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Quote1 We soldier on undaunted, you and I, Master Bruce. And if I may say so, sir... I couldn't beg, borrow or steal a finer way to live my life. Quote2
--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 No one can be him. But someone can represent what he stood for. The ideals that made Batman-- justice, consequence and ironclad resolve to protect. And there is none other that has the wherewithal to uphold those ideals than you... Richard Grayson. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 I can only tell you, Dick, something I wish I had said a long time ago to someone else. You are not alone. I imagine you will never be again... Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 Are you expecting to do battle with a typhoon this evening, Master Bruce? Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 Facts on faith. This should be quite interesting. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 You mean, he hasn't told you anything at all about that ni--? I see. Well, then. We'll simply have to find out for ourselves, won't we? Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 There are reasons not to kill. We've discussed these before. To say that murder is immoral is too vague. Killing, even once, even with reasons, strips you of your humanity. I do not mean this in an abstract way. Though we move about the world as individuals, the human race as a whole is spiritually-- necessarily, scientifically-- a single entity. You cannot afford to revoke that citizenship. You cannot work meaningfully for humanity from outside of it. I know you know this. I know you. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 Teacher, mentor, partner, but never a father... of course, Master Bruce, of course. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 Then the knight returned. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 I do believe you've splashed Sulfuric acid on the Chippendale table. Personally, I prefer to use Lemon Pledge. Ah, well, what's a priceless antique in the pursuit of science? Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 I will say one thing for your night time activities -- you do tend to antagonize the most interesting people. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 I do believe I have forgotten how to sigh. But if I could, I would. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 Bruce...I have never questioned you before. Nor have I for one moment been disloyal. You have given me an extraordinary life--a life I have cherished and hope to continue cherishing. But I will not be part of your self-destruction. Anything but that. If you do not obey the doctor's orders, I shall resign my post. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 Would it be too much to inquire of your cloak? Did you perhaps give it to some particularly desperate charity? Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 Life was harder then--but there was a sense of belonging that's been lost in modern times. Everyone knew who he was, what his place was in the scheme of things. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 Very astute sir. Perhaps you should study to become a detective. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 If there were a thousand Batmen, sir, it still wouldn't be enough to save Gotham City Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 "Intrepid?" I rather think of myself as "dauntless." Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 Would you be so kind as to remove that dagger from my throath? I find it distracting. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 You chose as your name "The Batman". I like to think you did so deliberately. As if you aspired to be both. Bat and man. Perhaps you can be. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 Two children, both saw violence, and both wanted revenge. Two children. The same, and yet very different. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 Sir, as loath as you might be to hear this, I do not intend to spend the rest of my life playing nurse. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 What is this world coming to when giant black bats no longer instill fear into the minds of those superstitious and cowardly? Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 The past casts a long shadow--but maybe the bright light of the future will help to dispel it. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 You must never ignore your intuitions. Detective work is often made up of intangibles. It's looking for the out-of-place, the unusual... even the unthinkable. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 If a wise man's mistakes are the thriumphs of a fool, you see, then every guilty man who "gets away with it" is punishment of the innocent. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 He's always alone, Timothy, even in a crowd. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 It is my belief, sir, that the admirable manner in which you've recovered from your disastrous encounter with Bane indicates that on a certain level you've learned a lesson. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 Do keep your wits about you, sir! And don't let the mask slip as she charms you into carelessness. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 Never say die, young sirs. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 Do you know then? How or when Jason's body was taken from the coffin? Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 Master Bruce has a very clear idea of human perfection towards which he constantly strives, you understand. The absolute physical mastery of the top martial artists, gymnasts or yogis... the logical deductive skills of master philosophers, forensic scientists and detectives... the understanding, discrimination and moral clarity of ultimate zen adepts... need I continue? His is a mind like no other. I have grave doubts either of us will ever fully comprehend its decisions, but we must never underestimate its strength and resilience. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 Forgive me, sir, but this is a conversational tone that I am unaccustomed to... pacifying a neurotic Batman. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 The past can talk to the future... if the present has ears to hear and eyes to see with. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 Try to think of your Batman not as a memorial -- you and I know he'd hate that -- but as a performance. Think of Batman as a great role, like a Hamlet, or Willie Loman... or even James Bond. And play it to suit your strength. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 So, in keeping with conventional wisdom, you've decided to secretly drug your girlfriend. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 I watched him smile. I watched him cry. I watched him grow. I watched him bleed. I did my best. I want you both to know that. But I failed him... and in the process failed you. And though it may not provide your spirits with any solace, I want you to know that I grieve as a parent... for he was my son, too. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 I certainly don't need to be lectured about that. I believe I would know better than anyone what he would approve of. But we must accept that he is not coming back... and that we must find the means to replace what he did for this city. The concept of what he stood for may be more important than one man. Or one method. And if this network proves to be the method that allows his legacy to continue, it has my blessing. Whether he would have approved of it or not. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 Seeing as how the fate of all human existence hangs in the balance ... perhaps you'd forgive my curiosity if I inquire after your progress? Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 What? Me-- abed at two a.m.? Perish the thought, sir! I often sit around to see if you'll call. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 I learned long since, Master Timothy, that all the worry in the world doesn't change a thing! So... I don't. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 So far as I can ascertain, this "comic book" purports to be the "unauthorized story of Gotham's dark knight detective." Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 Someone once wrote that the past is a foreign country. Well, if it is, it's a country from which we can never ever quite escape. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 When these things stop making you sick is the time to hang up the old cape, Sir. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 Denied the opportunity to confront a psychotic arsonist. I can only imagine your disappointment. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 This is the home of hopeless causes and blind faith. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 You're only human. Both of you. You'd do well to remember this the next time you're in Gotham -- every face you see, should it be an innocent or the basest villain... each and every one of them owes you their lives. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 The man is--was a complete maniac. His delusions led to his death. Both times. You have no cause to blame yourself. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 He chose you, and that choice was not made lightly. No one enters his confidence without his knowing, without his permission. However it came to pass, rest assured, it occurred because he wished it to. Take that for what it is worth. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 I've been stabbed... Master Bruce... I'm not... bloody deaf... Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 Despite my current predicament, I must say it is a pleasure to meet a kindred soul. You see, I am every bit as loyal to Batman as you are to Ra's, and I too cannot fail him. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 He knew that Jason Todd was not Dick Grayson. It wasn't about skill, or endurance, or even their will to succeed. No. It was that Jason had a "mean streak". Jason was dangerous. And as a father... he was at a loss for what to do. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 It's this place...this Santa Prisca. I can't help remembering the last time we were here. I was nearly a shark's dinner-- Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 It's armchair psychology at best, lad, but as much as he would probably deny it-- I believe Master Bruce is almost as obsessive about family as he is about preventing crime. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 All the time I was with the master, I was isolated from the world. Now I've seen the lives of ordinary people. Their emotions run deep, but their understanding of themselves and their lives is shallow. Like children. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 Master Bruce told me of your decision. I must confess that I approve. I've always secretly hoped that you would eventually choose your own path. Sometimes, I even hope that Master Bruce will find another venue for his talents. I also hope for world peace, environmental harmony and honest politicians. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 Richard John Grayson! GET BACK INTO THIS BED THIS INSTANT! Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 Batman formed the Outsiders so there would always be a "Batman" outside of Gotham. And as egotistical as it may sound, he hoped that a team representing different aspects of himself would fare best against the evil force that is gathering... that individuals with distinct abilities, when placed together, would form a unique unit capable of combating the darkness. Batman understood that there's no use in saving only one city from the abyss. That a world-view is necessary... and he wanted each one of you here to be a part of his vision to help save the future. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 This is not a strike mission. This is a campaign, a campaign that will be long and bitter. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 I will not stand here and let you butcher this man as though we were in some abbatoir. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 Master Richard carries so much on his young shoulders, the normal troubles associated with adolescence in addition to sharing Master Bruce's crusade. I only wonder if he knows how casually he is throwing away the years of his youth. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 My god, man. I can only hope that Master Tim wished for you to journey to the Wizard and procure yourself a heart. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 If you're not cut out for this dangerous business, now is the time to admit it. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 You must decide, Master Timothy, if your sense of betrayal outweights your feelings for Master Bruce. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 Godspeed, Gentlemen ... and I hope no one minds if I have a bit of a lie-down. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 I know you tend to heal faster and with more finality than my usual patient, Master Clark. But do make an effort not to fire any lasers from that eye for a few days. The cornea took a thrashing. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 Master, if you need me I'll be in the west library. Weeping. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 You know them better than I... but if I might suggest? There are more important things in the world than secrets. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 Ah, I see. That friend. It's a pity Bruce Wayne would never pursue a woman of such a high caliber. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)

Quote1 Yes, his parents are dead and it would be no small kindness not to remind the boy of it. All you need do, Master Bruce, is play the required role for one evening. It shouldn't prove too difficult for you. As simple as putting on a costume, one might say. Quote2

--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)
Quote1Power up the new computer, Alfred. I need to run a probability matrix for potential targets now.Quote2: Batman

Quote1Ah. Well. No.Quote2: Alfred

Quote1No?Quote2: Batman

Quote1No. The computer isn't ready. The laptop will have to do.Quote2: Alfred

Quote1The laptop is anemic. I have no leads, Alfred. I need brute processing -- why isn't it ready!Quote2: Batman

Quote1The qubits on the quantum chips seem dodgy at the current operating temperature... the neural net continues to mire in local minima and refuses to generalize beyond the training set... not to mention, the liquid cooling system is leaking all over the cave and I doubt will ever come out of my trousers... more to the point, I am building a machine that has never -- not even in the imaginations of the engineers of its component parts -- yet existed. That is why it isn't ready.Quote2: Alfred

Quote1When will it be?Quote2: Batman

Quote1Thursday.Quote2: Alfred

Quote1Thursday?Quote2: Batman

Quote1 What you're doing is healing. You're accepting that things change. But moving on with one's life and forgetting are two separate things. And, dare I say, it's better to celebrate the way someone lived... than to be driven by the way they died. Quote2
--Alfred Pennyworth (New Earth)[src]