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Season 1 Quotes


Almost every episode of Criminal Minds begins and ends with a quote. This is a comprehensive list of the quotes from Season 1, the episodes they were in, and which character said them.

The quotes used on the show might not be the "entire" actual quote written and may be edited for the shows purposes.


Episode Quote Author Who said it
1x01 "Extreme Aggressor"
(6 quotes)
"The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary. Men alone are quite capable of every wickedness." Joseph Conrad Gideon

"All is a riddle, and the key to a riddle...is another riddle." Ralph Waldo Emerson Gideon

"Try again, fail again. Fail better." Samuel Beckett Gideon

"Try not, do or do not." Yoda Morgan

"The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you will see." Winston Churchill Gideon

"When you look long into an abyss, the abyss looks into you." Friedrich Nietzsche Gideon
1x02, "Compulsion"
(3 quotes)
"Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world." Albert Einstein Gideon

"There are certain clues at a crime scene which by their very nature do not lend themselves to being collected or examined. How's one collect love, rage, hatred, fear...? These are things that we're trained to look for." James Reese Gideon

"Don't bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself." William Faulkner Gideon
1x03, "Won't Get Fooled Again"
(1 quote)
"Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble." Samuel Johnson Gideon
1x04, "Plain Sight"
(2 quotes)
"Don't forget that I cannot see myself -- that my role is limited to being the one who looks in the mirror." Jacques Rigaut Gideon

"Birds sing after a storm. Why shouldn't people feel as free to delight in whatever sunlight remains to them?" Rose Kennedy Gideon
1x05, "Broken Mirror"
(2 quotes)
"When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him." Euripides Gideon

"When love is in excess, it brings a man no honor, nor worthiness." Euripides Gideon
1x06, "L.D.S.K."
(2 quotes)
"The irrationality of a thing is not an argument against its existence, rather, a condition of it." Friedrich Nietzsche Gideon

"Nothing is so common as the wish to be remarkable." (attributed to) William Shakespeare Hotch
1x07, "The Fox"
(1 quote)
"With foxes, we must play the fox." Thomas Fuller Gideon
1x08, "Natural Born Killer"
(2 quotes)
"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." Ernest Hemingway Gideon

"The healthy man does not torture others. Generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers." Carl Jung Gideon
1x09, "Derailed"
(2 quotes)
"A belief is not merely an idea the mind possesses. It is an idea that possesses the mind." Robert Oxton Bolton Gideon

"The question that sometimes drives me hazy: Am I, or the others crazy?" Albert Einstein Reid
1x10, "The Popular Kids"
(2 quotes)
"Unfortunately, a super-abundance of dreams is paid for by a growing potential for nightmares." Sir Peter Ustinov Gideon

"Ideologies separate us. Dreams and anguish bring us together." Eugene Ionesco Gideon
1x11, "Blood Hungry"
(1 quote)
"The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone." Harriet Beecher Stowe Gideon
1x12, "What Fresh Hell?"
(2 quotes)
"Evil is always unspectacular and always human. And shares our bed...and eats at our table." W.H. Auden Gideon

"Measure not the work until the day's out and the labor done." Elizabeth Barrett Browning Gideon
1x13, "Poison"
(2 quotes)
"What is food to one is to others bitter poison." Lucretious Gideon

"Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves." Confucius Gideon
1x14, "Riding the Lightning"
(2 quotes)
"Who so sheddeth man's blood by man shall his blood be shed." Genesis 9:6 Gideon

"What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world, remains and is immortal." Albert Pine - attributed to Pine, but actually by Mason Albert Pike, from his book “Ex Corde Locutiones: Words from the Heart Spoken of His Dead Brethren” (Google Books link) Gideon
1x15, "Unfinished Business"
(3 quotes)
"It is those we live with and love and should know who elude us." Norman Maclean Gideon

Who in his mind has not probe the dark water? "East from Eden" John Steinbeck (here used in a puzzle by the Keystone Killer) (read by) Reid

"In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present." Sir Francis Bacon (here used in a puzzle by The Keystone Killer and in Max Ryan's book on page 184). (read by) Max Ryan

"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years." Abraham Lincoln Elle
1x16, "The Tribe"
(1 quote)
"The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe." Friedrich Nietzsche Hotch
1x17, "A Real Rain"
(3 quotes)
"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." W.H. Auden Gideon

"It is better to be violent if there is violence in our hearts than to put on the cloak of non-violence to cover impotence." Mahatma Gandhi Gideon

"I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary. The evil it does is permanent." Mahatma Gandhi Hotch
1x18, "Somebody's Watching"
(2 quotes)
"A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you, the less you know." Diane Arbus Gideon

"An American has no sense of privacy. He does not know what it means. There is no such thing in the country." George Bernard Shaw Gideon
1x19, "Machismo"
(2 quotes)
"Other things may change us, but we start and end with family." Anthony Brandt Hotch

"The house does not rest on the ground, but upon a woman." Mexican proverb Hotch
1x20, "Charm and Harm"
(2 quotes)
"There are some that only employ words for the purpose of disguising their thoughts." Voltaire Gideon

"We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others, that in the end, we become disguised to ourselves." François de la Rochefoucauld Gideon
1x21, "Secrets and Lies"
(2 quotes)
"Whoever undertakes to set himself up as judge in the field of truth and knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods." Albert Einstein Gideon

"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act." George Orwell Gideon
1x22, "The Fisher King (1)"
(1 quote)
"No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one." Elbert Hubbard Gideon

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