First Reformed (2017) quotes

Director
Paul Schrader.

Cast
Ethan Hawke.
Amanda Seyfried.
Cedric the Entertainer.

A priest of a small congregation in upstate New York grapples with mounting despair brought on by tragedy, worldly concerns and a tormented past.

Even a pastor needs a pastor.
– Jeffers

Courage is the solution to despair, reason provides no answers. I can’t know what the future will bring, We have to choose despite uncertainty. Wisdom is holding two contradictory truths in our mind, simultaneously, Hope and despair. A life without despair is a life without hope. Holding these two ideas in our head is life itself.
– Toller

Well somebody’s got to do something!
– Toller

Can God forgive us for what we’ve done to this world?
– Michael
Who can know the mind of God?
– Toller

I encouraged my son to enlist, it was a family tradition. Six months later he was dead in Iraq. I was lost.
– Toller

Be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world.
– Toller

So how are you?
– Jeffers
Oh, I’m fine.
– Toller
No, really. It’s been a while since we’ve talked, but even a pastor needs someone.
– Jeffers

These kids, they want certainty. You know, they don’t think, follow. They fall prey to extremism. It’s a world without hope.
– Jeffers

So you had no idea what he was thinking?
– Toller
No. I’m so frightened.
– Mary