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Favourite Film Quotations

QuotationMarks.jpgIf you love a particular film chances are you know a quotation or two from it, and even if you don't love a film that much you're bound to know and have said a few quotations from films before in your life. Surely you've said "Luke, I am your Father" before? No? What about "Bond, James Bond"? Oh come on, you must have said "I'll be back?"

We all have favourite quotations from the films, I know I have loads and you can see them all over Filmstalker randomly popping up, but what are your favourite lines from the movies? What lines make you smile, or make you sad, just by hearing them? Do you repeat lines in your own life?

Some time ago the AFI published their list of the top one hundred quotes, and although I can see that some of them are memorable and widely known, a lot don't strike a chord with me, they don't touch me personally as being a moment of my personal cinematic history or as being the strongest lines in films.

What are your favourite quotations, from what films, and who says them. More importantly, why are they your favourite lines? Let me cover a few off from the random ones on the site first.

Now these are in no particular order, and they are all about the delivery too. This first one from Swimming With Sharks is shot out with typical Kevin Spacey venom. It hits hard and at a moment his character is baring his soul and the film is switching around.

Because life is not a movie, everyone lies, good guys loose, and love...love does not conquer all.

I think I love this quote because it is the cherry on the top of a superb film. It carries the entire meaning right there, and it's no better than "Well, that's just the way it is". Kenneth Branagh completing his wonderful film, Much Ado About Nothing.

For man is a giddy thing, and that is my conclusion.

I equally love the opening lines that Emma Thompson speaks in that film

Sigh no more, ladies, sigh no more. Men were deceivers ever. One foot in sea and one on shore, to one thing constant never.

While we're in a slightly comical mood, there are two films which garner a whole host of lines I love. Let's start with The Princess Bride, a truly wonderful film I can watch again and again. The first three are all from the lead, Cary Elwes playing Westley. Brilliant casting and delivery, and his last is where my excitement becomes too much to bear and I have to clench a fist and say "Yes!". A similar feeling I get when Mandy Patinkin as Inigo Montoya utters his amazing lines which capture every excited feeling you've ever had in the cinema.

Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something

There's a shortage of perfect breasts in this world. It would be a pity to damage yours

It's possible, Pig, I might be bluffing. It's conceivable, you miserable, vomitous mass, that I'm only lying here because I lack the strength to stand. But, then again... perhaps I have the strength after all. [slowly rises] DROP... YOUR... SWORD!

Inigo Montoya: Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father, prepare to die

Oh I do love that moment. Then there's perhaps the ultimate of comedy quotation fests, Airplane. Stu, if you're out there reading this, these lines just make me think of you and me throwing them into conversations that they really didn't belong and having one hell of a laugh - "Is that a good sign?" - I can't believe I even laughed when I typed it!

Steve McCroskey: Johnny, what can you make out of this? Johnny: This? Why, I can make a hat or a brooch or a pterodactyl.

Ted Striker: Surely you can't be serious.
Rumack: I am serious... and don't call me Shirley.

There are so many good quotes from that film, I'll refrain from just copying them all out. How about the sequel though, Airplane II: The Sequel?

Prosecutor: Doctor, can you give the Court your impression of Mr. Striker? Dr. Stone: I'm sorry. I don't do impressions. My training is in psychiatry.

Steve McCroskey: Jacobs, what have you got on Elaine Dickinson?
Jacobs: Well, I'm two inches taller, a better dancer, and much more fun to be with.

Steve McCroskey: Jacobs, I want to know absolutely everything that's happened up till now.
Jacobs: Well, let's see. First the earth cooled. And then the dinosaurs came, but they got too big and fat, so they all died and they turned into oil. And then the Arabs came and they bought Mercedes Benzes. And Prince Charles started wearing all of Lady Di's clothes. I couldn't believe it.

Then there are the classic, big quotations that come from the cinema defining moments for me. Some you're going to scoff at I know, other's you will agree. Who can deny that this is the greatest quotation from Star Wars by the menacing Darth Vader? It beats the father quotation hands down with a stunning delivery by James Earl Jones.

I've been waiting for you, Obi-Wan. We meet again, at last. The circle is now complete. When I met you I was but the learner. Now, *I* am the master

It even has more meaning and power now we've seen the (not so good) first three films. Then there's a film which I love to watch, it's just so perfect as the ultimate sci-fi and action film. Predator.

Poncho: You're bleeding, man. Blain: I ain't got time to bleed.

Billy: I'm scared Poncho.
Poncho: Bullshit. You ain't afraid of no man.
Billy: There's something out there waiting for us, and it ain't no man. We're all gonna die.

Dutch: If it bleeds, we can kill it

I have to stop myself before I take up all the space, but before I hand the floor over to you to tell all about your favourite quotations, here are a couple of quick fire ones from two films I love. Michael Keaton's perfect Batman, and The Terminator.

Bad Guy: Who are you? Batman: I'm Batman.

Terminator: Come with me if you want to live.

Okay. Over to you. What are your favourite quotations from films and why? Have you used them in real life? You never know, some might end up in that Filmstalker random selection...



Oh there are so many .. where to start ..

DON (2006) - remake of a 1978 Bollywood flick:

Evil Man (TJ): I always like you Don.
-- as his female partner points a gun at Don

Don: Me too TJ, I've also always.. liked me.
-- followed by a swift kick to the woman's head, hehe :)

full of classic quotes
... "& like that .. he was gone"

"Get away from her you bitch!"

"Erroneous, erroneous on both counts!"
Wedding Crashers

"Yippeekayay motherf*cker!"
Die Hard

My favorite quotes come mostly from The Godfather films as this was how my father tried to impart his 'wisdom':

The Godfather (1970)

What have I ever done to make you treat me so disrespectfully? If you'd come to me in friendship, then this scum that ruined your daughter would be suffering this very day. And if by chance an honest man like yourself should make enemies, then they would become my enemies. And then they would fear you. - Don Vito Corleone

Never let anyone outside the family know what you're thinking. - Don Vito Corleone

I'll make him an offer he can't refuse. - Michael Corleone

Fredo, you're my older brother and I love you, but don't ever take sides with anyone against the family again. Ever. - Michael Corleone

It's a Sicilian message. It means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes. - Pete Clemenza

The Godfather II (1972)

There are many things my father taught me here in this room. He taught me: keep your friends close, but your enemies closer. - Michael Corleone

If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it's that you can kill anyone.
- Michael Corleone

The Godfather III (1990)

Just when I thought that I was out, they pull me back in. - Michael Corleone

Never hate your enemies. It affects your judgment.
- Michael Corleone

Never let anyone know what you are thinking.
- Michael Corleone

You talking to me?

Say "hello" to my little friend!

Well, Clarice - have the lambs stopped screaming?

Get busy living or get busy dying

Yet another film with so many great quotes, one of my favourties, which if memorised you can really impress peole with ...
"Well, we have to end apartheid for one. And slow down the nuclear arms race, stop terrorism and world hunger. We have to provide food and shelter for the homeless, and oppose racial discrimination and promote civil rights, while also promoting equal rights for women. We have to encourage a return to traditional moral values. Most importantly, we have to promote general social concern and less materialism in young people"

great excuse (that i have used in the past), worth trying just to see the look on their face:
"i'm a child of divore, give me a break"

to an attractive young lady perhaps:
"I don't want to get you drunk, but that's a very fine Chardonnay you're not drinking."

& finally one to live by "Just say no" .. the number of times we could save ourselves the stress & the trauma of having to deal with things we never really wanted to be involved with anyway .. tuh


"Only in a world this shitty could you even try to say these were innocent people and keep a straight face."

John Doe


"I'm afraid. I'm afraid, Dave. Dave, my mind is going. I can feel it. I can feel it. My mind is going. There is no question about it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I can feel it. I'm a... fraid"

HAL 9000

Revenge of the Sith

"It's ironic he could save others from death, but not himself"


A perfect world

"I don't know nuthin'. Not a damn thing."


Planet of the Apes

I can't get rid of the idea that somewhere in the Universe there must be a creature superior to man."


Conan the Barbarian

"All my life I've been alone. Many times I've faced death with no one to know. I would look into the huts and the tents of others in the coldest dark and I would see figures holding each other in the night. But I always passed by."


Blade Runner;
Batty: "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die."

Lord Of The Rings:
Galadriel: "The world is changed. I feel it in the water. I feel it in the earth. I smell it in the air. Much that once was is lost, for none now live who remember it."

Another one;

“The whole purpose of places like Starbucks is for people with no decision-making ability whatsoever to make six decisions just to buy one cup of coffee. Short, tall, light, dark, caf, decaf, low-fat, non-fat, etc. So people who don’t know what the hell they’re doing or who on earth they are, can, for only $2.95, get not just a cup of coffee but an absolutely defining sense of self: Tall. Decaf. Cappuccino.” - Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) in You've Got Mail

It is comedies that give the best and most memorable quotations I think. The Big Lebowski along with Ghostbusters are probably the two most quotable movies ever made, I could go on and on about how those two movies make me laugh pretty damn hard, even after seeing them so many times.

"Nihilists! Fuck me. I mean, say what you like about the tenets of National Socialism, Dude, at least it's an ethos. " - John Goodman
"Gozer the Gozerian... good evening. As a duly designated representative of the City, County and State of New York, I order you to cease any and all supernatural activity and return forthwith to your place of origin or to the nearest convenient parallel dimension." - Dan Aykroyd

The opening monologue from Campbell Scott in Roger Dodger is an absolute classic and worth the price of the entire film (i cannot find it on the IMDB, so here is another good one from the film:

"You drink that drink! Alcohol has been a social lubricant for thousands of years. What do you think, you're going to sit here tonight and reinvent the wheel?"

This exchange from THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY is priceless because it exposes one of the chief 'easy way out' for screenwriters, particularly of Bond films:

[Tuco is in a bubble bath. The One Armed Man enters the room]
One Armed Man: I've been looking for you for 8 months. Whenever I should have had a gun in my right hand, I thought of you. Now I find you in exactly the position that suits me. I had lots of time to learn to shoot with my left.
[Tuco kills him with the gun he has hidden in the foam]
Tuco: When you have to shoot, shoot, don't talk.

Found the Roger Dodger speech (thanks google!) you should really hear Campbell Scott give it in the film, because delivery is important, but hey, since this is an underseen little gem, here is the speech in its entirety:


A few of my favorites...

"That's all I got." - Delmar in O' Brother Where Art Thou as he drops Everett

"Any human being'll cast about in a moment of stress." - Everett in O' Brother Where Art Thou explaining his prayer

"God is a kid with an ant farm, lady. He's not planning anything." - Constantine

"Let me give you a little inside information about God. God likes to watch. He's a prankster. Think about it. He gives man...instincts. He gives you this extraordinary gift, and then what does He do? I swear, for his own amusement..his own private, cosmic gag reel. He sets the rules in opposition. It's the goof of all time. Look, but don't touch. Touch, but don't taste. Taste, but don't swallow." - Milton in the Devil's Advocate

"My friends, you bow to no-one." - Aragorn LoTR: Return of the King

"Fell deeds awake... Now for Wrath... Now for Ruin... and the Red Dawn..." - Theoden in LoTR: The Two Towers...actually, just about any line from Theoden deserves mention.

"Well, you call those useless, yerk-toting, frisbee-chucking cheeba-monkeys and you tell them you're gonna be an hour late." - Droz in PCU

That's it! I am revisiting Lord of the Rings come the holidays. It's all hap's fault! ;)

"Death is the road to Awe" Rachel Weitz in THE FOUNTAIN. It's on my brain having just watched it a second time in the cinema.

It seems The Fountain is a disaster in box office... what a pity the overall intelligence of the humankind is steadily decreasing.


There comes a time, I guess, in which you begin to dislike a kind of movies, and like anothers. I am tired of the same plots, sequels, and so on. Regardless of the result, The Fountain is a film that, at least, is original.

Sorry for the off topic.

It wasnt off topic Peter, you followed on on Triflic's post! ;)

Simone: My bad. ;->

I'm hopeful the Fountain can manage to stick around our local theater until this weekend. I've been looking forward to seeing it since the first trailer was released.

Another quote since I'm posting again...

"He is with us nonetheless." - Imam in Pitch Black responding to Riddick's professed belief and dissatisfaction with God.

hap: I have been contemplating on it actually as I havent seen it since 2003, so I might do a marathon over the holidays. Although I was also planning on finally watching Lawrence of Arabia and Spartacus!

I remember that those lines delivered by King Theoden always seem to get me all choked up.

Most of my favorite Star Wars quotes come from TPM actually:

Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering. I sense so much fear in you. - Master Yoda

The ability to speak doesnt make one intelligent.
- Qui Gon Jinn

Remember: Your focus determines your reality. - Qui Gon Jinn

[Qui-Gon waves his hand more firmly]
Qui-Gon Jinn: Credits will do fine.
Watto: No, they won't-a. What? You think you're some kind of Jedi, waving your hand around like that? I'm a Toydarian, mind tricks don't work on me. Only money. No money, no parts, no deal!

Finally I'm getting to post after a LONG time. Here it goes....

Taxi Driver
Travis Bickle: You talkin' to me?

Iris Steensma: You're square.
TravisBickle: Hey, I'm not square, you're the one that's square. Your full of shit, man. What are you talking about? You walk out with those fuckin' creeps and low-lifes and degenerates out on the streets and you sell your little pussy for peanuts? For some low-life pimp who stands in the hall? And I'm square? You're the one that's square, man. I don't go screwing fuck with bunch of killers and junkies like you do. You call that bein' hip? What world are you from?

Travis Bickle: The idea had been growing in my brain for some time: TRUE force. All the king's men cannot put it back together again.

Travis Bickle: All the animals come out at night - whores, skunk pussies, buggers, queens, fairies, dopers, junkies, sick, venal. Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets.

Travis Bickle: Listen, you fuckers, you screwheads. Here is a man who would not take it anymore. A man who stood up against the scum, the cunts, the dogs, the filth, the shit. Here is a man who stood up.

The Big Lebowski

The Dude: That's a great plan, Walter. That's fuckin' ingenious, if I understand it correctly. It's a Swiss fuckin' watch.

Walter Sobchak: Do you see what happens, Larry? Do you see what happens when you fuck a stranger in the ass!

The Dude: Hey, nice marmot!

Back To The Future

Marty McFly: If you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.

Dr. Emmett Brown: If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits eighty-eight miles per hour... you're gonna see some serious shit.

Dr. Emmett Brown: Then tell me, "Future Boy", who's President in the United States in 1985?
Marty McFly: Ronald Reagan.
Dr. Emmett Brown: Ronald Reagan? The actor?

Pulp Fiction

Jules: Fuck, nigga, what did you do to his towel?
Vincent: I was dryin' my hands.
Jules: You're supposed to wash 'em first.
Vincent: You watched me wash 'em.
Jules: I watched you get 'em wet.
Vincent: I was washing 'em. But this shit's hard to get off. Maybe if I had Lava or something, I coulda done a better job.
Jules: I used the same fuckin' soap you did and when I got finished, the towel didn't look like no god-damn Maxi-Pad.

Jules: Ezekiel 25:17. The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness. For he is truly his brother's keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you.

The Departed

Frank Costello: When you decide to be something, you can be it. That's what they don't tell you in the church. When I was your age they would say we can become cops, or criminals. Today, what I'm saying to you is this: when you're facing a loaded gun, what's the difference?

Dignam: Let's say you have no idea, zero, none. If you had an idea about we do we wouldn't be good at what we do now would we? We would be cunts, you callin' us cunts?

Dignam: I'm the guy who does job, you must be the other guy!

Those last quotes in both Pulp Fiction and Departed are superb ones. Love them both. They'll get added for sure.

The Yoda fear quote is a cracker too.

Ghostbusters! Oh how could I forget that little slogan..."Two in the bag ready to go, we be fast, and they be slow"

The Galadriel LOTR one is very apt in modern society, I might just add that too.

The Bollywood "Don" one is pretty cool too.

Great ones guys!

Dante: "37! My girlfriend sucked 37 dicks!"
Randall: "In a row??"


The Princess Bride was on this weekend so I have to post again.


"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means."

"As you wish."

I love Princess Bride and it's so quote heavy!

Oy spidey! Where have you been all this time, we missed you! ;P

"In the old days i remember a wind that would blow down through the canyon it was a hot wind called a santana and it carried with it the smell of warm places."

Big Wednesday

Apocalypse Now

The classic line from Robert Duvall:

"I love the smell of napalm in the morning. It smells like . . . like victory."

How about this one; Have you ever danced with the devil under the pale moonlight?

I can not believe I forgot that!

Oh wow. Napalm and Moonlight - both excellent quotes and classics. I'll have to get them both on the random quote system!

This is one excellent feature...

Caught this quote at FS today;

Have you seen Saw too?
No, I haven't seen Saw yet.
That's what I meant.
- Lee and Richard on another bad joke run

Classic, classic! ;D Reminds me of a scene in High Fidelity when Rob asks Barry about Reservoir Dogs (in the book) and Evil Dead in the movie, I am guessing being a Cusack fan Richard youve seen it?

Here it is:

High Fidelity
(a dialogue) written by D.V. DeVincentis, Steve Pink, John Cusack, & Scott Rosenberg, from the novel by Nick Hornby

Rob: What did Laura mean last night when she said, "I haven't slept with him yet" ? Yet! What does "yet" mean anyway? It means you're gonna do it, doesn't it? Or does it?
(At the records store now)
Rob: Just come on. What would it mean to you, that sentence: "I haven't seen Evil Dead II yet" ?
Barry: Well, to me it would mean that you're a liar. You've seen it twice. Once with Laura -- oops -- and once with me and Dick remember? We had that conversation about that guy making Beretta shotgun ammo off-screen in the 14th century.
Rob: Right. But let's just say that I hadn't seen it. And I said, "I haven't seen Evil Dead II yet." What would you think?
Barry: I'd think that you're a cinematic idiot and I'd feel sorry for you.
Rob: All right. But from that one sentence, would you think that I was going to see it?
Barry: I'm sorry, Rob. I'm struggling here. You're asking me what would I think if you told me you hadn't seen a film that you have already seen. What am I supposed to say?
Rob: Just listen to me. If I said to you --
Barry: "I haven't seen Evil Dead II yet", yes!
Rob: Would you get the impression that I really wanted to see it?
Barry: Oh, uh...well, you couldn't have been desperate to see it, otherwise you'd have already gone.
Rob: Right. I'm not going to see that movie.
(Discussion closed? But Barry looks up again in a moment; he's had a thought.)
Barry: But the word "yet."......Yeah, you know what? I get the impression that you wanted to see it...otherwise you'd have said you didn't want to go.
Rob: But in your opinion, would I definitely go?
Barry: How the f*** am I supposed to know? Probably.
Rob: Why?
Barry: Because it's a brilliant film! It's so funny and violent and the soundtrack kicks f****** a**. I never thought I'd say this, but can I go to work now?

Ah you caught it...I don't think Lee has yet, and that's a perfect example of what we were doing...except we weren't clever enough to put all those words in and make it into a best selling book and film.

From Hot Fuzz:

By the power of Greyskull...

Yarp. Narp.


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