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Fish-isms - Greg Germann starred as Richard Fish, the money-hungry senior partner for the Boston law firm of Cash/Fish Associates on the quirky legal drama ALLY MCBEAL/FOX/1997-2002.

Greg Germann as Richard Fish - ALLY MCBEAL

Richard's stated philosophy on the law was:

"Let me tell you something, I didn't become a lawyer because I like the law, the law sucks. It's boring, but it can also be used as a weapon. You want to bankrupt somebody? Cost him everything he's worked for? Make his wife leave him, even make his kids cry...yeah, we can do that."

During his day-to-day conversation Richard drops cute little words of wisdom which he likes to call Fish-isms. The following is a list of some of his thoughts:

  • "After women marry and have kids, they don't want any part of a man's penis. The bigger it is, the more of him she doesn't want, that's all. Fish-ism."
  • "The bigger it is, the more of him she doesn't want, that's all. Fishism."
  • "Everyone is alone. It's just easier to take in a relationship."
  • "For whatever reason, people would never trust me, so I started being unscrupulous on purpose, and that way, I felt in control of people's reactions."
  • "Friction, friction, orgasm. Fishism.
  • "Helping others is never more beneficial than when it's in your own self-interest."
  • "I'm nothing if not redundant! I also repeat myself."
  • "I can't do anything about it, but I'd be happy to sympathize."
  • "I couldn't help but overhear, probably because I was eavesdropping."
  • "I didn't become a lawyer because I like the law. The law sucks. It's boring. But it can also be used as a weapon. You want to bankrupt somebody, cost him everything he's worked for, make his wife leave him, even cause his kids to cry? We can do that."
  • "I don't mind losing, it's high profile losing that is not good."
  • "I plan to have character one day, great character, but if you want to be rich you better get the money before the scruples set in."
  • "If you don't kiss a girl on the first date, you're a gentleman. If you don't kiss her on the second date, you're gay!"
  • "Is that your two cents? I'd be looking for change."
  • "It's not my style to care about others, but what's going on?"
  • "It's not winning, it's winning ugly that matters."
  • "Lend me your shoe, Georgia. If I wanted to sell this, better to have you model this or me? Everything is about presentation, same for restaurants as for shoes. What's inside doesn't count, its how they look. Fish-ism."
  • "Make enough money and everything else will follow. Quote me. That's a Fish-ism."
  • "Men love any woman they want to sleep with. It's the ticket to admission."
  • "Nelle, remember how you hate people talking behind your back? I can't do that while you're in the room."
  • "New firm policy, listen up! Anybody who sues this firm or me, personally, we all drop whatever cases we are working on. We devote all of our intellectual and creative efforts to ruining that person's life. Are we clear? I don't want to stop short with just getting even. Retribution is not strong enough. Ruin, that is the goal. Irreversible, irreparable, irrational ruin! New firm policy!"
  • "Never trust second thoughts. Next thing you know there'll be a third and a fourth...you'll be thinking forever!"
  • The outside world just doesn't get the joke. Fish-ism.
  • "Parenting is nothing if not selfless."
  • "Personal questions don't bother me. I just lie."
  • "Personally, I hate sexual harassment laws. The original force behind them were disgruntled lesbians who felt they were not given the same opportunities - along with ugly women, who were jealous of pretty women who got all the breaks in the work force. My cause to action is simple, women are victims. They need special help. Look, at the evolution of these sexual harassment laws. What we are really saying is women really should qualify under the Federal Disability Act. They are less able. They cannot cope with romance in the office. They cannot contend with having to do a job and have a man smile at them. It is too much. Look where we use to be, first quid pro quo, then hostile environment, and now Seinfeld episodes. Women can't take it; they bruise too easily. The laws are here to protect the weak and most vulnerable in society. She is woman, protect her!"
  • "Piles and piles of money. If I help some along the way great, but mainly I'm in the this for the piles, heaps, the really big piles."
  • "Quiet! Let me ignore you one at a time."
  • "Sex for men: when it's right, it's right; when it's wrong, it's still right."
  • "There's no embarrassing way to earn money."
  • "True love means short refractory time."
  • "You've got to remember, you're not who you are. You're only what other people think of you."
  • "We have an excellent chance to boost our profile and erode the First Amendment in the process. It's not often we get a case where principle coincides with profit, and I'm not about to take time out just because I've breached some trust thing you and I had going!"

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