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Nothing to Fear
Bruce Wayne: "They told me there was nothing out there, nothing to fear. But the night my parents were murdered I caught a glimpse of something. I've looked for it ever since. I went around the world, searched in all the shadows. And there is something out there in the darkness, something terrifying, something that will not stop until it gets revenge -- me."
And thus begins the first chapter in Christopher Nolan's 'Batman' movie trilogy. In 'Batman Begins,' Bruce Wayne finally realizes that he can't rest until he faces his fears and exacts revenge for his parents' murder.
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Why Do We Fall?
Bruce Wayne: "I wanted to save Gotham. I've failed."
Alfred: "Why do we fall, sir? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up."
Bruce: "You still haven't given up on me?"
When Bruce Wayne feels that he's failed to save Gotham City, Alfred repeats a quote first uttered by Bruce's father, Thomas, after young Bruce fell down the abandoned, bat-filled well. Alfred will never give up on him.
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What I Do
Rachel Dawes: "Wait, you could die. At least tell me your name."
Batman: "It's not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me."
When Bruce Wayne meets up again with his childhood friend, Rachel Dawes (Katie Holmes), she doesn't hesitate to tell him she thinks he's being shallow and acting like a jerk. She reminds him that, "...it's not who you are underneath, but what you do that defines you." Later, as Batman, he reveals his true identity to Rachel -- quoting back her exact words.
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Henri Ducard: "A vigilante is just a man lost in the scramble for his own gratification. He can be destroyed, or locked up. But if you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal and if they can't stop you, then you become something else entirely..."
Bruce Wayne: "Which is?"
Henri Ducard: "A legend, Mr. Wayne."
Here, we see the beginnings of Batman as a legend. With help and training from Henri Ducard, Bruce Wayne will grow stronger. Eventually he'll be able to fight horrific villains and protect his city -- all the while, becoming a legend.
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I Don't Have to Save You
Ra's al Ghul: "Have you finally learned to do what is necessary?"
Batman: "I won't kill you, but I don't have to save you."
As the train barrels out of control in Gotham, Batman makes a key decision: He chooses to go against his philosophy of not killing anyone -- sort of. He chooses not to save Ra's al Ghul from almost certain death.
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Will to Act
Henri Ducard: "Your parents' death was not your fault." (engages Bruce with his sword) "It was your father's. Anger does not change the fact that your father failed to act."
Bruce Wayne: "The man had a gun!"
Henri Ducard: "Would that stop you?"
Bruce Wayne: "I've had training!"
Henri Ducard: "The training is nothing! The will is everything! The will to act."
Henri Ducard is training Bruce with swordplay, and basically winning every single time. As he wins, he works to help Bruce confront his anger, all the while making him smarter and stronger.
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Bruce Wayne: "You’re not the devil. You’re practice."
When a prisoner makes the unfortunate mistake of baiting Bruce Wayne, he's quickly disposed of -- and Bruce goes positively ballistic, taking on dozens of other prisoners. Eventually, guards remove him, for "protection" -- not his, theirs.
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Jim Gordon: "Now, take this new guy. Armed robbery, double homicide. Got a taste for the theatrical, like you. Leaves a calling card." (shows him the Joker card)
Batman: "I'll look into it."
Jim Gordon: "I never said thank you."
Batman: "And you'll never have to."
This exchange between Jim Gordon and Batman comes at the end of 'Batman Begins,' and it sets up the next film: 2008's 'The Dark Knight.' We learned the identity of the next villain Batman will face -- The Joker (Heath Ledger, in a role that would earn him a posthumous Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role).