Interstellar (2014) quotes

Director
Christopher Nolan.

Cast
Matthew McConaughey.
Anne Hathaway.
Jessica Chastain.

A team of explorers travel through a wormhole in space in an attempt to ensure humanity’s survival.

We used to look up at the sky and wonder at our place in the stars. Now we just look down, and worry about our place in the dirt.
Cooper

Do not go gentle into that good night; Old age should burn and rave at close of day. Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
– Dr. Brand

Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here.
Cooper

We’ve always defined ourselves by the ability to overcome the impossible. And we count these moments. These moments when we dare to aim higher, to break barriers, to reach for the stars, to make the unknown known. We count these moments as our proudest achievements. But we lost all that. Or perhaps we’ve just forgotten that we are still pioneers. And we’ve barely begun. And that our greatest accomplishments cannot be behind us, because our destiny lies above us.
– Cooper

[as Cooper repairs him] Settings. General settings. Security settings.
TARS
Honesty, new setting: ninety-five percent.
TARS
Confirmed. Additional settings.
TARS
Humor, seventy-five percent.
Cooper
Confirmed. Self destruct sequence in T minus 10, 9…
TARS
Let’s make that sixty percent.
Cooper
Sixty percent, confirmed. Knock knock.
TARS
You want fifty-five?
Cooper

You’re ruling my son out for college now? The kid’s fifteen.
Cooper
Tom’s score simply isn’t high enough.
Principal
What’s your waistline? 32? With, what, a 33 inseam?
Cooper
I’m not sure I see what you’re getting at.
Principal
You’re telling me it takes two numbers to measure your own ass but only one to measure my son’s future?
Cooper

Endurance rotation is 67, 68 RPM.
CASE
CASE, get ready to match our spin with the retro thrusters.
Cooper
It’s not possible.
CASE
No. It’s necessary.
Cooper

[through video monitor] Hey Dad. You sonabitch. Never made one of these while you were still responding because I was so mad at you for leaving. And when you went quiet, it seemed like I should live with that decision, and I have. But today’s my birthday. And it’s a special one, because you told me… you once told me that by the time you came back we might be the same age. And today I’m the same age you were when you left.
Murph
So it’d be a real good time for you to come back.
Murph

This world’s a treasure, Don; but it’s been telling us to leave for a while now.
– Cooper

Hey TARS, what’s your honesty parameter?
Cooper
90 percent.
TARS
90 percent?
Cooper
Absolute honesty isn’t always the most diplomatic nor the safest form of communication with emotional beings.
TARS
Okay, 90 percent it is.
Cooper

Everybody good? Plenty of slaves for my robot colony?
TARS

 

[whispering] Tell me something. Doctor Brand, and Edmonds…
Cooper
Why are you whispering? They can’t hear you.
TARS
Doctor Brand and Edmonds, they close?
Cooper
I wouldn’t know.
TARS
Is that a ninety percent wouldn’t know, or ten percent wouldn’t know?
Cooper
I also have a discretion setting, Cooper.
TARS
Ah. But not a poker face, huh?
Cooper

You’re a scientist, Brand.
Cooper
So listen to me when I say that love isn’t something that we invented. It’s… observable, powerful. It has to mean something.
Brand
Love has meaning, yes. Social utility, social bonding, child rearing…
Cooper
We love people who have died. Where’s the social utility in that?
Brand
None.
Cooper
Maybe it means something more – something we can’t yet understand. Maybe it’s some evidence, some artifact of a higher dimension that we can’t consciously perceive. I’m drawn across the universe to someone I haven’t seen in a decade, who I know is probably dead. Love is the one thing we’re capable of perceiving that transcends dimensions of time and space. Maybe we should trust that, even if we can’t understand it. All right Cooper. Yes. The tiniest possibility of seeing Wolf again excites me. That doesn’t mean I’m wrong.
Brand
Honestly, Amelia… it might.
Cooper

Once you’re a parent, you’re the ghost of your children’s future.
Cooper

I have a cue light I can use to show you when I’m joking, if you like.
TARS
That might help.
Cooper
Yeah, you can use it to find your way back to the ship after I blow you out the airlock.
TARS

Why did you and mom name me after something that’s bad?
Young Murph
Well, we didn’t.
Cooper
Murphy’s law?
Young Murph
Murphy’s law doesn’t mean that something bad will happen. It means that whatever *can* happen, will happen. And that sounded just fine to us.
Cooper

You don’t believe we went to the Moon?
Cooper
I believe it was a brilliant piece of propaganda, that the Soviets bankrupted themselves, pouring resources into rockets and other useless machines…
Ms. Kelly
Useless machines?
Cooper
And if we don’t want to repeat of the excess and wastefulness of the 20th Century then we need to teach our kids about this planet, not tales of leaving it.
Ms. Kelly
You know, one of those useless machines they used to make was called an MRI, and if we had any of those left the doctors would have been able to find the cyst in my wife’s brain, *before* she died instead of after, and then she would’ve been the one sitting here, listening to this instead of me, which would’ve been a good thing because she was always the… calmer one.
Cooper

Love is the one thing we’re capable of perceiving that transcends time and space.
Brand

We have a mission.
Doyle
Yeah, and our mission is to find a planet that can habitate the people living on Earth right now. Okay? Plan A does not work if the people on Earth are dead by the time we pull it off.
Cooper

I’m not afraid of death. I’m an old physicist – I’m afraid of time.
– Dr. Brand

Not sure of what I’m more afraid of: them never coming back, or coming back to find we’ve failed.
Dr. Brand
Then let’s succeed.
Murph

You can’t just think about your family. You have to think bigger than that.
Doyle
I’m thinking about my family and millions of other families.
Cooper