The Profiler: 39 Best Jason Gideon quotes from Criminal Minds

Jason Gideon was one of the original profilers in Criminal Minds - here's our favourite Gideon quotes!

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Best Jason Gideon quotes

About Jason Gideon and Criminal Minds

Criminal Minds is a TV show about a specialist team of agents within the FBI called the Behavioural Analysis Unit (B.A.U., for short). Having run now for well over 16 seasons, the B.A.U. was original run by Jason Gideon (played by Mandy Patinkin) who used complex behavioural science to help track murderers and serial killers.

While only a short lived character, Jason Gideon’s lasting impression on the show can be felt throughout the entire series. Just like his insightful and witty one liners.

Here’s some of our favourite Jason Gideon quotes for you to ponder over.

RELATED: All the Intro/Outro quotes from Criminal Minds – Season 1

Jason Gideon (Criminal Minds) Quotes

“Try again. Fail again. Fail better.” – Jason Gideon

Jason Gideon: [putting his hands in the air] Go ahead, shoot me.
Tim Vogel: You think I’m stupid?
Jason Gideon: I think you’re an absolute moron.

“Joseph Conrad said ‘The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.'”

“Nietzsche once said, ‘If you look long enough into an abyss, the abyss looks into you.'”

“Emerson said, ‘All is riddle, and the key to a riddle is another riddle.'”

Jason Gideon: I know all about you, Tim. You’re at the gym five times a week. You drive a flashy car, you stink of cologne, and you can’t get it up. Not even Viagra’s working for you. You know what that tells me? That tells me you are hopelessly compensating, and it’s not just in your head. It is physical. What did the girls call you in high school? What’d they come up with when you fumbled your way into some girl’s pants and she started laughing when she got a good look at just how little you had to offer?
Tim Vogel: Shut up!
Jason Gideon: Short Stack? Very Little Vogel? I got it: Tiny Tim.

“Kind of hard to feel good about catching one of them when you know there’re 50 more of them still out there!”

“Winston Churchill said: ‘The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you will see.'”

“Faulkner once said: ‘Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors, try to be better than yourself.'”

“Einstein once said: ‘Imagination is more important than knowledge: knowledge is limited, imagination encircles the world.'”

Jason Gideon delivering the profile.
Jason Gideon delivering the profile.

“I was just stopping for gas. I walked into that store and I saw pieces of a profile that I’d given the Virginia PD almost a year ago. Truck in disrepair, a disheveled young man, severe stutter. James Reese once said “There are certain clues at a crime scene which, by their very nature, do not lend themselves to being collected or examined. How does one collect love, rage, hatred, fear?” These are things we’re trained to look for.”

Elle Greenaway: Okay, I’m curious. Why’d he stutter?
Jason Gideon: You’re on your way to becoming a part of the behavior analysis team now, Elle. You tell me!

“Despite the fact that you lied to us and your deal is void, I made sure to tell all your friends here how extremely willing you were to give up information on your fellow inmates. You’re a rare bird, Adrian. I can’t tell you how much pleasure I get just knowing I put you in this little, tiny cage. You might even call it an emotional release.”

“Samuel Johnson once said, ‘Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitation of those whom we cannot resemble.'”

Jason Gideon: When we’re dealing with a bomber, we’re talking about someone who’s non-confrontational. If you bumped into him at a cafe, he’d apologize; even if it wasn’t his fault.
Aaron “Hotch” Hotchner: We would classify this bomber as highly organized, based on the meticulous design of his bombs. It means above average intelligence. He probably has a skilled job, a trade, one that allows him to work alone. That’s how he was able to make a sophisticated device without raising suspicion. Furniture maker, jeweler, et cetera.
Detective Morrison: Background in explosives?
Jason Gideon: No, not necessarily. You’re thinking about a type who likes to blow things up. Gives them an emotional or sexual release. Death? Secondary.
Officer Worthy: Then what’s this guy doing?
Jason Gideon: Murdering. Bombs? Just weapons. And these attacks, they are not random.
Officer Worthy: Well, how do you know that?
Aaron “Hotch” Hotchner: By process of elimination. We know bombers fall into a discreet number of categories according to motive. There’s the terrorist, whose aim is to spread fear; we expect him to strike in a populous area like a subway. There’s the politically motivated bomber; he makes a statement by choosing a symbolic target like an abortion clinic. Then there’s our unsub. He made bombs designed to kill and he chose his victims specifically by placing the bombs at their stoops. That tells us he has a direct motive. Statistically, he bombs for profit or to conceal a crime. And it tells us how we’re going to find him – through the people he killed.
Jason Gideon: Somewhere among the three victims there is a direct motive. Keep digging.

“There was a hostage situation. I negotiated with Bale. He agreed to give himself up. He came out of the warehouse peacefully. I gave the okay to send 6 of my agents in and they never came out. It was a mistake. It was my mistake, I was, uhm, I was outfoxed by Mr. Bale. By you. I sincerely regret having made the decision to send those agents in that day. And I sincerely regret and apologize to the families of all those who died that day.”

“Rose Kennedy once said, ‘Birds sing after a storm. Why shouldn’t people feel as free to delight in whatever sunlight remains to them?'”

Aaron “Hotch” Hotchner: Isn’t it amazing he knows what he knows and he’s only 24?
Jason Gideon: Imagine what he’ll know by fifty.

Jason Gideon: You ever feel like there’s something obvious right in front of you, you just can’t see it?
Derek Morgan: Yeah, usually right before a woman dumps me.

“French poet Jacques Rigaut said: ‘Don’t forget that I cannot see myself. My role is limited to being the one that looks in the mirror.'”

Jason Gideon: There’s someone else on the plane that’s a huge Skins fan.
Dr. Spencer Reid: Who?
Jason Gideon: The only person in the world who calls you ‘Spence.’

Jason Gideon out in the field.
Jason Gideon out in the field.

“Finding new ways to hurt each other is what we’re good at.”

“Euripedes said, ‘When love is in excess it brings a man no honor, nor any worthiness.'”

Jason Gideon: This is gonna hit you. And when it does, there are only three facts you need to remember. You did what you had to do, and a lot of good people are alive because of what you did.
Dr. Spencer Reid: What’s the third?
Jason Gideon: I’m proud of you.

Dr. Spencer Reid: Hotch told me that when he came to the BAU, you told him he didn’t need a gun to kill somebody?
Jason Gideon: Well, the only truly effective weapon we have is our ability to do the one thing they can’t.
Dr. Spencer Reid: Which is what?
Jason Gideon: Empathize. They dehumanize their victims, we humanize the killers.

“Sometimes it’s not what the unsub does that reveals the profile. Sometimes it is what they do not do.”

Dr. Spencer Reid: You’re just saying that to convince me I don’t need to carry a gun.
Jason Gideon: I don’t care if you carry a gun or not. The deadliest weapon we have is a thorough and accurate profile.
Dr. Spencer Reid: Of course, you believe that.
Jason Gideon: The footpath killer had a shotgun to the back of my head. I’m here, he’s not.

“Nietzsche said, ‘The irrationality of a thing is no argument against its existence, rather a condition of it.'”

Jason Gideon: The media attention and the FBI presence will only escalate his desire to shoot again.
Detective Shea Clavin: Meaning…?
Jason Gideon: This is gonna get much worse.

“When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.”

“Dr. Thomas Fuller wrote: ‘With foxes, we must play the fox.'”

“He tells the mother, ‘Don’t scream or I’ll kill your children.’ He tells the children, ‘If you cry, I’ll kill Mommy.'”

“Carl Jung said: ‘The healthy man does not torture others. Generally, it is the tortured who turn into torturers.'”

“Hemingway wrote: ‘There is no hunting like the hunting of man. And those who have hunted armed men long enough, and liked it, never really care for anything else.'”

“Robert Oxton Bolt once wrote, ‘A belief is not merely an idea the mind possesses; it is an idea that possesses the mind.'”

Moretti: How do we negotiate with a psychotic who won’t talk to us?
Jason Gideon: That depends on the level of his particular delusion.

“Sir Peter Ustinov said, ‘Unfortunately, a superabundance of dreams is paid for by a growing potential for nightmares.'”

“Playwright Eugene Ionescu said, ‘Ideologies separate us. Dreams and anguish bring us together.'”

Brandi Dreifort: Do you think God is vengeful?
Jason Gideon: I don’t know.
Brandi Dreifort: You don’t think He punishes us?
Jason Gideon: After Hurricane Katrina, I read some essays by religious scholars. One writer said God was punishing America for its immorality; New Orleans was a wicked city, like Sodom and Gomorrah. Another one, a priest from New Orleans, he thought the hurricane was proof of God’s love, ’cause the levees didn’t break until after the storm was over. If they’d broken sooner, thousands would’ve died. So… I guess the answer to your question depends on whether or not you think you have something to be punished for.

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