Carla Tate: I love polytechnic school.
Daniel McMann: I love you every minute. I love you more than band music and cookie-making.
Carla Tate: Have you ever done it before?
Daniel McMann: Well, yeah, kind of. You see the guys at work, they chipped in and they found this girl and she had a reputation. There was a lot of kissing and hugging and a lot of rubbing, and I kind of finished before I was supposed to. You have to be a guy to understand that.
Heather: Mother, being gay is not a diagnosis. It's not a disease I'm going to recover from, or a phase I'm going to outgrow.
Elizabeth: I know what being gay is, okay? I give to gay causes. I support gay parades. They even gave me a plaque.
Heather: Yes! So why support them and not me?
Carla Tate: No matter how long I wait I can't be a painter, and I can't play tennis, and I'm not an artist. But I know how to do something, and I can love.
Daniel McMann: Look at the buses, watch 'em.
Carla Tate: Why, what are they gonna do?
Daniel McMann: They pull in, and then they pull out, and they turn, and they back up.
Elizabeth: I also enrolled her in a calligraphy class, an origami class. I even got her into that.
Dr. Johnson: She doesn't want to do those things. They don't interest her. They don't work for her.
Elizabeth: Maybe Carla doesn't know what works for her.
Dr. Johnson: And you do.
Elizabeth: I think so. I'm her mother.
Dr. Johnson: That's why she tried to hitchhike over 200 miles to get back here?
Daniel McMann: I love to drink, Ernie.
Daniel McMann: Yeah, it makes ya feel good. Is that why people drink?
Ernie: Some to be happy, some to forget, some to be brave.
Daniel McMann: Ya know, I feel really brave, Ernie.
Ernie: No, only cowards get brave that way.
Daniel McMann: A-Another reason I got mad is 'cause I didn't want you to think I was dumb.
Carla Tate: I could never think that.