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The Best Deliverance Quotes

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The best Deliverance quotes make you realize how unsettling the movie really is, even if you haven't seen it in a while. Let's rank the greatest quotes from Deliverance, with the help of your votes. Starring Jon Voight and Burt Reynolds, Deliverance was directed by John Boorman and released in 1972.

What is your favorite Deliverance quote? One memorable line was when Lewis says, "You don't beat it. You never beat the river chubby." Another great line from Deliverance is, "No matter what disaster that may occur in other parts of the world, or what petty little problems arise in Atlanta, no one can find us up here. Good night, Lewis," spoken by Ed.

Vote up your top Deliverance quotes, regardless of what character they come from.

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    Because It's There

    Griner: Canoe trip?
    Lewis: That's right, a canoe trip.
    Griner: What the hell you wanna go f*ck around with that river for?
    Lewis: Because it's there.
    Griner: It's there all right. You get in there and can't get out, you're gonna wish it wasn't.

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      It Ain't Nothin' But

      Lewis: Well, we f*cked up.
      Griner: Where you goin' city boy?
      Lewis: We'll find it. We'll find it.
      Griner: It ain't nothin' but the biggest f*ckin' river in the state.


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        You Don't Beat It

        Lewis: The first explorers saw this country, saw it just like us.
        Drew: I can imagine how they felt.
        Bobby: Yeah, we beat it, didn't we? Did we beat that?
        Lewis: You don't beat it. You never beat the river chubby.

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          Sometimes I Wonder

          Lewis: Machines are gonna fail and the system's gonna fail...then, survival. Who has the ability to survive? That's the game - survive.
          Ed: Well, the system's done all right by me.
          Lewis: Oh yeah. You gotta nice job, you gotta a nice house, a nice wife, a nice kid.
          Ed: You make that sound rather sh*tty, Lewis.
          Lewis: Why do you go on these trips with me, Ed?
          Ed: I like my life, Lewis.
          Lewis: Yeah, but why do you go on these trips with me?
          Ed: You know, sometimes I wonder about that.