur musician, and I was an average professional. But the one thing I saw was that the big band business was fading.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
It's a complex relationship when your dad happened to be president and you are president and then you have all the amateur psychology that goes on when people try to speculate about motivations.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I'm not supposed to be able to speak clearly, and decipher what's going on in the media. I'm supposed to be the typical amateur who's 22 and scared to death and can't believe he won the Olympics.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
If you decide to design your own language, there are thousands of sort of amateur language designer pitfalls.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I've returned to being an amateur without any ties or strings attached, which gives me a freedom I never had before.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
When I look at a lot of older stuff that I've written, I think one sign of amateur humor writing is when you see people trying too hard.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
The Amateur Marriage grew out of the reflection that of all the opportunities to show differences in character, surely an unhappy marriage must be the richest.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
American politics used to be an amateur sport. But somewhere along the way, we handed over to professionals all the things people used to do for free.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
I'm an amateur science enthusiast. I'm not even a professional enthusiast. I don't know anything I never even passed biology in high school. But I read the science section of the newspaper.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]
Amateurism is the strongest form of discrimination in sports. Because it discriminates against the underprivileged, it discriminates against the poor. If we want sports to go back to the wealthy, let's make it amateur again.More [03/12/2018 02:03:32]

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