Inception (2010) quotes

Director
Christopher Nolan.

Cast
Leonardo DiCaprio.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Ellen Page.
Tom Hardy.

A thief, who steals corporate secrets through use of dream-sharing technology, is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of a CEO.

She locked away a secret, deep inside herself, something she once knew to be true… but chose to forget.
– Cobb

It would have to be a 747.
– Arthur
Why is that?
– Cobb
Because in a 747, the pilot’s up top, and the first class cabin’s in the nose, so no one would walk through. But you’d have to buy out the entire cabin. And the first class flight attendant…
– Arthur
I bought the airline.
– Saito
It seemed neater.
– Saito

Don’t you want to take a leap of faith? Or become an old man, filled with regret, waiting to die alone!
– Saito

Inception. Now, before you bother telling me it’s impossible…
– Cobb
No, it’s perfectly possible. It’s just bloody difficult.
– Eames

I’ll come back and we’ll be young men together again.
– Saito

They say we only use a fraction of our brain’s true potential. Now that’s when we’re awake. When we’re asleep, we can do almost anything.
– Cobb

Ah. So, this is your idea of losing a tail, huh?
– Eames
Different tail.
– Cobb

My subconscious seems polite enough.
– Ariadne
Well wait, it’ll turn ugly. No one wants to feel someone else messing around their mind.
– Arthur

What you have to do it start at the absolute basic.
– Eames

Eames, I am impressed.
– Arthur
Your condescension, as always, is much appreciated, Arthur, thank you.
– Eames

Couldn’t somebody have dreamt up a goddamn beach?
– Fischer

Fischer’s OK, unless he gets car-sick.
– Eames

I’ll tell you a riddle. You’re waiting for a train, a train that will take you far away. You know where you hope this train will take you, but you don’t know for sure. But it doesn’t matter. How can it not matter to you where that train will take you?
– Mal

That price on my head, was that dead or alive?
– Cobb
Not sure. See if he starts shooting.
– Eames

If we are gonna perform Inception then we need imagination.
– Eames

Do you know what it is to be a lover? Half of a whole?
– Mal

That many dreams within dreams is too unstable.
– Yusuf

You mind telling your subconscious to take it easy?
– Ariadne

I’ll tell you a riddle. You’re waiting for a train, a train that will take you far away. You know where you hope this train will take you, but you don’t know for sure. But it doesn’t matter. How can it not matter to you where that train will take you?
– Mal

Great. Thank you. So, now we’re trapped in Fischer’s mind battling his own private army, and if we get killed, we’ll be lost in limbo till our brains turn to scrambled egg.
– Eames

After my mother died, you know what he told me? “Robert, there’s really nothing to be said.”
– Fischer
He was bad with emotions.
– Peter Browning
I was eleven.
– Fischer

You mustn’t be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.
– Eames

I need to get home. That’s all I care about right now.
– Cobb
Why can’t you go home?
– Ariadne
Because they think I killed her.
– Cobb
Thank you.
– Cobb
For what?
– Ariadne
For not asking whether I did.
– Cobb

Why is it so important to dream?
– Ariadne
Because, in my dreams we are together.
– Cobb

Brain function in the dream will be about twenty times to normal. When you enter a dream within that dream, the effect is compounded: it’s three dreams, that’s ten hours times twen…
– Yusuf
I’m sorry, uh, maths was never my strong subject. How much time is that?
– Eames
It’s a week the first level down. Six months the second level down, and… the third level…
– Cobb
…is ten years! Who would wanna be stuck in a dream for ten years?
– Ariadne
Depends on the dream.
– Yusuf

You keep telling yourself what you know. But what do you believe? What do you feel?
– Mal
Guilt.
– Cobb

No creeping doubts? Not feeling persecuted, Dom? Chased around the globe by anonymous corporations and police forces, the way the projections persecute the dreamer? Admit it: you don’t believe in one reality anymore. So choose. Choose to be here. Choose me.
– Mal

You. What the hell was all that?
– Arthur
I have it under control.
– Cobb
I’d hate to see it out of control
– Arthur

You remind me of someone… a man I met in a half-remembered dream. He was possessed of some radical notions.
– Saito