Dr. Hannibal Lecter quotes

Good evening, Clarice.

You know what you look like to me, with your good bag and your cheap shoes? You look like a rube. A well-scrubbed, hustling rube with a little taste. Good nutrition has given you some length of bone, but you're not more than one generation from poor white trash, are you, Agent Starling? And that accent you've tried so desperately to shed? Pure West Virginia. What's your father, dear? Is he a coal miner? Does he stink of the lamp? You know how quickly the boys found you ... all those tedious sticky fumblings in the back seats of cars ... while you could only dream of getting out ... getting anywhere ... getting all the way to the FBI.

A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti. [hisses] Note: ranked #21 in the American Film Institute's list of the top 100 movie quotations in American cinema.

There are three major centers for transsexual surgery – Johns Hopkins, University of Minnesota, and Columbus Medical Center.

I've been in this room for eight years now, Clarice. I know they will never ever let me out while I'm alive. What I want is a view. I want a window where I can see a tree, or even water. I want to be in a federal institution, far away from Dr. Chilton.

And don't lie, Clarice, or I'll know.

Advancement, of course. Listen carefully. Look deep within yourself, Clarice Starling. Go seek out Miss Mofet, an old patient of mine. M-O-F-E-T. Go now, I don't think Miggs could manage again quite so soon, even though he is crazy. [shouting] Go now!

Ready when you are, Sergeant Pembry.

People will say we're in love.

All good things to those who wait.

Tell me, Clarice – have the lambs stopped screaming?

You know what you look like with your good bag and your cheap shoes? You look like a rube.

You fly back to school now, little Starling. Fly, fly, fly. Fly, fly, fly.

Look for severe childhood disturbances associated with violence. Our Billy wasn't born a killer, Clarice. Oh no, he was made one through years of systematic abuse. Our Billy hates his own identity, you see. He always has, and he thinks that makes him a transsexual. But his pathology is a thousand times more savage and more terrifying. He wants to be reborn, you see. Our Billy wants to be reborn, Clarice. And he will be reborn.

I'm having an old friend for dinner.

Quid pro quo Clarice I tell you things you tell me things. Not about this case of course but about yourself. Quid pro quo. Yes or no Clarice

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