Words of wisdom from Anthony Pellicano

We know you all rely on FishBowlLA to inform you what’s in the LA Times each day, but what to do on the weekends when this intrepid blog doesn’t publish? Usually we’d say “nothing that matters happens on the weekends.” But we’ll make a special exception because yesterday… Anthony Pellicano spoke!

While this article didn’t shed much light on the case, except that the “defiant” private dick denies all charges, we did learn some interesting life lessons. Kind of like “Peaceful Warrior” if Nick Nolte played a sleazy (allegedly! don’t sue me!) Hollywood p.i. instead of a gas station attendant…

-Anthony Pellicano on masculinity: “I am never going to besmirch a client or any other person that I gave my trust to or who gave their trust to me. I’m never going to do that. I am going to be a man until I fall — if, in fact, that happens.”

-Anthony Pellicano on making friends and influencing people: “Anybody knows that there is no way in the world that I am going to tell somebody to put a flower and a fish on somebody’s car with a sign that says ‘Stop.’ C’mon,” Pellicano said. “You know the kind of guy I am. If I got a problem with you, I’m in your face.”

-Anthony Pellicano on legal ethics: “There is no way in the world that any lawyer who has got any brains is going to hire somebody to do something illegal.” (Q.E.D., yes?)

-Anthony Pellicano on national security: “Chasing terrorists is what the FBI is supposed to be doing. I’ve got to tell you, if instead of keeping me behind bars here, they gave me the job of finding Osama bin Laden, I guarantee you I would find him.”

-Anthony Pellicano on rehabilitation: “”What I tell these kids, I say, ‘These are mistakes that you made. Now be a man. Just do your time and shut up.’ You got to pay for your sins. That’s the way it works in this life. You always pay for your mistakes, no matter what you’ve done, little or big, grand or minute, you’re going to pay for your sins, one way or another. But to the extent that these young guys are paying, it is outrageous.”