12 Monkeys (1995) quotes

Director
Terry Gilliam.

Cast
Bruce Willis.
Jon Seda.
Vernon Campbell.

In a future world devastated by disease, a convict is sent back in time to gather information about the man-made virus that wiped out most of the human population on the planet.

There’s no right, there’s no wrong, there’s only popular opinion.
– Jeffrey Goines

All I see are dead people.
– James Cole

Hey… is that the cops? I’m an innocent victim in here! I was attacked by a coked up whore and a – a fuckin’ crazy dentist!
– Wallace

I am insane. And you are my insanity.
– James Cole

Oh, wouldn’t it be great if I *was* crazy? Then the world would be okay.
– James Cole

My God, Jeffrey. You truly are insane.
– Dr. Leland Goines
No I’m not.
– Jeffrey Goines

I don’t really come from outer space.
– L.J. Washington
Oh. L. J. Washington. He doesn’t really come from outer space.
– Jeffrey Goines
Don’t mock me my friend. It’s a condition of mental divergence. I find myself on the planet Ogo, part of an intellectual elite, preparing to subjugate the barbarian hordes on Pluto. But even though this is a totally convincing reality for me in every way, nevertheless Ogo is actually a construct of my psyche. I am mentally divergent, in that I am escaping certain unnamed realities that plague my life here. When I stop going there, I will be well. Are you also divergent, friend?
– L.J. Washington

Look at them. They’re just asking for it. Maybe the human race deserves to be wiped out.
– James Cole
Wiping out the human race? That’s a great idea. That’s great. But more of a long-term thing. I mean, first we have to focus on more immediate goals.
– Jeffrey Goines

My father’s going to be very upset when he hears about this! And when my father gets upset, the ground SHAKES!
– Jeffrey Goines

I want the future to be unknown. I want to become a whole person.
– James Cole

There’s the television. It’s all right there – all right there. Look, listen, kneel, pray. Commercials! We’re not productive anymore. We don’t make things anymore. It’s all automated. What are we *for* then? We’re consumers, Jim. Yeah. Okay, okay. Buy a lot of stuff, you’re a good citizen. But if you don’t buy a lot of stuff, if you don’t, what are you then, I ask you? What? Mentally *ill*. Fact, Jim, fact – if you don’t buy things – toilet paper, new cars, computerized yo-yos, electrically-operated sexual devices, stereo systems with brain-implanted headphones, screwdrivers with miniature built-in radar devices, voice-activated computers…
– Jeffrey Goines

All the doors are locked too. They’re protecting the people on the outside from us from the people on the outside who are as crazy as us.
– Jeffrey Goines

Who cares what psychiatrists write on walls?
– Jeffrey Goines

Kathryn, you’re a rational person. You’re a trained psychiatrist. You know the difference between what’s real and what’s not.
– Dr. Owen Fletcher
And what we say is the truth is what everybody accepts. Right, Owen? I mean, psychiatry: it’s the latest religion. We decide what’s right and wrong. We decide who’s crazy or not. I’m in trouble here. I’m losing my faith.
– Dr. Kathryn Railly

Cassandra in Greek legend, you recall, was condemned to know the future but to be disbelieved when she foretold it. Hence the agony of foreknowledge combined with the impotence to do anything about it.
– Dr. Kathryn Railly

She’s not honey babe, she’s a doctor. My psychiatrist. Understand?
– James Cole
Whatever gets it up for you, Jack.
– Charlie the Hotel Clerk

I’m here about some monkeys.
– James Cole
Monkeys?
– Jeffrey Goines
Monkeys. Yes. Twelve of them.
– James Cole

My father is God! I worship my father!
– Jeffrey Goines