22 January 2010

[Cinema] The Matrix quotes

Most of these quotes could be discussed and put in parallel of our current virtual worlds. But some of these quotes might only become relevant in a few decades. Besides, they may provide fuel for philosophical thoughts as well as inspiration for MMOG game design.


Cypher: I know this steak does not exist. I know that when I put it into my mouth the Matrix is telling my brain that it is juicy and delicious. After 9 years? I realize ignorance is bliss. I want to be rich, you know, like an actor.
Smith: Whatever you want Mr. Regan.

Morpheus: To deny our own impulses is to deny the very thing that makes us human.

Cypher: I choose the Matrix
Trinity: The Matrix is not real
Cypher: I disagree, the Matrix can be more real than this world.

Morpheus: When the Matrix was first built, there was a man born inside who had the ability to change whatever he wanted, to remake the Matrix as he saw fit.

Morpheus: What is the Matrix? Control. The Matrix is a computer-generated dream world built to keep us under control in order to change a human being into this (a AA battery).

Neo: Who are you?
Trinity: My name is Trinity.
Neo: Trinity? The Trinity? That cracked the IRS D-base?
Trinity: That was a long time ago.
Neo: Jesus!
Trinity: What?
Neo: I just thought ... hmm you were a guy.
Trinity: Most guys do.

Neo: Right now we are inside a computer?
Morpheus: Is it so hard to believe? Your clothes are different [...] your hair has changed. Your appearance now is what we call "residual self image". It is the mental projection of your digital self.
Neo: This isn't real?
Morpheus: What is real? How do you define real? If you are talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, taste and see, then real is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.

Neo: I know kung-fu.
Morpheus: Show me.
Morpheus: This is a sparring program, similar to the program reality of the Matrix. It has the same basic rules like gravity. What you must learn is that these rules are no different than rules of a computer system. Some of them can be bent, others can be broken. Understand? Then hit me if you can.
[fight with Neo ...]
Morpheus: Good. Adaptation. Improvisation. But your weakness is not your technique.
[other fight]
Morpheus: How did I beat you?
Neo: You are too fast.
Morpheus: Do you believe my being stronger or faster has anything to do with my muscles in this place? You think that's air you are breathing now?

Morpheus: You have to let it all go Neo. Fear, doubt, disbelief. Free your mind.

Morpheus: The Matrix is a system Neo. And this system is our ennemy. But when you are inside, what do you see? These people are part of that system and that makes them our ennemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inert, so hopelessly dependent on the system that they will fight to protect it.
Morpheus: Were you listening to me, Neo, or looking at the woman in the red dress?

Morpheus: Sentient programs. They can move in and out of any software still hardwired to their system. [...] Inside the Matrix, they are everyone and they are no one. They are the gatekeepers. [...] Their strength and speed are still based in a world built on rules.

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