“Criminal Minds” quotes range from witty to profound. Some quotes come from literary figures such as Voltaire while others are just interesting dialogue written for TV. “Criminal Minds” is a TV series airing weekly on CBS and centers around members of the FBI’s BAU (Behavioral Analysis Unit), profilers analyzing criminal behavior in an effort to anticipate their next move.
“Psychoanalyst Walter Langer wrote, ‘People will believe a big lie sooner than a little one and if you repeat it often enough, people will sooner or later believe it.’”Jennifer “JJ” Jareau, the BAU’s Communications Officer, quotes Langer on season six episode eighteen of “Criminal Minds.” This final episode, titled “A Big Lie,” saw agent Emily Prentiss being declared dead and buried in an effort to conceal her from nemesis Ian Doyle.
“Doyle’s killing families. She’s not married, not close to relatives. He was ready to wipe us out. She ran to protect us.” Agent David Ross, played by Joe Mantegna, tells his BAU team on “Criminal Minds” episode “We’re Her Family.” In order to protect her BAU family from terrorist Ian Doyle, Emily Prentiss vanishes, attempting find Doyle herself.
“The question isn’t why do I kill people. The question is why don’t I kill everybody? I decide who dies but mostly I decide who lives. I’m like…God.” Tim Curry’s “Criminal Minds” quote is from the “I am God” episode of season six where he plays serial killer Billy Flynn. On this segment, Billy explains the reason he commits murder to the daughter of Detective Spicer.
“Look, I don't speak smartass. If you’ve got something to say, then say it.” This line from Michael Russo, a junkyard owner, is in reply to Special Agent Derek Morgan’s insinuations as part of a murder investigation. The quote is from the first season of “Criminal Minds” in an episode titled “Natural Born Killer.”
“Confucius once said, ‘Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.'" Spoken by Special Agent Jason Gideon in 2005, a role played by Mandy Patinkin.
“There are some that only employ words for the purpose of disguising their thoughts. Voltaire.” Quoted by Agent Jason Gideon in “Charm and Harm.” This episode focuses on the BAU tracking a chameleon-like serial killer across the US.
“So tell me, what does keep young Dr. Reid awake at night? Wait, let me guess. Memorizing some obscure textbook? No, no, no. Working on cold fusion? No, I got it, I got it, I got it. Watching Star Trek and laughing at all the physics mistakes?” Special Agent Derek Morgan, played by Shemar Moore, teases genius BAU member Dr. Spencer Reid to which he predictably responds, “Actually, there aren't that many scientific errors in Star Trek, especially considering how long ago it was made. There are certain improbabilities, but not that many outright errors.”
“The people I go after are cowards. They often prey upon the weaker members of society, such as women and children. There is nothing I would rather do than put the bastards away.” This “Criminal Minds” quote is from Special Agent Elle Greenway in 2005. Agent Greenway was played by Lola Glaudini but she eventually left the show.
“He's just so life like…” A line said in jest to Dr. Spencer Reid after he impressed them again with his brilliant analytic mind.
“I don't believe that intelligence can be accurately quantified, but I do have an IQ of 187, an eidetic memory, can read 20,000 words per minute. Yes, I'm a genius.” A matter-of-fact statement from Dr. Reid after BAU team leader Aaron “Hotch” Hotchner introduces him to a man who wanted to know if Reid was a genius.
– Elizabeth Stewart