Arrival – Quotes
Louise: I used to think this was the beginning of your story. Memory is a strange thing. It doesn’t work like I thought it did. We are so bound by time, by its order. I remember moments in the middle and this was the end… But now I’m not sure I believe in beginnings and endings. There are days that define your life, like the day they arrived.
Louise: Language was seen as an expression of art.
Colonel: You made quick work of those insurgent videos.
Louise: You made quick work of those insurgents.
Colonel: How do you approach translating this?
Louise: I would need to be there.
Ian quoting from Louise’s book: Language is the foundation of civilization…. The first weapon drawn in a war.
Louise: How about we just talk to them before we start throwing math problems at them?
Louise: Am I fired?
Colonel: You’re better than the last guy.
Louise: I’ll never be able to speak their language if they are speaking. But they may have a way to visually communicate.
Louise: Kangaroo. [Sailors met aborigines and asked them, “what were the things that jumped around and carried babies in pouches?” They said “kangaroo.” They later found out it meant “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” So I need to be able to be sure we don’t miscommunicate.]
Ian: Good story.
Louise: It’s not true but it proves my point.
Louise: They need to see me…. Now that’s a proper introduction.
Ian: So what are we gonna call them? I was thinking Abbot and Costello.
Narrator: The next most plausible reason is that each of these cities had a hit Sheena Easton song in the 80’s, so we really don’t know why these chose those locations.
On the alien written language: Nonlinear Orthography. [It doesn’t move forward or take time. It’s without time. Circular. So do they think that way, too?]
Louise: Trust me. You can understand communication and still end up single.
[There is a theory that the language you speak determines how you think, how you see everything.]
Louise: If all I ever gave you is a hammer…
Colonel: …Everything’s a nail.
Louise: We need to be talking to each other.
Ian and Louise: “Many become one” could just mean some assembly required. … To force us to work together.
Aliens: We help humanity. In 3,000 years we need humanity help.
Aliens: Weapon opens time.
Louise: It’s not a weapon, it’s a gift—their language.
Louise: If you learn it, really learn it, you see the way they do. Time is not linear.
General Shang: You did something remarkable, something not even my superior has done. You changed my mind.
Louise: If you could see your whole life from start to finish, would you change things?
Ian: Maybe I’d say what I felt more often. I don’t know. I’ve had my head tilted up to the stars for as long as I can remember. You know what surprised me most? It wasn’t meeting them. It was meeting you.