The Wire, opening quotes

All the Epigraphs or opening quotes from all 5 season. 
Cut right out of the episode with limited context. 

"…when it’s not your turn."
"You cannot lose if you do not play."
"The king stay the king."
"It’s a thin line ‘tween heaven and here"
"…a little slow, a little late."
"…and all the pieces matter."
"A man must have a code."
"Come at the king, you best not miss."
"Maybe we won."
"And then he dropped the bracelets…"
"Dope on the damn table."
"This is me, yo, right here."
"All in the game…"
"Ain’t never gonna be what it was."
"They can chew you up, but they gotta spit you out."
"What they need is a union."
"If I hear music, I’m gonna dance."
"They used to make steel there, no?"
"It don’t matter that some fool say he different…"
"Don’t worry kid. You’re still on the clock."
"How come they don’t fly away?"
"The world is a smaller place now."
"It pays to go with the union card every time."
"I need to get clean."
"Business. Always business."
"Don’t matter how many times you get burnt, you just keep doin’ the same."
"There’s never been a paper bag."
"The Gods will not save you."
"Why you gotta go and fuck with the program?"
"I had such fucking hopes for us."
"Just a gangster, I suppose."
"Conscience do cost."
"Crawl, walk, and then run."
"…while you’re waiting for moments that never come."
"Call it a crisis of leadership."
"We ain’t gotta dream no more, man."
"We fight on that lie."
"Lambs to the slaughter here."
"I still wake up white in a city that ain’t."
"I love the first day, man. Everybody all friendly an’ shit."
"No one wins. One side just loses more slowly."
"If you with us, you with us."
"Don’t try this shit at home."
"Aw yeah. That golden rule."
"We got our thing, but it’s just part of the big thing."
"Might as well dump ‘em, get another."
"World goin’ one way, people another."
"You play in dirt, you get dirty."
"That all there is to it?"
"If animal trapped call 410-844-6286"
"The bigger the lie, the more they believe."
"This ain’t Aruba, bitch."
"They’re dead where it doesn’t count.
"Buyer’s market out there.
"Just ‘cause they’re in the street doesn’t mean that they lack opinions."
"If you have a problem with this, I understand completely."
"They don’t teach it in law school."
"A lie ain’t a side of the story, it’s just a lie."
"Deserve got nuthin’ to do with it."
"…the life of kings"

how you know when you’re finished…

[Interviewer]   “How do you know when you’re finished with a painting?”

[Jackson Pollock]   “How do you know when you’re finished making love?”

Five winters, five winters in New York is plenty, I’d even say it’s four too many…

—Chad Stokes Urmston of State Radio, “Omar Bay,” off of Year of the Crow (2007)

I’ve been waiting to use these lyrics for the past four winters, but here it is, my fifth (and potentially final?) winter in New York…  Perhaps it’s been four too many, perhaps there will be more, it’s difficult to say what the future holds.

I got out of the house and walked along and didn’t know which way to go, my mind kept turning into the several directions that I was thinking of going but my body kept walking straight along Columbus altho I felt the sensation of each of the directions I mentally and and emotionally turned into, amazed at all the possible directions you can take with different motives that come in, like it can make you a different person—I’ve often thought of this since childhood, of suppose instead of going up Columbus as I usually did I’d turn into Filbert would something happen that at the time is insignificant enough but would be like enough to influence my whole life in the end?—What’s in store for me in the direction I don’t take?

Jack Kerouac, The Subterraneans (1958)

(the first time I saw her, at Larry O’Hara’s, in the corner, I remember, I’d put my face close to hers to talk about books, she’d turned her face to me close, it was an ocean of melting things and drowning, I could have swimmed in it, I was afraid of all that richness and looked away.)

Jack Kerouac, The Subterraneans (1958)

…but as we talked this a great electrical current of real understanding passed between us and I could feel the other levels the infinite number of them of every intonation in his speech and mine and the world of meaning in every word—I’d never realized before how much is happening all the time, and people know it—in their eyes they show it, they refuse to show it by any other—I stayed a very long time.

Jack Kerouac, The Subterraneans (1958)