30+ Iconic 'The Dark Knight' Quotes That All Batman Fans Should Know

Harvey Dent and Joker quotes are some of the best.

'The Dark Knight' trilogy created by Christopher Nolan was inspired by the Batman comics.

The trilogy has gained fame for all the right reasons. It has done justice to the Batman story.

Despite being a superhero movie, 'The Dark Knight' trilogy is not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 'The Dark Knight' is about standing up for what you believe in and good triumphing over evil. Christopher Nolan cast the perfect actors to play all the characters. Such as, Heath Ledger as Joker, Christian Bale as Batman, or Tom Hardy as Bane, but perhaps the best portrayal is of the Joker, by Heath Ledger. Even though the actor is with us no more, he has left such a mark, it's hard to think of the Joker without his portrayal coming to mind. So, read up on these amazing quotes from these characters.

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Quotes From 'Batman Begins'

'Batman Begins' is the first film of the series that came out in 2005. This movie is about how Bruce Wayne witnesses criminals kill his parents and decides to learn to fight himself. It's about how he becomes Batman and defends his city. Here are a few of the best lines and quotes from Henri Ducard, Rachel Dawes, and more significant characters.

1. "Bruce Wayne: Should I just bury the past out there with my parents, Alfred?

Alfred Pennyworth: I wouldn't presume to tell you what to do with your past, sir. Just know that there are those of us who care about what you do with your future."

- 'Batman Begins'.

2. "Death does not wait for you to be ready! Death is not considerate, or fair!"

- 'Batman Begins'.

3. "When a forest grows too wild, a purging fire is inevitable and natural."

- 'Batman Begins'.

4. "You must become more than just a man in the mind of your opponent."

- 'Batman Begins'.

5. "People need dramatic examples to shake them out of apathy and I can't do that as Bruce Wayne. As a man, I'm flesh and blood, I can be ignored, I can be destroyed; but as a symbol... as a symbol I can be incorruptible, I can be everlasting."

- 'Batman Begins'.

6. "Alfred Pennyworth: Why bats, Master Wayne?

Bruce Wayne: Bats frighten me. It's time my enemies shared my dread."

- 'Batman Begins'.

7. "But a criminal is not complicated. What you really fear is inside yourself. You fear your own power. You fear your anger, the drive to do great or terrible things."

- 'Batman Begins'.

8. "But I know the rage that drives you. That impossible anger strangling the grief, until the memory of your loved one is just... poison in your veins. And one day, you catch yourself wishing the person you loved had never existed, so you would be spared your pain."

- 'Batman Begins'.

9. "Why do we fall sir? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up."

- 'Batman Begins'.

10. "Deep down you may still be that same great kid you used to be. But it's not who you are underneath, it's what you do that defines you."

- 'Batman Begins'.

Quotes From 'The Dark Knight'

Joker quotes can be dark sometimes.

Christopher Nolan released the second film of the series, 'The Dark Knight', in 2008. This movie revolves around how Batman and others fight off the Joker. Even though the Joker is the main focus, it also tells the story of Harvey Dent, the district attorney. Here are a few 'The Dark Knight' Joker quotes and lines from Harvey Dent and other characters that you'll love.

11. "Introduce a little anarchy. Upset the established order, and everything becomes chaos. I'm an agent of chaos. Oh, and you know the thing about chaos? It's fair!"

- The Joker, 'The Dark Knight'.

12. "I believe that whatever doesn't kill you, simply makes you... stranger."

- The Joker, 'The Dark Knight'.

13. "You see, their morals, their code, it's a bad joke. Dropped at the first sign of trouble. They're only as good as the world allows them to be. I'll show you. When the chips are down, these... these civilized people, they'll eat each other."

- The Joker, 'The Dark Knight'.

14. "He's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we'll hunt him. Because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A Dark Knight."

- Lt. James Gordon, 'The Dark Knight'.

15. "The Joker: It's simple. We, uh, kill the Batman.

Salvatore Maroni: If it's so simple, why haven't you done it already?

The Joker: If you're good at something, never do it for free."

- 'The Dark Knight'.

16. "He thought it was good sport. Because some men aren't looking for anything logical, like money. They can't be bought, bullied, reasoned, or negotiated with. Some men just want to watch the world burn."

- Alfred Pennyworth, 'The Dark Knight'.

17. "Sometimes the truth isn’t good enough. Sometimes people deserve more. Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded."

- Bruce Wayne, 'The Dark Knight'.

18. "You wanna know how I got these scars?"

- The Joker, 'The Dark Knight'.

19. "You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain."

- Harvey Dent, 'The Dark Knight'.

20. "Carbon fiber, .28 Caliber, made in China. If you want to kill a public servant, Mr. Maroni, I recommend you buy American."

- Harvey Dent, 'The Dark Knight'.

'The Dark Knight Rises' Quotes

Christopher Nolan released the third and final film, 'The Dark Knight Rises' in 2012. The movie revolves around Batman fighting a new threat to Gotham, named Bane. Below are some 'The Dark Knight Rises' quotes that are absolutely the best.

21. "'Innocent' is a strong word to throw around Gotham, Bruce. I honor my father by finishing his work. Vengeance against the man who killed him is simply a reward for my patience."

- 'The Dark Knight Rises'.

22. "Alfred: This city needs Bruce Wayne, your resources, your knowledge. It doesn't need your body, or your life. That time has passed.

Bruce Wayne: You're afraid that if I go back out there I'll fail.

Alfred: No. I'm afraid that you want to."

- 'The Dark Knight Rises'.

23. "You gotta learn to hide the anger, practice smiling in the mirror. It's like putting on a mask."

- 'The Dark Knight Rises'.

24. "I never wanted you to come back to Gotham. I always knew there was nothing here for you, except pain and tragedy. And I wanted something more for you than that. I still do."

- 'The Dark Knight Rises'.

25. "I had this fantasy, that I would look across the tables and I'd see you there, with a wife and maybe a couple of kids. You wouldn't say anything to me, nor me to you. But we'd both know that you'd made it, that you were happy."

- 'The Dark Knight Rises'.

26. "We take Gotham from the corrupt! The rich! The oppressors of generations who have kept you down with myths of opportunity, and we give it back to you... the people. Gotham is yours."

- 'The Dark Knight Rises'.

27. "There's a reason why this prison is the worst hell on earth... Hope. Every man who has ventured here over the centuries has looked up to the light and imagined climbing to freedom."

- 'The Dark Knight Rises'.

28. "You do not fear death. You think this makes you strong. It makes you weak … How can you move faster than possible, fight longer than possible without the most powerful impulse of the spirit: the fear of death."

- 'The Dark Knight Rises'.

29. "Peace has cost you your strength! Victory has defeated you!"

- 'The Dark Knight Rises'.

30. "A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a young boy's shoulders to let him know that the world hadn't ended."

- 'The Dark Knight Rises'.

Best Quotes From 'The Dark Knight' Comics

James Gordon quotes are wise.

DC Comics came out with the 'Batman: The Dark Knight' comic series for the first time in January 2011 and the series has been ongoing since then, telling the story of Batman, his connections to Gotham City, and more. Here are some of the best lines from the comic volumes.

31. "You can be whoever you want to be beneath that mask. That's why we stay hidden, isn't it? So we're safe and armored. So we're accountable to no one. So we can do… Anything. We. Want. Isn't that what we're about, you and me? Above all else...? Not being known?"

- 'Batman: The Dark Knight'.

32. "Looking at him tonight... I guess I saw all the cracks in the foundations. You know, the ones we're so busy trying to ignore. What is it about this city? Always holding up a funhouse mirror, showing us our worst fears."

- 'Batman: The Dark Knight'.

33. "Is he right about Gotham? Is it the city that brings out the beast in people, or is it always there... waiting for the right origin story to set it free?"

- 'Batman: The Dark Knight'.

34. "Courage is a lie, Batman! It's the mask you hide behind!"

- 'Batman: The Dark Knight'.

35. "It's just my luck that the one guy I can rely on dresses up like a bat so he can get his ribs busted in a dark alley. You're the only friend I've got right now."

- 'Batman: The Dark Knight'.

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