01 February 2011

Lie to Me Quotes


Title: Lie to Me




Season 01

Cal Lightman: That's okay. I don't have much faith in words, myself. Statistically speaking, the average person tells three lies per ten minutes of conversation. And granted, it's just regular people. We haven't studied people planning to fire-bomb a black church; it could skew differently.
-- S01E01 Pilot

Cal Lightman: Classic one-sided shrug is translation of absolutely no confidence on what I just said. The body contradicts the words; he's lying.
-- S01E01 Pilot

Cal Lightman: Scorn... Shame... Contempt...
Cal Lightman: These expressions are universal. Emotion looks the same whether you're a suburban housewife or a suicide bomber. The truth is written on all our faces.
-- S01E01 Pilot

Cal Lightman: Well, I guess we're all here: someone who wants the truth, someone who wants to be right, and us, the idiots in the middle.
-- S01E01 Pilot

Assistant US Attorney Hutchinson: I thought you could tell if somebody is lying just by looking at them.
Gillian Foster: The question is never simply if someone is lying. It's why.
-- S01E01 Pilot

Cal Lightman: When I asked James about his best race, he broke eye contact in order to remember an answer truthfully. When I asked him about his run on the night of the murder, he never broke eye contact. He wasn't recalling a memory; he was lying.
Assistant US Attorney Hutchinson: But I thought most people avoid eye contact when they're lying?
Cal Lightman: No, it's a myth. And quite often, they make more eye contact. They need to watch to see if you believe their lies.
-- S01E01 Pilot

Gillian Foster: When you're lying, it's hard to tell a story backwards, because there's no real memory of what happened. Liars rehearse stories in order; they don't think to rehearse them backwards.
-- S01E01 Pilot

Cal Lightman: The only way three people can keep a secret is if two of them are dead.
-- S01E01 Pilot

Cal Lightman: Body language tells the truth, even from the grave.
-- S01E01 Pilot

Cal Lightman: Eyebrows go up like yours, the person knows the answer to the question they are asking.
-- S01E01 Pilot

Gillian Foster: You could have just told me what this was for.
Cal Lightman: No. You're a terrible liar.
Gillian Foster: Normal people think that's a good thing.
-- S01E01 Pilot

Ria Torres: So you lie to your partner about her husband, and you lie to the people who hired us. What am I supposed to believe about you?
Cal Lightman: You believe whatever you want. That's what everyone else does.
-- S01E01 Pilot

Cal Lightman: Gesture of retreat... A step backwards means he doesn't believe in what he just said. He's lying.
-- S01E02 Moral Waiver

Gillian Foster: Does your radical honesty pledge mean you have to say everything you think?
Eli Loker: It's the only way to be truly honest.
Gillian Foster: Let's turn it off while we're working, shall we?
-- S01E02 Moral Waiver

Gillian Foster: Arson and rape have an unusually high correlation. They are both crimes about the assertion of power.
-- S01E02 Moral Waiver

Cal Lightman: The absence of emotion is just as important as the presence of emotion.
-- S01E02 Moral Waiver

Eli Loker: How's it going with Lightman?
Ria Torres: Ah, he's not my biggest fan.
Eli Loker: Well, that's just because you're uneducated.
Ria Torres: Excuse me?
Eli Loker: Well, you're a natural. The few naturals Lightman's come across have one thing in common: no college degree. You haven't been asked to focus on verbal skills, so you focus on body language.
Ria Torres: You're saying I can't learn the science?
Eli Loker: I'm saying you didn't have to. It's got to be irritating for a guy who's spent two decades trying to see what you were born seeing.
-- S01E02 Moral Waiver

Ria Torres: You drugged her so she could lie?
Cal Lightman: Never let the facts get in the way of the truth.
-- S01E02 Moral Waiver

Cal Lightman: Gillian Foster did a study once on popularity and lies in school. Do you know what she found?
Ria Torres: There's a connection?
Cal Lightman: Yeah. The more popular the kid, the better liar.
-- S01E03 Perfect Score

Cal Lightman: A study shows that the popular kids are the most facile; they adapt quickly to hide their true feelings, and that's what makes them popular.
-- S01E03 Perfect Score

Cal Lightman: A finger tells you so much, doesn't it?
Gillian Foster: (A finger) pointed one way while his eyes are pointed at another,
Cal Lightman: That happens when you're lying. Your mind is working so hard to make stuff up that your body can't keep in sync.
-- S01E04 Love Always

Eli Loker: People think you take longer to respond if you're lying but that's just if the lie is spontaneous.
Gillian Foster: If the lie is prepared ahead of time, you're eager to get it over with.
-- S01E05 Unchained

Gillian Foster: People always think that anger is the most dangerous emotion, but disgust is the language of hate.
-- S01E05 Unchained

Eli Loker: This is the new face of racism. Instead of overt prejudice, you see unconscious discrimination...
Gillian Foster: And when unconscious racism surfaces, it can be lethal.
-- S01E05 Unchained

Cal Lightman: I'm sorry about before. Sometimes I see so much, I don't know how not to tell people.
Ria Torres: Yeah, I get that.
Cal Lightman. You're right; most people don't change. Right? I've been there; waiting for it, hoping for it, and then they just... don't. But there are a few, I think, who can.
-- S01E05 Unchained

Eli Loker: Every lie has consequences that you can't see coming.
-- S01E06 Do No Harm

Cal Lightman: Look, in case you haven't figured it out yet, it's different when you're one of us. Everybody has things they don't wish to share.
Ria Torres: She's your friend.
Cal Lightman: You're not listening to me. In this workplace, with everything that we see, we have to be very clear on the rules.
Ria Torres: You and Gillian Foster have rules?
Cal Lightman: If there's something she wants to tell me, she will. Everything else, everything else I see, I ignore. I trust her to take care of herself.
-- S01E07 The Best Policy

Eli Loker: Well, he's got the best posture I've ever seen. He looks like Mussolini.
Gillian Foster: He's trying to make himself looks bigger. Men, gorillas, blowfish; when they want to appear dominant, they puff themselves out.
Eli Loker: This guy is definitely compensating for something.
-- S01E07 The Best Policy

Jeffrey Buchanan: You know something? For somebody who's studied emotions their entire life, you really don't understand them, at all.
-- S01E07 The Best Policy

Gillian Foster: Look at a man like he's the devil, and you'll never understand his motives.
-- S01E08 Depraved Heart

Gillian Foster: Just because you can see everything doesn't mean you can understand it.
-- S01E08 Depraved Heart

Gillian Foster: The worst lies we tell are out of love.
-- S01E08 Depraved Heart

Gail ?: But we can't actually charge him with depraved heart. We'd have to be able to prove he knew those women were gonna commit suicide.
Cal Lightman: He knew. When he asked how he could have known those women were gonna jump, his eyebrows went up. Eyebrows up means you know the answer to your own question.
-- S01E08 Depraved Heart

Cal Lightman: Now you're going to have to learn to lie better than that if you want a real career in front of the camera.
-- S01E10 Better Half


Season 02

Ben Reynolds: Why should I trust you?
Cal Lightman: Now, it's a funny thing about trust, because it's a matter of faith, isn't it? You can never be really sure of it.
-- S02E06 Lack of Candour

Cal Lightman: People find it hard to suppress their emotions when they're confronted by the victim of their deception.
-- S02E06 Lack of Candour

Eli Loker: (singing)
I say I'm ten when I'm nine and a half,
My uncle tells a joke and I try to laugh,
In gym I fake a headache when I want to quit,
I say I love the sweater that my grandma knit,
But that's a white lie (white lie),
That's the kind you want to tell,
A white lie (white lie)
So you're mom won't have to yell,
A white lie (white lie)
Everybody does it 'cause it feels all right,
And it's more polite,
But a lie's still a lie, even when it's white.
Angela ?: (singing)
I pretend I'm asleep when my dad walks in,
I said I ate my chicken but I just ate the skin,
Your face can say you're lying,
When your mouth says you're not,
Your pants are on fire but they're not too hot
When it's a white lie (white lie)
That's the kind you want to tell,
A white lie (white lie)
So you're dad won't have to yell,
A white lie (white lie)
Everybody does it 'cause it feels all right,
And it's more polite,
But a lie's still a lie, even when it's white.
Eli Loker: (singing)
While it might be hard to say what's true,
Would you want a white lie told to you?
But that's a white lie (white lie),
That's the kind you want to tell,
A white lie (white lie)
So you're mom won't have to yell,
A white lie (white lie)
Everybody does it 'cause it feels all right,
And it's more polite,
But a lie's still a lie, even when it's white.
-- S02E10 Tractor Man

Martin Walker: You know what my dissertation was on? How patience is adaptive. Hunters are at the top of the food chain, and they all take their time.
Cal Lightman: Patience, I find, is overrated.
Martin Walker: I noticed. You like to push, to make things happen. That's when people trip up; most people.
-- S02E11 Beat the Devil

Martin Walker: Good chess players think five moves ahead.
Cal Lightman: Great chess players think one move ahead, but it's always the right move.
-- S02E11 Beat the Devil

Gillian Foster: Maybe you are seeing what you want to see.
-- S02E11 Beat the Devil

Eli Loker: The best lies are covered with half-truths.
-- S02E11 Beat the Devil

Cal Lightman: Look, since we're so close, that makes you, scientifically speaking of course, my blind spot; which you well know.
Gillian Foster: Meaning you don't believe me.
Cal Lightman: I didn't say that. Did I say that?!
Gillian Foster: Emotionally you want to believe me, but scientifically you can't be sure.
-- S03E12 Sweet Sixteen

Cal Lightman: So all that talk about you being a bad liar, that's just an act, right? That's a lie.
Gillain Foster: Depends on the lie.
-- S03E12 Sweet Sixteen

Marshal: Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?
Cal Lightman: That's not possible.
Judge: Excuse me?
Cal Lightman: Well, no one can tell the whole truth, your honor. I mean, it's subjective. It's filtered through our experiences, and that's the truth.
Judge: Well, how about promising to be honest to the best of your ability?
Cal Lightman: Now you're talking.
-- S02E13 The Whole Truth

Prosecuting Attorney: How common is it to lie, claiming memory loss?
Cal Lightman: Well, nine out of ten people claiming memory loss are lying.
Prosecuting Attorney: Why would they do that?
Cal Lightman: Well, it's easier to say "I can't remember" than tell the truth.
-- S02E13 The Whole Truth

Gillian Foster: I mean, the worst thing you can do is match your questioner's intensity. Instead, give a firm, deliberate answer.
-- S02E13 The Whole Truth

Gillian Foster: One last tip. Women require more eye contact than men to feel a connection.
-- S02E13 The Whole Truth

Ria Torres: Well, Gillian Foster always says the closer you are to someone emotionally, the harder it is to get a true read.
-- S02E13 The Whole Truth

Cal Lightman: Well, to say you stopped loving someone you once loved more than anything else in the world, I mean, that would be a lie. But you move on, don't you? You have to move on.
-- S02E13 The Whole Truth

Cal Lightman: ... and that's the official version.
Ria Torres: What, do you think there's more than one version?
Cal Lightman: There's always more than one version.
-- S02E14 React to Contact

Gillian Foster: That's what we do, gentlemen. We read people. If you're lying, cheating, or deceiving, your face will let us know before anything you're saying ever does.
-- S02E15 Teacher and Pupils

Gillian Foster: People who show genuine guilt and remorse are more likely to confess.
-- S02E15 Teacher and Pupils

Eli Loker: If a member of a group dynamic feels that the group has strayed from its moral code, that member's discomfort manifests itself in physical distancing from the group, micro-expressions of disagreement.
-- S02E15 Teacher and Pupils

Ben Reynolds: Let me ask you something. How can you tell if this thing is fake if it's been typed?
Gillian Foster: Word choice, repetition, the use of passive or active voice can tell you a lot about the person who wrote this. Let me show you. 'A person of my stature', 'someone in my position', 'with regards to a subordinate', this is a person who is preoccupied with power and status.
Ben Reynolds: Power and status, huh? That sounds like the Trevor Addison you were describing earlier.
Gillian Foster: It's all about the pronouns. Women, we use a lot more pronouns when we write; 'I', 'she', 'they'. Men will typically name the person or thing they're talking about.
Ben Reynolds: So a woman preoccupied with power and status wrote this.
-- S02E17 Bullet Bump

Eli Loker: And the best time to look for a job is when you already have one.
-- S02E19 Pied Piper

Gillian Foster: There are theories that the pied piper is the symbol of death, that the fairy tale was concocted to explain a horrible tragedy where children died.
-- S02E19 Pied Piper

Ria Torres: Studies have shown that the strongest deterrent to a lawsuit is familiarity, a personal relationship...
-- S02E19 Pied Piper

Cal Lightman: In my experience, right, telling a lie can never be a good thing.
-- S02E21 Darkness and Light

Cal Lightman: Come on, keep up. You ever thought about wearing sensible shoes?
Ria Torres: Definitely.
Cal Lightman: What, definitely sensible?
-- S02E22 Black and White


Season 03

Gillian Foster: Eli Loker, I hear your concern, and I get where you're coming from, but please just do as I ask.
Eli Loker: Ask? You mean tell.
Gillian Foster: I knew you understood.
-- SE03E01 In the Red

Candice McCallister: My pageant's about to go up in flames.
Cal Lightman: Down in flames, up in smoke.
-- S03E02 The Royal We

Cal Lightman: Do you know how to create a disturbed personality? Constant criticism and lack of affection. Works like a charm, that does.
-- S03E02 The Royal We

Ria Torres: Do you know what changed blindness is Mrs. Phillips?
Mrs. Phillips: Changed what?
Charles ?: Changed blindness. We see what we anticipate we're going to see, even if it changes. The brain doesn't react to the change.
-- S03E03 Dirty Loyal

Cal Lightman: The muscles in your cheek, relax them. No, no, hands down. You cover your mouth, you give yourself away.
Sharon Wallowski: You know, if you teach me how to lie, you might never be able to trust me.
-- S03E03 Dirty Loyal

Cal Lightman: Did you look up those two butterflies that I told you about, the monarch and the viceroy? Did you look them up?
Eli Loker: Oh yeah. Yeah, they're nearly identical. A predator can't tell the difference between them. All he knows is one of them's toxic, so he leaves them both alone.
-- S03E04 Double Blind

Cal Lightman: Well, all I knew was, that like most beautiful things, you wanted to be seen.
-- S03E04 Double Blind

Cal Lightman: You want to know why you get on my nerves? I'm going to tell you anyway. Although I don't see any lies on your face; also, I can't see any truth.
-- S03E06 Beyond Belief

Cal Lightman: Well, science, right, like many other things in life, is open to interpretation.
-- S02E10 Rebound