Friday, September 5, 2008

Great Quotes from Sci Fi

Character dialogue or narration from popular media often becomes a part of our social culture. Great lines like “Make my day” or even “Oh nooo, Mr. Bill” often wheedle their way into daily conversation.

Here’s a list of famous (and maybe not so famous) quotes from a few of the Science Fiction icons. This is a “living” post. If you have other favorites, mention them in the comments and I’ll add them to the list.

STAR TREK
“To boldly go where no man has gone before.”
“Beam me up, Scotty.”
“Fascinating.”
“Energize.”
“Dammit, Jim. I’m a doctor, not a _(insert applicable occupation)_.”
“Make it so.”
“Engage.”
“Resistance is futile.”
“Live long and prosper.”
"I don't like bullies. I don't like threats. And I don't like you."
"There's coffee in that nebula!"

STAR WARS
“May the force be with you.”
“Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.”
“I have a bad feeling about this.”
“Never tell me the odds!”
“Beware of the dark side.”
“I suggest a new strategy. Let the Wookie win.”
“Wars do not make one great.”
“Aren’t you a little short for a storm trooper?”
“Will someone get this big walking carpet out of my way.”
"Laugh it up, Fuzzball."
"I'd rather kiss a Wookie!"

FIREFLY
“You can’t take the sky from me.”
“Get a job. Get paid. Keep flying.”
“Curse you for your unexpected but inevitable betrayal!”
“Big damn heroes. Ain’t we just.”
“May have been the losing side. Still not convinced it was the wrong one.”
“This is the captain, we have a lil' problem with our entry sequence, so we may experience some slight turbulence, and then… explode.”
“I am a leaf in the wind.”

CONTACT
“I need a bigger antennae.”
“If it’s just us, it’s an awful waste of space.”

TERMINATOR
“I’ll be back.”

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
"It's not the years, it's the mileage."

GHOSTBUSTERS
"I am the keymaster, are you the gatekeeper?"
"I collect spores, mold and fungus."
"Back off. I'm a scientist."
"Okay. She's a dog."

FARSCAPE
"So you really are cold blooded."

SG-1
"That is a really bad idea."

CHRONICLES OF RIDDICK
"It's been a long time since I smelled beautiful."
"Now who do I have to kill to get this payday off my head?"
"It's an animal thing."

INDEPENDENCE DAY
"Oh, my God. I gotta call my brother, my housekeeper, my lawyer. Nah, forget my lawyer."

JURRASIC PARK
"Creation is an act of sheer will."
"Yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should."
"God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs..." "Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth."
"Remind me to thank John for a lovely weekend."

THE ABYSS
"Hippy, your gonna give that rat a disease."
"Gimme a break! Coffey, those things live three and a half miles down in an abyssal trench. Trust me, they're not speaking Russian."

PLANET OF THE APES
"Well, you know what they say. Human see, human do."
"I think it’s fair to call this hostile territory."

THE RED PLANET
"This is it. That moment they told us in high school where one day, algebra would save our lives."
"I prefer one moon, you know? That way you know what to call it: The Moon."

I'll start a separate post for the dialogue between characters. :)

14 comments:

  1. These are great quotes! I wish I could think of some from Farscape or SG1 or SGA but I appear to be brain-dead this morning.

    Oh, from The Empire Strikes Back:

    Laugh it up, fuzzball
    I'd rather kiss a wookie

    From Raiders of the Lost Ark:

    It's not the years, it's the mileage

    From Ghostbusters:

    I am the keymaster, are you the gatekeeper?

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  2. Farscape: "So you really are cold blooded." (from season 1 I think)

    SG1- "That is a really bad idea." ... sounds like Daniel Jackson...

    :) I love sci-fi! But I know we're missing quotes here. If my brain were functional I might remember but it's 10am and I'm still yawning. This does not bode well for my editing today. :o)

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  3. Well, hello Sandra! Thanks for stopping by. You're one of my favorite SciFiRom authors. And you've just made me realize I need to go look at all my dog-earred pages of THE OUTBACK STARS and see if I can't come up with a few more. :)

    OK, I'm adding yours to the list now. Those are great.

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  4. Thank you, house6! Some more great quotes. I've added them. Thanks for posting. :)

    I'll be back later to see if there are any new additions.

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  5. Oooh.
    Cronicles of Riddick
    Riddick: "Remember that favorite game of yours?"
    Kyra: "Who's the Better Killer?"
    Riddick: "Let's play."

    Riddick: "You made three mistakes. First, you took the job. Second, you came light. A four man crew for me? Fucking insulting. But the worst mistake you made..."
    "...empty gun rack."

    Riddick: "It's been a long time since I smelled beautiful."

    Riddick: "Now who do I have to kill to get this payday off my head?"

    Riddick: "It's an animal thing."

    Independence Day
    "A countdown... wait, a countdown to what David?"
    "It's like in chess: First, you strategically position your pieces and when the timing is right you strike. They're using this signal to syncronize their efforts and in 5 hours the countdown will be over."
    "And then what?"
    "Checkmate."
    "Oh, my God. I gotta call my brother, my housekeeper, my lawyer. Nah, forget my lawyer."

    Will Smith (Steven): "I ain't heard no fat lady!"
    Jeff Goldblum (David): "Forget the fat lady. You're obsessed with fat lady. Just get us out of here!"

    Bill Pullman (President): "I don't understand, where does all this come from? How do you get funding for something like this?"
    Judd Hirsch (Julius Levinson): "You don't actually think they spend $20,000.00 on a hammer, $30,000.00 on a toilet seat do you?"

    Jurrasic Park

    "You married?"
    "Occasionally."

    "Yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should."

    "God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs..."

    Laura Dern (Dr. Ellie Sattler): "Dinosaurs eat man. Woman inherits the earth..."

    Jeff Goldblum (Ian): "Remind me to thank John for a lovely weekend."

    The Abyss

    Lindsey Brigman: "Hippy, your gonna give that rat a disease."

    Lindsey Brigman: "Gimme a break! Coffey, those things live three and a half miles down in an abyssal trench. Trust me, they're not speaking Russian."

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  6. Pitch Black

    "Is he really that dangerous?"
    "Only around humans."

    Armageddon

    "I know the presidents' chief scientific advisor, we were at MIT together. And, in a situation like this, you-you really don't wanna take the advice from a man who got a C minus in astrophysics. The presidents' advisors are... wrong. I'm right."

    "Have you ever heard of Evel Knievel?"
    "No, I never saw Star Wars."

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  7. He he.

    The Red Planet.

    "This is it. That moment they told us in high school where one day, algebra would save our lives."

    "I prefer one moon, you know? That way you know what to call it: The Moon."

    "More color commentary from the space janitor."
    "The correct term is mechanical systems engineer."

    "How do you propose that I explain to Houston that two of my crew went blind drinking moonshine vodka?"
    "Very carefully?"

    "Whoa! You sure do get some high arc in this low gravity."
    "You watching this, AMEE? We're taking the first piss on Mars."

    "Hypoxia? Dizzy. Skin'll tingle. Vision narrows. Then anoxia. Shock, convulsions, acidosis."
    "Gonna hurt?"
    "Yeah."

    "Aren't you gonna say anything?"
    "I shoulda kissed you."
    "Yeah, you shoulda kissed me."

    Planet of the Apes

    "Well, you know what they say. Human see, human do."

    "What tribe are you from?"
    "The US Airforce."

    "I think it’s fair to call this hostile territory."

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  8. Hmmmm. Okay, Laurie. Tag you're it.

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  9. Oh, I forgot about Mr. Bill!! Loved that SNL bit.

    Okay, here is one of my all time favorites that still makes me laugh out loud:

    ALIENS:

    Hudson(a male): Hey Vasquez, have you ever been mistaken for a man?

    Vasquez(a female): No. Have you?

    And speaking of Ms. McDonald, I'm about to start THE OUTBACK STARS, woot!! So cool that she stopped by.

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  10. Whoa! Tons of additions. Some good ones, Dawn. I started a separate thread for the dialogue exchanges.

    And Heather...that's one of my favorite lines from Aliens. Thanks for that.

    I came up with a couple more for Ghostbusters too.

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  11. Thanks Heather, for both of those pb's. :)

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  12. Fun!

    Here's another of my favorites:

    "I don't like bullies. I don't like threats. And I don't like you." Captain Janeway, Star Trek Voyager. Oh, and, of course, "There's coffee in that nebula!"

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  13. Oh, must run and add those to my Star Trek list, Kimber An. Thanks!

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