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This ghost always looked so sad to me, surprised he's been busted.

This ghost always looked so sad to me, surprised he’s been busted.

This was harder than it looks.  At first glance “favorite Ghostbusters quotes” looks easy – I love the movie, I say stuff from it all the time, no problem! – but then you start remembering your favorites and looking up others and pretty soon you’ve quoted most of the movie and narrowing it down to just ten seems ridiculous. So as you read through this and say, “Hey, you left off this one or that one!” please know that it was most likely on the original list.

Some of these are because they are hilarious, some are because of the way they’re said, and some are because I use them on a weekly basis in normal conversations. I worked really, really hard to make it not just a Venkman list, too.

10. “Many Shuvs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Slor that day, I can tell you!” – Louis
I think what I like about this line is the implied history. The Keymaster has just rattled off a whole bunch of things that have happened as a warning of what’s about to happen, and it’s all given with this matter-of-fact delivery. And that ending “I can tell you” is a funny bit of phrasing that wraps it all up nicely.

9. “Ah, if there’s a steady paycheck in it, I’ll believe anything you say.” – Zeddemore
How many times have you agreed with your boss on something you totally didn’t agree with really? Too many, probably.

8. “Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light.” – Egon
“Oh, hey, guys. I forgot to mention something…”

7. “You… You’ve earned it.” – Venkman
Peter is saying this as he hands a candy bar to Egon. I love the implied history here, too. How many great scientific discoveries have been motivated by the potential candy bar (either literal or figurative)? Most, I bet.

6. “Listen… do you smell something?” – Stantz
It’s like when you’re driving somewhere and you’re at the end of the journey and now you’re trying to find the right house on the block – what do you do? You turn down the radio.  All your senses are working together, man.

5. “Back off, man. I’m a scientist.” – Venkman
This was my catchphrase for an entire summer, and I’m not sure why nobody stuck a shiv in me.

4. “Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together… mass hysteria!” – Venkman
I (like most people) tend to quote this one starting with “dogs,” leaving the “human sacrifice” part off it.

3. “Whoa, whoa, whoa! Nice shootin’, Tex!” – Venkman
You’d be surprised by how often you can work this one into everyday conversation.

2. “I don’t have to take this abuse from you, I’ve got hundreds of people dying to abuse me.” – Venkman
I use this line way more than you’d think a person would.

1. “I blame myself.” – Egon
“So do I.” – Venkman
I use “I blame myself” all the time, and I’m always hoping someone responds with “So do I, ” but it hasn’t happened yet, and I think that’s really weird.


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