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Alien Quotes From the Sci-Fi Film Franchise

Enjoy reading these Alien quotes from the science-fiction film franchise.

Alien is a science-fiction horror/action media franchise centered on the film series which depicts warrant officer Ellen Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver. This role helped launch Sigourney Weaver’s Hollywood career.

The story chronicles her battles with an extraterrestrial life-form, the Xenomorph, which is commonly referred to as “the Alien.” The first of the eight movies in the series premiered in 1979. There are Alien quotes from some of our favorite characters, including Ellen Ripley on this list, pulled from most of the movies in the series.

Alien was produced and distributed by 20th Century Studios and directed by Ridley Scott. Next came Aliens in 1986 and was directed by James Cameron. The next two movies were released in the 90s, with Alien 3 (1992) being directed by David Fincher.

Jean-Pierre Jeunet directed Alien Resurrection in 1997. If you are wondering which order to watch the movies in, or where you can stream the series, then keep reading!

Don’t forget to also check out these Men in Black quotes from the Sci-Fi comedy series.

Alien quotes from Ellen Ripley

1. “That’s plenty. What does it mean?” ― Ellen Ripley, Alien

2. Ellen Ripley: You also forgot the science division basic quarantine law.

Ash: No, that I didn’t forget. Alien

3. “Ash. When Dallas and Kane are off the ship, I’m senior officer.” ― Ellen Ripley, Alien

4. “That’s a pretty big risk for a science officer. It’s, uh, not exactly out of the manual, is it?” ― Ellen Ripley, Alien

5. “Final report of the commercial starship Nostromo, third officer reporting. The other members of the crew, Kane, Lambert, Parker, Brett, Ash, and Captain Dallas, are dead. Cargo and ship destroyed.” ― Ellen Ripley, Alien

6. “This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off.” ― Ellen Ripley, Alien

7. “I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.” ― Ellen Ripley, Aliens

8. “We’d better get back ’cause it’ll be dark soon, and they mostly come at night… mostly.” ― Ellen Ripley, Aliens

9. “You know, Burke, I don’t know which species is worse.” ― Ellen Ripley, Aliens

10. “They cut the power.” ― Ellen Ripley, Aliens

11. “Well, someone’s gonna have to go down there, take a portable transmitter, and patch in.” ― Ellen Ripley, Aliens

Alien quotes from Private Hudson, Ash, and Corporal Dwayne Hicks

12. “Maybe I should have left him outside. Maybe I’ve jeopardized the rest of us, but it was a risk I was willing to take.” ― Ash, Alien

13. “Bring back life form. Priority one. All other priorities rescinded.” ― Ash, Alien

14. “Well, as I said, I’m still… collating, actually, but uh, I have confirmed that he’s got an outer layer of protein polysaccharides. Has a funny habit of shedding his cells and replacing them with polarized silicon, which gives him a prolonged resistance to adverse environmental conditions. Is that enough?” ― Ash, Alien

15. “That’s it man, game over man, game over!” ― Private William Hudson, Aliens

16. “What do you mean ‘THEY cut the power?’ How could they cut the power, man? They’re animals!” ― Private William Hudson, Aliens

17. Private William Hudson: Man, this floor’s freezing.

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Sergeant Apone: What do you want me to do, fetch your slippers for you?

Private William Hudson: Gee, would you, sir? I’d like that.

Sergeant Apone: Look into my eye. Aliens

18. “We’re on an express elevator to hell—going down!” ― Private William Hudson, Aliens

19. Private William Hudson: Hey Vasquez, have you ever been mistaken for a man?

Private Jenette Vasquez: No, have you?” Aliens

20. Private William Hudson: Yeah, sure, with those things running around? You can count me out.

Corporal Dwayne Hicks: Well, I guess we can count you out of everything then. Aliens

21. Private William Hudson: Is this going to be a standup fight, sir, or another bug hunt?

Lieutenant Scott Gorman: All we know is that there is still is no contact with the colony and that a Xenomorph may be involved.

Private Ricco Frost: Excuse me, sir, a what?

Lieutenant Scott Gorman: A xenomorph.

Corporal Dwayne Hicks: It’s a bug hunt. Aliens

Alien 3 quotes

22. “We’re all gonna’ die. The only question is how you check out. Do you want it on your feet, or on your f***in’ knees… begging.” ― Dillon, Alien3

23. “When they first about heard of this thing, it was ‘Crew Expendable’; the next time they sent in marines, they were expendable too. What makes you think they are going to care about a group of criminals who found God at the end of the universe?” ― Ellen Ripley, Alien3

24. “You’ve been in my life so long, I can’t remember anything else.” ― Ellen Ripley, Alien3

25. “I’m telling you, it’s here!” ― Ellen Ripley, Alien3

26. “We commit this child and this man to your keeping, O’ Lord. Their bodies have been taken from the shadow of far nights. They have been released from all darkness and pain. The child and the man have gone beyond our world.” ― Harry Andrews, Alien3

27. “Look, it’s in everybody’s best interest the woman doesn’t come out of the infirmary until the rescue team arrives. And certainly not without an escort, right?” ― Harry Andrews, Alien3

28. “This is rumor control, here are the facts.” ― Harry Andrews, Alien3

29. “Ripley, time is important. Let us deal with the malignancy. We’ve got a surgical base set up on the rescue ship. Come with me.” ― Michael Bishop, Alien3

30. “Ripley, think of all we can learn from it! It’s the chance of a lifetime! You must let me have it!” ― Michael Bishop, Alien3

31. “At least I got off the morphine.” ― Clemens, Alien3

Alien Resurrection quotes

32. “My mommy always said there were no monsters. No real ones. But there are.” ― Newt, Alien Resurrection

33. Larry Purvis: Who are you?

Ellen Ripley: I’m the monster’s mother. Alien Resurrection

34. Ellen Ripley: Does it grow?

Dr. Gediman: Yeah. Very rapidly.

Ellen Ripley: It’s a Queen.

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Dr. Gediman: How did you know that?

Ellen Ripley: She’ll breed. You’ll die. Everyone in the company will die.

35. Ron Johner: So, I hear you, like, ran into these things before?

Ellen Ripley: Yeah.

Ron Johner: What did you do?

Ellen Ripley: I died.

36. “There’s a monster in your chest… It’s a really nasty one. And in a few hours, it’s gonna burst through your ribcage, and you’re gonna die. Any questions?” ― Ellen Ripley, Alien Resurrection

37. Larry Purvis: God, I’m so tired.

Ron Johner: Sleep when you die, man. Alien Resurrection

38. Ellen Ripley died trying to wipe this species out. For all intents and purposes, she succeeded! I’m not anxious to see her taking up her old hobbies!” ― General Peraz, Alien Resurrection

39. “You know I can’t lay off the tall ones!”  Ron Johner, Alien Resurrection

40. “I can feel it behind my eyes. I can hear it moving.” ― Ellen Ripley, Alien Resurrection

Alien quotes from Prometheus (2012) and Alien: Covenant (2017)

41. “There is nothing in the desert and no man needs nothing.” ― David, Prometheus

42. “The trick, William Potter, is not minding that it hurts.” ― David, Prometheus

43. “My name is Elisabeth Shaw, last survivor of the Prometheus… And I am still searching.” ― Elizabeth, Prometheus

44. “Sometimes to create, one must first destroy.” ― David, Prometheus

45. Elizabeth Shaw: Wait, we don’t know what’s on the other side.

David: Whoops, sorry.

46. [speaking to Walter before he reaches for his knife] “It’s your choice now, brother. Them or me. Serve in heaven… or reign in hell. Which is it to be?” ― David, Alien: Covenant

47. “When one note is off, it eventually destroys the whole symphony, David.” ― Walter, Alien: Covenant

48. “Don’t let the bedbugs bite. I’ll tuck in the children.” ― David, Alien: Covenant

49. [from earlier transmission] “This is colony ship Covenant, reporting. All crew members apart from Daniels and Tennessee tragically perished in a solar flare incident. All colonists in hyper-sleep remain intact and undisturbed. On course for Origae-6. Hopefully, this transmission will reach the network, and be relayed in 1.36 years. This is Walter, signing off. Security code, 31564-F.” ― Walter, Alien: Covenant

50. “I think if we are kind, it will be a kind world.” ― Walter, Alien: Covenant

Memorable Alien Quotes From the Sci-Fi Film Franchise

51. “Did you ever ship out with Ash before” — Ripley

52. “Ripley, for God’s sake, this is the first time that we’ve encountered a species like this. It has to go back. All sorts of tests have to be made.” — Ash

53. “It’s got a wonderful defense mechanism. You don’t dare kill it.” — Parker

54. “When I give an order I expect to be obeyed” — Dallas

55. “I can’t see a goddamn thing.” — Lambert

56. “Bones are bent outward, like he exploded from inside.” — Dallas

57. “That’s the only way. We’ll move in pairs”. — Ripley 

58. “We’ll go step by step and cut off every bulkhead and every vent until we have it cornered.” — Ripley

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59. “Come on, Ash, I mean, the Science Department should be able to help us.” — Ripley

60. “Yes, well, it’s adapted remarkably well to our atmosphere considering its nutritional requirements.” — Ash

Mind-Blowing Alien Quotes

61.“The only thing that scares me more than space aliens is the idea that there aren’t any space aliens. We can’t be the best that creation has to offer. I pray we’re not all there is. If so, we’re in big trouble.”― Ellen DeGeneres

62.“If the government is covering up knowledge of aliens, they are doing a better job of it than they do at anything else.”― Stephen Hawking

63. “El Paso,” Andrej echoed slowly. “You do know there’s nothing in El Paso but dust, heat, and illegal aliens, right?” ― J. Fally

64. “You can’t sue a tsunami … [on zero alien Disclosure]” ― Andrew Hennessey

65. “If that doesn’t scare you away. My Alien friends will abduct you, then probe you, just for the fun of it.” ― James Hauenstein

66. “Alien is not one from a different planet, an alien is one who has no responsibility towards the people of this planet.” ― Abhijit Naskar

67. “The student asked: Master, when will the aliens contact us? The master replied: How do you know that they have not contacted us? Maybe I’m an alien too! How do you know I’m not an alien?” ― Mehmet Murat ildan

68. “Maybe the aliens are looking for civilizations that don’t send out the SETI signals.”― J.L. Haynes

69. “Deeba had been a vegan long before the aliens came. Some people didn’t need cosmic intervention to know how to be good.” ― Chana Porter

70. “Is it strange to be happy with an alien?’ ‘You tell me.” ― Ruby Dixon

Which of these Alien quotes is your favorite?

You should watch the Alien movies in this order:

  • Alien Vs Predator
  • Alien Vs Predator-Requiem
  • Prometheus (which takes place 90 years after the events of AVP and AVPR)
  • Alien: Covenant (takes place about a decade after Prometheus)
  • Alien (is set in 2122)
  • Aliens (takes place decades after Alien)
  • Alien 3
  • Alien Resurrection (takes place hundreds of years after the end of Alien 3)

Ridley Scott reprised his role as director in the prequel series, composed of Prometheus (2012) and Alien: Covenant (2017). These films follow the adventures of the David 8 android and the creators of the eponymous creatures referred to as the “Engineers.” The only problem with watching the films in the story’s order is that the visual effects will be killer in AVP and AVPR, and not so great when you get to Alien.

The series spawned novels, comics, video games, and even a television series. The series has been incredibly profitable with Prometheus alone pulling in a lifetime gross of over $126 million.

What is your favorite thing about Alien? Do you have any other Alien quotes and sayings to add? Use the comment section below to let us know.

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