25 Best 'Gattaca' Quotes From The Thought-Provoking Sci-Fi Movie

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'Gattaca' is a Hollywood science fiction film made about the genetic selection of traits.

Andrew Niccol is the writer and director of the movie. 'Gattaca' got its name from the four nucleobases of DNA - where G stands for guanine, A for Adeline, T for thymine, and C for cytosine.

'Gattaca' was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score and the Academy Award for Best Art Direction in the year 1997.

Vincent Freeman - the main character in the film is played by Ethan Hawke,  was born without a selection of genetic traits.  He finds it an onerous task to fulfill his dream of flying into space for which he is considered invalid due to health issues. The movie revolves around the concept of selecting genetic traits and giving birth to children with the highest genetic traits from both their parents.

The name 'Gattaca' is an abbreviated form of four nucleus bases. Here are some of the famous 'Gattaca' movie quotes for you. If you need more quotes for a good read, check out 'Fifth Element' quotes and 'The Matrix' quotes.

Vincent Freeman Quotes

The movie 'Gattaca' is a science fiction movie in which every child in the future will be conceived with genetically selected traits from their parents.

1."There is no gene for the human spirit."


2.'Doctor: "Congratulations!"

    Vincent Freeman: "What about the interview?'


3." Jerome had been engineered with everything he needed to get into Gattaca, except the desire to do so."

-Vincent Freeman, 'Gattaca'.

4."We shed 500 million cells a day."

-Vincent Freeman, 'Gattaca'.

5." They used to say that a child conceived in love has a greater chance of happiness. They don't say that anymore."

-Vincent Freeman, 'Gattaca'.

6."I was never more certain of how far away I was from my goal than when I was standing right beside it."

-Vincent Freeman, 'Gattaca'.

7."Vincent: I don't know how to thank you.

Jerome: No, no. I got the better end of the deal. I only lent you my body. You lent me your dream."


Quotes From 'Gattaca'

Vincent Freeman dreams of flying in the movie 'Gattaca'.

Vincent Freeman is not born with a selection of genetic traits.  He is considered as one of the 'invalids' that stops him from perceiving his dream of flying into space. Here are some memorable quotes from Vincent Freeman's character.

8."You are the authority on what is not possible, aren't you Irene? "

-Vincent Freeman, 'Gattaca'.

9. "From an early age, I came to think of myself as others thought of me: chronically ill. Every skinned knee and runny nose was treated as if it were life-threatening."

-Vincent Freeman, 'Gattaca'.

10."Anton Freeman: Vincent. My God you have changed. What, has it been so long, you've forgotten how to hug your brother?

Vincent Freeman: Why are we brothers? What are you doing here?"


11."Vincent Freeman: You want to know how I did it? This is how I did it.

Young Anton: I never saved anything for the swim back."


12." By the way, have I ever told you about my son? Remind me to sometime."

-Dr. Lamar, 'Gattaca'.

'Gattaca' Quotes About Discrimination

Vincent Freeman is an invalid who is keen on flying.  He uses Jerome Morrows' DNA samples to get into 'Gattaca.' Dr.Lamar finds out the truth because the samples are of his paralyzed son's DNA . Most of the sequences revolve around how the society discriminates between 'valids' and 'invalids'.

Here are some 'Gattaca' discrimination quotes.

13."Jerome Morrow was never meant to be one step down on the podium."

- 'Jerome', 'Gattaca'.

14."He had everything except desire."

- Vincent Freeman, 'Gattaca'.

15."For someone who was never meant for this world, I must confess I'm suddenly having a hard time leaving it. Of course, they say every atom in our bodies was once part of a star. Maybe I'm not leaving... maybe I 'm going home."

- VincentFreeman, 'Gattaca'.

16."New policy. What's the matter? Flight got you nervous?"

-Dr. Lamar, 'Gattaca'.

'Gattaca' Movie Quotes

The future rescue operation to save life and time.

In the movie 'Gattaca,' Xander Berkeley played the part of Dr. Lamar, the person that does all the background checks before a flight can take off.

17."I belonged to a new underclass, no longer determined by social status or the color of my skin. No, we now have discrimination down to a science."

- Vincent Freeman, 'Gattaca'.

18."If at first you don't succeed... try, try again."

- Jerome Eugene Morrow, 'Gattaca'.

19."I could've gone up and back and nobody would've been the wiser."

- Vincent Freeman, 'Gattaca'.

20."Unfortunately my son's not all that they promised. But then again, who knows what he could do."

-Dr. Lamar, 'Gattaca'.

21."For future reference, right-handed men don't hold it with their left. Just one of those things.'

-Dr. Lamar, 'Gattaca'.

22."Keep your lashes in their lids where they belong."

-Jerome Morrow, 'Gattaca'.

23."Blood has no nationality."

-Vincent Freeman, 'Gattaca'.

Irene Cassini Quotes

While working in Gattaca, Irene Cassini falls in love with Vincent Freeman and comes to know who he is. She has a heart condition and cannot fly.  Here are some great quotes from Irene.

24."Irene: I don't even know who you are.

Vincent Freeman: I'm the same person I was yesterday.

Irene: I can't hear any more of your lies, Jerome."  

- 'Gattaca'.

25."Irene: (about running) Don't you understand I can't do that?

Vincent Freeman: You did that."

- 'Gattaca'.

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