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Robert Langdon (Character)
from The Da Vinci Code (2006)

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The Da Vinci Code (2006)
Robert Langdon: You are the secret.

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

Robert Langdon: It hides beneath the rose.

Robert Langdon: It's an old wives' tale.
Sir Leigh Teabing: The original one, in fact!

Robert Langdon: I've got to get to a library... Fast!

Robert Langdon: What really matters is what you believe.

Sophie Neveu: It's a cryptex. Da Vinci's design. Saunière made me one for my birthday once.
Robert Langdon: My grandfather gave me a wagon.

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: So dark the con of man...

Robert Langdon: The ancient male symbol was the blade, it's a basic phallus. It's still used today on military uniforms.
Sir Leigh Teabing: Yes, and the more penises you have, the higher your rank. Boys will be boys!

Robert Langdon: The Holy Grail 'neath ancient Rosslyn waits / The blade and chalice watch o'er her gates / Adorned by masters loving art she lies / As she rests beneath the starry skies.

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

[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 open up for an old colleague?
Sir Leigh Teabing: Of course.
[Robert 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?
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 outrow an Oxford man at Henley?
Robert Langdon: [reluctantly] Surely such a travesty has never occurred.
Sir Leigh Teabing: Your heart is true. You may pass.

Robert Langdon: [during a very bumpy ride in a jeep] Jesus!
Sir Leigh Teabing: Apropos.

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: hey just got the pronoun wrong. She said when Sauniere 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. 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.
[they laugh]
Robert Langdon: Well, here's the question: A living descendent of Jesus Christ - would she destroy faith? Or would she renew it? So again I say, what matters is what you believe.
Sophie Neveu: Thank you. For bringing me here. For letting him choose you, Sir Robert.
[they laugh again]
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: There was every orb conceivable on that tomb except one: The orb which fell from the heavens and inspired Newtons life's work. Work that incurred the wrath of the church until his dying day. A-P-P-L-E. Apple.

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 artefact 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: 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.

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

Angels & Demons (2009)
[from trailer]
Robert Langdon: The Illuminati did not become violent until the 17th Century. Their name means 'The Enlightened Ones'. They were physicists, mathematicians, astronomers. In the 1500's they started meeting in secret, because they were concerned about the church's inaccurate teachings. They were dedicated to scientific truth. And the Vatican didn't like that. So the church began to, how did you say it? Oh, hunt them down and kill them.

[from trailer]
Richter: You 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 in 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.

[from trailer]
Robert Langdon: I need access to the Vatican Archives.
Richter: Access to the Archives is only by written decree by the Holy Father.
Robert Langdon: Fellas, you called me.

Robert Langdon: It scares the hell out of me.

Inspector Olivetti: [on hearing Langdon's description of Pius IX's "Great Castration" of Vatican City's male statues] Are you anti-Catholic Mr. Langdon?
Robert Langdon: No. I'm anti-vandalism.

Robert Langdon: You will counsel him wisely.
Cardinal Strauss: I am an old man. I will counsel him briefly.

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 the office of His Holiness.
[Walks towards Robert Langdon]
Camerlengo Patrick McKenna: . Do you believe in God, sir?
Robert Langdon: 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: I'm an academic. My mind tells me I will never understand God.
Camerlengo Patrick McKenna: And your heart?
Robert Langdon: Tells me I'm not meant to. Faith is a gift that I have yet to receive.
Camerlengo Patrick McKenna: Be delicate with our treasures.

Robert Langdon: [after suggesting a policeman not to bring him back to Vatican, but to let him save the last cardinal; the policeman turns to his colleague to confer] By all means, let's talk it over!

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!

Camerlengo Patrick McKenna: Would it surprise you to find those clothes suit you?
Robert Langdon: It would surprise the hell out of me.

Chartrand: The Catholic Church is not a corporation! It's a beacon! A source of inspiration for a billion lost and frightened souls!
Robert Langdon: Sure, I get that. It's also a bank.

Lieutenant Valenti: [after dry commentary on 17th century pope's actions] Are you... anti-Catholic, professor?
Robert Langdon: No, I'm anti-vandalism.

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.

[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...

Inspector Olivetti: Where did you get that paper?
Vittoria Vetra: We borrowed it.
Inspector Olivetti: Are you insane?
Robert Langdon: [reading paper with magnifier] "From Santi's earthly tomb with demon's hole. Cross Rome 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.

Robert Langdon: Do you smoke?
Chartrand: A little bit.
Robert Langdon: Then you better sit down before you keel over.

Robert Langdon: [upon learning that the new Pope chose the name of Luke] There's been many Marks and Johns, never a Luke.
Cardinal Strauss: It's said he was a doctor.
Vittoria Vetra: That's quite a message. Science and faith all in one?
Cardinal Strauss: The world is in need of both.

Inferno (2016/I)
Robert Langdon: The greatest sins in human history were committed in the name of love