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Season 2 Quotes

Almost every episode of Criminal Minds begins and ends with a quote. This is a comprehensive list of the quotes, 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
2x01, "The Fisher King (2)"
"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." Francois de la Roche Foucauld Gideon

"It has been said that 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 Reid
2x02, "P911"
(1 quote)
"The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children." Dietrich Bonhoeffer Gideon
2x03, "The Perfect Storm"
"Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one who inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it." Mark Twain Gideon

"Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls. The most massive characters are seared with scars." Khalil Gibran Hotch
2x04, "Psychodrama"
"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth." Oscar Wilde Hotch

"The basis of shame is not some personal mistake of ours, but that this humiliation is seen by everyone." Milan Kundera Hotch
2x05, "Aftermath"
(1 quote)
"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it." Helen Keller Gideon
2x06, "The Boogeyman"
(1 quote)
"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." Plato Hotch
2x07, "North Mammon"
"It's not so important who starts the game, but who finishes it." John Wooden JJ

"The ultimate choice for a man, in as much as he is given to transcend himself, is to create or destroy, to love or to hate." Erich Fromm JJ
2x08, "Empty Planet"
(1 quote)
"Crime butchers innocents to secure a prize. And innocence struggles with all its might against the attempts of crime." Maximilien Robespierre Gideon
2x09, "The Last Word"
"If men could only know each other, they would neither idolize nor hate." Elbert Hubbard Gideon

"Remember that all through history, there have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they seem invincible. But in the end, they always fall. Always." Mahatma Ghandi Hotch
2x10, "Lessons Learned"
"Some of the best lessons are learned from past mistakes. The error of the past is the wisdom of the future." Dale Turner Gideon

"In order to learn the most important lessons of life, one must each day surmount a fear." Ralph Waldo Emerson Gideon
2x11, "Sex, Birth, Death"
"Between the idea and the reality, between the motion and the act, falls the shadow." T.S. Eliot Reid

"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." T.S. Eliot Reid
2x12, "Profiler, Profiled"
(1 quote)
"All secrets are deep. All secrets become dark. That's in the nature of secrets." Cory Doctorow Morgan
2x13, "No Way Out"
(1 quote)
"Evil brings men together." Aristotle Gideon
2x14, "The Big Game"
(1 quote)
"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." Perry Smith Gideon
2x15, "Revelations"
(1 quote)
"There is not a righteous man on Earth who does what is right and never sins." Ecclesiastes 7:20 Hotch
2x16, "Fear and Loathing"
"From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate." Socrates Gideon

"The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living." Cicero Reid
2x17, "Distress"
"Our life is made by the death of others." Leonardo Da Vinci Gideon

"If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace." Thomas Paine Hotch
2x18, "Jones"
(1 quote)
"Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom, not a guide by which to live." Robert Kennedy Gideon
2x19, "Ashes and Dust"
"The torture of a bad conscience is the hell of a living soul." John Calvin Hotch

"Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever." Mahatma Ghandi Hotch
2x20, "Honor Among Thieves"
"There can be no good without evil." Russian proverb Prentiss

"Happy families are all alike. Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way." Leo Tolstoy Prentiss
2x21, "Open Season"
"One man's wilderness is another man's theme park." Unknown Gideon

"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." James Anthony Froud Prentiss
2x22, "Legacy"
"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 Hotch

"Nothing is permanent in this wicked world. Not even our troubles." Charles Chaplin Hotch
2x23, "No Way Out II: The Evilution of Frank"
(1 quote)
"I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their good intellects." Oscar Wilde Gideon

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