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Father Karras (Character)
from The Exorcist (1973)

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The Exorcist (1973)
Demon: What an excellent day for an exorcism.
Father Damien Karras: You would like that?
Demon: Intensely.
Father Damien Karras: But wouldn't that drive you out of Regan?
Demon: It would bring us together.
Father Damien Karras: You and Regan?
Demon: You and us.

Demon: I'm not Regan.
Father Damien Karras: Well, then let's introduce ourselves. I'm Damien Karras.
Demon: And I'm the Devil. Now kindly undo these straps.
Father Damien Karras: If you're the Devil, why not make the straps disappear?
Demon: That's much too vulgar a display of power, Karras.

Father Damien Karras: It's my mother, Tom. She's alone. I never should have left her. At least in New York, I'd be near, I'd be closer.
Tom, President of University: Could see about a transfer, Damien.
Father Damien Karras: I need re-assignment, Tom. I want out of this job. It's wrong. It's no good.
Tom, President of University: You're the best we've got.
Father Damien Karras: Am I really? It's more than psychiatry, and you know that Tom. Some of their problems come down to faith, their vocation and meaning of their lives, and I can't cut it anymore. I need out. I'm unfit. I think I've lost my faith, Tom.

Father Damien Karras: [praying over Merrin's body] Ego te absolvo in nomine Patris, et Filiii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.

Father Damien Karras: I think it might be helpful if I gave you some background on the different personalities Regan has manifested. So far, I'd say there seem to be three. She's convinced...
Father Merrin: There is only one.

Father Damien Karras: [sees Father Merrin dead on Regan's bed and gently moves him on the floor]
Regan MacNeil: [looks at Karras and Merrrin]
Father Damien Karras: [beats with great force on Merrin's breast, checks whether he can hear Merrin's heartbeat]
Demon: [fakes crying]
Father Damien Karras: [enrages] You son of a bitch!
[beats Regan several times]
Demon: [roars]
Father Damien Karras: [almost strangles Regan] Take me! Come into me! God damn you! Take me! Take me!
Father Damien Karras: [feels the demon entering him]
Regan MacNeil: [freed from the demon, starts to cry]
Father Damien Karras: [falls down, is about to kill Regan, but screams:] NOOOOO!
[jumps out of the window and deadly rolls from the stairs near the house]

Father Damien Karras: There isn't a day in my life when I haven't felt like a fraud. I mean priests, doctors, I've talked to them all. I don't know anyone who hasn't felt that.

[repeated lines]
Father Merrin, Father Damien Karras: The Power of Christ compels you!

Father Damien Karras: There are no experts. You probably know as much about possession than most priests. Look, your daughter doesn't say she's a demon. She says she's the devil himself. And if you've seen as many psychotics as I have, you'd know it's like saying you're Napoleon Bonaparte.

Lt. Kinderman: You know who you look like? John Garfield. Exactly, John Garfield, "Body and Soul." Do people ever tell you that, Father?
Father Damien Karras: Do people tell you that you look like Paul Newman?
Lt. Kinderman: Always.

Father Damien Karras: Why her? Why this girl?
Father Merrin: I think the point is to make us despair. To see ourselves as... animal and ugly. To make us reject the possibility that God could love us.

Father Damien Karras: Where is Regan?
Demon: In here. With us.

Demon: You killed your mother! You left her alone to die! Bastard!
Father Damien Karras: Shut up!

Demon: Mirabile dictu, don't you agree?
Father Damien Karras: You speak Latin?
Demon: Ego te absolvo.
Father Damien Karras: Quod nomen mihi est?
Demon: Bon Jour.
Father Damien Karras: Quod nomen mihi est?
Demon: La plume de ma tante.

Chris MacNeil: How do you go about getting an exorcism?
Father Damien Karras: I Beg your pardon?

Chris MacNeil: Is it over?
Father Damien Karras: No
Chris MacNeil: Is she going to die?
Father Damien Karras: No!

Chris MacNeil: How does a doctor end up as a priest?
Father Damien Karras: It's the other way around, the Society put me through Medical School.

Father Dyer: [stolen whiskey] I reckon I saved him from a great temptation.
Father Damien Karras: Stealing's a sin.

Father Damien Karras: Would you like to hear about the case, first?
Father Merrin: Why?

Father Damien Karras: I should have told you I wouldn't be in uniform.


The Exorcist III (1990)
Patient X: I still hear from her occasionally, screaming. I think the dead should shut up, unless there's something to say.

Patient X: I have dreams... of a rose, and then of falling down a long flight of steps.

Patient X: You again. You've interrupted me. Well... come in, Father Morning. Enter, knight. This time you're going to lose.

Patient X: I kill at random... no motive... that's the fun.

Patient X: Death, be not proud, though some have called thee mighty and dreadful, for thou art not so; For those who think'st thou dost overthrow die not, poor death, nor yet canst thou kill me.

Patient X: [flashback from 'The Exorcist'] Take Me. Come into Me!

Kinderman: Are you Damien Karras?
Patient X: Aah, you haven't any medical records for him, have you? No tedious fingerprints?

Patient X: Incidently, who is this Damien you mentioned?
Kinderman: Don't you know him?
Patient X: I know nothing! Except I must go on killing Daddy! I must shame him!

Patient X: [Damien Karras is unpossessed] Now free me...