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  • Leonard Shelby: Enter OK, so what am I doing?
    Leonard Shelby: Oh, I'm chasing this guy.
    Leonard Shelby: No, he's chasing me.


  • Leonard: My wife deserves venagence. Doesn't make any difference whether I know about it. Just because there are Things I don't remember doesn't make my actions meaningless.


  • Teddy: You don't want the truth. You make up your own truth! Like your police file. It was complete when I gave it to you. Who took out the 12 pages?
    Leonard: You, probably
    Teddy: No, it wasnt' me. See, it was you!
    Leonard: Why would I do that?
    Teddy: To create a puzzle you could never solve!


  • Teddy: Lenny, you can't trust a man's life to your little notes and pictures
    Leonard: Why not?
    Teddy: Because your notes could be unreliable
    Leonard: Memory's unreliable
    Teddy: Oh, please!
    Leonard: No, no, really! Memory's not perfect. It's not even that good. Ask the police. Eyewitness testimony is unreliable. The cops don't catch a killer by sitting around remembering stuff. They collect facts, they make notes and they draw conclusions. Facts, not memory. That's how you investigate. I know. It's what I used to do. Look, memory cand change the shape of a room. It can change the colour of a car and memories can be distorted. They're just an interpretation. They're not a record. They're irrelevant if you have the facts.


  • Leonard: I can't remember to forget you.


  • Leonard: Memories can be distorted. They're just an interpretation, they're not a record, and they're irrelevant if you have the facts.


  • Leonard: [running] OK, so what am I doing?
    Leonard: OK, so what am I doing?
    Leonard: [sees DODD also running] Oh, I'm chasing this guy.
    Leonard: Oh, I'm chasing this guy.
    Leonard: [DODD shoots at Leonard] No... he's chasing me.
    Leonard: No, he's chasing me.


  • Leonard: I met Sammy through work, insurance. I was an investigator. I'd investigate the claims to see which ones were phony. I had to see through peoples' bullshit. It was a useful experience, 'cause now it's my life.
    Leonard: I met Sammy through work. Insurance. I was an investigator. I'd investigate the claims to see which ones were phony. I had to see through peoples' bullshit. It was a useful experience, 'cause now it's my life.


  • Teddy: You're not a killer, [pinches Leonard's cheek] that's why you're so good at it.
    Teddy: You're not a killer, that's why you're so good at it.


  • Leonard: These tracks are just a few days old.
    Teddy: What are you, Pocahontas?


  • Leonard: I found you, you fuck.


  • Teddy: Leonard you don't know what's going on you don't even know my name
    Teddy: Leonard you don't know what's going on you don't even know my name.
    Leonard: Teddy
    Leonard: Teddy.
    Teddy: that's because you read it of a fucking picture
    Teddy: That's because you read it off a fucking picture.


  • Teddy: Lenny
    Teddy: Lenny.
    Leonard: its Leonard
    Leonard: It's Leonard.


  • Leonard: (points gun at teddy's head) beg for my wife forgiveness before i blow your brains out
    Leonard: [points gun at Teddy's head] Beg for my wife forgiveness before I blow your brains out.


  • Teddy: So You Lie To Yourself To Be Happy, There's Nothing Wrong With That, We All Do It.
    Teddy: So you lie to yourself to be happy - there's nothing wrong with that, we all do it.


  • Leonard: What am I doing? Am I chasing this guy?
    Dodd: (Shoots at Leonard)
    Dodd: [shoots at Leonard]
    Leonard: No, he is chasing me.


  • Leonard: I take it I've told you about my condition.
    Teddy: Only every time I see ya.


  • Leonard: I don't think they'd let someone like me carry a gun.
    Teddy: I fucking hope not.


  • Leonard: Now, where was I?


  • Leonard Shelby: can't remember to forget you
    Leonard Shelby: I can't remember to forget you.


  • Teddy: Lenny!!!
    Teddy: Lenny!


  • Leonard Shelby: I don't even know how long she's been gone. It's like I've woken up in bed and she's not here... because she's gone to the bathroom or something. But somehow, I know she's never gonna come back to bed. If I could just... reach over and touch... her side of the bed, I would know that it was cold, but I can't. I know I can't have her back... but I don't want to wake up in the morning, thinking she's still here. I lie here not knowing... how long I've been alone. So how... how can I heal? How am I supposed to heal if I can't... feel time?


  • Leonard Shelby: You know, I can remember so much. The feel of the world... her. [sighs]
    Leonard Shelby: She's gone. And the present is trivia, which I scribble down as fucking notes.


  • Leonard Shelby: You can just feel the details. The bits and pieces you never bothered to put into words. And you can feel these extreme moments... even if you don't want to. You put these together, and you get the feel of a person. Enough to know how much you miss them... and how much you hate the person who took them away.


  • Leonard Shelby: I have to believe in a world outside my own mind. I have to believe that my actions still have meaning, even if I can't remember them. I have to believe that when my eyes are closed, the world's still there. Do I believe the world's still there? Is it still out there?... Yeah. We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I'm no different.
    Leonard Shelby: I have to believe in a world outside my own mind. I have to believe that my actions still have meaning, even if I can't remember them. I have to believe that when my eyes are closed, the world's still there. Do I believe the world's still there? Is it still out there? Yeah. We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I'm no different.


  • Leonard: I Have To Believe In A World Outside Of My Own Mind.
    Leonard: I have to believe in a world outside my own mind.


  • Leonard Shelby: Memory Can Change The Shape Of A Room; It Can Change The Color Of A Car, And Memories Can Be Distorted.
    Leonard Shelby: Memory can change the shape of a room; it can change the color of a car. And memories can be distorted.


  • Leonard Shelby: [talking on the phone] You know the truth about my condition, officer? You don't know anything. You feel angry, you don't know why. You feel guilty, you have no idea why. You could do anything and not have the faintest idea ten minutes later.


  • Burt: (Asking about Leonard's condition) What's it like?
    Burt: [asking about Leonard's condition] What's it like?
    Leonard Shelby: It's like waking... It's like you just woke up.


  • Leonard Shelby: I'm not a killer. I'm just someone who wanted to make things right. Can't I just let myself forget what you've told me? Can't I just let myself forget what you've made me do? You think I just want another puzzle to solve? Another John G. to look for? You're John G. So you can be my John G...will I lie to myself to be happy? In your case Teddy...yes I will.


  • Leonard: Beg my forgiveness, beg my wife's forgiveness... before I blow your brains out.


  • Leonard: Now, where was I?


  • Leonard: Don't believe his lies.


  • Leonard: How can I heal if I can't feel time?


  • Natalie: What's the last thing that you remember?
    Leonard: My wife...
    Natalie: That's sweet.
    Leonard: ...dying. I remember my wife dying.


  • Leonard Shelby: We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I'm no different.


  • Natalie: What's the last thing that you do remember?
    Leonard: My wife..........
    Leonard: My wife...
    Natalie: That's sweet.
    Leonard: ..............dying.


  • Leonard: I have to believe in a world outside my own mind. I have to believe that my actions still have meaning, even if I can't remember them. I have to believe that when my eyes are closed, the world's still there. Do I believe the world's still there? Is it still out there?...Yeah. We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I'm no different. Now...where was I?
    Leonard: I have to believe in a world outside my own mind. I have to believe that my actions still have meaning, even if I can't remember them. I have to believe that when my eyes are closed, the world's still there. Do I believe the world's still there? Is it still out there? Yeah. We all need mirrors to remind ourselves who we are. I'm no different. Now...where was I?


  • Leonard: [voiceover] So where are you? You're in some motel room. You just - you just wake up and you're in - in a motel room. There's the key. It feels like maybe it's just the first time you've been there, but perhaps you've been there for a week, three months. It's - it's kind of hard to say. I don't - I don't know. It's just an anonymous room.


  • Leonard: let's see, where was I.......
    Leonard: Let's see, where was I...


  • Leonard Shelby: Can't Remember to forget you
    Leonard Shelby: Can't remember to forget you.


  • Leonard: I don't feel drunk...
    Leonard: I don't feel drunk.


  • Leonard: [running] OK, so what am I doing?
    Leonard: [sees DODD also running] Oh, I'm chasing this guy.
    Leonard: [DODD shoots at Leonard] No... he's chasing me.


  • Leonard: We all lie to ourselves to be happy.


  • Leonard: The world doesn't just disappear when you close your eyes, does it?


  • Leonard: Sammy Jankis wrote himself endless notes. But he'd get mixed up. I've got a more graceful solution to the memory problem. I'm disciplined and organized. I use habit and routine to make my life possible. Sammy had no drive. No reason to make it work.


  • Teddy: You're not a killer. That's why you're so good at it.


  • Natalie: What's the last thing that you do remember?
    Leonard: My wife...


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