A collection of quotes from the German scientist and creator of the Super Soldier Serum, Abraham Erskine.


Captain America: The First Avenger


"So, you want to go overseas. Kill some Nazis."
"Excuse me?"
"Dr. Abraham Erskine. I represent the Strategic Scientific Reserve."
"Steve Rogers. Where are you from?"
"Queens. 73rd Street and Utopia Parkway. Before that, Germany. This troubles you?"
"Where are you from, Mr. Rogers? Mmm? Is it New Haven? Or Paramus? Five exams in five different cities."
"That might not be the right file."
"No, it's not the exams I'm interested in. It's the five tries. But you didn't answer my question. Do you want to kill Nazis?"
"Is this a test?"
"I don't wanna kill anyone. I don't like bullies. I don't care where they're from."
"Well, there are already so many big men fighting this war. Maybe what we need now is the little guy, huh? I can offer you a chance. Only a chance."
"I'll take it."
"Good. So where is the little guy from, actually?"
"Congratulations, soldier."
―Abraham Erskine and Steve Rogers[src]
"You're not really thinking about picking Rogers, are you?"
"I am more than just thinking about it. He is the clear choice."
"When you brought a ninety pounds asthmatic onto my army base, I let it slide. I thought, what the hell? Maybe he'll be useful to you, like a gerbil. I never thought you'd pick him. You stick a needle in that kids arm and it's gonna go right through him. Look at that. He's making me cry."
"I am looking for qualities beyond the physical."
"Do you know how long it took to set up this project?"
"Yeah, I know."
"All the grovelling I had to do in front of Senator What's-His-Name's committees?"
"Brandt. Yes, I know. I am well aware of your efforts."
"Then throw me a bone. Hodge passed every test we gave him. He's big, he's fast, he obeys orders. He's a soldier."
"He's a bully."
"You don't win wars with niceness, doctor. You win wars with guts."
Chester Phillips and Abraham Erskine[src]
"May I?"
"Can't sleep?"
"I got the jitters, I guess."
"Me, too."
"Can I ask you a question?"
"Just one?"
"Why me?"
"I suppose that is the only question that matters. This is from Augsburg. My city. So many people forget that the first country that the Nazi's invaded was their own. You know, after the last war people struggled. They...they felt weak. They felt small. And then Hitler comes along with the marching and the big show and the flags and the...and the...And he...he hears of me, my work and he finds me. And he says "You." He says "You will make us strong." Well, I am not interested. So he sends the head of HYDRA, his research division. A brilliant scientist by the name of Johann Schmidt. Now, Schmidt is a member of the inner circle and he's ambitious. He and Hitler share a passion for occult power and Teutonic myth. Hitler uses his fantasies to inspire his followers. But for Schmidt it is not fantasy. For him, it is real. He has become convinced that there is a great power hidden in the earth, left here by the Gods, waiting to be seized by a superior man. So when he hears about my formula and what it can do, he cannot resist. Schmidt must become that superior man."
"Did it make him stronger?"
"Yeah. But, there were other effects. The serum was not ready. But more important, the man. The serum amplifies everything that is inside. So, good becomes great. Bad becomes worse. This is why you were chosen. Because a strong man, who has known power all his life, will lose respect for that power. But a weak man knows the value of strength, and knows compassion."
"Thanks. I think."
"Whatever happens tomorrow, you must promise me one thing. That you will stay who you are. Not a perfect soldier, but a good man."
"To the little guys."
"No. No. Wait. Wait. What I am doing? No. You have a procedure tomorrow. No fluids."
"All right. We'll drink it after."
I don't have procedure tomorrow. Drink it after? Drink it now."
―Abraham Erskine and Steve Rogers[src]
"That wasn't so bad."
"That was penicillin."
Steve Rogers and Abraham Erskine[src]
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