How little it takes to make life unbearable: a pebble in the shoe, a cockroach in the spaghetti, a woman's laugh.
— H. L. Mencken

I'm hostile to men, I'm hostile to women, I'm hostile to cats, to poor cockroaches, I'm afraid of horses.
Norman Mailer cockroaches quote

Cockroaches and socialites are the only things that can stay up all night and eat anything.
— Herb Caen

Songwriting is about getting the demon out of me. It's like being possessed. You try to go to sleep, but the song won't let you. So you have to get up and make it into something, and then you're allowed to sleep. It's always in the middle of the night, or you're half-awake or tired, when your critical faculties are switched off. So letting go is what the whole game is. Every time you try to put your finger on it, it slips away. You turn on the lights and the cockroaches run away. You can never grasp them...
— John Lennon

Long after the bomb falls and you and your good deeds are gone, cockroaches will still be here, prowling the streets like armored cars.
— cockroaches quotation by Tama Janowitz