“I’m a hard worker. I set high goals, and I’ve been told that I’m persistent. Now, I’m not fooling myself, sir. Having been raised with the self esteem movement so popular in schools, I used to expect my needs to be considered. But I know that these days, our culture no long caters to the job loyalty that could be promised to earlier generations. What I believe, sir, is that good things come to those who work their asses off. And that people such as yourself, who reached the top of the mountain didn’t just fall there. My motto is: if you want to win the lottery, you have to make the money to buy the ticket.”

-Louis Bloom, “Nightcrawler”