Totes Quotes – The Dark Knight

The Joker

“It’s not what you say, it’s the way you say it!”

If I had a quid for every time I’d heard that, I’d be a rich, rich man. Trouble is, it’s not exactly accurate is it? And that’s where Totes Quotes comes in. The finest film quotes transcend the performance from whence they came and have the ability to infiltrate popular culture and consciousness.

From the endlessly quotable to the words you wish you’d said yourself, each week will feature an iconic iteration. So in the words of Reservoir Dogs’ Joe Cabot…”Let’s go to work!”


Holding a firm position in my Top Five Directors list, little excuse is needed to chat about Christopher Nolan films. And the release of Dunkirk is an event worthy of two weeks worth of Totes Quotes.

In Nolan’s most quotable picture, Heath Ledger’s Joker challenges Jack Nicholson for the definitive interpretation of the Clown Prince of Crime. The Dark Knight finds The Joker cuffed and cornered in an interrogation room where the police have underestimated just how manipulative he can be.

“Do you want to know why I use a knife? Guns are too quick. You can’t savour all the… little emotions. In… you see, in their last moments, people show you who they really are. So in a way, I know your friends better than you ever did. Would you like to know which of them were cowards?”

Which quotes put a smile on your face? Let us know in the comments below.


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