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The Exorcist Quotes

  • Chris: You really don't want me to play, huh?
    Regan MacNeil: No, I do...Captain Howdy said no.


  • The Demon: Your mother sucks cocks in hell!


  • Father Damien Karras: The power of Christ compels you!


  • Father Merrin: I cast you out! Unclean spirit!
    The Demon: Shove it up your ass, you faggot!


  • The Demon: Your mother's in here, Karras. Would you like to leave a message? I'll see that she gets it.


  • The Demon: I'm not Regan.
    Father Damien Karras: Well, then let's introduce ourselves. I'm Damien Karras.
    The Demon: And I'm the Devil. Now kindly undo these straps.
    Father Damien Karras: If you're the Devil, why not make the straps disappear?
    The Demon: That's much too vulgar a display of power, Karras.


  • The Demon: What an excellent day for an exorcism.
    Father Damien Karras: You would like that?
    The Demon: Intensely.
    Father Damien Karras: But wouldn't that drive you out of Regan?
    The Demon: It would bring us together.
    Father Damien Karras: You and Regan?
    The Demon: You and us.


  • Karras' Mother: Dimmy,please Dimmy why you do this to me Dimmy
    Karras' Mother: Dimmy, please, Dimmy why you do this to me Dimmy.


  • Father Dyer: My idea of Heaven is a solid white nightclub with me as a headliner for all eternity, and they LOVE me!!
    Father Dyer: My idea of Heaven is a solid white nightclub with me as a headliner for all eternity, and they LOVE me!


  • Father Merrin: THE POWER OF CHRIST COMPELS YOU!


  • The Demon: What an excellent day for an exorcism.
    Father Damien Karras: Really? You would like that?
    The Demon: Intensely.
    Father Damien Karras: But won't that drive you out of Regan?
    The Demon: It would bring us together.
    Father Damien Karras: You and Regan?
    The Demon: You and us.


  • Regan MacNeil: I got a lot of problems. I need help.


  • The Demon: Do you know what she did? Your cunting daughter...


  • Regan MacNeil: Mo-ther...Make it stop!


  • The Demon: What a wonderful day for an exorcism!


  • The Demon: Your mother sucks cocks in Hell, Karras, you faithless slime.


  • Father Merrin: THE POWER OF CHRIST COMPELS YOU!
    Father Damien Karras: THE POWER OF CHRIST COMPELS YOU!


  • Father Merrin: "There is only one."
    Father Merrin: There is only one.


  • Regan MacNeil: Chris (very sleepily, first thing in the morning) "What are you doing here?" Regan (very sleepily, first thing in the morning) "I can't sleep. My bed was shaking."
    Chris MacNeil: [very sleepily, first thing in the morning] What are you doing here?
    Regan MacNeil: [very sleepily, first thing in the morning] I can't sleep. My bed was shaking.


  • Father Damien Karras: Where's regan?
    The Demon: In here...with us...


  • Father Damien Karras: How long are you going to stay in Regan?
    The Demon: Until she rots in earth.


  • The Demon: What an excellent day for an exorcism
    The Demon: What an excellent day for an exorcism.


  • Regan MacNeil: ...Your mother's in here with us, Karras. Would you like to leave a message? I'll see that she gets it.
    Regan MacNeil: Your mother's in here with us, Karras. Would you like to leave a message? I'll see that she gets it.


  • Regan MacNeil: What's that?
    Father Damien Karras: Holy water.
    Regan MacNeil: Keep that away from me.


  • Regan MacNeil: Stick your cock up your ass you worthless motherfucking cocksucker!
    Regan MacNeil: Stick your cock up her ass, you motherfucking worthless cocksucker!


  • Dr. Klein: She said.."Keep your fingers away from my God-damn C***."
    Dr. Klein: Keep your fingers away from my God-damn C***.


  • Chris MacNeil: I'm telling that thing upstairs isn't my daughter. Now I want you to tell me that you know for a fact that there's nothing wrong with my daughter except her mind. YOU TELL ME THAT AN EXORCISM WOULDN'T DO ANY GOOD!! YOU TELL ME THAT!
    Chris MacNeil: You show me Regan's double, same face, same voice, everything. And I'd know it wasn't Regan. I'd know in my gut. And I'm telling you that 'thing' upstairs isn't my daughter. Now, I want you to tell me that you know for a fact that there's nothing wrong with my daughter, except in her mind. You tell me for a fact that an exorcism wouldn't do any good. You tell me that!


  • Chris MacNeil: She doesn't remember any of it.
    Father Dyer: That's good.


  • Regan MacNeil: (in Karras' mother's voice) - Dimmy, why did you do this to me? Please Dimmy, I'm afraid.
    Regan MacNeil: (in Karras' mother's voice) Dimmy, why did you do this to me? Please Dimmy, I'm afraid.
    Father Damien Karras: You're not my mother!
    Father Merrin: Don't listen...Get out!
    Father Merrin: Don't listen. Get out!


  • Regan MacNeil: (possessed voice; forcing her mother's face on her crotch area) - Lick me! Lick me! Lick me!
    Regan MacNeil: (possessed voice, forcing her mother's face on her crotch area) Lick me! Lick me! Lick me!


  • Father Damien Karras: Why her? Why this girl?
    Father Merrin: I think the point is to make us despair; to see ourselves as...animal and ugly. To make us reject the possibility that God could love us.
    Father Merrin: I think the point is to make us despair, to see ourselves as animal and ugly. To make us reject the possibility that God could love us.


  • Chris MacNeil: Would you like some bourbon in that, father?
    Father Merrin: Well, my doctor says I shouldn't but thank God my will is weak.


  • Clinic Director: There is one outside chance for a cure. I think of it as shock treatment - as I said, it's a very outside chance...Have you ever heard of exorcism? Well, it's a stylized ritual in which the rabbi or the priest try to drive out the so-called invading spirit. It's been pretty much discarded these days except by the Catholics who keep it in the closet as a sort of an embarrassment, but uh, it has worked. In fact, although not for the reasons they think, of course. It's purely a force of suggestion. The victim's belief in possession is what helped cause it, so in that same way, a belief in the power of exorcism can make it disappear.
    Clinic Director: There is one outside chance for a cure. I think of it as shock treatment as I said, it's a very outside chance. Have you ever heard of exorcism? Well, it's a stylized ritual in which the rabbi or the priest try to drive out the so-called invading spirit. It's been pretty much discarded these days except by the Catholics who keep it in the closet as a sort of an embarrassment, but uh, it has worked. In fact, although not for the reasons they think, of course. It's purely a force of suggestion. The victim's belief in possession is what helped cause it, so in that same way, a belief in the power of exorcism can make it disappear.
    Chris MacNeil: You're telling me that I should take my daughter to a witch doctor? Is that it?


  • Regan MacNeil: (possessed voice, to father Karras) - You killed your mother! You left her alone to die!
    Regan MacNeil: (possessed voice, to father Karras) You killed your mother! You left her alone to die!


  • Lt. Kinderman: Well, this desecration in the church. Do you think this has anything to do with witchcraft?
    Father Damien Karras: Maybe. Some rituals use the Black Mass. Maybe.
    Lt. Kinderman: And now, Dennings, you read how he died?
    Father Damien Karras: In a fall.
    Lt. Kinderman: Let me tell you how, and please Father, confidential. Burke Dennings, good Father, was found at the bottom of those steps leading to M Street with his head turned completely around - facing backwards.
    Lt. Kinderman: Let me tell you how, and please Father, confidential. Burke Dennings, good Father, was found at the bottom of those steps leading to M Street with his head turned completely around facing backwards.
    Father Damien Karras: It didn't happen in the fall?
    Lt. Kinderman: It's possible. Possible, however -
    Lt. Kinderman: It's possible. Possible, however...
    Father Damien Karras: ...unlikely.
    Father Damien Karras: Unlikely.
    Lt. Kinderman: Exactly. So on the one hand, we've got a witchcraft kind of murder, and on the other hand a Black Mass type desecration in the church.
    Father Damien Karras: You think the killer and the desecrator are the same?
    Lt. Kinderman: Maybe somebody crazy. Somebody with a spite against the church; some unconscious rebellion.
    Father Damien Karras: A sick priest - is that it?
    Father Damien Karras: A sick priest, is that it?
    Lt. Kinderman: Look, Father, this is hard for you. Please, I understand, but for priests on the campus here, you're the psychiatrist. You know who was sick at the time, who wasn't. I mean, this kind of sickness. You'd know that.


  • Father Merrin: I cast you out! Unclean Sprit!
    Regan MacNeil: Shove it up you?re a**, you faggot!
    Regan MacNeil: Shove it up you?re a**!
    Father Merrin: In the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ! It is he who commands you! It is he who flung you from the gates of Heaven to the depths of Hell!
    Regan MacNeil: F**k Him!
    Father Merrin: Be gone...
    Father Merrin: Be gone.
    Regan MacNeil: F**k Him, Karras! F**k Him!
    Father Merrin: ...from this creature of God! (Regan moaning) Be gone! In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!
    Father Merrin: From this creature of God! (Regan moaning) Be gone! In the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit!


  • Father Damien Karras: I think it might be helpful if I gave you some background on the different personalities Regan has manifested. So far, I'd say there seem to be three. She's convinced...
    Father Damien Karras: I think it might be helpful if I gave you some background on the different personalities Regan has manifested. So far, I'd say there seem to be three. She's convinced.
    Father Merrin: There is only one.


  • Regan MacNeil: What an excellent day for an exorcism.
    Father Damien Karras: You'd like that?
    Regan MacNeil: Intensely.
    Father Damien Karras: But wouldn't that drive you out of Regan?
    Regan MacNeil: It would bring us together.
    Father Damien Karras: You and Regan.
    Regan MacNeil: You and us.


  • Father Damien Karras: Where's Regan?
    Regan MacNeil: In here - with us.
    Regan MacNeil: In here, with us.
    Father Damien Karras: Show me Regan and I'll loosen one of the straps.
    Regan MacNeil: Can you help an old altar boy, Father? - Your mother's in here with us, Karras. Would you like to leave a message? I'll see that she gets it.
    Regan MacNeil: Can you help an old altar boy, Father? Your mother's in here with us, Karras. Would you like to leave a message? I'll see that she gets it.
    Father Damien Karras: If that's true, then you must know my mother's maiden name. What is it? What is it? (Regan vomits onto Karras)


  • Father Damien Karras: Hello, Regan. I'm a friend of your mothers. I'd like to help you.
    Regan MacNeil: Why not loosen the straps then?
    Father Damien Karras: I'm afraid you might hurt yourself, Regan.
    Regan MacNeil: I'm not Regan.
    Father Damien Karras: I see. Well then, let's introduce ourselves. I'm Damien Karras.
    Regan MacNeil: I'm the devil. Now kindly undo these straps!
    Father Damien Karras: If you're the devil, why not make the straps disappear?
    Regan MacNeil: That's much too vulgar a display of power, Karras.


  • Father Damien Karras: Look, I'm only against the possibility of doing your daughter more harm than good...I can't do it. I need evidence that the church would accept as signs of possession...like her speaking in a language she's never known or studied...Look, your daughter doesn't say she's a demon. She says she's the devil himself. Now if you've seen as many psychotics as I have, you realize that's the same thing as saying you're Napoleon Bonaparte. You asked me what I think is best for your daughter. Six months, under observation, in the best hospital you can find.
    Father Damien Karras: Look, I'm only against the possibility of doing your daughter more harm than good. I can't do it. I need evidence that the church would accept as signs of possession, like her speaking in a language she's never known or studied...Look, your daughter doesn't say she's a demon. She says she's the devil himself. Now if you've seen as many psychotics as I have, you realize that's the same thing as saying you're Napoleon Bonaparte. You asked me what I think is best for your daughter. Six months, under observation, in the best hospital you can find.
    Father Damien Karras: Look, I'm only against the possibility of doing your daughter more harm than good. I can't do it. I need evidence that the church would accept as signs of possession, like her speaking in a language she's never known or studied. Look, your daughter doesn't say she's a demon. She says she's the devil himself. Now if you've seen as many psychotics as I have, you realize that's the same thing as saying you're Napoleon Bonaparte. You asked me what I think is best for your daughter. Six months, under observation, in the best hospital you can find.
    Chris MacNeil: I'm telling you that that thing upstairs isn't my daughter. Now I want you to tell me that you know for a fact that there's nothing wrong with my daughter except in her mind. YOU TELL ME YOU KNOW FOR A FACT THAT AN EXORCISM WOULDN'T DO ANY GOOD! YOU TELL ME THAT!


  • Chris MacNeil: Someone very close to me is probably possessed and needs an exorcism. Father Karras, it's my little girl.
    Father Damien Karras: The Catholic Church insists on proof that the devil is really in a person. Then that's all the more reason to forget about exorcism...To begin with, it could make things worse. Secondly, the church before it approves an exorcism conducts an investigation to see if it's warranted. That takes time...I need church approval and that's rarely given. I will see her as a psychiatrist.
    Father Damien Karras: The Catholic Church insists on proof that the devil is really in a person. Then that's all the more reason to forget about exorcism. To begin with, it could make things worse. Secondly, the church before it approves an exorcism conducts an investigation to see if it's warranted. That takes time. I need church approval and that's rarely given. I will see her as a psychiatrist.
    Chris MacNeil: Oh, not a psychiatrist. She needs a priest. She's already seen every fu**ing psychiatrist in the world and they sent me to you. Now you're gonna send me back to them? Jesus Christ! Won't somebody help me...Can't you help her, just help her?
    Chris MacNeil: Oh, not a psychiatrist. She needs a priest. She's already seen every fu**ing psychiatrist in the world and they sent me to you. Now you're gonna send me back to them? Jesus Christ! Won't somebody help me. Can't you help her, just help her?


  • Regan MacNeil: (possessed voice) - Your mother sucks co**s in hell, Karras, you faithless slime.
    Regan MacNeil: (possessed voice) Your mother sucks co**s in hell, Karras, you faithless slime.


  • Chris MacNeil: How do you go about getting an exorcism?
    Father Damien Karras: I beg your pardon? Well, the first thing - I'd have to get into a time machine and get back to the 16th century...Well, it just doesn't happen anymore, Mrs. MacNeil...since we learned about mental illness, paranoia, schizophrenia...Since the day I joined the Jesuits, I've never met one priest who has performed an exorcism. Not one.
    Father Damien Karras: I beg your pardon? Well, the first thing I'd have to get into a time machine and get back to the 16th century. Well, it just doesn't happen anymore, Mrs. MacNeil since we learned about mental illness, paranoia, schizophrenia. Since the day I joined the Jesuits, I've never met one priest who has performed an exorcism. Not one.


  • Father Damien Karras: Mama, I could take you somewhere where you'd be safe. You wouldn't be alone. There would be people around. You know, you wouldn't be sitting here listening to a radio.
    Karras' Mother: (speaks in Greek) - You understand me? This is my house and I'm not going no place. Dimmy, you're worried for something?
    Karras' Mother: (speaks in Greek) You understand me? This is my house and I'm not going no place. Dimmy, you're worried for something?
    Father Damien Karras: No, Mama.
    Karras' Mother: You're not happy. Tell me, what is the matter?
    Father Damien Karras: Mama, I'm all right, I'm fine, really I am.


  • Regan MacNeil: (possessed voice, to Father Merrin) - Stick your c**k up her a**, you mother-fu**ing worthless co**sucker!
    Regan MacNeil: (possessed voice, to Father Merrin) Stick your c**k up her a**, you mother-fu**ing worthless co**sucker!


  • Chris MacNeil: (about the Ouija board) - Wait a minute, you need two.
    Chris MacNeil: (about the Ouija board) Wait a minute, you need two.
    Regan MacNeil: No you don't. I do it all the time.
    Chris MacNeil: Oh yeah. Well let's both play. (The planchette moves on its own) You really don't want me to play, huh?
    Regan MacNeil: No, I do. Captain Howdy said no.
    Chris MacNeil: Captain who?
    Regan MacNeil: Captain Howdy.
    Chris MacNeil: Who's Captain Howdy?
    Regan MacNeil: You know, I make the questions and he does the answers.


  • Regan MacNeil: (possessed voice) - Do you know what she did? Your cunting daughter?
    Regan MacNeil: (possessed voice) Do you know what she did? Your cunting daughter?


  • Father Damien Karras: Take me! Come into me! God-damn you, take me! Take me!


  • Father Merrin: It's the power of Christ! The power of Christ compels you!


  • Regan MacNeil: (possessed voice) - Let Jesus f**k you, let Jesus f**k you! Let him f**k you!
    Regan MacNeil: (possessed voice) Let Jesus f**k you, let Jesus f**k you! Let him f**k you!


  • Assistant Director: I suppose you heard.
    Chris MacNeil: Heard what?
    Assistant Director: You haven't heard. Burke's dead. He must have been drunk. He fell down from the top of the steps right outside. By the time he hit M Street, he broke his neck.


  • Lt. Kinderman: It's strange. The deceased comes to visit - stays only 20 minutes...and leaves all alone a very sick girl. And speaking plainly, Mrs. MacNeil, it isn't likely he would fall from a window. Besides, a fall wouldn't do to his neck what we found, except maybe one chance in a thousand. Nope, my hunch, my opinion - he was killed by a very powerful man - point one. - And the fracturing of his skull - point two. Plus the various other things we mentioned would make it very probable, probable, not certain, that the deceased was killed and then pushed from your daughter's window. But nobody was in the room, except your daughter. So how can this be? It could be one way. If someone came calling between the time Miss Spencer left and the time you returned...
    Lt. Kinderman: It's strange. The deceased comes to visit, stays only 20 minutes, and leaves all alone a very sick girl. And speaking plainly, Mrs. MacNeil, it isn't likely he would fall from a window. Besides, a fall wouldn't do to his neck what we found, except maybe one chance in a thousand. Nope, my hunch, my opinion, he was killed by a very powerful man, point one. - And the fracturing of his skull - point two. Plus the various other things we mentioned would make it very probable, probable, not certain, that the deceased was killed and then pushed from your daughter's window. But nobody was in the room, except your daughter. So how can this be? It could be one way. If someone came calling between the time Miss Spencer left and the time you returned.
    Chris MacNeil: Judas Priest. Just a second...
    Chris MacNeil: Judas Priest. Just a second.


  • Regan MacNeil: (possessed voice) - F**k me! F**k me!
    Regan MacNeil: (possessed voice) F**k me! F**k me!


  • Dr. Klein: She's heavily sedated. She'll probably sleep through tomorrow.
    Chris MacNeil: What was going on in there? How could she fly off the bed like that?
    Dr. Klein: Pathological states can induce abnormal strength; accelerated motor performance. Now, for example, say a 90 pound woman sees her child pinned under the wheel of a truck. Runs out and lifts the wheels a half a foot up off the ground - you've heard the story - same thing here. Same principle, I mean.
    Chris MacNeil: So what's wrong with her?
    Dr. Klein: We still think the temporal lobe.
    Chris MacNeil: Oh what are you talking about, for Christ's sakes? Did you see her or not? She's acting like she's fu**ing out of her mind, psychotic, like a... split personality or...
    Chris MacNeil: Oh what are you talking about, for Christ's sakes? Did you see her or not? She's acting like she's fu**ing out of her mind, psychotic, like a split personality or...
    Dr. Klein: There haven't been more than a hundred authentic cases of so-called split personality, Mrs. MacNeil. Now I know the temptation is to leap to psychiatry. But any reasonable psychiatrist would exhaust the somatic possibilities first.
    Chris MacNeil: So, what's next?
    Dr. Klein: A pneumoencephalogram, I would think. Pin down that lesion. It will involve another spinal.
    Chris MacNeil: Oh, Christ!
    Dr. Klein: What we missed in the EEG and the arteriograms could conceivably turn up there. At least, it would eliminate certain other possibilities.


  • Regan MacNeil: (possessed voice) - Keep away! The sow is mine!
    Regan MacNeil: (possessed voice) Keep away! The sow is mine!


  • Dr. Klein: It's a symptom of a type of disturbance in the chemical-electrical activity of the brain. In the case of your daughter, in the temporal lobe - it's up here - in the lateral part of the brain. It's rare, but it does cause bizarre hallucinations and usually just before a convulsion...the shaking of the bed. It's doubtless due to muscular spasms.
    Dr. Klein: It's a symptom of a type of disturbance in the chemical-electrical activity of the brain. In the case of your daughter, in the temporal lobe - it's up here - in the lateral part of the brain. It's rare, but it does cause bizarre hallucinations and usually just before a convulsion, the shaking of the bed. It's doubtless due to muscular spasms.
    Chris MacNeil: Oh no. No, no. That was not a spasm. Look. I got on the bed. The whole bed was thumping and rising off the floor and shaking - the whole thing, with me on it!
    Dr. Klein: Mrs. MacNeil, the problem with your daughter is not her bed, it's her brain.
    Chris MacNeil: So, uh-hum, what causes this...?
    Chris MacNeil: So, uh-hum, what causes this?
    Dr. Klein: A lesion; a lesion in the temporal lobe. It's a kind of seizure disorder.
    Chris MacNeil: Now look Doc, I really don't understand how her whole personality could change.
    Dr. Klein: The temporal lobe is very common...It could last for days or even weeks. It isn't rare to find destructive, even criminal behavior.
    Dr. Klein: The temporal lobe is very common. It could last for days or even weeks. It isn't rare to find destructive, even criminal behavior.
    Chris MacNeil: Hey, do me a favor will you? Tell me something good.
    Dr. Klein: Don't be alarmed. If it's a lesion, in a way she's fortunate. All we have to do is remove the scar.


  • Regan MacNeil: Oh please, Mother, make it stop! It's hurting.


  • Chris MacNeil: What made you say that, Regan? Do you know, sweetheart?
    Regan MacNeil: Mother? What's wrong with me?
    Chris MacNeil: It's just like the doctor said. It's nerves, and that's all. OK? You just take your pills and you'll be fine, really. OK?


  • Regan MacNeil: (to an astronaut guest at Chris' party) - You're gonna die up there. (Urinates on the carpet)
    Regan MacNeil: (to an astronaut guest at Chris' party) You're gonna die up there. (Urinates on the carpet)


  • Chris MacNeil: Well give me an example, like what specifically did she say?
    Dr. Klein: Specifically Mrs. MacNeil, she advised me to keep my fingers away from her goddamned cu*t.


  • Regan MacNeil: My bed was shaking. I can't get to sleep.


  • The Demon: What an excellent day for an exorcism.


  • Father Merrin: Especially important is the warning to avoid conversations with the demon. We may ask what is relevant but anything beyond that is dangerous. He is a liar. The demon is a liar. He will lie to confuse us. But he will also mix lies with the truth to attack us. The attack is psychological, Damien, and powerful. So don't listen to him. Remember that - do not listen.


  • Father Damien Karras: There are no experts. You probably know as much about possession than most priests. Look, your daughter doesn't say she's a demon. She says she's the devil himself. And if you've seen as many psychotics as I have, you'd know it's like saying you're Napoleon Bonaparte.


  • The Demon: Your mother's in here, Karras. Would you like to leave a message? I'll see that she gets it.


  • Regan MacNeil: What an excellent day for an exorcism.


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