Alpha 60: Once we know the number one, we believe that we know the number two, because one plus one equals two. We forget that first we must know the meaning of plus.
Alpha 60: Time is the substance of which I am made. Time is a river which carries me along. But I am time. It's a tiger, tearing me apart; but I am the tiger.
Alpha 60: What is the privilege of the dead?
Lemmy Caution: To die no more.
Alpha 60: What is your religion?
Lemmy Caution: I believe in the inspirations of conscience.
Alpha 60: Everything has been said, provided words do not change their meanings, and meanings their words.
Alpha 60: I shall calculate so that failure is impossible.
Lemmy Caution: I shall fight so that failure is possible.
Natacha Von Braun: You're looking at me very strangely.
Lemmy Caution: Yes.
Natacha Von Braun: You're waiting for me to say something to you.
Lemmy Caution: Yes.
Natacha Von Braun: I don't know what to say. They're words I don't know. I wasn't taught them. Help me.
Lemmy Caution: Impossible. Help yourself; then you will be saved. If you don't, you're as lost as the dead of Alphaville.
Natacha Von Braun: I... you... love. I love you.
Lemmy Caution: This isn't a bible, this is a dictionary!
Natacha Von Braun: Aren't they the same in the outlands?
Alpha 60: No-one has ever lived in the past. No-one will ever live in the future. The present is the form of all life.
Natacha Von Braun: Your voice, your eyes, your hands, your lips. Our silences, our words. Light that goes, light that returns. A single smile between us. In quest of knowledge, I watched the night create day while we seemed unchanged. O beloved of all, beloved of one alone, your mouth silently promised to be happy. Away, away, says hate; closer, closer, says love. A caress leads us from our infancy. Increasingly I see the human form as a lover's dialogue. The heart has but one mouth. Everything by chance. All words without thought. Sentiments adrift. Men roam the city. A glance, a word. Because I love you. Everything moves. We must advance to live. Aim straight ahead toward those you love. I went toward you, endlessly toward the light. If you smile, it enfolds me all the better. The rays of your arms pierce the mist.
Alpha 60: What is your secret? Tell me, Mr. Caution.
Lemmy Caution: Something which never changes, day or night. The past represents its future. It advances in a straight line, yet it ends by coming full circle.
Alpha 60: Do you know what illuminates the night?
Lemmy Caution: Poetry.
Alpha 60: Sometimes reality is too complex for oral communication. But legend embodies it in a form which enables it to spread all over the world.
Professor Von Braun: Men of your type will soon become extinct. You'll become something worse than dead. You'll become a legend.
Lemmy Caution: I refuse to become what you call normal.
Alpha 60: Before us, nothing existed here. No one. We are totally alone here. We are unique, dreadfully unique.
Alpha 60: The meaning of words and of expressions, is no longer grasped. An isolated word, or a detail of a design can be understood. But the meaning of the whole escapes.
Alpha 60: Time is like a circle which is endlessly described. The declining arc is the past. The inclining arc is the future.
Natacha Von Braun: I'm very well, thank you, you're welcome.
Alpha 60: What do you love above all?
Lemmy Caution: Gold and women.
Lemmy Caution: Yes, I am afraid of death. But for a humble secret agent, it's an everyday thing, like whiskey. And I've been drinking all my life.
Lemmy Caution: You never have love affairs?
Natacha Von Braun: What?
Lemmy Caution: Has no one ever fallen in love with you?
Natacha Von Braun: In love? What's that?
Lemmy Caution: [Internal monologue] It's always like that. You never understand anything. Yes, it's always like that. You never understand anything. And one night, you end it in death.
Natacha Von Braun: In life, one can only know the present. No one's lived in the past, or will live in the future.
Lemmy Caution: And what's Alpha 60?
Henri Dickson: A giant computer, like they used to have in big business.
Lemmy Caution: Nueva York... IBM...
Henri Dickson: Olivetti... General Electric... Tokyorama... Alpha 60 is one hundred and fifty light years more powerful.
Lemmy Caution: I see. People have become slaves of probabilities.
Henri Dickson: The ideal here, in Alphaville is a technocracy, like that of termites and ants.
Lemmy Caution: I don't understand.
Henri Dickson: Probably one hundred and fifty light years ago, one hundred and fifty two hundred, there were artist in the ant society. Yes, artists, novelists, musicians, painters. Today, no more.
Alpha 60: Is it not obvious that someone who customarily lives in a state of suffering requires a different sort of religion from a person habitually in a state of well-being?
Natacha Von Braun: In love? What's that?
Lemmy Caution: This.
Natacha Von Braun: No. I know what that is: it's sensuality.
Lemmy Caution: No, sensuality is a consequence. It cannot exist without love.
Natacha Von Braun: So what is love, then?
Alpha 60: The present is terrifying because it is irreversible and because it is of iron.
Lemmy Caution: Something's not in orbit in the capital of this Galaxy
Lemmy Caution: Her name was Beatrice. She said she was a seductress, third class. I was struck by the sadness and durability of her face.
Lemmy Caution: Are you finished taking me for an ass? Or, are you beginning?
Lemmy Caution: [Internal monologue] Her smile and her small pointed teeth reminded me of the old vampire films - the sort they used to show at cinerama museums.
Henri Dickson: Lemmy... conscience... Alpha 60... make... self-destruct... tenderness. Save those who weep.
Alpha 60: The acts of men carried over from past centuries will gradually destroy them logically. I, Alpha 60, am merely the logical means of this destruction.
Lemmy Caution: I left because I couldn't understand a word he was saying.
Natacha Von Braun: But it's very simple. We learned this evening that death and life are found within the same circle.
Lemmy Caution: [Internal monologue] Natasha spoke to me in her pretty sphinx voice, pretty sphinx, pretty sphinx, pretty sphinx, pretty sphinx.
Lemmy Caution: Why does everyone look so sad, somber?
Natacha Von Braun: You ask too many questions. Because they lack electricity.
Alpha 60: The essence of the so-called capitalist world or the communist world, is not an evil volition to subject their people by the power of indoctrination or the power of finance; but simply the natural ambition of any organization to plan all its actions.
Condemned Man #1: We must advance to live. Aim straight for those you love.
Condemned Man #2: Listen to me, normals. We see the truth you no longer see. The truth is that the essence of man is love and faith, courage, tenderness, generosity and sacrifice. The rest is the obstacle created by the progress of your blind ignorance. One day... One day...
Alpha 60: You have come from the Outlands. What were your feelings when you passed through galactic space?
Lemmy Caution: The silence of infinite space appalled me.
Chief Engineer: Perhaps you are a spy, Mr. Johnson.
Lemmy Caution: You know I'm only a free man.
Chief Engineer: A meaningless reply.
Chief Engineer: We know nothing. We record, calculate, draw conclusions.
Chief Engineer: Sooner or later, the Outlands will declare war on us. Therefore, we decided to invade them.
Lemmy Caution: What are you afraid of?
Natacha Von Braun: I'm afraid because I know that word without ever having seen it or read it.
Lemmy Caution: Which word?
Natacha Von Braun: Le conscience.
Lemmy Caution: La conscience.
Natacha Von Braun: La conscience.
Professor Von Braun: We are mastering a science so fantastic that the old American and Russian control of atomic force will seem pathetic.
Red Star Hotel Manager: Why don't you hurry up and commit suicide? We need the room for our cousin from the south.