By Matt Taylor
Nic Pizzolatto, writer of True Detective (the 3rd highest-rated TV show ever according to IMDB), has caused quite a stir in the last few months by daring to inject some scathing commentary on religion into his riveting story by way of the very popular character, Rust Cohle. We’ve compiled our 6 favorite Rust Cohle quotes and dialogues about religion here.
If the only thing keeping a person decent is the expectation of divine reward then, brother, that person is a piece of shit. And I’d like to get as many of them out in the open as possible. You gotta get together and tell yourself stories that violate every law of the universe just to get through the goddamn day? What’s that say about your reality? – Rust Cohle
Rust Cohle: Transference of fear and self-loathing to an authoritarian vessel. It’s catharsis. He absorbs their dread with his narrative. Because of this, he’s effective in proportion to the amount of certainty he can project. Certain linguistic anthropologists think that religion is a language virus that rewrites pathways in the brain. Dulls critical thinking.
Marty Hart: Well, I don’t use ten dollar words as much as you, but for a guy who sees no point in existence, you sure fret about it an awful lot; and you still sound panicked.
Rust Cohle: At least I’m not racing to a red light.
I contemplate the moment in the garden, the idea of allowing your own crucifixion. – Rust Cohle
Been that way since one monkey looked at the sun and told the other monkey, “He said for you to give me your fucking share.” People… so god damn frail they’d rather put a coin in the wishing well than buy dinner. – Rust Cohle
I see a propensity for obesity. Poverty. A yen for fairy tales. Folks puttin’ what few bucks they do have into a little wicker basket being passed around. I think it’s safe to say nobody here’s gonna be splitting the atom, Marty. – Rust Cohle
Marty Hart: Your fucking attitude. Not everybody wants to sit alone in an empty room beating off to murder manuals. Some folks enjoy community. A common good.
Rust Cohle: Yeah, well if the common good’s gotta make up fairy tales then it’s not good for anybody.
Days of nothing. That’s what it’s like when you work cases. Days like lost dogs. – Rust Cohle
I lack the constitution for suicide. – Rust Cohle