John Doe (Kevin Spacey): We see a deadly sin on every street corner, in every home, and we tolerate it. We tolerate it because it’s common, it’s trivial. We tolerate it morning, noon, and night. Well, not anymore. I’m setting the example. And what I’ve done is going to be puzzled over, and studied, and followed… forever.
William Somerset (Morgan Freeman): I just don’t think I can continue to live in a place that embraces and nurtures apathy as if it was virtue.
David Mills (Brad Pitt): You’re no different. You’re no better.
William Somerset: I didn’t say I was different or better. I’m not. Hell, I sympathize; I sympathize completely. Apathy is the solution. I mean, it’s easier to lose yourself in drugs than it is to cope with life. It’s easier to steal what you want than it is to earn it. It’s easier to beat a child than it is to raise it. Hell, love costs: it takes effort and work.
Dr. Beardsley (Richard Portnow): He’s experienced about as much pain and suffering as anyone I’ve encountered, give or take, and he still has Hell to look forward to.
John Doe: Realize detective, the only reason that I’m here right now is that I wanted to be.
David Mills: No, no, we would have got you eventually.
John Doe: Oh really? So, what were you doing? Biding your time? Toying with me? Allowing five innocent people to die until you felt like springing your trap? Tell me, what was the indisputable evidence you were going to use on me right before I walked up to you and put my hands in the air?
What sick ridiculous puppets we are
and what gross little stage we dance on
What fun we have dancing and f uc k!ng
Not a care in the world
Not knowing that we are nothing
We are not what was intended.
Detective William Somerset: Ernest Hemingway once wrote, “The world is a fine place and worth fighting for.” I agree with the second part.