These Criminal Minds quotes won’t help you answer, “What is the best Criminal Minds episode?”

For 15 seasons and more than 300 episodes, Criminal Minds has kept fans on the edges of our seats with its pulse-pounding criminal investigations and gripping characters—several inspired by disturbingly real crimes. From the beginning, the CBS series set itself apart from other ripped-from-the-headlines procedurals (looking at you, Law & Order) by beginning and ending nearly. The bookend quotes have been a great way to get fans into the fast-thinking mindsets of characters like Spencer Reid, while also bringing forward quotes that have served as guiding principles for years.

These Criminal Minds quotes won’t help you answer, “What is the best Criminal Minds episode?”; however, they do come from some of the top contenders!

In honor of Criminal Minds 15 outstanding seasons, which ended Feb. 20, 2020   has compiled a list of 100 of the best opening and closing quotes from the previous 14 seasons. Here are the Criminal Minds Quotes.

Criminal Minds Quotes about life and suffering

1. “Life is a hell of a thing to happen to someone”― David Rossi

2. “I know what it’s like to be afraid of your own mind.” ― Dr. Spencer Reid

3. “Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls. The most massive characters are seared with scars. Khalil Gibran.” (Episode 2, Season 3)

4. “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming it. Helen Keller.” (Episode 5, Season 2)

5. “It is impossible to suffer without making someone pay for it; every complaint already contains revenge. Friedrich Nietzsche.” — Dr. Spencer Reid

6. “Destroying a book is like…destroying a whole world.” — Diana Reid

7. “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you’ve really stopped to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do. ― Hotch

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Criminal Minds quotes that leave us feeling hopeful

8. “Trust me, kiddo. I’ve been here before.” ― David Rossi

9. “Birds sing after a storm. Why shouldn’t people feel as free to delight in whatever sunlight remains to them? Rose Kennedy.” (Episode 4, Season 1)

10. “Hope is the thing with feathers, that perches in the soul, and sings the tune without the words, and never stops at all. Emily Dickinson.” (Episode 16, Season 5)

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11. “It’s alchemy. Alchemy turns common metals into precious ones. Dreams work the same way. Turning something awful into…something better.” — David Rossi

12. “I’ve always heard every ending is also a beginning. We just don’t know it at the time. I’d like to believe that’s true.” — Emily Prentiss

13. “Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future. Paul Boese.” (Season 9)

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Some of the funniest Criminal Minds quotes

14. “He is the perfect man. He doesn’t hog the covers, and he poops in a box.” — Emily Prentiss

15. “When Garcia can’t find a breadcrumb, it’s usually because the bread was never baked.” — Jennifer Jareau

16. “That is a new deal and as fast as a caffeinated cheetah riding a lightning bolt, I am on it!” — Penelope Garcia

17. “Went on a diet last night. Lost 185 pounds.” — Dr. Tara Lewis

18. “Marital bliss followed by marital diss! Of course. Why didn’t I think of that?” — Penelope Garcia

19. “I don’t take kindly to being blown up. In fact, it kind of pisses me off.” — Derek Morgan

20. “And so the guessing game begins! From what nook or cranny will our new missing head roll out?” — David Rossi

21. “Look at me. Without a gun, I look like a teacher’s assistant!” ― Dr. Spencer Reid

22. “I got shot in the leg and I don’t get any cookies.”  ― Dr. Spencer Reid

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Criminal Minds quotes about evil

23. “Evil can’t be scientifically defined: it’s an illusory moral concept that doesn’t exist in nature. Its origins and connotations have been inextricably been linked to religion and mythology.” ― Dr. Spencer Reid

24. “You’d be surprised how many killers do what they do because of their parents.” — Dr. Spencer Reid

25. “Look, of all the serial killer types, the ones I find most dangerous are the hyper-intelligent ones that get off more on the mind games than the killing. They’re like vampires, ready to suck your soul dry and file your information away for a rainy day.” — Dr. Tara Lewis

26. “Aside from being slightly morally repugnant, he’s clean as a whistle. If that whistle was slightly morally repugnant.” — Penelope Garcia

27. “Logic dictates that if you believe in one, you have to reconcile the existence of the other.” ― Dr. Spencer Reid

28. “Evil is always unspectacular and always human. And shares our bed…and eats at our table. W.H Auden.” (Season 1, Episode 12)

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29. “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for the good men to do nothing. Edmund Burke.” (Season 7, Episode 22)

Criminal Minds quotes on the facts we only know because of Spence

30. “Actually, some studies indicate that men take twice as many selfies as women ’cause it’s considered to be an acceptable form of male vanity.” — Dr. Spencer Reid

31. “Although the observable universe is continually expanding, there’s really no way of knowing the whole thing is gonna ultimately collapse into one gargantuan Black Hole.” — Dr. Spencer Reid

32. “The praying mantis can kill and eat a multitude of creatures but the most interesting fact is that oftentimes the female mantis engages in sexual cannibalism, meaning she’ll bite off the head of her mate once copulation is complete, sometimes even during intercourse, actually.” — Dr. Spencer Reid

33. “The number of pathogens passed during a handshake is staggering. It’s actually safer to kiss.” — Dr. Spencer Reid

34. “The business of incarceration is extremely lucrative and virtually recession-proof.” — Dr. Spencer Reid

35. “Actually, [candles] were originally used to protect the birthday celebrant from demons for the coming year. As a matter of fact, down to the fourth century, Christianity rejected the birthday celebration as a pagan ritual.” — Dr. Spencer Reid

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Thought-provoking opening and closing Criminal Minds quotes

36. “How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours. Wayne Dyer.” (Episode 8, Season 10)

37. “There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They are messengers of overwhelming grief and unspeakable love. Washington Irving.” (Episode 11, Season 5)

38. “Death ends a life, not a relationship. Mitch Albom.” (Episode 6, Season 9)

39. “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched—they must be felt with the heart. Helen Keller.” (Episode 12, Season 6)

40. “Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. Albert Einstein.” (Episode 4, Season 1)

41. “One of the deep secrets in life is that all that is really worth doing is what we do for others. Lewis Carroll.” (Episode 3, Season 8)

42. “In order to learn the most important lessons in life, one must each day surmount a fear. Ralph Waldo Emerson.” (Episode 10, Season 2)

43. “No man really knows about other human beings. The best he can do is to suppose that they are like himself. John Steinbeck.” (Season 11, Episode 21)

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44. “When you look long into an abyss, the abyss looks into you. Friedrich Nietzsche.” (Season 9, Episode 14)

45. “Stephen King wrote, “The most important things are the hardest to say.”” — Krystall Richards

46. “When you have a child, the world has a hostage.” Ernest Hemingway” (Season 14, Episode 8)

47. “The most important question anyone can ask is: What myth am I living?” (Season 14, Episode 5)

48. “We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality. Iris Murdoch.” (Season 14, Episode 4)

49. “Convictions are more dangerous foes of truth than lies.” Friedrich Nietzsche” (Season 13, Episode 21)

50. “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” Mark Twain.”(Season 13, Episode 20)

More Criminal Minds quotes

51. “Scars remind us where we’ve been. They don’t have to dictate where we’re going.” – David Rossi

52. “When truth is buried underground it grows, it chokes, it gathers such an explosive force that on the day it bursts out, it blows up everything with it.” – Émile Zola

53. “Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many. The intelligence of a few perceives what has been carefully hidden.” – Phaedrus

54. “Remember, we are our own griefs, my dear, we are our own happiness and we are our own remedies.” – Huseyn Raza

55. “Just thugs only ever got so far. The best thugs were all psychologists.” – China Miéville

56. “He was ready to go but I wasn’t ready to say goodbye.” – Alex Blake

57. “Life is a hell of a thing to happen to a person.” – David Rossi

58. “To the sexual offender, possession is power, and total possession is absolute power.” – Stephen G. Michaud

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