It's like in music. Sometimes you don't pick the instrument. The instrument picks you.

Walker [to Prentiss]

Walker: Agent Rossi was a mentor when I was coming up, so I'm happy to be here.
Prentiss: He said you're one of the most naturally gifted profilers he's ever seen.

I used to think they were all monsters too. But they're not. They're just men, and occasionally women. Not to respect the people I hunt would be like a soldier not respecting his enemy, and that mistake costs lives.


Be careful hunting monsters, lest you become one yourself.

to Rossi}

Prentiss: You keep burning the candle at both ends, there won't be much of you left.
Rossi: Wait a minute, I say that. What are you doing, using my sayings against me?
Prentiss: I am. It's true. That's why it's a good saying. Go get some rest. No case was solved in a day.
Rossi: That's another one.
Prentiss: I know. What do you want? I learned from the best.

Every investigation at this point requires patience and, most of all, focus. All the answers aren't all out there, Most are right here [pointing to his head], and that's the job. That's why we get into the mind of the killer.


This job is going to change you, and, not only that, it's going to show you who you really are. Sometimes that's not easy to see.


We save lives, and that's what matters. And every life we save is a win. You taught me that.

Walker [to Rossi]

So whoever this well-qualified, mystery person is, once they join, we change our name from the Magnificent Seven to the Awesome Eight. Huh? It's perfect.


Man plans and God smiles.


Alvez: Personally, I'll be happy not to be the new guy anymore. Whoever comes in can get that title and Garcia can stop calling me 'newbie.'
JJ: She is a creature of habit. I think you're stuck with that one, newbie.

Alvez: Basically, [corporal mortification] involves causing yourself physical pain in the search for spiritual growth.
Garcia: Seriously, has no one heard of meditation?

Criminal Minds Quotes

It cannot be seen, cannot be felt, cannot be heard, cannot be smelt, It lies behind stars and under hills, and empty holes it fills, It comes first and follows after, ends life, kills laughter. -- JRR Tolkien


'The future is inevitable and precise, but it may not occur. God lurks in the gaps.' -- Jorge Luis Borges