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50+ Brilliant Doctor Who Quotes To Live By

With more than 900 years of experience to draw from, it’s only natural everyone's favourite Time Lord would have a few words of wisdom to impart. Here are the most insightful Doctor Who quotes of all time.

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These Doctor Who quotes will inspire you to live your best life

For nearly six decades, Doctor Who has been thrilling audiences around the world. Despite more than a dozen changes in the lead role over the course of that time, the character of the Doctor has remained essentially the same: a hero driven to fight for the oppressed, and to right the wrongs he (and she!) encounters while travelling through space and time in the remarkable TARDIS. From the indomitable First Doctor played by William Hartnell to the whimsical current incarnation played by David Tennant (again!), the Doctor’s boundless optimism, courage and spirit of adventure shine through in these brilliant Doctor Who quotes.

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It’s in the details

“The least important things, sometimes, my dear boy, lead to the greatest discoveries.” – The First Doctor, The Space Museum (1965)

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Powers of deduction

“Logic, my dear Zoe, merely enables one to be wrong with authority.” – The Second Doctor, The Wheel in Space (1968)

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It’s about the journey

“A straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but it is by no means the most interesting.” – The Third Doctor, The Time Warrior (1973)

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An ever-present threat

“The very powerful and the very stupid have one thing in common. They don’t alter their views to fit the facts, they alter the facts to fit their views.” – The Fourth Doctor, The Face of Evil (1977)

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Cultivating curiosity

“There’s always something to look at if you open your eyes.” – The Fifth Doctor, Kinda (1982)

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High praise

“Small though it is, the human brain can be quite effective when working at full efficiency.” – The Sixth Doctor, The Two Doctors (1985)

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Cause and effect

“Every great decision creates ripples, like a huge boulder dropped in a lake. The ripples merge, rebound off the banks in unforeseeable ways. The heavier the decision, the larger the waves, the more uncertain the consequences.” – The Seventh Doctor, Remembrance of the Daleks (1988)

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Human nature

“I love humans. Always seeing patterns in things that aren’t there.” – The Eighth Doctor, Doctor Who (1996)

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Truly indomitable

“Never give up. Never give in.” – The War Doctor, The Day of the Doctor (2013)

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Lose yourself

“Time travel is like visiting Paris. You can’t just read the guidebook, you’ve got to throw yourself in. Eat the food, use the wrong verbs, get charged double and end up kissing complete strangers.” – The Ninth Doctor, The Long Game (2005)

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Making it count

“Some people live more in 20 years than others do in 80. It’s not the time that matters. It’s the person.” – The Tenth Doctor, The Lazarus Experiment (2007)

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You take the good, you take the bad…

“The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things. Hey. The good things don’t always soften the bad things, but vice-versa, the bad things don’t necessarily spoil the good things and make them unimportant.” – The Eleventh Doctor, Vincent and the Doctor (2010)

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The power of thought

“Do you know what thinking is? It’s just a fancy word for changing your mind.” – The Twelfth Doctor, The Zygon Inversion (2015)

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On evolution

“We’re all capable of the most incredible change. We can evolve while still staying true to who we are. We can honour who we’ve been and choose who we want to be next. Now’s your chance! How about it?” – The Thirteenth Doctor, The Woman Who Fell To Earth (2018)

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Travel broadens the mind

“As we learn about each other, so we learn about ourselves.” – The First Doctor, The Edge of Destruction (1964)

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Mission statement

“There are some corners of the universe which have bred the most terrible things. They must be fought.” – The Second Doctor, The Moonbase (1967)

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Never say never

“People who talk about infallibility are usually on very shaky ground.” – The Third Doctor, The Mind of Evil (1971)

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Know your strengths

“Of course we should interfere. Always do what you’re best at, that’s what I say.” – The Fourth Doctor, Nightmare of Eden (1979)

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Search for the truth

“You wanted advice you said. I never give it, never. But I might just say this to you. Always search for truth. My truth is in the stars and yours is here.” – The First Doctor, The Daleks (1964)

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Know thine enemy

“What is the one thing evil can not face—not ever? Itself.” – The Fifth Doctor, Kinda (1982)

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Worthy opponents

“You can always judge a man by the quality of his enemies.” – The Seventh Doctor, Remembrance of the Daleks (1988)

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The pen is mightier than the sword

“You want weapons? We’re in a library! Books! The best weapons in the world!” – The Tenth Doctor, Tooth and Claw (2006)

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History lessons

“My dear Steven, history sometimes gives us a terrible shock, and that is because we don’t quite fully understand. Why should we? After all, we’re too small to realize its final pattern. Therefore don’t try and judge it from where you stand.” – The First Doctor, The Massacre of St. Bartholomew’s Eve (1966)

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On growth

“I’d like to see a butterfly fit into a chrysalis case after it spreads its wings. Life depends on change, and renewal.” – The Second Doctor, The Power of the Daleks (1966)

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Beyond science

“You’re right, Jo. There is magic in the world after all.” – The Third Doctor, The Daemons (1971)

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The right questions

“Answers are easy. It’s asking the right questions which is hard.” – The Fourth Doctor, The Face of Evil (1977)

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The little things

“When did you last have the pleasure of smelling a flower, watching a sunset, eating a well-prepared meal? For some people, small, beautiful events are what life is all about.” – The Fifth Doctor, Earthshock (1982)

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Time flies

“Planets come and go. Stars perish. Matter disperses, coalesces, forms into other patterns, other worlds. Nothing can be eternal.” – The Sixth Doctor, The Trial of a Time Lord (1986)

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On principles

“Ah, well… Every dogma has its day.” – The Seventh Doctor, Time and the Rani

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Independent streak

“This is my life, Jackie. It’s not fun, it’s not smart, it’s just standing up and making a decision because nobody else will.” – The Ninth Doctor, World War Three (2005)

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Immortality as a curse

“I’m old enough to know that a longer life isn’t always a better one. In the end, you just get tired; tired of the struggle, tired of losing everyone that matters to you, tired of watching everything you love turn to dust. If you live long enough, Lazarus, the only certainty left is that you’ll end up alone.” – The Tenth Doctor, The Lazarus Experiment (2007)

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On coincidence

“Never ignore coincidence. Unless, of course, you’re busy. In which case, always ignore coincidence.” – The Eleventh Doctor, The Pandorica Opens (2010)

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Free will

“I don’t believe that man was made to be controlled by machines. Machines can make laws, but they can not preserve justice. Only human beings can do that.” – The First Doctor, The Keys of Marinus (1964)

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One-of-a-kind wonders

“Our lives are different to anybody else’s. That’s the exciting thing. There’s nobody in the universe can do what we’re doing.” – The Second Doctor, The Tomb of the Cybermen (1967)

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Righting wrongs

“I had to face my fear… That was more important than just going on living.” – The Third Doctor, Planet of the Spiders (1974)

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The nature of mystery

“To the rational mind, nothing is inexplicable; only unexplained.” – The Fourth Doctor, The Robots of Death (1977)

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Proscratination, Time Lord Style

“You know how it is; you put things off for a day and next thing you know, it’s a hundred years later.” – The Fifth Doctor, Arc of Infinity (1983)

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Personality quirks

“Anybody remotely interesting is mad in some way or another.” – The Seventh Doctor, The Greatest Show in the Galaxy (1988)

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