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Independence Day Quotes

  • Julius Levinson: Look at us. Everybody's trying to get out of Washington, and we're the only schmucks trying to get in.


  • President Thomas J. Whitmore: I'm a combat pilot, Will. I belong in the air.


  • Capt. Steven Hiller: Welcome to Earth.


  • Miguel Casse: Just what the hell do you think you're doing? It's the wrong field, you idiot! Lucas' farm is on the other side of town!
    Russell Casse: Are you sure?


  • Russell Casse: HELLO, BOYS! I'M BACK!


  • President Thomas J. Whitmore: Nuke them. Let's nuke the bastards!


  • Russell Casse: I picked a hell of a day to quit drinkin'.


  • President Thomas J. Whitmore: Nobody with any sense can believe me as the president.


  • David Levinson: What I'm trying to say is--if you stay I'll hurt you.


  • David Levinson: Time's up...


  • President Thomas J. Whitmore: Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world. And you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. "Mankind." That word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences anymore. We will be united in our common interests. Perhaps it's fate that today is the Fourth of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom... Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution... but from annihilation. We are fighting for our right to live. To exist. And should we win the day, the Fourth of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day the world declared in one voice: "We will not go quietly into the night!" We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on! We're going to survive! Today we celebrate our Independence Day!


  • Russell Casse: Alright, you alien assholes. In the words of my generation...UP YOURS!


  • President Thomas J. Whitmore: It's a fine line between standing behind a principle and hiding behind one. You can tolerate a little compromise, if you're actually managing to get something accomplished.


  • President Thomas J. Whitmore: If you feel compelled to leave these cities, please do so, in an orderly fashion.


  • Capt. Steven Hiller: Look, I really don't think they flew 90 billion light years to come down here and start a fight. Get all rowdy.


  • Elvis Fanatic: Oh god, I hope they bring back Elvis
    Elvis Fanatic: Oh god, I hope they bring back Elvis.


  • Julius Levinson: All you need is love, John Lennon, smart man, shot in the back very sad.


  • Russell Casse: All right, you alien assholes! In the words of my generation: Up Yours!


  • President Thomas J. Whitmore: "Good morning. Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world, and you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. Mankind, that word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences any more. We will be united in our common interest. Perhaps it's fate that today is the 4th of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom. Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution, but from annihilation. We're fighting for our right to live, to exist�and should we win the day, the 4th of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice, 'We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on, we're going to survive.' Today we celebrate our independence day!"
    President Thomas J. Whitmore: Good morning. Good morning. In less than an hour, aircraft from here will join others from around the world, and you will be launching the largest aerial battle in the history of mankind. Mankind, that word should have new meaning for all of us today. We can't be consumed by our petty differences any more. We will be united in our common interest. Perhaps it's fate that today is the 4th of July, and you will once again be fighting for our freedom. Not from tyranny, oppression, or persecution, but from annihilation. We're fighting for our right to live, to exist and should we win the day, the 4th of July will no longer be known as an American holiday, but as the day when the world declared in one voice, 'We will not go quietly into the night! We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on, we're going to survive.' Today we celebrate our independence day!


  • David Levinson: They are pulling us in. I was counting on this.
    Capt. Steven Hiller: When the hell was you plannin' on tellin' me?
    David Levinson: Oops.
    Capt. Steven Hiller: We're gonna have to work on our communication.


  • Capt. Steven Hiller: This was supposed to be my weekend off, but noooo, you got me out here, draggin' your heavy ass through the burning desert, with your dreadlocks sticking out the back of my parachute. You gotta come down here with an attitude, actin' all big and bad. And what the hell is that smell? I coulda been at a barbecue, but I ain't mad.


  • Julius Levinson: All I'm saying is they have people who handle these things. They want HBO, they'll call you.


  • President Thomas J. Whitmore: Where do you get funding for something like this?
    Julius Levinson: You don't actually think they spent $20,000 on a hammer, $30,000 on a toilet seat, do you?


  • Jasmine Dubrow: (Hides from explosion) Boomer!
    Jasmine Dubrow: [hides from explosion] Boomer!
    Boomer: Ruff?
    Jasmine Dubrow: Boomer!
    Boomer: Ruff! (Runs up to them)
    Boomer: Ruff! [runs up to them]


  • David Levinson: (Looks at the clock on his computer) Time's up...
    David Levinson: [looks at the clock on his computer] Time's up...


  • David Levinson: You're obsessed with "fat lady".
    David Levinson: You're obsessed with 'fat lady'.


  • Capt. Steven Hiller: Now that's what I call a close encounter.


  • David Levinson: We're hit! We took a hit!
    Capt. Steven Hiller: We're not hit! We're not hit! Stop side-seat driving!


  • President Thomas J. Whitmore: Welcome to Earth!


  • Capt. Steven Hiller: Come here you fucking basterd! (kicking dead alien) I'm going to put you on a fucking barbecue!
    Capt. Steven Hiller: Come here you fucking bastard! [kicking dead alien] I'm going to put you on a fucking barbecue!


  • Capt. Steven Hiller: I have got to get me one of these.
    Capt. Steven Hiller: I have got to get me one of these!


  • President Thomas J. Whitmore: Today, we celebrate our Independence Day
    President Thomas J. Whitmore: Today, we celebrate our Independence Day.


  • David Levinson: Must go faster, Must go faster
    David Levinson: Must go faster. Must go faster!


  • Russell Casse: HELLO BOYS, I'M BAAAAAAAAACK!!!!!!!!!!
    Russell Casse: Hello boys, I'm back!
    Russell Casse: Hello, boys! I'm back!


  • David Levinson: Time's Up
    David Levinson: Time's up.


  • Capt. Steven Hiller: Welcome to earth!
    Capt. Steven Hiller: Welcome to Earth!


  • Jasmine Dubrow: There you go, thinking you're all that. But you are not as charming as you think you are, sir.
    Capt. Steven Hiller: Yes I am.


  • Julius Levinson: Everyone's trying to get out of Washington, and we're the only schmucks trying to get in.


  • Julius Levinson: If I had known I was gonna meet the president I would've worn a tie. Look at me, I look like a schliemiel.


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