Smallville Season 1 Episode 17: "Reaper" Quotes
Lex: Do you know what my father gave me for my tenth birthday? A copy of The Will to Power. "Behold the Superman - man is something to be overcome." Sun Tzu, Machiavelli, Nietzsche, they were the voices that nurtured me after my mother died. My father made every question a quiz, every choice a test. Second best was for losers, compassion for the weak, trust no one. Those were the lessons I grew up with.
Dominic: I'll remember that if I'm ever interviewed by the Biography Channel.
Lex: All I'm saying, Dominic, is try to remember who I was raised by. I try to deny it, but I'm still my father's son. Tread carefully.
Martha: I'm not going to play referee, you two need to work this out.
Clark: We will. First we'll have a week of uncomfortable silence and then we'll start talking about something trivial. And then we'll move on.
Let's be frank, Dominic. My father sent you here to spy on me because he's afraid of how well I'm doing. This was my last chance to prove myself and he just assumed I'd fail. Now he has to revise his definition of me. I'm not just his screw-up son anymore. Now I'm competition. And my father only knows one way of dealing with competition.Lex
You know in ancient Persia, the kings would kill a messenger who brought them news they didn't like. In modern times a sword in the chest might seem a little extreme. Something more subtle would be in order. Enjoying your drink?Lex
Tyler: It's a miracle.
Clark: It's life. As long as we have that, there's still hope.
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.
Clark: You don't have to look so happy about it.
Chloe: I'm not happy. I'm intrigued.
Pete: Which means you're still going to look into it.
Chloe: Am I that transparent?
Pete and Clark: Yes.
No, I just want you to understand that if I'm guilty of anything regarding your family, it's envy.Lex
Jonathan: He's a good kid, Lex, I don't want that to change.
Lex: Neither do I. (pause) You know, from the day I first met Clark, all you've ever seen is the name "Luthor."
Jonathan: Well so far you haven't given me a reason to see anything else.
Clark: You know this is a crime scene.
Lex: In his own way he's just trying to give you something my father never gave me.
Clark: What's that?
Lex: Limitations. All my father ever told me was "don't get caught" and "don't cause a scandal." That's not love, it's public relations. You have no idea how lucky you are. When my father dies, kings will come to his funeral but when yours does, his friends will come.