My 10 Favorite Fiction Quotes / Dialogue

  • Mr. Antolini: The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.
  • Laurie: Is that what you are? The most powerful thing in the universe and you're just a puppet following a script?
    Dr. Manhattan: We are all puppets Laurie, I'm just a puppet who can see the strings.
  • Olhado: We know you now. That makes all the difference, doesn't it? Even Quim doesn't hate you now. when you really know somebody, you can't hate them.
    Ender: Or maybe it's just that you can't really know them until you stop hating them.
    Olhado: Is that a circular paradox? Dom Cristao says that most truth can only be expressed in circular paradoxes.
    Ender:  I don't think it has anything to do with truth, Olhado. It's just cause and effect. We can never sort them out. Science refuses to admit any cause except the first cause - knock down one domino, the next to it falls. But when it comes to human beings, the only type of cause that matters is final cause, the purpose. What a person had in mind. Once you understand what people really want, you can't hate them anymore. You can fear them, but you can't hate them, because you can always find the same desires in your own heart.

  • Jules: But I'm trying Ringo, I'm trying real hard to be the shepherd.

  • Vincent: You want to know how I did it? This is how I did it Anton; I never saved anything for the swim back.

  • Will Munny:  It's a hell of a thing, killing a man. Take away all he's got and all he's ever gonna have.
    The Schofield Kid: Yeah, well, I guess they had it coming.
    Will Munny: We all got it coming, kid.

  • Dr. Thurman: Do you feel alone right now?
    Donnie:  Oh, I don't know. I mean, I'd like to believe I'm not, but I just... I've just never seen any proof, so I... I just don't debate it anymore, you know? It's like I could spend my whole life debating it over and over again, weighing the pros and cons. And in the end, I still wouldn't have any proof. So I just... I just don't debate it anymore. It's absurd.
    Dr. Thurman: The search for God is absurd?
    Donnie: It is if everyone dies alone.

  • Paarthurnax: What is better - to be born good, or to overcome your evil nature through great effort?

  • Narrator: I was just a child when the stars fell from the skies. But I remember how they built a cannon to destroy them. And in turn how that cannon brought war upon us.

  • Prop Joe: But you, I treated you like a son.
    Marlo: I wasn't made to play the son.