Unforgettable Morpheus Quotes From 'The Matrix'

Matrix Quotes on Reality and Illusion

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For some, "The Matrix" is just another sci-fi movie, a slick production from Hollywood's dream factory, but for those who appreciate the philosophy of "​The Matrix," it is a wake-up call. The movie is considered to be ahead of its time. It challenges our understanding of perspective, reality, illusion and many other intriguing concepts. These Matrix quotes are words of wisdom by Morpheus, Neo's spiritual leader and guide.

Morpheus Quotes About the Matrix

  • "The Matrix is a system, Neo. That system is our enemy. But when you're inside, you look around, what do you see? Businessmen, teachers, lawyers, carpenters. The very minds of the people we are trying to save. But until we do, these people are still a part of that system and that makes them our enemy. You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inert, so hopelessly dependent on the system that they will fight to protect it."
  • "Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is. You have to see it for yourself."
  • "The Matrix is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth."
  • "The Matrix is a computer-generated dream world, built to keep us under control in order to change a human being into this." [holding a copper-top D cell battery]

Morpheus on Reality and Illusion

  • "What is real? How do you define real?"
  • "This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill—you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes."
  • "I'm trying to free your mind, Neo. But I can only show you the door. You're the one that has to walk through it."
  • "Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream, Neo? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world? "
  • "What you know you can't explain, but you feel it. You've felt it your entire life, that there's something wrong with the world. You don't know what it is, but it's there, like a splinter in your mind, driving you mad."
  • "If real is what you can feel, smell, taste and see, then real is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain."

Random Musings

  • "There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path."
  • "Throughout human history, we have been dependent on machines to survive. Fate, it seems, is not without a sense of irony."
  • "We don't know who struck first, us or them. But we do know it was us that scorched the sky. At the time, they were dependent on solar power. It was believed they would be unable to survive without an energy source as abundant as the sun."
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