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Season 5 Quotes

Almost every episode of Criminal Minds begins and ends with a quote. This is a comprehensive list of the quotes from Season 5, 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.

Who Said It
5x01 "Nameless, Faceless"
(1 quote)
"A weak man has doubts before a decision. A strong man has them afterwards." Carl Kraus Rossi

5x02 "Haunted"
"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 Hotch

"There is no witness so dreadful, no accuser so terrible as the conscience that dwells in the heart of every man." Polybius Hotch

5x03 "Reckoner"
"Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical" Blaise Pascal Rossi

"I have always found that mercy bears richer fruit than strict justice." Abraham Lincoln Rossi

5x04 "Hopeless"
"There is no lasting hope in violence, only temporary relief from hopelessness." Kingman Brewster, Jr. Morgan

"These violent delights have violent ends." William Shakespeare Morgan

5x05 "Cradle to Grave"
(1 quote)
"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." Journalist William D. Tammeus JJ

5x06 "The Eyes Have It"
"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 Morgan

5x07 "The Performer"
"In all the darkest pages in the malign supernatural, there is no more terrible tradition than that of a vampire - a pariah even among demons." Writer Montague Summers Reid

"Better to write for yourself and have no public than to write for the public and have no self." Writer Cyril Connolly Prentiss

5x08 "Outfoxed"
(1 quote)
"Man usually avoids attributing cleverness to somebody else unless it's an enemy." Albert Einstein Morgan

5x09 "100"
"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 Hotch

"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." Haniel Long Hotch

5x10 "The Slave of Duty"
"It's love that makes the world go round." W. S. Gilbert Hotch

"Where we love is home, home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts." Oliver Wendell Holmes Hotch

"What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us." Ralph Waldo Emerson Hotch

5x11 "Retaliation"
"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 Prentiss

5x12 "The Uncanny Valley"
"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."
Mildred Lisette Norman Reid

"In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate." Isaac Asimov Reid

5x13 "Risky Business"
"Life is a game, play it....Life is too precious, do not destroy it." Mother Teresa JJ

"Experience is a brutal teacher, but you learn. My God, do you learn." C.S. Lewis JJ

5x14 "Parasite"
"If I am what I have, and if I lose what I have, who then am I?" German Psychologist Erich Fromm Rossi

"Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive. Sir Walter Scott Prentiss

5x15 "Public Enemy"
"Show me a hero, and I will write you a tragedy." F. Scott Fitzgerald Rossi

"When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when his son gives to his father, both cry." William Shakespeare Rossi

5x16 "Mosley Lane"
"Hope is the worst of evils, for it prolongs the torments of man." Friedrich Nietzsche

"Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all." Emily Dickinson JJ

5x17 "Solitary Man"
"We're all sentenced to solitary confinement inside our own skins, for life." Tennessee Williams Prentiss

"The family is a haven in a heartless world." Christopher Lasch Morgan

5x18 "The Fight"
(1 quote)
"I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love." Mother Teresa Hotch

5x19 "Rite of Passage"
"A lions work hours are only when he's hungry; once he's satisfied, the predator and prey live peacefully together." Chuck Jones Prentiss

"Many persons have the wrong idea of what constitutes true not attained through self-gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose." Helen Keller Hotch

5x20 "...A Thousand Words"
"A sincere artist tries to create something which is, in itself, a living thing." Painter William Dobell Rossi

"I have seen children successfully surmount the effects of an evil inheritance. That is due to purity being an inherent attribute of the soul." Mohandas Gandhi Hotch

5x21 "Exit Wounds"
"Nature, in her most dazzling aspects or stupendous parts, is but the background and theater of the tragedy of man." John Morley Garcia

"Nothing is so strong as gentleness and nothing is so gentle as real strength." Ralph W. Sockman Garcia

5x22 "The Internet Is Forever"
"The single biggest problem with communication is the illusion that it has taken place." George Bernard Shaw Hotch

"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 Rossi

5x23 "Our Darkest Hour"
(1 quote)
"And out of darkness came the hands that reach thro' nature, moulding men." Alfred Lord Tennyson

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