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List of the Most Fascinating Quotes from Christopher Nolan’s Movies

Last updated on Nov 27th, 2018

List of the Most Fascinating Quotes from Christopher Nolan’s Movies

… If you picture the story as a maze, you don’t want to be hanging above the maze, watching the characters make the wrong choices because it’s frustrating. You actually want to be in the maze with them, making the turns at their side, that keeps it more exciting … I quite like to be in that maze.” – Christopher Nolan

Christopher Nolan is a British-American award-winning filmmaker who participated in creating some of the most successful films in the past 15 years. With a huge commitment and indisputable talent, Nolan quickly became one of the most recognizable directors in Hollywood.

After his first feature film named Following, which was made on a modest budget, won several festival awards and received good reviews by critics, Nolan has experienced the biggest jump in his career and made movies such as Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception, and The Dark Knight Rises. He was also served as producer on Man of Steel and Transcendence.

Latest Nolan’s film Interstellar has a release date of November 7, 2014 (added October 17, 2015).

Check out the list of the most fascinating quotes from Nolan’s movie.

Following (1998)

Cobb - Following
1
You can tell a lot about people from their stuff.Cobb
2
You take it away… to show them what they had.Cobb

Memento (2000)

Leonard-Shelby
1
We all lie to ourselves to be happy.Leonard Shelby
2
We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are.Leonard Shelby
3
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.Leonard Shelby
4
If we can’t make memories, we can’t heal.Leonard Shelby

Insomnia (2002)

Ellie-Burr
1
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

Batman Begins (2005)

Thomas-Wayne
1
Why do we fall, Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves up.Thomas Wayne
Henri-Ducard-Ras-al-Ghul
1
If you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, and if they can’t stop you, then you become something else entirely.Henri Ducard
2
Criminals thrive on the indulgence of society’s understanding.Henri Ducard
3
The training is nothing! Will is everything!Henri Ducard
4
Create enough hunger and everyone becomes a criminal.Henri Ducard
5
To conquer fear, you must become fear.Henri Ducard
Bruce-Wayne-Batman-Begins
1
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
2
I won’t kill you… but I don’t have to save you.Batman
Rachel-Dawes
1
Justice is about harmony, revenge is about you making yourself feel better.Rachel Dawes
2
It’s not who you are underneath, it’s what you do that defines you.Rachel Dawes
Carmine-Falcone
1
You always fear what you don’t understand.Carmine Falcone
Scarecrow
1
There’s nothing to fear but fear itself!Scarecrow
Alfred-Pennyworth
1
You start pretending to have fun, you might have a little by accident.Alfred Pennyworth

The Prestige (2006)

Robert-Angier
1
Man’s reach exceeds his imagination!Robert Angier
2
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 could make them wonder. And then you got to see something very special.Robert Angier
Alfred-Borden
1
The secret impresses no one. The trick you use it for is everything.Alfred Borden
2
The sacrifice… that’s the price of a good trick.Alfred Borden
Cutter
1
Obsession is a young man’s game.Cutter
2
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
Nikola-Tesla
1
You’re familiar with the phrase “Man’s reach exceeds his grasp”? It’s a lie. Man’s grasp exceeds his nerve.Nikola Tesla
2
Things don’t always go as planned. That’s the beauty of science.Nikola Tesla
3
Society tolerates only one change at a time.Nikola Tesla

The Dark Knight (2008)

Harvey-Dent
1
You either die a hero or live long enough to become the villain.Harvey Dent
2
The world is cruel, and the only morality in a cruel world is chance.Harvey Dent
Joker
1
Whatever doesn’t kill you, simply makes you… stranger.Joker
2
If you’re good at something, never do it for free.Joker
3
Madness… is like gravity. All it takes is a little push!Joker
4
It’s not about money… its about sending a message.Joker
Bruce-Wayne-the dark knight
1
Sometimes the truth isn’t good enough. Sometimes people deserve more. Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded.Batman

Inception (2010)

Cobb-Inception
1
An idea is like a virus. Resilient. Highly contagious. And even the smallest seed of an idea can grow. It can grow to define or destroy you.Cobb
2
Positive emotion trumps negative emotion every time. Cobb
3
Dreams feel real while we’re in them. It’s only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange. Cobb
4
The seed that we planted in this man’s mind may change everything. Cobb
5
Downwards is the only way forwards.Cobb
Arthur
1
True inspiration is impossible to fake.Arthur
Eames
1
You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.Eames

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Miranda-Tate
1
Suffering builds character.Miranda Tate
Bane
1
It doesn’t matter who we are, what matters is our plan.Bane
2
You think darkness is your ally? But you merely adopted the dark. I was born in it. Molded by it.Bane
Alfred-Pennyworth-the-dark-knight-rises
1
Maybe it’s time we all stop trying to outsmart the truth and let it have its day.Alfred Pennyworth
Bruce-Wayne-the-dark-knight-rises
1
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

Interstellar (2014)

Cooper
1
Murphy’s law doesn’t mean that something bad will happen. What it means is whatever can happen, will happen.Cooper
2
We used to look up in the sky and wonder at our place in the stars. Now we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt.Cooper
3
This world’s a treasure, but it’s been telling us to leave for a while now.Cooper
4
Mankind was born on Earth, it was never meant to die here.Cooper
5
Once you’re a parent, you’re the ghost of your children’s future.Cooper
Dr.Mann
1
Our survival instinct is our single greatest source of inspiration.Dr. Mann
Dr.Amelia-Brand
1
Accident is the first building block of evolution.Dr. Amelia Brand
2
Love is the one thing we’re capable of perceiving that transcends dimensions of time and space.Dr. Amelia Brand
Donald
1
Don’t trust the right thing done for the wrong reason. The why of the thing, that’s the  foundation.Donald
Dr.-John-Brand
1
I’m not afraid of death. I’m an old physicist. I’m afraid of time.Dr. John Brand
2
Do not go gentle into that good night; Old age should burn and rave at close of day. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.Dr. John Brand ('Do not go gentle into that good night' by Dylan Thomas)

Dunkirk (2017)

Men my age dictate this war. Why should we be allowed to send our children to fight it? - Mr. Dawson (Dunkirk Quotes)
1
Men my age dictate this war. Why should we be allowed to send our children to fight it?Mr. Dawson
Seeing home doesn't help us get there. - Commander Bolton (Dunkirk Quotes)
1
Seeing home doesn’t help us get there.Commander Bolton
Wars are not won by evacuations. - Tommy (Dunkirk Quotes)
1
Wars are not won by evacuations.Tommy (reading Churchill's statement in the newspaper)

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