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John Preston (Character)
from Equilibrium (2002)

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Equilibrium (2002)
DuPont: And you, Preston, the supposed savior of the resistance, are now its destroyer, and, along with them, you've given me yourself... calmly... coolly... entirely without incident.
John Preston: [Polygraph machine scribbling rapidly] No.
[Polygraph suddenly registers Preston completely in control]
Polygraph Technician: Oh... Shit.
John Preston: Not without incident.

[last lines]
DuPont: Wait! Wait! Look at me. Look at me. I'm life. I live... I, I breathe... I feel. Now that you know it... can you really take it? Is it really worth the price?
[Preston sees a flash of Mary's face]
John Preston: I pay it gladly.

Mary: Let me ask you something.
[Grabs his hand]
Mary: Why are you alive?
John Preston: [Breaks free] I'm alive... I live... to safeguard the continuity of this great society. To serve Libria.
Mary: It's circular. You exist to continue your existence. What's the point?
John Preston: What's the point of your existence?
Mary: To feel. 'Cause you've never done it, you can never know it. But it's as vital as breath. And without it, without love, without anger, without sorrow, breath is just a clock... ticking.

Robbie Preston: [Mutes TV] John?
John Preston: Yes?
Robbie Preston: I saw Robbie Taylor crying today. He didn't know, but I saw. Do you think I should report him?
John Preston: Unquestionably.

John Preston: I'll do what I can to see they go easy on you.
Partridge: We both know they never "go easy".
John Preston: Then, I'm sorry.
Partridge: No, you're not. You don't even know the meaning. Its just a vestigial word for a feeling you've never felt.

Mary: What... what'll you do?
John Preston: ...I don't know.

Robbie Preston: Looking for something. If I were you I'd be more careful in future.
John Preston: How long?
Robbie Preston: Since mom
John Preston: And Lisa
Robbie Preston: Of course
John Preston: How did you know?
Robbie Preston: You forget. It's my job to know what you're thinking.
John Preston: And you know what I'm gonna do now.

John Preston: There's no war. No murder.
Partridge: What is it you think we do?
John Preston: No. You've been with me, you've seen how it can be - the jealousy, rage.
Partridge: A heavy cost. I pay it gladly.
[Reaches for his gun]

[trying to convince a group of rebels that he's letting them escape]
John Preston: Go. Go, damn you!
[sees another rebel being shot and knows this group will be next]
John Preston: Get out of here, God damn it! If you don't, you're dead!
Rebel: Don't do it. He'll shoot us in the back.
John Preston: If I was gonna shoot you, I'd shoot you in the face. Now go.

John Preston: Then I have no choice but to remand you to the Palace of Justice for processing.
Mary: Processing. You mean execution, don't you?
John Preston: Processing.

John Preston: You're an offender!
Reading Room Proprietor: I'm not!
John Preston: No? Then why are you so scared of me?

Brandt: Always practicing, Cleric. Maybe that's why you're the best.
John Preston: Maybe I'm just better.

Mary: You can't do this! You cannot do this!
John Preston: Tetragrammaton. There's nothing we can't do.

John Preston: When we return from the Nether it always reminds me of why we do what we do.
Partridge: It does?
John Preston: [pauses; He takes notice of Partridge's intonation] I beg your pardon?
Partridge: [Withdraws Prozium-administering device from his pocket and injects himself with it] It does.

John Preston: I'm coming.

DuPont: It is not the will of the Council, it is the will of Father and he is law.
John Preston: Sir... without the logic of process, is it not just mayhem - what we have worked so hard to eradicate?
DuPont: You must understand, Preston, that while you - and even I - may not always agree with it,it is not the message that is important, it is our obedience to it. Father's will. Call it faith. You have it, I assume?
John Preston: Yes. I have it.
DuPont: Good.

John Preston: You're absolutely 100% right, sir.
DuPont: Of course I am.

Jurgen: Will you do it?
John Preston: Yes.
Jurgen: Can you?
John Preston: I don't know.

John Preston: Interesting...
[knocks a man into a wall]
John Preston: Watch out!