Man of Steel Quotes

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Jor El:  “I will honor the man you once were, Zod.  Not this monster you have become.”

Lara Lor Van:  “He’ll be an outcast, a freak.  They’ll kill him.”

Jor El:  “No, he’ll be a God to them.”

Jor El:  “[He’s] Krypton’s first natural birth in centuries.”

Jor El:  “His name is Kal.  Son of el. And he is beyond your reach.”

Clark as a boy:  “The world’s too big, mom.”

Martha:  “Then make it small.  Focus on my voice.  Pretend it’s an island out in the ocean.”

Clark:  “What’s wrong with me mom?”

Jonathan:  “You have to keep this side of yourself a secret.”

Clark:  “What was I supposed to do?  Just let them die?”

Jonathan:  “Maybe.  There’s more at stake here.  Our beliefs.  Our understanding of what it means to be human.”

Clark:  “Is she right?  Did God do this to me?  Tell me.”

Jonathan:  “You’re the answer, son.  You’re the answer to our being alone in the universe…It’s a huge burden for anyone and I have to believe you’re here for a reason…  One day you’re going to have to make a choice, to stand proud…”

Jonathan:  “You have another father.  One who gave you his name…  One day you’re’ going to find out the reason.”

Jonathan:  “You ARE my son. And I have to believe that you were sent here for a reason. And even if it takes the rest of your life, you owe it to yourself to find out what that reason is.”

“You’re early.  We were expecting you tomorrow.”

Lois:  “Which is why I showed up today.”

Perry White:  “The pentagon is denying your story.”

Lois:  “Of course they are!  They’re the Pentagon!  That’s what they’re supposed to do.”

Clark:  “Where did I come from?  Why did you send me here?”

Jor El: “Artificial population control…  every child was predetermined to fill a role in society.”

Jor El:  “Your mother and I felt we’d lost something…the element of choice.”

Jor-El: “What if a child dreamed of becoming something other than what society had intended? What if a child aspired to something greater?”

Jor El:  “The symbol of the house of El means hope.”

Jor El:  “You will give the people an ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you, they will stumble, they will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders.”

Jor El:  “The potential of every body to embody good – that’s what you can bring them.”

Jor El:  “You’ve grown stronger here than I ever could’ve imagined.  The only way to know how strong is to keep testing your limits.”

Lois:  “How do you find someone who’s spent a life time covering his tracks?  You start with the legends…  For some he was a hero, a guardian angel, for others he was a ghost who never quite fit in.”

Lois:  “The only way you disappear all together is to stop helping people and I sense that’s not an option for you.”

Clark:  “I let my father die because I trusted him, because he was convinced that I had to wait, that the world was not ready.”

Clark:  “My father believed that if the world found out who I really was, they’d reject me… out of fear. He was convinced that the world wasn’t ready. What do you think?”

Perry White:  “Can you imagine how people on this planet would react if they knew there was someone like this out there?”

Clark:  “I know where I come from now.”

Clark to mankind:  “You are not alone.”

“The truth about you is beautiful.”

“Comets don’t make course corrections, colonel.”

Clark:  “I wanted to hit that kid so bad!”

Jonathan:  “I know you did.  Part of me even wanted you too, but you have to decide what kind of man you’re going to be, because good or bad, that man’s gonna change the world.”

Clark:  “If there’s a chance I can save earth by turning myself in, shouldn’t I?”

“What’s your gut tell you?”

Clark:  “That Zod can’t be trusted.  But I’m not sure the people of earth can be either.”

“Sometime you have to take a leap of faith.  The trust part comes later.”

Clark:  “I’m surrendering to mankind.”

Lois:  “You let them handcuff you?”

Clark:  “It’s not an ‘S’.  In my world it means hope.”

Lois:  “Well, here it’s an ‘S’.”

Clark:  “Been here for 33 years now.  I haven’t infected anyone yet.”

Clark:  “You’re scared of me because you can’t control me.  Just because you can’t control me doesn’t make me your enemy.”

Clark:  “Thank you…for believing in me.”

Lois:  “Didn’t make much difference in the end.”

Clark:  “It did to me.”

Zod:  “And so, the instrument of our damnation became salvation.

Zod:  “For 33 years we prepared.”

Jor El:  “We wanted you to learn what it meant to be human first, so that one day you could be the bridge between us.”

Zod:  “You are weak, Son of El.  You doubt yourself.  The fact that you have a sense of morality and we don’t gives us an evolutionary advantage…  And evolution always wins.”

“A good death is its own reward.”

Faora:  “For every life you save, we will kill a million more.”

“Nice suit, son.”

Zod:  “The DNA of [all Krypton] is in Kal El’s cells.”

Lois:  “You know, they say it’s all down hill after the first kiss.”

Clark:  “I’m pretty sure that’s only true if you’re kissing a human.”

Zod:  “You chose the humans over us.”

Zod:  “I exist to protect Krypton.  That is the sold purpose for which I exist, and everything I do, no matter how violent, is for the good of my people–and now I have no people.”

Zod:  “My soul.  That is what you have taken from me.”

Zod:  “I was bred to be a warrior.”

Zod:  “If you love the people so much, you can mourn for them.”

Clark:  “I grew up in Kansas, colonel.  That’s about as American as it gets.”

Clark to the colonel:  “Look, I’m here to help, but it has to be on my own terms.”

Clark, as he “meets” Lois at the Daily Planet:  “Hi, Lois Lane.”

Lois:  “Welcome to the Planet.”