Our list of the best quotes from HBO Max limited sci-fi series based on the novel of the same name by Emily St. John Mandel. Station Eleven is a post-apocalyptic saga spanning multiple timelines, and tells the stories of survivors of a devastating flu that wipes out the majority of the world’s population, as they attempt to rebuild and reimagine the world anew while holding on to the best of what’s been lost.
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1. Wheel of Fire
Cop: [after Arthur dies on stage] So you don’t know CPR?
Jeevan Chaudhary: No.
Cop: But you ran on stage anyway.
Jeevan Chaudhary: Yeah.
Cop: Did you know the victim?
Jeevan Chaudhary: No. No, I was just in the audience.
Young Kirsten: Do you think Arthur’s dead?
Jeevan Chaudhary: If he is, he was doing what he loved most in the world when he died. So, that’s cool, right?
Young Kirsten: Acting is what I love most in the world too.
Jeevan Chaudhary: Okay, well. It’s good that you have something.
Jeevan Chaudhary: So how do you usually get home?
Young Kirsten: I take the L with Tanya.
Jeevan Chaudhary: Okay, come on. I’ll walk you to the L.
Young Kirsten: But I can’t go with a stranger unless Tanya and my parents say it’s okay.
Jeevan Chaudhary: Okay. Hello, I’m Jeevan Chaudhary. And you’re Kirsten…
Young Kirsten: Raymonde.
Jeevan Chaudhary: Raymonde, okay. So now we’re not strangers.
Young Kirsten: Who’s that?
Arthur Leander: [referring to Miranda’s graphic novel Station Eleven] He’s the a**hole that ruined my life.
2. A Hawk from a Handsaw'To the monsters, we're the monsters.' - The Prophet (Station Eleven) Click To Tweet
Sarah: I played music before. What about you?
Young Kirsten: I was a Shakespearean actor
Sarah: Well, who’d you train under?
Young Kirsten: Arthur Leander.
Sarah: We can overcome that.
Young Kirsten: When we fix the ship, I’m going to say goodbye to Arthur. And Jeevan. And my little brother. His name was Frank.
Sarah: You’ve been out here a long time by yourself, haven’t you?
Young Kirsten: Dr. Eleven can’t feel time.
Sarah: We’re The Traveling Symphony. We travel for a reason. We burn the house down, then go! Just try to make the world make sense for a minute. And, you know, they blame you if you stay. But they love you like you saved them when you come back.
Alexandra: Are you okay? I know these woods make you think of Jeevan.
Kirsten: Yeah, I’m fine.
3. Hurricane'I remember damage. And escape. Then adrift in a stranger's galaxy for a long time. But I'm safe now. I found it again. My home.' - Miranda Carroll (Station Eleven) Click To Tweet
Leon Prevant: Do you know the meaning of logistics?
Miranda Carroll: The path things take.
Leon Prevant: Not the path. The right path.
Leon Prevant: Where do you see yourself in twenty years?
Miranda Carroll: Working for you. Or we’ll all be dead.
Leon Prevant: That is funny. Straight-faced, everything. Good. I like you. We’ll all be dead.
'I don't want to live the wrong life and then die.' - Arthur (Station Eleven) Click To Tweet
Arthur Leander: You know, until yesterday, I thought that I was never going to see you again. Why are you here?
Miranda Carroll: [gives him her copy of Station Eleven] I finished.
Arthur Leander: [to Miranda, referring to her drawing] The subject of your work is a person. Not a spaceman. He’s alone. Not unhappy. Adrift. A bit exhausted. But his heart is warmer and lighter than they realize, because he wears a suit for protection.
Arthur Leander: [as Miranda shows him what she was drawing] That’s a banana.
'To be loved is a calamity. Love will try to see the words before it's finished.' - Miranda Carroll (Station Eleven) Click To Tweet
Clark: I can’t tell you how many nights I’ve had that have ended like this. Drinking with somebody fascinating, like yourself, who Arthur acquired three bars previous, while he talks to his fans.
Miranda Carroll: Maybe I acquired him.
4. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Aren’t Dead'It's hard to see dangerous people.' - Kirsten (Station Eleven) Click To Tweet
Alexandra: Well, so what if people make up who they are? It’s what you all do all the time.
Kirsten: All of who? Actors?
Kirsten: [referring to the Prophet] What did he say to you, when you were alone with him?
Alexandra: Why do you care so much?
Kirsten: Well, I care, because if something happens to you, it’s my fault. The world’s still a very dangerous f***ing place, Alex.
Brian: Perhaps this is the perfect time to invite you once more into the Museum of Civilization. To the east. It’s only a week away, and I will personally guide you. Personally guide you. We’re fans of yours, Ms. Larson. I listen to it all the time.
Dieter: [referring to Brian’s CD of her music] How?
Sarah: We will not be coming to your town, but I will be taking this.
'Never try to write an oral history of the world after it ends.' - Gil (Station Eleven) Click To Tweet
Brian: Well, perhaps I’ll try you again in Nuevo Santiago.
Sarah: The answer’s still going to be no!
Brian: Third time is a charm! Remember what you love.
Sarah: We don’t leave the wheel.
5. The Severn City Airport'All that matters is the now and what got us to this point. Because the past is a map, and it got us here.' - Clark (Station Eleven) Click To Tweet
Elizabeth: Was it hard to remember our names?
Elizabeth: All the women that Arthur f***ed!
Clark: I usually wasn’t aware…
Elizabeth: You never made a mistake.
Clark: Could you tell me where the car rental desk is?
Miles: No cars. Everything’s rented.
Clark: I need to get to Chicago.
Miles: Well, okay, Steve Martin. Let me call John Candy. We’ll get you both back home for Thanksgiving.
'The worst I may be yet. The worst is not, as long as we can say, “This is the worst.”' - Clark (Station Eleven) Click To Tweet
New Anchor: Deaths inside critical international logistics firms could cause a catastrophe in the coming days, regardless of case numbers dramatically dropping. Cain, if you’re watching this, you need to listen to me. This is real. Take the kids to your parents place, now. Back roads only, no motorways.
Clark: Holy s**t.
Nun: God has a plan.
Clark: Let’s f***ing hope so.
Shay: I just heard them say they’re not letting people get off that one. The people on that plane are sick.
Clark: Holy s**t. I mean, they still have rights as citizens. And if they need medical attention.
Shay: I guess it doesn’t matter. This flu kills everyone. We’re all dead if they come inside here. Would you die for a stranger?
Clark: Probably not.
6. Survival is Insufficient'There is no before. Only what is to come.' - The Prophet (Station Eleven) Click To Tweet
Young Kirsten: Hi.
Gil: Hi, I still don’t know what your name is.
Gil: You know, the last time I came to this place, it was golf and weapons. And you know what I said when I came into this room? I said, “This should be a theater. We could settle here, make art, be safe, and stop running.”
Young Kirsten: [to baby Alex after loosing her] How are you? So sorry. I was distracted. I won’t ever let it happen again. I’ll get rid of the book. So sorry. My name is Kirsten.
Gil: Finally, we get her name!
Kirsten: The Prophet killed Gil.
Sayid: Why would he kill Gil?
Kirsten: He sent the kids back. They put mines on their chests. I tried to stop it.
7. Goodbye My Damaged Home'We're adults. We pretend we're not scared.' - Frank (Station Eleven) Click To Tweet
Kirsten: You found me again.
Young Kirsten: [referring to the Red Bandana member] You’re dying. He shot you with poison. He used to be a dentist.
Young Kirsten: [as the lights in the city go out] It’s like a spaceship.
Jeevan Chaudhary: We’re f***ed.
Jeevan Chaudhary: It’s going to be okay.
Young Kirsten: You said we’re f***ed.
Jeevan Chaudhary: When spring comes, we’re going to run out of food. Whoever’s left alive is going to want to fight each other. We have to think about the future. We have to leave, because this can’t last.
'This strange and awful time, was the happiest of my life.' - Frank (Station Eleven) Click To Tweet
Frank Chaudhary: [in Hindi, referring to Kirsten] She’s over there, slowly realizing her parents are dead.
Jeevan Chaudhary: [in Hindi] I’m slowly realizing, Frank, my sister is dead too. And my girlfriend.
Frank Chaudhary: [in Hindi] We’re adults. We pretend we’re not scared.
8. Who’s There?'There is no before. No after. Only now.' - Kirsten (Station Eleven) Click To Tweet
Elizabeth: Hello, Tyler. We premiere in three days. Midsummer. We’ve decided on the atrium for the wagons in case of rain.Clark seems okay with the Symphony being here. I don’t think you ever saw me this excited. You saw me as the bad guy. S**tty German soaps. Ah, I wish you were here.
Young Kirsten: [flashback] Station Eleven was printed at Zalinski’s Print and Copy Stop in Chicago, Illinois on November 28, 2020. Only five…
Jeevan Chaudhary: What’s your source on that?
Young Kirsten: Miranda telling Arthur. Only five copies were published. It is the story…
Jeevan Chaudhary: Self-published?
'Nothing's gone. Nothing's ever gone.' - Sarah (Station Eleven) Click To Tweet
Kirsten: [referring to her copy of Station Eleven] That’s my book.
Tyler Leander: I know. It’s been a while.
Kirsten: What happened?
Tyler Leander: You killed all those bandanas. But they got you with that dirty chemistry, Kolokol-1. People say their poison makes you see ghosts. What did you dream about?
Kirsten: The First Hundred.
Jeevan Chaudhary: So, how many people have we seen now since we’ve been here, seven? Plow guy. The guy in the cornfields last summer who ran away. The two bandana meth guys.
Young Kirsten: The lady with no eyes.
Jeevan Chaudhary: The lady with no eyes. Oh, and the two old people on the Jet Ski. They were great.
Jeevan Chaudhary: Now that the road’s open, maybe we can go scavenging again.
Young Kirsten: I don’t want to leave.
Jeevan Chaudhary: It’s not safe. Too isolated here.
Jeevan Chaudhary: [to himself] I didn’t promise, Frank. She doesn’t even like me. She’d rather read a book.
Lara: [over radio] Where are you?
Jeevan Chaudhary: I don’t really know. Alone. In the woods. Walked across the ice last year, and just kind of found this place. Where are you?
Lara: By the water. I’m looking for a doctor. We really need help here.
Jeevan Chaudhary: I’m a doctor. Family doctor. It’s in the family.
Young Kirsten: What kind of job do you have?
Miranda Carroll: Logistics.
Young Kirsten: Oh, what does that mean?
Miranda Carroll: It’s the path things take from A to B. It’s always made sense to me.
Arthur Leander: How does it feel to actually accomplish something?
Miranda Carroll: It’s strange. I lost everyone that knew me. I lost you. I had to finish this first. That’s the only way I know how to say it. I’m just sorry that I was too late.
Miranda Carroll: [over phone] I’m sealed in a hotel room alone, kind of drunk, whole world’s ending, hoping I live to see the sunrise. An old friend just called back.
Clark: So there’s something I wanted to say to you, Miranda, in case we don’t survive. Those first few months you and Arthur were together, were the happiest time in my life.
Clark: I know you haven’t seen Arthur, but I had dinner with him about a month ago in Chicago, and we talked about you. I told him you weren’t an a**hole, you were just an artist.
Miranda Carroll: He called me. Told me you said some things that opened his eyes. I woke up the next day and finished the book, last two pages. Had a flight to Chicago. Found a print shop in Lincolnwood called Zalinski’s. Printed five. I wanted to send you one, but I’ve got it here.