25 Iconic ‘Training Day’ Quotes From the Classic Thriller

These Training Day quotes will give you an inside glimpse of the corrupt world of the L.A.

Police, as told by film director, Antoine Fuqua.

According to IMDb, “Training Day” was released in 2001 and grossed over $104 million worldwide.

This financial success is a testament to the popularity and widespread reach of the film, and suggests that its quotes have been heard and enjoyed by millions of people around the world.

The film follows a rookie cop, Jake Hoyt, played by Ethan Hawke, who is assigned to learn from the experienced narcotics officer, Alonzo, played by Denzel Washington.

As it turns out, Alonzo isn’t as vetted as he seems.

In fact, he is possibly the slimiest cop of them all.

Alonzo tries to teach Hoyt that in order to win the game, you have to play the same rules as the streets.

Washington and Hawke give powerful performances in this 2001 cop drama and thus cement the film as a classic thriller.

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Best Training Day quotes from Alonzo (Denzel Washington)

According to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the film won Denzel Washington the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role and was also nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the 2002 Oscars.

These accolades indicate the film’s critical success and the high regard in which it is held by industry professionals, and underscore the quality and impact of its writing and performances.

1. The shit’s chess, it ain’t checkers!” — Alonzo

Training Day quotes from Alonzo

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2. “To protect the sheep you gotta catch the wolf, and it takes a wolf to catch a wolf.” — Alonzo

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3. “It’s not what you know; it’s what you can prove.” — Alonzo

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4. “You wanna go to jail or you wanna go home?” — Alonzo

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5. “[singing] Oh where, oh where has my little Jake gone? Oh where, oh where can he be?” — Alonzo

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6. “King Kong ain’t got shit on me!” — Alonzo

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7. “You can shoot me, but you can’t kill me.” — Alonzo

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8. “Boom!” — Alonzo

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9. “What A Day.” — Alonzo

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10. “You Don’t Deserve This.” — Jake

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Funny Training Day quotes

According to Insider, Training Day quotes, such as “King Kong ain’t got shit on me!” and “It’s not what you know, it’s what you can prove,” continue to be referenced and celebrated in pop culture today.

This enduring popularity is a testament to the memorable and impactful nature of the film’s writing and performances, and highlights the enduring legacy of its most famous quotes.

11. “Fuck him and everybody who looks like him.” — Alonzo

12. “You know I’m surgical with this bitch Jake!” — Alonzo

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13. “Shit gets deeper… You get the picture?” — Alonzo

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14. “You motherfuckers will be playin’ basketball in Pelican Bay when I get finished with you!” — Alonzo

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15. ” I’m putting cases on all of you bitches!” — Alonzo

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16. “Three of a kind beats two pair, you fucking dumb truck.” — Alonzo

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17. “Alonzo, he’s a hothead. Last week in Vegas some Russian starts talking shit and Alonzo he just snapped. Beat his ass to death. Turns out that Russian is a somebody and now Alonzo, he’s into the Russians for a million.” — Alonzo

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18. “Hey pig, you ever had your shit pushed in? Your shit pushed in. Simple question.” — Moreno

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19. Hoyt: “This car is NOT from the motor pool.”

Alonzo Harris: “No it’s not. Sexy though, isn’t it?”

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20. Alonzo Harris: “But I don’t believe you. You tapped that ass didn’t you. You did! You put her in the back seat- BAM- Code X!”

Hoyt: “Nah man, I got a wife.”

Alonzo Harris: “You got a dick. You do have a dick, don’t you? OK, the dick lines up straight like that right? To the right of it and to the left of it are pockets, right? In those pockets are money. Look in either one of ’em – pay the bill.”

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Classic Training Day quotes

21. “Lieutenant’s got our back. We know a week before we piss.” — Alonzo

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22. “Nobody told you to smoke that thing. You made the decision. Live with your decision. Ain’t like I put a gun to your head.” — Alonzo

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23. “Sometimes you gotta have a little dirt on you for anybody to trust you.” — Alonzo

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24. “You’ve Gotta Hide That Love Deep Inside, You Understand?” — Alonzo

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25. “Life’s A Trip, Qué No?” — Smiley

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Which Iconic Training Day quote was your favorite?

Officer Hoyt dreams of earning a promotion so he can give his family a better life.

Alonzo is the man who can get him there.

But after just one day of training, Hoyt has experienced more than he bargained for.

Alonzo is the definition of a dirty cop.

In just one day, Hoyt witnesses Alonzo abusing his power in every way.

Hoyt is forced to do drugs, watches Alonzo beat up criminals rather than arresting them, and is ordered to kill a man or be framed for his murder.

Alonzo is a psychopath and Washington does a stellar job portraying this on screen.

In fact, he won the Academy Award for Best Actor for the role.

The film was a critical and commercial success and is now a modern classic.

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