The Matrix
Larry and Andy Wachowski

Lieutenant: I think we can handle one little girl. I sent two units. They're bringing her down now.

Agent Smith: No, Lieutenant, your men are dead.

QUARK: The Matrix is a euphemism for the government.

SUPERASTIC: No, The Matrix is the system controlling our lives.

TIMAXE: You mean MTV.

SUPERASTIC: I mean Sega.


Trinity: My name is Trinity.

Neo: Trinity? The Trinity? The Trinity that cracked the I.R.S. Kansas City D-Base?

Trinity: That was a long time ago.

Neo: Gee-zus.

Trinity: What?

Neo: I just thought... you were a guy.

Trinity: Most guys do.

Trinity: You came here because you wanted to know the answer to a hacker's question.

Neo: The Matrix. What is the Matrix?

Trinity: Twelve years ago I met a man, a great man, who said that no one could be told the answer to that question. That they had to see it, to believe it. He told me that no one should look for the answer unless they have to because once you see it, everything changes. Your life and the world you live in will never be the same. It's as if you wake up one morning and the sky is falling. The truth is out there, Neo. It's looking for you and it will find you, if you want it to.

Neo: You can't scare me with this gestapo crap. I know my rights. I want my phone call.

Agent Smith: And tell me, Mr. Anderson, what good is a phone call if you are unable to speak?

Gizmo: Goddamn, what I wouldn't give for a copy of that software.

Trinity: Gizmo, you don't have the hardware to handle this software.

Morpheus: Do you believe in fate, Neo?

Neo: No.

Morpheus: Why not?

Neo: Because I don't like the idea that I'm not in control of my life.

Morpheus: We are trained in this world to accept only what is rational and logical. Have you ever wondered why? As children, we do not separate the possible from the impossible which is why the younger a mind is the easier it is to free while a mind like yours can be very difficult.

Neo: Free from what?

Morpheus: Do you want to know what it is, Neo? It's that feeling you have had all your life. That feeling that something was wrong with the world. You don't know what it is but it's there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad, driving you to me. But what is it? The Matrix is everywhere, it's all around us, here even in this room. You can see it out your window, or on your television. You feel it when you go to work, or go to church or pay your taxes. It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.

Morpheus: You take the blue pill and the story ends. You wake in your bed and you believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill and you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.

Neo: This isn't real?

Morpheus: What is real? How do you define real? If you're talking about your senses, what you feel, taste, smell, or see, then all you're talking about are electrical signals interpreted by your brain.

Morpheus: How did I beat you?

Neo: You -- You're too fast.

Morpheus: Do you think my being faster, stronger has anything to do with my muscles in this place? Do you believe that's air you are breathing now? If you can free your mind, the body will follow.

Morpheus: Stop trying to hit me, and hit me!

Morpheus: Everyone falls the first time. If you never know failure, how can you know success?

Morpheus: Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream, Neo? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?

Cypher: Let me give you a piece of advice. Between you and me, if Morpheus says you can fly, I wouldn't go jumping out any windows to find out if he's right. Understand?

Cypher: You know, I know that this steak doesn't exist. I know when I put it in my mouth, the Matrix is telling my brain that it is juicy and delicious. After nine years, do you know what I've realized? Ignorance is bliss.

Morpheus: Do you now understand what it means when we say, if you're not one of us, you're one of them?

Neo: The agents. They're sentient programs. They can commandeer any software hardwired to the mainframe.

Morpheus: Anyone that is still in a power plant. That is why we try to be invisible in the Matrix.

Neo: The best hacking is always traceless.

Cypher: I know what you're thinking, 'cause I'm thinking the exact same thing. Actually, I've been thinking it since I got here: Why didn't I take the blue pill?

Spoon Boy: Your spoon does not bend because it is just that, a spoon. Mine bends because there is no spoon, just my mind. Link yourself to the spoon. Become the spoon and bend yourself.

Oracle: Hmmm. You sure got the gift, but it's tricky. I'd say the bad news is, you're not the one. Still got a lot to learn. Maybe next life.

Neo: What's the good news?

Oracle: Same as the bad news, you're not the one.

Neo: Are you telling me I can dodge bullets?

Morpheus: No. What I'm telling you, Neo, is that when you're ready, you won't have to.

Neo: Whoa. Deja vu.

Trinity: What did you just say?

Neo: Nothing. Just had a little deja vu.

Trinity: What happened? What did you see?

Neo: A black cat went past us and then I saw another that looked just like it.

Trinity: How much like it? Was it the same cat?

Neo: It might have been. I'm not sure. What is it?

Trinity: A deja vu is usually a glitch in the Matrix. It happens when they change something.

Agent Smith: Never send a human to do a machine's job.

Agent Smith: Have you ever stood and stared at it, Morpheus? Marveled at its beauty. Its genius. Billions of people just living out their lives... oblivious. Did you know that the first Matrix was designed to be a perfect human world? Where none suffered, where everyone would be happy. It was a disaster. No one would accept the program. Entire crops were lost. Some believed we lacked the programming language to describe your perfect world. But I believe that, as a species, human beings define their reality through suffering and misery.

Agent Smith: I'd like to share a revelation that I've had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species. I've realized that you are not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment. But you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet. You are a plague.

Tank: Okay. Store's open. What do you need?

Neo: Guns. Lots of guns.

Trinity: Dodge this, motherfucker!

Neo: Can you fly that thing?

Trinity: Not yet.

Tank: Operator.

Trinity: Tank, I need a pilot program for a military M-109 helicopter.

Agent Smith: Do you hear that, Mr. Anderson? It's the sound of inevitability. It is the sound of your death. Goodbye, Mr. Anderson.

Neo: My name is Neo.

Note: The quotes were taken from the original movie transcript
and some of the quotes were never featured in the movie.

(Thanks to Zubin for the script.)