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  • David Norris: What ever happened to free will?
    Thompson: We actually tried free will before. After taking you from hunting and gathering to the height of the Roman Empire, we stepped back to see how you'd do on your own. You gave us the Dark Ages for five centuries... until finally we decided we should come back in. The Chairman thought maybe we just needed to do a better job of teaching you how to ride a bike before taking the training wheels off again. So we gave you the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, the Scientific Revolution. For six hundred years we taught you to control your impulses with reason, then in 1910 we stepped back. Within fifty years, you'd brought us World War I, the Depression, Fascism, the Holocaust and capped it off by bringing the entire planet to the brink of destruction in the Cuban Missile Crisis. At that point a decision was taken to step back in again before you did something that even we couldn't fix. You don't have free will, David. You have the appearance of free will.


  • Harry Mitchell: "Most people live life on the path we set for them. Too afraid to explore any other. But once in a while people like you come along and knock down all the obstacles we put in your way. People who realize free will is a gift, you'll never know how to use until you fight for it."
    Harry Mitchell: Most people live life on the path we set for them. Too afraid to explore any other. But once in a while people like you come along and knock down all the obstacles we put in your way. People who realize free will is a gift, you'll never know how to use until you fight for it.


  • David Norris: Look, whatever happen, I wont let it come between us again
    David Norris: Look, whatever happens, I'm not gonna let anything come between us again.


  • Harry Mitchell: Your world just turned upside down, and all u think about is a woman
    Harry Mitchell: You're entire world has turned upside down and you're thinkin' about a woman.


  • Thompson: You don't have free will, David. You have the appearance of free will.


  • David Norris: That was a new phone...
    David Norris: [laughing] It's a new phone.


  • David Norris: I was defenseless, against the small dress.


  • Richardson: It's above my pay grade.


  • David Norris: All I have are the choices I make, and I choose her, come what may.


  • Harry Mitchell: Chariman wrote a new script


  • Thompson: you cant outrun fate
    Thompson: You can't outrun fate.


  • Elise Sellas: You ruined me. I didn't want to settle for less.


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