- "When I saw Elly get shortchanged because of her gender, I thanked whatever god or gods might exist that I was born male and didn't have to deal with that."
- "Deep down, I believe that women were put on this Earth for the sole purpose of serving me and they don't like that, they're crazy, evil and selfish."
- "If a person bothers me, it's okay if they suffer things that I would not tolerate if they were done to me."
- "I am totally exempt from the rules that everyone else must obey."
The reason that Phil does not own up to the hatefulness, bitterness and selfishness in his heart is quite simple: he cannot and will not admit that he's loaded with malice and entitlement. This need to assume himself to be untainted leads him to want to shrug off any sort of implication that he has things to apologize for. His trying to shout Elly down or turn the argument against her tells us that he's comfortable in his denial. His panicky squealing about the castration and ruin implicit in growing the Hell up, paying his taxes and dying like the rest of the human race tells us why he does so: he fears an impossible act of restitution in which he is forced to grovel for forgiveness that isn't forthcoming. The petulant, irrational and immature means by which he expresses his fear of Elly's vengeance tells us that he created this straw older sister the first time someone used the scary phrase "you reap what you sow" in his presence. Were he to finally grow up, he'd be left with an impossibility: how to make up for fifty five years of his life lost fighting a monster made of his own fear that he's a jerk.