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The Best Ghostbusters Movie Quotes

Updated February 6, 2019 105 votes 26 voters 1k views10 items

The best Ghostbusters quotes make you realize how great the movie really is, even if you haven't seen it in a while. Let's rank the greatest quotes from Ghostbusters, with the help of your votes. Starring Bill Murray and Dan Aykroyd, Ghostbusters was directed by Ivan Reitman and released in 1984.

What is your favorite Ghostbusters quote? One memorable line was when Spengler said, "Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light." Another great line from Ghostbusters is, "Ray, for a moment, pretend that I don't know anything about metallurgy, engineering, or physics, and just tell me what the hell is going on," spoken by Venkman.

Vote up your top Ghostbusters quotes, regardless of which character they come from.

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    Don't Cross The Streams

    Egon Spengler: There's something very important I forgot to tell you.
    Peter Venkman: What?
    Spengler: Don't cross the streams.
    Venkman: Why?
    Spengler: It would be bad.
    Venkman: I'm fuzzy on the whole good/bad thing. What do you mean, "bad"?
    Spengler: Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light.
    Ray Stantz: Total protonic reversal!
    Venkman: Right. That's bad. Okay. All right. Important safety tip. Thanks, Egon.

     

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      A Very Slim Chance

      Egon Spengler: I have a radical idea. The door swings both ways. We could reverse the particle flow through the gate.
      Peter Venkman: How?
      Spengler: We'll cross the streams.
      Venkman: Excuse me, Egon, you said crossing the streams was bad.
      Ray Stantz: Cross the streams...
      Venkman: You're gonna endanger us, you're gonna endanger our client. The nice lady who paid us in advance before she became a dog.
      Spengler: Not necessarily. There's definitely a very slim chance we'll survive.
      Venkman: I love this plan! I'm excited to be a part of it. Let's do it!
      Winston Zeddmore: This job is definitely not worth eleven-five a year!

       

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        Rational Thought

        Ray Stantz: I tried to think of the most harmless thing. Something I loved from my childhood. Something that could never ever possibly destroy us. Mr. Stay Puft!
        Peter Venkman: Nice thinkin', Ray.
        Stantz: We used to roast Stay Puft Marshmallows, on the fire at Camp Waconda...
        Venkman: Ray has gone bye-bye, Egon. What have you got left?
        Egon Spengler: Sorry, Venkman. I'm terrified beyond the capacity for rational thought

         

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          My Own Lawyer

          Egon Spengler: The structure of this roof cap is exactly like the kind of telemetry tracker that NASA uses to identify dead pulsars in deep space.
          Ray Stantz: Cold riveted girders with cores of pure selenium.
          Peter Venkman: Everyone getting this so far? So what? I guess they just don't make them like they used to.
          Stantz: No! Nobody ever made them like this! The architect was either a certified genius or an authentic wacko!
          Venkman: Ray, for a moment, pretend that I don't know anything about metallurgy, engineering, or physics, and just tell me what the hell is going on.
          Stantz: You never studied. The whole building is a huge super-conductive antenna that was designed and built expressly for the purpose of pulling in and concentrating spiritual turbulence. Your girlfriend, Pete, lives in the corner penthouse of Spook Central.
          Venkman: She's not my girlfriend. I find her interesting because she's a client and because she sleeps above her covers. Four feet above her covers! She barks, she drools, she claws...
          Spengler: It's not the girl, Peter, it's the building! Something terrible is about to enter our world, and this building is obviously the door. The architect's name was Ivo Shandor. I found it in Tobin's Spirit Guide. He was also a doctor. Performed a lot of unnecessary surgery. And then in 1920, he founded a secret society.
          Venkman: Let me guess: Gozer worshippers?
          Spengler: Right.
          Venkman: "No studying"!
          Spengler: After the First World War, Shandor decided that society was too sick to survive. And he wasn't alone; he had close to a thousand followers when he died. They conducted rituals up on the roof, bizarre rituals intended to bring about the end of the world, and now it looks like it may actually happen!
          Venkman: So be good, for goodness sake! Whoa! Somebody's coming! Somebody's coming!
          Ray Stantz: We have to get out of here. We've gotta get a judge or something.
          Zeddemore: Hey, wait a minute! Hold it! Now are we actually gonna go before a federal judge, and tell him that some moldy Babylonian god is gonna drop in on Central Park West and start tearing up the city?!
          Spengler: Sumerian, not Babylonian.
          Venkman: Yeah. Big difference.
          Zeddemore: No offense, guys, but I gotta get my own lawyer.

           

           

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