Here Are 17 Of the Best Quotes From Last Season’s True Detective To Tide You Over Until The Season 2 Premiere


The next season of True Detective starts on Sunday, June 21st at 9 p.m. on HBO. This season we’ll watch Colin Farrell, Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kitsch, and Vince Vaughn take on this season’s all new storyline but in memory of all that was great and thought-provoking from the first season’s characters, Rust Cohle and Marty Hart, let’s take a look at some of the best quotes.


“If the only thing keeping a person decent is the expectation of divine reward then, brother, that person is a piece of shit. And I’d like to get as many of them out in the open as possible. You gotta get together and tell yourself stories that violate every law of the universe just to get through the goddamn day? What’s that say about your reality?”


“Back then, the visions…most of the time I was convinced that I’d lost it. But there were other times, I thought I was main-lining the secret truth of the universe.”


“This place is like somebody’s memory of a town, and the memory is fading. It’s like there was never anything here but jungle.”


“Fuck, I don’t want to know anything anymore. This is a world where nothing is solved. Someone once told me, ‘Time is a flat circle.’ Everything we’ve ever done or will do, we’re gonna do over and over and over again. And that little boy and that little girl, they’re gonna be in that room again and again and again forever.”


Life’s barely long enough to get good at one thing. So be careful what you get good at.


“I think human consciousness, is a tragic misstep in evolution. We became too self-aware, nature created an aspect of nature separate from itself, we are creatures that should not exist by natural law. We are things that labor under the illusion of having a self; an accretion of sensory, experience and feeling, programmed with total assurance that we are each somebody, when in fact everybody is nobody. Maybe the honorable thing for our species to do is deny our programming, stop reproducing, walk hand in hand into extinction, one last midnight – brothers and sisters opting out of a raw deal.”


“Look as sentient meat, however illusory our identities are, we craft those identities by making value judgments. Everybody judges, ALL the time. Now, you got a problem with that, you’re livin’ wrong.”


“Well, once there was only dark. If you ask me, the light’s winning.”


“The newspapers are gonna be tough on you. And prison is very, very hard on people who hurt kids. If you get the opportunity, you should kill yourself.”


“To realize that all your life—you know, all your love, all your hate, all your memory, all your pain—it was all the same thing. It was all the same dream. A dream that you had inside a locked room. A dream about being a person. And like a lot of dreams there’s a monster at the end of it.”


“The world needs bad men. We keep the other bad men from the door.”


Cohle: “People out here, it’s like they don’t even know the outside world exists, might as well be living on the fucking moon.”

Hart: “There’s all kind of ghettos in the world.”

Cohle: “It’s all one ghetto, man, a giant gutter in outer space.”


“Death created time to grow the things that it would kill.”


You see we all got what I call a life trap, a gene deep certainty that things will be different… that you’ll move to another city and meet the people that’ll be the friends for the rest of your life… that you’ll fall in love and be fulfilled… fucking fulfillment… and closure whatever the fuck those two fuckin’ empty jars to hold this shit storm. Nothing’s ever fulfilled, not until the very end. and closure. Nothing is ever over.”


“I know who I am. And after all these years, there’s a victory in that.”


“Trouble with dying later is you’ve already grown up, the damage is done — too late.”


“People incapable of guilt usually do have a good time.”