Beloved by both audiences and critics, Quentin Tarantino’s 1994 film, Pulp Fiction, was an instant classic. Here are some of the best Pulp Fiction movie quotes.
Before 1992, not many people had heard of Quentin Tarantino before. The acclaimed director’s first big break was after his film Reservoir Dogs screened at the Sundance Film Festival. It was an instant hit with both critics and fans, and Tarantino was offered numerous options for his next project. He turned down both the movies Speed and Men In Black and chose instead to write the script for Pulp Fiction. We’re sure glad he did. Starring Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta, and Uma Thurman, the film features much more than its 265 F-words and provides us with a list of Pulp Fiction movie quotes that we’re still citing decades later.
The Greatest Pulp Fiction Quotes
Without further ado, here are some great Pulp Fiction movie quotes you can try slipping into your next conversation.
Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) laments on what it takes to feel comfortable in the quiet.
- Mia Wallace: Don’t you hate that?
- Vincent Vega: Hate what?
- Mia Wallace: Uncomfortable silences. Why do we feel it’s necessary to yak about bulls*** in order to be comfortable?”
- Vincent Vega: I don’t know. That’s a good question.
- Mia Wallace: That’s when you know you’ve found somebody special. When you can just shut the f*** up for a minute and comfortably enjoy the silence.”
Her words, succinct and to-the-point, make a compelling argument for shutting our mouths every once in a while.
Let’s Dance The Twist
In one scene, Mia volunteers both her and Vincent Vega for a dance competition. She uses Vega’s boss, her husband, as leverage to scare him into dancing the twist for an epic trophy.
- Mia Wallace: Now I wanna dance, I wanna win, I want that trophy — so dance good.
That’s all it takes to compel him to say, “All right,” and get up on the stage.
The $5 Milkshake
How much would you spend on a milkshake? In today’s economy, $5 might sound cheap. But $5 in 1992 after being adjusted for inflation is $10 today. In this scene, Mia (Uma Thurman) lets Vincent (John Travolta) find out what a $5 milkshake tastes like.
- Vincent Vega: That’s a pretty fucking good milkshake. I don’t know if it’s worth five dollars, but it’s pretty fucking good.
The Moment We’ve All Been Waiting For
During Mia and Vince’s night out, Mia drops another truth on us viewers. She heads to the bathroom (hint: to do more than use it), and when she returns, she finds her plate of food has arrived.
- Mia Wallace: Don’t you just love it when you come back from the bathroom and find your food waiting for you?
Yes, Mia. Yes, we do.
The Most Important Meal Of The Day
What menu item does Samuel L. Jackson supposedly prefer to begin his mornings with?
- Jules Winnfield: Hamburgers! The cornerstone of any nutritious breakfast.
Don’t Ask Questions, Don’t Get Scary Responses
In one scene, Jules Winnfield offers a simple solution for avoiding answers you won’t enjoy hearing — just don’t ask the questions.
- Jules Winnfield: If my answers frighten you, then you should cease asking scary questions.
Across the table from Vincent at a meal, Jules stops Vince’s interrogations short. At hearing this, Vince holds up a finger, starts as if to say something retaliatory—then proceeds to leave the table to use the restroom.
Do You Speak English?
- Jules Winnfield: What does Marcellus Wallace look like?
- Brett: What?
- Jules Winnfield: What country you from?
- Jules Winnfield: ‘What’ ain’t no country I ever heard of, do they speak English in ‘What’?
- Jules Winnfield: English, mother fucker, do you speak it?
Don’t Say What Again.
- Jules Winnfield: Say ‘what’ again. Say ‘what’ again, I dare you, I double dare you motherfucker, say what one more Goddamn time!
Did I Break Your Concentration?
- Jules Winnfield: (Jules shoots the guy on the couch during Brett’s interrogation) Oh, I’m sorry, did I break your concentration?
I Shot Marvin In The Face
- Vincent Vega: Aw, man. I shot Marvin in the face.
- Jules Winnfield: Why the fuck did you do that?
You Ever Read The Bible?
- Jules Winnfield: You ever read the Bible, Brett?
- Brett: Yes!
- Jules Winnfield: There’s a passage that I got memorized, seems appropriate for this situation: Ezekiel 25,17. “The path of the righteous man is beset of all sides by the iniquities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil me. Blessed is he who, in the name of the charity and goodwill, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know my name is the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon thee.”
Fabienne To Butch
While lying in bed, Fabienne makes the argument that having a potbelly sexy, to which Butch responds, “You think men would find that attractive?” Fabienne responds with this.
- Fabienne: It’s unfortunate that what we find pleasing to the touch and pleasing to the eye is seldom the same.
The Path Of The Righteous Man
- Jules Winnfield: The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and goodwill, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy My brothers. And you will know My name is the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon thee.
NERD NOTE: A small acting job on the 1980s TV show, The Golden Girls, covered Quentin Tarantino’s living expenses and helped make his 1992 feature-length directorial debut Reservoir Dogs possible.
Which Of These Pulp Fiction Movie Quotes Are Your Favorite?
Which one of these Pulp Fiction movie quotes is your favorite? We challenge you to go out into the world and use at least one of these Pulp Fiction quotes in your next conversation!
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