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Season 1 Episode 1 Extreme Aggressor
ETA: Y’all do realize I’m not in any way, shape, or form connected with the show, don’t you? I hope? Because … really??
Gideon: Joseph Conrad said, “The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary. Men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.”
Gideon: Emerson said, “All is riddle, and the key to a riddle is another riddle.”
Gideon: Winston Churchill said, “The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you will see.”
Gideon: Nietzsche once said, “When you look long into an abyss, the abyss looks into you.”
Season 1 Episode 2 Compulsion
Gideon: Faulkner once said, “Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.”
Gideon: James Reese once said, “There are certain clues at a crime scene which, by their very nature, do not lend themselves to being collected or examined. How does one collect love, rage, hatred, fear…? These are things that we’re trained to look for.”
Gideon: Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited; imagination encircles the world.”
Season 1 Episode 3 Won’t Get Fooled Again
Gideon: Samuel Johnson wrote, “Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those who we cannot resemble.”
Season 1 Episode 4 Plain Sight
Gideon: French poet Jacques Rigaut said, “Don’t forget that I cannot see myself, that my role is limited to being the one who looks in the mirror.”
Gideon: Rose Kennedy once said, “Birds sing after a storm; why shouldn’t people feel as free to delight in whatever sunlight remains to them?”
Season 1 Episode 5 Broken Mirror
Gideon: Euripides said, “When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.”
Gideon: Euripides said, “When love is in excess it brings a man no honor nor worthiness.”
Season 1 Episode 6 L.D.S.K.
Gideon: Nietzsche wrote, “The irrationality of a thing is not an argument against its existence, rather a condition of it.”
Hotchner: Shakespeare wrote, “Nothing is so common as the wish to be remarkable.”
Season 1 Episode 7 The Fox
Gideon: Dr. Thomas Fuller – “With foxes we must play the fox.”
Season 1 Episode 8 Natural Born Killer
Gideon: Hemingway wrote, “There is no hunting like the hunting of man; and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it never really care for anything else.”
Gideon: Carl Jung said, “The healthy man does not torture others. Generally, it is the tortured who turn into torturers.”
Season 1 Episode 9 Derailed
Gideon: Robert Oxton Bolt once wrote, “A belief is not merely an idea the mind possesses; it is an idea that possesses the mind.”
Reid: Albert Einstein asked, “The question that sometimes drives me hazy: Am I or the others crazy?”
Season 1 Episode 10 The Popular Kids
Gideon: Sir Peter Ustinov said, “Unfortunately, a super abundance of dreams is paid for by a growing potential for nightmares.”
Gideon: Playwright Eugene Ionesco said, “Ideology separates us. Dreams and anguish bring us together.”
Season 1 Episode 11 Blood Hungry
Gideon: Harriet Beecher Stowe once said “The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.”
Season 1 Episode 12 What Fresh Hell?
Gideon: “The poet, W. H. Auden wrote, ‘Evil is unspectacular, and always human, and shares our bed and eats at our table.'”
Gideon: “Measure not the work until the day’s out and the labor done.” Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
Season 1 Episode 13 Poison
Gideon: Roman philosopher Lucretius said, “What is food to one, is to others bitter poison.”
Gideon: Confucius once said, “Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.”
Season 1 Episode 14 Riding the Lightning
Gideon: Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed. Genesis 9:6.
Gideon: Albert Pine said, “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.”
Season 1 Episode 15 Unfinished Business
Gideon: Norman Maclean wrote, “It is those we live with and love and should know who elude us.”
Elle: Abraham Lincoln once said, “In the end it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”
Season 1 Episode 16 The Tribe
Hotchner: Nietzsche wrote, “The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe.”
Season 1 Episode 17 A Real Rain
Gideon: W. H. Auden said, “Murder is unique in that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society must take the place of the victim and on his behalf demand atonement or grant forgiveness.”
Gideon: Gandhi said, “Better to be violent if there’s violence in our hearts than to put on the cloak of non-violence to cover impotence.”
Hotchner: Gandhi also said, “I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary. The evil it does is permanent.”
Season 1 Episode 18 Somebody’s Watching
Gideon: Diane Arbus once said, “A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you, the less you know.”
Gideon: Bernard Shaw once said, “An American has no sense of privacy. He does not know what it means. There is no such thing in the country.”
Season 1 Episode 19 Machismo
Hotchner: Anthony Brandt wrote, “Other things may change us, but we start and end with family.”
Hotchner: Mexican proverb: “The house does not rest on the ground, but upon a woman.”
Season 1 Episode 20 Charm and Harm
Gideon: The French philosopher Voltaire wrote, “There are some that only employ words for the purpose of disguising their thoughts.”
Gideon: The author François de la Rochefoucauld wrote, “We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves.”
Season 1 Episode 21 Secrets and Lies
Gideon: Albert Einstein said, “Whoever undertakes to set himself up as judge in the field of truth and knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.”
Gideon: George Orwell said, “In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”
Season 1 Episode 22 The Fisher King (1)
Gideon: Writer Elbert Hubbard said, “No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one.”
Season 2 Episode 1 The Fisher King (2)
Gideon: “The defects and faults of the mind are like wounds in the body; after all imaginable care has been taken to heal them up, still there will be a scar left behind.” French writer François de la Rochefoucauld.
Reid: “It has been said, ‘time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.” Rose Kennedy.
Season 2 Episode 2 P911
Gideon: Theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer said “The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.”
Season 2 Episode 3 The Perfect Storm
Gideon: Mark Twain wrote “Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it.”
Hotchner: Philosopher Kahlil Gibran wrote “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.”
Season 2 Episode 4 Psychodrama
Hotchner: “Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.” Oscar Wilde.
Hotchner: “The basis of shame is not some personal mistake of ours, but that this humiliation is seen by everyone,” Milan Kundera.
Season 2 Episode 5 Aftermath
Gideon: Helen Keller once said “Although the world is full of suffering, it is full also of the overcoming of it.”
Season 2 Episode 6 The Boogeyman
Hotchner: Plato wrote “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”
Season 2 Episode 7 North Mammon
JJ: Legendary basketball coach John Wooden said: “It’s not so important who starts the game, but who finishes it.”
JJ: “The ultimate choice for a man, in as much as he is driven to transcend himself, is to create or to destroy, to love or to hate.” Erich Fromm.
Season 2 Episode 8 Empty Planet
Gideon: Robespierre wrote “Crime butchers innocence to secure a prize, and innocence struggles with all its might against the attempts of crime.”
Season 2 Episode 9 The Last Word
Hotchner: Elbert Hubbard once wrote “If men could only know each other, they would never either idolize or hate.”
Hotchner: Mahatma Gandhi once said “All through history, there have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall, always.”
Season 2 Episode 10 Lessons Learned
Gideon: Dale Turner mused “Some of the best lessons are learned from past mistakes. The error of the past is the wisdom of the future.”
Gideon: Ralph Waldo Emerson said “In order to learn the important lessons in life, one must, each day, surmount a fear.”
Season 2 Episode 11 Sex, Birth, Death
Reid: T.S. Eliot wrote “Between the idea and the reality, between the motion and the act, falls the shadow.”
Reid: T.S. Eliot wrote “Between the desire and the spasm, between the potency and the existence, between the essence and the descent, falls the shadow. This is the way the world ends.”
Season 2 Episode 12 Profiler, Profiled
Morgan: “All secrets are deep. All secrets become dark. That’s in the nature of secrets.” Writer Cory Doctorow.
Season 2 Episode 13 No Way Out
Gideon: Aristotle said, “Evil brings men together.”
Season 2 Episode 14 The Big Game
Gideon: Condemned murderer Perry Smith said of his victims, the Clutter family: “I didn’t have anything against them and they never did anything wrong to me, the way other people have all my life. Maybe they’re just the ones who have to pay for it.”
Season 2 Episode 15 Revelations
Hotchner: “There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins.” Ecclesiastes 7:20
Season 2 Episode 16 Fear and Loathing
Gideon: “From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.” Socrates.
Reid: “The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.” Cicero.
Season 2 Episode 17 Distress
Gideon: “Our life is made by the death of others.” Leonardo da Vinci.
Hotchner: “If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.” Thomas Paine.
Season 2 Episode 18 Jones
Gideon: Robert Kennedy once said “Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live.”
Season 2 Episode 19 Ashes and Dust
Hotchner: “The torture of a bad conscience is the hell of a living soul.” John Calvin.
Hotchner: Gandhi said “Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever.”
Season 2 Episode 20 Honor Among Thieves
Prentiss: An old Russian proverb reminds us, “There can be no good without evil.”
Prentiss: “Happy families are all alike. Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” Leo Tolstoy.
Season 2 Episode 21 Open Season
Gideon: “One man’s wilderness is another man’s theme park.” Author unknown.
Prentiss: The British historian James Anthony Froude once said, “Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself.”
Season 2 Episode 22 Legacy
Hotchner: “Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity, nothing exceeds the criticisms made of the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed.” Herman Melville
Gideon: “Nothing is permanent in this wicked world— not even our troubles.” Charles Chaplin.
Season 2 Episode 23 No Way Out II: The Evilution of Frank
Gideon: “I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellect.” Oscar Wilde.
Season 3 Episode 2 In Name and Blood
Hotchner: George Washington said, “Let your heart feel for the affliction and distress of everyone.”
Season 3 Episode 3 Scared to Death
Hotchner: The Taoist philosopher Lao-tze once wrote, “He who controls others may be powerful, but he who has mastered himself is mightier still.”
Hotchner: Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face; You must do the thing you think you cannot do.”
Season 3 Episode 4 Children of the Dark
Prentiss: “In the city, crime is taken as emblematic of class and race. In the suburbs, though, it’s intimate and psychological – resistant to generalization, a mystery of the individual soul.” Barbara Ehrenreich.
Season 3 Episode 5 Seven Seconds
Hotchner: Dostoyevsky once said, “Nothing is easier than denouncing the evildoer. Nothing more difficult than understanding him.”
Hotchner: G.K. Chesterton wrote: “Fairy tales do not tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed.”
Season 3 Episode 6 About Face
Hotchner: “Now what else is the whole life of mortals but a sort of comedy, in which the various actors, disguised by various costumes and masks, walk on and play each one his part, until the manager waves them off the stage?” Erasmus.
Season 3 Episode 7 Identity
Rossi: “An earthly kingdom cannot exist without inequality of persons. Some must be free, some serfs, some rulers, some subjects.” Martin Luther.
Season 3 Episode 8 Lucky
Morgan: “Fantasy abandoned by reason produces impossible monsters.” Francisco Goya.
Morgan: “God sends meat and the devil sends cooks.” Thomas Deloney
Season 3 Episode 9 Penelope
Garcia: William Shakespeare wrote, “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.”
Season 3 Episode 10 True Night
Reid: “Superman is, after all, an alien life form. He is simply the acceptable face of invading realities.” Author Clive Barker.
Garcia: The noir hero is a knight in blood caked armor. He’s dirty and he does his best to deny the fact that he’s a hero the whole time. (Frank Miller)
Season 3 Episode 11 Birthright
Hotch: The American poet Anne Sexton once wrote, “It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.”
JJ: Wordsworth wrote, “A simple child/ That lightly draws its breath/ And feels its life in every limb/ What should it know of death?”
Season 3 Episode 12 3rd Life
Hotch: “No man or woman who tries to pursue an ideal in his or her own way is without enemies.” Daisy Bates.
Hotch: “It is a wise father that knows his own child.” William Shakespeare.
Season 3 Episode 13 Limelight
Rossi: “I know indeed what evil I intend to do, but stronger than all my afterthoughts is my fury, fury that brings upon mortals the greatest evils.” Euripides.
Rossi: “For we pay a price for everything we get or take in this world; and although ambitions are well worth having, they are not to be cheaply won.” Lucy Maud Montgomery.
Season 3 Episode 14 Damaged
Rossi: “…Within the core of each of us is the child we once were. This child constitutes the foundation of what we have become, who we are, and what we will be.” Neuroscientist Dr. R. Joseph.
Hotchner: “There is no formula for success, except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.” Arthur Rubinstein.
Season 3 Episode 15 A Higher Power
Rossi: “There is no refuge from confession but suicide; and suicide is confession.” – Daniel Webster.
Prentiss: “The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love, and to be greater than our suffering.” – Ben Okri.
Season 3 Episode 16 Elephant’s Memory
Reid: “A sad soul can kill you quicker, far quicker, than a germ.” John Steinbeck.
Reid: “We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered.” – Tom Stoppard.
Season 3 Episode 17 In Heat
JJ: “There are no secrets better kept than the secrets that everybody guesses.” – George Bernard Shaw.
JJ: “If we knew each other’s secrets, what comforts we should find.” – John Churton Collins.
Season 3 Episode 18 The Crossing
Prentiss: Author Christian Nestell Bovee once wrote, “No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities.”
JJ: Susan B. Anthony said, “A woman must not depend on the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself.”
Season 3 Episode 19 Tabula Rasa
Hotch: “All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.” – Anatole France.
Season 3 Episode 20 Lo-Fi
Hotch: Voltaire said, “The man visited by ecstasies and visions, who takes dreams for realities, is an enthusiast. The man who supports his madness with murder is a fanatic.”
Season 4 Episode 1 Mayhem
Hotch: Never think that war, no matter how necessary, nor how justified, is not a crime. – Ernest Hemingway.
Season 4 Episode 2 The Angel Maker
Hotch: “We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever. The goal is to create something that will.” Chuck Palahniuk.
Hotch: Wendell Berry said, “The past is our definition. We may strive with good reason to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it. But we will escape it only by adding something better to it.”
Season 4 Episode 3 Minimal Loss
Reid: “To follow by faith alone is to follow blindly.” Benjamin Franklin.
Prentiss: “Reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it.” Ayn Rand.
Season 4 Episode 4 Paradise
Hotch: Thomas Fuller wrote, “A fool’s paradise is a wise man’s hell.”
Hotch: Roman poet Phaedrus wrote, “Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many. The intelligence of a few, perceives what has been carefully hidden.”
Season 4 Episode 5 Catching Out
Prentiss: “Plenty sits still. Hunger is a wanderer.” Zulu proverb.
Prentiss: “Beyond the East the sunrise, beyond the West the sea/ And the East and West the wander-thirst that will not let me be.” Gerald Gould.
Season 4 Episode 6 The Instincts
Hotch: “Who speaks to the instincts speaks to the deepest in mankind and finds the readiest response.” Amos Bronson Alcott.
Reid: “I think the truly natural things are dreams, which nature can’t touch with decay.” Bob Dylan.
Season 4 Episode 7 Memoriam
Reid: “What was silent in the father speaks in the son, and often I found in the son the unveiled secret of the father.” Friedrich Nietzsche.
Reid: “There is no refuge from memory and remorse in this world. The spirits of our foolish deeds haunt us, with or without repentance.” Gilbert Parker.
Season 4 Episode 8 Masterpiece
Rossi: “Let us consider that we are all insane. It will explain us to each other; it will unriddle many riddles…” Mark Twain.
Rossi: “Man must evolve for all human conflict a method which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of such a method is love.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
Season 4 Episode 9 52 Pickup
Prentiss: Author Harlan Ellison wrote, “The minute people fall in love, they become liars.”
Rossi: P. J. O’Rourke wrote, “Cleanliness becomes more important when godliness is unlikely.”
Season 4 Episode 10 Brothers in Arms
Morgan: “We are all brothers under the skin, and I, for one, would be willing to skin humanity to prove it.” Ayn Rand.
Morgan: “… For he today who sheds his blood with me shall be my brother.” William Shakespeare.
Season 4 Episode 11 Normal
Hotchner: “Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats.” H. L. Mencken.
Rossi: “There’s no tragedy in life like the death of a child. Things never get back to the way they were.” President Dwight Eisenhower.
Season 4 Episode 12 Soul Mates
Reid: “No mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips; betrayal oozes out of him at every pore.” Sigmund Freud.
Morgan: British historian C. Northcote Parkinson said, “Delay is the deadliest form of denial.”
Season 4 Episode 13 Bloodline
Prentiss: Winston Churchill said, “There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human society, are created, strengthened and maintained.”
Hotchner: Mario Puzo wrote, “The strength of a family, like the strength of an army, is in its loyalty to each other.”
Season 4 Episode 14 Cold Comfort
JJ: “And so, all the night-tide, I lay down by the side/ Of my darling, my darling, my life and my bride. In the sepulchre there by the sea. In her tomb by the sounding sea.” Edgar Allan Poe.
Rossi: “For those who believe, no proof is necessary. For those who don’t believe, no proof is possible.” Stuart Chase.
Season 4 Episode 15 Zoe’s Reprise
Rossi: “I never teach my pupils; I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” Albert Einstein.
Rossi: Austrian novelist Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach wrote, “In youth we learn; in age we understand.”
Season 4 Episode 16 Pleasure is my Business
Hotchner: “The prostitute is not, as feminists claim, the victim of men, but rather their conqueror, an outlaw, who controls the sexual channels between nature and culture.” Camille Paglia.
Season 4 Episode 17 Demonology
Prentiss: “He who does not punish evil, commands it to be done.” Leonardo da Vinci.
Rossi: “There is no heresy or no philosophy which is so abhorrent to the church as a human being.” James Joyce.
Season 4 Episode 18 Omnivore
Hotchner: “Fate is not satisfied with inflicting one calamity.” Roman author Publilius Syrus.
Hotchner: “Men heap together the mistakes of their lives, and create a monster they call destiny.” John Hobbes.
Season 4 Episode 19 House On Fire
Hotchner: “We all live in a house on fire, no fire department to call; no way out.” Tennessee Williams.
Hotchner: “I have loved to the point of madness; That which is called madness, That which to me, is the only sensible way to love.” Françoise Sagan.
Season 4 Episode 20 Conflicted
Reid: “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.” Terry Pratchett.
Reid: “Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win.” Stephen King.
Season 4 Episode 21 A Shade of Gray
Rossi: Dr. Burton Grebin once said, “To lose a child is to lose a piece of yourself.”
Rossi: “Without a family, man, alone in the world, trembles with the cold.” Andre Maurois.
Season 4 Episode 22 The Big Wheel
Hotchner: “In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.” Francis Bacon.
Morgan: “No matter how dark the moment, love and hope are always possible.” George Chakiris.
Season 4 Episode 23 Roadkill
Hotchner: “I’m not sure about automobiles. With all their speed forward, they may be a step backward in civilization.” Booth Tarkington.
JJ: “The human voice can never reach the distance that is covered by the still, small voice of conscience.” Mahatma Gandhi.
Season 4 Episode 24 Amplification
Reid: “It will become fine dust over all the land of Egypt and it will become boils breaking out with sores on man and beast through all the land of Egypt.” Exodus 9:9.
Reid: “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it.” Helen Keller.
Season 4 Episode 25 – 26 To Hell…And Back
Hotchner: “If there were no hell, we would be like the animals. No hell, no dignity.” Flannery O’Connor.
Hotchner: Sometimes there are no words, no clever quotes to neatly sum up what’s happened that day. Sometimes you do everything right, everything exactly right, and still you feel like you failed. Did it need to end that way? Could something have been done to prevent the tragedy in the first place? Eighty-nine murders at the pig farm, the deaths of Mason and Lucas Turner make 91 lives snuffed out. Kelly Shane will go home and try to recover, to reconnect with her family but she’ll never be a child again. William Hightower, who gave his leg for his country, gave the rest of himself to avenge his sister’s murder. That makes 93 lives forever altered, not counting family and friends in a small town in Sarnia, Ontario, who thought monsters didn’t exist until they learned that they spent their lives with one. And what about my team? How many more times will they be able to look into the abyss? How many more times before they won’t ever recover the pieces of themselves that this job takes? Like I said, sometimes there are no words or clever quotes to neatly sum up what’s happened that day.
The Reaper: You should have made a deal.
Hotchner: Sometimes, the day just…
(Fade to black. A gunshot is heard)
Hotchner: … ends.
Season 5 Episode 1 Nameless, Faceless
Rossi: “A weak man has doubts before a decision. A strong man has them afterwards.” Karl Kraus.
Season 5 Episode 2 Haunted
Hotchner: “One need not be a chamber to be haunted, one need not to be a house. The brain has corridors surpassing material place.” Emily Dickinson.
Hotchner: “There is no witness so dreadful, no accuser so terrible as the conscience that dwells in the heart of every man.” Polybius.
Season 5 Episode 3 Reckoner
Rossi: “Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical.” Blaise Pascal.
Rossi: “I have always found that mercy bears richer fruits than strict justice.” Abraham Lincoln.
Season 5 Episode 4 Hopeless
Morgan: Kingman Brewster, Jr. said, “There is no lasting hope in violence, only temporary relief from hopelessness.”
Morgan: William Shakespeare wrote, “These violent delights have violent ends.”
Season 5 Episode 5 Cradle to Grave
JJ: Journalist William D. Tammeus wrote, “You don’t really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around and why his parents will always wave back.”
Season 5 Episode 6 The Eyes Have It
Morgan: “And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out and cast it from thee.” Matthew 5:29.
Morgan: “Dwell in peace in the home of your own being and the messenger of death will not be able to touch you.” Guru Nanak.
Season 5 Episode 7 The Performer
Reid: “In all the darkest pages of the malign supernatural, there is no more terrible tradition than that of the vampire – a pariah even among demons.” Writer Montague Summers.
Prentiss: Writer Cyril Connolly said, “Better to write for yourself and have no public than to write for the public and have no self.”
Season 5 Episode 8 Outfoxed
Morgan: “Man usually avoids attributing cleverness to somebody else unless it’s an enemy.” Albert Einstein.
Season 5 Episode 9 100
Hotchner: “He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.” Friedrich Nietzsche.
Hotchner: Poet Haniel Long said, “So much of what is best in us is bound up in our love of family that it remains the measure of our stability because it measures our sense of loyalty.”
Season 5 Episode 10 The Slave of Duty
Hotchner: “Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.” Oliver Wendell Holmes.
Hotchner: “What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Season 5 Episode 11 Retaliation
Prentiss: “Men are more ready to repay an injury than a benefit, because gratitude is a burden and revenge a pleasure.” Tacitus
Prentiss: “There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness but of power. They are messengers of overwhelming grief and of unspeakable love.” Washington Irving
Season 5 Episode 12 The Uncanny Valley
Reid: Peace Pilgrim wrote: “Anything you cannot relinquish when it has outlived its usefulness possesses you, and in this materialistic age a great many of us are possessed by our possessions.”
Reid: Isaac Asimov wrote: “In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate.”
Season 5 Episode 13 Risky Business
JJ: Mother Teresa said, “Life is a game – play it … Life is too precious, do not destroy it.”
JJ: “Experience is a brutal teacher, but you learn. My God, do you learn.” C.S. Lewis
Season 5 Episode 14 Parasite
Prentiss: “Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.” Sir Walter Scott.
Prentiss: “If I am what I have, and if I lose what I have, who, then, am I?” German psychologist Erich Fromm.
Season 5 Episode 15 Public Enemy
Rossi: “When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when his son gives to his father, both cry.” William Shakespeare.
Rossi: “Show me a hero, and I will write you a tragedy.” F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Season 5 Episode 16 Mosley Lane
JJ: Emily Dickinson wrote, “Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without words, and never stops at all.”
JJ: Nietzsche wrote, “Hope is the worst of evils, for it prolongs the torments of man.”
Season 5 Episode 17 Solitary Man
Morgan: Christopher Lash said, “Family is a haven in a heartless world.”
Prentiss: Tennessee Williams said, “We’re all of us sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life.”
Season 5 Episode 18 The Fight
Hotchner: Mother Teresa said, “I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.”
Season 5 Episode 19 Rite of Passage
Hotchner: “Many persons have the wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” Helen Keller.
Prentiss: “A lion’s work hours are only when he’s hungry. Once he’s satisfied, the predator and prey lie peacefully together.” Chuck Jones.
Season 5 Episode 20 …A Thousand Words
Rossi: “A sincere artist tries to create something which is, in itself, a living thing.” Painter William Dobell.
Hotchner: Gandhi said, “I have seen children successfully surmount the effects of an evil inheritance. That is due to purity being an inherent attribute of the soul.”
Season 5 Episode 21 Exit Wounds
Garcia: “Nature, in her most dazzling aspects or stupendous parts, is but the background and theater of the tragedy of man.” John Morley
Garcia: Ralph W. Sockman said, “Nothing is so strong as gentleness, and nothing is so gentle as real strength.”
Season 5 Episode 22 The Internet Is Forever
Hotchner: “The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” George Bernard Shaw.
Rossi: “The Internet is the first thing that humanity has built that humanity doesn’t understand, the largest experiment in anarchy that we have ever had.” Eric Schmidt.
Season 5 Episode 23 Our Darkest Hour
Morgan: Alfred Lord Tennyson wrote, “And out of the darkness came the hands that reach thro’ nature, moulding men.”
Season 6 Episode 1 The Longest Night
JJ: “A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. If these minds love one another, the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But if these minds get out of harmony with one other it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden.” The Buddha.
Season 6 Episode 2 JJ
JJ: Jean Racine said, “A tragedy need not have blood and death; it’s enough that it all be filled with that majestic sadness that is the pleasure of tragedy.”
Season 6 Episode 3 Remembrance of Things Past
Rossi: Marcel Proust wrote, “Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.”
Rossi: Mark Twain wrote, “When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not. But my faculties are decaying now, and soon I shall be so that I cannot remember any but the things that never happened. It is sad to go to pieces like this, but we all have to do it.”
Season 6 Episode 4 Compromising Positions
Prentiss: “We all wear masks, and the times comes when we cannot remove them without removing our own skin.” Andre Berthiaume
Garcia: Abraham Lincoln said, “Whatever you are, be a good one.”
Season 6 Episode 5 Safe Haven
Morgan: “All humanity is one undivided and indivisible family. I cannot detach myself from the wickedest soul.” Mahatma Gandhi.
Morgan: “But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep.” Robert Frost.
Season 6 Episode 6 Devil’s Night
Hotchner: Niccolo Machiavelli wrote, “If an injury has to be done to a man it should be so severe that his vengeance need not be feared.”
Hotchner: Thomas Kempis wrote, “Love feels no burden, thinks nothing of its trouble, attempts what is above its strength, pleads no excuse of impossibility; for it thinks all things lawful for itself, and all things possible.”
Season 6 Episode 7 Middle Man
Hotchner: “Without heroes, we are all plain people and don’t know how far we can go.” Bernard Malamud
Hotchner: “The herd seek out the great, not for their sake but for their influence; and the great welcome them out of vanity or need.” Napoleon Bonaparte
Season 6 Episode 8 Reflection of Desire
Garcia: “Fame will go by and, so long, I’ve had you, fame. If it goes by, I’ve always known it was fickle. So at least it’s something I experience, but that’s not where I live.” Marilyn Monroe
Garcia: I believe humanity was born from conflict. Maybe that’s why in all of us lives a dark side. Some of us embrace it. Some have no choice. The rest of us fight it. In the end, it’s as natural as the air we breathe. At some point, we’re forced to face the truth. Ourselves.
Season 6 Episode 9 Into the Woods
Morgan: Ralph Ellison said, “I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me.”
Hotchner: Elise Cabot said, “Evil endures a moment’s flush, and then leaves but a burnt out shell.”
Season 6 Episode 10 What Happens at Home
Hotchner: “When we were children, we used to think that when we grew up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability… to be alive is to be vulnerable.” Writer Madeleine L’Engle
Rossi: “Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.” Writer Oscar Wilde
Season 6 Episode 11 25 to Life
Morgan: “There is no such thing as part freedom.” Nelson Mandela
Morgan: “All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered. The point is to discover them.” Galileo
Season 6 Episode 12 Corazón
Reid: “No man chooses evil because it is evil; he only mistakes it for happiness, the good he seeks.” Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley.
Reid: “The best and most beautiful things in life cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.” Helen Keller.
Season 6 Episode 13 The Thirteenth Step
Prentiss: Friedrich Nietzsche wrote, “What really raises one’s indignation against suffering is not suffering intrinsically, but the senselessness of suffering.”
Prentiss: William Glasser wrote, “What happened in the past that was painful has a great deal to do with what we are today.”
Season 6 Episode 14 Sense Memory
Morgan: “Hunting is not a sport. In a sport, both sides should know they are in the game.” Comedian Paul Rodriguez.
Prentiss: “Nothing revives the past so completely as a smell that was once associated with it.” Novelist Vladimir Nabokov.
Season 6 Episode 15 Today I Do
Prentiss: “There’s no chance, no destiny, no fate, that can circumvent or hinder or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.” Ella Wheeler Wilcox
Rossi: “It’s hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head.” Sally Kempton
Season 6 Episode 16 Coda
Reid: “Tomorrow, you promise yourself, will be different, but tomorrow is too often a repetition of today.” Author James T. Mccay
Ian Doyle: Honore de Balzac once said, “Most people of action are inclined to fatalism, and most of thought believe in providence.” Tell me, Emily Prentiss, which do you think you’re gonna be?
Season 6 Episode 17 Valhalla
Prentiss: Lao Tzu said, “When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.”
Prentiss: Journalist Dorothea Dix wrote, “Confession is always weakness. The grave soul keeps its own secrets, and takes its own punishment in silence.”
Season 6 Episode 18 Lauren
JJ: Psychoanalyst Walter Langer wrote, “People will believe a big lie sooner than a little one, and if you repeat it frequently enough, people will sooner or later believe it.”
Prentiss: “The secret to getting away with lying is believing with all your heart. That goes for lying to yourself, even moreso than lying to another.” Author Elizabeth Bear.
Season 6 Episode 19 With Friends Like These…
Reid: Lizette Reese said, “The old faiths light their candles all about, but burly truth comes by and puts them out.”
Morgan: Siddhartha Buddha said, “It is not his enemy or foe that lures him to evil ways.”
Season 6 Episode 20 Hanley Waters
Morgan: Poet Antonio Porchia wrote, “Man, when he does not grieve, hardly exists.”
Season 6 Episode 21 The Stranger
Seaver: “Every journey into the past is complicated by delusions, false memories, false naming of real events.” Adrienne Rich
Hotchner: “Sometimes human places create inhuman monsters.” Stephen King.
Season 6 Episode 22 Out of the Light
Rossi: Agathon said, “Of this alone, even God is deprived, the power of making things that are past never to have been.”
Hotchner: Doménico Cieri Estrada wrote, “Bring the past only if you’re going to build from it.”
Season 6 Episode 23 Big Sea
Rossi: “The sea has never been friendly to man. At most, it has been the accomplice of human restlessness.” Joseph Conrad
Morgan: “We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch, we are going back from whence we came.” John F. Kennedy
Season 6 Episode 24 Supply & Demand
Hotchner: Thomas Hardy said, “And yet to every bad there’s a worse.”
Rossi: “What lies in our power to do, lies in our power not to do.” Aristotle.
Season 7 Episode 1 It Takes a Village
JJ: Queen Elizabeth I said, “The past cannot be cured.”
Prentiss: “I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.” FBI oath of office.
Season 7 Episode 2 Proof
Reid: “If it is a miracle, any sort of evidence will answer. But if it is a fact, proof is necessary.” Mark Twain
Rossi: Scott Adams wrote, “Nothing inspires forgiveness quite like revenge.”
Season 7 Episode 3 Dorado Falls
Reid: “Men are not prisoners of fate, but only prisoners of their own minds.” Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Rossi: “We’re born alone, we live alone, we die alone. Only through our love and friendship can we create the illusion for the moment that we’re not alone.” Orson Welles
Season 7 Episode 4 Painless
Reid: “You may leave school, but it never leaves you.” Andy Partridge
Hotch: “Pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.” Kahlil Gibran
Season 7 Episode 5 From Childhood’s Hour
Reid: “From childhood’s hour I have not been As others were; I have not seen As others saw.” Edgar Allen Poe.
Rossi: “All things truly wicked start from an innocence.” Ernest Hemingway
Season 7 Episode 6 Epilogue
Rossi: “To die is poignantly bitter, but the idea of having to die without having lived is unbearable.” Erich Fromm.
Rossi: “The timing of death, like the ending of a story, gives a changed meaning to what preceded it.” Mary Catherine Bateson.
Season 7 Episode 7 There’s No Place Like Home
Hotch: “For the man sound in body and serene of mind there is no such thing as bad weather, every sky has its beauty, and storms which whip the blood do but make it pulse more vigorously.” George Gissing.
JJ: “Adversity is like a strong wind. I don’t mean just that it holds us back from places we might otherwise go. It also tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that afterward we see ourselves as we really are, and not merely as we might like to be.” Arthur Golden.
Season 7 Episode 8 Hope
Garcia: “Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark.” George Iles.
Garcia: We are each on our own journey. Each of us is on our very own adventure; encountering all kinds of challenges, and the choices we make on that adventure will shape us as we go; these choices will stretch us, test us and push us to our limit; and our adventure will make us stronger then we ever know we could be.” (Thank you, LuLu!)
Garcia: There’s a quote by my favorite author, Joseph Campbell, and it goes like this: “Find a place inside where there’s joy, and the joy will burn out the pain.”
Season 7 Episode 9 Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
Morgan: Morgan: “Things do not change. We change.” Henry David Thoreau.
Col. Massey: Brotherhood is the very price and condition of man’s survival.
Morgan: Carlos P. Romulo
Morgan: “Beware, so long as you live, of judging men by their outward appearance.” Jean de la Fontaine.
Season 7 Episode 10 The Bittersweet Science
Hotch: “Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die.” Joe Louis
Hotch: “Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go.” Hermann Hesse
Season 7 Episode 11 True Genius
Morgan: “Three can keep a secret if two of them are dead.” Benjamin Franklin.
Reid: “There is no greater sorrow than to recall happiness in times of misery.” Dante Alighieri
Season 7 Episode 12 Unknown Subject
Hotch: “We do not suffer from the shock of our trauma, but we make out of it just what suits our purposes.” Alfred Adler.
Prentiss: “All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.” Henry Ellis
Season 7 Episode 13 Snake Eyes
Hotch: A Chinese proverb says, “At the gambling table, there are no fathers or sons.”
Rossi: George Augustus Sala said, “A gambler with a system must be, to a greater or lesser extent, insane.”
Season 7 Episode 14 “Closing Time”
Hotch: “For trust not him that hath once broken faith.” William Shakespeare
Hotch: “You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment if you do not trust enough.” Frank Crane
Season 7 Episode 15 “A Thin Line”
Morgan: “Equality may perhaps be a right – but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.” Honore de Balzac.
Prentiss: “I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter who it’s for – or against.” Malcolm X.
Season 7 Episode 16 “A Family Affair”
Morgan: Eckhart Tolle said, “Where there is anger, there is always pain underneath.”
JJ: “Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you.” H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
Season 7 Episode 17 “I Love You, Tommy Brown”
Morgan: “It was once said that love is giving someone the ability to destroy you, but trusting them not to.”
Morgan: “For every good reason there is to lie, there is a better reason to tell the truth.” Bo Bennett.
Season 7 Episode 18 “Foundation”
Season 7 Episode 19 “Heathridge Manor”