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Dr. Manhattan Quotes

February 25, 2010 26 comments

A few quotes by the character of Dr. Manhattan from the movie/ comic “Watchmen”. I agree with these ones..

A live body and a dead body contain the same number of particles. Structurally, there’s no discernible difference. Life and death are unquantifiable abstracts. Why should I be concerned?

This statement is much more meaningful than you realize. Consider bacterial spores, prions or even two identically damaged cells, where one will recover and another that will die.. the line between ‘live and ‘not live’ is far hazier than you realize.

There is no future. There is no past. Do you see? Time is simultaneous, an intricately structured jewel that humans insist on viewing one edge at a time, when the whole design is visible in every facet.

We perceive time as linear and unidirectional. The important words are “we perceive”

I would only agree that a symbolic clock is as nourishing to the intellect as a photo of oxygen to a drowning man.

Most human talk and perform actions that do not address the real problem, because no one is confident they can succeed.

I’ve walked across the sun. I’ve seen events so tiny and so fast they hardly can be said to have occurred at all, but you… you are a man. And this world’s smartest man means no more to me than does its smartest termite.

Required reading for any person, especially western civilization-type white guys. In terms of impact, humans are as important as termites. We may, one day, have as large an impact on earth as blue green algae.

The morality of my activities escapes me.

Morality is what humans like to believe.

Even if I can’t predict where I’m going to find you, I can turn these walls to glass.

You are only human!

She says I am like a god now. I tell her I don’t think there is a god. And if there is I’m nothing like him.

Because I do not care about humans, unlike the gods conceptualized by humans.

Nothing ends, Adrian. Nothing ever ends.

Causality and randomness are a bitch!

In my opinion, the existence of life is a highly overrated phenomenon.

It is..

Why must I save the world I no longer have any stake in?

If you want to behave like apes, don’t expect me to care.

I am tired of Earth. These people. I’m tired of being caught in the tangle of their lives.

I am tired of humans.

Anything that can happen does happen.

Will explain this in a separate post. Potentially the most brilliant line in the book/ movie.

I can change almost anything… but I can’t change human nature.

It is not that he cannot change human nature, but the result would be more problematic than you realize.

Laurie Juspeczyk: Everyone will die!
Dr. Manhattan : And the universe will not even notice.

But most humans cannot face that reality.

They claim their labors are to build a heaven, yet their heaven is populated by horrors. Perhaps the world is not made. Perhaps nothing is made. A clock without a craftsman. It’s too late. Always has been, always will be. Too late.

I do not care about suicidal apes.

What do you think?