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50 of the Best Dexter Quotes

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Dexter, Showtime’s smash hit about a part-time blood spatter analyst/full-time serial killer, follows lead character Dexter Morgan in his efforts to control his double life while vengefully ridding the world of some of its worst people. While a dark show, it’s often filled with insightful and humorous intellect from all of its characters. Think you remember all of the best Dexter quotes? Read on and see if you agree with our list.

1.  “It’s okay. Life doesn’t have to be perfect. It just has to be lived.” -Dexter Morgan

2. “I can always see other people’s problems more clearly than my own.” -Dexter Morgan

3. “Dating is hard… especially for a serial killer.” – Dexter Morgan

4. “Keeping the truth from the people closest to you is how you’ll survive, and how you’ll protect them if anything ever goes wrong.” -Harry Morgan

5. “Tonight’s the night.” -Dexter Morgan

6. “They make it look so easy. Connecting with another human being. It’s like no one told them it’s the hardest thing in the world.” -Dexter Morgan

7. “When you’re losing control of your entire life it helps to focus on what you’re good at.” -Dexter Morgan

8. “Because in the land of predators, a lion never fears the jackal.” -Dexter Morgan

9. “If I was so sure I knew where I was going, how did I get so lost?” -Dexter Morgan

10. “I would rather put a campfire out with my face.” -Debra Morgan

11. “We create our own destiny every day we live.” -Dexter Morgan

12. “Fear is a powerful motivator.” -Dexter Morgan 

13. “I did not like this feeling of having feelings.” -Dexter Morgan

14. “Life’s only obligation, after all, was to be interesting.” -Dexter Morgan 

15. “I have no idea what ‘hammer time ‘ is, or how it differs from any other type of time.” -Dexter Morgan

16. “Perhaps because I’ll never be one, humans are interesting to me.” – Dexter Morgan

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17. “The mind picks some very bad times to take a walk doesn’t it?” -Dexter Morgan 

18. “It’s like, everything really is two ways, the way we all pretend it is and the way it really is.” -Dexter Morgan

19. “I’m quite sure more people fake an awful lot of everyday human contact. I just fake all of it.” -Dexter Morgan

20. “This whole business of telling the truth just never seems to work without some kind of awkward unpleasantness.” -Dexter Morgan

21. “We all want life to have some meaning. Seems like the older we get, the harder we look for it. And the harder it is to find.v -Dexter Morgan

22. “There are no secrets in life, just hidden truths that lie beneath the surface.” -Dexter Morgan

23. “All you can do is play along at life and hope that sometimes you get it right.” -Dexter Morgan

24. “It’s strange to have a creation out there. A deeply-mutated version of yourself, running loose and screwing everything up. I wonder if this is how parents feel?” -Dexter Morgan

25. “If you believe that God makes miracles, you have to wonder if Satan has a few up his sleeve.” -Dexter Morgan

26. “Am I a good person doing ‘bad’ things or a bad person doing ‘good’ things?” -Dexter Morgan

27. “You seem uncertain. It’s uncomfortable, isn’t it? Just when you think you’ve answered all the questions, another one smacks you in the face. Life, life, life. Life is just like that.” -Dexter Morgan

28. “We only see two things in people, what we want to see and what they want to show us.” -Dexter Morgan

29. “I can always see other people’s problems more clearly than my own.” -Dexter Morgan

30. “Do I see sheets of plastic in your future?” -Dexter Morgan

31. “We all make rules for ourselves. It’s these rules that help define who we are. So when we break those rules we risk losing ourselves and becoming something unknown.” -Dexter Morgan

32. “Never underestimate the capacity of other people to let you down.” -Dexter Morgan

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33. “Sometimes it’s reassuring to know that I am not the only one pretending to be normal.” -Dexter Morgan

34. “What did stalkers do before the internet?” -Dexter Morgan 

35. “My sister puts up a front so people won’t know how vulnerable she really is. Me? I put up a front so people won’t know how vulnerable I’m not.” -Dexter Morgan

36. “Human bonds always lead to messy complications. Commitment. Sharing. Driving people to the airport.” -Dexter Morgan

37. “I don’t run. I make people run. However, I do run when there’s a bull coming after me with an axe.” -Dexter Morgan

38. “Chemistry. I’ve heard some people have it – an attraction that can’t be quantified or explained.” -Dexter Morgan

39. “Christmas is a time of expectation. If you’re good, a red-suited fat man will break into your house and leave you presents. But Santa Claus doesn’t exist. The most wonderful time of the year celebrates a lie.” -Dexter Morgan

40. “I would give everything to feel nothing again. “-Dexter Morgan

41. “Why do so many people start their messages with, “It’s me.” Of course it is you. We all know that. But who the hell are you?.” -Dexter Morgan

42. “I learned that apparently, the darkness can overcome us at any time. But I also find that I am able to endure. Overcome. And in the process grow stronger. Smarter, better.” -Dexter Morgan

43. “It was almost enough to make me feel emotion.” -Dexter Morgan

44. “But what could I do? Be stupid for a while? I wasn’t sure I knew how, even after so many years of careful observation. “-Dexter Morgan

45. “I nodded with genuine synthetic sympathy.” -Dexter Morgan

46. “I enjoyed watching good-looking idiots looking at each other. A great spectator sport.” -Dexter Morgan

47. “She really did like me, the idiot.” -Dexter Morgan

48. “Trust those who seek the truth, but doubt those who say that they have found it.” -Hannah McKay

49. “Getting yelled at by a furious woman should be treated as a semiformal occasion.” -Dexter Morgan

50. “Every contact leaves a trace. Everything and everyone we touch is changed in some way. But the changes, they are never what we anticipate.” -Dexter Morgan

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And that’s a wrap on our list of the 50 best Dexter quotes. We may never get over the show’s ending, but at least we can shop some cool merch to show off our love for the Morgan family. Looking for some new fan swag? We’ve got you covered. Find the latest Dexter t-shirts, Dexter accessories, Dexter prints, and much more now on Redbubble.

Want to check out more quotes? Take a peek at our Alfred Hitchcock quotes and our list of top Schitt’s Creek quotes for a laugh.

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