John Doe: [to Mills] She begged for her life...
William Somerset: Shut up!
John Doe: She begged for her life and...
William Somerset: Shut up!
John Doe: She begged for her life... and the life of the baby inside her.
William Somerset: [punches him]
John Doe: Oh... he didn't know.

Just a soothing, relaxing, vibrating home huh? [laughs] I'm sorry.

People don't want a hero, they want to eat cheeseburgers, play the lotto and watch television.

William Somerset: We'll just talk to him.
David Mills: Uh huh. Yeah. Excuse me, sir. Are you, by any chance, a serial killer? Okay.
William Somerset: You do the talking. Put that silver tongue of yours to work.
David Mills: Have you been talking to my wife?

[discovering what's inside the package] California, tell your people to stay away. Stay away now, don't... don't come in here. Whatever you hear, stay away! John Doe has the upper hand!

Police Captain: What do you think?
David Mills: I'm in.
Mark Swarr: It has to be both of you.
William Somerset: If he were to claim insanity, this conversation is admissible. The fact that he's blackmailing us with his plea...
Mark Swarr: And my client reminds you, two more are dead. The press would have a field day if they found out the police didn't seem too concerned about finding them... giving them a proper burial.
William Somerset: If there really are two more dead.

David Mills: Now, I wasn't standing around guarding the Taco Bell, alright? I worked homicide for five years.
William Somerset: Not here.
David Mills: I understand that.
William Somerset: Well, over the next seven days, Detective, do me the favor of remembering that.

William Somerset: Why all the effort to get transferred? It's the first question that popped into my head
David Mills: I guess the same reasons as you. The same reasons you had before you decided to quit, yeah?
William Somerset: You just met me
David Mills: Maybe I'm not understanding the question.
William Somerset: Very simple. You actually fought to get re-assigned here. I've just never seen that before.

William Somerset: I meant to ask you something before, when we spoke on the phone: Why here?
David Mills: I don't follow.

David Mills: You've read my files, right? You've seen the things I've done?
William Somerset: No.

William Somerset: Did the kid see it?
Detective Taylor: What?
William Somerset: The kid.
Detective Taylor: What the fuck sort of question is that? You know, we're all going to be really glad when we get rid of you, Somerset. It's always these questions with you. "Did the kid see it?" Who gives a fuck? He's dead, his wife killed him. Anything else has nothing to do with us.

If John Doe's head splits open and a UFO should fly out, I want you to have expected it.

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William Somerset

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Detective William Somerset is just a few days away from retiring when he's given the crime of an obese man who died from overeating and a brand new partner.  Somerset wants to give up the case until he realizes this is just part of a series of murders representing the seven deadly sins.

Played By
Morgan Freeman
Full Name
William Somerset