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 Chapter 1, "Sword Wind" in Volume 5

"It was much too big to be called a sword. Massive, thick, heavy, and far too rough. Indeed, it was like a heap of raw iron."
Narration introducing Guts' Dragonslayer in Volume 1, "The Black Swordsman"

"Martyrdom for a merciless God. What a waste. On the battlefield, the life of a common soldier isn't even worth a single piece of silver. In today's world, most people's lives are subject to the whims of a handful of nobility and royalty. Of course, even a king himself can't live exactly as he pleases. We are all at the mercy of a great tide—fate, or whatever you wish to call it—and we all disappear in the end, our lives spent, never even knowing who we were. In life, unrelated to one's social standing or class as determined by man, there are some people who, by nature, are keys that set the world in motion. They are the true elite, as dictated by the golden rule of the universe. That's what I want to know!! What is my place in the world? Who am I? What am I capable of? What am I destined for?"
Griffith in Volume 3, "The Guardians of Desire (6)"

"Guts, come along with me. This is no more than a single step. The Band of the Hawk, all the victories on the battlefield, are just the outset. Just the beginning. This is where it starts to get interesting. You can bet your life on that. I will get my own kingdom. You will fight for my cause, because you belong to me. I will decide the place where you die."
Griffith in Volume 5: "The Golden Age (8)"

"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 in Volume 5, Chapter 5: "Nosferatu Zodd (4)"

"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. 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".

"Griffith persists in trying to realize a kind of dream that most people abandoned long ago as a childish thing. But the dream he's chasing is so genuine and extraordinary that the burden must be immeasurable. "A strong person"...it's simple to sum it up with those words. But I think that someone who wants to accomplish something grand endures that much more than other people. It's not that he "is" strong...Griffith has to "make" himself strong. I want to be by his side. If he's going to sacrifice everything for his dream, if his dream is to fight and cut away his own path, then I want to be his sword."
Casca in Volume 7, Chapter 17: "Casca (6)"

"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

"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 to Casca in Volume 10, Chapter 48, "Sparks from a Sword Tip"

"The place I belong...Maybe it did exist. I was too stupid and stubborn to notice it, but what I really wished for back then was here. Why do I always see these things after they're done and gone?"
Guts in Volume 12, Chapter 71, "The Warriors of Twilight"

"Among thousands of comrades and ten thousand enemies, you're the only one who made me forget my dream. I...sacrifice."
Griffith in Volume 12, Chapter 78, "Parting"

Guts in Volume 13, Chapter 86, "Birth"

"...Don't watch..."
Casca in 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 in Volume 13, Chapter 91, "Vow of Retaliation"

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."
—Conversation between Godo and Rickert in Volume 14, Chapter 93, "Armament"

"Dragons are dragons because humans can't beat 'em. So, what's a man who beats dragons?"
Godo in Chapter 94, "He Who Hunts Dragons"

Rosine: "What are...WHO are you?! Why're you so--?!"
Guts: "You wouldn't remember. Every last human you scum snacked on playing your games. You wouldn't remember."

Mozgus: "Can you not hear them?! Every 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!"

"If you see your God, then tell him to LEAVE ME THE FUCK ALONE!"
Guts, as he kills Father Mozgus

"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

Griffith: I came here to know for certain whether anything will shake my heart. While I stand before you in this new body of flesh...it seems...I am...free.
Guts: You mean after what you did, after all those you betrayed, you don't feel anything!?
Griffith: I'll not betray my dream. That is all...I told you once, I will get my own kingdom. Nothing has changed.
Guts: You say nothing's changed...! After everything you did, you say nothing's changed!?
Griffith: You should have known. This is the man I am. You, of all people.

I was prepared. I knew a journey wouldn't be easy. It's not just the rigors of travel. It goes far beyond a personal war...Fighting to protect someone...and it's not just about completely protecting Casca, because my death will result in her death. I'm used to fighting to survive. But what grows worse daily is the pressure not to die. Have I ever before wielded a sword so heavy?

If I was alone, if it was the usual me, I'd be refusing them outright. Honestly, this time I give up. For the first time I'm counting on complete strangers for help. I'm shuddering at my own sinisterness. I'm beaten down by my own powerlessness. When was the last time she smiled?

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

"The use of words is not all there is to communicating feelings, Farnese. You've always expressed your unutterable, repressed feelings through the most unexpected behavior. Like a baby without speech, crying and shouting for all it's worth. Your father feared you for that. He hasn't the strength to accept things he doesn't comprehend. You were raised all alone, like some beast of the field, never experiencing a parent's warmth or the world of man. And so your heart is naked, not clad in any shell. When it comes to your feelings you are artistic, so much so that you can't abide this world. But you know, if you were able to find a place for yourself somewhere, then you, more familiar with pain than most, could probably come to be kinder than anyone else."
Lady Vandimion

"I am a man usually dissociated from intense emotion. I adapt to my circumstances and fill the role I am given. That is my style. Even in situations that seemed more or less unreasonable, my mind was at rest. Adapt...no. Perhaps my mind was merely benumbed. But as I encountered you and shared your journey, it would seem that not only Lady Farnese, but I too changed considerably. You clash head-on with your own destiny. Compared to my cooled demeanor, that is a life similar to being scorched by hellfire itself. While I arrayed myself in feigned ignorance, perhaps before I knew it, I too was affected by that heat. You are certainly a man impossible to ignore. I felt ineffectual, yet happy that Lady Farnese was being changed by you. And that's why I'll never allow it. I won't allow that to happen!"
Serpico, chapter 257

"Whoops, Sorry! I forgot it's not the mercenary way to go around snooping into each other's shady pasts. But you know...you kill, and you die. Maybe it's because of that rotten-ass battlefield that someday, somewhere, you might meet some war buddies. And for him...for them, it'd be kind of worth it to put your life on the line."
Martino, chapter 329, "Spring Flowers of Distant Days" part 1

"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!

Guts: "My love for you is like a truck! BERSERKER!!"
Casca: "You fool..."
Guts: "Would you like to making f*** BERSERKER!! BERSERKER!!"
Casca: "...did he just say...'making f***'?"
— An outtake from the dub, after Guts and Casca make love