A Brooklyn smoke shop is the center of neighborhood activity, and the stories of its customers.

Auggie Wren: If you can't share your secrets with your friends then what kind of friend are you?
Paul Benjamin: Exactly... life just wouldn't be worth living.
OTB Man #1, Tommy: Look, I'm telling you, there's gonna be another war. I mean, those slobs in the Pentagon are gonna be out of job unless they find a new enemy. They got this Saddam character now, and they're going to hit him with all they've got. Mark my words.
Paul Benjamin: Slow down, huh?
Auggie Wren: That's what I recommend. You know how it is. Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow. Time creeps in its petty pace.
Auggie Wren: If it happens it happens. If it doesn't it doesn't. You understand what I'm sayin'? You never know what's gonna happen next. And the moment you think you do, that's the moment you don't know a goddamn thing. This is what we call a paradox. Are ya following me?
Jimmy Rose: Yeah, I follow ya Auggie. Um, when you don't know nuthin' it's like paradise. I know what that is. That's after you're dead, and you go up to heaven and you sit with the angels.
Ruby McNutt: You didn't write to me for over a year. What was I supposed to think?
Auggie Wren: Yeah well, I lost my pen. By the time I got a new one, I was clean outa paper.
Vinnie: Last thing I heard, it's still illegal to sell Cuban cigars in this country.
Auggie Wren: It's the law that's buying. That's the beautiful thing about it. I mean, when's the last time you heard of a judge sending himself to jail?
Paul Benjamin: If you're gonna die, what's more important, and good book or a good smoke? So he smoked his book.
Auggie Wren: The boys and me were just having a philosophical discussion about women and cigars.
Paul Benjamin: Well I suppose that all goes back to Queen Elizabeth.
Auggie Wren: The Queen of England?
Paul Benjamin: Not Elizabeth the Second, Elizabeth the First. Did you ever hear of Sir Walter Raleigh?
OTB Man #1, Tommy: Sure. He's the guy who threw his cloak down over the puddle.
OTB Man #2, Jerry: I used to smoke Raleigh cigarettes. They came with a free gift coupon in every pack.
Paul Benjamin: That's the man. Well, Raleigh was the person who introduced tobacco in England, and since he was a favorite of the Queen's - Queen Bess, he used to call her - smoking caught on as a fashion at court. I'm sure Old Bess must have shared a stogie or two with Sir Walter. Once, he made a bet with her that he could measure the weight of smoke.
OTB Man #3, Dennis: You mean, weigh smoke?
Paul Benjamin: Exactly. Weigh smoke.
OTB Man #1, Tommy: You can't do that. It's like weighing air.
Paul Benjamin: I admit it's strange. Almost like weighing someone's soul. But Sir Walter was a clever guy. First, he took an unsmoked cigar and put it on a balance and weighed it. Then he lit up and smoked the cigar, carefully tapping the ashes into the balance pan. When he was finished, he put the butt into the pan along with the ashes and weighed what was there. Then he subtracted that number from the original weight of the unsmoked cigar. The difference was the weight of the smoke.
OTB Man #1, Tommy: Not bad. That's the kind of guy we need to take over the Mets.
Paul Benjamin: Oh, he was smart, all right. But not so smart that he didn't wind up having his head chopped off twenty years later. But that's another story.
Cyrus Cole: [telling about his hook hand] Twelve years ago God looked down on me, and He said Cyrus, you're a bad, stupid, selfish man. First I'm gonna fill your body with spirits. Then I'm gonna put you behind the wheel of a car. Then I'm gonna have you crash that car, killing the woman that loves you. But you Cyrus, I'm gonna let you live, because livin's a lot worse than dyin' kid.
[last lines]
Paul Benjamin: Bullshit is a real talent Auggie. To make up a good story you have to know how to push all the right buttons. I'd say you were up there with all the masters.
Auggie Wren: What do you mean?
Paul Benjamin: I mean um,
Paul Benjamin: it's a good story.
Auggie Wren: Shit, if you can't share your secrets with your friends, then what kind of friend are ya?
Paul Benjamin: Exactly. Life just wouldn't be worth living, would it?
Thomas 'Rashid' Cole: If I'm getting on your nerves, you might want to think about hiring me.
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OTB Man #1, Tommy: I'm gonna tell you why they aren't going anywhere.
OTB Man #3, Dennis: Why aren't they going anywhere?
OTB Man #1, Tommy: Management.
OTB Man #3, Dennis: Aw jeez.
OTB Man #1, Tommy: Those guys are walkin' around with the head up their asses.
OTB Man #3, Dennis: Right, yeah. Well ya know, they made some good trades too ya know. Carter and Manis. Without them two there never woulda been a World Series.

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