– Valentin, I’m so tired. I’m tired of suffering.

– You’re not the only one they’ve hurt.

– You don’t know. I hurt so much inside.

– Where does it hurt you?

– In my neck and shoulders.

– Why does the sadness always jam up in the same spot?

(William Hurt and Raul Julia in “Kiss of the Spider Woman” by Hector Babenco, 1985)


I’m just what I am, that’s all

– Pop, I am a dime a dozen and so are you.

– I am not a dime a dozen! I am Willy Loman and you are Biff Loman!

– I am not the leader of men, Willy! And neither are you! You were never anything but a hard-working drummer who landed in the ashcan like all the rest of them. I am one dollar an hour, Willy! I am not bringing home any prizes anymore, and you’re gonna stop waiting for me!

– You vengeful, spiteful mutt!

– Yeah, Pop! Pop, I’m nothing. I’m nothing, Pop. Can’t you understand that? There’s no spite in it anymore. I’m just what I am, that’s all.

(John Malkovich and Dustin Hoffman in “Death of a Salesman” -an Arthur Miller play by Volker Schlöndorff , 1985)