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35 Terminator Quotes from the Iconic Franchise

These Terminator quotes from the franchise will remind you what makes these action films so iconic.

Arnold Schwarzenegger as the Terminator has been an essential part of our pop culture since the mid-80s. Think about it, how many times have you left the room and said to your buddies in a deep voice, “I’ll be back.”?

James Cameron is known for making incredible movies with amazing special effects, great acting, and quotable dialogue. The Terminator franchise is no different. And, like most franchises, even though the first couple of movies are the best in the series, we think there are quotable lines from every movie.

So, without further ado, here are our favorite quotes from the Terminator franchise.

Don’t forget to also check out these James Bond quotes about life as a secret agent.

The Best Terminator Quotes

1. “I’ll be back.” — Terminator

2. “The future has not been written. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves.” — John Connor

3. “Come with me if you want to live.” — Kyle Reese

4. “Come with me if you want to live.” — Terminator

5. “You just can’t go around killing people.” — John Connor

6. “You’re terminated, f****r!” — Sara Connor

7. “Hasta la vista, baby.” — Terminator

8. John Connor: Jesus! You were going to kill that guy!

The Terminator: Of course. I’m a Terminator.

9. “Drop dead, you a**hole!” — Kate Brewster

10. “I’m back.” — Terminator

11. “You are terminated.” — Terminator

Terminator quotes from Sarah Connor

12. “The unknown future rolls toward us. I face it for the first time with a sense of hope.” — Sarah Conner

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13. “Watching John with the machine, it was suddenly so clear. The Terminator would never stop. It would never leave him, and it would never hurt him, never shout at him, or get drunk and hit him, or say it was too busy to spend time with him. It would always be there, and it would die to protect him. Of all the would-be fathers who came and went over the years, this thing, this machine, was the only one who measured up. In an insane world, it was the sanest choice.” — Sarah Connor

14. “If a machine, a terminator, can learn the value of human life, maybe we can, too.” — Sarah Connor

Terminator quotes from John Connor

15. “All my life, my mother told me the storm was coming – Judgment Day, the beginning of a war between man and machines.” — John Connor

16. “Three billion lives were vanished in an instant. And I would lead what was left of the human race to ultimate victory. It hasn’t happened, no bombs fell, computers didn’t take control. We stopped Judgment Day.” — John Connor

17. “This Is The World Now. Logged On, Plugged In, All The Time.” — John Connor

18. “No, no, no. You got to listen to the way people talk. You don’t say “affirmative” or some s**t like that. You say, “No problemo.” And if someone comes up to you with an attitude, you say, “Eat me.” And if you want to shine them on, it’s, “Hasta la vista, baby.” — John Connor

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Memorable Terminator quotes

19. “Your foster parents are dead.” — Terminator

20. “I know now why you cry, but it’s something I can never do.” — Terminator

21. “I don’t know how much longer I can hold this.” — Terminator

22. “I like this car.” — Terminator

23. “I need your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle.” — Terminator

24. “Your clothes. Give them to me. Now.” — Terminator

25. “You must live.” — Terminator

26. “Based on your pupil dilation, skin temperature, and motor functions, I calculate an eighty-three percent probability that you will not pull the trigger.” — Terminator

27. “Humans inevitably die.” — Terminator

More great Terminator quotes

28. “It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear, and it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead!” — Kyle Reese

29. “What is it that makes us human? It’s not something you can program. You can’t put it into a chip. It’s the strength of the human heart. The difference between us and machines.” — Marcus Wright

30. “I think this guy’s a couple cans short of a six-pack.” — Punk Leader

31. “Cyborgs don’t feel pain. I do. Don’t do that again.” — Kyle Reese

32. “John Connor gave me a picture of you once. I didn’t know why at the time. It was very old. Torn. Faded. You were young like you are now. You seemed just a little sad. I used to always wonder what you were thinking at that moment. I memorized every line, every curve. I came across time for you, Sarah. I love you. I always have.” — Kyle Reese

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33. “You forgot to say please.” — Cigar Biker

34. “So that’s what death tastes like.” — Marcus Wright

35. “You point a gun at someone, you’d better be ready to pull the trigger.” — Marcus Wright

What do you think makes The Terminator such an iconic franchise?

When the first two Terminator films were released in 1984 and 1991, they set the foundation for the next four in the franchise by creating a compelling story that mixed both science fiction and film noir. The result was a badass science-fiction action film that featured a badass female protagonist, and what’s not to love about that?

The first two movies in the film series followed the same theme – the idea that our fates are not sealed and that we have control over our own destiny. Even though we’re not all John and Sarah Connor, destined to stop Judgement Day and lead the human race to victory over an army of machines, this theme still resonates with us in the real world. No matter what path you are on, you can always change your destiny.

We hope you enjoyed these Terminator quotes and lines. Let us know your favorite quote in the comments below.

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