Clockworks: 24 Dr Manhattan Quotes from the Watchmen Film

All of our favorite Dr Manhattan quotes from Zack Snyder's Watchmen film.

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About Dr Manhattan

Arguably one of Zack Snyder’s most famous films, Watchmen adapted the Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons graphic novel of the same name, bringing satirical superheroes to life. Hardcore fans have since debated online whether Watchmen was a win or a loss in modern comic book-adapted cinema.

Despite what you may think about the final product, one thing is for sure, the portrayal of Dr Manhattan in a life action film made everyone’s jaws drop.

Originally the satirical version of Charlton Comics superhero “The Atom,” Dr Manhattan’s one-liners and monologues in the Watchmen film make you think more than once about life, your place in the universe and existence as a whole.

To celebrate this super-powered hero (who’s forever in existential crisis mode), we’ve included our favorite Dr Manhattan quotes from the Watchmen film.

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Dr Manhattan Quotes and One-liners

“If you think there’s a problem with my attitude, I’m prepared to discuss it.”

“They call me Dr Manhattan. They explain the name has been chosen for the ominous associations it will raise in America’s enemies. They are shaping me into some gaudy… something lethal.”

“Up is a relative construct. It has no intrinsic value.”

“In January 1971, President Nixon asks me to intervene in Vietnam. Something that his predecessors would not ask. A week later the war in Vietnam ends. Some of the Vietcong forces want to surrender to me personally.”

“I’m leaving this galaxy for one less complicated.”

“Hollis Mason, a retired costume hero, writes a book. In it, he calls my arrival the ‘Dawn of the Superhero.’ I am not sure if I know what that means.”

“It is Christmas, 1963. Janey tells me she is afraid and worried. She says I am like a god now. I tell her I don’t think there is a god… and if there is, I’m nothing like him. I tell her that I still want her and that I always will. As I lie to her, it is September 4th, 1970.”

“Does the human heart know chasms so abysmal?”

“I am in a room full of people wearing disguises. A very young girls looks at me and smiles. She’s beautiful. After each long kiss, she plants a smaller, gentler one upon my lips like a signature. Janey accuses me of chasing jailbait. She bursts into angry tears, asking if it’s because she’s getting older. It’s true. She’s aging more noticeably every day while I am standing still.”

“They say we have created the man to end all wars; I say we have created a man to end all worlds.”

“Part of being a hero is knowing when you don’t need to be one anymore.”

“I prefer the stillness here. I am tired of Earth. These people. I’m tired of being caught in the tangle of their lives. They claim their labors are to build a heaven. Yet their heaven is populated with horrors.”

“All we ever see of stars are their old photographs.”

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Watchmen (2009) Movie Trailer featuring Dr Manhattan

“Perhaps the world is not made. Perhaps nothing is made. A clock without a craftsman. It’s too late. Always has been. Always will be – too late.”

“Will you smile if I admit I was wrong?”

“Events so improbable as to be practically impossible, like oxygen turning into gold. I have longed to witness such an event and yet I neglect that in human coupling. Millions upon millions of cells compete to create life from generation until generation. Until finally your mother loves a man, Edward Blake, the Comedian. A man she has every reason to hate. And out of the contradiction, against unfathomable odds, it’s you… only you… that emerged to distill so specific a form from all that chaos. It’s like turning air into gold. A miracle.”

“There is no future. There is no past.”

“I can’t prevent the future. To me, it’s already happening.”

“I am a being of inaction… On a collision course with a man of action… To this universe of hope… I have become the villain.”

“Existence is random. It has no pattern, save what we imagine after staring at it for too long. No meaning save what we choose to impose.”

“I’m just a puppet who can see the strings.”

“For you are life, rarer than a quark and unpredictable beyond the dreams of Heisenberg; the clay in which the forces that shape all things leave their fingerprints most clearly.”

“Life and death are unquantifiable abstracts. Why should I be concerned?”

“The newspapers call me a crimefighter, so the Pentagon says I must fight crime.”

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