I honestly figured that there’d be dozens of sites out there with hundreds of quotes by villains. There are certainly plenty of quotes ABOUT villainy; but there’s quotes about damn near everything. Villainly quotes are deeply underrepresented.
I thought about breaking these down into categories, but then I figured, “I’ll just ask people to suggest their favorite badass, interesting, inspirational, and/or funny things said by Villains, and type them in whenever I get a chance.
So this is The Eternally, Ever-Growing List Of Quotes By Villains. Enjoy it!
“We live in a primitive time—don’t we, Will?—neither savage nor wise. Half measures are the curse of it. Any rational society would either kill me or give me my books.”
― Dr. Hannibal Lecter,
“We are a nebulous and monolithic organization that exists solely to commit evil acts and sometimes to act as a straw man.”
–Terrible Writing Advice
“The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.”
–The Usual Suspects, Christopher McQuarrie (and apparently, according to Quote Investigator, probably quoting Charles Baudelaire
“We have eternity to know your flesh”.
-Pinhead, “Hellraiser”, by Clive Barker
“Dark Lords shatter destiny; it’s what we do.”
“As you know, the concept of the suction pump is centuries old. And really, that’s all this is, except that instead of sucking water, I’m sucking life. I’ve just sucked one year of your life away. I might one day go as high as five, but I really don’t know what that would do to you, so let’s just start with what we have. What did this do to you? Tell me. And remember, this is for posterity, so… be honest. How do you feel?”
-Count Rugen, “The Princess Bride”, William Goldman
“That’s it then. Cancel the kitchen scraps for lepers and orphans, no more merciful beheadings, and call off Christmas.”
-The Sheriff of Nottingham, “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves”, Pen Densham and John Watson
“Oft have I digg’d up dead men from their graves,
And set them upright at their dear friends’ doors,
Even when their sorrows almost were forgot;
And on their skins, as on the bark of trees,
Have with my knife carved in Roman letters,
‘Let not your sorrow die, though I am dead.’
Tut, I have done a thousand dreadful things
As willingly as one would kill a fly,
And nothing grieves me heartily indeed
But that I cannot do ten thousand more.”