Robert Langdon Quotes in Inferno (2016)


Robert Langdon Quotes:

  • Robert Langdon: The greatest sins in human history were committed in the name of love

  • Robert Langdon: This is Sienna... my niece.

    Marta Alvarez: You're in Italy, professor, you don't have to say "niece".

    Robert LangdonSienna Brooks: No.

  • Robert Langdon: This is the original icon for male. It's a rudimentary phallus.

    Sophie Neveu: Quite to the point.

    Sir Leigh Teabing: Yes, indeed.

    Robert Langdon: This is know as the blade. It represents aggression and manhood. It's a symbol still used today in modern military uniforms.

    Sir Leigh Teabing: Yes, the more penises you have, the higher your rank. Boys will be boys.

  • Robert Langdon: [reading] "The Holy Grail 'neath ancient Roslin waits / The blade and chalice guarding o'er Her gates / Adorned by masters' loving art, She lies / She rests at last beneath the starry skies."

  • Sophie Neveu: She has some things... she wants to tell me. About my family.

    Robert Langdon: What will you do? The legend will be revealed when the heir reveals himself.

    Sophie Neveu: They just got the pronoun wrong. She said when Saunière died he took the location of Mary's sarcophagus with him. So... there's no way to empirically prove that I am related to her. What would you do, Robert?

    Robert Langdon: Okay, maybe there is no proof. Maybe the Grail is lost forever. But, Sophie, the only thing that matters is what you believe. History shows us Jesus was an extraordinary man. A human inspiration. That's it. That's all the evidence has ever proved. But... When I was a boy... When I was down in that well Teabing told you about... I thought I was going to die, Sophie. And what I did... , I prayed. I prayed... to Jesus... to keep me alive so I could see my parents again, so I could go to school again, so I could play with my dog. Sometimes I wonder if I wasn't alone down there. Why does it have to be human or divine? Maybe human is divine. Why couldn't Jesus have been a father and still be capable of all those miracles?

    Sophie Neveu: Like turning water into wine?

    Robert Langdon: Well, who knows? His blood is your blood. Maybe that junkie in the park will never touch a drug again. Maybe you healed my phobia with my hands.

    Sophie Neveu: And maybe you're a knight on a Grail quest.

    Robert Langdon: Well, who knows? His blood is your blood. Maybe that junkie in the park will never touch a drug again. Maybe you healed my phobia with my hands.

    Sophie Neveu: Thank you. For bringing me here. For letting him choose you, Sir Robert.

    Robert Langdon: You take care.

    Sophie Neveu: Yes.

    [They hug, Robert kisses Sophie on the forehead and they both walk away from each other]

    Sophie Neveu: Hey.

    [Sophie walks up to a nearby pond, sticks out a foot to see if she can walk on it and fails]

    Sophie Neveu: Nope. Maybe I'll do better with the wine.

    Robert Langdon: [smiles] Godspeed.

  • Robert Langdon: Nobody hates history. They hate their own histories.

  • [Langdon is speaking into the intercom at the gate of Teabing's house]

    Sir Leigh Teabing: Robert! Do I owe you money?

    Robert Langdon: Leigh... my friend... care to, uh, care to open up for an old colleague?

    Sir Leigh Teabing: Of course.

    Robert Langdon: Thank you.

    [Sophie goes to shut the car door]

    Sir Leigh Teabing: But first, a test of honor. Three questions.

    Robert Langdon: [somewhat annoyed] Fire away.

    Sir Leigh Teabing: Your first. Shall I serve coffee or tea?

    Robert Langdon: Tea, of course.

    Sir Leigh Teabing: Excellent. Second. Milk or lemon?

    Sophie Neveu: Milk?

    Robert Langdon: That would depend on the tea.

    Sir Leigh Teabing: Correct. And now the third and most grave of inquiries. In which year did a Harvard scholar out-row an Oxford man at Henley?

    Robert Langdon: Surely such a travesty has never occurred.

    Sir Leigh Teabing: Your heart is true. You may pass.

  • Robert Langdon: There was every orb conceivable on that tomb except one. The orb which fell from the heavens and inspired Newton's life's work. Work that incurred the wrath of the Church... until his dying day. A-P-P-L-E. Apple.

  • Robert Langdon: [reading] "In London lies a knight a Pope interred / His labor's fruit a Holy wrath incurred / You seek the orb that ought be on his tomb / It speaks of Rosy flesh and seeded womb."

  • Sophie Neveu: A cryptex. They are used to keep secrets. It's da Vinci's design. You write the information on a papyrus scroll which is then rolled around a thin glass vial of vinegar. If you force it open, the vial breaks, vinegar dissolves papyrus, and your secret is lost forever. The only way to access the information is to spell out the password with these five dials, each with 26 letters. That's 12 million possibilities.

    Robert Langdon: I've never met a girl who knew *that* much about a cryptex.

    Sophie Neveu: Saunière made one for me once.

    Robert Langdon: My grandfather... gave me a wagon.

  • [last lines]

    Robert Langdon: [narrating] "She rests at last beneath starry skies."

  • Sophie Neveu: Maybe there is something about this Priory of Sion.

    Robert Langdon: I hope not. Any Priory story ends in bloodshed. They were butchered by the Church. It all started over a thousand years ago when a French king conquered the holy city of Jerusalem. This crusade, one of the most massive and sweeping in history, was actually orchestrated by a secret brotherhood, the Priory of Sion and their military arm, the Knights Templar.

    Sophie Neveu: But the Templars were created to protect the Holy Land.

    Robert Langdon: That was a cover to hide their true goal, according to this myth. Supposedly the invasion was to find an artifact lost since the time of Christ. An artifact, it was said, the Church would kill to possess.

    Sophie Neveu: Did they find it, this buried treasure?

    Robert Langdon: Put it this way: One day the Templars simply stopped searching. They quit the Holy Land and traveled directly to Rome. Whether they blackmailed the papacy or the Church bought their silence, no one knows. But it is a fact the papacy declared these Priory knights, these Knights Templar, of limitless power. By the 1300s, the Templars had grown *too* powerful. Too threatening. So the Vatican issued secret orders to be opened simultaneously all across Europe. The Pope had declared the Knights Templar Satan worshipers and said God had charged *him* with cleansing the earth of these heretics. The plan went off like clockwork. The Templars were all but exterminated. The date was October 13th, 1307. A Friday.

    Sophie Neveu: Friday the 13th.

    Robert Langdon: The Pope sent troops to claim the Priory's treasure, but they found nothing. The few surviving Knights of the Priory had vanished, and the search for their sacred artifact began again.

    Sophie Neveu: What artifact? I've never heard about any of this.

    Robert Langdon: Yes, you have. Almost everyone on earth has. You just know it as the Holy Grail.

  • Robert Langdon: This is an old wives' tale.

    Sir Leigh Teabing: The original one, in fact.

  • Robert Langdon: What really matters is what you believe.

  • Sir Leigh Teabing: And this is from the gospel of Mary Magdalene herself.

    Sophie Neveu: She wrote a gospel?

    Robert Langdon: She may have.

    Sir Leigh Teabing: Robert, will you fight fair?

    Robert Langdon: She *may* have.

  • Robert Langdon: Sophie... you *are* the secret.

  • Robert Langdon: I have got to get to a library... fast.

  • Robert Langdon: Women, then, are a huge threat to the Church.

  • Robert Langdon: t the chateau, you said, "It hides beneath the Rose."

  • Robert Langdon: [during a very bumpy ride in a jeep] Jesus!

    Sir Leigh Teabing: Apropos.

  • Camerlengo Patrick McKenna: Christianity's most sacred codices are in that archive. Given your recent... entanglement with the Church, there is a question I'd like to ask you first here in-in the office of His Holiness.

    [Walks towards Robert Langdon]

    Camerlengo Patrick McKenna: Do you believe in God, sir?

    Robert Langdon: [pause] Father, I simply believe that religion...

    Camerlengo Patrick McKenna: I did not ask if you believe what man says about God. I asked if you believe in God.

    Robert Langdon: [pause] I'm an academic. My mind tells me I will never... understand God.

    Camerlengo Patrick McKenna: And your heart?

    Robert Langdon: [pause] Tells me I'm not meant to. Faith is a gift... that I have yet to receive.

    Camerlengo Patrick McKenna: [pauses to consider his words] Be delicate with our treasures.

  • Inspector Olivetti: [on hearing Langdon's description of Pius IX's "Great Castration" of Vatican City's male statues] Are you... anti-Catholic, Professor Langdon?

    Robert Langdon: No. I'm anti-vandalism.

  • Richter: He said they'd be killed publicly.

    Robert Langdon: Yes. Revenge... for La Purga.

    Richter: La Purga?

    Robert Langdon: Oh, geez, you guys don't even read your own history, do you? 1668, the Church kidnapped four Illuminati scientists and branded each one of them on the chest with the symbol of the cross... to purge them of their sins, and they executed them. Threw their bodies out into the street as a warning to others to stop questioning Church ruling on scientific matters. They radicalized them. The Purga created a darker, more violent Illuminati, one bent on... on retribution.

  • [last lines]

    Cardinal Strauss: Mr. Langdon. Thanks be to God for sending someone to protect His church.

    Robert Langdon: I don't believe He sent me, Father.

    Cardinal Strauss: Oh, my son. Of course He did.

  • Robert Langdon: You will counsel him wisely.

    Cardinal Strauss: [chuckles] I am an old man. I will counsel him briefly.

  • Chartrand: The Catholic Church is not a corporation, it's a beacon. A source of inspiration for a one billion lost and frightened souls.

    Robert Langdon: Sure, I get that. It's also a bank.

  • Robert Langdon: I need access to the Vatican Archives.

    Inspector Olivetti: Professor, I don't think this is the appropriate moment.

    Richter: Your petition has been denied seven times.

    Robert Langdon: No, no. This has nothing to do with my work. The Path of Illumination is a hidden trail through Rome itself that leads to the Church of the Illumination, the place where the Illuminati would meet in secret. If I can find the Segno, the sign, that marks the beginning of that path, the four churches along it may be where he intends to murder your Cardinals. One every hour at 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00. Then the device explodes... at midnight. If we can figure out the first church and get there before he does, may be we can stop it. But I can't find the start of the path until I get into the Archives.

    Richter: Even if I wanted to help you, access to the Archives is only by written decree by the curator and the Board of Vatican Librarians.

    Robert Langdon: Or by papal mandate.

    Richter: Yes, but as you no doubt have heard, the Holy Father is dead.

    Robert Langdon: What about Il Carmerlengo?

    Richter: The Carmerlengo is just a priest here, the former Pope's chamberlain.

    Robert Langdon: Doesn't the power of the Holy See rest in him during Tempo Sede Vacante?

    [all the Vatican police men look at each other, with various degrees of doubt and uncertainty]

    Robert Langdon: Fellas... you called me.

  • [Police have been ordered to return Langdon to the Vatican]

    Robert Langdon: [to poiice] The Vatican is about to see its fourth Cardinal murdered tonight! Now, look... You can do as they say and force me back to the Vatican, where we can all mourn his death together. Or you can show how real cops act, and take me to the Piazza Navona, where we still might be able to stop it!

    [the police start conferring between themselves]

    Robert Langdon: Oh, by all means, let's talk it over. In 14 minutes, he's gonna be dead!

  • Vittoria Vetra: He chose the name Luke.

    Robert Langdon: There's been many Marks and Johns. Never a Luke.

    Cardinal Strauss: It's said he was a doctor.

    Vittoria Vetra: It's quite a message, science and faith all in one.

    Cardinal Strauss: The world is in need of both.

  • Robert Langdon: The Illuminati did not become violent until the 17th Century. Their name means "The Enlightened Ones." They were physicists and mathematicians, astronomers. They were concerned with the Church's inaccurate teaching and they were dedicated to scientific truth. But the Vatican didn't like that. So the Church began to... how did you say it? Oh, "Hunt them down and kill them."

  • Camerlengo Patrick McKenna: Would it surprise you to find those clothes suit you? Would it surprise you to find those clothes suit you?

    Robert Langdon: [chuckles] It would surprise the hell out of me.

  • Vittoria Vetra: You know, the worst thing we thought would happen... was that our work would fall into the hands of the energy companies... We thought we could change the world... So naive.

    Robert Langdon: No, no. Not naive. Innocent, maybe. But that's not a crime.

    Vittoria Vetra: I'm not so sure.

    Robert Langdon: Go back to work. Change the world.

  • Inspector Olivetti: Where did you get that paper?

    Vittoria Vetra: We borrowed it.

    Robert Langdon: [reading paper with magnifier] "From Santi's earthly tomb with demon's hole...

    Inspector Olivetti: Are you insane?

    Robert Langdon: ...Cross Rome the mystic elements unfold. The path of light is laid, the sacred test. Let angels guide thee on they lofty quest."

    Inspector Olivetti: You removed a document from the Vatican Archives?

    Robert Langdon: [points at Vittoria] She did.

  • Inspector Olivetti: The Camerlengo is unavailable. He is seeking counsel.

    Robert Langdon: From whom?

    Inspector Olivetti: From God.

    Robert Langdon: [Langdon rolls his eyes]

    Inspector Olivetti: Please, make an effort!

  • Lieutenant Valenti: [after dry commentary on 17th century pope's actions] Are you... anti-Catholic, professor?

    Robert Langdon: No, I'm anti-vandalism.

  • Robert Langdon: It scares the hell out of me.

  • Robert Langdon: Do you smoke?

    Chartrand: A little bit.

    Robert Langdon: Then you better sit down before you keel over.

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