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Alan Moore Quotes

65 of the best book quotes from Alan Moore
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“I understood what innocent intent had brought me to, and ... waded out beyond my depth.”
Alan Moore
author
Watchmen
book
Adrian Veidt
character
consequences
understanding
intent
concepts
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“We’re all puppets, Laurie. I’m just a puppet who can see the strings.”
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“One more body amongst foundations makes little difference.”
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“Down those stairs! I knew he had something hidden back there from his attitude”
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“Failing to prevent Earth’s salvation is your only triumph”
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“I am going to look at the stars. They are so far away, and their light takes so long to reach us, all we ever see of stars are their old photographs.”
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“Evil must be punished. Even in the face of Armageddon I shall not compromise.”
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“We’re both leftovers”
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“The morality of my activities escapes me.”
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“Every day the future looks a little bit darker. But the past, even the grimy parts of it, well, it just keeps on getting brighter all the time”
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“Part of ... being a hero is knowing when you don’t need to be one anymore.”
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“We are all of us living in the shadow of Manhattan.”
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“Could all be lies. Could all be part of revenge scheme, planned during his decade behind bars. But if true, then what? […] Never mind. Answers soon. Nothing is insoluble.”
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“I abandoned my disguise and became myself, free from fear or weakness or lust.”
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“We do it because we are compelled.”
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“I’m just scared because everything feels weird. It’s as if everything’s changed. Not just you: everything!”
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“Needing nothing, I burned with the paradoxical urge to do everything.”
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“What are you doing here, Rorschach? This is a Government base and I hear you’re wanted by the police?”
Rorschach
character
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“Once a man has seen, he can never turn his back on it. Never pretend it doesn’t exist. No matter who orders him to look the other way”
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Everybody is special.
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Behind this mask there is more than just flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea... and ideas are bulletproof.
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Everybody is a hero, a lover, a fool, a villain.
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Yes, I created a lie. But because you believed it, you found something true about yourself.
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People shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.
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Words offer the means to meaning, and for those who will listen, the enunciation of truth.
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Where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission.
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She grew Scarlet Carsons for me in our window box, and our place always smelled of roses. Those were there best years of my life.
Valerie
character
love
concept
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If you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror.
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She use to tell me that god was in the rain.
God
person
Valerie
character
rain
concept
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Love your rage, not your cage.
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They say that life’s a game, & then they take the board away.
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Your pretty empire took so long to build, now, with a snap of history’s fingers, down it goes.
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They made you into a statistic. But, that’s not the real you. That’s not who you are inside.
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It seems strange that my life should end in such a terrible place, but for three years I had roses, and apologized to no one.
Valerie
character
life
concept
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Our masters have not heard the people’s voice for generations and it is much, much louder than they care to remember.
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But what I hope most of all is that you understand what I mean when I tell you that even though I do not know you, and even though I may never meet you, laugh with you, cry with you, or kiss you. I love you. With all my heart, I love you.
Valerie
character
love
concept
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“‘You’re young, you don’t know. Things change. What happened, happened forty years ago. It’s history.‘”
Sally Jupiter
character
time
change
history
years
young
concepts
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Artists use lies to tell the truth.
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You wear a mask for so long, you forget who you were beneath it.
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The past can’t hurt you anymore, not unless you let it.
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Knowledge, like air, is vital to life. Like air, no one should be denied it.
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It was my integrity that was important. Is that so selfish? It sells for so little, but it’s all we have left in this place. It is the very last inch of us, but within that inch we are free.
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Happiness is the most insidious prison of all.
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I shall die here. Every last inch of me shall perish. Except one. An inch. It’s small and it’s fragile and it’s the only thing in the world worth having. we must never lose it, or sell it, or give it away. We must never let them take it from us.
Valerie
character
identity
concept
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Since mankind’s dawn, a handful of oppressors have accepted the responsibility over our lives that we should have accepted for ourselves. By doing so, they took our power. By doing nothing, we gave it away.
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“Something like that happened to me, you know. I ... I’m not exactly sure what it was. Sometimes I remember it one way, sometimes another ... If I’m going to have a past, I prefer it to be multiple choice!”
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“It’s all a joke! Everything anybody ever valued or struggled for ... it’s all a monstrous, demented gag! So why can’t you see the funny side? Why aren’t you laughing?”
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“It’s like, I began as a lab assistant, right? Was a good job. Real good job. So, what I did, I quit to become a comedian. I was so sure, so sure I had talent.”
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“Sir, I’m sorry, but your wife had an accident this morning, apparently testing a baby-bottle heater. There was an electrical short, and, uh ... well, she died sir. I’m sorry.”
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“What’s happening tonight, it’s no little thing. Nobody backing out now remains healthy. No exceptions.”
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“Now you whimpering little smear of slime, I’m going to ask you politely just one more time...where is he?”
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“How can two people hate so much without knowing each other?”
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“Memories are what our reason is based upon. If we can’t face them, we deny reason itself! Although, why not? We aren’t contractually tied down to rationality!”
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“There were these two guys in a lunatic asylum...”
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“Jeez, I have to go, I have to go and stand up there, and nobody laughs, and you think , you think I .... I don’t mean to take it out on you. You’re suh - suffering enough, being married to a loser.”
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“Well, I remember you describing the white face and the green hair to me when I was a kid. Scared the hell out of me. I thought you’d be interested... Yeah, well I had some interesting nightmares.”
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“I hate this. Whenever we jail him, I think ‘Please God, keep him there.’ Then he escapes and we all sit round hoping he won’t do anything too awful this time.”
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“You have to go after him! I want him brought in ... and I want him brought in by the book!”
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“I’ve been thinking lately. About you and me. About what’s going to happen to us, in the end. We’re going to kill each other, aren’t we? Perhaps you’ll kill me. Perhaps I’ll kill you. Perhaps sooner. Perhaps later.”
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“God, How boring! The man’s a complete turnip. Take him away and put him in a cage. ”
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“Because I’m doing this one by the book ... and because I don’t want to.”
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“We don’t have to kill each other. What do you say? No. I’m sorry , but ... no it’s too late for that. Far too late.”
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“Because I’ve heard it before ... and it wasn’t funny the first time.”
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“We have to show him! We have to show him that our way works!”
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“Memories can be vile, repulsive, little brutes. Like children I suppose. Haha. But can we live without them?”

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