88+ Best Hannibal Lecter Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Dr. Hannibal Lecter is a fictional character in a series of suspense novels by Thomas Harris. Profoundly inspirational Hannibal Lecter quotes will get you through anything when the going gets tough and help you succeed in every aspect of life.

Famous Hannibal Lecter Quotes

I do wısh we could chat longer, but ı’m havıng an old frıend for dınner. – Hannibal Lecter

Quid pro quo Clarice I tell you things you tell me things. Not about this case of course but about yourself. Quid pro quo. Yes or no Clarice – Hannibal Lecter

Good evening, Clarice. – Hannibal Lecter

I would not have had that happen to you. Discourtesy is unspeakably ugly to me. – Hannibal Lecter

You think, if Catherine lives, you won’t wake up in the dark ever again to that awful screaming of the lambs. – Hannibal Lecter

I imagine what you see and learn touches everything else in your mind. Your values and decency are present yet shocked at your associations, appalled at your dreams. No forts in the bone arena of your skull for things you love. – Hannibal Lecter

Tell me, Will. Did you enjoy it? Your first murder? Of course you did. And why shouldn’t it feel good? It does to God. Why only last week in Texas, he dropped a church roof on the heads of of his worshipers, just as they were groveling for him. He wouldn’t begrudge you for one Journalist. – Hannibal Lecter

If you can’t keep up with the conversation, better not try to join in at all. – Hannibal Lecter

Gratitude’s got a short half-life, Clarice. – Hannibal Lecter

I’m having an old friend for dinner. – Hannibal Lecter

A census taker once trıed to test me. I ate hıs lıver wıth some fava beans and a nıce chıantı. – Hannibal Lecter

Bowels in or bowels out? – Hannibal Lecter

People don’t always say what they’re thinking… they just see to it that you don’t advance in life. – Hannibal Lecter

I imagine your little brother must smell almost as bad as you do by now. – Hannibal Lecter

I’m not sure you get wiser as you get older, Starling, but you do learn to dodge a certain amount of hell. – Hannibal Lecter

Then here’s one… you stink of fear under that cheap lotion. You stink of fear Will, but you’re not a coward. You fear me, but still you came here. You fear this shy boy, yet still you seek him out. Don’t you understand, Will? You caught me because we’re very much alike. Without our imaginations, we’d be like all those other poor… dullards. Fear… is the price of our instrument. But I can help you bear it. – Hannibal Lecter

You know what you look like to me, with your good bag and your cheap shoes? You look like a rube. A well scrubbed, hustling rube with a little taste. Good nutrition’s given you some length of bone, but you’re not more than one generation from poor white trash, are you, Agent Starling? And that accent you’ve tried so desperately to shed: pure West Virginia. What is your father, dear? Is he a coal miner? Does he stink of the lamp? You know how quickly the boys found you… all those tedious sticky fumblings in the back seats of cars… while you could only dream of getting out… getting anywhere… getting all the way to the FBI. – Hannibal Lecter

I drink your blood, I eat your flesh. – Hannibal Lecter

I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti. – Hannibal Lecter

People will say we’re in love. – Hannibal Lecter

Whenever feasıble, one should always try to eat the rude. – Hannibal Lecter

I’ve always found the idea of death comforting. The thought that my life could end at any moment frees me to fully appreciate the beauty, and art, and horror of everything this world has to offer. – Hannibal Lecter

Plum Island Animal Disease Research Facility. Sounds charming. – Hannibal Lecter

God is beyond measure in wanton malice, and matchless in his irony. – Hannibal Lecter

I never feel guılty eatıng anythıng. – Hannibal Lecter

At a time when other men fear their isolation, yours has become understandable to you. You are alone because you are unique. – Hannibal Lecter

You will not persuade me with appeals to my intellectual vanity. – Hannibal Lecter

Dıscourtesy ıs unspeakably ugly to me. – Hannibal Lecter

I don’t imagine the answer is on those second-rate shoes, Clarice. – Hannibal Lecter

Shh. Don’t move. You’re in shock now. I don’t want you to feel any pain. In a moment, you’ll begin to feel light-headed, then drowsy. Don’t resist, it’s so gentle, like slipping into a warm bath. I regret it came to this, Will, but every game must have its ending. – Hannibal Lecter

Wıthout death, we’d be at a loss. It’s the prospect of death that drıves us to greatness. – Hannibal Lecter

And be grateful. Our scars have the power to remind us that the past was real. – Hannibal Lecter

There are three major centers for transsexual surgery †Johns Hopkins, University of Minnesota, and Columbus Medical Center. – Hannibal Lecter

First and worst sign of sociopathic behavior, cruelty to animals. – Hannibal Lecter

Over this odd world, this half the world that’s dark now, I have to hunt a thing that lives on tears. – Hannibal Lecter

When it comes to how far he’s willing to push you to get what he wants, he’s certainly no saint. – Hannibal Lecter

The significance of the moth is change. Caterpillar into chrysalis or pupa… and, from thence, into beauty. – Hannibal Lecter

We begin by coveting what we see everyday. Don’t you feel eyes moving over your body Clarice? And don’t your eyes seek out the things you want? – Hannibal Lecter

Killing must feel good to God, too. He does it all the time, and are we not created in his image? – Hannibal Lecter

I imagine it’s easier to believe I am responsible for those murders than it is to accept that you are. – Hannibal Lecter

Billy is not a real transsexual. But he thinks he is. He tries to be. He’s tried to be a lot of things, I expect. – Hannibal Lecter

Could he daily feel a stab of hunger for her and find nourishment in the very sight of her? I think so. But would she see through the bars of his plight and ache for him? – Hannibal Lecter

Friendship can sometimes involve a breach of individual separateness. – Hannibal Lecter

And don’t lie, Clarice, or I’ll know. – Hannibal Lecter

I have no taste for animal cruelty. That’s why I employ an ethical butcher. – Hannibal Lecter

Did you really feel depressed after you shot Mr. Garrett Jacob Hobbes to death? l think you probably did. But it wasn’t the act that got to you. Didn’t you feel so bad, because killing him felt so good? And why shouldn’t it feel good? lt must feel good to God. He does it all the time. God’s terrific! He dropped a church roof on of his worshippers in Texas last Wednesday night, just as they were groveling through a hymn to his majesty. Don’t you think that felt good? – Hannibal Lecter

Ready when you are, Sergeant Pembrey. – Hannibal Lecter

When the fox hears the rabbit scream, he comes a-runnin’, but not to help. – Hannibal Lecter

Love and death are the two great hinges on which all human sympathies turn. – Hannibal Lecter

Do you believe you could change me the way I’ve changed you? – Hannibal Lecter

And now death has followed you home, come to live in your house. – Hannibal Lecter

Before we begin, I must warn you… nothing here is vegetarian. – Hannibal Lecter

Tell me Clarice, would you ever say to meStop. If you loved me, you’d stop? – Hannibal Lecter

I didn’t poison your dinner. I wouldn’t do that to food. – Hannibal Lecter

What does he do, Clarice? What is the first and principal thing he does, what need does he serve by killing? He covets. How do we begin to covet? We begin by coveting what we see every day. – Hannibal Lecter

Words are living things. They have personality, point of view, agenda. – Hannibal Lecter

I mus’t confess you, I’m giving very serious thought to eating your wife – Hannibal Lecter

All good things to those who wait. – Hannibal Lecter

Cruelty is a gift humanity has given itself. – Hannibal Lecter

You see, the brain itself feels no pain if that concerns you, Clarice. – Hannibal Lecter

I’ve been in this room for eight years now, Clarice. I know they will never ever let me out while I’m alive. What I want is a view. I want a window where I can see a tree, or even water. I want to be in a federal institution, far away from Dr. Chilton. – Hannibal Lecter

You fly back to school now, little Starling. Fly, fly, fly. Fly, fly, fly. – Hannibal Lecter

Your job is to craft my doom, so I am not sure how well I should wish you. But I’m sure we’ll have a lot of fun. – Hannibal Lecter

Nothing made me happen. I happened. – Hannibal Lecter

lt feels good because God has power. lf one does what God does enough times, one will become as God is. God’s a champ. He always stays ahead. He got Phillipinos in one plane crash last year. Remember that earthquake in Italy last spring? – Hannibal Lecter

On a similar note I must confess to you, I’m giving very serious thought… to eating your wife. – Hannibal Lecter

I’m having an old friend for dinner. – Hannibal Lecter

I came halfway around the world to watch you run, Clarice. Let me run, eh? – Hannibal Lecter

That’s the same atrocious aftershave you wore in court. – Hannibal Lecter

Sss-sss-sss-sss-sss-sss… – Hannibal Lecter

Well, Clarice – have the lambs stopped screaming? – Hannibal Lecter

Nothing happened to me, Officer Starling. I happened. You can’t reduce me to a set of influences. – Hannibal Lecter

Psychic driving fails because it’s methods are too obvious. You were trying too hard Frederick. If force is used, the subject will only surrender temporarily. Once a patient is exposed to the method of manipulation; it becomes much less effective. – Hannibal Lecter

The tragedy is not to die, but to be wasted. – Hannibal Lecter

Remarkable boy. I do admire your courage. I think I’ll eat your heart. – Hannibal Lecter

Life’s too slippery for books, Clarice; anger appears as lust, lupus presents as hives. – Hannibal Lecter

Don’t lie, Clarice, or I’ll know. – Hannibal Lecter

Five foot ten, strongly built, about a hundred and eighty pounds; hair blonde, eyes pale blue. He’d be about thirty-five now. He said he lived in Philadelphia, but he may have lied. That’s all I can remember, mum, but if I think of any more, I will let you know. Oh, and Senator, just one more thing: love your suit! – Hannibal Lecter

Would they have you back, you think? The FBI? Those people you despise almost as much as they despise you. Would they give you a medal, Clarice, do you think? Would you have it professionally framed and hang it on your wall to look at and remind you of your courage and incorruptibility? All you would need for that, Clarice, is a mirror. – Hannibal Lecter

Be blind, Alana. Don’t be brave. – Hannibal Lecter

I’ve been in this room for eight years now, Clarice. I know they will never ever let me out while I’m alive. What I want is a view. I want a window where I can see a tree, or even water. I want to be in a federal institution, far away from Dr. Chilton. – Hannibal Lecter

Advancement, of course. Listen carefully. Look deep within yourself, Clarice Starling. Go seek out Miss Mofet, an old patient of mine. M-O-F-E-T. Go now, I don’t think Miggs could manage again quite so soon, even though he is crazy. [shouting] Go now! – Hannibal Lecter

Look for severe childhood disturbances associated with violence. Our Billy wasn’t born a criminal, Clarice. He was made one through years of systematic abuse. Billy hates his own identity, you see, and he thinks that makes him a trans-sexual. But his pathology is a thousand times more savage and more terrifying. – Hannibal Lecter

A robin red-breast in a cage, puts all of Heaven in a rage. Think to yourself that every day is your last. The hour to which you do not look forward will come as a welcome surprise. As for me, when you want a good laugh, you will find me in fine state… fat and sleek, a true hog of the Epicurus herd. – Hannibal Lecter

I do wish we could chat longer, but… I’m having an old friend for dinner. Bye. – Hannibal Lecter

No no no you were doing fine, you had been courteous and receptive to courtesy, you had established trust with the embarrassing truth about miggs, and now this ham-handed segue into your questionnaire tut-tut-tut it won’t do. – Hannibal Lecter

Mason Verger doesn’t want to kill me any more than I want to kill him. He just wants to see me suffer in some unimaginable way. He is rather twisted, you know. – Hannibal Lecter

I am having an old friend for dinner. – Hannibal Lecter

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