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 quotes.
Before 1992, not many people had heard of Quentin Tarantino. The acclaimed director’s big break was after his first film Reservoir Dogs screened at the Sundance Film Festival. It was the talk of the festival and Tarantino was offered numerous options for his next project. He turned down offers to direct the movies Speed and Men In Black and instead chose to write the script for Pulp Fiction. And we’re sure glad he did.
Featuring an all-star cast including Samuel Jackson, Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames, Christopher Walken, Harvey Keitel, Eric Stoltz, John Travolta, Tim Roth, and Uma Thurman, the film is an interconnected story about a couple of hitmen and their mission to retrieve a very special briefcase.
Reader be warned: The film is full of colorful dialogue, includes more than 265 F-words, and provides us with this list of Pulp Fiction quotes that we’re still citing decades later.
The Best Pulp Fiction Movie Quotes
From “Hamburgers! The cornerstone of any nutritious breakfast,” to “Zed’s dead,” here are some great Pulp Fiction quotes you can try slipping into your next conversation.
In this scene, Mia Wallace (Uma Thurman) laments on what it takes to feel comfortable in a moment of silence.
- 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. That’s all it takes to compel him to say, “All right,” and get up on the stage.
- Mia Wallace: Now I wanna dance, I wanna win, I want that trophy — so dance good.
What Does A $5 Milkshake Taste Like?
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 f**king good milkshake. I don’t know if it’s worth five dollars, but it’s pretty f**king good.
“Just because you are a character doesn’t mean that you have character.”
- The Wolf: You see that, young lady? Respect. Respect for one’s elders gives character.
- Raquel: I have character.
- The Wolf: Just because you are a character doesn’t mean that you have character.
“I love you, Honey Bunny.”
- Honey Bunny: (About to rob a coffee shop) I love you, Pumpkin.
- Pumpkin: I love you, Honey Bunny.
- Pumpkin: (Standing up with a gun) All right, everybody be cool, this is a robbery!
- Honey Bunny: Any of you f**king pricks move, and I’ll execute every motherf**king last one of ya!!
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? Too bad his girlfriend is a vegetarian.
- Jules: Hey kids! How you boys doin’?
- Jules: (Speaking to the guy laying on the couch) Hey, keep chillin’. You know who we are? We’re associates of your business partner Marsellus Wallace. You do remember your business partner, don’t you? Let me take a wild guess here. You’re Brett, right?
- Brett: Yeah.
- Jules: I thought so. You remember your business partner Marsellus Wallace, don’t you, Brett?
- Brett: Yeah, yeah, I remember him.
- Jules: Good. Looks like me and Vincent caught you boys at breakfast. Sorry about that. Whatcha havin’?
- Brett: Hamburgers.
- Jules: Hamburgers! The cornerstone of any nutritious breakfast. What kind of hamburgers?
- Brett : Ch-cheeseburgers.
- Jules: No, no no, where’d you get ’em? McDonalds? Wendy’s? Jack in the Box? Where?
- Brett: Big Kahuna Burger.
- Jules: Big Kahuna Burger. That’s that Hawaiian burger joint. I hear they got some tasty burgers. I ain’t never had one myself. How are they?
- Brett: They’re good.
- Jules: Mind if I try one of yours? This is yours here, right?
- Jules: (Picks up burger and takes a bite) Mmm-mmmm. That is a tasty burger. Vincent, ever have a Big Kahuna Burger?
- (Vincent shakes his head)
- Jules: Wanna bite? They’re real tasty.
- Vincent: Ain’t hungry.
“If my answers frighten you, then you should cease asking scary questions.”
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.
“English, mother f*¢ker, do you speak it?”
- 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 f**ker, do you speak it?
Don’t Say What Again.
- Jules Winnfield: Say ‘what’ again. Say ‘what’ again, I dare you, I double dare you motherf**ker, say what one more Goddamn time!
“Oh, I’m sorry, 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?
“Aw, man. I shot Marvin in the face.”
- Vincent Vega: Aw, man. I shot Marvin in the face.
- Jules Winnfield: Why the f**k did you do that?
The Pulp Fiction Ketchup Joke
- Mia: Three tomatoes are walking down the street, papa tomato, mama tomato, and baby tomato. Baby tomato starts lagging behind. The papa tomato gets really angry, goes back and squishes him, says: “Ketchup!”
“You’re going to give her an injection of adrenaline directly to her heart.”
- Lance: You’re going to give her an injection of adrenaline directly to her heart. But she’s got, uh, breastplate…
- (Taps Mia’s chest)
- Lance: So you gotta pierce through that. So what you have to do is, you have to bring the needle down in a stabbing motion.
- (Demonstrates the stabbing motion)
- Vincent: I-I gotta stab her three times?
- Lance: No, you don’t gotta f**king stab her three times! You gotta stab her once, but it’s gotta be hard enough to break through her breastplate into her heart, and then once you do that, you press down on the plunger.
- Vincent: What happens after that?
- Lance: I’m kinda curious about that myself…
“If you mean it gets better with age, it don’t.”
- Marsellus Wallace: You see, this profession is filled to the brim with unrealistic motherf**kers. Motherf**kers who thought their ass would age like wine. If you mean it turns to vinegar, it does. If you mean it gets better with age, it don’t.
“Bring out the Gimp.”
- Zed: Bring out the Gimp.
- Maynard: Gimp’s sleeping.
- Zed: Well, I guess you’re gonna have to go wake him up now, won’t you?
“What’s Fonzie like?”
- Jules: Now Yolanda, we’re not gonna do anything stupid, are we?
- Yolanda: You don’t hurt him.
- Jules: Nobody’s gonna hurt anybody. We’re gonna be like three little Fonzies here. And what’s Fonzie like? Come on Yolanda what’s Fonzie like?
- Yolanda: Cool?
- Jules: What?
- Yolanda: He’s cool.
- Jules: Correctamundo. And that’s what we’re gonna be. We’re gonna be cool. Now Ringo, I’m gonna count to three, and when I count three, you let go of your gun, and sit your ass down. But when you do it, you do it cool. Ready? One… two… three.
- Yolanda: All right, now you let him go.
- Jules: Yolanda, I thought you said you were gonna be cool. Now when you yell at me, it makes me nervous. And when I get nervous, I get scared. And when motherf***ers get scared, that’s when motherf***ers accidentally get shot.
- Yolanda: You just know, you touch him, you die.
- Jules: Well, that seems to be the situation. But I don’t want that. And you don’t want that. And Ringo here *definitely* doesn’t want that.
The Gold Watch Scene – TMI
- Captain Koons: The way your dad looked at it, this watch was your birthright. He’d be damned if any slopes gonna put their greasy yellow hands on his boy’s birthright, so he hid it, in the one place he knew he could hide something: his ass. Five long years, he wore this watch up his ass. Then when he died of dysentery, he gave me the watch. I hid this uncomfortable piece of metal up my ass for two years. Then, after seven years, I was sent home to my family. And now, little man, I give the watch to you.
Ezekiel 25:17 – “You Ever Read The Bible?”
- Jules Winnfield: You ever read the Bible, Ringo?
- Pumpkin: Not really, no.
- Jules Winnfield: There’s this passage I got memorized. 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 that I am the Lord when I lay my vengeance upon you.” I’ve been saying that sh*t for years. And if you heard it, that meant your ass. I never gave much thought to what it meant. I just thought it was some cold-blooded sh*t to say to a motherf**ker before I popped a cap in his ass. But I saw some sh*t this morning made me think twice. See, now I’m thinking, maybe it means you’re the evil man, and I’m the righteous man. And Mr. 9 mm here, he’s the shepherd protecting my righteous ass in the valley of darkness. Or, it could mean you’re the righteous man, and I’m the shepherd, and it’s the world that’s evil and selfish. I’d like that. But that sh*t ain’t the truth. The truth is, you’re the weak. And I’m the tyranny of evil men. But I’m trying, Ringo. I’m trying real hard to be the shepherd.
“They call it a Royale with cheese.”
- Vincent: You know what they call a quarter pounder with cheese in Paris?
- Jules: They don’t call it a quarter pounder with cheese?”
- Vincent: No man, they got the metric system. They wouldn’t know what the f**k a quarter pounder is.
- Jules: Then what do they call it?
- Vincent: They call it a Royale with cheese.
- Jules: Royale with cheese. What’d they call a Big Mac?
- Vincent: Big Mac’s a Big Mac, but they call it Le Big Mac.
- Jules: Le Big Mac! Ahhaha, what do they call a Whopper?
- Vincent: I dunno, I didn’t go into a Burger King.
“It’s unfortunate that what we find pleasing to the touch and pleasing to the eye is seldom the same.”
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.
“Zed’s dead, baby. Zed’s dead.”
- Fabienne: Whose motorcycle is this?
- Butch Coolidge: It’s a chopper, baby.
- Fabienne: Whose chopper is this?
- Butch Coolidge: It’s Zed’s.
- Fabienne: Who’s Zed?
- Butch Coolidge: Zed’s dead, baby. Zed’s dead.
“Have you ever given a foot massage?”
Among all the Pulp Fiction quotes listed, this particular scene provides the most valuable and pragmatic advice applicable in daily life: Don’t massage another man’s wife’s feet.
- Jules: Whoa, whoa, whoa. Stop right there. Eating a bitçh out and giving a bitçh a foot massage ain’t even the same f***ing thing.
- Vincent: It’s not, it’s the same ballpark.
- Jules: It ain’t no f***ing ballpark neither! Now look, maybe your method of massage differs from mine, but you know touching his wife’s feet and sticking your tongue in the holiest of holies ain’t the same f***ing ballpark. It ain’t the same league. It ain’t even the same f***ing sport! Look, foot massages don’t mean sh*t!
- Vincent: Have you ever given a foot massage?
- Jules: Don’t be telling me about foot massages, I’m the foot ****in’ master.
- Vincent: Given a lot of them?
- Jules: Sh*t, yeah. I got my technique down and everything, I don’t be tickling or nothing.
- Vincent: Would you give a guy a foot massage?
- Jules: **** you.
- Vincent: You give them a lot?
- Jules: **** you.
- Vincent: You know, I’m getting kinda tired, I could use a foot massage myself.
- Jules: Yo-yo-yo, man, you best back off, I’m getting pissed here. Look, just ’cause I wouldn’t give no man a foot massage don’t make it right for Marsellus to throw Antoine into a glass mother****ing house ****ing up the way the **** talks. That sh!t ain’t right. Mother****er do that sh!t to me, he better paralyze my ass because I’d kill the mother****er, know what I’m saying?
- Vincent: I ain’t saying it’s right. But you’re saying a foot massage don’t mean nothing, and I’m saying it does. Now look, I’ve given a million ladies a million foot massages, and they all meant something. We act like they don’t, but they do, and that’s what’s so f***ing cool about them. There’s a sensuous thing going on where you don’t talk about it, but you know it, she knows it, f***ing Marsellus knew it, and Antoine should have ****ing better known better. I mean, that’s his f***ing wife, man, he can’t be expected to have a sense of humor about that sh!t. You know what I’m saying?
- Jules: That’s an interesting point.
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.
“You’ve got a corpse in a car, minus a head, in a garage. Take me to it.”
- The Wolf: You must be Jules, which would make you Vincent. Let’s get down to brass tacks, gentlemen. If I was informed correctly, the clock is ticking, is that right, Jimmie?
- Jimmie: Uh, one hundred percent.
- The Wolf: Your wife… Bonnie comes home at 9:30 in the AM, is that right?
- Jimmie: Uh-huh.
- The Wolf: I was led to believe that if she comes home and finds us here, she wouldn’t appreciate it none too much?
- Jimmie: (Laughing) She wouldn’t at that.
- The Wolf: That gives us… forty minutes to get the f**k out of Dodge. Which, if you do what I say when I say it, should be plenty. Now, you’ve got a corpse in a car, minus a head, in a garage. Take me to it.
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 Quotes From Pulp Fiction Are Your Favorite?
Which one of these Pulp Fiction quotes is your favorite? We challenge you to go out into the world and use at least one of these Pulp Fiction movie quotes in your next conversation!
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