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    • John Doe: It's more comfortable for you to label me as insane.
    • David Mills: It's VERY comfortable.
    • William Somerset: David. If you kill him, he will win.
    • David Mills: Do you like what you do for a living? These things you see?
    • Man in Massage Parlour Booth: No, I don't. But that's life.
    • [to Tracy]
    • William Somerset: Anyone who spends a significant amount of time with me finds me disagreeable. Just ask your husband.
    • David Mills: Very true. Very, very true.
    • David Mills: Yeah, a landlord's dream: a paralyzed tenant with no tongue.
    • William Somerset: Who pays the rent on time.
    • William Somerset: I just don't think I can continue to live in a place that embraces and nurtures apathy as if it was virtue.
    • David Mills: You're no different. You're no better.
    • William Somerset: I didn't say I was different or better. I'm not. Hell, I sympathize; I sympathize completely. Apathy is the solution. I mean, it's easier to lose yourself in drugs than it is to cope with life. It's easier to steal what you want than it is to earn it. It's easier to beat a child than it is to raise it. Hell, love costs: it takes effort and work.
    • David Mills: Has he tried to speak or communicate in any way?
    • Dr. Beardsley: Even if his brain were not mush, which it is, he chewed off his own tongue long ago.
    • William Somerset: Uh... Doc, is there absolutely no chance that he might survive?
    • Dr. Beardsley: Detective, he'd die of shock right now if you were to shine a flashlight in his eyes. He's experienced about as much pain and suffering as anyone I've encountered, give or take... and he still has hell to look forward to. Good night.
    • John Doe: Realize detective, the only reason that I'm here right now is that I wanted to be.
    • David Mills: No, no, we would have got you eventually.
    • John Doe: Oh really? So, what were you doing? Biding your time? Toying with me? Allowing five innocent people to die until you felt like springing your trap? Tell me, what was the indisputable evidence you were going to use on me right before I walked up to you and put my hands in the air?
    • John Doe: Wanting people to listen, you can't just tap them on the shoulder anymore. You have to hit them with a sledgehammer, and then you'll notice you've got their strict attention.
    • [first lines]
    • Detective Taylor: Neighbors heard them screaming at each other, like for two hours, and it was nothing new. Then they heard the gun go off, both barrels. Crime of passion.
    • William Somerset: Yeah, just look at all the passion on that wall.
    • William Somerset: It's impressive to see a man feeding off his emotions.
    • David Mills: C'mon, he's insane. Look. Right now he's probably dancing around in his grandma's panties, yeah, rubbing himself in peanut butter.
    • William Somerset: This isn't going to have a happy ending.
    • [William Somerset looks at an object in the road]
    • David Mills: What do you got?
    • William Somerset: Dead dog.
    • John Doe: I didn't do that.
    • John Doe: It seems that envy is my sin.
    • David Mills: Honestly, have you ever seen anything like this?
    • William Somerset: No.
    • John Doe: Become vengeance, David. Become wrath.
    • [Reading from one of John Doe's journals]
    • William Somerset: On the subway today, a man came up to me to start a conversation. He made small talk, a lonely man talking about the weather and other things. I tried to be pleasant and accommodating, but my head hurt from his banality. I almost didn't notice it had happened, but I suddenly threw up all over him. He was not pleased, and I couldn't stop laughing.
    • John Doe: Don't ask me to pity those people. I don't mourn them any more than I do the thousands that died at Sodom and Gomorrah.
    • William Somerset: Is that to say, John, that what you were doing was God's good work?
    • John Doe: The Lord works in mysterious ways.
    • William Somerset: If John Doe's head splits open and a UFO should fly out, I want you to have expected it.
    • California: Somebody call somebody.
    • David Mills: He's fuckin' with us!
    • [Mills bends over a desk]
    • David Mills: See this? This is us.
    • David Mills: You've read my files, right? You've seen the things I've done?
    • William Somerset: No.
    • William Somerset: I meant to ask you something before, when we spoke on the phone: Why here?
    • David Mills: I don't follow.
    • William Somerset: Why all the effort to get transferred? It's the first question that popped into my head.
    • David Mills: I guess the same reasons as you. The same reasons you had before you decided to quit, yeah?
    • William Somerset: Y... You just met me.
    • David Mills: Maybe I'm not understanding the question.
    • William Somerset: Very simple. You actually fought to get re-assigned here. I've just never seen it done that way before.
    • David Mills: Now, I wasn't standing around guarding the Taco Bell, alright? I worked homicide for five years.
    • William Somerset: Not here.
    • David Mills: I understand that.
    • William Somerset: Well, over the next seven days, Detective, you'll do me the favour of remembering that.
    • [to Mills]
    • Police Captain: What do you think?
    • David Mills: I'm in.
    • Mark Swarr: It has to be both of you.
    • William Somerset: If he were to claim insanity, this conversation is admissable. The fact that he's blackmailing us with his plea...
    • Mark Swarr: And my client reminds you, two more are dead. The press would have a field day if they found out the police didn't seem too concerned about finding them... giving them a proper burial
    • William Somerset: If there really are two more dead.
    • Mark Swarr: My client says there are two more bodies... two more victims, hidden away. He will take Detectives Mills and Somerset to these bodies, but only Detectives Mills and Somerset, and only at six o'clock today.
    • David Mills: Why us?
    • Mark Swarr: He says he admires you.
    • David Mills: How is it working for a scumbug like this? You proud of yourself?
    • Police Captain: Ease back, Mills.
    • Mark Swarr: I'm required by law to serve my clients to the best of my ability, and to serve their best interests.
    • [answering phone that interrupted his conversation]
    • Police Captain: This is not even my desk!
    • [hangs up]
    • [as SWAT prepare to breach and clear]
    • William Somerset: They love this.
    • [discovering what's inside the package]
    • William Somerset: California, tell your people to stay away. Stay away now, don't - don't come in here. Whatever you hear, stay away! John Doe has the upper hand!
    • David Mills: What's in the box?
    • [to Victor]
    • California: You got what you deserved.
    • William Somerset: We'll just talk to him.
    • David Mills: Uh huh. Yeah. Excuse me, sir. Are you, by any chance, a serial killer? Okay.
    • William Somerset: You do the talking. Put that silver tongue of yours to work.
    • David Mills: Have you been talking to my wife?
    • [picks up the phone]
    • David Mills: Hello?
    • John Doe: I admire you. I don't know how you found me, but imagine my surprise. I respect you law enforcement agents more everyday.
    • David Mills: Well, I appreciate that... John. I tell you...
    • John Doe: No, no, you listen, all right? I'll be readjusting my schedule in light of today's little... setback. I just had to call and express my admiration. Sorry I had to hurt... one of you, but I really didn't have a choice, did I?
    • David Mills: Hmm.
    • John Doe: You will accept my apology, won't you? I feel like saying more, but I don't want to ruin the surprise.
    • [hangs up]
    • [to Mills]
    • John Doe: Detective. Detective. DETECTIVE! You're looking for me.
    • David Mills: How much money do we have left?
    • William Somerset: But you gotta be a, a hero. You want to be a champion. Well, let me tell you. People don't want a champion. They want to eat cheeseburgers, play the lotto and watch television.
    • [greeting his wife after coming home from work]
    • David Mills: Hey, loser.
    • Tracy Mills: Hi, idiot.
    • John Doe: I visited your home this morning after you'd left. I tried to play husband. I tried to taste the life of a simple man. It didn't work out, so I took a souvenir... her pretty head.
    • Police Captain: You're retiring, six more days and you're all the way gone.
    • Crazed Man in Massage Parlour: Get this thing off of me! Get this thing off of me!
    • [after finding out that Detective Mills's apartment is close to the railway tracks]
    • William Somerset: Just a soothing, relaxing, vibrating home huh?
    • [chuckles to himself]
    • [recovers]
    • William Somerset: I'm sorry.
    • [laughs hysterically, Tracy joins in]
    • George, Library Night Guard: Yo, smiley. You're really going to miss us.
    • William Somerset: I just might!
    • John Doe: Nothing wrong with a man taking pleasure in his work. I won't deny my own personal desire to turn each sin against the sinner.
    • David Mills: Who knows. So many freaks out there doin' their little evil deeds they don't wanna do... "The voices made me do it. My dog made me do it. Jodie Foster told me to do it."
    • David Mills: Ladies and gentlemen, we have ourselves a homicide.
    • [Mills complaining to Somerset]
    • David Mills: I'm so sick of waiting for him to commit his next crime. Man, why aren't we out there?
    • William Somerset: Oh, wait! You care?
    • David Mills: Damn right.
    • William Somerset: And you're going to make a difference?
    • John Doe: People will barely be able to comprehend it, but they won't be able to deny it.
    • [Mrs. Gould is being shown photos of her husband's murder scene]
    • [turning to the next photo]
    • Mrs. Gould: Wait.
    • David Mills: What?
    • Mrs. Gould: Here. This painting. It's upside down.
    • David Mills: Mrs. Gould, I'm truly sorry. I truly am.
    • [sobs as she looks at the photos]
    • Mrs. Gould: I don't understand.
    • David Mills: Okay. I need you to look at each photo very carefully. Look and see if there's anything strange or out of place, um. Anything at all.
    • Mrs. Gould: I don't see anything.
    • David Mills: You sure?
    • [emotional]
    • Mrs. Gould: Please! I-I-I just, I-I can't do this right now!
    • David Mills: Okay.
    • [whispering to Mills]
    • William Somerset: It's got to be now. There may be something we haven't seen.
    • [last lines]
    • William Somerset: Ernest Hemingway once wrote, "The world is a fine place and worth fighting for." I agree with the second part.
    • David Bowie: The heart's filthy lesson... falls upon deaf ears...
    • Nine Inch Nails: You get me closer to God!
    • [Looking at the book list]
    • David Mills: "Of Human Bondage". Bondage?
    • William Somerset: It's not what you think.
    • William Somerset: Even the most promising clues usually only lead to others.
    • William Somerset: May I speak freely?
    • Police Captain: We're all friends here.
    • William Somerset: This should not be his first assignment.
    • John Doe: I spared you, David.
    • William Somerset: I had to consider the integrity of the scene.
    • David Mills: Well, that was money well spent!
    • William Somerset: He happens to be with the Agency.
    • David Mills: What, Captain Smelly there?
    • [hands over printout]
    • CIA guy: Only you I do this for, okay?
    • [back in squad car]
    • William Somerset: Say you want to know who's reading Mein Kampf...
    • William Somerset: I can't tell you whether or not to keep the baby. But if you do, you spoil that kid every chance you get.
    • William Somerset: You know what happens if you kill a suspect!
    • Dante: Yea, even children, slain!
    • California: Oh my God, he shot him!
    • David Mills: Hold on John, I seem to remember us knocking on your door.
    • John Doe: Oh, that's right, and I seem to remember breaking your face.

Spoilers

    • [about Tracy to Mills]
    • John Doe: She begged for her life...
    • William Somerset: Shut up!
    • John Doe: She begged for her life and...
    • William Somerset: Shut up!
    • John Doe: She begged for her life, and the life of the baby inside her.
    • [backhanding Doe]
    • William Somerset: Shut up!
    • [Mills freezes in grieved disbelief, and Doe notices]
    • [to Somerset]
    • John Doe: Oh...! He didn't know.
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