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Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Character)
from The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

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Hannibal (2001)
Hannibal Lecter: See ya 'round.

[Repeated line]
Hannibal Lecter: Okey-dokey. Here we go.

Hannibal Lecter: On a similar note I must confess to you, I'm giving very serious thought... to eating your wife.

Hannibal Lecter: Is this coincidence, or are you back on the case? If so, goody-goody.

Hannibal Lecter: Dear Clarice, I have followed with enthusiasm the course of your disgrace and public shaming. My own never bothered me except for the inconvenience of being incarcerated, but you may lack perspective. In our discussions down in the dungeon it was apparent to me that your father, the dead night watchman, figures largely in your value system. I think your success in putting an end to Jame Gumb's career as a couturier pleased you most because you could imagine your father being pleased. But now, alas, you're in bad odour with the FBI. Do you imagine your daddy being shamed by your disgrace? Do you see him in his plain pine box crushed by your failure; a sorry, petty end of a promising career? What is worst about this humiliation Clarice? Is it how your failure will reflect on your mommy and daddy? Is your worst fear that people will now and forever believe they were indeed just good old trailer camp tornado bait white trash and that perhaps you are too? By the way I couldn't help noticing on the FBI's rather dull public website that I have been hoisted from the Bureau's archives of the common criminal and elevated to the more prestigious 10 Most Wanted list. Is this coincidence, or are you back on the case? If so, goody goody, cause I need to come out of retirement and return to public life. I imagine you sitting in a dark basement room bent over papers and computer screens. Is that accurate? Please tell me truly, Special Agent Starling. Regards, your old pal Hannibal Lecter, M.D. P.S. Clearly this new assignment is not your choice rather I suppose it is a part of the bargain but you accepted it Clarice. Your job is to craft my doom. So I am not sure how well I should wish you but I'm sure we'll have a lot of fun. Tata, H.

Hannibal Lecter: People don't always tell you what they are thinking. They just see to it that you don't advance in life.

Hannibal Lecter: Bowels in or bowels out?

Hannibal Lecter: Mason Verger doesn't want to kill me any more than I want to kill him. He just wants to see me suffer in some unimaginable way. He is rather twisted, you know.

Hannibal Lecter: I imagine your little brother must smell almost as bad as you do by now.

Hannibal Lecter: Tell me Clarice, would you ever say to me "Stop. If you loved me, you'd stop"?
Clarice Starling: Not in a thousand years.
Hannibal Lecter: "Not in a thousand years"... That's my girl.

Hannibal Lecter: [in a letter to Clarice] Your job is to craft my doom, so I am not sure how well I should wish you. But I'm sure we'll have a lot of fun. Ta-ta, "H."

Hannibal Lecter: Dear Clarice, I have followed with enthusiasm the course of your disgrace and public shaming. My own never bothered me, except for the inconvenience of being incarcerated. But you may lack perspective.

Hannibal Lecter: Given the chance, you would deny me my life, wouldn't you?
Clarice Starling: Not your life.
Hannibal Lecter: Just my freedom. You'd take that from me.

Clarice Starling: I'll cut you loose. If you touch me, I'll shoot you.
Hannibal Lecter: Understood.
Clarice Starling: Do right, and you'll live through this.
Hannibal Lecter: Spoken like a true Protestant.

Hannibal Lecter: Now you're being rude, and I hate rude people.

Allegra Pazzi: Dr. Fell, do you believe a man could become so obsessed with a woman, from a single encounter?
Hannibal Lecter: Could he daily feel a stab of hunger for her and find nourishment in the very sight of her? I think so. But would she see through the bars of his plight and ache for him?

Hannibal Lecter: Are you by any chance trying to trace my whereabouts, you naughty girl?

Hannibal Lecter: ...would they have you back, you think? The FBI? Those people you despise almost as much as they despise you. Would they give you a medal, Clarice, do you think? Would you have it professionally framed and hang it on your wall to look at and remind you of your courage and incorruptibility? All you would need for that, Clarice, is a mirror.

Hannibal Lecter: Is this Clarice? Why, hello Clarice.

Hannibal Lecter: Okie dokie, let's drag these down. They must be as heavy as bodies.

Mason Verger: I guess now you wish you would've fed the rest of me to the dogs.
Hannibal Lecter: No, Mason, I much prefer you the way you are.

Hannibal Lecter: Good evening, Clarice! Just like old times.
Clarice Starling: Shut up.

Hannibal Lecter: I came halfway around the world to watch you run, Clarice. Let me run, eh?

Hannibal Lecter: Paul, remember what I said. If you can't be polite to our guests, you have to sit at the kiddies' table.

Hannibal Lecter: Mason, would you like a popper?

Hannibal Lecter: "Io fei gibetto de le mei case." I made my own home be my gallows.

Hannibal Lecter: People don't always say what they're thinking... they just see to it that you don't advance in life.

Hannibal Lecter: Have you met my friend Mason Verger?
Clarice Starling: Yes
Hannibal Lecter: Face to face, so to speak?
Clarice Starling: Face to face
Hannibal Lecter: Attractive, isn't he?

[last lines]
Hannibal Lecter: As your mother tells you, and my mother certainly told me, it is important, she always used to say, always to try new things.

Hannibal Lecter: Clarice, there's nothing I'd love more in the world than to chat with you. Unfortunately, you've caught me at an awkward moment. Please forgive me.

Mason Verger: The good doctor approached me with a piece of broken mirror. "Try this,"
Hannibal Lecter: Try peeling off your face...
Mason Verger: "... and feeding it to the dogs."

[apparently about to cut Starling's hand off with a cleaver]
Hannibal Lecter: This is really gonna hurt.

Mason Verger: Cordell, shoot him! Get the gun and shoot him!
Cordell Doemling: Go into the pen?
Mason Verger: Yes!
Cordell Doemling: No, I'm staying out of this.
Mason Verger: You're involved, is what you are, in all of it! Now do it!
Cordell Doemling: No.
Mason Verger: Yes!
Hannibal Lecter: [Cordell is standing behind Mason's wheelchair on a ledge overlooking the wild boar] Hey, Cordell! Why don't you push him in? You can always say it was me.

Hannibal Lecter: You see, the brain itself feels no pain if that concerns you, Clarice.

Hannibal Lecter: Clarice, what are you doing up? You should be resting. Get back to bed.

Hannibal Lecter: Are You Confused?

Clarice Starling: Your profile at the border stations has five features. I'll trade you...
Hannibal Lecter: "Trade"?
Clarice Starling: Stop now and I'll tell you what they are.
Hannibal Lecter: How does that word taste to you, Clarice? Hmm? Cheap and metallic, like sucking on a greasy coin?

Mason Verger: I guess you wish now that you fed the rest of me to the dogs
Hannibal Lecter: No Mason. No I much prefer you the way you are.

Hannibal Lecter: What if I did it for you?
Clarice Starling: Did what?
Hannibal Lecter: Harmed them, Clarice. The ones who've harmed you. What if I made them scream apologies? No, I shouldn't even say it because you'll feel - with your perfect grasp on right and wrong - that you were somehow accompli- even though you wouldn't be.

Hannibal Lecter: [Prying the knife away from Clarice] Come on Clarice. No. That's a good girl. Good.

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Hannibal Lecter: First principles, Clarice. Simplicity. Read Marcus Aurelius. Of each particular thing ask: what is it in itself? What is its nature? What does he do, this man you seek?
Clarice Starling: He kills women...
Hannibal Lecter: No. That is incidental. What is the first and principal thing he does? What needs does he serve by killing?
Clarice Starling: Anger, um, social acceptance, and, huh, sexual frustrations, sir...
Hannibal Lecter: No! He covets. That is his nature. And how do we begin to covet, Clarice? Do we seek out things to covet? Make an effort to answer now.
Clarice Starling: No. We just...
Hannibal Lecter: No. We begin by coveting what we see every day. Don't you feel eyes moving over your body, Clarice? And don't your eyes seek out the things you want?

Hannibal Lecter: Now then, tell me. What did Miggs say to you? Multiple Miggs in the next cell. He hissed at you. What did he say?
Clarice Starling: He said, "I can smell your cunt."
Hannibal Lecter: I see. I myself cannot. You use Evyan skin cream, and sometimes you wear L'Air du Temps, but not today.

Hannibal Lecter: "Plum Island Animal Disease Research Center." Sounds charming.
Clarice Starling: That's only a part of the island. There's a very, very nice beach. Terns nest there. There's beautiful...
Hannibal Lecter: [cuts her off] Terns? Mmh. If I help you, Clarice, it will be "turns" with us too. Quid pro quo. I tell you things, you tell me things. Not about this case, though. About yourself. Quid pro quo. Yes or no?
Hannibal Lecter: Yes or no, Clarice? Poor little Catherine is waiting.
Clarice Starling: Go, doctor.

Clarice Starling: If you didn't kill him, then who did, sir?
Hannibal Lecter: Who can say. Best thing for him, really. His therapy was going nowhere.

Hannibal Lecter: 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's 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 is 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.
Clarice Starling: You see a lot, Doctor. But are you strong enough to point that high-powered perception at yourself? What about it? Why don't you - why don't you look at yourself and write down what you see? Or maybe you're afraid to.

Hannibal Lecter: A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.

[last lines]
Hannibal Lecter: [on telephone] I do wish we could chat longer, but... I'm having an old friend for dinner. Bye.
Clarice Starling: Dr. Lecter?... Dr. Lecter?... Dr. Lecter?... Dr. Lecter?...

Hannibal Lecter: Jack Crawford is helping your career isn't he? Apparently he likes you and you like him too.
Clarice Starling: I never thought about it.
Hannibal Lecter: Do you think that Jack Crawford wants you sexually? True, he is much older but do you think he visualizes scenarios, exchanges, fucking you?
Clarice Starling: That doesn't interest me Doctor and frankly, it's, it's the sort of thing that Miggs would say.
Hannibal Lecter: Not anymore.

Hannibal Lecter: Tell me, Senator: did you nurse Catherine yourself?
Senator Ruth Martin: What?
Hannibal Lecter: Did you breast-feed her?
Paul Krendler: Now wait a minute...
Senator Ruth Martin: Yes, I did.
Hannibal Lecter: Toughened your nipples, didn't it?
Paul Krendler: You son of a bitch!
Hannibal Lecter: Amputate a man's leg and he can still feel it tickling. Tell me, mum, when your little girl is on the slab, where will it tickle you?
Senator Ruth Martin: Take this... *thing* back to Baltimore!
Hannibal Lecter: Five foot ten, strongly built, about a hundred and eighty pounds; hair blonde, eyes pale blue. He'd be about thirty-five now. He said he lived in Philadelphia, but he may have lied. That's all I can remember, mum, but if I think of any more, I will let you know. Oh, and Senator, just one more thing: love your suit!

Hannibal Lecter: [shouts] No!
[normal voice]
Hannibal Lecter: I will listen now. After your father's murder, you were orphaned. You were ten years old. You went to live with cousins on a sheep and horse ranch in Montana. And...?
Clarice Starling: [tears begin forming in her eyes] And one morning, I just ran away.
Hannibal Lecter: No "just", Clarice. What set you off? You started at what time?
Clarice Starling: Early, still dark.
Hannibal Lecter: Then something woke you, didn't it? Was it a dream? What was it?
Clarice Starling: I heard a strange noise.
Hannibal Lecter: What was it?
Clarice Starling: It was... screaming. Some kind of screaming, like a child's voice.
Hannibal Lecter: What did you do?
Clarice Starling: I went downstairs, outside. I crept up into the barn. I was so scared to look inside, but I had to.
Hannibal Lecter: And what did you see, Clarice? What did you see?
Clarice Starling: Lambs. The lambs were screaming.
Hannibal Lecter: They were slaughtering the spring lambs?
Clarice Starling: And they were screaming.
Hannibal Lecter: And you ran away?
Clarice Starling: No. First I tried to free them. I... I opened the gate to their pen, but they wouldn't run. They just stood there, confused. They wouldn't run.
Hannibal Lecter: But you could and you did, didn't you?
Clarice Starling: Yes. I took one lamb, and I ran away as fast as I could.
Hannibal Lecter: Where were you going, Clarice?
Clarice Starling: I don't know. I didn't have any food, any water and it was very cold, very cold. I thought, I thought if I could save just one, but... he was so heavy. So heavy. I didn't get more than a few miles when the sheriff's car picked me up. The rancher was so angry he sent me to live at the Lutheran orphanage in Bozeman. I never saw the ranch again.
Hannibal Lecter: What became of your lamb, Clarice?
Clarice Starling: They killed him.

Hannibal Lecter: Well, Clarice - have the lambs stopped screaming?

Hannibal Lecter: You still wake up sometimes, don't you? You wake up in the dark and hear the screaming of the lambs.
Clarice Starling: Yes.
Hannibal Lecter: And you think if you save poor Catherine, you could make them stop, don't you? You think if Catherine lives, you won't wake up in the dark ever again to that awful screaming of the lambs.
Clarice Starling: I don't know. I don't know.
Hannibal Lecter: Thank you, Clarice. Thank you.
Clarice Starling: Tell me his name, Doctor.
Hannibal Lecter: Dr. Chilton, I presume. I think you know each other.
Dr. Frederick Chilton: Okay. Let's go.
Clarice Starling: It's your turn, Doctor.
Dr. Frederick Chilton: Out!
Clarice Starling: Tell me his name!
Boyle: I'm sorry, ma'am. We've got orders. We have to put you on a plane. Come on, now.
[Chilton and the guards start leading Clarice out]
Hannibal Lecter: Brave Clarice. You will let me know when those lambs stop screaming, won't you?
Clarice Starling: Tell me his name, Doctor!
Hannibal Lecter: Clarice, your case file. Goodbye, Clarice.

Hannibal Lecter: Why do you think he removes their skins, Agent Starling?
Hannibal Lecter: Enthrall me with your acumen.
Clarice Starling: It excites him. Most serial killers keep some sort of trophies from their victims.
Hannibal Lecter: I didn't.
Clarice Starling: No. No, you ate yours.

Hannibal Lecter: Good evening, Clarice.

Hannibal Lecter: All good things to those who wait.

Hannibal Lecter: People will say we're in love.

Hannibal Lecter: You fly back to school, now, little Starling. Fly, fly, fly...

[Pembry can be heard moaning in the background]
Hannibal Lecter: Ready when you are, Sergeant Pembry.

Clarice Starling: Did you do all these drawings, Doctor?
Hannibal Lecter: Ah. That is the Duomo seen from the Belvedere. Do you know Florence?
Clarice Starling: All that detail just from memory, sir?
Hannibal Lecter: Memory, Agent Starling, is what I have instead of a view.

Hannibal Lecter: 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.
Hannibal Lecter: Go now!

Hannibal Lecter: There are three major centers for transsexual surgery - Johns Hopkins, University of Minnesota, and Columbus Medical Center.

Clarice Starling: Where are you, Dr. Lecter?
Hannibal Lecter: I've no plans to call on you, Clarice. The world is more interesting with you in it.

Hannibal Lecter: Look for severe childhood disturbances associated with violence. Our Billy wasn't born a criminal, Clarice. He was made one through years of systematic abuse. Billy hates his own identity, you see, and he thinks that makes him a transsexual. But his pathology is a thousand times more savage and more terrifying.

Hannibal Lecter: Closer, please. Clo-ser...

Hannibal Lecter: You're very frank, Clarice. I think it would be quite something to know you in private life.

Clarice Starling: The wig, the dress, the makeup. Raspail was a transvestite?
Hannibal Lecter: In life? Oh, no. Garden-variety Manic Depressive. Tedious, very tedious. I did not kill him I assure you just tucked him away, very much as I found him, after he'd missed three appointments.
Clarice Starling: If you didn't kill him, who did?
Hannibal Lecter: Who can say? Best thing for him, really, his therapy was going nowhere. No, just think of him as a fledgling killer's first attempt at transformation.
Clarice Starling: What do you mean fledgling killer? Do you mean he's killed again?
Hannibal Lecter: I've been in this room for eight years, now Clarice, and I know they'll never let me out, not while I'm alive. What I want is a view where I can see a tree, or even water. I want to be in a federal institution far away from Doctor Chiltern. I'll help you catch him, Clarice.
Clarice Starling: You know who he is, don't you? Tell me who decapitated your patient.
Hannibal Lecter: All good things to those who wait. I've waited, but how long can you and Jackie-boy wait? Our little Billy must already be looking for that next special someone.

Hannibal Lecter: That is very slippery of you, Agent Starling.

Hannibal Lecter: [lights go on] Thank you, Barney.
Clarice Starling: Where are your drawings?
Hannibal Lecter: Punishment, you see, for Miggs. Like that Gospel Programme. When you're gone they'll turn the volume way up. Doctor Chiltern does enjoy his petty torments.

Hannibal Lecter: I would not have had that happen to you, discourtesy is unspeakably ugly to me.

Clarice Starling: There's no correlation in the literature between transsexualism and violence. Transsexuals are very passive.
Hannibal Lecter: ...Billy is not a real transsexual. There are three major centers for transsexual surgery... I wouldn't be surprised if Billy had applied for sex reassignment at one or all of them and been rejected... Billy hates his own identity you see, and he thinks that makes him a transsexual.

Red Dragon (2002)
Will Graham: I might not have time.
Hannibal Lecter: I do. I have oodles.

Hannibal Lecter: [in the final letter to Will] My dear Will, you must be healed by now... on the outside at least, I hope you're not too ugly. What a collection of scars you have. Never forget who gave you the best of them, and be grateful, our scars have the power to remind us that the past was real. We live in a primitive time, don't we, Will? Neither savage nor wise. Half measures are the curse of it, any rational society will either kill me or put me to some use. Do you dream much, Will? I think of you often. Your old friend, Hannibal Lector.

Hannibal Lecter: I'll call you if I think of anything else, would you perhaps like to leave me your home phone number?

Will Graham: I thought you might enjoy the challenge. Find out if you're smarter than the person I'm looking for.
Hannibal Lecter: Then, by implication, you think you're smarter than I am, since it was you who caught me.
Will Graham: No, I know I'm not smarter than you.
Hannibal Lecter: Then how did you catch me?
Will Graham: You had... disadvantages.
Hannibal Lecter: What disadvantages?
Will Graham: You're insane.

Hannibal Lecter: And be grateful. Our scars have the power to remind us that the past was real.

Hannibal Lecter: Remarkable boy. I do admire your courage. I think I'll eat your heart.

Hannibal Lecter: You will not persuade me with appeals to my intellectual vanity.

Hannibal Lecter: A robin red-breast in a cage, puts all of Heaven in a rage. Think to yourself that every day is your last. The hour to which you do not look forward will come as a welcome surprise. As for me, when you want a good laugh, you will find me in fine state... fat and sleek, a true hog of Epicurus's herd.

Dinner Guest: Hannibal, confess. What is this divine-looking amuse bouche?
Hannibal Lecter: If I tell you, I'm afraid you won't even try it.

Hannibal Lecter: Have you seen blood in the moonlight? It appears quite black.

Hannibal Lecter: And how is the young Josh and the lovely Molly? They're always in my thoughts, you know.

Hannibal Lecter: Ah yes Dr. Chillton. Gruesome isn't he? Fumbles at your head like a freshman pulling at a panty girdle.

Will Graham: I need your opinion now.
Hannibal Lecter: Then here's one... you stink of fear under that cheap lotion. You stink of fear Will, but you're not a coward. You fear me, but still you came here. You fear this shy boy, yet still you seek him out. Don't you understand, Will? You caught me because we're very much alike. Without our imaginations, we'd be like all those other poor... dullards. Fear... is the price of our instrument. But I can help you bear it.

Hannibal Lecter: First he kills the pet, and then the family. Freddy was your pet, Will.

Hannibal Lecter: Beneath the yellow folder, you'll find your latest rejection slip from the archives. It was brought to me by mistake with some of my archives mail. I'm afraid I opened it without looking. Sorry.
Dr. Frederick Chilton: I think we'll remove Dr. Lecter's toilet seat as well

Hannibal Lecter: Do you like my little exercise cage, Will? My so-called lawyer is always nagging Dr. Chilton for better accommodations. I don't know which is the greater fool.

[last lines]
Dr. Frederick Chilton: There's someone to see you, Lecter. A young woman... says she's from the FBI, but she seems much too pretty for that if you ask me.
[Lecter appears unmoved]
Dr. Frederick Chilton: I'll tell her you said no.
[Chilton walks away offscreen, as Lecter looks up and makes eye contact with the camera]
Hannibal Lecter: ...what is her name?

Hannibal Lecter: [after he stabs Will] Shh. Don't move. You're in shock now. I don't want you to feel any pain. In a moment, you'll begin to feel light-headed, then drowsy. Don't resist, it's so gentle, like slipping into a warm bath. I regret it came to this, Will, but every game must have its ending.

Hannibal Lecter: Tell me, Will. Did you enjoy it? Your first murder? Of course you did. And why shouldn't it feel good? It does to God. Why only last week in Texas, he dropped a church roof on the heads of 34 of his worshippers, just as they were groveling for him. He wouldn't begrudge you for one Journalist.

[first lines]
Hannibal Lecter: Think to yourself that every day is your last. The hour to which you do not look forward will come as a welcome surprise. As for me, when you want a good laugh, you will find me in fine state, fat and sleek, a true hog of Epicurus's herd.

Hannibal Lecter: That's the same atrocious aftershave you wore in court.
Will Graham: I keep getting it for Christmas.
Hannibal Lecter: Christmas, yes. Did you get my card?

Hannibal Rising (2007)
[from trailer]
Hannibal Lecter: [holding a glass with wine] Good evening, Herr Kolnas. You drink better wine that you serve.

Lady Murasaki Shikibu: Stop. Stop now. Forgive them.
Hannibal Lecter: Never.

[last lines]
Hannibal Lecter: I've come to collect a head.

Hannibal Lecter: I love you.
Lady Murasaki: What is left in you to love?

Hannibal Lecter: Rudeness is an epidemic.

Hannibal Lecter: Now tell me inspector: you lost family in the war?
Inspector Popil: Yes.
Hannibal Lecter: Did you catch who did it?
Inspector Popil: No.
Hannibal Lecter: Then we are both suspects. I could say you were fishing with me if you like.

Hannibal Lecter: Do you remember "Das männlein im walde", Herr Dortlich? Mischa loved that song. Let's sing for Mischa!
[He sings softly and walks the horse away from the tree where Dortlich is bound, tightening the rope around Dortlich's neck]
Hannibal Lecter: You're not singing...

Lady Murasaki Shikibu: [hugs Hannibal] Where have you been? You smell of smoke and blood.
[lifts army dog tag from under his shirt]
Lady Murasaki Shikibu: Where did you go?
Hannibal Lecter: I found them. The men who killed Mischa. I have their names.

Hannibal Lecter: [to a photo of his parents] Father, mother. I'm the youngest student they've ever admitted into medical school. It's a work scholarship. I think you would be pleased. Death duties on my uncle's estate has finally forced the sale of the château. Lady Murasaki will leave for Paris with me now that her residency is under threat. This work scholarship means I must spend much of my spare time preparing bodies for the anatomy class. My studies are fascinating and absorb me completely. Yet I still find myself thinking about my sister, and the men who took her.

Hannibal Lecter: Herr Dortlich, on behalf of myself and my late family, I thank you for coming.
[he removes the gag from Dortlich's mouth]
Hannibal Lecter: Do you remember the bathtub bubbling on the stove?
Enrikas Dortlich: [desperate] She was dead anyways, I swear.
[Hannibal opens Dortlich's lunch bag and examines a sandwich]
Hannibal Lecter: Ewww... so much mayonnaise, Herr Dortlich.
[He slicks the rope around Dortlich's neck with the excess mayonnaise]

Hannibal Lecter: I thought you would be bigger. I put your face on every bully I've ever hurt.

Grutas: Answer me this. Would you have fed me to your little sister because you loved her?
Hannibal Lecter: Yes.
Grutas: There. There you have it. Love. I love myself that much and I will never apologize to you.

Hannibal Lecter: [to Lady Murasaki, who has just discovered the Butcher's severed head] I hope you don't mind. I would have used a butcher knife, but the sword seemed so appropriate.
[putting the sword back]
Hannibal Lecter: Not a nick in the blade, I promise you. The butcher was like butter.

Hannibal Lecter: "The very scent of her takes away the smell of the camp." Do you compose verse, Inspector, and keep it under your pillow?

Petras Kolnas: What did I ever do to you?
Hannibal Lecter: Aside from eating my sister? Nothing.

Hannibal Lecter: [on Grutas] He ate my sister.
[an incapacitated Grutas chuckles]
Grutas: So did you!

Lady Murasaki: They will call it murder.
Hannibal Lecter: At worst a crime of passion.

Hannibal Lecter: [Talking to Inspector Popil, referring to the prisoner Louis] He answered your questions, but you didn't answer his. Where *were* the police when the Nazis threw the children into the trucks?

[first lines]
Hannibal 8yrs: Hide quickly! Run away! Quick! This way! Quickly! Down to the lake.
[giggling, drawing on dock]
Hannibal 8yrs: M... for Mischa.

"Hannibal: ...And the Woman Clothed with the Sun (#3.9)" (2015)
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: [sniffing] That's the same atrocious aftershave you wore in court.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Have you ever seen blood in the moonlight, Will? It appears quite black.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: [to Will] My other callers are all... professional. Banal psychiatrists and grasping second-raters. Pencil lickers.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: [looking over the Tooth Fairy case file] This is a very shy boy, Will. I would love to meet him.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: You accepted your father. Would it be so difficult to accept me?
Abigail Hobbs: I don't know if it would be smart
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: We don't get wiser as we get older, Abigail. But, we do learn to avoid or raise a certain amount of hell. Depending on which we prefer.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I'll need to collect some flesh. Not a pound, only a piece.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Abigail Hobbs is dead
Abigail Hobbs: Long live Abigail Hobbs

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Is there a child in your life, Will? I gave you a child, if you recall.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: You just came here to look at me. Came to get the old scent again. Why don't you just smell yourself?
Will Graham: I expected more of you, Doctor. That routine... is old hat.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Family values may have declined over the last century, but we still help our families when we can. You're family, Will.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Your father never wished for anything but your happiness.
Abigail Hobbs: My father cut my throat.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Out of love.
Abigail Hobbs: That wasn't love.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Every family loves differently. Every love is unique. You deny your love for your father because of what it might mean about you.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Can you be honest with me now?
Abigail Hobbs: He was as good to me as he knew how to be. Hunting with him was the best time I ever had.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Yes. A fine definition of love. You have to allow yourself to love him the way he loved you. What you need of your father is here, in your head... and subject to your judgement, not his. Never be ashamed of who you are, Abigail.

"Hannibal: Shiizakana (#2.9)" (2014)
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: "No beast is more savage than man when possessed with power answerable to his own rage." Plutarch.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Memory gives moments immortality, but forgetfulness promotes a healthy mind. It is good to forget.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: The way any animal thinks depends on the limitations of mind and body. If we learn our limitations too soon, we never learn our power.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: [to Will] Why diagnose myself as a monster when you refuse to see the one growing inside you?

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: No one can be fully aware of another human being unless we love them. By that love, we see potential in our beloved. Through that love, we allow our beloved to see their potential. Expressing that love, our beloveds potential comes true.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: You must learn to be intimate with your instincts, Will.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: What did you see?
Will Graham: A missed opportunity. To feel like I felt when I killed Garret Jacob Hobbs. To feel like... like I felt when I thought I killed you.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: And what does that feel like?
Will Graham: I felt... a quiet sense of power.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Good.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: So, it's not pulling the trigger you regret. It's not pulling it effectively.
Will Graham: That would be more accurate.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Therapy only works when we have a genuine desire to know ourselves as we are. Not as we would like to be.

Will Graham: I'm riddled with regrets.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: A life without regret would be no life at all.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Can you imagine tearing someone apart? Or would you prefer to use a gun?

Will Graham: What do you think about when you think about killing?
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I think about God.
Will Graham: Good and evil?
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Good and evil has nothing to do with God. I collect church collapses. Did you see the recent one in Sicily? The facade fell on 65 grandmothers during a special mass. Was that evil? Was that God? If he's up there, he just loves it. Typhoid and swans, it all comes from the same place.

"Hannibal: Mizumono (#2.13)" (2014)
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Love and death are the great hinges on which all human sympathies turn.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others, that's beyond us.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: In the walls of our hearts and brains, danger waits. There are holes in the floor of the mind.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I have let you know me, see me. I gave you a rare gift, but you didn't want it.
Will Graham: Didn't I?

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Be blind, Alana. Don't be brave.

Dr. Alana Bloom: Where's Jack?
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: In the pantry.

Jack Crawford: [Jack about to arrest Hannibal] I want to thank you, Dr. Lecter, for your friendship.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: The most beautiful quality of a true friendship is to understand and be understood with absolute clarity.
Jack Crawford: Then this is the clearest moment of our friendship.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: When the fox hears the rabbit scream, he comes running. But not to help.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: You can make it all go away. Put your head back. Close your eyes. Wade into the quiet of the stream.

Will Graham: You were supposed... to leave.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: We couldn't leave without you.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: You would deny me my life.
Will Graham: No, not your life, no.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: My freedom then, you would take that from me. Confine me in a prison cell. Do you believe you could change me, the way I've changed you?
Will Graham: I already did.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Fate and circumstance have returned us to this moment, when the teacup shatters. I forgive you, Will. Will you forgive me?

"Hannibal: The Wrath of the Lamb (#3.13)" (2015)
Will Graham: Ding dong the Dragon's dead
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Are congratulations in order?
Will Graham: I didn't kill him; suicide.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Then he wasn't as strong as the Dragon after all
Will Graham: He was trying to stop
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I was rooting for you, Will. It's a shame. Came all this way and you didn't get to kill anybody. Only consolation is Dr. Chilton. Congratulations for the job you did on him. I admired it enormously. What a cunning boy you are.

Will Graham: You turned yourself in so I would always know where you are. But you'd only do that if I rejected you. Goodbye.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Will - was it good to see me?
Will Graham: Good? No.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: You died in my kitchen, Alana, when you chose to be brave. Every moment since is borrowed. Your wife, your child - they belong to me. You made a bargain for Will's life and then I spun you gold.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: My compassion for you is inconvenient, Will.

Will Graham: It really does look black in the moonlight
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: See? This is all I ever wanted for you, Will. For both of us.
Will Graham: It's beautiful

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: When life becomes maddeningly polite... think about me. Think about me, Will, don't worry about me.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I thought you said your good-byes.
Will Graham: We've one last good-bye between us.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: You didn't just say good-bye, though, did you? That little extra bit at the end. What was that you said?
Will Graham: You'd never have turned yourself in unless I rejected you.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Yes. That extra bit. I believe that's what they call a "mic drop." You dropped the mic, Will, but here you are having to come back and pick it up again.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Save yourself, kill them all.
Will Graham: I don't know if I can save myself. Maybe that's just fine.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: See. This is all I ever wanted for you. For both of us.
Will Graham: It's beautiful.

"Hannibal: Naka-Choko (#2.10)" (2014)
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: When you killed Randal, did you fantasize that you were killing me?

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: In love you take leave of your senses but in hatred you must be present to calculate your actions.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Thin air is a musician's canvas.

Will Graham: You can't reduce me to... a set of influences. I'm not the product of anything. I've given up good and evil... for behaviourism.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Then you can't say that I'm evil.
Will Graham: You're destructive. Same thing.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Evil is just destructive? Storms are evil, if it's that simple.

Dr. Alana Bloom: But people are not instruments. Whatever it is you're playing, Hannibal, you have to listen very carefully to what you're creating.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I'm listening. I'm listening to you.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Did you kill him with your hands?
Will Graham: It was... intimate.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: It deserves intimacy.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: When you killed Randall, did you fantasize you were killing me? Most of what we do, most of what we believe, is motivated by death.
Will Graham: I've never felt as alive as I did when I was killing him.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Then you owe Randall Tier a debt.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Don't go inside, Will. You'll want to retreat. You'll want it as the glint of the rail tempts us when we hear the approaching train. Stay with me.
Will Graham: Where else would I go?

"Hannibal: Su-zakana (#2.8)" (2014)
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Might want to crawl back in there, if you know what's good for you.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: An abnormal reaction to an abnormal situation is normal behavior.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Do you fantasize about killing me?
Will Graham: Yes.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Tell me. How would you do it?
Will Graham: With my hands.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: With all my knowlegde and intrusion... I could never entirely predict you. I can feed the caterpillar and I can whisper through the chrysalis, but... what hatches, follows its own nature ans is beyond me.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: It's fine to be weird.

Will Graham: I'm alone in that darkness.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: You're not alone, Will. I'm standing right beside you.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Doing bad things to bad people makes us feel good.

Manhunter (1986)
Doctor Hannibal Lecktor: You want the scent? Smell yourself!

Doctor Hannibal Lecktor: Have you ever seen blood in the moonlight, Will? It appears quite black.

Doctor Hannibal Lecktor: Save yourself, kill them all!

Will Graham: I know that I'm not smarter than you.
Doctor Hannibal Lecktor: Then how did you catch me?
Will Graham: You had disadvantages.
Doctor Hannibal Lecktor: What disadvantages?
Will Graham: You're insane.

Doctor Hannibal Lecktor: Dream much... Will?

Doctor Hannibal Lecktor: And if one does what God does enough times, one will become as God is.

Will Graham: l'm sick of you, Lecktor. If you've got something to say, say it!
Doctor Hannibal Lecktor: l want to help you, Will. You'd be more comfortable if you relaxed with yourself! We don't invent our natures, they're issued to us with our lungs and pancreas and everything else. Why fight it?
Will Graham: Fight what?
Doctor Hannibal Lecktor: Did you really feel depressed after you shot Mr. Garrett Jacob Hobbes to death? l think you probably did. But it wasn't the act that got to you. Didn't you feel so bad, because killing him felt so good? And why shouldn't it feel good? lt must feel good to God. He does it all the time. God's terrific! He dropped a church roof on 34 of his worshippers in Texas last Wednesday night, just as they were groveling through a hymn to his majesty. Don't you think that felt good?
Will Graham: Why does it feel good, Dr. Lecktor?
Doctor Hannibal Lecktor: lt feels good because God has power. lf one does what God does enough times, one will become as God is. God's a champ. He always stays ahead. He got 140 Phillipinos in one plane crash last year. Remember that earthquake in ltaly last spring?

"Hannibal: Amuse-Bouche (#1.2)" (2013)
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Killing must feel good to God, too... He does it all the time, and are we not created in His image?

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: You've been terribly rude, Ms. Lounds. What's to be done about that?

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: It wasn't the act of killing Hobbs that got you down, was it?... Did you really feel so bad because killing him felt so good?
Special Agent Will Graham: ...I liked killing Hobbs.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Killing must feel good to God, too... He does it all the time, and are we not created in His image?

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: God's terrific. He dropped a church roof on thirty-four of his worshippers last Wednesday night in Texas while they sang at him.
Special Agent Will Graham: Did God feel good about that?
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: He felt powerful.

Special Agent Will Graham: I don't consider Hobbs my victim.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: What do you consider him?
Special Agent Will Graham: Dead.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: When you shot Eldon Stammets, who was it that you saw?
Special Agent Will Graham: I didn't see Hobbs.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Then it's not Hobbs's ghost that's haunting you, is it? It's the inevitability of there being a man so bad that killing him felt good.
Special Agent Will Graham: Killing Hobbs felt *just*.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Which is why you're here. To prove that sprig of zest you feel is from saving Abigail, and not from killing her dad.
Special Agent Will Graham: I didn't feel a sprig of zest when I shot Eldon Stammets.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: You didn't kill Eldon Stammets.
Special Agent Will Graham: ...I thought about it. I'm still not entirely sure that wasn't my intention when pulling the trigger.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: If your intention was to kill him then it's because you understand why he did the things he did. It's beautiful, in it's own way.

"Hannibal: Tome-wan (#2.12)" (2014)
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Dreams prepare us for waking life.
Will Graham: It's one thing to dream, it's another to... understand the nature of the dream.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: You're waking up to who you are. That's all you need to understand.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Whenever feasible, one should always try to eat the rude.

Mason Verger: I'm hungry!
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Eat your nose then.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Lack of trust in other people increases the need for religion. If you can't rely on others, you have to rely on God.
Jack Crawford: I'm relying on myself

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: He shouldn't have done that.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: discourtesy is unspeakably ugly to me.

"Hannibal: ...And the Beast from the Sea (#3.11)" (2015)
Will Graham: He's contacted you
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: How do you imagine he's contacted me - personal ads? Writing notes of admiration on toilet paper?

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: They're not my family, Will. And I'm not letting them die - you are.

Dr. Alana Bloom: Would you have told me the truth?
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: In my own way, I always have.

Will Graham: I'm just about worn out with you crazy sons of bitches
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: The essence of the worst in the human spirit is not found in the crazy sons of bitches. Ugliness is found in the faces of the crowd.
Will Graham: What did you say to him?
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Save yourself, kill them all. Then I gave him your home address. How's the wife?

Jack Crawford: You have hubbed hell, Dr. Lecter.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I often do.

"Hannibal: Coquilles (#1.5)" (2013)
Will Graham: I'm sorry it's so early.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Never apologize for coming to me. Office hours are for patients. My kitchen is always open to friends.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: You entered into a devil's bargain with Jack Crawford. It takes a toll.
Will Graham: No, Jack isn't the devil.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: When it comes to how far he's willing to push you to get what he wants, he's certainly no saint.

Will Graham: Did you just smell me?
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Difficult to avoid. I really must introduce you to a finer aftershave. That smells like something with a ship on the bottle.
Will Graham: Well, I keep getting it for Christmas.

Bella Crawford: Would I be a terrible guest if I skipped this course?
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Too rich?
Bella Crawford: Too cruel.
Jack Crawford: Phylis.
Bella Crawford: Jack.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: First and worst sign of sociopathic behavior: cruelty to animals.
Jack Crawford: Well, that doesn't apply in the kitchen.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I have no taste for animal cruelty, which is why I employ an ethical butcher.
Bella Crawford: An ethical butcher? Be kind to animals and then eat them?
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I'm afraid I insist on it. No need for unnecessary suffering. Human emotions are a gift from our animal ancestors. Cruelty is a gift humanity has given itself.

Bella Crawford: I am slowly shrinking, while this tiny thing grows larger every day. And yet I feel fine.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: You will feel fine up until the precise moment you don't.
Bella Crawford: It's a really very dull story, though, isn't it? The ending is always the same, and that same is that it ends.

"Hannibal: Secondo (#3.3)" (2015)
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: [after stabbing a dinner guest] I'm sorry. That was impulsive.

[after Hannibal stabs a dinner guest, Bedelia pulls the murder weapon out and the body slumps to the table]
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Technically, you killed him.

Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier: Betrayal and forgiveness are... best seen as something akin to falling in love.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: You cannot control with respect to whom you fall in love.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Screams fill some of those places, but the corridors do not echo screaming... because I hear music.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Why can't you go home, Hannibal? What happened to you there?
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Nothing happened to me. I happened.

"Hannibal: The Number of the Beast Is 666 (#3.12)" (2015)
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: The seals are being opened, Jack. The lamb is becoming a lion.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Fate has a habit of not letting us choose our own ending, Frederick.

Jack Crawford: Where's the other one?
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: [smiling] This one can provide you anything the other one can.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I'm sorry, Jack. The tragedy of what's happened to Frederick has put me in an excellent humour.

Dr. Alana Bloom: We wanted to enrage him.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Congratulations.

"Hannibal: Dolce (#3.6)" (2015)
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Would you have done it quickly, or would you have stopped to gloat?
Will Graham: Does God gloat?
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Often

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Jack was the first to suggest getting inside your head. Now we both have the opportunity to chew quite literally... what we've only chewed figuratively.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Florence is where I became a man. I see my end in my beginning.
Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier: All of our endings can be found in our beginnings. History repeats itself, and there is no escape.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: If I saw you every day, forever, Will, I would remember this time.
Will Graham: Strange seeing you here in front of me. Been staring at afterimages of you in places you haven't been in years.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: "To market, to market, to buy a fat pig. Home again, home again, jiggety-jig."
Will Graham: I wanted to understand you before I laid eyes on you again. I needed it to be clear... what I was seeing.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Where does the difference between the past and the future come from?
Will Graham: Mine? Before you and after you. Yours? It's all starting to blur. Mischa. Abigail. Chiyoh.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: How is Chiyoh?
Will Graham: She pushed me off a train.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Atta girl.
Will Graham: You and I have begun to blur.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Isn't that how you found me?
Will Graham: Every crime of yours... feels like one I am guilty of. Not just Abigail's murder, every murder... stretching backward and forward in time.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Freeing yourself from me and... me freeing myself from you, they're the same.
Will Graham: We're conjoined. I'm curious whether either of us can survive separation.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Now is the hardest test: not letting rage and frustration... nor forgiveness keep you from thinking. Shall we?
Will Graham: After you.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: How is Chiyo?
Will Graham: She pushed me off a train.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Atta girl.

"Hannibal: Sakizuke (#2.2)" (2014)
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: If God is looking down on you, don't you want to be looking back at him?

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: When it comes to nature and nurture, I choose neither. We are built from a DNA blueprint and born into a world or scenario and circumstance we don't control.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Without remembering, you're seized by something imagined.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I've been advised to stay on this side of the line.
Will Graham: Select patients have taken to urinating on the therapists.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I would argue drawing a line might encourage a pissing contest.
Will Graham: I'm not interested in having a pissing contest with you, Dr. Lecter. Please, pull up your chair.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: If god is looking down at you, don't you want to be looking back at him?

"Hannibal: Rôti (#1.11)" (2013)
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Psychic driving fails because it's methods are too obvious. You were trying too hard Frederick. If force is used, the subject will only surrender temporarily. Once a patient is exposed to the method of manipulation; it becomes much less effective.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I see myself in Will.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I didn't poison your dinner. I wouldn't do that to food.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Madness can be a medicine for the modern world.

"Hannibal: Antipasto (#3.1)" (2015)
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Observe or participate?

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I've found a peace here that I would preserve. I've killed hardly anybody during our residence.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: It's a double-fisted kind of bash.

Anthony Dimmond: Is it *that* kind of party?
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: [exchanges a look with Bedelia] It's not that kind of party.
Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier: No, it really isn't.
Anthony Dimmond: Shame. You were both suddenly so fascinating.

"Hannibal: Kaiseki (#2.1)" (2014)
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: [about Will] I miss him.

Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier: You are obsessed with Will Graham.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I am intrigued.
Dr. Bedelia Du Maurier: Obsessively.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Friendship can sometimes involve a breach of individual separateness.
Will Graham: You're not my friend. The, uh, light from friendship won't reach us for a million years. That's how far away from friendship we are.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I imagine it's easier to believe I'm responsible for those murders than it is to accept that you are.
Will Graham: Sure is.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Lost in thought?
Will Graham: Not lost. Not anymore. I used to hear the thoughts inside my skull with the same... tone, timbre, accent, as if the words were coming out of my mouth.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: And now?
Will Graham: Now... my inner voice sounds like you. I can't get you out of my head.

"Hannibal: Apéritif (#1.1)" (2013)
Special Agent Will Graham: I don't find you very interesting.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: You will.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: It's a... protein scramble...

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Franklyn...
Franklin: [crying] Yes.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: You have to convince yourself the lion is not in the room. When it is, I assure you, you will know.

"Hannibal: Ko No Mono (#2.11)" (2014)
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Occasionally I drop a teacup to the floor just to see it shatter; I'm disappointed when it doesn't pick itself up and come back together. Someday, perhaps.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: God is beyond measure in wanton malice, and matchless in his irony.

Will Graham: What god do you pray to?
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I don't pray. I have not been bothered by any considerations of deity, other than to recognize how my own modest actions pale beside those of God.

"Hannibal: Digestivo (#3.7)" (2015)
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Congratulations, Jack. You caught the Chesapeake Ripper.
Jack Crawford: I didn't catch you. You surrendered.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I want you to know exactly where I am. That way, you can always find me.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Do we talk about teacups and time and the rules of disorder?
Will Graham: The teacup's broken. It's never going to gather itself back together again.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Not even in your mind? Your memory palace is building. It's... full of new things. It shares some rooms with my own. I've discovered you there, victorious.
Will Graham: When it comes to you and me, there can be no decisive victory.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: We are in zero-sum game?
Will Graham: I miss my dogs. I'm not going to miss you. I'm not going to find you. I'm not going to look for you. I don't want to know where you are or what you do. I don't want to think about you anymore.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: You delight in wickedness and then berate yourself for the delight.
Will Graham: You delight. I tolerate. I don't have your appetite. Goodbye, Hannibal.

"Hannibal: ...And the Woman Clothed in Sun (#3.10)" (2015)
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I'll dance at your wedding...

Francis Dolarhyde: I want to be recognized by you
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: As John the Baptist recognized the one who came after
Francis Dolarhyde: I want to sit before you as the Dragon sat before 666 and Revelation. I have... things, I would love to show you. Some day, if circumstances permit, I would like to meet you... and watch you meld with the strength of the Dragon.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: See how magnificent you are. Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

"Hannibal: Sorbet (#1.7)" (2013)
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Before we begin, I must warn you... nothing here is vegetarian.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Words are living things. They have personality, point of view, agenda.

"Hannibal: The Great Red Dragon (#3.8)" (2015)
Dr. Alana Bloom: Congratulations, Hannibal. You're officially insane.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: There's no consensus in the psychiatric community what I should be termed.
Dr. Alana Bloom: You've long been regarded by your peers in psychiatry as something entirely "other." For convenience, they term you a monster.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: What do you term me?
Dr. Alana Bloom: I don't, you defy categorization.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Do you still prefer beer to wine.
Dr. Alana Bloom: I stopped drinking beer when I found out what you were putting in mine.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Whom
Dr. Alana Bloom: Who

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Our old lives hover in the shadows. It's dark on the other side, and madness is waiting.

"Hannibal: Mukozuke (#2.5)" (2014)
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: [to Freddy Lounds] So, what brings you to The Baltimore State Hospital For the Criminally Insane?
[to Freddy Lounds]

Matthew Brown: I wonder what they're gonna call me... You know, the Iroquois used to eat their enemies to take their strength. Maybe your murders will become my murders... I'll be the Chesapeake Ripper now.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Only if you eat me.

"Hannibal: Oeuf (#1.4)" (2013)
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Children transport us to our childhood.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: A modified Boudin Noir. From Ali Bab's Gastronomie Pratique.

"Hannibal: Fromage (#1.8)" (2013)
Will Graham: I feel like I have dragged you into my world.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: No, I got here on my own, but I appreciate the company.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I didn't poison you, Tobias. I wouldn't do that to the food.

"Hannibal: Takiawase (#2.4)" (2014)
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: [about Jack] You denied him a goodbye.
Bella Crawford: I denied him a painful goodbye, and allowed myself a peaceful one.

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I've always found the idea of death comforting. The thought that my life could end at any moment frees me to fully appreciate the beauty and art and horror of everything this world has to offer.

"Hannibal: Contorno (#3.5)" (2015)
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I brought Bella back from death and you returned her to it. Is that where you're taking me, Jack?
[Jack punches Hannibal in the face]

Dr. Hannibal Lecter: How will you feel when I'm gone?
Jack Crawford: Alive.

"Hannibal: Hassun (#2.3)" (2014)
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: It seems you have an admirer.
Will Graham: You think someone sent me an ear because they admire me?
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: The boundaries of what's considered normal are getting narrower. Outside those boundaries, this may be intended as a helpful gesture.
Will Graham: How far would you go to help me?
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: It hadn't occurred to me to send you an ear.

"Hannibal: Futamono (#2.6)" (2014)
Dr. Abel Gideon: You intend me to be my own last supper.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Yes.
Dr. Abel Gideon: How does one politely refuse a dish in circumstances such as these?
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: One doesn't. The tragedy is not to die, Abel, but to be wasted.
Dr. Abel Gideon: [Uneasily, Gideon eats his own flesh] My compliments to the chef.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: [smiles]

"Hannibal: Relevés (#1.12)" (2013)
Abigail Hobbs: Will always said whoever called the house that morning was the serial killer... Why did you really call?
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I wanted to warn your father that Will Graham was coming for him.
Abigail Hobbs: Why?
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I was curious what would happen... I was curious what would happen when I killed Marissa... I was curious what you would do.
Abigail Hobbs: You wanted me to kill Nick Boyle.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I was hoping... I wanted to see how much like your father you were.
Abigail Hobbs: Oh, my God.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Nicholas Boyle is more important for you gutting him... He changed you, Abigail... That's more important than the life he clamored after.
Abigail Hobbs: How many people have you killed?
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: Many more than your father.
Abigail Hobbs: Are you going to kill me?
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: I'm so sorry, Abigail... I'm sorry I couldn't protect you in this life.

"Hannibal: Trou Normand (#1.9)" (2013)
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: He will keep our secret.
Abigail Hobbs: You don't know that.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: He will keep it because otherwise the one good thing in his life is tainted. And he will lie to Jack Crawford about you just as he has lied to himself... You're free, Abigail. No one will know what you did. And no one will know the truth you're trying to avoid. The one you cannot admit even to yourself.

"Hannibal: Savoureux (#1.13)" (2013)
Dr. Hannibal Lecter: [to Will] You catch these killers by getting into their heads, but you also let them into your own.