50 Greatest DC Quotes Ever: Comics, Movies, & Shows


DC has released countless incredible titles in many forms over the years. While they are infamous for creating some of the most iconic superheroes of all time, topped off with amazing character arcs and storylines, they have also blessed fans with some unforgettable lines! Stick around for the greatest DC quotes ever – from movies, comics, and TV shows.

Best DC Quotes of All Time

Major spoilers alert for anyone who hasn’t gotten through all of the DC titles just yet, as we will be touching on the events and context surrounding each of these quotes. While many of these statements are great as is, what makes them really stand out is often the meaning behind them within the DC universe.

50. “It seems I have you to thank for my resurrection. Though your world will suffer slowly I grant you a quick death. Let the universe howl in despair, for I have returned.”

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Darkseid makes this statement to Lex Luthor in Justice League Unlimited: Alive! It’s a firm reminder of how cruel, merciless, and evil Darkseid truly is, often willing to take the lives of even his own allies and followers.

49. “Every second is a gift.”

Wally West makes this short and sweet quote, and it’s even more meaningful considering that Wally West was the original Kid Flash and the third Flash within the DC universe. It’s a simple statement that reminds us we should be grateful for every single second that passes by, but hearing these words from a character that literally lives each moment by the second makes it really stick.

48. “It takes real character to admit one’s failures – and not a little wisdom to take your profits from defeat, but remember, this man’s world of yours will never be without pain and suffering until it learns love, and respect for human rights. Keep your hands extended to all in friendliness but never holding the gun of persecution and intolerance!”

Wonder Woman makes this statement in Sensation Comics #81, which was released way back in 1948. She is well-known for sharing her perspectives on the modern world that humans have created, often shedding light on both light and dark aspects of our society as a whole.

This statement captures a ton of complex topics all in one inclusive quote, including failure as well as the harsh reality of life on Earth. She reminds others that love, community, and equality have the power to change how we live our lives.


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47. “Sometimes we have to do what’s right, even if our heart aches against it.”

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Mera makes this statement in Aquaman, reminding heroes that they cannot make choices solely based on their desire. Being a hero means taking on the burden of others and thinking of what is best for everyone else, which often means that superheroes and DC leaders are forced to put aside their emotions and personal wishes.

46. “Easy miss, I’ve got you.” (Superman) “You- you’ve got me? Well, who’s got you?” (Lois Lane)

The old-school Clark Kent made this statement with the first mainstream Superman live-action film starring Christopher Reeve, released in 1978. Margot Kidder took the role of Lois Lane in the movie, and the film was packed with sweet, larger-than-life moments between the couple.

45. “Things get dark and you need someone to talk to, I’m always here. After all… us sidekicks gotta stick together.”

Donna Troy, more commonly known as Wonder Girl, makes this sweet statement in Titans – Season 1 Episode 8. The DC world has plenty of incredible sidekicks, and they often spend their superhero careers flying under the radar or within the shadows of more renowned heroes.


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As such, these figures may feel alone when faced with challenging or complex situations. Donna Troy reminds other sidekicks that they still have each other in times of darkness.

44. “Every now and then I have the feeling I’ve totally lost my mind. It’s a great feeling.”

Nightwing makes this statement in Nightwing #86, shedding light on his sense of self as well as his sanity. While this quote is awesome coming from such a cool and collected figure, it’s still something that many fans may relate to on some occasions.

43. “Why do they blame me for all their little failings? They use my name as if I spent my entire days sitting on their shoulders, forcing them to commit acts they would otherwise find repulsive. “The devil made me do it.” I have never made one of them do anything. Never. They live their own tiny lives. I do not live their lives for them.”

The DC world is known for touching on some darker subjects and some aspects that reference humans in the real world. The above quote was made by Lucifer in Sandman, offering a grim yet interesting perspective on why humans commit some of the most twisted and sinister acts of evil one could imagine.

While this statement felt controversial for many fans, many felt that the concept was important. The bottom line is that every person makes good or bad choices on their own accord and not directly from otherworldy influences – whether or not those influences exist.

42. “Sometimes, when I feel the darkness come out… it feels good.”

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Rachel Roth, more commonly known as Raven, makes this statement in Titans – Season 1 Episode 2. Raven is possibly one of the most well-loved members of the Teen Titans, flaunting a dark history and grim personality balanced out by her own desire to change the world for the better.

Even though Raven is a powerful superhero as is, fans are often reminded that she has the potential for darkness – primarily based on her ancestry and initial ‘destiny’ in the underworld. This quote makes it clear that she faces a constant internal struggle based on her nature and her sense of morality, but she is always committed to fighting back her darker instincts.

41. “Wizards are nothing to me.” (Spectre) “I am no mere wizard, Spectre……but Belial, archduke of Hell!” (Belial) “Demon lords are nothing to me.” (Spectre)

This comedic yet badass quote stems from Spectre v3 #25, highlighting that this figure is not afraid of his opponents, irrespective of their power and origins. Villains and evil otherworldly beings often anticipate a fearful reaction when they introduce themselves or reveal the nature of their powers, and this statement added a well-timed touch of humor as a result.

40. “But a kiss can be even deadlier if you mean it.”

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The chemistry between Batman and Catwoman is undeniably unique and complex, creating an endless push-and-pull dynamic that keeps fans on their toes. Despite playing for different teams, these two always seem to find their way back to each other – and their complicated romance is captured well by this quote from Catwoman in Batman Returns.

39. “Madness, as you know, is like gravity. All it takes is a little push.”

The Joker is infamous for dropping some dark yet unforgettable lines, as seen in this quote from Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight. In a bizarre and twisted way, Batman and The Joker rely on each other for purpose, and The Joker often taunts Batman’s sense of sanity by sharing his odd and sinister perspectives.


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38. “What I do is not up to you.”

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Diana Prince is known for taking on societal norms and rules wherever she feels it’s appropriate, as seen with this empowering statement from Wonder Woman. She reminds others that while she is willing to reach compromises for the greater good, she is the one who ultimately decides the course of her own actions.

37. “All or nothing. We stick together.”

Shazam makes this statement in Shazam! Fury of the Gods, alluding to the family and home life that Billy Batson had always wanted. Having a family was always more of a dream than a reality, up until he was welcomed into the Vasquez family, who showed love and care when he needed it most.


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Billy’s character is largely based on family, love, relationships, and acceptance, and understandably, he grew quite protective over his new family. He makes this statement to communicate that he’s committed to standing together through thick and thin – that’s what a loving and all-inclusive family is all about.

36. “I love the rain. It’s like angels are smooching all over us.”

Harley Quinn is infamous for making some bizarre and oddball statements, such as this quote from Suicide Squad. While it’s a strange take on the weather, it’s nevertheless memorable and true to her unique personality.

35. “You want justice served? You want vengeance taken? You want honor restored? Then do it yourself. That’s omertà. When blood cries for blood, you answer the call. And you answer it alone.”

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Helena Bertinelli is the voice behind this dark and intense statement. The quote emphasizes a sense of individual responsibility. The Huntress asserts that whatever actions they take, particularly those related to justice, vengeance, and honor, are done independently, without relying on others.

34. “Do you know the oldest lie in America, Senator? It’s that power can be innocent.”

Lex Luthor makes this statement in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It’s a dark and grim quote that implies all kinds of power have the potential for evil.

33. “I feel like I live in a world made of cardboard, always taking constant care not to break something, to break someone. Never allowing myself to lose control even for a moment, or someone could die. But you can take it, can’t you, big man? What we have here is a rare opportunity for me to cut loose and show you just how powerful I really am.”

Superman is incredibly powerful, holding back his abilities and strength daily. He makes this insightful yet badass statement in Justice League Unlimited, as he explains that he anticipates rare moments that allow him to really let loose – such as taking on some of the most powerful DC supervillains.

32. “Darkness, the truest darkness, is not the absence of light. It is the conviction that the light will never return.”

Lois Lane makes this statement in Justice League, sharing her views on the true meaning of darkness. While this quote has a grim feel and tone, it can be inspirational as it implies we all have the potential to avoid true darkness by keeping light and hope alive.

31. “This is what I am. This is who I am. Come hell or high water. If I deny it, I deny everything I’ve ever done… Everything I’ve ever fought for.”

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Green Arrow is the face behind the quote above, touching on the importance of accepting who we are. This powerful statement implies that every individual needs to embrace the person they are in everything they do, as denying it would mean denying everything that has led up to the present.

30. “All it takes is one bad day to reduce the sanest man alive to lunacy. That’s how far the world is from where I am. Just one bad day. You had a bad day once, am I right? I know I am. I can tell. You had a bad day and everything changed. Why else would you dress up as a flying rat? You had a bad day, and it drove you as crazy as everybody else…”

‘Killing Joke’ makes this bold statement in reference to superheroes and villains, explaining that every shift in character is ultimately due to having a bad day. While it’s an extremely simplified way to sum up all of the trauma and tragedy that created many of DC’s most renowned heroes, it is nevertheless true to a certain extent.

29. “No matter how bad things get, something good is out there, just over the horizon.”

Hal Jordan makes this statement in Green Lantern, providing hope for anyone who’s in a dark place. He reminds characters and fans that things always have the chance of turning around, and everyone hopes to find something good in the world despite how bad things may be.

28. “Sometimes it’s only madness that makes us what we are.”

This grim and complex quote stems from Batman in Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth. It’s a strong reference to the madness that Batman faces on a daily basis, whether it be in taking on villains or his own shadows, as well as how these aspects have shaped him as an individual.

27. “I hid it in the Batarang Budget… It’s bigger than you think.”

Robin makes this comedic statement about all of the insane equipment that Batman uses, as well as how rich Batman really is. This conversation occurred after an ally asked how Robin managed to get a Batmobile shipped to a different area, after which Robin stated that he hid it in the “Batarang Budget.”


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The pair of allies responded with confusion, after which Robin stated that said budget is much bigger than one may think. It’s a clear nod to how much money Bruce Wayne spends on his Batarangs alone, with the budget being large enough to conceal an entire Batmobile secret transport fee.

26. “You can’t stop crime! That’s what you never understood! I’m CONTROLLING it! You want to rule them by fear but what do you do to those who aren’t afraid?! I’m doing what YOU won’t! I’m taking them out!”

Quite a few characters took the mantle of Robin over the years, and the most tragic case has to be Jason Todd. He was caught in the crossfire between Batman and The Joker and passed away as a result, but he would later return from the grave under a brand new alias named Red Hood.


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Red Hood is one of the Batman family’s most violent and terrifying members to date, holding a much darker stance toward criminals. Jason Todd makes this statement in Batman: Under the Red Hood, highlighting his willingness to kill in comparison to Batman’s rule against killing criminals.

25. “You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become a villain.”

Harvey Dent makes this statement in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight movie, shedding light on the reason for his change of stance. This figure was a well-respected and heroic lawyer of Gotham City prior to his transformation into the character known as Two-Face.

This quote was profound as is, touching on the fine line between heroism and villainy, but it stood out much more in the movie, considering the context. It would foreshadow the darker role he would take on later down the line.

24. “None of you seem to understand. I’m not locked in here with you. You’re locked in here with me!”

Rorschach made this statement in the live-action adaptation of Watchmen, as Walter Kovacs was confronted by the people he had put away. This quote would later become one of the most memorable lines within the world of fiction as a whole.

23. “Madness is the emergency exit. You can just step outside, and close the door on all those dreadful things that happened. You can lock them away… forever.”

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The Joker often speaks on the fine line between sanity and insanity, painting the world of madness in a twisted and oddly positive light. He implies that madness can offer a sense of comfort and safety for those who cannot move on within reality – although it’s clear that this is not exactly the case, as even he still suffers from the trauma he’s gone through despite being so distanced from the real world.

22. “In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight. Let those who worship evil’s might beware my power, Green Lantern’s light.”

Special oaths are nothing new to the world of superheroes or superpowers, but none is as iconic as that of the Green Lanterns. Every single Green Lantern figure needs to speak their oath to power up their rings and fight villains, an oath that’s been designed by the Guardians of the Universe – although the shortened phrase “in brightest day, in blackest night” is still the most memorable among fans.

21. “Be your own damn hero.”

Batman is infamous for inspiring plenty of young and upcoming heroes, eventually comprising the widespread Batman Family over time. Barbara Gordon makes this statement with the release of Batgirl #25, conveying that every individual can be their own hero by solving problems independently without waiting for someone else to save the day.

20. “The past can talk to the future… if the present has ears to hear and eyes to see with.”

Alfred Pennyworth is possibly the wisest and most supportive character within the Batman storyline, providing comfort and hope to Batman even in his darkest moments. While he was initially seen as Bruce Wayne’s butler and friend, he is essentially Batman’s adoptive father, often offering advice and guidance when he needs it most.

He has helped Batman take on the underbelly of Gotham in numerous ways and has even been there to help Batman raise his son. This quote captures the knowledge and experience that Alfred Pennyworth holds as he explains that it’s possible to build a brighter future by learning from events that have occurred in the past.

19. “Because it will be hard for me to say these words face to face, I want you to know that Mother may have given me life, but you taught me how to live.”

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Damian Wayne became the new Robin in more recent years. Still, many fans were surprised to learn that he is actually Batman’s biological son, with his mother being Talia al Ghul. Damian Wayne was raised by his mother and his grandfather, Ra’s al Ghul, and he was trained to be an assassin in line with the family’s traditions.

Batman only learned of Damian’s existence many years later, and he would take Damian in while attempting to teach him to become a good-hearted hero instead. Despite the problems that Batman and Damian had, many of which resulted from Damian’s initial upbringing, he would later admit that Batman helped him become a better person.

18. “You are part of the night, just like me. We’re not afraid of the dark – we come alive in it…we’re thrilled by it.”

Selina Kyle, commonly known as Catwoman, makes this statement to Batman in relation to their similarities. Out of all Batman’s love interests, Catwoman has to be the most accepting of who he truly is.


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Batman and Catwoman have an iconic relationship, and the two have a lengthy history of being enemies, allies, and lovers. This quote captures the connection between these two figures while communicating that Batman does not have to fight his battles or stay in the dark alone.

17. “In the future my friends may not be heroes, but if we succeed they’ll be remembered as Legends.”

In Legends of Tomorrow – Season 1 Episode 1, Rip Hunter makes this statement. This short and simple quote captured the essence of what these heroes do, always thinking about the future of the world rather than their own.

16. “Life is locomotion… if you’re not moving, you’re not living. But there comes a time when you’ve got to stop running away from things… and you’ve got to start running towards something, you’ve got to forge ahead. Keep moving. Even if your path isn’t lit… trust that you’ll find your way.”

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This thought-provoking and inspirational statement was made by Barry Allen, more commonly known as The Flash. He believes that people either have to be moving away from something or towards something better to continue living, and the quote stands out much more considering his superpower.

15.“You molded me and taught me, Bruce. For years, I lived under the shadow of The Batman. I wanted to get away, to be my own man. Yet, when I chose a costume and a name, they reflected you. You’re a part of me, Bruce. I can’t deny it. And I don’t want to any longer. I just wanted you to know that. That, and one other thing — I’m proud to have been Robin.”

To date, one of the most iconic DC duos must be Batman and the very first Robin, Dick Grayson. Robin makes this statement with the release of Teen Titans Spotlight #14 as he transitioned into his new solo superhero identity, Nightwing, where he expresses gratitude to Batman for helping him grow into the person he is as an adult.

14. “You’re stronger than you think you are.”

This simple yet motivational quote is made by none other than Superman, one of the toughest and most resilient DC characters out there. He reminds characters and fans that we are always stronger and more capable than we believe, despite even the darkest moments of grief and weakness.

13. “If it means interfering in an ensconced, outdated system to help just one woman, man, or child… I’m willing to accept the consequences.”

Diana is known for taking on societal norms whenever she deems it necessary, as captured in this quote from Wonder Woman #170. She makes it clear that she is not afraid to interfere with the very systems that keep the world running in order to achieve a result that’s in the best interest of mankind, irrespective of the consequences that may accompany her actions.

12. “Who knew wearing your costume under your clothes was so uncomfortable? Secret identities are such a pain.”

This comedic quote stems from Jimmy Olsen in DC Comic Books – Countdown Vol 1. It’s a short and simple statement that can be applied to the life of any superhero or sidekick in the DC universe, adding a touch of humor and relatability to their unpredictable lifestyles.

11. “The Time Masters were an organization charged with protecting history from rogue time travelers, but they were destroyed. Under the leadership of Rip Hunter, we have taken up their mantle. Sara Lance, former member of the League of Assassins; Dr. Raymond Palmer, the Atom; the arsonist Mick Rory; and Firestorm, the merged super form of Jefferson Jackson and myself, Martin Stein. We are the only ones left to protect history. We are the Legends of Tomorrow.”

Martin Stein makes this statement in Legends of Tomorrow – Season 2 Episode 1. This introduction of the Legends of Tomorrow sheds light on their motives and purpose as a team, although the last couple of lines are still the most memorable among fans.

10. “We’re not born good or bad. The choices you make define your destiny. Trigon chose darkness. I have to choose what my future holds. You will, too.”

Koriand’r, more commonly known as Starfire, makes this powerful and wise statement in Titans – Season 2 Episode 5. She touches on a subject that many other heroes and villains have shared perspectives on, as she explains that no individual is naturally good or evil.


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Instead, each individual becomes good or bad over time based on their life decisions. She references Trigon, an incredibly powerful villain within the DC universe, all while stating that even she must decide her fate based on her actions.

9. “There isn’t much justice in this world. Perhaps that’s why it is so satisfying to occasionally make some.”

Martian Manhunter makes this simple yet insightful statement in reference to the harsh reality of justice on Earth – or the lack thereof. He implies that it’s very rare for justice to be served among humans, and bad guys win more often than not.

While it’s a grim and gloomy concept that can be hard to come to terms with, Martian Manhunter uses this perspective as a source of determination and drive. His belief fuels all of his heroic acts, as he seeks to bring justice as a result of everything he does.

8. “I’m sure you didn’t leave your hole tonight thinking you’d get your ass kicked by a ten-year-old!”

This iconic quote is made by Damian Wayne, the son of Batman and the latest character to take the role of Robin. Damian Wayne may be a kid, but the al Ghul family trained him to be a deadly assassin from an extremely young age.


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Batman managed to redirect Damian’s combat skills and aggressive instincts by training him as a member of the Batman Family, and he did come around over time. Despite being a seriously tough sidekick, he’s still willing to show his more vicious side in the face of villains.

7. “Life doesn’t give us purpose. We give life purpose.”

This iconic quote was featured in Blackest Night #8, focusing on the Flash’s views on life and its meaning. He states that we give life meaning as individuals, alluding to the idea that life results from each individual’s actions and stances – rather than all of us being helplessly subject to the laws of fate.

6. “Dreams save us. Dreams lift us up and transform us. And on my soul, I swear… until my dream of a world where dignity, honor, and justice becomes the reality we all share… I’ll never stop fighting. Ever.”

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The quote above is seen as one of Superman’s best quotes of all time, shedding light on his motives for being the hero he is. He fights in order to pursue his dream of a better world where everyone lives with respect and honor, and he makes it clear that he will not stop until this dream becomes a reality.

5. We are different. We both stared into the abyss, but when the abyss stared back, you blinked.”

Batman makes this epic statement in Crisis on Infinite Earths, which touches on his darker side as well as the fact that he always manages to overcome it. He states that many people are faced with darkness and its potential, but the ability to remain strong instead of giving in draws the line between a hero and a villain.

4. “Fear doesn’t need conquering. Fear tells you where the edge is. Fear is a good thing.”

James Gordon makes this statement in Gotham – Season 1 Episode 1. He shares his view on the idea of fear, stating that it is not possible or realistic to live without fear as a whole – instead, he states that fear can be used as a guide throughout our lives.

3. “Why so serious?”

The quote above has to be one of the most unforgettable lines from The Joker, all tied up with his snarky attitude and twisted grin. He often asks this question to Batman in reference to his calm and rigid demeanor – usually following on from one of The Joker’s sick and sinister acts.

Although this line is incredibly dark based on the context, its execution and delivery are always spot-on considering The Joker’s personality and character as a whole. It’s become a classic line over the years, now being an easy go-to reference for many DC fans out there.

2. “Don’t kill if you can wound, don’t wound if you can subdue, don’t subdue if you can pacify, and don’t raise your hand at all until you’ve first extended it.”

Diana makes this statement in Wonder Woman #25, and it’s still seen as one of the best Wonder Woman quotes out there. It captures her people’s morality while showing that she is always eager to resolve issues without fighting – despite the fact that Wonder Woman has killed numerous characters in order to achieve missions.

1. “I am the vengeance. I am the night. I am Batman.”

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Batman has used this line on many occasions, now being one of the most iconic and internationally known DC quotes ever. Although the above statement is the full quote, it is often simply shortened to “I’m Batman” – with his infamously gruff and low-toned voice in mind.

Within comics, it’s often used as a simple way for Batman to explain doing something impossible, brushing off all doubts and questions by reminding others who he is. It’s a go-to reference for just about any DC fan out there and has been used in countless DC titles and media over the course of a few decades to date.

Those are all of the greatest DC quotes ever, from movies, DC Comics, and some of the most well-loved TV shows surrounding DC characters. While these heroes have varying backgrounds and motives, they have blessed fans with a flood of unique and often relatable lines.

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