Our list of the best quotes from Netflix horror mystery thriller television series created by Mike Flanagan and Leah Fong, based on the novel of the same name by Christopher Pike. The Midnight Club follows a group of terminally ill young adults that reside at Brightcliffe Hospice, who begin to gather together at midnight to share scary stories. The group makes a pact that whichever of them dies first will contact the others from beyond the grave.
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1. The Final Chapter'To those before and those after. To us now and to those beyond. Seen or unseen, here but not here.' (The Midnight Club) Click To Tweet
Ilonka: The next chapter. That’s something people say a lot, talking about the stories of their lives. Turn the page. The past is prologue. The next chapter. Like it’s already been written. Like the words are already there waiting for us. But I disagree. We are the authors of our own stories. Sure, we can’t always control the plot, but we can decide who we want to be. So to me, the next chapter just means the endless possibilities of the blank page. New beginnings. It doesn’t matter who you, we were in high school. The jock, the nerd, the weirdo, the criminal, or the princess, or what plot twist got tossed our way. It’s time to turn the page and write the next chapter ourselves.
'We are the authors of our own stories. Sure, we can't always control the plot, but we can decide who we want to be. So to me, the next chapter just means the endless possibilities of the blank page.' - Ilonka (The Midnight Club) Click To Tweet
Ilonka: Salutatorian means second best, so.
Tim: Oh, just a second. Get out of here. Ilonka, you’ve done great, and you need to celebrate it. And you should also break a few rules, I think. You know, just like once in your life.
Ilonka: Stop it, Tim.
'Just because it's got a morgue in the basement doesn't mean it's not a business.' - Anya (The Midnight Club) Click To Tweet
Ilonka: What were some of your favorite classes this year?
Brian: I’m going to go with Romantic and Victorian literature. Yeah. I know that sounds like a line.
Ilonka: It sounds like a line.
Brian: But it isn’t.
Ilonka: No. I know it isn’t. I do.
'He's young, and cute, and funny. And he ain't dying. What's not to hate?' - Anya (The Midnight Club) Click To Tweet
Ilonka: My favorite is Shelley. Mary, not her husband. Mary Shelley, the teenage girl who wrote Frankenstein. A teenage girl did that. She was nineteen when she became the mother of modern horror. I mean, she wrote the first major work in the science fiction genre. Frankenstein is not only the first creation story to use science that way, but to deal with the ethics of experiment and experimenter.
'That's all any of us are in the end, stories.' - Ilonka (The Midnight Club) Click To Tweet
Ilonka: Can you say the name again? Can you say the real name again, please?
Dr. Rowlands: Papillary thyroid carcinoma.
Ilonka: Right. Thyroid cancer. You said treatable?
Dr. Rowlands: It can be. We need to know more. But the biopsy results tell me we should do an immediate thyroidectomy, and start you on radioactive iodine treatment.
Ilonka: You want to remove my thyroid? No, I’m going to Stanford in the fall.
Ilonka: [referring to her dreams] I’m having doozies, waking, sleeping. Sometimes I don’t even know if I’m awake or asleep. They say it’s the meds, but I don’t know.
'Grief is not selective. You'll be surprised what grief can grow on.' - Dr. Georgina Stanton (The Midnight Club) Click To Tweet
Anya: Rachel used to do that, before the white magic, or whatever other magic she was trying near the end. She was all about the teas. Smelt like an armpit in here.
'You can't do better than Radiohead. Exit music for a life.' - Kevin (The Midnight Club) Click To Tweet
Dr. Georgina Stanton: [referring to their memorial plans] It’s about agency. You deserve agency over each and every decision. Anything within my ability to provide at least. Amesh. He requested his body be fired from a cannon into a shark tank.
Ilonka: What did you say?
Dr. Georgina Stanton: I offered him a memorial plaque at the aquarium. I’m not Santa Claus.
'Amesh, I believe you can accomplish having sex, while hang gliding, into your sister's wedding.' - Kevin (The Midnight Club) Click To Tweet
Kevin: Oh, man. Pre-need.
Ilonka: Yeah. This stuff is pretty morbid.
Kevin: Yeah. I went through like five or six versions of the music on mine, but you can’t do better than Radiohead. Exit music for a life.
'I don't need to barter for souls. I have a line out the door every morning before I even open the shop. Trust me when I say this is the you that you chose.' - The Devil (The Midnight Club) Click To Tweet
Amesh: [at group therapy] PlayStation. Sony PlayStation. It’s CD based, and a big deal. So was Sega CD, but no cartridges, at all. Game changer. And I don’t know, it might be lame, but I started with the Atari 7800 and I haven’t missed a beat. And, yes, Genesis, Super Nintendo. And I’m not going to play the PlayStation. It comes out in September. That’s like eight months from now. Not going to play the Nintendo 64. That’s not out until next year. Yeah. It’s lame, I guess. But that hurts, man. That’s all. And I know there’s stuff I should mourn more. I’m probably going to lose a lot. My sight, my motor function, my memory, my life. But, yeah, the PlayStation is on my mind, and it makes me mad, and it sucks.
3. The Wicked Heart'We brought nothing with us when we came into the world. And we can't take anything with us when we leave it.' - Janitor (The Midnight Club) Click To Tweet
Kevin: [referring to Ilonka’s vision] I mean, it has to be crazy. Right? With the meds that we’re on, I mean, they make us see stuff. I mean, it’s not just you. It happens to all of us.
Ilonka: That happened much to you, Kevin? Your Haldol make you see terrifying old ladies too?
Anya: [to Ilonka] Oh, Jesus. You don’t always wake up like that, do you? If you’re an alarm clock, I’d slap you into snooze.
'People fear death even more than pain. It's strange that they fear death. At the point of death, pain is over. Yeah. I guess it is a friend.' - Janitor (The Midnight Club) Click To Tweet
Anya: It’s just not my favorite day. I can be a bit of a b**ch on…
Anya: Family Day. It’s like a petting zoo, but all the animals are dying. It’s the exact same as every other day for me. No plus-one’s.
'Heaven and hell. World's such a colorful f***ing place. Why do you go out of your way to make it so black and white?' - Anya (The Midnight Club) Click To Tweet
Ilonka: [referring to Tim] I told him all about you.
Anya: Bet that was fun. Told him all about your b**ch roommate? It’s good to vent.
Ilonka: I told him you’re the toughest person I’ve ever met.
'That's what hell is. Knowing stares. Not lava or brimstone. Hell is everybody knowing.' - Kevin (The Midnight Club) Click To Tweet
Samantha: [referring to his younger brother] I thought you’d be excited. He’s carrying on the torch. It’s your legacy.
Kevin: Don’t worry about my legacy. Mine’s all played out. And your high school experience should be all yours.
Amesh: [in the secret basement] Painted walls and painted floor. Look up. Pause the fear response just long enough to appreciate how hard it must have been to paint that.
Ilonka: The Midnight Club was founded by Julia Jayne.
'The world isn't black and white. It's just not as f***ing simple. It's right, wrong, good, bad.' - Spencer (The Midnight Club) Click To Tweet
Spencer: I guess those rumors about the secret basement were true.
Sandra: I’m done.
Natsuki: She’s right A place like this is best left undisturbed.
Amesh: Exit room. Change pants.
Ilonka: I’m staying.
Anya: F*** it. So am I.
'Even nice people can be wrong.' - Mark (The Midnight Club) Click To Tweet
Ilonka: At the very start, there were eight members. Just like…
Kevin: Just like us.
'You can't love God and hate love. You just can't.' - Sandra (The Midnight Club) Click To Tweet
Sandra: Well, we’re all still mourning Tristan. Every time someone here passes, it reminds me of my time, I guess. And I think we’re, or a lot of us, we might not know how to handle that. And we may turn to things that aren’t good for us, if we’re not careful, poking at things that should be left alone.
5. Gimme a Kiss'To those days before, and to those after. To these days now, and to those days beyond. Seen or unseen, here but not here. To all those days. All of them.' (The Midnight Club) Click To Tweet
Dr. Georgina Stanton: [after Ilonka revives Anya] A DNR doesn’t mean do not treat. I always say that Brightcliffe is about agency, and it is. But, Ilonka, we won’t stand by and watch someone overdose on their own meds. I’m so glad you didn’t either. You did the right thing.
'There's only two things that I've actually really, really wanted, is to get the girl, and save the world.' - Amesh (The Midnight Club) Click To Tweet
Ilonka: What did you see, Anya?
Anya: I was high. I didn’t see anything.
Ilonka: You did though. You talked about something Rachel said toward the end. Something about a shadow.
Anya: No shadow. It’s bulls**t. You understand? I didn’t see it.
'That's the thing about being from the future. You don't have to wonder if you change the past. If you did, you'll know it. Because you'll change too.' - Amesh (The Midnight Club) Click To Tweet
Ilonka: All of the adults were dead. Poisoned. All except one. Aceso swore it was an accident. Said she’d gathered the wrong plants for the tea they drank in their rituals. But that was just a story. Because Athena says her mom knew exactly what she was doing. Her mom told her something big was coming. A blood sacrifice the goddesses wouldn’t ignore. The blood sacrifice that would give her a long, long life.
'Maybe that's what angels are really. Maybe angels are just second chances.' - Amesh (The Midnight Club) Click To Tweet
Ilonka: The journal, the basement. And along comes Julia Jayne and she finds both of them. She reads Athena’s diary, which talks a lot about what they actually did. In pretty specific detail. She starts the Midnight Club in the basement and walks out of here, cured.
Kevin: I don’t know. I mean, I’ve tried some crazy stuff. Like really crazy stuff. Honestly, I tried just about anything, because I don’t want to die any more than the rest of us do, but…
Ilonka: It isn’t about believing.
'The shadow. The only thing it can be in a place like this. Creeping. Darkness creeping, nothing. Coming for you when it's your time. F***ing with you until it is.' - Anya (The Midnight Club) Click To Tweet
Ilonka: I know that Julia found that journal. I know the Midnight Club met in the same place that the Paragon did the rituals. And I know Julia walked out of here, cured.
Kevin: So, what do you want to do? Go gather some poisonous berries, throw in a couple of togas?
Ilonka: Togas aren’t Greek.
Spencer: My man Dusty’s all bada** now, just killing everybody he sees.
Amesh: [referring to the ghosts in Kevin’s story] Can we try just once to get through a story without the peanut gallery?
'World's got a funny way of doing what it wants. You pull a rubber band, you can stretch it out. But sooner or later, it's going to want to snap back the way it was. Universe is stubborn.' - Maggie (The Midnight Club) Click To Tweet
Amesh: [to Kevin] Damn, man. I don’t know how you’re doing it, but you’re making me feel bad for a guy who killed a classroom full of people.
'It is not up to us. We don't make the rules, and we do not get to change the outcome. And when people try to find some shortcut, some loophole, some advantage over life, over death. People can get hurt.' - Dr. Georgina Stanton Click To Tweet
Ilonka: [referring to her story] It’s called “Witch”.
Anya: Oh, I can relate. Wait. Dd you say “witch” or “b**ch”?
'You don't have to believe anything. You don't have to do anything either. Just show up.' - Natsuki (The Midnight Club) Click To Tweet
Maggie: World’s got a funny way of doing what it wants. You pull a rubber band, you can stretch it out. But sooner or later, it’s going to want to snap back the way it was. Universe is stubborn.
7. Anya'I hope you hear me when I say, we're all with you in there, and we always will be. You're not alone. Everything's going to be okay.' - Ilonka (The Midnight Club) Click To Tweet
Anya: [at her group meeting] Everyone thought I was a goner. And then, for once, my body decided to do the right f***ing thing. And I woke up. And I guess, I got better, didn’t I? And this thing that had defined so much of me, that had defined so much of my life, was suddenly just gone. But instead of feeling saved, I felt chewed up and spit out, like it had eaten parts of me. Good parts. And here I am. Whatever’s left.
'One should die proudly when it's no longer possible to live proudly.' - Janitor (The Midnight Club) Click To Tweet
Anya: Spontaneous regression. It sounded so f***ing stupid to me at the time. Still does. But that roommate, wherever she is, I hope she’s laughing. I think she deserves that.
'It's not length of life but depth of life.' - Janitor (The Midnight Club) Click To Tweet
Anya: [after calling Rhett] I’m in the city now, and I’m alone, and I don’t know anyone. And I just thought you could tell me, maybe you could just tell me that it’s all going to be, that it’s going to be okay.
Rhett: What’s going to be okay?
Anya: Any of it.
'The thing about an hourglass, the most important thing, is that you can turn it over. Life can prevail.' - Shasta (The Midnight Club) Click To Tweet
Anya: [to Rhett, over phone] I can’t make it right. I can’t make me right. I could never imagine a life in which anything ever f***ing worked out for me. I never could. There’s this voice in my head, you know, and it just keeps telling me, “You’re broken. You’re broken. You’re broken,” over and over. And I just, I can’t make it stop.
'The sounds of stories are the sounds of life.' - Dr. Georgina Stanton (The Midnight Club) Click To Tweet
Anya: [over phone] I just wish you’d f***ing talk to me. I apologized. I apologized! And, yeah, I was a nightmare. And I f***ed up. But you vanished! I needed you! You were the only family I had left! And, yeah, I walked away. But all I wanted was for you to come find me. Why couldn’t you just come f***ing find me, Rhett? You knew me well enough to know I never would!
[Rhett then ends the call]
Ilonka: [after she finds out that someone is going home] When the others hear about this, they’re going to demand to know.
Dr. Georgina Stanton: They are not hearing about this now. You’re saying nothing. Do you understand? Because until we know for certain, to mention this to anyone, it would be cruel, Ilonka. Unbelievably cruel.
Ilonka: It’s cruel not to tell us.
'Ignore me till I die, or love me till I die. But that's on you. Because I love you. I love you. Just how you are. I love me. Just how I am. And I'm pretty sure God does too.' - Spencer (The Midnight Club) Click To Tweet
Dr. Georgina Stanton: [to Ilonka] Remember how hard it was, hearing the news? Learning you were dying. Making peace with it. You mention this to anyone, you are robbing them of that peace. So, if you’re their friend, if you care about any of them, you say nothing. And if anything at all is changing for anyone, I’ll tell them. I will. As soon as I know for certain.
'They say life's too short to be with someone if you know if it isn't right.' - Amesh (The Midnight Club) Click To Tweet
Amesh: [as he trips] Sometimes you got to give people a little Chaplin.
Mark: Who doesn’t love Chaplin?
Mark: It only benefits you to let me know if your symptoms come back, or you’re experiencing any new ones.
Amesh: No. My only new symptom is physical comedy.
'You know, depression is amazing like that. Your own brain is trying to kill you. Your own thoughts are trying to kill you.' - Natsuki (The Midnight Club) Click To Tweet
Cheri: [to Spencer, referring to being gay] It wasn’t hard to tell my parents because my parents don’t care enough for it to be hard. I don’t even know if they really heard me. I could tell them I’m hooked on heroin, or I’m pregnant with octuplets, and I still don’t think they’d care too much. So, no. You got courage, friend. You told your parents and it f***ing mattered.
9. The Eternal Enemy'Every single one of us is going to die someday. And before we do, every single one of us deserves love.' - Mark (The Midnight Club) Click To Tweet
Sandra: But I’m not dying?
Dr. Georgina Stanton: We’re all dying, Sandra. Each and every one of us. But right now, for you, you do not have terminal lymphoma.
'Time has a permanent hold on us the moment we're born. It allows us to grow, to get big. We go to school, we find jobs, we fall in love. Time lets us do all of these things. But then, in the end, it kills us.' - Spencer Click To Tweet
Kevin: The dreams, sleepwalking. Got to be my meds.
Ilonka: Our meds don’t make the halls look different. Our meds don’t make me see people in the hallways, in the room, in the goddamn mirror. I think you know what I’m talking about, Kevin. So, please. If you do, don’t make me go another minute feeling crazy.
Kevin: Yeah. Okay. I do.
'Fear is like radiation. You spend enough time around enough of it, and it changes you genetically.' - Mark (The Midnight Club) Click To Tweet
Amesh: Isn’t that what we were waiting for? A sign?
Spencer: Yeah, but it doesn’t make any sense. Like you said, in a place where so many young people die before their time with unfinished business, the only ghosts you see are two like old people.
'That's the thing about time. It brings only one thing with it. Change. It's the only thing certain in the universe. Add time to anything at all, and you get change. A little, or a lot.' - Spencer (The Midnight Club) Click To Tweet
Cheri: There’s a French word for that. When two people are close, they share the same…
Amesh: Yeah. Folie Ã deux. It means, delusion shared by two.
Natsuki: You speak French?
Amesh: No, but it was the title of an X-Files episode, and it was awesome.
'And that's the thing about being alone so much. Late at night, when you're alone in a room, there's no one there to lie to you about who you are.' - Spencer (The Midnight Club) Click To Tweet
Natsuki: Maybe it’s not ghost. My mom told a story, something her grandmother told her. This bedtime story about this thing. Toshi no Taberu Hito. It means “eater of years”, or “the years eater”. It looked like an old woman. And you’d find it in places where people were going to die, and eat the years they would have had.
Kevin: Wait, this was a bedtime story that your mom told you casually?
Dr. Georgina Stanton: The thing about Julia and other people I’ve met over the years is, they can’t accept that they were just lucky. But time comes around for everyone.
'The universe isn't moved by “if only”. You can say it all you want. If only it wasn't this way. But the answer is always, “But it is.”' - Ilonka (The Midnight Club) Click To Tweet
Ilonka: You said you didn’t know anything about the Paragon.
Dr. Georgina Stanton: Yes, because we never need to talk about it again, or let those sick ideas loose in the minds of people like you, who can be made desperate.
Ilonka: But I’m not like them. I’m not stupid.
Dr. Georgina Stanton: You’re not. These ideas, they’re like cancer. Once they catch on, it doesn’t matter how old you are, or how smart you are or aren’t. All of us are at risk one way or another.
'Sometimes, you don't get a shot at love in life. But that doesn't mean the game is over.' - Ilonka (The Midnight Club) Click To Tweet
Ilonka: [referring to Anya] She told me how you guys fell out. She took full responsibility though.
Rhett: I’m sure she did. It wasn’t that cut and dry. I could have done better.
Ilonka: S**t. We could all do better. And she was a stubborn b**ch sometimes, no doubt. But she loved you.
'I don't know if it's possible not to hurt the people you care about. It doesn't mean you have to be alone.' - Ilonka (The Midnight Club) Click To Tweet
Rhett: [referring to Anya’s ballerina statue] This broke like a long time ago. Like a long time ago. And, I mean, it looks like she didn’t actually. Got a new one. Doesn’t actually look like it was repaired. Just a new statue. Are you okay?
Ilonka: Yeah. Yeah, I am. She fixed it.
'I've been thinking that dying is a really s**tty reason not to live.' - Kevin (The Midnight Club) Click To Tweet