Jeremy Renner quotes
“- Ian Donnelly: If you immerse yourself into a foreign language, then you can actually rewire your brain.
- Louise Banks: Yeah, the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis. It's the theory that the language you speak determines how you think and...
- Ian Donnelly: Yeah, it affects how you see everything.”
“You know I've had my head tilted up to the stars for as long as I can remember. You know what surprised me the most? It wasn't meeting them. It was meeting you.”
“- Jane Banner: What do you think?
- Cory Lambert: I only know what the tracks say.”
“Luck don't live out here.”
“We don't know if they understand the difference between a weapon and a tool.”
“- Louise Banks: The weapon is their language. They gave it all to us. Do you understand what that means?
- Colonel Weber: So we can learn heptapod. If we survive.
- Louise Banks: If you learn it, when you really learn it, you begin to perceive time the way that they do. So you can see what's to come. But time, it isn't the same for them. It's...” (continue)(continue reading)
“Why did they park where they did? The world's most decorated experts can't crack that one. The most plausible theory is that they chose places on earth with the lowest incidence of lightning strikes. But there are exceptions. The next most plausible theory is that Sheena Easton had a hit song at each of these sites in 1980. So, we just don't know.”
“American kids did die and are still dying, just not the ones you care about apparently.”
“- William Brandt: Aw, c'mon! It's a high-speed chase and you just had to bring a four-wheels to it!
- Luther Stickell: You bought the car!
- William Brandt: You just had to have it!”
“- William Brandt: Luther? What the hell are you doing there? You're supposed to be on assignment in Malaysia!
- Luther Stickell: I am in Malaysia. I've been here two days. Benji needed my help.”
“The cornerstone of civilization isn't language, it's science.”
“- Staff Sergeant William James: I had a girlfriend and, uh, she got pregnant, so we got married, and we got divorced... or, you know, I thought we got divorced. I mean, she's still living in the house and she says we're still together, so I... I don't know. Wha-what does... what does that make her? I don't know.
- Sergeant JT Sanborn: Dumb......” (continue)(continue reading)
- Ian Donnelly: Priority one: What do they want and where are they from? And beyond that, how did they get here? Are they capable of faster-than-light travel? I've prepared a list of questions to go over, starting with a series of "handshake" binary sequences...
- Louise Banks: How about we just talk to them before we start throwing math... (continue)(continue reading)
Like their ship or their bodies, their written language has no forward or backward direction. Linguists call this "nonlinear orthography", which raises the question: Is this how they think?
“I thought my job was to tell the public the truth - the facts, pretty or not - and let the publishing of those facts make a difference in how people look at things. At themselves, at what they stand for. That's shame on me. This is the only thing I ever wanted to do. And for a while, a long while, it was an honor.”
“We're so bounded by time, by its order.”