Quotes: Berserk

"In this world, is the destiny of mankind controlled by some transcendental entity or law? Is it like the hand of God hovering above? At least it is true that man has no control, even over his own will. Man takes up the sword in order to shield the small wound in his heart sustained in a far-off time beyond remembrance. Man wields the sword so that he may die smiling in some far-off time beyond perception."
Opening Narration of "Sword Wind", the first numbered chapter of Berserk

"Here's a word of warning...no, a prophecy. If you can be said to be a true friend of this man, then take heed! When his ambition collapses, Death will pay you a visit!! A death you can never escape!!"
Nosferatu Zodd to Guts

Griffith: "Why is it that men enjoy little more than shedding blood...?" Your Highness asked that at the hunting grounds. It could certainly be that men posess that savage side. But that is a tool by which they secure and protect a precious thing...I suppose it is a double-edged sword.
Charlotte: Precious thing? Like family, or a sweetheart?
Griffith: There are some like that. But for a man, before he can obtain those two, perhaps he must come upon one other precious thing.
Charlotte: One other...precious thing?
Griffith: For no other's sake. To accomplish it for himself. A dream. One who dreams of world domination. One who devotes his whole life to the thorough tempering of one sword. If there is a dream which takes one his whole life to find, there are also dreams which, like storms, devour tens of thousands of other dreams. With no relation to social status, class, background, whether it suits them or not, people yearn for a dream. Sustained by a dream, hurt by a dream, revived by a dream, killed by a dream. And even after being abandoned by a dream, it continues to smolder from the bottom of one's heart, probably until the verge of death. A man should envision such a lifetime once. A life spent as a martyr...to the God named "Dream". Ultimately, to be born, and then to simply live for no better reason...I can't abide such a life. Forgive me, I've chattered on so. It must have been a boring topic for a lady.
Charlotte: No...No! This...This is the first time I have ever talked with a man this way. Lord Griffith...you are a wondrous person. The first time I ever laid eyes on you, I thought you were the son of some aristocrat. You seemed so magnificent for someone so young. When I heard that you were common-born, it was very difficult to believe. Somehow...it is as if...you are nobler than any of the nobles in this castle. But at the hunt when you taught me how to sound the reed whistle, you seemed very...simple and carefree. You were just like some village child used to playing in forests and rivers. And right now, you say the kinds of things to me a philosopher would say...A wondrous person...I imagine all of your friends, too, must have come so far with you attracted by that charm.
Griffith: They are...excellent troops. Together we have faced death so many times. They are my valuable comrades, devoting themselves to the dream I envision. But to me, a friend is...something else. Someone who would never depend on another's dream. Someone who wouldn't be compelled by anyone, but would determine and pursue his own reason to live...And should anyone trample that dream, he would oppose him body and soul, even if that threat were me myself. What I think a friend is...is one who is my "Equal".
— The conversation between Griffith and Charlotte overheard by Guts and Casca after the assassination of Count Julius

"That day you left, that's when I knew. The thing I could not stop gazing at and thinking about wasn't Griffith, kneeling in the snow defeated for the first time and devastated by it. It was you, watching you walk away from us and never look back. It gripped me, I couldn't accept what I was feeling, this woman unable to blink, unable to turn away as you disappeared. The life I had led the moment I met Griffith all at once felt betrayed. My life had been an honest one: I had only my pride, and I owe that to Griffith, but... I'm changing. There may be a place for me in this man's soul. Not because of what I may receive, but for something of worth I may have for him."
Casca's Love Epiphany, episode 21

"In the end, this is all there is for me. It's not a clear , concrete destination like what Griffith said. It's not some lofty, glittering thing. Yeah, this is nearer to me. Like it's part of my body. With this I've kept myself alive through more moments than I can count. Because this was there, I once again threw myself into the jaws of death. Almost the entire time I've been alive, this was next to me as a part of my body. When I lost Gambino, when I met Griffith and the Band of the Hawk, and when I parted with them...Zod the Immortal, suffering I should've never been able to bear, and moments I could sense death, I came through all of it with this. Unforgettable things, unforgettable people, and all of it by the tip of the sword. I get the feeling I've done it all by grasping a hilt in my hand. I wield the sword. Maybe it's different from the dream Griffith talks about, but for no one else's sake, without being swept up, this time it's by my own will. Making my own sparks, even for an instant. I've made up my mind. I'll never entrust my sword to another again. I'll never hang from someone else's dream. From now on, every battle will be my own."
Guts, explaining to Casca why he can't stay with the Band of the Hawk

"Among thousands of comrades and ten thousand enemies, you're the only one who made me forget my dream. I...sacrifice."
Griffith, Chapter 78, "Parting"

"GRIFFIIIIIIIIIIIIITH!"
Guts, Chapter 86, "Birth"

"...Don't watch..."
Casca, Chapter 87, "Afterglow of the Right Eye"

"Destiny...destiny...destiny...destiny...SHUT THE HELL UP! How 'bout you save your high and mighty crap for after I've been haunted to death, skullface? Sacrifice? Offering? Destiny? Quit spoutin' out a bunch of cryptic explanations! The point is, this is war! It ain't different from any other war! The last one standing wins! Listen here! I'm beatin' all a' you back down to Hell! Tell those ugly pale-faced bastards for me! If I get hit, I will hit back! Tell 'em leavin' me half-eaten is gonna be the end of you! I'll hunt and kill all those wretched monsters...and all of you...DOWN TO THE LAST ONE! THIS IS...MY DECLARATION OF WAR!"
Guts, declaring war against the Apostles and the Godhand.

Rickert: What's this?
Erica: Oh, that? The Dragon Slayer.
Rickert: Dragon Slayer...?
Godo: A king sent out a proclamation long ago to bring him a sword that could kill a dragon, and so the lord put me on the job. At that time I'd gotten sick of doing work for nobles. "Make 'em refined, make 'em elegant..." Swords are just large butcher knives, after all. Tools meant for killing people. And so I forged it, as it was described. A sword that could butcher...a dragon.
Rickert: S-so then?
Godo: I almost got hung out to dry. So I ran away from the castle town, and I've lived here quietly since. I sure was young back then. Mighty things, things that could kill, that's all there was for me. But if anyone could handle this, it'd still just be a hinderance. I don't like losin' track of the essence of a tool, but that's exactly what I did here. Now it's a good reminder.
Rickert: Can it...kill one? Could this really kill...a dragon?
Godo: If there were any dragons. But you know, this ain't even what you'd call a sword. It's a meaningless slab of iron you can't even lift, for killin' dragons and monsters that ain't even real. Your friend looks like he's about to fight a dragon, though. Seems to want to fight even after losing his hand and eye. He ain't up to the job, is he? Dragons are dragons because humans can't beat 'em."

Mozgus: "Can you not hear them?! Ever person congregated in this place now desires, as one heart, salvation. They are eagerly awaiting the time of God's victory. Do you mean you care not that tens of thousands of believers shall lose their lives in exchange for one evil witch?"
Guts: "Don't make me laugh. All they do is pray. Every last one of them, when the fire's under their own ass, all any of them do is bow down. Tens of thousands of people shouldn't cling to just one woman!"
—> — Bishop Mozgus and Guts, volume 21.

"I won't leave you somewhere. I've had enough of leaving people behind. This time, I won't lose you."
Guts vowing to stay with Casca in volume 22

"It seems that i am free."
Griffith on the Hill of Swords, after realizing that he feels no remorse for sacrificing his former friends and comrades during the Eclipse.

"Indeed he is powerful but what will he do when his foes are dead?"
Serpico, after seeing Guts fight in the Berserker Armour.

"It is over... the logic of this world... is now ending."
Sonia summing it up perfectly.

"... What the hell just happened!?"
Guts describing your feelings while reading this series, volume 26

It's a story of self-reflection, and one man's journey to- GORE! GORE! BLOOD, TITS, GORE!

"My love for you is like a truck! BERSERKER!!"
— An outtake from the dub, after Guts and Casca make love