From “Anything different is good” to “Well, what if there is no tomorrow? There wasn’t one today”, here are Bill Murray’s best Groundhog Day quotes.
Did you know that Groundhog Day is Bill Murray‘s 8th highest-grossing film? After all, this 1993 movie earned about $71 million since its original release. Its premise is simple — Murray plays a weatherman, named Phil Connors, that becomes trapped in a time loop on Groundhog Day. Part of what makes this movie so great is the script and all of these famous Groundhog Day quotes.
Say It Again: Bill Murray’s Most Famous Groundhog Day Quotes
Bill Murray won a lot of awards playing the role of Phil Connors in Groundhog Dog. For example, he won the Funniest Actor in a Motion Picture from the American Comedy Awards in 1994. His performance in this Harold Ramis directed film was brilliant. Here are some of the best Bill Murray Groundhog Day quotes.
Many people are morons.
- Hawley: It’s a cute story. He comes out, he looks around, he wrinkles up his little nose, he sniffs around a little, he sees his shadow, he doesn’t see his shadow– it’s nice. People like it.
- Phil: Many people are morons.
Punxsutawney: “It’s the Constantinople of the whole Western Appalachian-Susquehanna Drainage system.”
- Phil: You know, this could be extremely interesting.
- Rita: I’ve never done a weather story before. What’s Punxsutawney like?
- Phil: Oh, it’s an enchanted place. A magical world. It’s the Constantinople of the whole Western Appalachian-Susquehanna Drainage system.
Will you be my love slave?
- Phil: Will you be my love slave?
- Rita: Whatever I can do within reason. Would you like to have dinner with Larry and me?
- Phil: No, thanks, I’ve seen Larry eat.
Ned Ryerson?… Bing!
- Ned: Phil? Hey, Phil? Phil! Phil Connors? Phil Connors, I thought that was you!
- Phil: (looks at him vaguely) Hi, how you doing? Thanks for watching.
- (Starts to walk away)
- Ned: Hey, hey! Now, don’t you tell me you don’t remember me because I sure as heckfire remember you.
- Phil: Not a chance.
- Ned: Ned… Ryerson. “Needlenose Ned”? “Ned the Head”? C’mon, buddy. Case Western High. Ned Ryerson: I did the whistling belly-button trick at the high school talent show? Bing! Ned Ryerson: got the shingles real bad senior year, almost didn’t graduate? Bing, again. Ned Ryerson: I dated your sister Mary Pat a couple of times until you told me not to anymore? Well?
- Phil: Ned Ryerson?
- Ned: Bing!
- Phil: Bing.
Did you sleep okay without me? You tossed and turned, didn’t you?
- Phil: So, did you sleep okay without me? You tossed and turned, didn’t you?
- (Rita holds up a slate for Larry to ID the tape.)
- Rita: You’re incredible.
- Phil: Who told you?
Hey! Over here, you little weasel!
- Phil: And here’s the big moment we’ve all been waiting for. Let’s just see what Mr. Groundhog has to say.
- (The groundhog sticks his head out and runs over to the other side of the mound, about as far away from the cameras as he can get.)
- Phil: Hey! Over here, you little weasel!
- (The cameraman zooms in as far as he can but the best he can manage is a close-up of the groundhog’s back.)
- Phil: Great shot, huh, folks? Well, that was certainly worth the trip.
“This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather.”
- Phil: This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather.
Don’t you have some kind of a line that you keep open for emergencies or for celebrities? I’m both. I’m a celebrity in an emergency.
- Phil: Come on, *all* the long-distance lines are down? What about the satellite? Is it snowing in space? Don’t you have some kind of a line that you keep open for emergencies or for celebrities? I’m both. I’m a celebrity in an emergency.
Don’t mess with me, pork chop. What day is this?
- Man in Hallway : Morning. Off to see the groundhog?
- Phil: Yeah.
- Man in Hallway : Think it’ll be an early spring?
- Phil: Didn’t we do this yesterday?
- Man in Hallway : I don’t know what you mean.
- Phil: (slams him against the wall) Don’t mess with me, pork chop. What day is this?
- Man in Hallway : It’s February 2nd. Groundhog Day.
- Phil: Yeah. I’m sorry. You know, I thought it was yesterday.
- Man in Hallway : Oh.
- (chuckles nervously)
Do you ever have déjà vu?
- Phil: Do you ever have déjà vu, Mrs. Lancaster?
- Mrs. Lancaster : I don’t think so, but I could check with the kitchen.
Drunk is more fun.
- Phil: (nervous, sweating) I’ve got to talk to you. I think I’m losing my mind.
- Rita: I know you’re losing it. What are you doing over here? The camera’s over there.
- Phil: Slap me, Rita.
- Rita: What is this?
- Phil: Just slap me– hard. She gives up and taps him lightly on the cheek.
- Phil: I said hard!
- Rita: I can’t!
- Phil: Do it! Rita shrugs and slaps him very hard.
- Phil: Better. Almost too hard, Rita.
- Rita: Are you drunk?
- Phil: No, drunk is more fun.
I don’t worry about anything anymore.
- (Phil is sitting at a dining room table at his bed and breakfast, which is covered with an incredible variety of rich foods – eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, pies, cakes, éclairs, ice cream, puddings, etc. Rita sits across from him, watching in amazement as he stuffs himself with pastry.)
- Rita: Is this some new fad diet? Don’t you worry about cholesterol? Phil scrapes a plate and takes a final bite of a chocolate eclair.
- Phil: I don’t worry about anything anymore.
- Rita: What makes you so special? Everybody worries about something.
- Phil: That’s exactly what makes me so special.
- (He takes a big bite of cake. Rita shakes her head.)
- (Phil is making passionate love to a WOMAN in the dark.)
- Woman: (Moaning) Oh, Phil.
- Phil: Oh, Rita.
- (The woman suddenly freezes. There is a moment of silence, then she turns on the light.)
- Woman: It’s Nancy, not Rita.
- (Phil is as surprised as she is by his slip of the tongue.)
- Nancy: (Coldly) Who’s Rita?
- Phil: No one. It’s just something I say when I make love. You know — “Orita”, “Orighta” — it’s like “Oh, baby” or something.
- Nancy: (not entirely convinced) Oh.
- Phil: (corrects her) O-rita.
- (Nancy laughs uncertainly. Phil switches off the light, thinking now about Rita.)
I’ve been planning this day for weeks.
- Rita: How you can start a day with one kind of expectation and end up so completely different.
- Phil: Do you like how this day is turning out?
- Rita: Yes. I like it very much.
- (They stop in front of Phil’s hotel. She turns to him.)
- Rita: You could never have planned a day like this, but it couldn’t have been more perfect.
- Phil: You’re wrong. I’ve been planning this day for weeks.
Well, what if there is no tomorrow? There wasn’t one today.
- Phil: Well, what if there is no tomorrow? There wasn’t one today.
I’m a god — I’m not the God, I don’t think.
- Phil: I’m a god.
- Rita: You’re God?
- Phil: I’m *a* god. I’m not *the* God… I don’t think.
Maybe God isn’t omnipotent — he’s just had a lot of practice.
- Rita: This is some kind of trick.
- Phil: Yes, it’s a trick. But maybe the real God cheats, too. Maybe God isn’t omnipotent– he’s just had a lot of practice.
Groundhog Day used to mean something in this town. They used to pull the hog out, and they used to eat it.
- Phil: This is pitiful. A thousand people freezing their butts off waiting to worship a rat. What hype. Groundhog Day used to mean something in this town. They used to pull the hog out, and they used to eat it. You’re hypocrites, all of you!
Someday someone’s gonna’ see me interviewing a groundhog and think I don’t have a future.
- Phil: Can you keep a secret Larry? I’m probably leaving PBH. So this will be the last time we do the Groundhog festival together.
- Larry : I don’t understand what’s so wrong with the Groundhog Festival. You know when I was in San Diego, I had to cover the swallows returning to Capistrano six years in a row.
- Phil: Someday someone’s gonna’ see me interviewing a groundhog and think I don’t have a future.
Don’t drive on the railroad tracks.
- Phil: It’s the same thing your whole life: “Clean up your room. Stand up straight. Pick up your feet. Take it like a man. Be nice to your sister. Don’t mix beer and wine, ever.” Oh, yeah: “Don’t drive on the railroad track.”
- Gus: Well, Phil, that’s one I happen to agree with.
Don’t drive angry!
- Phil: (Holding Phil the Groundhog behind the wheel) Don’t drive angry. Don’t drive angry!
I’m betting he’s going to swerve first.
- (Driving down the railroad tracks toward an approaching train)
- Phil: I’m betting he’s going to swerve first.
Too early for flapjacks?
- (Phil Connors’ car is pulled over by the Police after some crazy driving)
- Phil: Yeah, three cheeseburgers, two large fries, two chocolate shakes, and one large coke.
- Ralph: (to Phil) And some flapjacks.
- Phil: (to Cop) Too early for flapjacks?
My father was a piano mover, so…
- Piano Teacher: Not bad… Mr. Connors, you say this is your first lesson?
- Phil: Yes, but my father was a piano *mover*, so…
Anything different is good.
- Phil: Something is… different.
- Rita: Good or bad?
- Phil: Anything different is good.
What do you say? You little brat! You’ve never thanked me! I’ll see you tomorrow. Maybe.
- (Phil rushes down the sidewalk with Rita close behind him. He stops under a tree and puts his arms out just as a young boy falls out of the tree and into his arms.)
- Phil: What do you say? You little brat! You’ve never thanked me! I’ll see you tomorrow. Maybe.
- (Kid runs away)
- Phil: (to Rita) That little bastard has never thanked me once. I ought to just let him fall. Teach him a lesson.
- Rita: Phil, this is too — I must be dreaming.
- Phil: Yeah, you and me both.
We mustn’t keep our audience waiting.
All right, Doris, come on. Hey, fix your bra, honey… That’s better.
- (sitting outside the local bank)
- Phil: A gust of wind.
- (a gust of wind blows)
- Phil: A dog barks.
- (a dog barks in the distance)
- Phil: Cue the truck.
- (an armored truck drives up)
- Phil: Exit Herman; walk out into the bank.
- (Herman gets out of the armored truck and walks into the bank)
- Phil: Exit Felix, and stand there with a not-so-bright look on your face.
- (Felix gets out of truck and stands there)
- Phil: All right, Doris, come on. Hey, fix your bra, honey… That’s better.
- (Doris walks up fixing her outfit)
- Phil: (impersonating Doris) Felix.
- (Doris says, “Felix”)
- Phil: (impersonating Felix) How ya doin’ Doris?
- (Felix asks Doris a question)
- Phil: (impersonating Doris) Can I have a roll of quarters?
- (Doris asks Felix for a roll of quarters)
- Phil: (Phil stands up and begins to walk towards the armored car, counting to himself)
- Phil: 10, 9, 8, car…
- (a car drives in front of Phil)
- Phil: …6, 5, quarters…
- (roll of quarters breaks open, hitting the ground)
- Phil: …3, 2…
- (Phil reaches over Felix and takes a bag of money out of the back of the armored truck)
- Herman: Felix, did I bring out two bags or one?
- Felix: I dunno.
- (scratches his head)
Could I have one more of these with some booze in it please?
- Phil: (holds up his drink for the bartender) Could I have one more of these with some booze in it please?
Winter, slumbering in the open air, wears on its smiling face a dream… of spring. Ciao.
- Man in Hallway: Think it’ll be an early spring?
- Phil: Winter, slumbering in the open air, wears on its smiling face a dream… of spring. Ciao.
- Man in Hallway : (Absolutely chuffed) Ciao.
There is no way that this winter is ever going to end as long as this groundhog keeps seeing his shadow… I have to stop him.
- Phil: There is no way that this winter is *ever* going to end as long as this groundhog keeps seeing his shadow. I don’t see any other way out. He’s got to be stopped. And I have to stop him.
I couldn’t imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter.
- (After years of practice in the time loop, Phil is delivering an incredible report. Everyone around is silent and listening to Phil. Even the other reporters have turned their cameras on him.)
- Phil: …When Chekhov saw the long winter, he saw a winter bleak and dark and bereft of hope. Yet we know that winter is just another step in the cycle of life. But standing here among the people of Punxsutawney (Phil looks directly at Rita) and basking in the warmth of their hearths and hearts, I couldn’t imagine a better fate than a long and lustrous winter. For Channel 9 news, I’m Phil Connors.
- (Everyone erupts into applause. Even Larry the cameraman brushes away a tear.)
I’m going to give you a prediction about this winter? It’s going to be cold, it’s going to be dark and it’s going to last you for the rest of your lives!
- Phil: You want a prediction about the weather? You’re asking the wrong Phil. I’m going to give you a prediction about this winter? It’s going to be cold, it’s going to be dark and it’s going to last you for the rest of your lives!
It’s always February 2nd, and there’s nothing I can do about it.
- Rita: (Phil has described several people in the diner) What about me, Phil? Do you know me too?
- Phil: I know all about you. You like producing, but you hope for more than Channel 9 Pittsburgh.
- Rita: Well, everyone knows that!
- Phil: You like boats, but not the ocean. You go to a lake in the summer with your family up in the mountains. There’s a long wooden dock and a boathouse with boards missing from the roof, and a place you used to crawl underneath to be alone. You’re a sucker for French poetry and rhinestones. You’re very generous. You’re kind to strangers and children, and when you stand in the snow you look like an angel.
- Rita: (in wonder) How are you doing this?
- Phil: I told you. I wake up every day, right here, right in Punxsutawney, and it’s always February 2nd, and there’s nothing I can do about it.
We never talk, Larry. Do you have kids?
- (Waking after a night of reading poetry and only chaste sleep with Rita, Phil jumps out of bed, determined to show himself as a new and likable man. He gives a wad of cash to the Old Man beggar and shows up early for the photoshoot, carrying a tray of coffees just the way that Rita and Larry like them, and with Larry’s favorite pastry)
- Phil: Who wants coffee? Get it while it’s hot!
- Rita : (surprised) Oh! Thanks, Phil!
- Phil: (Handing Larry a lidded styrofoam container of coffee) Larry? Skim milk, two sugar.
- Larry : (Also surprised) Yeah. Thanks, Phil!
- Phil: Pastry?
- (Phil offers the tray to Rita, who looks enticed, but says:)
- Rita: No. We’re just setting up.
- Phil: Pastry, Larry? Take your pick.
- Larry: Well, thanks, Phil. Raspberry, great.
- Phil: Say, I was just talking with Buster Green, he’s the head groundhog honcho. And he said, if we set up over here (he points his thumb over his shoulder) we might get a better shot. What do you think?
- (Rita is still surprised that Phil Connors is being so thoughtful and helpful)
- Rita: Sounds good.
- Phil: Larry, what do you think?
- (It is obvious that Phil has never asked for Larry’s opinion in his life, and Larry grins)
- Larry: Yeah. Let’s go for it.
- Rita: (Pleased) Good work, Phil.
- Phil: Maybe we’ll get lucky. Let me give you a hand with the heavy stuff.
- (Phil takes the backpack and news-camera)
- Larry: Uh…
- Phil: No, no, you got your coffee.
- (They start to walk to the “better” spot)
- Phil: We never talk, Larry. Do you have kids?
- (Rita stares in astonishment, then slowly follows them)
Does he have to use the word poopy?
- Phil: So what do you want out of life anyway?
- Rita: I guess I want what everybody wants. You know, career, love, marriage, children.
- Phil: Are you seeing anyone?
- Rita: I think this is getting too personal. I don’t think I’m ready to share this with you.
- (Phil nods)
- Rita: How about you? What do you want?
- Phil: What I really want is someone like you.
- Rita: (chuckles) Oh, please.
- Phil: Well, why not? What are you looking for? Who is your perfect guy?
- Phil: Well, first of all, he’s too humble to know he’s perfect.
- Phil: That’s me.
- Rita: He’s intelligent, supportive, funny…
- Phil: Intelligent, supportive, funny… me, me, me…
- Rita: He’s romantic and courageous…
- Phil: Me also…
- Rita: He’s got a good body, but he doesn’t have to look in the mirror every two minutes.
- Phil: I have a great body, and sometimes I go months without looking.
- Rita: He’s kind and sensitive and gentle, he’s not afraid to cry in front of me…
- Phil: This is a man we’re talking about, right?
- Rita: He likes animals and children and he’ll change poopy diapers…
- Phil: Does he have to use the word poopy?
- Rita: Oh, and he plays an instrument, and he loves his mother.
- Phil: I am really close on this one… really, really close.
At sunset, we made love like sea otters. That was a pretty good day. Why couldn’t I get that day over and over and over?
- Phil: I was in the Virgin Islands once. I met a girl. We ate lobster, drank piña coladas. At sunset, we made love like sea otters. That was a pretty good day. Why couldn’t I get that day over and over and over?
I can’t even make a collie stay.
- Phil: Why are you here?
- Rita : You said stay so I stayed.
- Phil: I can’t even make a collie stay.
Today is tomorrow.
- Phil: Do you know what today is?
- Rita : No, what?
- Phil: Today is tomorrow. It happened.
Whatever happens tomorrow, or for the rest of my life, I’m happy now… because I love you.
- Rita: It’s beautiful. I don’t know what to say.
- Phil: I do. Whatever happens tomorrow, or for the rest of my life, I’m happy now… because I love you.
The Best Groundhog Day Quotes From Bill Murray
How was our selection of Groundhog Day movie quotes? There are a lot of memorable Groundhog Day quotes other than Bill Murray’s, but if you’re fond of his character Phil Connors, then this list really shows off his quirky side. Thanks for reading!
NERD NOTE: Bill Murray and Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog, didn’t along very well on the movie set. Murray was bitten twice by the groundhog while shooting the film. The bites were bad enough that he had to receive multiple anti-rabies injections.
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