Lex: It bothers you, doesn't it. That I'm not dependent on you anymore. I've made friends in Smallville, people I can trust.
Lionel: Don't be ridiculous, Lex, I'm happy that you're doing well.
Lex: No you're not. You're afraid I won't need you anymore.
Lionel: You'll always be my son. And you will always need me, Lex.

Lex: You want to ask an accounting question, Dad? Call me. And the next time one of your drones bothers the Kents, he'll be lucky to ride home with the spare.
Lionel: Lex... well done.

It's a foil, Clark. Every hero should have one.

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I've been harsh on you, Lex, but greatness is a rarefied air one has to be taught to breathe.

Lionel Luthor

Lionel: Lex, your performance of late has been... more than adequate.
Lex: That sounds dangerously like a compliment.

Lionel: We don't need to play games, son.
Lex: Dad, games are all we have.

Lex: I think he saw Julian as his second chance. A chance for him to have a son he could truly love.
Clark: I'm sorry.
Lex: It's in the past, Clark. We would have ended up hating each other anyway. My father would have seen to that.

The day Julian was born was the only time I felt like I was part of a real family.

Lex: You know what those emperors you're always talking about were really afraid of? That their sons would become successful and return to Rome at the head of their own army.
Lionel: You think you can find your future in Smallville? I'm your future. Join me, Lex. Join me in Metropolis. How long have you been waiting to hear me to say those words?
Lex: I've waited to hear other things from you for a lot longer. I'll return to Metropolis when I'm ready.
Lionel: At the head of an army?

Clark: I didn't know you liked comic books.
Lex: Are you kidding? A strange visitor from another planet who protects the weak? When I was young he was my idol, not to mention that fact he's bald. I have the whole collection.

Lex: I thought you were in Monaco.
Lionel: The backbone of surprise is fusing secrecy with speed.

(to Lionel) I know why you want me back. I'm driving you crazy, aren't I? I'm not clubbing till 6 A.M., not getting arrested. I'm on track. That's what scares you. You want me back where you can keep an eye on me.

Smallville Quotes

Clark: Isn't it time we moved beyond these mental trials?
Jor-El: Your determination is strong, Son, but just as your passion will be your greatest strength, so, too, will it be your greatest obstacle.

Chloe: Dr. Hamilton.
Dr. Hamilton: If you would be so kind as to lower the 9mm Jericho 941. I prefer "Emil."