Quotes from the Punisher:
"I leave this as a declaration of intent, so no one will be confused.
One: 'Si vis pacem, para bellum.' Latin. Boot Camp Sergeant made us recite it like a prayer. 'Si vis pacem, para bellum - If you want peace, prepare for war.'
Two: Frank Castle is dead. He died with his family.
Three: In certain extreme situations, the law is inadequate. In order to shame its inadequacy, it is necessary to act outside the law to pursue a natural justice. This is not vengeance; revenge is not a valid motive, it's an emotional response. No, not vengeance... punishment."
— Frank Castle, The Punisher (2004 film)
"Para bellum. Si vis pacem, para bellum. Every dawn, the boot camp sergeant made them recite it, like a prayer. A litany. A declaration. Si vis pacem, para bellum.
I've no idea how things will end up. Chances are, I won't be around to explain myself later. So I'm making this journal, starting here, as a declaration of intent, so that no one will be in any doubt.
Point one: Frank Castle is dead. However, the message has yet to reach his body, and so it continues to twitch. Who can say what it might do before it stops moving?
Point two: Sometimes the law is helpless to act, even when it identifies the guilty. It follows therefore, that sometimes it is necessary to act outside the law, to shame its inadequacy, to pursue a natural justice. I'm not talking about vengeance. Revenge is not a valid motive. It's a tawdry, emotional response no better than the act that provokes it. I'm talking about... punishment.
Point three: I am up to the task. When I do my job, it gets done. No screw-ups, no errors, no mistakes.
Point four: Consider this motto, 'Si vis pacem, para bellum.' 'If you want peace, prepare for war.'"
— Frank Castle, The Punisher: Year One
I caught a glimpse of heaven once. The Angels showed me. The idea was I'd kill for them. Clean up their mistakes on Earth. Eventually redeem myself.
Tried it. Didn't like it. Told them where to stick it. So they brought me up to heaven, to see what I'd be missing. A wife. A son. A daughter. I hadn't seen them since they bled out in my arms. Then I was cast down.
Back to a world of killers. Rapists. Psychos. Perverts. A brand new evil every minute, spewed out as fast as men can think them up. A world where pitching a criminal dwarf off a skyscraper to tell his fellow scum you're back is a sane and rational act. The angels thought it would be hell for me.
[Said dwarf hits the ground with a splat] But they were wrong.
— Frank Castle, The Punisher #1, "Welcome Back, Frank" (said skyscraper is the Empire State Building)
They hated that old man so much they shot him through my family. The world went crazy on a summer's day in Central Park, In the time before UZIs and Berettas, before nine millimeter popguns ruled the streets. It was a Thompson, like the ones our fathers carried, and I recognized its rattle even as its big, man-stopping forty-fives punched blood and breath from my lungs. I hit the ground besides my daughter. She's been gutshot, badly, and when she saw the things that boiled and wriggled from her belly the expression on her face was not a little girl's. My wife bled out later on the operating table, her heart a gaping hole her life drained through. Whenever I get careless, that yearning in her eyes creeps up and brings me to my knees. Right then the old man's soldiers started shooting back. My son dropped wordlessly, without a mark on him. I took a breath that cut like glass, spat blood, rose to my knees, picked up the boy and searched in vain for entry wounds. The bullet had entered through his open mouth. That was our picnic in the park. And now every night I go out and make the world sane.
— Frank Castle, The Punisher #1, "In the Beginning"
Thereís a dream I have from time to time and in the dream, I don't stop. I kill the soldiers and the hitmen, the extortionists and racketeers, the dark old fucks who send them out to fight. I hold the trigger down until theyíre all gone — but I donít stop. The innocents are watching, just like always; the slack-jawed thousands, gazing at the beast. My family lay red and shredded in the grass. I face the crowd and bring the weapon to my shoulder. "If my world ends," I tell them, "so does yours." The recoil starts and I wake up. Itís just a dream, I always tell myself. Itís just a dream. Itís just a dream.
— Frank Castle, The Punisher #22, "Up Is Down, and Black Is White"
Whatever he was jabbering, it wasn't English. Pavla was Albanian — maybe he was too. But I'd know the Lord's Prayer in any language. Gave him a moment. To just before the line about forgiveness.
— Frank Castle, The Punisher #25, "The Slavers"
It was in that moment that I realized something. A dull, blurred feeling that Iíd had since this whole mess began, all of a sudden crystal clear. It had been a long, long time since I hated anyone the way I hated them.
— Frank Castle, The Punisher #29, "The Slavers"
My favorite sound in the world is the silence after the first gunshot. There's a stillness, as though the air itself is afraid to move. I do some of my best work in that silence.
— Frank Castle, Marvel Civil War: Punisher War Journal
Some people would tell you that I'm crazy. They would be wrong. It's not crazy when the state of the world makes you want to kill everyone responsible. It's crazy when it doesn't.
— Frank Castle, Punisher Max #8, "Bullseye"
Quotes about the Punisher:
Punisher's a dangerous loose cannon — always walkin' the line, always in danger of going over... traits I can empathize with.
— Wolverine, Wolverine and the Punisher: Damaging Evidence
Now I know I'm an old geezer who's been out of the comic book scene for a while, but when I was growing up I remember thinking that the fucking Punisher was the baddest motherfucker on the planet.
Drop the Punisher on one end of Latveria, and the Hulk on the other, and see who gets to the middle first.
"You can't ever like Frank Castle, but you can sure as hell appreciate the man. He seems to come from that time in America when things were made just to work. The Model T Ford, the nineteen eleven Colt: Don't cut corners, but don't overthink, either."