Hannibal Lecter: On a related note I must confess to you, I'm giving very serious thought... to eating your wife.
Barney: Do you ever think he might come after you? You ever think about him at all?
Clarice Starling: Well, at least thirty seconds of everyday. I can't help it. He's always with me, like a bad habit.
Clarice Starling: I wasn't speaking to you, Mr. Krendler. When I speak to you, you'll know it because I'll look at you.
Mason Verger: Now that's entertainment.
Hannibal Lecter: ...would they have you back, you think? The FBI? Those people you despise almost as much as they despise you. Would they give you a medal, Clarice, do you think? Would you have it professionally framed and hang it on your wall to look at and remind you of your courage and incorruptibility? All you would need for that, Clarice, is a mirror.
Hannibal Lecter: People don't always tell you what they are thinking. They just see to it that you don't advance in life.
Mason Verger: Oh, coulda, woulda, should. I mean what do you think about the money?
Paul Krendler: Five.
Mason Verger: Oh, let's just toss it off like 'five'! Let's say it with the respect it deserves.
Paul Krendler: Five-hundred-thousand-dollars.
Mason Verger: Well, that's better, but not much. Will it work?
Paul Krendler: It'll work. Won't be pretty.
Mason Verger: What ever is?
Mason Verger: When the fox hears the rabbit scream he comes a-runnin'... but not to help.
Hannibal Lecter: Is this Clarice? Why, hello Clarice.
Hannibal Lecter: People don't always say what they're thinking... they just see to it that you don't advance in life.
Clarice Starling: This is from the Guinness Book of World Records, congratulating me on being the female FBI Agent who has shot and killed the most people.
Hannibal Lecter: Are you by any chance trying to trace my whereabouts, you naughty girl?
Mason Verger: I might be able to get a cookie now, what do you think, Cordell?
Cordell Doemling: I think it would kill you.