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I've read their minds. They still see me as a time-lost, brash, headstrong kid in a leather jacket. So I'm forced to see myself that way. And I hate it. Because I am not my past. I am the world in front of me.
So very impressive, so very earnest! I don't know why I'm even bothering. I'm clearly going to get my butt kicked. But there's one I don't understand. Bob -- why are you doing with these guys? Back in the day, we were partners, weren't we? ... They called us 'X-Man and the Sentry'. We fought the Brood, Galactus, the rogue Thor -- the Void --
Mother, you don't understand... I see so clearly what I have to do. I can't save the world. Not when you people will always stand in my way... I can't make this into a world where the X-Men belong. Goodbye, X-Men.
Please... you have not seen what I'm capable of. I have been patient. I have been benevolent. I only sought to create a world where mutantkind could finally be at peace. But I see now that it's not possible... that the X-Men have been, and always will be, all too eager to cut off their own noses to spite their faces. That you can only find peace in chaos. So die knowing that you brought this upon yourselves.
I'm sorry, Peter, so sorry - I shouldn't have come back here - but it started last night, after dinner at your place... I was on my way home. Thinking about the evening I just had spent with your family. Then something hit me out of nowhere - hard, fast - something blue, red, all teeth... And it sure wasn't Santa Claus.
Check it! We got a genuine see-lebrity out on the floor tonight, nightwalkers... A mystery man whose talking we all been talking about... And a chance for our own little taste of that silver tongue. Hands up for local legend and rabble-rouser, Washington Square's own golden boy - Nate Grey!
I've never claimed to be your God or anyone else's... I never wanted the notoriety my powers brought me. But at least I used those powers selflessly, to try to help people! You're the one who comes wrapped in all the holier-than-thou trappings and all you want to use your powers to do is kill, destroy, shed blood! You're a hypocrite and a bigger blasphemer than I could ever hope to be! And I've had more than enough of you!
Is... Is it p-possible-- IS IT ACTUALLY POSSIBLE-- did I finally do what everyone's been afraid I would do? What I've been afraid I could do?! Sparked by a dream, maybe, or just a passin' thought o' some sort-- nothing more than an unconscious whim-- Have I somehow recreated the world around me in my own image?
And maybe even figure out a way to keep me alive longer that a few years, right..? Some way of preventin' my body from bein' consumed by my own energies... before it's too late?! You're afraid to tell me that thought. Afraid I won't let you look for the "cure"... 'cause I'm afraid you won't find one. But I can read your mind, Reed... and you know that...
Explain what?! That you've been talking to Xavier?! Reporting to him?! That you're afraid of me?! That everyone on the Island is in on it with you? Or that you're now saying I'm going to die - that my own power is destroying me! I thought you said I was going to live! You betrayed me!
The innocent need never fear again, the Demon-Lord, or his pits of hell. I will not allow it to happen again, Exodus - not now, not ever - this place, this planet Earth shall NEVER suffer the yoke of Apocalypse!
Unreal. Finally realized that Sinister was the worst thing that could happen to me - even started to hope a guy like Nate might be the best - but it's starting to look like I've traded the devil I know for the devil I don't.
You are a weapon, Nate, make no mistake about that... The most wondrous, enchanted, limitless weapon this world has yet to see wielded. And this is a war to end all wars. But I will not have you fall on another's battlefield. I will see you steeled for the final conflict to come - first tempered and tutored by the finest of all...
Don't bother. I've got nothing to hide here anymore, Nate. The walls are down, finally, all defenses dropped. Step right on in and see for yourself. Meet the true secret of your success. Your sudden ability to re-access tour telekinesis.
You needed me, Nate. I felt it in the heat of the blood pumping through my body, in the breeze through every hair on the back of my skin. You called out to me in a slow soft whisperer, whether you know it now or not... And I came, boy. In a heartbeat.
For centuries I waited for such a magnificent combination - the Prelate Cyclops - with a wondrous telepath named Jean Grey. I waited for the two of them to come together and finally... with a slight touch of growth acceleration... the result was more than I could have imagined.
Okay, Mister, time for you to listen. I'm not and I've never been your puppet! I have memories... and dreams... and hopes... and loves! Doesn't matter what you say - or how you twist the truth - I'm not anyone's project!
You weren't built to last. But I can fix that. I can make you better. I can help you LIVE. Forget the world. Forget the pens. Life or Death... That's what I'm offering you... And the change to rule by my side...