Kwai Chang Caine
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Kwai Chang Caine (Character)
from "Kung Fu" (1972)

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"Kung Fu: Superstition (#1.12)" (1973)
Meador: Any suggestions?
Kwai Chang Caine: Live.

Kwai Chang Caine: I am Caine.
Rupp: Now ain't that something. He's got a name. Hey! He's got a name! So do I, boy. Name's Rupp.

Meador: I've done that before. Not like the way you mean it. I drunk to the health of everybody from the Atlantic to the Pacific and half way back again. And somehow along the line it came to me that I was the only one raising my glass. Now there's nothing to celebrate for. Nothing to celebrate with.
Kwai Chang Caine: When a man has nothing, it is then he is most able to raise himself up.

Kwai Chang Caine: I would like to buy some beans and salt.
Bartender: Whiskey or brandy. Take your pick.

Kwai Chang Caine: Live.

Kwai Chang Caine: I am grateful.


"Kung Fu: Pilot (#1.0)" (1972)
Master Po: What do you hear?
Caine: I hear the grasshopper.

Caine: Is it good to seek the past, Master Po? Does it not rob the present?
Master Po: If a man dwells on the past, then he robs the present. But if a man ignores the past, he may rob the future. The seeds of our destiny are nurtured by the roots of our past.

Caine: I seek not to know the answers, but to understand the questions.

Young Caine: You cannot see.
Master Po: You think I cannot see?
Young Caine: Of all things, to live in darkness must be worst.
Master Po: Fear is the only darkness.

Master Po: [after easily defeating the boy in combat] Ha, ha, never assume because a man has no eyes he cannot see. Close your eyes. What do you hear?
Young Caine: I hear the water, I hear the birds.
Master Po: Do you hear your own heartbeat?
Young Caine: No.
Master Po: Do you hear the grasshopper that is at your feet?
Young Caine: [looking down and seeing the insect] Old man, how is it that you hear these things?
Master Po: Young man, how is it that you do not?


"Kung Fu: The Legend Continues: Disciple (#1.8)" (1993)
Peter Caine: What more can you teach him?
Kwai Chang Caine: Why.
Peter Caine: All right. Forget I asked.
Kwai Chang Caine: No you misunderstand. In his haste to master the "how" the technique, he has forgotten/brushed past the "why", the meaning.

Kwai Chang Caine: You have a lot to learn, my son. But you do have a good right cross.
Marie: [handcuffed, to Peter] You ever thought about fighting?

Kwai Chang Caine: Goodnight.
[after defeating Leo and knocking him unconscious]

Laura: Oh no. Daddy?
[Tries to call him again]
Laura: Oh my god. Daddy?
Kwai Chang Caine: He is... dead.
Laura: Oh dear god no.
[to Marie]
Laura: You killed him!
Marie: Me? I never touched him. I'm as sick about this as you are. I lost a yard and a half on him.
Laura: He never would have fought if it wasn't for the money you offered.
Marie: What he did was his choice.
[Kwai turns to Marie]
Marie: What? What's that look? You got something to say? Look, this was just a little neighborhood punch-up. Couple of guys getting it on. Who knew the bum couldn't take a punch?
Laura: Dont you say that! He wasn't a bum!
[Punches and slaps Marie]
Kwai Chang Caine: [Stops Marie from punching Laura] You do not want to do that.
Marie: What have we got? A tough guy? Relax, China man.
Kwai Chang Caine: There is a word for people on other's pain and misery.
Marie: Entrepreneur?
Kwai Chang Caine: Coward.
Marie: It's all just words, China man. Until the whistle blows, it's all just words.


"Kung Fu: King of the Mountain (#1.1)" (1972)
Kwai Chang Caine: There is no honor in the taking of a life.

Young Caine: Master, do we seek victory in contention?
Master Kan: Seek rather not to contend.


The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw (1991) (TV)
Lute Cantrell: Get out of the way, Chinaman, or you're dead.
Caine: Death is nothing to one who does not fear it.

Brady Hawkes: We're almost to the end of our journey.
Caine: The ultimate quest has no ending. That is what gives the quest its ultimate value.
Burgundy Jones: I love it when he talks like that.


"Kung Fu: The Legend Continues: Dragonswing II (#2.19)" (1994)
Kwai Chang Caine: [laughs at Peter's abandonment concern] Your lessons will never be finished, my son. We will always have something to teach each other, my son.

Young Peter Caine: I don't know what I would do if I lost you as well as mom.
Kwai Chang Caine: When a man walks into the shade, his shadow banishes. I promise, I will always be in the light for you.


"Kung Fu: The Well (#2.1)" (1973)
Kwai Chang Caine: [after Daniel finishes explaining to Caine about the fight he had with the deputies, but can't remember any of it] Tell me, why was it necessary to put a pig with me in the cellar?
[Daniel laughs]
Kwai Chang Caine: It was a joke?


"Kung Fu: The Legend Continues: Challenge (#1.7)" (1993)
[after Chan delivers Tan's challenge]
Peter Caine: I've gotta call this in. Where's the...? Oh, you don't have a phone.
[he starts to head upstairs]
Kwai Chang Caine: Remember the hotel? No time for police. We must do this, you and I. Any other method, and the Ancient will die.
Peter Caine: [after a pause] All right... let's go to war.
[He holds out his hand. Caine grins and slaps it]


"Kung Fu: The Elixir (#2.11)" (1973)
Kwai Chang Caine: Can anyone be truly free who serves only himself?


"Kung Fu: The Praying Mantis Kills (#1.9)" (1973)
Kwai Chang Caine: When you no longer strive to understand, then you will know... without understanding.


"Kung Fu: The Legend Continues: Shaolin Shot (#4.6)" (1996)
Peter Caine: I need more than that: I need a trick!
Kwai Chang Caine: I am all out of tricks tonight. You will find your own path, just look ahead.


"Kung Fu: The Legend Continues: May I Ride with You (#2.2)" (1994)
Kwai Chang Caine: Do not control, be in control.


"Kung Fu: An Eye for an Eye (#1.4)" (1973)
Kwai Chang Caine: I know war. It is a word men use to clothe the nakedness of their killing.


"Kung Fu: The Third Man (#1.14)" (1973)
Kwai Chang Caine: I seek not to know all the answers, but to understand the questions.


"Kung Fu: Alethea (#1.10)" (1973)
Alethea Patricia Ingram: If I never lie again, can't I be the same me as I was before?
Kwai Chang Caine: Each waking moment is as a rung on an endless ladder. Each step we take is built on what has gone before.