Inception Quotes

Your mind is the scene of the crime





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A thief who steals corporate secrets through the use of dream-sharing technology is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a C.E.O.


    Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller




    English, Japanese, French

Quotes from Inception

Cobb: What is the most resilient parasite? Bacteria? A virus? An intestinal worm? An idea. Resilient... highly contagious. Once an idea has taken hold of the brain it's almost impossible to eradicate. An idea that is fully formed - fully understood - that sticks; right in there somewhere.

Eames: [Shows up while Arthur is in a gunfight] You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.

[Pulls out a grenade launcher]

[repeated lines]

Cobb: You're waiting for a train. A train that'll take you far away. You know where you hope this train will take you. But you can't know for sure. Yet it doesn't matter. Now, tell me why?

Mal: Because you'll be together!

Ariadne: What's happening?

Arthur: Your subconscious is looking for the dreamer; me. Quick, give me a kiss.

Ariadne: [She kisses him and then looks around]

Ariadne: They're still looking at us.

Arthur: Yeah, it was worth a shot.

Arthur: It would have to be a 747.

Cobb: Why is that?

Arthur: Because in a 747, the pilot's up top, and the first class cabin's in the nose, so no one would walk through. But you'd have to buy out the entire cabin. And the first class flight attendant...

Saito: I bought the airline.

[Everybody turns and stares at him. Saito just shrugs]

Saito: It seemed neater.

Saito: Don't you want to take a leap of faith? Or become an old man, filled with regret, waiting to die alone!

Ariadne: Why is it so important to dream?

Cobb: Because, in my dreams we are together.

Cobb: I need to get home. That's all I care about right now.

Ariadne: Why can't you go home?

Cobb: Because they think I killed her.

Ariadne: [silence]

Cobb: Thank you.

Ariadne: For what?

Cobb: For not asking whether I did.

Cobb: [from trailer] Dreams feel real while we're in them. It's only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange.

Cobb: She locked away a secret, deep inside herself, something she once knew to be true... but chose to forget.

Cobb: Inception. Now, before you bother telling me it's impossible...

Eames: No, it's perfectly possible. It's just bloody difficult.

Cobb: They say we only use a fraction of our brain's true potential. Now that's when we're awake. When we're asleep, we can do almost anything.

Mal: We'd be together forever. You promised me.

Cobb: I know. But we can't. And I'm sorry.

Mal: You remember when you asked me to marry you? You said you dreamt that we'd grow old together.

Cobb: But we did. We did. You don't remember?... I miss you more than I can bear, but... we had our time together. And I have to let go... I have to let you go.

Arthur: Eames, I am impressed.

Eames: Your condescension, as always, is much appreciated, Arthur, thank you.

Cobb: I can't stay with her anymore because she doesn't exist.

Mal: I'm the only thing you do believe in anymore.

Cobb: I wish. I wish more than anything. But I can't imagine you with all your complexity, all you perfection, all your imperfection. Look at you. You are just a shade of my real wife. You're the best I can do; but I'm sorry, you are just not good enough.

Cobb: I'm going to improvise. Listen, there's something you should know about me... about inception. An idea is like a virus, resilient, highly contagious. The smallest seed of an idea can grow. It can grow to define or destroy you.

Arthur: So, once we've made the plant, how do we go out? Hope you have something more elegant in mind than shooting me in the head?

Cobb: A kick.

Ariadne: What's a kick?

Eames: This, Ariadne, would be a kick

[kicks the leg of the chair Arthur's swinging at]

Arthur: [finds his balance and glares at Eames]

Mal: I'll tell you a riddle. You're waiting for a train, a train that will take you far away. You know where you hope this train will take you, but you don't know for sure. But it doesn't matter. How can it not matter to you where that train will take you?

Cobb: [notices that he's being followed] That price on my head, was that dead or alive?

Eames: Not sure. See if he starts shooting.

Maurice Fischer: [Robert opens the vault to see Maurice on his death bed struggling to say something] Disa... disap... disappointed

Fischer: I know, Dad. I know you were disappointed I couldn't be you.

Maurice Fischer: No. No, no. I was disappointed... that you tried.

[Robert opens the safe to find the new Last Will and Testament along with the pinwheel from when he was a kid. The inception has worked]

Yusuf: [after surviving a roll with the van] Did you see that?

[realizes that everyone else in the van is asleep]

Eames: They come here every day to sleep?

Elderly Bald Man: [towards Cobb] No. They come to be woken up. The dream has become their reality. Who are you to say otherwise, son?

Ariadne: Why are they all looking at me?

Cobb: Because my subconscious feels that someone else is creating this world. The more you change things, the quicker the projections start to converge on you.

Ariadne: Converge?

Cobb: It's the foreign nature of the dreamer. They attack like white blood cells fighting an infection.

Ariadne: They're going to attack us?

Cobb: No. Just you.

Eames: If we are gonna perform Inception then we need imagination.

Fischer: Couldn't somebody have dreamt up a goddamn beach?

Yusuf: Brain function in the dream will be about twenty times to normal. When you enter a dream within that dream, the effect is compounded: it's three dreams, that's ten hours times twen...

Eames: I'm sorry, uh, maths was never my strong subject. How much time is that?

Cobb: It's a week the first level down. Six months the second level down, and... the third level...

Ariadne: ten years! Who would wanna be stuck in a dream for ten years?

Yusuf: Depends on the dream.

Cobb: [about Mal] She had locked something away, something deep inside her. The truth that she had once known, but... she chose to forget. Limbo became her reality.

Ariadne: What happened when you woke up?

Cobb: To wake up from that after, after years, after decades... after we'd become old souls thrown back into youth like that... I knew something was wrong with her. She just wouldn't admit it. Eventually, she told me the truth. She was possessed by an idea, this one, very simple idea, that changed everything. That our world wasn't real. That she needed to wake up to come back to reality, that, in order to get back home, we had to kill ourselves.

Cobb: Never recreate from your memory. Always imagine new places!

Cobb: I think positive emotion trumps negative emotion every time.

Eames: Great. Thank you. So, now we're trapped in Fischer's mind battling his own private army, and if we get killed, we'll be lost in limbo till our brains turn to scrambled egg.

Arthur: So, a totem. It's a small object, potentially heavy, something you can have on you all the time...

Ariadne: What, like a coin?

Arthur: No, it has to be more unique than that, like - this is a loaded die.

[Ariadne reaches out to take the die]

Arthur: Nah, I can't let you touch it, that would defeat the purpose. See only I know the balance and weight of this particular loaded die. That way when you look at your totem, you know beyond a doubt you're not in someone else's dream.

Arthur: You couldn't have peed before you went under?

Yusuf: Sorry.

Eames: A bit too much free champagne before take off, Yusuf?

Yusuf: Ha ha, bloody ha.

Ariadne: That's some subconscious you've got on you, Cobb! She's a real charmer!

Arthur: Oh, I see you've met Mrs Cobb.

Cobb: I knew Inception was possible because I'd done it to my wife.

Arthur: You. What the hell was all that?

Cobb: I have it under control.

Arthur: I'd hate to see it out of control.

Saito: You remind me of someone... a man I met in a half-remembered dream. He was possessed of some radical notions.

Mal: Do you know what it is to be a lover? Half of a whole?

Fischer: After my mother died, you know what he told me? "Robert, there's really nothing to be said."

Peter Browning: He was bad with emotions.

Fischer: I was eleven.

Ariadne: These aren't just dreams. These are memories. And you said never to use memories.

Cobb: I know I did.

Ariadne: You're trying to keep her alive. You can't let her go.

Cobb: You don't understand. These are moments I regret, the memories that I have to change.

Eames: Fischer's OK, unless he gets car-sick.

Ariadne: You mind telling your subconscious to take it easy?

Mal: You keep telling yourself what you know. But what do you believe? What do you feel?

Cobb: Guilt.

Ariadne: I guess I thought the dream-space would be all about the visual, but it's more about the feeling. My question is what happens when you start messing with the physics of it.

Ariadne: You might have the rest of the team convinced to carry on with this job, but they don't know the truth.

Cobb: Truth? What truth?

Ariadne: The truth that at any minute, you might bring a freight train through the wall. The truth that Mal is bursting through your subconscious. And the truth that as we go deeper into Fischer, we're also going deeper into you. And... I'm not sure we're gonna like what we find.

Ariadne: Won't you tell me anything about this first?

Cobb: Before I describe the job I have to know you can do it.

Ariadne: Why?

Cobb: It's not, strictly speaking, legal.

Arthur: Asshole! How did you mess up the carpet?

Nash: It wasn't my fault.

Arthur: You're the architect!

Nash: I didn't know he was going to rub his damn cheek on it!

Cobb: Downwards is the only way forwards.

Cobb: I miss you more than I can bear, but we had our time together. I have to let you go.

Arthur: [Getting out of the water after the kicks] What happened?

Ariadne: Cobb stayed.

Arthur: With Mal?

Ariadne: No, to find Saito.

Arthur: He'll be lost.

Ariadne: No he'll be all right.

Arthur: Eames, I am impressed.

Eames: Your condescension, as always, is much appreciated, Arthur. Thank you.

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