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True Detective: 24 greatest Rust Cohle’s quotes

20 Mar



1. “It’s Thursday and it’s past noon. Thursday is one of my days off. On my days off I start drinking at noon. You don’t get to interrupt that.”


2. “This is a world where nothing is solved. You know, someone once told me time is a flat circle. Everything we’ve ever done or will do, we’re gonna do over and over and over again.”


3. “People incapable of guilt, usually do have a good time.”


4. “…to realize that all your life, all your love, all your hate, all your memory, all your pain, it was all the same thing. It was all the same dream you had inside a locked room- a dream about being a person. And like a lot of dreams, there’s a monster at the end of it.”


5. “The world needs bad men. We keep other bad men from the door.”


6. “I think about my daughter now, and what she was spared. Sometimes I feel grateful. The doctor said she didn’t feel a thing; went straight into coma. Then, somewhere in that blackness, she slipped off into another deeper kind. Isn’t that a beautiful way to go out, painlessly as a happy child? Trouble with dying later is you’ve already grown up. The damage is done, it’s too late.”


7. “I know who I am. And after all these years, there’s a victory in that.”


8. “People out here, it’s like they don’t even know the outside world exists. Might as well be living on the fucking moon.”


9. “I think the honorable thing for our species to do is deny our programming. Stop reproducing. Walk hand in hand into extinction, one last midnight. Brothers and sisters opting out of a raw deal.”


10. “There is no such thing as forgiveness. People just have short memories.”


11. “I see a propensity for obesity. Poverty. A yearn for fairy tales. Folks puttin’ what few bucks they do have into a little wicker basket being passed around. I think it’s safe to say nobody here’s gonna be splitting the atom, Marty.”


12. “I contemplate the moment in the garden, the idea of allowing your own crucifixion.”


13. “Look, as sentient meat, however illusory our identities are, we craft those identities by making value judgements. Everybody judges all the time. Now, you got a problem with that, you’re living wrong.”


14. “I sure hope that old lady was wrong. About death not being the end of it.”


15. “My life’s been a circle of violence and degradation as long as I can remember. I’m ready to tie it off.”


16. “I’ll send you a letter. Yeah. Fuck this. Fuck this world. Nice hook, Marty.”


17. “And you could just let go. Finally know that you didn’t have to hold on so tight.”


18. “In eternity, where there is no time, nothing can grow. Nothing can become. Nothing changes. So death created time to grow the things that it would kill and you are reborn but into the same life that you’ve always born into. I mean, how many times have we had this conversation, detectives? Well, who knows? When you can’t remember your lives, you can’t change your lives, and that is the terrible and secret fate of all life. You’re trapped, by that nightmare you keep waking up into.”


19. “Life’s barely long enough to get good at one thing. So be careful what you get good at.”


20. “This place is like somebody’s memory of a town, and the memory is fading. It’s like there was never anything here but jungle.”


21. “The newspapers are gonna be tough on you. And prison is very, very hard on people who hurt kids. If you get the opportunity, you should kill yourself.”


22. “Well, once there was always dark. If you ask me, the light’s winning.”


23. “I’m through talking to you like a man.”


24. “I don’t sleep. I just dream.”


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