Quotes / The Punisher

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)

"Those who do evil to others - the killers, the rapists, psychos, sadists - you will come to know me well. Frank Castle is dead. Call me... The Punisher."
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.
Mc Teer wouldn't approve, but I tried it his way. I tried it Laviano's way, too. I trusted in systems and promises that were not up to the task. I tried it everyone's way. Everyone's except mine. In the service of this country, I trained as a marine. I am very good at my job. Camouflage, preparation, combat, intimidation. So 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)

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

There are people out there who think I'm a monster. That I feed on the blood and the violence. They have it half right. I am a monster... but I don't feel a thing. It's my job. The role I've been given. The boogeyman.
Frank Castle, Punisher: Nightmare #1

"One batch, two batch, penny and dime." It was her favorite book. You go across the ocean, go fight, see, the whole time you're thinking you're gonna be scared. You're not. See, that part was always easy for me. Killing. Even watching my buddies die, it didn't mean nothing. First time I got scared was on a plane on the way home. Kept thinking God was going to pull the rug out from under us, y'know? Shit was kinda funny. But the plane landed safe and we were home. Driving through traffic, pass fast food and donut shops and all that, greasy shit, shit that you fought to protect. The car stops, and we're outside her school.
Get to her classroom. She's in there, she's got no idea, got no idea that Daddy's home. Walk in, these kids aren't even studying, they're doing some kind of yoga. She's doing her poses, bending, moving, looks like a flower... you know, you can't even understand it... how does something that beautiful... does that come from me? She sees me, I see her... My God, that's real. That's real, Red. In an instant, she's across that room, she's in my arms. She squeezed me so tight I thought I was going to bust a rib.(...) She's not crying, she's holding me up, keeping me on my feet. She said "I knew it. I knew it Daddy."
We go home. Place is exactly the same, its like it was holding its breath, waiting for me to get back. Then it hit me, all of it. First time it hit me; how tired I was. Just...
tired. You ever been tired, Red? (...) You know. Just couldn't do nothing, you know? All the things. Couldn't take my wife to bed, play ball with the boy, shit, so tired I couldn't drink a goddamn beer. But not her. See, she wanted me to tuck her in, you see? She outgrew it, she knew it, she didn't care, she wanted it. She had that book, her favorite book, on her pillows: One Batch, Two Batch, Penny and Dime. I'd read it to her every single night before the shit, every single night, but that was over now because Daddy's home now. She looked at me, she begged me. She begged, she begged... I said no. "Daddy's too tired, you see? I'll read to you tomorrow night, I promise."
I didn't think that for me there wasn't gonna be a tomorrow. Last time I see her, I'd be holding her lifeless body. Meat spilling out of the place where her face used to....
I think I'm done, Red. I think I'm done.
Frank Castle, Daredevil

"All the things that I done, memories, they never hurt me. But the past, it's more than memories. It's the devil you sold your soul to. He's comin'. He's comin' to collect."
Frank Castle, The Punisher

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're like me, but without the funny."