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A man blinded by toxic waste which also enhanced his remaining senses fights crime as an acrobatic martial arts superhero.
Matt Murdock: [Director's Cut version/Narrating] Violence doesn't discriminate. It hits all of us... the rich, the poor, the healthy, the sick. It comes as cold and bracing as a winter breeze off the Hudson. Until it sinks into your bones... leaving you with a chill you can't shake. They say there's not rest for the wicked. But what about the good? The battle of Good vs. Evil is never-ending... because evil always survives... with the help of evil men. As for Daredevil, well... soon the world will know the truth. That this is a city born of heroes, that one man CAN make a difference.
Matt Murdock: Her name's Elektra Natchios. Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson: Well, she sounds like a Mexican appetizer. Matt Murdock: It's Greek, genius. Her father's Nikolas Natchios. Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson: The billionaire? Matt Murdock: Yeah, see? Yes, the billionaire. Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson: Well, then, as your attorney in this matter I advise you to marry the woman immediately. Matt Murdock: I'll take it under consideration.
Matt Murdock: Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. It's been a week since my last... Father Everett: What the hell are you playing at, Matt? You didn't come here for forgiveness. You came for permission, and I can't give you that. Matt Murdock: Justice isn't a sin, Father. Father Everett: No, but vengeance is. You see it every day on the street: violence begets more violence. Is that how you want to live your life? A lawyer during the day, and then judge and jury at night? Is that what you want? Matt Murdock: Somebody has to do something. Father Everett: But why you? Matt Murdock: Because I can. Because I'm not afraid. Father Everett: Well, I'm afraid FOR you, Matthew. Look, a man without fear is a man without hope. May God have mercy on you for your sins and grant you Everlasting Life, Amen. Father Everett: I'm not too crazy about the outfit, either.
[Bullseye has used airline peanuts to suffocate an annoying passenger] Flight Attendant: Can I get you anything before we land? Bullseye: More peanuts... please.
Daredevil: You killed the only two people I ever loved. Why? Kingpin: Business. That's all it ever is, is business. I was working for Fallon at the time, your father was supposed to throw a fight. And your girl was in the wrong family at the wrong time. It's all business... and you've been in my business for too long!
[Elektra is reading] Matt Murdock: I was just looking for some honey. Could you help me out? Elektra: [not looking up] Right in front of you. Matt Murdock: [chuckles] Well, could you be a little bit more specific? Elektra: [looking up] What are you... Matt Murdock: Blind? Yeah.
[Director's Cut only] Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson: I hate to bring it up again, but I spent 3,000 dollars on that seeing eye dog... Matt Murdock: I didn't ask you for the dog, I didn't want a dog! Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson: Can I tell you something else? Seeing eye dogs bond for life - yours ran away. What does that tell you about how emotionally available you are? [Matt laughs]
Wesley Owen Welch: There's been a problem... Kingpin: Bullseye failed. Wesley Owen Welch: Correct. Kingpin: Send the guards home. Wesley Owen Welch: [confused] But, sir... Kingpin: I was raised in the Bronx, Wesley. This is something you wouldn't understand.
[Matt sniffs the air and turns his head] Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson: What? What? Where? Where, where? Matt Murdock: Front door. Not yet, soon. [pause] Matt Murdock: Now. [Elektra walks in] Matt Murdock: Tell me. Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson: You want the truth? Matt Murdock: Absolutely. Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson: She's hideous. I don't know if it's a fungus or some sort of congenital birth defect. But, as your attorney in this matter, I advise you to take no further action.
Daredevil: Hey, that light? At the end of the tunnel? Guess what? That's not heaven... Jose Quesada: I'll kill you! I'll kill you! Daredevil: That's the C train!
Bullseye: I missed... I never miss.
Daredevil: Can one man make a difference? There are days when I believe; and others when I have lost all faith.
Kingpin: It's a shame you came here wounded. I would've loved to fight you in your prime. They call you the Man Without Fear. If that's true, why are you afraid to show your face? [pulls off Daredevil's mask] Kingpin: [laughter] No, I don't believe this. No, no. The blind lawyer from Hell's Kitchen?
Kingpin: Now how did you get past my security? Bullseye: Oh, you mean that guy? [points to dead man with pencils in his throat on floor] Kingpin: Was that really necessary? Bullseye: Necessary? No. It was fun.
Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson: Look at me, Matt. I'm a 'Plus One'. Plus Ones don't get anywhere by themselves. They need somebody to bring them. That's why it's 'plus one'!
Daredevil: [Director's Cut Version] This is my confession, Father. Father Everett: [whispering] God's mercy is infinite. All you gotta do is ask. Daredevil: Everything I had has been taken from me. Now I'm supposed to ask for mercy. I don't ask for mercy - people ask me! Father Everett: Oh, is that a fact?
Daredevil: I waited outside the Olympic for my father. In some ways, I'm still waiting. Nobody cared much about the death of a washed-up prizefighter... nobody but me.
Bullseye: He... made me... miss. Kingpin: There's an old saying that too much pride can kill a man.
Bullseye: You're good, baby. I'll give you that. But me? I'm magic.
Matt Murdock: What is your problem with our clients? We have good, honorable clients, decent people. What's your idea of better? Define "better". Huh? What would be a "better" client? Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson: "Better" means "rich and guilty", okay? Remember how they taught us in law school how to create a moral vacuum, so you can represent people who aren't all necessarily innocent? Matt Murdock: That was your best course, as I recall. Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson: Yeah, well, you don't have a moral vacuum, Matt. You're completely vacuumless.
Fallon: Jack, it's been a while. Jack Murdock: I don't work for you no more, Fallon... Fallon: Jack, you never stopped. Did you really think you won all those fights on your own? You're forty-two years old! Miller, Mack, Bendis, they're all my fighters... just like you. And now it's your turn to take a fall. Think about your boy, Jack. I'm sure you'll do the right thing.
Kingpin: I don't understand. Daredevil: I'm not the bad guy.
Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson: Oh-oh-oh! Look at that! Wilson Fisk is in the hizzie! Come on, we might never get a chance like this again. Come on, let's go! [drags Murdock over to Fisk] Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson: Mister Fisk? Mister Fisk, it's Franklin Nelson from Nelson and Murdock... Wesley Owen Welch: Excuse me. You want to talk to Mister Fisk, you make an appointment. Okay? Fisk: It's all right, Wesley... I know who you are. You're the blind lawyers from Hell's Kitchen. Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson: Actually, actually he's the blind one. I'm deaf. Fisk: [chuckles] Give them a card, Wesley. I'm always on the lookout for new blood. Matt Murdock: I'm sorry, Mister Fisk, my partner's a little overzealous. We can't represent you. Fisk: Why's that? Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson: Yes, why IS that, Mister Murdock? Matt Murdock: Because we only handle clients who are innocent. Fisk: [laughs] "Innocent", he says. That's pretty funny. You know, I've learned one thing in all my years in this business. Matt Murdock: What's that? Fisk: Nobody's innocent. Nobody. Have a great time at the party. [Fisk and Wesley walk off] Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson: I just... Matt, for one night I just wish, I just... [sees Elektra] Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson: Matt, I just wish I could give you my eyes for one night.
[after he ended up getting Elektra's father killed] Daredevil: I tried, Father. I tried... This is who I am.
Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson: Do you or do you not concede that there are alligators in the sewers? Please answer the question.
Bullseye: Fisk was right about you. He said you wouldn't go easy. Daredevil: Fisk? Fisk is the Kingpin? Bullseye: Yeah. That whole red rose thing? He loves that shite. It's not my style. He hired me to kill Natchios, and to gut your pretty girlfriend too. But me, I'm going for the hat-trick. I told him I'd do you for free!
[answering machine] Heather: Matt, it's Heather. Are you there? Of course you're not there. You're never there. At least, not for me. Look, I didn't want to do this over the phone, but it's not like you've given me any choice. I mean, It's been three months, and I've never even seen your apartment. Every time we sleep together, I wake up in the morning alone. I mean, Jesus, where do you go at three o'clock in the morning?
Father Everett: [from the Director's Cut, Matt is sitting alone in the church] You know the great strength of the church? Its sense of community. Matt Murdock: Morning, Father. Father Everett: Good morning. This may come as a surprise to you Matthew, but we are open on Sunday. Matt Murdock: I like the quiet. Father Everett: I don't think so, son, I think you like the solitude. [pause] Father Everett: And you find it in here, do you? Matt Murdock: Sometimes. Sometimes not. Father Everett: You don't have to go it alone. My confessional is open to you all the time. There's no keeping secrets from God, son. I tell you Matthew, spend thirty years in one of those boxes, and there's nothing I haven't heard. Matt Murdock: Well, let's keep it that way.
Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson: That place is gonna be crawling with people, rich people, people who pay their legal fees with money, not with fish, or with-with-with wheels of cheese, or with sports supplies! I'm gonna fill you in on a little secret, Matt. This doesn't look like a law office, okay? It looks like the set of goddamn "Sanford and Son". Every time I walk in, I'm waiting for Lamont to come down the stairs!
Jack Murdock: You don't hit nothin' but books, get me? You be a doctor or a lawyer. Not like me.
Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson: Natchios owns the Grand Hotel. And Elektra's the reason you were invited to the ball. Matt Murdock: She's out of my league. I'd rather just end it before it starts. Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson: That's gotta be some kind of record, Matt. You just completely bypassed the whole relationship phase. You went right into the breakup. Trying to save some time, huh?
Matt Murdock: High above the city streets, I trained my body and my senses. An acute sense of touch gave me both strength and balance, until the city itself became my playground.
Nikolas Natchios: New York is not a safe place tonight.
Matt Murdock: I had lost my sight, but I got something back in return. My remaining four senses functioned with superhuman sharpness. But most amazing of all, my sense of sound gave off a kind of radar sense!
Franklin Nelson: What happens to that lie detector of yours when it detects your own bullshit? It must really bury the needle, huh?
Matt Murdock: I had set out to save the city. But with Elektra's help, I saved myself instead. Now I have faith that anything is possible. And some days, faith is all you need.
Father Everett: [watching Daredevil go after the Kingpin] Good luck, son.
[deleted scene] Kingpin: Wesley, did you know that in ancient times they would cut the tongue out of their bodyguards their first day on the job? You think that's awful, don't you? You don't like that... I do. [kills his bodyguards]
Elektra: [tries to remove Matt's shades] Do you mind? Matt Murdock: Uh, no, I just... sometimes it makes people uncomfortable, that's all. Elektra: Not me. But you should know that the only reason I got dressed up for this thing was that I wanted to look beautiful for you. I wish you could see me tonight. Matt Murdock: Me, too.
Daredevil: I would keep my promise. I would help those that others wouldn't. I would seek justice... one way or another.
Karen Page: [to Murdock] This just came by messenger. It's your invitation to the Black and White Ball at the Grand, plus one. [smiles expectantly] Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson: Plus one? All right! Guess I gotta rent a tux!
Ben Urich: I got a lead on my story. I think that Natchios was set up by the real Kingpin. Matt Murdock: Why are you telling me this? Ben Urich: They say the Kingpin doesn't just kill you, he kills your whole family. I think your girl's in trouble. I thought you might know somebody that could protect her.
Daredevil: They say your whole life flashes before your eyes when you die. And it's true, even for a blind man.
[takes out a fly with a needle] Bullseye: Bullseye!
Elektra: [after being stabbed] Help me! Daredevil: Stay - stay with me.
[Elektra follows Matt on a dark street] Matt Murdock: [stops] Does this mean you want a rematch? Elektra: [smiling] I knew I'd find you. How did you know I wasn't a mugger? Matt Murdock: Muggers don't usually wear rose oil or high heels... at least, this far from Chelsea.
Daredevil: Wait. It wasn't me. Stop! It was a hit man named Bullseye. I didn't kill your father. Elektra: Liar!
Elektra: Nice to meet you, Matt Murdock. Matt Murdock: Nice to meet you, uh... I didn't get your name. Elektra: I didn't give it. [leaves]
Matt Murdock: [as Elektra is leaving her father's funeral] I know how you feel... Elektra: You don't know how I feel. I want revenge. Matt Murdock: Revenge won't make the pain go away. Trust me, I know. Elektra: There's no place for me now. Matt Murdock: Yes there is. Stay. Stay with me, please. [it starts to rain and Elektra puts up her umbrella and he can't see her anymore] Matt Murdock: [she starts to leave] Elektra. Elektra, wait! Please...
[Matt has taken Elektra up the roof, and it is about to rain] Matt Murdock: When it rains, it's like there's a rooftop on the world. Each raindrop makes a sound the first time it falls on a surface. Just then, it's like I... it's like I can see again. And I... I just wanna... I just wanna see you. Elektra: [smiles] Okay. Matt Murdock: Look. Here it comes. [it begins to rain, and Matt can now 'see' her] Matt Murdock: My God... you are so beautiful. [He kisses her. Then Matt hears men fighting down on the street and pulls away from her] Elektra: What? Matt, what's wrong? Matt? Matt Murdock: I'm sorry... I have to go. [he turns from her, she takes ahold of his wrist] Elektra: Stay. Stay with me.
Bullseye: [screams] My hands! My hands! You took away my hands... show mercy?
Matt Murdock: So does every guy have to go through this just to find out your name? Elektra: You should try asking for my number.
Daredevil: [voiceover] As for Daredevil. Well... soon the world will know the truth. That this is a city born of heroes. That one man can make a difference.
Elektra: [about Nelson] Friend of yours? Matt Murdock: You know, I've never seen him before.
Daredevil: I'm not the bad guy, kid.
Franklin "Foggy" Nelson: Your client, Mr. Lee, he made his first payment. Matt Murdock: Oh, that's great, you should be very happy. Franklin "Foggy" Nelson: Yeah, it's fantastic. He paid in fluke. Fluke is a fish, Matt. Did you know that? Because I sure as hell didn't. Matt Murdock: Mr. Lee is a good man, and he... he doesn't have a lot of money, and he goes fishing on the weekends, so I guess that's... Franklin "Foggy" Nelson: Yeah, well, I go salsa dancing on the weekends, but I don't shake my ass to pay my phone bill, you know what I'm sayin'?
Kingpin: How do you kill a man without fear? Bullseye: By puttin' the fear in him.
[to young Matt] Jack Murdock: You can do anything if you're not afraid.
Bullseye: [uses organ pipes on Daredevil] Man without fear... looks like I found something you're afraid of. Let's bring on the pain! Let's bring on the noise!
Ben Urich: Cool color. Matt Murdock: I wouldn't know.
Jose Quesada: What do *you* want? Daredevil: Justice.
Elektra: I want to look into the eyes of my father's killer as he dies!
[Father Everett finds Daredevil, badly wounded, in the church; Bullseye enters in pursuit and sends a throwing star into the wall above the Father's head] Bullseye: The first one's a warning... padre. Daredevil: Is there a back door out of here? Father Everett: Yes. Daredevil: Take it! Father Everett: What about you? Daredevil: I'm gonna finish this. Father Everett: You can't fight like this, son! Daredevil: Have faith, Father. Isn't that right?
Elektra: You sure you're blind? Matt Murdock: Sure you don't wanna tell me your name?
Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson: It's in black and white, how can you be a skeptic? Matt Murdock: If there's no eyewitnesses, I mean, you know, Bigfoot has eyewitnesses.
Daredevil: Hey, how ya doing? Jose Quesada: [being strangled] Didn't you hear? I was acquitted. Daredevil: Not by me.
Kingpin: Is there anything else? Bullseye: Yeah, I want a bloody costume.
[Foggy is reading a New York tabloid to Daredevil at a restaurant] Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson: Listen to this. Eyewitnesses say that Quesada was singled out by the demonic vigilante known as the Daredevil. Daredevil: I don't know why you read that trash. Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson: I been hearing stories about this guy for years; there's gotta be something to it! Daredevil: Like the alligators in the sewers? Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson: There are alligators in the sewers! Don't ride my ass about the alligators. I got a friend in Sanitation, okay? He's seen them.
[watching Elektra dance with Matt] Fisk: I think she's happy. I haven't seen her smile like that since her mother was killed. Poor girl, right in front of her eyes. Nikolas Natchios: Why do you have to bring that up now? Fisk: History has a way of repeating itself. Nikolas Natchios: What are you saying? Fisk: Just saying goodbye, old friend. Just saying goodbye.
Daredevil: [from the Director's Cut] Quesada! Time to give the Devil his due!
Matt Murdock: Mr. Quesada, for your sake, I hope justice is found here today... before justice finds you.
[from the Director's Cut] Dante Jackson: Who are you? Matt Murdock: We're your attorneys. If you're innocent. So, are you? Innocent? Matt Murdock: Yeah. [Matt uses his senses to listen to Dante's heart beating] Dante Jackson: Hell, yeah! Matt Murdock: I believe you. Dante Jackson: ...You do? Franklin 'Foggy' Nelson: You do? Dante Jackson: You got yourself a defence. Dante Jackson: Thank you. Thank you, sir!
[During a playful, flirtatious fight] Matt Murdock: You're holding back. Elektra: Yes. Matt Murdock: Don't.
Bullseye: [in Director's Cut DVD] I need a fucking costume!
Daredevil: Justice is served.
Ben Urich: Go get 'em, Matt. Daredevil: [nods] Hell's Kitchen is my neighborhood. I prowl the rooftops and alleyways at night, watching from the darkness. Forever in darkness. A guardian devil.
Matt Murdock: Where'd you learn how to fight like that? Elektra: My father. He had me study with a different sensei every year since I was five years old. Matt Murdock: Sounds like he wanted to turn you into some kind of a warrior. Elektra: No. Just not a victim.
Bullseye: Hey, orphan, let's play.
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