Gattaca

Gattaca quotes

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Anton Freeman
Antonio Freeman
Coda
Jerome Eugene Morrow
Marie Freeman
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Vincent Freeman


Director Josef: No one exceeds their potential. If they did, it would mean we did not accurately gauge their potential in the first place.


...the impossible happened. It was the moment that made everything else possible.

I belonged to a new underclass, no longer determined by social status or the color of your skin. We now have discrimination down to a science.

[at the classroom]
Anton Freeman: Vincent. My God you have changed. What, has it been so long, you've forgotten how to hug your brother?
Vincent Freeman: Why, are we brothers? [Pause] What are you doing here?
Anton: I should be asking you that question. I have a right to be here. You don't. Hey, I can straighten things out. I can get you out of here-
Vincent: Do you have any idea what it took get IN here?!
Anton: Listen, you're in a big deal of trouble. You're coming with me now!
Vincent: There is still a few billion more miles for me to go..
Anton: Look, Vincent-
Vincent: MY GOD, ARE YOU GOING TO TELL ME WHAT I CAN AND CAN'T DO NOW!? In case you haven't noticed, I don't need anymore rescuing, but you did once.
Anton: You didn't rescue me. I rescued myself.
Vincent: Who are you trying to fool?
Anton: You want me to prove it to you? OK, I'LL PROVE IT TO YOU!

[Vincent's parents are planning a second child, and are shown four candidate embryos]
Geneticist: We want to give your child the best possible start. Believe me, we have enough imperfection built in already. Your child doesn't need any more additional burdens. Keep in mind, this child is still you. Simply, the best, of you. You could conceive naturally a thousand times and never get such a result.
. . .
Vincent's mother: What will happen to the others?
Geneticist: [smiles] These are not babies, Marie. Merely human possibilities. Smaller... than grains... of sand. [sets petri dish on the table] See?

For someone who was never meant for this world, I must confess I'm suddenly having a hard time leaving it. Of course, they say every atom in our bodies was once part of a star. Maybe I'm not leaving... maybe I'm going home. [A reference to the opening monologue of the play The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds]

[Prior to launch, Vincent is confronted with an unexpected urine test without one of Jerome's samples]
Vincent: What's this?
Dr. Lamar: New policy. What's the matter? Flight got you nervous?
Vincent: Well, there's a problem Lamar...
Dr. Lamar: ...I still haven't told you about my son, have I? He's a big fan of yours...
Vincent: Just remember that I was as good as any, and better than most...
Dr. Lamar: ...He wants to apply here...
Vincent: ...I could've gone up and back and nobody would've been the wiser...
Dr. Lamar: ...unfortunately, my son's not all that they promised. But then again, who knows what he could do.
[test reveals Vincent as an invalid]
Dr. Lamar: [smiles] For future reference, right-handed men don't hold it with their left. It's just one of those things.
[Lamar overrides the results with Jerome's valid ID]
Dr. Lamar: You don't want to miss your flight, Vincent.

German: Blood has no nationality.

Caesar: Thinking of space, Vincent? Well here, you can start by cleaning that space right there.

Caesar: When you clean the glass, Vincent, don't clean it too well...you might get ideas.

[On how he was finally able to beat Anton in their swimming contests] You want to know how I did it? This is how I did it, Anton -- I never saved anything for the swim back.

[Vincent is looking at a picture of a 12-fingered pianist]
Irene: You didn't know?
Vincent: Oh, I knew.
Irene: It's amazing, isn't it?
Vincent: Twelve fingers, it's a wonder he can play.
Irene: That piece can only be played with twelve.

Come on, you coward.

Are we brothers?

In a few short years, scientists will have completed the Human Genome Project, the mapping of all the genes that make up a human being. We have now evolved to the point where we can direct our own evolution. Had we acquired this knowledge sooner, the following people may never have been born: Abraham Lincoln — Marfan Syndrome
Emily Dickinson — Manic Depression
Vincent Van Gogh — Epilepsy
Albert Einstein — Dyslexia
John F. Kennedy — Addison's Disease
Rita Hayworth — Alzheimer's Disease
Ray Charles — Primary Glaucoma
Stephen Hawking — Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
Jackie Joyner-Kersee — Asthma Of course, the other birth that may never have taken place is your own...