Our Best Lutece Twins Quotes

Our Best Lutece Twins Quotes


It’s been a two years and some change since I first posted a series of my favorite BioShock Infinite quotes and yet to this day, it still manages to be one of the more popular articles we have. Obviously, not because I wrote it, but because Ken Levine and those who once walked the halls of now-defunct Irrational Games certainly knew how to tell a story. While the premise of BioShock Infinite focuses primarily on the relationship between Booker and Elizabeth, the Infinite part of the title nods to Robert and Rosalind Lutece, the physicist(s?) responsible for putting the game’s events in motion.

“Separated by a single chromosome,” by the time you reach the end of the game, Elizabeth and these two take you on an existential journey exploring quantum mechanics, dichotomy, and the idea of free will through little “experiments” of constants and variables evident (in hindsight) right away as they’re rowing you to the lighthouse.

While not all of them, here (by popular demand) are some of the best Lutece twins quotes, ordered chronologically, though separated between dual dialogue and Rosalind’s original audio logs you stumble upon in your adventures through Columbia’s corrupt metropolis in the sky (to make things easier, Rosalind is denoted with an “X”, and Robert, a “Y”… because chromosomes).


[While rowing Booker to the lighthouse off the coast of Maine]
X: I’ve made it very clear that I don’t believe in the exercise.
Y: The rowing?
X: No. I imagine that’s wonderful exercise.
Y: Then what?
X: The entire thought experiment.
Y: One goes into an experiment knowing one can fail.
X: But one does not undertake an experiment knowing one HAS failed.

Our Best Lutece Twins Quotes

[On discovery of Chen Lin’s corpse]
Y: Dead is dead.
[Robert flips a coin]
X: I see heads.
Y: And I see tails.
X: It’s all a matter of perspective.
Y: What do you see here, from this angle?
X: Dead. And that angle?
Y: Alive.

[On the resurrection of Lady Comstock]
Booker: But what is she? Alive or dead?
Y: Why do you ask ‘what?’
X: When the delicious question is ‘when?’
Y: The only difference between past and present…
X: …is semantics.
Y: Lives, lived, will live.
X: Dies, died, will die.
Y: If we could perceive time as it truly was…
X: …what reason would grammar professors have to get out of bed?
Y: Like us all, Lady Comstock exists across time.
X: She is both alive and dead.
Y: She perceives being both.
X: She finds this condition… disagreeable.

Our Best Lutece Twins Quotes

Though this next exchange was attached to the preceding quote, I found this one to be eerily applicable to a lot of things you hear about in the news these days (or probably really any, for that matter)…

Y: Perception without comprehension…
X: …is a dangerous combination.

[while reappearing to their funeral photographer]
Rupert Cunningham: But you two are dead… I took your funeral photo!
X: Yes… and made an absolute hash of it.
Y: One doesn’t expect a picture of one’s corpse…
X: …to come across so lifelessly.

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