When I actually watched the show (I stopped sometime before "Johto Journeys"), I thought Ash had one good line: "If anybody's out there, you can come out. And if you're a monster or a ghost, you can stay where you are."
The rest of the time he annoyed me. But, I have to agree that the writing made it seem like there was some kind of split personality thing going on.
"I would rather live crazy than die sane."--Darien Fawkes, "The Invisible Man"
"Five White House staffers in a room. I would like to say to the 1.6 of you who are stoned right now that it's time to share."--Josh Lyman, "The West Wing"