"Why do we fall, Bruce? So we can learn to pick ourselves up."
— Thomas Wayne / Alfred Pennyworth
Henri Ducard: To manipulate the fears in others... You must first master your own. Are you ready to begin?
Bruce Wayne: I can - I can barely stand...
Ducard: (kicks him ass over tea-kettle) Death does not wait for you to be ready! Death is not considerate, or fair! (boots him in the stomach so hard that Bruce curls in on himself in agony) And make no mistake: here, you face — death! (throws a high kick as Bruce clambers upright)
Bruce: (grabs Ducard's foot and hurls his leg back, adopts a combat stance)
Bruce: (his punch is easily countered, so he tries to pull the taller man into a hip-throw but Ducard is immoveable)
Ducard: Ju-jitsu. (smashes his fist into Wayne's kidney)
Bruce: (cries out and collapses to his knees as toxins flood his system, he battles his way back onto his feet and switches styles again)
Bruce: (throws two strikes, a kick, a spinning elbow and a final hook, Ducard checks them all effortlessly and seizes Wayne by the throat)
Ducard: You are skilled, but this is not a dance. (headbutts Wayne on the bridge of the nose, folding him forward before driving a knee into his solar plexus taking the fight out of him at last)
"The training is nothing! The will is EVERYTHING! The will to act."
— Henri Ducard
"People from your world have so much to lose. Now, you think because your mommy and your daddy got shot, you know about the ugly side of life, but you don't. You've never tasted desperate. You're... you're Bruce Wayne, the Prince of Gotham - you'd have to go a thousand miles to meet someone who didn't know your name. So don't — don't come down here with your anger, trying to prove something to yourself. This is a world you'll never understand, and you always fear what you don't understand."
— Carmine Falcone, delivering a "The Reason You Suck" Speech to Bruce Wayne
"People need dramatic examples to shake them out of apathy and I can't do that as Bruce Wayne. As a man of flesh and blood I can be ignored, I can be destroyed. But as a symbol... as a symbol, I can be incorruptible. I can be everlasting."
— Bruce Wayne
Bruce Wayne: What's that? (gestures at a nearby vehicle)
Lucius Fox: The Tumbler? Oh, you wouldn't be interested in that.
(cuts to Bruce driving it around an open warehouse, with Fox in the passenger's seat, smiling nervously)
Lucius: She was built as a bridging vehicle. During combat, two of these would jump over a river, towing cables. Over here on the throttle, flip that open and throttle up. This will boost you into a rampless jump. (Bruce presses the button. The Tumbler gets a massive nitro-injection boost) NOT YET! (the pair just manage to get the monster car under control)
Tumbler AI: Afterburner disengaged.
Lucius: We never could get the damn bridge to work, but this baby works just fine. (Bruce brings the Tumbler to a swerving stop, strokes the wheel, obviously enamoured) So, what do you think?
Bruce: Does it come in black?
Dr. Jonathan Crane: Would you like to see my mask? (picks up his briefcase, takes it out) I use it in my experiments. Although, probably not very frightening to a guy like you, but these crazies? They can't stand it. (puts on the creepy burlap sack)
Carmine Falcone: So when did the nut take over the nuthouse?
(Crane presses a button in the case. Fear gas sprays up into Falcone's face, and he immediately starts shrieking in terror)
Scarecrow: THEY SCREAM AND THEY CRY. MUCH AS YOU'RE DOING NOW.
(as Bruce ejects all of his birthday guests from Wayne Manor, he realises there are several League Assassins among them)
Ra's al Ghul: Amusing. But pointless. None of these people have long to live. Your antics at the asylum have forced my hand.
Bruce Wayne: So Crane was working for you.
Ra's: His toxin was derived from the organic compound found in our blue flowers. He was able to weaponise it.
Bruce: He's not a member of the League of Shadows?
Ra's: Of course not. He thought our plan was to hold the city to ransom.
Bruce: But really you are going to release Crane's poison on the entire city...
Ra's: Then watch Gotham tear itself apart through fear.
Bruce: You're going to destroy millions of lives.
Ra's: Only a cynical man would call what these people have "lives", Wayne. Crime, despair... this is not how man was supposed to live. The League of Shadows has been a check against human corruption for thousands of years. *We* sacked Rome, loaded trade ships with plague rats, burned London to the ground. Every time a civilization reaches the pinnacle of its decadence, we return to restore the balance.
Bruce: Gotham isn't beyond saving. Give me more time. There are good people here.
Ra's: You are defending a city so corrupt that we have infiltrated every level of its infrastructure. When I found you in that jail you were lost. But I believed in you. I took away your fear and I showed you a path. You were my greatest student... It should be you standing by my side saving the world.
Bruce: I'll be standing right belong — between you - and the people of Gotham.
Ra's: ... No one can save Gotham. (gestures to his followers, who begin to tear down Bruce's property and douse it with petrol) When a forest grows too wild a purging fire is inevitable and natural. (thunder flash powder lights the fuel, setting the manor's furnishings alight) Tomorrow, the world will watch in horror as its greatest city destroys itself. The movement back to harmony will be unstoppable this time.
Bruce: You've attacked Gotham before?
Ra's: Of course. Over the ages our weapons have grown more sophisticated. With Gotham we tried a new one: economics. But we underestimated certain of Gotham's citizens... such as your parents.
Bruce: (his stoic mask slips just a fraction, we see the boy consumed with rage again)
Ra's: Gunned down by one of the very people they were trying to help. Create enough hunger and everyone becomes a criminal. Their deaths galvanized the city into saving itself and Gotham has limped on ever since. We are back to finish the job. And this time no misguided idealists will get in the way. Like your father you lack the courage to do all that is necessary. If someone stands in the way of true justice, you simply walk up behind them... and stab them in the heart.
"It's not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me."