Words of Popular Minds on Criminal Minds

Are you a fan of Criminal Minds?  Well, I am. Criminal Minds is a long running America TV series of CBS and now on its 9th season. The TV program follows the works of the FBI’s special agency known as BAU or Behavioral Analysis Unit which studies the psychological behaviors and life of the criminals. BAU believes that knowing the criminals’ minds – how they live, what their thoughts are, and why they do such horrible things – is the key to put an end to their fantasies.
Okay, that’s enough about the series. Each episode of Criminal Minds is inspired by quotations or lines spoken or written by different popular minds – writers, scientists, novelists, presidents, saints etc. So, I collected them (can’t say its complete), and posted them here. So feel free to read my list.

Criminal Minds Season 1 Episode 1 to Episode 22

1. Extreme Aggressor

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Joseph Conrad
The belief in supernatural source of evil is not necessary. Men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.
When you look into an abyss, the abyss looks into you.

2. Compulsion

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James Reese
There are certain clues at a crime scene which by their very nature do not lend themselves to being collected or examined. How does one collect love, rage, hatred, fear?
Don’t bother just to be better than your contemporaries or predecessors. Try to be better than yourself.

3. Won’t Get Fooled Again
Samuel Johnson
Almost all absurdity of conduct arises from the imitations of those whom we cannot resemble.

4. Plain Sight

Jacques Rigaut, a French poet
Don’t forget that I cannot see myself, that my role is limited to being the one who looks in the mirror.
Rose Kennedy
Birds sing after a storm. Why shouldn’t people feel as free to delight on whatever sunlight remains to them?

5. Broken Mirror
When a good man is hurt, all who would be called good must suffer with him.
When love is in excess, it brings a man no honor nor worthiness.

6. L.D.S.K.

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The irrationality of a thing is not an argument against it’s existence, rather, a condition of it.
William Shakespeare
Nothing is so common as the wish to be remarkable.

7. The Fox

Dr. Thomas Fuller
With foxes, we must play the fox.

8. Natural Born Killer

There is no hunting like the hunting of man. And those who have hunted armed man long enough and liked it, never really care for anything else.
Carl Jung
The healthy man does not torture others. Generally it is the tortured who turn into torturers.

9. Derailed

Robert Oxton Bolton
A belief is not merely an idea that mind possesses. It is an idea that possesses the mind.
Albert Einstein
Asked a question that sometimes drives me hazy…am I or the others crazy?

10. Popular Kids

Peter Ustinov
Unfortunately a superabundance of dreams is paid for by a growing potential for nightmares.
Eugene Ionesco – a playwright
Ideologies separate us. Dreams and anguish bring us together.

11. Blood Hungry

Harriet Beecher Stowe
The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.

12. What Fresh Hell

W. H. Auden
Evil is unspectacular and always human..And shares our bed… And eats at our table.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Measure not the work until the day’s out and the labor done.

13. Poison

Lucretius – a Roman philosopher
What is food to one…is to others, bitter poison.
Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.

14. Riding the Lightning

Genesis 9:6
Whoso sheddeth a man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed.
Albert Pine
What we do for ourselves dies with us, what we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.

15. Unfinished Business

Norman McClain
It is those we live with and love and should know who loot us.
Abraham Lincoln
In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.
John Steinbeck, in East of Eden
Who in his mind has not probed the black water?

16. The Tribe

The individuals has always had to struggle, to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe.

17. A Real Rain

W.H. Auden
Murder is unique. In that it abolishes the party it injures, so that society must take the place of the victim, and on his behalf, demand atonement or grant forgiveness.
It is better to be violent if there’s violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence.
I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary. The evil it does is permanent.

18. Somebody’s Watching

Diane Arbus
A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you, the less you know.
Bernard Shaw
An American has no sense of privacy. He does not know what it means. There is no such thing in the country.

19. Machismo

Anthony Brandt
Other things may change us, but we start and end with family.
Mexican proverb:
The house does not rest on the ground, but upon a woman.

20. Charm and Harm

Voltaire – a French philosopher
There are some that only employ words,for the purpose of disguising their thoughts.
François de La Rochefoucauld
We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others, that in the end we become disguised to ourselves.

21. Secret and Lies

Albert Einstein
Whoever undertake to set himself up, as judge in the field of truth and knowledge, is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods.
George Orwell
In time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.

22. The Fish King Part 1

Elbert Hubbard
No man needs a vacation so much as as the man who has just had one.

So that’s it for Season 1.  But wait, there’s more…

Criminal Minds Season 2 Episode 1 to Episode 24

1.  The Fish King Part 2

Francois de La Rochefoucauld
The defects and faults of the mind are like wounds in the body. After all imaginable care has been taken to heal them up, still there will be a scar left behind.
Rose Kennedy
It has been said that time heals all wounds. I do no agree. The wound remains. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue, and the pain lessens, but its never gone.

2.  P911

Dietrich Bonhoeffer – a Theologian, German Lutheran pastor
The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.

3.  The Perfect Storm

Mark Twain
Of all the animals, man is the only one that is cruel. He is the only one that inflicts pain for the pleasure of doing it.
Khalil Gibran – a Philosopher
Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls. The most massive characters are seared with scars.

4.  Psychodrama

Oscar Wilde
Man is the least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask and he will tell you the truth.
Milan Kundera
The basis of shame is not some personal mistakes of our, but that this humiliation is seen by everyone.

5. Aftermath

Allen Keller
Although the world is full of suffering, there is also full of overcoming it.

6.  The Boogeyman

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark. The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.

7.  North Mammon

John Wooden
It’s not so important who starts the game, but who finishes it.

8.  Empty Planet

Seattle Washington
Crime butchers innocents to secure a prize. And innocence struggles with all its might against the attempts of crime.

9.  The Last Word

Elbert Hubbard
If men could only know each other they would neither idolize nor hate.
Mahatma Gandhi
Remember that all through history there have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time they seem invincible…But in the end, they always fall. Always.

10. Lessons Learned

Ralph Waldo Emerson
In order to learn the most important lesson of life, one must each day surmount a fear.

11. Sex, Birth, Death

T.S. Eliot
Between the idea and the reality, between the motion and the act, falls the shadow.
T.S. Eliot
Between the desire and the spasm, between the potency and the existence, between the essence and the descent, falls the shadow. This is the way the world ends.

12. Profiler Profiled

Cory Doctorow
How secrets deep, how secrets become dark, that’s in the nature of secrets.

13. No Way Out

Evil brings men together.

14. The Big Game

Dr. McCoy of Star Trek
I will not peddle flesh! I’m a physician.

15. Revelation

Ecclesiastes 7:20
There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins.
Exodus 21:17
And he that curseth his father or his mother shall be surely be put to death.

16. Fear and Loathing

Kurt Vonnegut
You are who you pretend to be. So be careful who you pretend to be.
From the deepest desires, often came the deadliest hate.

17. Distress

Leonardo da Vinci
Our life is made by the death of others.
Thomas Paine
If there must be trouble, let it be my day…that my child may have peace.

18. Jones

Robert Kennedy
Tragedy is a tool for the living to gain wisdom not a guide by which to live.

19. Ashes and Dust

John Calvin
The torture of a bad conscience is the hell of a living soul.
live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn and as if you were to live forever.

20. Honor Among Thieves

Leo Tolstoy
Happy families are all alike. Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

21. Open Season

Unknown Author
One man’s wilderness is another man’s theme park.
James Anthony Froude – a British Historian
Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself.

22. Legacy

Herman Melville
Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity, nothing exceeds the criticisms made of the habits of the poor by the well-honored, well-warmed, and well-fed.
Charles Chaplin
Nothing is permanent in this wicked world… not even our troubles.

23 – 24. No Way Out / The Evolution of Frank

Oscar Wilde
I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, my enemies for their good intellects.

Criminal Minds Season 3 Episode 1 to Episode 20

1.  Doubt

2.  In Name and Blood

George Washington
Let your heart feel for the affliction and distress of everyone.

3.  Scared to Death

Lao Tzu – a Taoist Philosopher
He who controls others may be powerful. But he who has mastered himself is mightier still.
Eleanor Roosevelt
You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.

4.  Children of the Dark

Barbara Ehrenreich
In the city, crime is taken as emblematic of class and race. In the suburbs, though it’s intimate and psychological, resistant to generalization, a mystery of the individual soul.

5.  Seven Seconds

G.K. Chesterton
Fairy tales do not tell children that dragons exist. Children already know that dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed.
Nothing is easier than denouncing the evildoer. Nothing more difficult than understanding him.

6.  About Face

What else is the whole life of mortals but a sort of comedy in which the various actors disguised by various costumes and masks, walk on and play each one his part, until the manager waves them off the stage?

7.  Identity

Martin Luther
An earthly kingdom cannot exist without in equality of persons. Some must be free, some serves, some rules, some subjects.

8.  Lucky

Francisco Goya
Fantasy abandoned by reasons produces impossible monsters.
Thomas Deloney – 16th century English novelist
God sends meat, and the devil sends cooks.

9.  Penelope

William Shakespeare
Love all. Trust a few. Do wrong to none.

10. True Night

Clive Barker
Superman is, after all, an alien life form. He is simply the acceptable face of invading realities.

11. Birthright

Anne Sexton – American poet
It doesn’t matter who my father was. It matters who I remember he was.
A simple child that lightly draws its breath and feels its life in every limb, what should it know of death?

12. Third Life

Daisy Bates
No man or woman who tries to pursue an ideal in his or her own way is without enemies.
William Shakespeare
It is a wise father who knows his own child.

13. Limelight

I know indeed what evil I intend to do but stronger than all my afterthoughts is my fury. Fury that brings upon mortals the greatest evils.
Lucille Maud Montgomery
For we pay a price for everything we get or take in this world, and although ambitions are well worth having, they are not to be cheaply won.

14. Damaged

Dr. R. Joseph – a neuroscientist
Within the core of each of us is the child we once were. This child constitutes the foundation of what we have become, who we are, and what we will be.
Arthur Rubinstein
There is no formula for success except perhaps an unconditional acceptance of life and what it brings.

15. A Higher Power

Daniel Webster
There is no refuge from confession but suicide and suicide is confession.
Ben Okri
The most authentic thing about us is our capacity to create, to overcome, to endure, to transform, to love, and to be greater than our sufferings.

16. Elephant’s Memory

John Steinbeck
A sad soul can kill you quicker, far quicker than a germ.
Tom Stoppard
We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except the memory of the smell of smokes and a presumption that once our eyes watered.

17. In Heat

George Bernard Shaw
There are no secrets better kept than the secrets that everybody guesses.
John Churton Collins
If we know each other’s secrets what comforts we should find.

18. The Crossing

The Delusional

Christian Nestell Bovee
No man is happy without a delusion of some kind. Delusions are as necessary to our happiness as realities.
Susan B. Anthony
A woman must not depend on the protection of man, but must be taught to protect herself.

19. Tabula Rasa

Anatole France
All changes even the most longed for have their melancholy. For what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves. We must die to one life before we can enter another.
What though the radiance that was once so bright be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, of glory in the flower, we will grieve not rather find strength in what remains behind.

20. Lo – Fi

The man visited by ecstasies and visions, who takes dreams for realities is an enthusiast. The man who supported his madness with murder is a fanatic.

Alrightyy! Which one caught your attention? Did I miss something? Let me know through comments so that we can add it up. Let me stop here for now. For Season 4 to Season 6 will be on my next post.

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