12 great sci-fi quotes from (yes, really) Criminal Minds

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Dec 14, 2012, 4:09 PM EST

Criminal Minds? Yes, Criminal Minds. You might think a TV show about a team of profilers working for the FBI has nothing to do with sci-fi, fantasy or horror, but those of us who watch it know different. The connection, however, has nothing to do with the specifics of any of their cases.

From the series' first episode, the members of the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit have been tossing out famous quotes that shed light on the crimes they're either about to solve or have just solved—and many of these have been smurched from writers of sci-fi, fantasy and horror.

Here are some of our favorites, with video included when we could find it.

Isaac Asimov

"In life, unlike chess, the game continues after checkmate."—from the episode "The Uncanny Valley"


"Try not, do or do not."—from the episode "Extreme Aggressor"

George Orwell

"In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act."—from the episode "Secrets and Lies"

G.K. Chesterton

"Fairy tales do not tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed."—from the episode "Seven Seconds"

Clive Barker

"Superman is, after all, an alien life form. He's simply the acceptable face of invading realities."—from the episode "True Night"

Harlan Ellison

"The minute people fall in love, they become liars."—from the episode "52 Pickup"

Cory Doctorow

"All secrets are deep. All secrets become dark. That's in the nature of secrets."—from the episode "Profiler, Profiled"

Edgar Allan Poe

"And so, all the night-tide, I lay down by the side. Of my darling, my darling, my life and my bride. In the sepulchre there by the sea. In her tomb by the sounding sea."—from the episode "Cold Comfort"

Terry Pratchett

"Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it."—from the episode "Conflicted"

Stephen King

"Monsters are real, and ghosts are real too. They live inside us, and sometimes, they win."—from the episode "Masterpiece"

Frank Miller

"The noir hero is a knight in blood-caked armor. He's dirty and he does his best to deny the fact that he's a hero the whole time."—from the episode "True Night"

Washington Irving

"There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness but of power. They are messengers of overwhelming grief and of unspeakable love."—from the episode "Retaliation"

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