Forrester: Writers write things to give readers something to read.
Jamal: "The rest of those who have gone before us cannot steady the unrest of those to follow." You wrote that in your book.
Jamal: We've been talking about your book at school.
Forrester: People have been talking about it for years. They just haven't been saying anything.
Jamal: I think I got it down, though. I figure you were writing about how life never works out.
Forrester: Really? You had to read a book to figure that out?
Jamal: I ain't seen nothing change.
Forrester: You ain't seen nothing? What the hell kind of sentence is that?
Jamal: Be sure to write.
Forrester: Let me ask you a question... those two foul shots at the end of the game... did you miss them, or did you miss them?
Jamal: Not exactly a soup question, now is it?
Jamal: Women will sleep with you if you write a book?
Forrester: Women will sleep with you if you write a bad book.
Forrester: No thinking - that comes later. You must write your first draft with your heart. You rewrite with your head. The first key to writing is... to write, not to think.
Jamal: I'll take poor assumptions for $800, Alex.
Forrester: Punch the keys, for God's sake.
Jamal: Did you ever enter a writin' contest?
Forrester: Yeah, once.
Jamal: Did you win?
Forrester: Well of course I won.
Jamal: You win like money or somethin'?
Jamal: Well, whadchu win?
Forrester: The Pulitzer.
Forrester: In some cultures it's good luck to be wearing something inside-out.
Jamal: And you believe that?
Forrester: No, but it's like praying: what do you risk?
Jamal: I was wondering if I could bring you more of my stuff. Or maybe I could write something else.
Forrester: How about 5,000 words on why you should stay the fuck out of my house.
Forrester: You're the man now, dog.