“Pi” quotes

Movie Pi
Darren Aronofsky directed this movie in 1998
Title Pi
Year 1998
Director Darren Aronofsky
Genre Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Plot – Max Cohen is a mathematical genius who's trying to unravel the arithmetical rule to predict stock market development. A voracious Wall Street firm and a sect of Orthodox Jews are interested in his researches. Max is looking for the magic number lost during the Roman destruction of Jerusalem that stands for the very essence of God, his real name.
All actors – Sean Gullette, Mark Margolis, Ben Shenkman, Pamela Hart, Stephen Pearlman, Samia Shoaib, Ajay Naidu, Kristyn Mae-Anne Lao, Espher Lao Nieves, Joanne Gordon, Lauren Fox, Stanley B. Herman, Clint Mansell, Tom Tumminello, Henri Falconi, Isaac Fried, Ari Handel, Oren Sarch, Lloyd J. Schwartz, Richard Lifschutz, David Strahlberg, Peter Cheyenne, David Tawil, J.C. Islander, Abraham Aronofsky, Ray Seiden, Scott Franklin, Chris Johnson, Sal Monte
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  • “It's just a number. I'm sure you've written down every 216 digit number. You've translated all of them. You've intoned them all. Haven't you? What's it gotten you? The number is nothing! It's the meaning. It's the syntax. It's what's between the numbers. You haven't understood it. It's because it's not for you! I've got it. I've got it! And I...” (continue)(continue reading)

    Sean Gullette - Maximillian Cohen
  • “As soon as you discard scientific rigor, you're no longer a mathematician, you're a numerologist.”
    Mark Margolis - Sol Robeson
  • “I'm trying to understand our world. I don't deal with petty materialists like you.”

    Sean Gullette - Maximillian Cohen
  • “- Sol Robeson: Now, what is the moral of the story?
    - Maximillian Cohen: That a breakthrough will come.
    - Sol Robeson: Wrong! The point of the story is the wife. You listen to your wife, she will give you perspective, meaning. You need a break, you have to take a bath or you will get nowhere.”

    Mark Margolis - Sol Robeson
    Sean Gullette - Maximillian Cohen
  • “You want to find the number 216 in the world, you will be able to find it everywhere. 216 steps from a mere street corner to your front door. 216 seconds you spend riding on the elevator. When your mind becomes obsessed with anything, you will filter everything else out and find that thing everywhere.”
    Mark Margolis - Sol Robeson
  • “It's survival of the fittest, Max, and we've got the fucking gun.”
    Pamela Hart - Marcy Dawson
  • “It's fair to say I'm stepping out on a limb, but I am on the edge and that's where it happens.”
    Sean Gullette - Maximillian Cohen
    [Tag:courage, risk]
  • “Failed treatments to date: Beta blockers, calcium channel blockers, adrenalin injections, high dose ibuprofen, steroids, Trager Mentastics, violent exercise, cafergot suppositories, caffeine, acupuncture, marijuana, Percodan, Midrine, Tenormin, Sansert, homeopathics. No results. No results...”
    Sean Gullette - Maximillian Cohen
  • “There will be no order, only chaos.”
    Mark Margolis - Sol Robeson
    [Tag:chaos, order]
  • “- Rabbi Cohen: The Holy Priest had one ritual to perform in the Holy of Holies, he had to intone a single word... That word, was the true name of God.
    - Maximillian Cohen: So?
    - Rabbi Cohen: The true name, which only the Cohanim knew, was 216 letters long.”

    Stephen Pearlman - Rabbi Cohen
    Sean Gullette - Maximillian Cohen
    [Tag:god, name]
  • “That is the truth of our world, Max. It can't be easily summed up with math.”
    Mark Margolis - Sol Robeson
  • “The Ancient Japanese considered the Go board to be a microcosm of the universe. Although when it is empty it appears to be simple and ordered, in fact, the possibilities of gameplay are endless. They say that no two Go games have ever been alike. Just like snowflakes. So, the Go board actually represents an extremely complex and chaotic universe.”
    Mark Margolis - Sol Robeson
  • Restate my assumptions: One, "Mathematics is the language of nature". Two, "Everything around us can be represented and understood through numbers". Three, "If you graph these numbers, patterns emerge". Therefore: there are patterns everywhere in nature.
    Sean Gullette - Maximillian Cohen
  • “When I was a little kid my mother told me not to stare into the sun. So once when I was six I did. The doctors didn't know if my eyes would ever heal. I was terrified, alone in that darkness. Slowly, daylight crept in through the bandages, and I could see. But something else had changed inside of me. That day I had my first headache.”
    Sean Gullette - Maximillian Cohen
  • “What about the stock market? The universe of numbers that represents the global economy. Millions of hands at work, billions of minds. A vast network, screaming with life. An organism. A natural organism. My hypothesis: Within the stock market, there is a pattern as well... Right in front of me... Hiding behind the numbers. Always has been.”
    Sean Gullette - Maximillian Cohen
    [Tag:finance, numbers]
  • “- Sol Robeson: This is insanity, Max.
    - Maximillian Cohen: Or maybe it's genius.”

    Mark Margolis - Sol Robeson
    Sean Gullette - Maximillian Cohen
    [Tag:genius, madness]
  • “If we're built from Spirals while living in a giant Spiral, then is it possible that everything we put our hands to is infused with the Spiral?”
    Sean Gullette - Maximillian Cohen
  • “The Torah is just a long string of numbers. Some say that it's a code sent to us from God.”
    Ben Shenkman - Lenny Meyer
    [Tag:god, numbers, religion]
  • “The king asks Archimedes to determine if a present he's received is actually solid gold. Unsolved problem at the time. It tortures the great Greek mathematician for weeks - insomnia haunts him and he twists and turns in his bed for nights on end. Finally, his equally exhausted wife - she's forced to share a bed with this genius - convinces him...” (continue)(continue reading)
    Mark Margolis - Sol Robeson