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Quotes from The Exorcist

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    • Demon: What an excellent day for an exorcism.
    • Father Karras: You would like that?
    • Demon: Intensely.
    • Father Karras: But wouldn't that drive you out of Regan?
    • Demon: It would bring us together.
    • Father Karras: You and Regan?
    • Demon: You and us.
    • Demon: I'm not Regan.
    • Father Karras: Well, then let's introduce ourselves. I'm Damien Karras.
    • Demon: And I'm the Devil. Now kindly undo these straps.
    • Father Karras: If you're the Devil, why not make the straps disappear?
    • Demon: That's much too vulgar a display of power, Karras.
    • Demon: Your mother's in here, Karras. Would you like to leave a message? I'll see that she gets it.
    • Father Merrin: Especially important is the warning to avoid conversations with the demon. We may ask what is relevant but anything beyond that is dangerous. He is a liar. The demon is a liar. He will lie to confuse us. But he will also mix lies with the truth to attack us. The attack is psychological, Damien, and powerful. So don't listen to him. Remember that - do not listen.
    • Regan: But ya like him.
    • Chris MacNeil: Of course I like him. I like pizzas, too, but I'm not gonna marry one.
    • Father 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, President of University: Could see about a transfer, Damien.
    • Father Karras: I need re-assignment, Tom. I want out of this job. It's wrong. It's no good.
    • Tom, President of University: You're the best we've got.
    • Father Karras: Am I 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.
    • Sharon: I should have known better. I'm sorry.
    • Chris MacNeil: Yeah, I guess you should have.
    • Sharon: How were the tests?
    • Chris MacNeil: We have to start looking for a shrink.
    • [after fighting with Karl]
    • Burke Dennings: So, what's for dessert?
    • Psychiatrist: Is there someone inside you?
    • Regan: I'm afraid.
    • Regan: Sometimes.
    • Psychiatrist: Who is it?
    • Regan: I don't know.
    • Psychiatrist: Is it Captain Howdy?
    • Regan: I don't know.
    • Psychiatrist: If I ask him to tell me, will you let him answer?
    • Regan: No.
    • Psychiatrist: Why not?
    • Dr. Barringer, Clinic Director: There is one outside chance for a cure. I think of it as shock treatment - as I said, it's a very outside chance... Have you ever heard of exorcism? Well, it's a stylized ritual in which the rabbi or the priest try to drive out the so-called invading spirit. It's been pretty much discarded these days except by the Catholics who keep it in the closet as a sort of an embarrassment, but uh, it has worked. In fact, although not for the reasons they think, of course. It's purely a force of suggestion. The victim's belief in possession is what helped cause it, so in that same way, a belief in the power of exorcism can make it disappear.
    • Chris MacNeil: You're telling me that I should take my daughter to a witch doctor? Is that it?
    • Father Dyer: Listen, if you ever go up there again will you take me along?
    • Astronaut: What for?
    • Father Dyer: First missionary on Mars.
    • [praying over Merrin's body]
    • Father Karras: Ego te absolvo in nomine Patris, et Filiii, et Spiritus Sancti. Amen.
    • [as the Ouija planchette pulls away]
    • Chris MacNeil: You really don't want me to play, huh?
    • Regan: No, I do. Captain Howdy said no.
    • Chris MacNeil: Captain who?
    • Regan: Captain Howdy.
    • Chris MacNeil: Who's Captain Howdy?
    • Regan: You know, I make the questions and he does the answers.
    • Chris MacNeil: Oh, Captain Howdy...
    • Chris MacNeil: You show me Regan's double, same face, same voice, everything. And I'd know it wasn't Regan. I'd know in my gut. And I'm telling you that 'thing' upstairs isn't my daughter. Now, I want you to tell me that you know for a fact that there's nothing wrong with my daughter, except in her mind. You tell me for a fact that an exorcism wouldn't do any good. You tell me that!
    • Father Karras: I think it might be helpful if I gave you some background on the different personalities Regan has manifested. So far, I'd say there seem to be three. She's convinced...
    • Father Merrin: There is only one.
    • Lt. Kinderman: If certain British doctors never asked "What is this fungus?" we wouldn't today have penicillin, correct?
    • Father Dyer: My idea of Heaven is a solid white nightclub with me as a headliner for all eternity, and they *love* me.
    • Dr. Klein: Do you keep any drugs in your house?
    • Chris MacNeil: No, of course not, nothing like that.
    • Dr. Klein: Are you sure?
    • Chris MacNeil: Well, of course I'm sure. I'd tell you. Christ, I don't even smoke grass.
    • Father Karras: There isn't a day in my life when I haven't felt like a fraud. I mean priests, doctors, I've talked to them all. I don't know anyone who hasn't felt that.
    • Chris MacNeil: Would you like some brandy in that, father?
    • Father Merrin: Well, my doctor says I shouldn't, but thank God my will is weak.
    • [repeated lines]
    • Father KarrasFather Merrin: The Power of Christ compels you!
    • Demon: Lick me, lick me!
    • Demon: Do you know what she did, your cunting daughter?
    • Demon: Keep away. The sow is mine.
    • Father Karras: There are no experts. You probably know as much about possession than most priests. Look, your daughter doesn't say she's a demon. She says she's the devil himself. And if you've seen as many psychotics as I have, you'd know it's like saying you're Napoleon Bonaparte.
    • [to a prominent senator at Chris' party]
    • Burke Dennings: There seems to be an alien pubic hair in my gin. Never seen it before in my life! Have you?
    • Lt. Kinderman: You know who you look like? John Garfield. Exactly, John Garfield, "Body and Soul." Do people ever tell you that, Father?
    • Father Karras: Do people tell you that you look like Paul Newman?
    • Lt. Kinderman: Always.
    • Father Karras: Why her? Why this girl?
    • Father Merrin: I think the point is to make us despair. To see ourselves as... animal and ugly. To make us reject the possibility that God could love us.
    • Father Karras: Where is Regan?
    • Demon: In here. With us.
    • Demon: You killed your mother! You left her alone to die! Bastard!
    • Father Karras: Shut up!
    • [to Karras]
    • Karras' Mother: Why you do this to me, Dimmy?
    • Chris MacNeil: Operator, you've given me the number four times. What did you do, take an illiteracy test to get that job for Christ sake?
    • Regan: Mother? What's wrong with me?
    • Chris MacNeil: It's just like the doctor said. It's nerves, and that's all. You just take your pills and you'll be fine, really. Okay?
    • Demon: Mirabile dictu, don't you agree?
    • Father Karras: You speak Latin?
    • Demon: Ego te absolvo.
    • Father Karras: Quod nomen mihi est?
    • Demon: Bon Jour.
    • Father Karras: Quod nomen mihi est?
    • Demon: La plume de ma tante.
    • Chris MacNeil: Oh no, that was no spasm. 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.
    • Demon: Give us time... Let the girl die... I am no one... I am no one... Fear the priest... Fear the priest... Merrin... Merrin.
    • [2000 version]
    • Lt. Kinderman: Another one.
    • Lt. Kinderman: You go to films, Father Dyer? You like them?
    • Father Dyer: Oh, sure.
    • Lt. Kinderman: I get passes. In fact I've got a pass for the Crest tomorrow night. You'd like to go?
    • Father Dyer: What's playing?
    • Lt. Kinderman: "Wuthering Heights".
    • Father Dyer: Who's in it?
    • Lt. Kinderman: Heathcliff, Jackie Gleason, and in the role of Catherine Earnshaw, Lucille Ball. You're happy?
    • Father Dyer: I've seen it.
    • [looking at the Pazuzu Amulet]
    • Father Merrin: Evil against evil.
    • Subway Vagrant: Father, could you help an old altar boy? I'm Cat'lick.
    • [2000 version]
    • [on his way to begin the exorcism]
    • Father Merrin: What is your daughter's middle name, Mrs. MacNeil?
    • Chris MacNeil: Teresa.
    • Father Merrin: What a lovely name.
    • Chris MacNeil: What are you doing here?
    • Regan: My bed was shaking. I can't get to sleep.
    • Chris MacNeil: We've got rats in the attic. You better get some traps.
    • Karl: Rats?
    • Chris MacNeil: Mm-hmm. 'Fraid so.
    • Karl: But the attic is clean.
    • Chris MacNeil: All right, then we've got clean rats.
    • Regan: Captain Howdy, do you think my mom's pretty?... Captain Howdy?... Captain Howdy, that isn't very nice!
    • Chris MacNeil: Well, maybe he's sleeping.
    • Regan: You're going to die up there.
    • [first lines]
    • [in Arabic]
    • Boy: They've found something... small pieces.
    • [last lines - original version]
    • Chris MacNeil: Father Dyer? I thought you'd like to keep this.
    • [last lines - 2000 version]
    • Father Dyer: You know, you look a bit like Bogart.
    • Lt. Kinderman: You noticed.
    • Chris MacNeil: How do you go about getting an exorcism?
    • Father Karras: I beg your pardon?
    • Karl: It wants no straps.
    • Chris MacNeil: Is it over?
    • Father Karras: No
    • Chris MacNeil: Is she going to die?
    • Father Karras: No!
    • [to Chris]
    • Lt. Kinderman: A draft in the fall when the house is hot is a magic carpet for germs.
    • Chris MacNeil: How does a doctor end up as a priest?
    • Father Karras: It's the other way around; the Society put me through medical school.
    • Regan: I heard... differently.
    • [as Father Merrin enters the house, with terrible rage]
    • Demon: MERRIN!
    • [discussing the case, referring to Karras]
    • Tom, President of University: Well, he does know the background. I doubt there's any danger in just having him assist. There should be a psychiatrist present, anyway.
    • Bishop Michael: I didn't know that.
    • Tom, President of University: Ten, twelve years ago, I think, in Africa. The exorcism supposedly lasted several months. I heard it damn near killed him.
    • Bishop Michael: What about the exorcist? Have you any ideas?
    • Tom, President of University: How about Lankester Merrin?
    • Bishop Michael: Merrin? Why, I'd a notion he was over in Iraq. I think I read he was working on a dig near Nineveh.
    • Tom, President of University: Yeah, you're right, Mike, but he's finished. He came back three or four months ago. He's at Woodstock now.
    • Bishop Michael: What's he doing there? Teaching?
    • Tom, President of University: No, he's working on another book.
    • Bishop Michael: Don't you think he's too old, Tom? How's his health?
    • Tom, President of University: He must be all right, he's still running around digging up tombs. Besides, he's had experience.
    • Dr. Klein: Any reasonable psychiatrist would eliminate a physical cause first.
    • [taking away Karras' whiskey]
    • Father Dyer: I reckon I saved him from a great temptation.
    • Father Karras: Stealing's a sin.
    • Father Karras: Would you like to hear about the case, first?
    • Father Merrin: Why?
    • Father Karras: I should have told you I wouldn't be in uniform.
    • Demon: Lick me! Lick me! Lick me!
    • Chris MacNeil: Jesus Christ, Karl! Don't do that!
    • Karl: Yeah, but you see, no rats.
    • Chris MacNeil: No rats. Terrific.
    • [first lines]
    • Muezzin: Allahu Akbar...
    • Burke Dennings: We're going to hang out the washing on the Siegfried Line...
    • [flamboyantly playing the piano]
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