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The Best 'The Exorcist' Quotes

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The Exorcist quotes are certainly quotable for movie fans. These are some of the best quotes from the horror film The Exorcist as determined by you and your votes. The Exorcist, adapted by William Peter Blatty from his own novel, tells the story of a possessed girl and the attempts made by her mother and two priests to bring her back. Released on December 26, 1973, the tagline for The Exorcist was "Something beyond comprehension is happening to a little girl on this street, in this house. A man has been called for as a last resort to try and save her. That man is The Exorcist."

What are the best The Exorcist quotes? Do you like Father Merrin and Father Karras repeating, "The Power of Christ compels you!"? Or do you like some of the lesser known lines from the film? Let it be known. Vote for your top The Exorcist quotes and watch them rise to the top of the list.

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    Chris: [about a Ouija board] Wait a minute, you need two.
    Regan: No ya don't. I do it all the time.
    Chris: Oh yeah. Well let's both play.
    [the planchette is jerked away from Chris]
    Chris: You really don't want me to play, huh?
    Regan: No, I do. Captain Howdy said no.
    Chris: Captain who?
    Regan: Captain Howdy.
    Chris: Who's Captain Howdy?
    Regan: You know, I make the questions and he does the answers.
  • Karras: It's my mother, Tom. She's alone. I never should have left her. At least in New York, I'd be near, I'd be closer.
    Tom: Could see about a transfer, Damien.
    Karras: I need re-assignment, Tom. I want out of this job. It's wrong. It's no good.
    Tom: You're the best we've got.
    Karras: Yeah, not really. It's more than psychiatry, and you know that Tom. Some of their problems come down to faith, their vocation and meaning of their lives, and I can't cut it anymore. I need out. I'm unfit. I think I've lost my faith, Tom.
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    Chris: What made you say that, Regan? Do you know, sweetheart?
    Regan: Mother? What's wrong with me?
    Chris: 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?
  • 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: 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: So, uhm, what causes this...?
    Dr. Klein: A lesion. A lesion in the temporal lobe. It's a kind of seizure disorder.
    Chris: 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.
    Chris: Hey, do me a favor, will ya? Tell me somethin' 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.