"Human existence is a brutal experience to me...it's a brutal, meaningless experience--an agonizing, meaningless experience with some oases, delight, some charm and peace, but these are just small oases. Overall, it is a brutal, brutal, terrible experience, and so it's what can you do to alleviate the agony of the human condition, the human predicament? That is what interests me the most. ... I have said this before in a facetious way, but it is not so facetious: I am a whiner. I do get a certain amount of solace from whining."

--Woody Allen, in an interview with Rev. Robert E. Lauder in the Catholic magazine Commonweal