My 25 Most Favorite & Memorable Quotes of Christopher Nolan’s Films

"If we are gonna perform Inception then we need imagination."
“If we are gonna perform Inception then we need imagination.”

You know the euphoria feeling that gets you every time after watching a good film and then getting out of cinema, right? Sometimes it always sticks in your mind for a while. It could be about the interesting plot, joking or romantic dialogue, the performance, or the moral story. You know what makes Christopher Nolan’s different? For me, it leaves me forever in my brain and I can’t even let it go.

Everyone who knows me better knows that I’m a huge fan of his. I mean every single works of him. I remember I saw Insomnia first at junior high school. At that time, I wasn’t familiar with his name. There’re Al Pacino, Robin Williams, & Hillary Swank that made me. And I also often got insomnia too (not anymore since I have my wife to sleep beside me every night wkwkwkkk), so that title really interested me at that time.

"You musn't be affraid to dream a little bigger, darling!"

“You musn’t be affraid to dream a little bigger, darling!”

Then I saw Batman Begins. For the first time I started to like Batman as a serious superhero in an unexpected way. The Dark Knight officially becomes my most favorite superhero film all the time till now. Memento really knocked my mind out, so did The Prestige.  Inception was indescribably breathtaking, maybe this is the only Nolan’s I’ve already watched more than 10 times. It’s the best original sci-fi film I’ve ever seen. Following and The Dark Knight Rises were his next films I saw in order. And the spectacular Interstellar was what I saw at the last.

How can everyone say this is boring?? Maybe they just don't get into sci-fi genre.

How can everyone say this is boring?? Maybe they just don’t get into sci-fi genre.

It’s unquestionable that he always does everything profoundly in all his phenomenal films. Intrigue script, unpredictable plot, epic action, and warm ending are his characteristics. And what I like most is his philosophy meaningful dialogue. Some are too complicated to digest, some are actually simpler, and some just strike at the heart. No wonder, English Literature was his major at University College London. I guess that is his capacity which he should be good at for sure.

Well, let me show you my most favorite quotes of his:

His first debut

His first debut

1. “And when it stopped being random, that’s when it started to go wrong.”   Bill (Following)

2.  We all lie to ourselves to be happy.”   Leonard Shelby (Memento)

Memory can change the shape of a room; it can change the color of a car. And memories can be distorted. They're just an interpretation, they're not a record, and they're irrelevant if you have the facts.

“Memory can change the shape of a room; it can change the color of a car. And memories can be distorted. They’re just an interpretation, they’re not a record, and they’re irrelevant if you have the facts.”


3.  “I have to believe in a world outside my own mind. I have to believe that my actions still have meaning, even if I can’t remember them. I have to believe that when my eyes are closed, the world’s still there. Do I believe the world’s still there? Is it still out there? Yeah. We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I’m no different.” — Leonard Shelby  (Memento)

4.  A good cop can’t sleep because he’s missing a piece of the puzzle. And a bad cop can’ t sleep because his conscience won’t let him.”  Ellie Burr (Insomnia)

5.   “Deep down you may still be that same great kid you used to be. But it’s not who you are underneath, it’s what you do that defines you.”  — Rachel Dawes (Batman Begins)

6. “The training is nothing! The will is everything! The will to act.”  — Ducard (Batman Begins)

7.  Men fear most what they cannot see.”  — Ducard (Batman Begins)

8. “Why do we fall sir? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up.”  Alfred Pennyworth (Batman Begins)


9. “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, as a symbol I can be incorruptible, I can be everlasting.” — Bruce Wayne (Batman Begins)


10. …It’s not who I am underneath… but what I do… that defines me.”  — Bruce Wayne (Batman Begins)

11. “You never understood why we did this. The audience knows the truth: the world is simple. It’s miserable, solid all the way through. But if you could fool them, even for a second, then you can make them wonder, and then you… then you got to see something really special. You really don’t know? It was… it was the look on their faces…”  — Robert Angier (The Prestige)

12. The secret impresses no one. The trick you use it for is everything.”  — Alfred Borden (The Prestige)

13.  “Every magic trick consists of three parts, or acts. The first part is called the pledge. The magician shows you something ordinary. The second act is called the turn. The magician takes the ordinary something and makes it into something extraordinary. But you wouldn’t clap yet, because making something disappear isn’t enough. You have to bring it back. Now you’re looking for the secret. But you won’t find it because of course, you’re not really looking. You don’t really want to work it out. You want to be fooled.” — Cutter (The Prestige)

14.  If you are good at something, don’t do it for free.”  — Joker (The Dark Knight)


16.  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.”  Cobb (Inception)

Arthur is about to drop them all....very hard

Arthur is about to drop them all….very hard

17. “How do I drop you without gravity?” Arthur (Inception)

18.  Suffering builds character.”   Miranda Tate (The Dark Knight Rises)  

19. “Nothing like a little air superiority, isn’t it?”   Lucius Fox (The Dark Knight Rises)

20.  Not a lot of people know what it feels like to be angry, in your bones. I mean, they understand, foster parents, everybody understands, for awhile. Then they want the angry little kid to do something he knows he can’t do, move on. So after awhile they stop understanding. They send the angry kid to a boy home. I figured it out too late. You gotta learn to hide the anger, practice smiling in the mirror. It’s like putting on a mask.”   John Blake (The Dark Knight Rises) 

21.   A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a young boy’s shoulders to let him know that the world hadn’t ended.”    Batman (The Dark Knight Rises)

22.  We used to look up at the sky and wonder at our place in the stars, now we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt.”   Cooper (Interstellar)

23.   Love is the one thing we’re capable of perceiving that transcends time and space.”   Brand (Interstellar)

24.  Once you’re a parent, you’re the ghost of your children’s future.”   Cooper (Interstellar)

25.  We’ve always defined ourselves by the ability to overcome the impossible. And we count these moments. These moments when we dare to aim higher, to break barriers, to reach for the stars, to make the unknown known. We count these moments as our proudest achievements. But we lost all that. Or perhaps we’ve just forgotten that we are still pioneers. And we’ve barely begun. And that our greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us, because our destiny lies above us.”   Cooper (Interstellar)


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