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


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."
"Oh, no."
"Wait, Stephen… What do you think you’re doing?"
"I’m late for a cult meeting."
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]


"Thor Odinson. God of Thunder. You can put down the umbrella."
"So Earth has wizards now?"
"The preferred term is “Masters of the Mystic Arts."
"Alright wizard, who are you? Why should I care?"
"My name is Doctor Stephen Strange and I have some questions for you. Take a seat. Tea?"
"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 these beings."
"He’s a worthy inclusion."
"Then why bring him here?"
"We’re looking for my father."
"So, if you were to tell you where Odin was, all parties concerned would promptly return to Asgard?"
"Great, then I’ll help you."
"If you knew where he was, why didn’t you call me?"
"I have to tell you, he was adamant that he not be disturbed. Your father said 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 an electronic letter. It’s called an email."
"Yeah, do you have a computer?"
"No. What for? Anyway, my father is no longer in exile. So if you could tell me where he is, I can take him home."
"Gladly. He’s in Norway. I’m just seeing whether this incantation requires any Asgardian modifications. Oh, we don’t need that."
"Will you stop doing that?"
"I need just one strand of your hair."
"Let me explain something, my hair is not to be meddled wi-!..We could have just walked."
"He’s waiting for you."
"All right."
"Don’t forget your umbrella."
"Yes. Sorry...I suppose I’ll need my brother back."
"Yeah, right."
"...I have been falling...for thirty minutes!"
"You can handle him from here."
"Yeah of course. Thank you very much for your help. Good luck."
"Handle me? Who are you?"
" think you’re some kind of sorcerer? Don’t think for one minute, you second-rate..."
Doctor Strange, Thor and Loki[src]

Avengers: Infinity War

Spoken by Stephen Strange

"Peter! Protect them. They're not dead yet."
Doctor Strange to Spider-Man[src]
"We're in the endgame now."
―Doctor Strange[src]
"Tony. There was no other way."
―Doctor Strange to Tony Stark[src]

Spoken about Stephen Strange

"Your powers are quaint. You must be popular with children."
Ebony Maw to Doctor Strange[src]
"You're full of tricks, wizard."
Thanos to Doctor Strange[src]


"I'm Peter, by the way."
"Doctor Strange."
"Oh, we're using our made-up names? Then I am Spider-Man."
Spider-Man and Doctor Strange[src]
"Tell me his name again."
"Thanos. He's a plague, Tony. He invades planets, he takes what he wants, he wipes out half the population. He sent Loki. The attack on New York, that's him."
"This is it. What's out timeline?"
"No telling. He has the Power and Space Stones. That already makes him the strongest creature in the whole universe. If he gets his hands on all six stones, Tony-"
"He could destroy life on a scale, hitherto undreamt of."
"Do you seriously just say "hitherto undreamt of"?"
"Are you seriously leaning on the Cauldron of the Cosmos?"
"Is that what that is? I'm going to allow that. If Thanos needs all six, why don't we just stick this one down the garbage disposal?"
"No can do."
"We swore an oath to protect the Time Stone. With our lives."
"And I swore off dairy, but then Ben & Jerry's named a flavour after me, so?"
"Stark Raving Hazelnuts."
"Not bad."
"Bit choky."
"A hunk of Hulk burning fudge flavour is our favourite."
"That’s a thing?"
Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Doctor Strange and Wong[src]
"What is your job exactly, except to make balloon animals?"
"Protecting your reality, douchebag."
Tony Stark and Doctor Strange[src]
"Alright, let me ask you this one time: What master do you serve?"
"What master do I serve? What am I supposed to say, Jesus?"
Doctor Strange and Star-Lord[src]
"I went forward in time, to view alternate futures. To see all the possible outcomes of the coming conflict."
"How many did you see?"
"How many did we win?"
―Doctor Strange, Star-Lord and Iron Man[src]
"Titan was like most planets. Too many mouths, not enough to go around. And when we faced extinction, I offered a solution."
"At random. Dispassionate, fair. The rich and poor alike. And they called me a madman. And what I predicted came to pass."
"Congratulations. You're a prophet."
"I'm a survivor."
"Who wants to murder trillions."
"With all six Stones, I could simply snap my fingers. They would all cease to exist. I call that mercy."
"And then what?"
"I finally rest. And watch the sun rise on a grateful universe. The hardest choices require the strongest wills."
"I think you'll find our will equal to yours."
Thanos and Doctor Strange[src]

Avengers: Endgame


"Is that everyone?"
"What, you wanted more?"
―Strange asks Wong if he has brought enough reinforcements to help the Avengers face Thanos in the Battle of Earth[src]
"You said one out of 14 million, we win, yeah? Tell me this is it."
"If I tell you what happens, it won't happen."
"You better be right."
―Stark asks Strange if they made it to the one outcome where they beat Thanos[src]

Spider-Man: Far From Home

Spoken about Stephen Strange

"What about Thor?"
"Off world."
"Okay, erm... Doctor Strange?"
"Captain Marvel?"
"Don't invoke her name."
Spider-Man asks "Nick Fury" and "Maria Hill" for another Avenger to replace him to help fight the Elementals[src]

Spider-Man: No Way Home


"Do you know a Peter Parker who is Spider-Man?"
"Is that him?"
―Strange asking Doctor Octopus about the Spider-Man from his Earth[src]