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This page contains a listing of all notable quotes by James Gordon (Prime Earth).

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Quote1 Do you think I'm a fool? I'm a cop. A good cop. If I'd wanted to know who was under all those capes, I would make it my business. I'm not going to arrest you. For now. But you aren't welcome here. Ever. Go. Quote2
--James Gordon (Prime Earth)

Quote1 I'm not asking you to wear water wings, Babs. I just want you to be careful. Quote2

--James Gordon (Prime Earth)

Quote1 Observe and analyze, Barbara, like I taught you. What do you see? Quote2

--James Gordon (Prime Earth)

Quote1 Batgirl... you're under arrest. Quote2

--James Gordon (Prime Earth)

Quote1 The people need to believe someone's out there who still answers that call. Or else the city falls and never gets up again. Quote2

--James Gordon (Prime Earth)

Quote1 ''Everyone says you've still got Superman's spirit. I buy that. I can even admire that. And maybe it worked for you with... with the other Batman... maybe he had the patience to handle your impulsiveness and sentimentality. Or maybe you just had enough power to back it up. Now here's a confession Kent. I might be just as sentimental as you. But I know I'm just a man in a suit. I know how high the stakes are and how careful I have to be. But you? Now? ...You just made everything a thousand times more dangerous. Stay out of Gotham. Quote2

--James Gordon (Prime Earth)

Quote1 Kent can't fly. He's lost most of his super-strength and heat vision. But he still thinks he's Superman--and it's up to him save the world. That makes him incredibly dangerous to himself and everyone around him. Quote2

--James Gordon (Prime Earth)

Quote1 Just close your eyes and think about retirement. Somewhere warm where the giant turtles don't talk. Quote2

--James Gordon (Prime Earth)

Quote1 Looking at him tonight... I guess I saw all the cracks in the foundations. You know, the ones we're so busy trying to ignore. What is it about this city? Always holding up a funhouse mirror, showing us our worst fears. Quote2

--James Gordon (Prime Earth)

Quote1 It's just my luck that the one guy I can rely on dresses up like a bat so he can get his ribs busted in a dark alley. You're the only friend I've got right now. Quote2

--James Gordon (Prime Earth)

Quote1 You know as long as I sit behind that desk, I'm bound by the law. You, on the other hand, you're a vigilante. So... start vigilante-ing. Quote2

--James Gordon (Prime Earth)

Quote1 Now you listen to me, Lieutenant... I run as tight a ship as I can and you have no idea how choppy the waters get out here. So unless you're ready to sprout a pair and take on some actual bad guys for once, you'll leave me to my ulcer, my nicotine addiction, and my commitment to making sure the citizens of Gotham City and my men don't suffer for some fool crusade you've -- Quote2

--James Gordon (Prime Earth)

Quote1 Who wants me out of the picture? If you had leads, you'd be chasing them. But we both know there's a war underway in this city. Blackgate's running wild with rumors. Quote2

--James Gordon (Prime Earth)

Quote1 This is our city. And when Hell is unleashed, we don't run and hide, we stand up. And there's a symbol, a symbol we all know stands for what we can do. What we are capable of. Tonight needs more than just one hero. It needs a city. It needs all of us. Tonight we need to do what he does for us every night. Tonight, we all need to be Batman. Quote2

--James Gordon (Prime Earth)

Quote1 But see, you come back to Gotham and first thing you do is plant your flag here, in Crime Alley, the worst of the worst, when you could be in a cozy mansion. I'm concerned that should you cross paths with this person, this vigilante you might sympathize with him. You seem to be on a bit of a crusade here, is all. Quote2

--James Gordon (Prime Earth)

Quote1 Bats don't walk or talk, detective. Now listen to me. A terrorist just crippled the city. The whole thing. From the looks of it, there's a major storm bearing down on the area - Rene. According to the pretty people on the news, old Rene could even be a super-storm. Meanwhile, Loeb has cops looking for a vigilante instead of protecting the peace. Which means the city is a devil's playground right now. Black out, panicked, wild. So anyone helping and I mean anyone, lunatic or not, anyone providing a little light in the darkness, they get a pass. Quote2

--James Gordon (Prime Earth)

Quote1 But now, for the first time since that night, I feel that maybe there's a chance ... because that little boy, Bruce Wayne, he came back to fight for this city. And now you're here, too - you're changing things. Quote2

--James Gordon (Prime Earth)

Quote1 Gentlemen, meet my friend... The "$%$^! Psycho in a Batsuit". No offense. Quote2

--James Gordon (Prime Earth)

Quote1 Bat-thoughts, Bat-thoughts, Bat-thoughts...all right, here we go. Quote2

--James Gordon (Prime Earth)

Quote1 People say that bats are messengers from the land of the dead. Whoever he is, he died a long time ago. He's a cautionary tale. A ghost. He fights our nightmares to teach us to fight the real terrors by light of day. Quote2

--James Gordon (Prime Earth)

Quote1 Forget it. The Commotion that... "thing" is causing, you'd think it was the Shroud of Turin we were keeping up there. Quote2

--James Gordon (Prime Earth)

Quote1 We've got a cop killer on our hands, gentlemen. And I've a nasty suspicion he's just getting started. Quote2

--James Gordon (Prime Earth)

Quote1 He'd lost control of Gotham. Lost control of its police. And some time ago, he'd given up the fight. All of these things I vowed I would never do. Quote2

--James Gordon (Prime Earth)

Quote1 Saving you from this beast is all I give a damn about right now. Quote2

--James Gordon (Prime Earth)

Quote1 Be lying if I wasn't thinking of trying to play it cool. Quote2

--James Gordon (Prime Earth)

Quote1 This freak is using Gotham as his personal stage. And the only thing I'm afraid of is... that is is only the opening act. Quote2

--James Gordon (Prime Earth)

Quote1 Stone's scared and stupid, but I think he's got more to tell... so let's see how he reacts... to a nighttime visit... from the Boogeyman. Quote2

--James Gordon (Prime Earth)

Quote1 I've lived through the end of the word a lot in this town ... The Green taking over, earthquakes, plagues - Bullock and I would call it Apocalypse Wednesdays because it seemed like a weekly occurrence ... hell, it never seems to end around here. But in my experience, no matter how these freaks try to convince us otherwise ... the sun always rises eventually. I know it doesn't seem like it sometimes with the Bat around, but people here count on us. Especially in times like this. Quote2

--James Gordon (Prime Earth)

Quote1 Son, we are the Gotham City Police Department. What do we do when we come face-to-face will hell on Earth? We get to work. Quote2

--James Gordon (Prime Earth)