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Beautiful Quotes from The Dark Knight Trilogy

Renuka Savant
Four duds and four different caped crusaders later, the Batman franchise seemed headed straight towards doomsville. Until a certain Mr. Christopher Nolan came around and changed all that. Entertainism pays tribute to this unforgettable resurrection by compiling the best quotes from The Dark Knight Trilogy.

Bat lore

As a prepping exercise for the cast and crew for the making of the films, director Christopher Nolan screened several movies for them leading up to shooting. Before Batman Begins, he showed them Ridley Scott's classic, Blade Runner. After the screening, Nolan was reported to have said, "This is how we're going to make Batman."
With Blade Runner as inspiration, there was little that could go wrong with Christopher Nolan's Batman. Dark, edgy, and intense, this version of the Caped Crusader won approval from hardcore fans and critics alike.
What set this series apart was the creative team's vision to make the Batman seem more human, rather than superhuman, with his many fallacies, his struggle to cope with the death of his parents and loved ones, and his willingness to be the fall guy.
Portraying a struggling superhero was the biggest risk taken by Nolan, but Christian Bale managed to pull it off like no other.

If there's one thing that sets the Batman series apart from other comic books is that its antiheroes are received with as much fanfare as the protagonist himself.
The baddies are heroes in their own right, and bring in their own brand of badassery to the table.
No surprises then, that Nolan rose to the challenge and gave us the most amazing antagonists in the form of Ra's al Ghul (Liam Neeson), Scarecrow (Cillian Murphy), Joker (Heath Ledger), Two-Face (Aaron Eckhart), Bane (Tom Hardy), and Talia al Ghul (Marion Cotillard).
The writing was brilliant to say the least, and we have Christopher and Jonathan Nolan, along with David S. Goyer to thank for it.

Bruce Wayne/Batman

"People need dramatic examples to shake them out of apathy and I can't do that as Bruce Wayne, as a man I'm flesh and blood. I can be ignored. I can be destroyed, but as a symbol, I can be incorruptible. I can be everlasting."
―Batman Begins
"Bats frighten me. It's time my enemies shared my dread."
―Batman Begins

"It's not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me."
―Batman Begins

"I seek the means to fight injustice, to turn fear against those who prey on the fearful."
―Batman Begins
"I'm whatever Gotham needs me to be."
―The Dark Knight

"A hero can be anyone, even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat on a young boy's shoulders to let him know the world hadn't ended."
―The Dark Knight Rises
"There are always people you care about. You just don't realize how much until they're gone. The idea was to be a symbol. Batman could be anybody, that was the point."
―The Dark Knight Rises
"I do fear death. I fear dying in here, while my city burns, and there's no one there to save it."
―The Dark Knight Rises

"Bats are nocturnal."
―The Dark Knight Rises

Alfred Pennyworth

"Endure, Master Wayne. Take it. They'll hate you for it, but that's the point of Batman, he can be the outcast. He can make the choice that no one else can make, the right choice."
―The Dark Knight
"You spat in the faces of Gotham's worst criminals. Didn't you think there might be some casualties? Things were always going to get worse before they got better."
―The Dark Knight Rises

"Drive sports cars, date movie stars, buy things that are not for sale... who knows, Master Wayne? You start pretending to have fun, you might even have a little by accident."
―Batman Begins

"It's not just your name, sir! It's your father's name! And it's all that's left of him. Don't destroy it."
―Batman Begins

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."
―The Dark Knight
"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."
―The Dark Knight Rises
*quoting Charles Dickens
"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!"
―The Dark Knight Rises
"A criminal is not complicated. What you really fear is inside yourself. You fear your own power. You fear your anger, the drive to do great or terrible things."

"You have learned to bury your guilt with anger. I will teach you to confront it, and to face the truth. You know how to fight six men. We can teach you how to engage six hundred. You know how to disappear. We can teach you how to become truly invisible."
"I know the rage that drives you. That impossible anger strangling the grief until the memory of your loved one is just... poison in your veins. And one day, you catch yourself wishing the person you loved had never existed so you would be spared your pain."

"Your compassion is a weakness your enemies will not share."
"The night is darkest just before the dawn. And I promise you, the dawn is coming."

"You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain."

"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."

"Very well. Take the Batman into custody. I am the Batman."

"It's not about what I want, it's about what's fair!"
"Oh, you. You just couldn't let me go, could you? This is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. You truly are incorruptible, aren't you? You won't kill me out of some misplaced sense of self-righteousness. And I won't kill you because you're just too much fun. I think you and I are destined to do this forever."
Batman: "Let her go!"
Joker: [holding Rachel out of a window] "Very poor choice of words..."

"All you care about is money. This city deserves a better class of criminal. And I'm gonna give it to them."

"Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. We are tonight's entertainment! I only have one question. Where is Harvey Dent?
"Well, you look nervous. Is it the scars? You want to know how I got 'em?"

"Don't talk like one of them. You're not! Even if you'd like to be. To them, you're just a freak, like me! They need you right now, but when they don't, they'll cast you out, like a leper! You see, their morals, their code, it's a bad joke. Dropped at the first sign of trouble.
They're only as good as the world allows them to be. I'll show you. When the chips are down, these... these civilized people, they'll eat each other. See, I'm not a monster. I'm just ahead of the curve."
"I took Gotham's white knight and I brought him down to our level. It wasn't hard. You see, madness, as you know, is like gravity. All it takes is a little push!"

"I believe whatever doesn't kill you simply makes you... stranger."
"You wanna know how I got these scars? My father, was a drinker, and a fiend. And one night, he goes off crazier than usual. Mommy gets the kitchen knife to defend herself. He doesn't like that. Not. One. Bit. So, me watching, he takes the knife to her, laughing while he does it.
He turns to me and he says, "Why so serious?" He comes at me with the knife. "WHY SO SERIOUS?" He sticks the blade in my mouth..."Let's put a smile on that face." And...Why so serious?"

"If you're good at something, never do it for free."

"Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I'm an agent of chaos. Oh, and you know the thing about chaos? It's fair!"
"Speak of the devil and he shall appear."

"Ah you think darkness is your ally? You merely adopted the dark. I was born in it, molded by it. I didn't see the light until I was already a man. By then it was nothing to me but blinding!"
"Theatricality and deception, powerful agents for the uninitiated. But we are initiated, aren't we Bruce?"

"Ah! I was wondering what would break first: your spirit, or your body!"

"When Gotham is ashes, you have my permission to die."
" There's a storm coming, Mr. Wayne. You and your friends better batten down the hatches, because when it hits, you're all gonna wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us."

"Never steal anything from someone you can't outrun, kid."
"What's the matter? Cat got your tongue?"

"My mother warned me about getting into cars with strange men."

"Careful what you wish for."