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The Dark Knight

 136 Quotes 

 9.0 

The Dark Knight

136 Quotes    9.0 

When the menace known as the Joker wreaks havoc and chaos on the people of Gotham, Batman must accept one of the greatest psychological and physical tests of his ability to fight injustice.

  • GENRES

    Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

  • RELEASED ON

    2008

  • LANGUAGE

    English, Mandarin

Quotes from The Dark Knight

Harvey Dent: [while having a fancy dinner with Bruce, Rachel and Natascha] You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.

The Chechen: [During a private sit down meeting with the gangsters] What do you propose?

The Joker: It's simple. We, uh, kill the Batman.

[mobsters laugh]

Salvatore Maroni: If it's so simple, why haven't you done it already?

The Joker: If you're good at something, never do it for free.

[last lines]

James Gordon Jr.: Batman? Batman! Why's he running dad?

Lt. James Gordon: Because we have to chase him.

Cop: Okay we're going in! Go, go! Move!

James Gordon Jr.: He didn't do anything wrong.

Lt. James Gordon: Because he's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we'll hunt him. Because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A Dark Knight.

[Batman slams The Joker's head on the table]

The Joker: Never start with the head. The victim gets all fuzzy. He can't feel the next...

[Batman punches the Joker's hand. The Joker pauses for a moment waiting for it to hurt]

The Joker: See?

The Joker: You know. I don't want there to be any hard feelings between us, Harvey. When you and, uh...

Harvey Dent: Rachel!

The Joker: Rachel were being abducted. I was sitting in Gordon's cage. Now, *I* didn't rig those charges.

Harvey Dent: Your men. Your plan.

The Joker: Do I really look like a guy with a plan? You know what I am? I'm a dog chasing cars. I wouldn't know what to do with one if I caught it! You know, I just... *do* things.

The Joker: [to Det. Stephens in the interrogation room] Do you want to know why I use a knife? Guns are too quick. You can't savor all the... little emotions. In... you see, in their last moments, people show you who they really are. So in a way, I know your friends better than you ever did. Would you like to know which of them were cowards?

Bruce Wayne: [in his high rise apartment] The bandit, in the forest in Burma, did you catch him?

Alfred Pennyworth: Yes.

Bruce Wayne: How?

Alfred Pennyworth: We burned the forest down.

The Joker: [in a warehouse next to a mountain of money] All you care about is money. This city deserves a better class of criminal. And I'm gonna give it to them!

Batman: Sometimes the truth isn't good enough, sometimes people deserve more. Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded...

Alfred Pennyworth: [as they leave the underground bat cave] I suppose they'll lock me up as well. As your accomplice...

Bruce Wayne: [jokingly] Accomplice? I'm going to tell them the whole thing was your idea.

Batman: [as Joker is holding Rachel out a window] Let her go!

The Joker: [giving him a look] Very poor choice of words...

Gambol: [to The Joker during a private sit down meeting with the gangsters] Give me one reason why I shouldn't have my boy here pull your head off.

The Joker: How about a magic trick?

[pulls out a pencil and sticks it upright into the table]

The Joker: I'm gonna make this pencil disappear.

[Gambol's thug walks over to kill The Joker, who slams his face into the pencil and kills him]

The Joker: Ta-daa! It's... it's gone.

Harvey Dent: [during a press conference] The night is darkest just before the dawn. And I promise you, the dawn is coming.

Lucius Fox: [to Reese] Let me get this straight, you think that your client, one of the wealthiest and most powerful men in the world, is secretly a vigilante, who spends his nights beating criminals to a pulp with his bare hands, and your plan is to blackmail this person?

[Reese's face falls and Fox smiles]

Lucius Fox: Good luck.

Two-Face: [in the back of a factory at 250 52nd Street] You thought we could be decent men in an indecent time. But you were wrong. The world is cruel, and the only morality in a cruel world is chance.

[holds up his coin]

Two-Face: Unbiased. Unprejudiced. Fair.

Batman: [in the back of a factory at 250 52nd Street] What happened to Rachel wasn't chance. We decided to act! We three!

Two-Face: Then why was it me who was the only one who lost everything?

Batman: It wasn't.

Two-Face: The Joker chose ME!

Batman: Because you were the best of us! He wanted to prove that even someone as good as you could fall.

Two-Face: [bitter] And he was right.

The Chechen: [in a warehouse next to a mountain of money] Joker-man, what you do with all your money?

The Joker: You see, I'm a guy of simple taste. I enjoy dynamite, and gunpowder, and gasoline!

[he pours gasoline on the mountain of cash]

The Chechen: [panicked] What the...?

The Joker: Ah-ta-ta-ta-ta. And you know the thing they have in common? They're cheap.

The Joker: [stumbles out of wrecked truck, playing chicken with Batman] Come on, I want you to do it, I want you to do it. Come on, hit me. Hit me!

[bumps along while driving a hijacked semi truck]

The Joker: [driving in the driver's seat] I like this job - I like it!

Gambol: [During a private sit down meeting with the gangsters] You think you can steal from us and just walk away?

The Joker: Yeah.

[the Joker has rigged two ferries to explode, one filled with prison inmates, one with ordinary people, giving each ferry one detonator and telling them they have to blow up the other, or he'll blow up both. A prisoner approaches the warden, who's holding the detonator]

Tattooed Prisoner: You don't want to die, but you don't know how to take a life. Give it to me; these men would kill you, and take it anyway. Give it to me. You can tell 'em I took it by force. Give it to me, and I'll do what you shoulda did ten minutes ago.

[Scared, the warden hands over the detonator. The prisoner looks at it, then throws it out the window]

[last lines in the back of a factory]

James Gordon Jr.: Why's he running, Dad?

Lt. James Gordon: Because we have to chase him.

James Gordon Jr.: He didn't do anything wrong.

Lt. James Gordon: Because he's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we'll hunt him. Because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's a silent guardian, a watchful protector. A dark knight.

Alfred Pennyworth: Will you be wanting the Batpod, sir?

Bruce Wayne: In the middle of the day, Alfred? Not very subtle.

Alfred Pennyworth: The Lamborghini, then.

[with deadpan sarcasm]

Alfred Pennyworth: Much more subtle.

The Joker: [after a news segment] I had a vision, of a world without Batman. The mob ground out a little profit and the police tried to shut them down, one block at a time. And it was so... boring. I've had a change of heart. I don't want Mr. Reese spoiling everything, but why should I have all the fun? Let's give someone else a chance. If Coleman Reese isn't dead in sixty minutes then I blow up a hospital.

Harvey Dent: Alfred, right?

Alfred Pennyworth: [during the fundraiser party held for Harvey Dent] That's right, sir.

Harvey Dent: Yeah, Rachel talks about you all the time. You've known her, her whole life!

Alfred Pennyworth: Oh, not yet, sir.

Harvey Dent: Heh heh heh. Any psychotic ex-boyfriends I should be aware of?

Alfred Pennyworth: [smiles] Oh, you have no idea.

The Joker: [over the PA] Tonight you're all gonna be part of a social experiment. Through the magic of diesel fuel and ammonium nitrate, I'm ready right now to blow you all sky high. Anyone attempts to get off their boat, you all die. Each of you has a remote... to blow up the other boat. At midnight, I blow you all up. If, however, one of you presses the button, I'll let that boat live. So, who's it going to be: Harvey Dent's most wanted scumbag collection, or the sweet and innocent civilians? You choose... oh, and you might want to decide quickly, because the people on the other boat might not be so noble.

Harvey Dent: [during the fundraiser party held for Harvey Dent] The famous Bruce Wayne. Rachel's told me everything about you.

Bruce Wayne: I certainly hope not.

The Joker: [after a news segment] Are you the real Batman?

Brian: No.

The Joker: No? Then why do you dress like him?

Brian: He's a symbol... that we don't have to be afraid of scum like you.

The Joker: Yeah, you do, Brian. You *really* do!

The Joker: It's a funny world we live in. Speaking of which, do you know how I got these scars?

Batman: [while being pinned down on the platform next to the ledge of a building that's still under construction] No! But I know how you got these!

[fires gauntlet blades into Joker's face]

James Gordon Jr.: Did Batman save you, Daddy?

Lt. James Gordon: Actually, this time I saved him.

Batman: [about the Joker] Where is he?

Salvatore Maroni: I don't know where he is, he found us!

Batman: He must have friends!

Salvatore Maroni: [incredulous] Friends? Have you met this guy?

Two-Face: You thought we could be decent men, in an indecent time! But you were wrong. The world is cruel, and the only morality in a cruel world is chance. Unbiased, unprejudiced... fair. His son's got the same chance she had. Fifty-fifty.

Batman: What happened to Rachel wasn't chance. We decided to act. We three.

Two-Face: Then why was it me who was the only one who lost everything?

Batman: [grieved] It wasn't...

Salvatore Maroni: [Batman holds him out over a ledge] From one professional to another, if you're trying to scare somebody, pick a better spot. From this height, the fall wouldn't kill me.

Batman: I'm counting on it.

[he drops Maroni off the ledge, breaking his legs]

Bruce Wayne: [standing next to the storage drawers in the Applied Sciences division at Wayne Enterprises] What about getting back into the plane?

Lucius Fox: I'd recommend a good travel agent.

Bruce Wayne: Without it landing.

Lucius Fox: [smiles] Now that's more like it, Mr. Wayne.

Alfred Pennyworth: [looks at the large gash on Bruce's arm] Did you get mauled by a tiger?

Bruce Wayne: [quietly] It was a dog.

Alfred Pennyworth: Huh?

Bruce Wayne: It was a big dog!

[pause]

Bruce Wayne: More copycats last night, Alfred, with guns.

Alfred Pennyworth: Why don't you hire them and take the weekend off?

Batman: Because sometimes the truth isn't good enough.

[insert cut: Alfred burns the envelope from Rachel]

Batman: Sometimes, people deserve more.

The Joker: [During a private sit down meeting with the gangsters] If we don't deal with this now, soon little, uh, Gambol here won't be able to get a nickel for his grandma.

Gambol: [explodes] Enough from the clown!

[He rises to his feet; Joker does too, opening his coat to reveal a cluster of grenades, attached to a string around his thumb]

The Joker: Ah-ta-ta-ta! Let's not *blow*...

Man No. 1: Shit!

The Joker: ...this out of proportion.

Rachel Dawes: [narrating her letter to Bruce as Alfred reads it] Dear Bruce. I need to be honest and clear. I'm going to marry Harvey Dent. I love him, and I want to spend the rest of my life with him. When I told you that if Gotham no longer needed Batman we could be together, I meant it. But now I'm sure the day won't come when *you* no longer need Batman. I hope it does; and if it does I will be there, but as your friend. I'm sorry to let you down. If you lose your faith in me, please keep your faith in people. Love, now and always, Rachel.

Bruce Wayne: [standing next to the storage drawers in the applied sciences division at Wayne Enterprises] How will it hold up against dogs?

Lucius Fox: We talking Rottweilers or Chihuahuas? Should do fine against cats.

Bruce Wayne: ...Because sometimes truth isn't good enough. Sometimes people deserve more.

Alfred Pennyworth: I trust you don't have *me* followed on my day off.

Bruce Wayne: If you ever took one, I might.

Bruce Wayne: [after running into Harvey and Rachel at a restaurant] So, let's put a couple tables together.

Harvey Dent: I'm not sure they'll let us.

Bruce Wayne: [gestures to the waiters to rearrange the seats] Oh, they should. I own the place.

Gambol: [During a private sit down meeting with the gangsters] You're crazy.

The Joker: I'm not. No, I'm not.

The Joker: [Batman slams The Joker's head on a table in the interrogation room] Never start with the head, the victim gets all fuzzy. He can't feel the next...

[Batman slams a fist down on Joker's hand; pause]

The Joker: See?

The Joker: [to the mob after performing his "magic trick," during a private sit down meeting with the gangsters] Oh, and by the way, the suit, it wasn't cheap. You oughta know, you bought it.

Harvey Dent: [in his hospital room] Remember that name you all had for me when I was at Internal Affairs? What was it, Gordon?

Lt. James Gordon: Harvey, I...

Harvey Dent: Say it.

Two-Face: Say it!

Lt. James Gordon: Two-Face. Harvey Two-Face.

[Dent turns his head, showing Gordon the mutilated side of his face]

Harvey Dent: Why should I hide who I am?

The Joker: [after a news segment, holds camera facing himself] See, this is how crazy Batman's made Gotham! If you want order in Gotham, Batman must take off his mask and turn himself in. Oh, and every day he doesn't, people will die, starting tonight. I'm a man of my word.

[laughs]

The Joker: [Is about to unmask the unconscious Batman but Gordon suddenly points a gun to his head] Arrrgh! Could you *please* just give me a minute?

[Batman has just fought off Scarecrow and a group of Batman wannabes]

Batman: Don't let me find you out here again.

Brian: We're trying to help you!

Batman: I don't need help.

Dr. Jonathan Crane: Not my diagnosis!

Brian: What gives you the right? What's the difference between you and me?

[Batman lowers himself into the Batmobile]

Batman: I'm not wearing hockey pads!

Lucius Fox: [on the midlevel shopping center in Hong Kong] It emits a high-frequency pulse for mapping an environment and records a response time.

Bruce Wayne: Sonar. Just like a...

Lucius Fox: [interrupting before he can say "bat"] Like a *submarine*, Mr. Wayne. Like a submarine.

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