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The Most Notable Quotes from The Strain

Last updated on Nov 28th, 2018

The Most Notable Quotes from The Strain

Based on the vampire horror novel by filmmaker Guillermo del Toro and author Chuck Hogan, The Strain is an American horror TV series about a small group of people who are trying to save their city and maybe even humanity itself from the attack of an ancient strain of vampires.

In addition to Guillermo del Toro (Pacific Rim) and Chuck Hogan (Prince of Thieves), there is and Carlton Cuse, executive producer and screenwriter of Lost and showrunner of the Bates Motel.

Season 1

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Hunger is the most important thing we know, the first lesson we learn. But hunger can be easily quieted down, easily satiated. There is another force, a different type of hunger, an unquenchable thirst that cannot be extinguished. It’s very existence is what defines us, what makes us human. That force is love.Abraham Setrakian, S1.Ep1: Night Zero
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Love is the one force that cannot be explained, cannot be broken down into a chemical process. It is the beacon that guides us back home when no one is there, and the light that illuminates our loss. Its absence robs us of all pleasure of our capacity for joy. It makes our nights darker and our days gloomier. But when we find love no matter how wrong, how sad, or how terrible we cling to it. It gives us our strength. It holds us upright. It feeds on us and we feed on it. Love is our grace. Love is our downfall.Abraham Setrakian, S1.Ep1: Night Zero
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Being good means nothing, unless you are willing to do what needs to be done, when it needs to be done.Abraham Setrakian, S1.Ep3: Gone Smooth
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Inaction is the greatest evil.Abraham Setrakian, S1.Ep5: Runaways
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Human love is corrupted into the need to consume those closest to you.Abraham Setrakian, S1.Ep8: Creatures of the Night
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The world today is not what it was one week ago. What will it be one week from now? One month from now? Nothing is written that cannot be changed. It is a small world, after all. We made it that way.Abraham Setrakian, S1.Ep13: The Master
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Gratitude, what an effective leash.Thomas Eichorst, S1.Ep1: Night Zero
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What I find fascinating is how love is considered a gift, a blessing, with no acceptance to the fact that it also binds and chokes and strangles.Thomas Eichorst, S1.Ep6: Occultation
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The republic can only be led by a philosopher king with the wisdom to look after the needs of the many.Thomas Eichorst, S1.Ep7: For Services Rendered
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A good story always trumps the truth.Eldritch Palmer, S1.Ep2: The Box
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Anything’s possible if it’s motivated by enough hatred.Dutch Velders, S1.Ep4: It's Not for Everyone
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The first will be last. The last shall be first.Vasiliy Fet, S1.Ep11: The Third Rail

Season 2

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Evil lurks in the world, Abraham, in many forms. Some familiar, some not. You must stop it. We all must.Abraham's Grandmother, S2.Ep1: BK, NY
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Everybody makes mistakes, even vampire hunters, even doctors.Vasiliy Fet, S2.Ep1: BK, NY
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A great journey starts with a single step.Vasiliy Fet, S2.Ep2: By Any Means
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Drinking alone is like dancing alone.Ephraim Goodweather, S2.Ep1: BK, NY
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Even when the world is going to total s***, people can’t get past their own self-interest.Ephraim Goodweather, S2.Ep6: Identity
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Sometimes a solution isn’t enough. Sometimes you need to knock down a lot of doors before you find the right way in.Ephraim Goodweather, S2.Ep7: The Born
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Art rarely goes viral, but dark deeds seem to be contagious.Dutch Velders, S2.Ep1: BK, NY
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Of all the evils a man faces, growing old is the one I cannot do anything about.Abraham Setrakian, S2.Ep2: By Any Means
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“Homeland.” “Fatherland.” When politicians use these words, it usually precedes murder on a grand scale.Abraham Setrakian, S2.Ep12: Fallen Light
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We have become overconfident as a species. We ignorantly believed in our primacy over all else, over all other species, over our planet itself. Will we perish under our own greed and selfishness? Or will we overcome and survive? A short time ago, our current reality was beyond imagination. Now we have one last chance to win back our world. In order to defeat the Master, we must be as cold and ruthless and savage as he is… and yet without becoming monsters ourselves.Abraham Setrakian, S2.Ep13: The Night Train
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Denial is a special privilege of the rich.Eldritch Palmer, S2.Ep5: Quick and Painless
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Perspective, Coco. Difficult to maintain but critical for success.Eldritch Palmer, S2.Ep7: The Born
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Complacency is the enemy of empires.Eldritch Palmer, S2.Ep7: The Born
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There are no myths, Professor. Only exaggerations.Quinlan, S2.Ep7: The Born
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Beauty and love are fleeting but powerful.Quinlan, S2.Ep8: Intruders
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Gentlemen. Human life is fleeting. I’ve watched many men perish, good and bad. The act itself, the dying, is the same. What distinguishes the honourable from the dishonourable is how in the few, most important moments in life, they conducted themselves. How would you men like to be remembered? As human animals, marginalized, locked away in cages? Or as warriors? Fighters of the highest order? Today, you fight for one tribe: humankind. It no longer matters what colour you wear, or what colour your skin is. All that matters is the colour of your blood. Red versus white. Today you will define who you are. Today you will spill white blood and change the future.Quinlan, S2.Ep13: The Night Train

Season 3

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Every failed empire has a legion of elite warriors.Quinlan, S3.Ep1: New York Strong
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A parent’s love for his or her offspring is one of the prime movers of human experience.Quinlan, S3.Ep3: First Born
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Civility is an illusion. Savagery is the default state of humanity.Quinlan, S3.Ep7: Collaborators
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It’s pretty hard to stamp out a bug that doubles its numbers every couple of days.Vasiliy Fet, S3.Ep2: Bad White
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Some women, you know, they meet a guy, they find out he’s a rat catcher, you know, they get caught up in all the glamour.Vasiliy Fet, S3.Ep6: The Battle of Central Park
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Some men seek not the right path but the safest one. Some men believe only in survival, no matter what the costs.Abraham Setrakian, S3.Ep7: Collaborators
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Humanity’s survival was never certain. We came close to perishing many times before. In the 1300s, the bubonic plague killed over 20% of the humans on the globe. It took 300 years to restore the world’s population. Later, the Spanish flu infected more than half the people on Earth and killed 75 million before we were able to recover. And then science rose, and humanity flourished. The population soared to more than 7 billion. Our advancements brought us all closer together. We lost our fear. We believed we no longer had any predators. We believed in the primacy of science and technology. But 41 days was all it took from the day an airplane arrived carrying this plague to the moment when mankind stood on the precipice of destruction. Humanity teetered on the edge of the abyss. All it needed was one small push, or a final, last-ditch rescue.Abraham Setrakian, S3.Ep10:The Fall
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I knew the humans would be complacent, but I never anticipated how impotent you three would be. You should have been masters of this world! Kings, emperors, gods! Instead, you are already so like statues to a fallen race. This step I take is more merciful than triumphant.The Master, S3.Ep8: White Light
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Parents, wives, children, they all disappoint us, Eldritch. How could they not? They’re humans. But the Master is different. He will never let you down or betray you.Thomas Eichorst, S3.Ep9: Do Or Die
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Humans think of evolution in terms of progress and advancement. This final errand will be the catalyzing event precipitating a new era on Earth, akin to the meteor that felled the dinosaurs and ushered in the Ice Age.Thomas Eichorst, S3.Ep10:The Fall

Season 4

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Great leaders are not born but forged.The Master, S4.Ep1: The Worm Turns
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Human selfishness and vanity are ingrained, indelible.The Master, S4.Ep3: One Shot
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Even greed has its limits.Abraham Setrakian, S4.Ep2: The Blood Tax
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Everything gained can just as easily be lost.Abraham Setrakian, S4.Ep2: The Blood Tax
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For every stride, every turn toward goodness people make, we want to believe that the progress is lasting. Irreversible. We wanted to believe this so badly that we let down our guard. And our own evil crept back into us.Abraham Setrakian, S4.Ep2: The Blood Tax
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There’s an age, Miss Velders, where you meet an enemy you cannot run from. Time. When you reach it, you experience your body’s betrayal from within.Abraham Setrakian, S4.Ep7: Ouroboros
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You are the hunger. The strain that feeds on us since time immemorial. But make no mistake, you’re still a parasite. And we will flush you out and burn you. It will not be me. It will not be now, but it will happen. No matter how long it takes, in another face, in other eyes, you will see me as you die.Abraham Setrakian (to the Master), S4.Ep7: Ouroboros
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You can’t force someone to fight if their heart’s not in it.Dutch Velders, S4.Ep2: The Blood Tax
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There’s a big difference between shooting at a bottle and shooting at a person. First of all, the bottle doesn’t shoot back. Never point at anything you’re not ready to kill.Augustin Elizalde, S4.Ep4: New Horizons
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No matter how hard you try, you can’t escape what you’re right in the middle of.Augustin Elizalde, S4.Ep8: Extraction
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The real impact of a life depends on will. The determination to keep on fighting, no matter the cost.Quinlan, S4.Ep8: Extraction
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The only thing more dangerous than a king rat is a scared king rat.Vasiliy Fet, S4.Ep6: Tainted Love
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The Master used the bonds of human love as a conduit for the Strain. He tried to destroy us, but he never understood it: love. And in the end, it was love that saved us all and gave us the world, our world, back.Vasiliy Fet, S4.Ep10: The Last Stand