- Root: By your own definition, Cyrus is irrelevant.
- Finch: Everyone is relevant to someone.
- Root: That man has spent every day of his life believing that there is actually some sort of higher plan. That's the problem with humans--they just sit around, hoping that someone will fix things. But no one will, no one cares. The universe is infinite and chaotic and cold. And there has never been a plan. At least not till now.
- And the punchline is that your machine keeps telling me to save Cyrus. How badly did you have to break it to make it care about people so much?
- Finch: That didn't break it. It's what made it work. It was only after I taught the machine that people mattered that it could begin to be able to help them. I'd like to do the same thing for you if you'd let me.
- --"Person of Interest," S03E17
— "Advice For My 10 Year Old Self", Keaton Webb (via theriverjordyn)
- Casey: I started coding when I was ten. I could debug a system easier than carry a conversation. Guess I was never much of a people person.
- Finch: I'd say you're doing just fine for now. But I do know what you mean: sometimes people can be rather complicated; a computer only does what you've programmed it to do.
- --"Person of Interest," S03E16
— Fred (Alfred Jones, Doctor), Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
— Keith Mars, Veronica Mars, S02E04, making even a threat of violence goofily witty