A collection of quotes of the sorcerer and former neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Spoken about Stephen Strange

"Bruce Banner, Stephen Strange, anyone who's a threat to HYDRA! Now, or in the future."
Jasper Sitwell to Captain America[src]

Doctor Strange

Spoken by Stephen Strange

"This--this doesn't make any sense. All of this mysticism and crap! I mean, you're asking me to open my mind to the possible? What possibilities?! You want me to believe in the impossible. A-about fairy tales, about chakras and energy, the power of belief? I came here because I believed you could help me, not turn me into a magician!"
―Doctor Strange to Ancient One[src]
"Don't shut me out. I haven't got anywhere else to go...Thank you."
―Stephen Strange[src]
"Wong. Just Wong? Like Adele? Or Aristotle. Drake. Bono... Eminem."
―Doctor Strange to Wong[src]
"Teach me!"
―Doctor Strange to the Ancient One[src]
"Dormammu, I've come to bargain."
―Doctor Strange to Dormammu[src]

Spoken about Stephen Strange

"You think I'm wrong to cast him out?"
"Five hours later, he's still on your doorstep. There's a strength to him."
"Stubbornness, arrogance, ambition... I've seen it all before."
"He reminds you of Kaecilius?"
"I can not lead another gifted student to power, only to lose him to the darkness."
"You didn't lose me. I wanted the power to defeat my enemies. You gave me the power to defeat my demons. And to live within the natural law."
"We never lose our demons, Mordo. We only learn to live above them."
"Kaecilius still has the stolen pages. If he deciphers them, he could bring ruin upon us all. There may be dark days ahead. Perhaps Kamar-Taj could use a man like Strange."
Ancient One and Karl Mordo[src]


"Stephen, you always spent money as fast as you can make it, but now you're spending money you don't even have. Maybe it's time to consider stopping."
"No, now is exactly not the time to stop, because, you see, I'M NOT GETTING ANY BETTER!"
"But this isn't medicine anymore, this is mania. Somethings just can't be fixed."
"A life without my work..."
"Is still a life. This isn't the end, there are other things that can give your life meaning."
"Like what? Like you?"
"...and this is the part where you apologise."
"This is the part where you leave."
Christine Palmer and Doctor Strange[src]

"You're showing me an MRI scan? I can not believe this."
"Each of those maps was drawn up by someone who could see in part, but not the whole."
"I spent my last dollar getting here on a one-way ticket, and you're talking to me about healing through belief?"
"You're a man who's looking at the world through a keyhole, and you spent your whole life trying to widen that keyhole. To see more, know more. And now, on hearing that it can be widened in ways you can't imagine, you reject the possibility?"
"No, I reject it because I do not believe in fairy tales about chakras, or energy, or the power of belief. There is no such thing as spirit! We are made of matter, and nothing more. We're just another tiny, momentary speck within an indifferent universe."
"You think too little of yourself."
"Oh, you think you see through me? Well you don't. But I SEE THROUGH YOU!"
―Stephen Strange and the Ancient One[src]
"What did you just do to me?"
"I pushed your astral form out of your physical form."
"What's in that tea? Psilocybin? LSD?"
"It's just tea... with a little honey."
"What just happened?"
"For a moment, you entered the Astral Dimension."
"The what?"
"A place where the soul exists apart from the body."
"Why are you doing this to me?"
"To show you just how much you don't know. Open your eye."
Ancient One and Doctor Strange[src]
"What's this? My mantra?"
"It's the wi-fi password. We're not savages."
―Doctor Strange and Karl Mordo[src]
"How's your Sanskrit?"
"I'm fluent in Google Translate."
Wong and Doctor Strange[src]
"Arrogance and fear still keep you from learning the simplest and most significant lesson of all."
"Which is?"
"It's not about you."
Ancient One and Stephen Strange[src]
"I'm not ready."
"No one ever is. We don't get to choose our time."
"Death is what gives life meaning. To know your days are numbered. Your time is short. You'd think after all this time, I'd be ready. But look at me. Stretching one moment out into a thousand... just so that I can watch the snow."
―Stephen Strange and the Ancient One[src]
"The language of the mystic arts is as old as civilization. The sorcerers of antiquity called the use of this language "spells". But if that word offends your modern sensibilities, you can call it "program". The source code that shapes reality. We harness energy drawn from other dimensions of the Multiverse, to cast spells, conjure shields and weapons to make Magic."
"But... even if my fingers could do that, My hands would just be waving in the air. I mean, how do I get from here to there?"
"How did you get to reattach severed nerves, and put a human spine back together bone by bone?"
"Study and practice. Years of it."
―The Ancient One and Stephen Strange[src]
"You cannot beat a river into submission. You have to surrender to its current, and use its power as your own."
"I... I control it by surrendering control? That doesn't make any sense."
"Not everything does. Not everything has to. Your intellect has taken you far in life. But it will take you no further. Surrender, Stephen. Silence your ego and your power will rise."
―The Ancient One and Stephen Strange[src]
"How long have you been at Kamar-Taj, Mister...?"
"Mister Doctor?"
"It's Strange."
"Maybe. Who am I to judge?"
Kaecilius and Doctor Strange[src]
"Did you heal a man named Pangborn, a paralyzed man?"
"In a way."
"You helped him to walk again."
"How did you correct a complete C7, C8 spinal cord injury?"
"I didn't correct it, He couldn't walk, I convinced him that he could."
"Your not suggesting that it was psychosomatic?"
"When your reattach a severed nerve is it you who heals it or the body?"
"It's the cells."
"And the cells are only programmed to put themselves back together in very specific ways."
"What if I told you that your own body could be convinced to put itself back together in all sorts of ways?"
"You're talking about cellular regeneration! That's leading edge medical tech, is that why your working here without a governing medical ward? Just how experimental is your treatment?"
"So you figured out a way to reprogram nerve cells to self heal?"
"No Mister Strange, I know how to reorient the spirit. To heal your body.""
Doctor Strange and Ancient One[src]
"Stop! Tampering with continuum probabilities is forbidden!"
"I-I-I was just doing exactly what it said in the book!"
"And what did the book say about the dangers of performing that ritual?"
"I don't know, I hadn't gotten to that part yet."
"Temporal manipulations can create branches in time. Unstable dimensional openings. Spatial paradoxes! Time loops! You wanna get stuck reliving the same moment over and over forever or never having existed at all?"
"They really should put the warnings before this spell."
Karl Mordo, Doctor Strange and Wong[src]
"Where have you been?"
"Well, after Western medicine failed me, I headed east, and I ended up in Kathmandu."
"What? Like the Bob Seger Song?"
"1975, Beautiful Loser, side A. Yeah. And I went to a place called Kamar-Taj and I... talked to someone called "The Ancient One." And I..."
"Oh. So you joined a cult."
"No, I didn't. No, not exactly. No. I mean... They did teach me to tap into powers that I never even knew existed."
"Yeah. That sounds like a cult."
"It's not a cult."
"Well, that's what a cultist would say."
Christine Palmer and Doctor Strange[src]
"So Earth has wizards now, huh?"
"I don't drink tea."
"What do you drink?"
"Not tea."
"So, I keep a watch list of individuals and beings from other realms that may be a threat to this world. Your adopted brother, Loki, is one of those beings."
"Worthy inclusion."
"Yeah. So... why bring him here to New York?"
"It's a bit of a long story. Family drama, that kind of thing. But, we're looking for my father."
"Oh, okay. So if you found Odin, you'd all return to Asgard promptly?"
"Oh, yes. Promptly."
"Great. Allow me to help you."
Thor and Doctor Strange[src]

Thor: Ragnarok

Spoken by Doctor Strange

"Thor, I sense a great change in your future."
Doctor Strange to Thor[src]
"Destiny has dire plans for you my friend."
"Well, I have dire plans for destiny."
Doctor Strange and Thor[src]


"If you knew where he was, why didn't you call me?"
"I had to tell you. He did not want to be disturbed. Your father. He had chosen to remain in exile. And you don't have a phone."
"No, I don't have a phone but you could have sent me an electronic letter. It's called an Email."
"Yeah. Do you have a computer?"
"No. What for?"
Thor and Doctor Strange[src]
"Let me deal with him."
"You'll deal with me? You think you're some special skilled sorcerer, do you? Well, let me show you something...""
―Doctor Strange and Loki[src]
"So Earth has wizards now."
"...The preferred term is Masters of the Mystic Arts."
Thor and Doctor Strange[src]

Avengers: Infinity War

Spoken by Stephen Strange

"Peter! Protect them. They're not dead yet."
Doctor Strange to Spider-Man[src]