‘Oh, come on, at your age the glass is …

‘Oh, come on, at your age the glass is half full.’
‘No, it’s at your stage that the glass is half full. At my age we don’t want half a glass, full or empty. In fact we don’t want a glass, end of. We want a tankard and we want it overflowing. We are the have-everything generation, remember.’
‘No, we’re the have-everything generation.’
‘Well we’re the pissed generation then.’

The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson

‘I suspect you’re thinking of Pascal,…

‘I suspect you’re thinking of Pascal,’ Finkler said, finally. ‘Only he said the opposite. He said you might as well wager on God because that way, even if He doesn’t exist, you’ve nothing to lose. Whereas if you wager against God and He does exist…’

‘You’re in the shit.’

‘I wish I’d said that.’

‘You will, Finkler.’

The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson