The Dark Knight Rises – Quotes

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Miss Tate:  “You understand only money and the power it buys.  So why waste my time indeed?”

Alfred:  “You hung up your cape … but you didn’t find a life.  You didn’t move on.”

John Blake to Bruce Wayne:  “Not a lot of people know what it feels like to be angry in your bones.  I mean, everyone ‘understands’—foster family, counselors…everyone understands, for a while, then they want the angry little kid to go away and do something he can’t do:  move on. …  So you practice smiling, putting on a mask.”

John Blake to Bruce Wayne:  “Might be time to get some fresh air, start paying attention to the details—those details may need your help.”

Miss Tate:  “You have to invest if you want to restore balance to the world.”

Catwoman:  “Once you’ve done what you had to, they won’t let you do what you want to.”

Catwoman:  “My mother warned me about getting into cars with strange men.”

-Batman:  “This isn’t a car.”

Batman:  “Miss Kyle?  [She disappeared.]  So that’s what it feels like.”

“One man’s tool is another man’s weapon.”

Alfred:  “You’re not batman anymore.  You have to find another way.”

Alfred:   “Maybe it’s time we all stop trying to outsmart the truth and instead let it have its stay.  It means your anger and losing someone I’ve loved since I first heard his cries echo throughout this house.  But it might also mean saving your life.”

Miss Tate:  “Bruce, if you want to save the world, you have to start trusting it.”

“I’ve paid you a small fortune.”

-Bane:  “This gives you power over me?”

“This idea was to be a symbol.  The idea was that Batman could be anybody.”

Catwoman:   “The rich don’t even go broke the way the rest of us do.”

Jim Gordon to John Blake:  “You’re a detective now, so you’re not allowed to believe in coincidence.”

Bane to Batman:  “Peace has cost you your strength.  Victory has defeated you.”

Bane to Batman:  “You think darkness is your ally, but you’ve merely adapted to it.  I was born in it.”

Bane to Batman:  “Ahhh, yes.  I was wondering what would break first—your spirit or your body.”

Bane:  “There can be no despair without hope.”

Public announcement:  “People of Gotham, you are not alone.”

-Young guy:  “What does that mean?”

-John Blake:  “Means we are on our own.”

“All your strength, all your authority, and the only accomplishment you could achieve was a lie?”

“She took his place in the pit.”

Catwoman:  “You’re expecting an apology.”

-Batman:  “It wouldn’t suit you.”

Batman:  “There’s more to you than that.”

– Catwoman:  “Sorry to keep letting you down.  Come with me.  Save yourself.  You don’t owe these people anything.  You’ve given them every thing.

-Batman:  “Not everything.  Not yet.”

Bane to Batman:  “I broke you.  How have you come up?”

Catwoman to Batman:  “About the whole no guns thing, I’m not sure I feel as strongly about it as you do.”

Catwoman to Batman:  “You could’ve gone anywhere, done anything, but you came back here.”

“Structures become shackles.”

Jim Gordon:  “There’s a point, far out there when the structures fail you, and the rules aren’t weapons anymore, they’re… shackles letting the bad guy get ahead. One day… you may face such a moment of crisis. And in that moment, I hope you have a friend like I did, to plunge their hands into the filth so that you can keep yours clean!”

Bane:   “There’s a reason why this prison is the worst hell on earth… Hope. Every man who has ventured here over the centuries has looked up to the light and imagined climbing to freedom. So easy… So simple… And like shipwrecked men turning to sea water from uncontrollable thirst, many have died trying. I learned here that there can be no true despair without hope. So, as I terrorize Gotham, I will feed its people hope to poison their souls. I will let them believe they can survive so that you can watch them clamoring over each other to ‘stay in the sun.’”

Jim Gordon: [reading from the book “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens] “I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss. I see the lives for which I lay down my life, peaceful, useful, prosperous and happy. I see that I hold a sanctuary in their hearts, and in the hearts of their descendants, generations hence. It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.”