Helen's Mother: A mother's arms are strong when her child is in danger.
Clyde Percy: How can you stand next to him?
Sister Helen Prejean: Mr. Percy, I'm just trying to follow the example of Jesus, who said that a person is not as bad as his worst deed.
Clyde Percy: This is not a person. This is an animal.
Sister Helen Prejean: It's not faith, it's work.
Sister Helen Prejean: Look at you. Death is looking down your neck, and you're playing your little male come-on games.
Matthew: Thank you for loving me.
Matthew Poncelet: I just wanna say I think killin' is wrong, no matter who does it, whether it's me or y'all or your government.
State trooper: I never gave a ticket to a nun before. I gave a ticket to a guy from the IRS one time. Got audited the next year. I'll tell you what, this time I'll let this one slide, but keep your speed down, yeah?
Matthew Poncelet: Hitler got things done.
Earl Delacroix: My wife filed for divorce this afternoon. We just have different ways to deal with our son's death. Until death do us part.