Calling all Indiana Jones fans! Put away your fedoras and cap off your whips, it’s time to locate the one, true treasure of any good Indy adventure: famous quotes from everyone’s favorite whip-cracking adventurer.
Join me on a journey through all five movies in this iconic series as we explore some of Indy and crew’s most memorable lines that have become woven into pop culture history.
So go ahead, let out your inner Harrison Ford and feel free to channel more “Indy attitude” while we dig up these famous Indiana Jones quotes!
SPOILER ALERT: This post may contain spoilers to movie or show plots.
Indiana Jones movie order
Let’s take a step back in case you’re new to this iconic Lucasfilm series.
Indiana Jones (played by Harrison Ford) is a famous movie character introduced to the world in 1981. The movie was a smash hit and has spawned four more films.
In anticipation of the upcoming fifth film, the previous four Indiana Jones movies have been added to Disney+ for your streaming pleasure.
Let’s go over the order so you can plan your Indiana Jones viewing party!
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
- Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (2023)
Supposedly Dial of Destiny is the last film, but we’ll see if that actually stays that way!
OK, onto some of the most famous Indiana Jones quotes across the Indyverse.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Are you ready to go on a wild ride with the hunkiest archaeologist of 1936?
Well then buckle up, because Harrison Ford is about to take you on an adventure through Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark!
Ford plays the infamous Indiana Jones, who is on a mission to find the highly sought after Ark of the Covenant.
But of course, he’s not alone in this journey. The Nazis have their eyes on the prize too, and it becomes a race against the clock to find the artifact before they do.
Get ready for some intense action scenes, a little bit of romance, and a lot of fedora-wearing from our favorite adventurer.
We never seem to get a break, do we? – Marion
You can’t do this to me! I’m an American! – Marion
Oh, my friends. I’m so pleased your not dead! – Sallah
Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?! – Indiana Jones
I don’t know. I’m making this up as I go! – Indiana Jones
You chose the wrong friends. This time it will cost you. – Belloq
I’m beginning to understand Hitler’s interest in this. – Major Eaton
You want to talk to God? Let’s go see him together. I’ve got nothing better to do. – Indiana Jones
We meet again, Fraulein. You Americans, you’re all the same. Always overdressing for the wrong occasions. – Toht
All your life has been spent in pursuit of archaeological relics. Inside the Ark are treasures beyond your wildest aspirations. You want to see opened as well as I. Indiana, we are simply passing through history. This. This IS history. – Belloq
Satipo: Let us hurry. There is nothing to fear here.
Indiana Jones: That’s what scares me.
Marion: You’re not the man I knew ten years ago.
Indiana Jones: It’s not the years, Honey. It’s the mileage.
Major Eaton: Good God!
Brody: Yes, that’s what the Hebrews thought.
Indiana Jones: I can only say sorry so many times.
Marion: Well, say it again anyway!
Indiana Jones: Sorry.
Belloq: How odd that it should end this way for us after so many stimulating encounters. I almost regret it. Where shall I find a new adversary so close to my own level?
Indiana Jones: Try the local sewer.
Marion: He said you were a bum.
Indiana Jones: Aw, he’s being generous.
Marion: The most gift bum he ever trained. You know, he loved you like a son. Took a hell of a lot for you to alienate him.
Indiana Jones: Not much. Just you.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
Welcome to the 1984 classic film, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom!
This action-packed adventure follows everyone’s favorite archaeologist, Indiana Jones, as he navigates the treacherous terrain of India in 1935.
Joined by the sassy singer, Willie (played by Kate Capshaw), and the quick-witted sidekick, Short Round (played by Ke Huy Quan), our hero finds himself entangled in a web of mystery and danger.
They quickly uncover a sinister cult whose practices are beyond creepy. Let’s just say that snakes and sacrifice are two things that never mix well.
With stunning visuals and non-stop thrills, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish!
That’s the Maharajah? A kid? – Willie
Shorty, where’s my razor? – Indiana Jones
I owe you a gin. – Indiana Jones to Earl Webber
I’m very little. You cheat very big! – Short Round
If I have offended you, I am sorry. – Indiana Jones
Nothing shocks me. I’m a scientist. – Indiana Jones
It’s ok, kid. It’s me. – Indiana Jones to Short Round
Dr. Jones, I’d be safer sleeping with a snake! – Willie
Hang on, Lady. We’re going for a ride! – Indiana Jones
Fortune and glory, Kid. Fortune and glory. – Indiana Jones
Indy! For God’s sake, help me! What’s the matter with you? – Willie
I keep telling you. You listen to me more, you live longer! – Short Round
Like monsoon, it moves darkness over all country. – Shaman of Maypore
I suggest you give me what you owe me or anything goes. – Indiana Jones
The biggest trouble with her is the noise. – Indiana Jones, referring to Willie
Are you trying to develop a sense of humor or am I going deaf? – Indiana Jones
I’m not going to have anything nice to say about this place when I get back! – Willie
You know what your problem is, Princess? You’re too used to getting your own way! – Indiana Jones to Willie
I should say you look rather lost, but then I can’t imagine where in the world the three of you would look at home. – Chatter Lal
Indiana Jones, this is one night you’ll never forget. This is the night I slipped right through your fingers. Sleep tight and pleasant dreams. I could’ve been your greatest adventure. – Willie
Willie: You know how to fly, don’t you?
Indiana Jones: Um, no. Do you?
Indiana Jones: I’ve got something for you.
Willie: There’s nothing you have that I could possibly want.
Willie: You’re gonna get killed chasing after your damn fortune and glory!
Indiana Jones: Maybe. But not today.
Willie: So what are you supposed to be, a lion tamer?
Indiana Jones: I’m allowing you to tag along. So why don’t you give your mouth a rest. Ok, Doll?
Indiana Jones: We’re in trouble!
Willie: Trouble? What kind of trouble?
Indiana Jones: It’s a long story. Better hurry up or you won’t get to hear it.
Willie: What’s that?
Lao Che: Antidote.
Willie: To what?
Lao Che: The poison you just drank.
Short Round: Wow! Holy smoke! Crash landing!
Indiana Jones: Short Round, step on it.
Short Round: Okie dokie, Dr. Jones. Hold on to your potatoes!
Willie: For crying out loud, there’s a kid driving the car!
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Well, well, well. If it isn’t our favorite whip-cracking archaeologist, Indiana Jones, and his dear ol’ dad, Professor Henry Jones!
In this 1989 epic adventure, the two stumble upon a quest to find the Holy Grail (yes, THE Holy Grail) before the Nazis get their hands on it.
And wouldn’t you know it, poor Professor Jones gets kidnapped along the way. Talk about a family vacation gone wrong!
But fear not, Indiana is hot on the trail and ready to take on this task.
With action, humor, and a healthy dose of father-son banter, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is a classic film that never gets old.
He chose poorly. – Grail Knight
Nazis. I hate these guys. – Indiana Jones
I’m like a bad penny. I always turn up. – Indiana Jones
My boy, we’re pilgrims in an unholy land. – Professor Henry Jones
Petroleum. I should stick a well down here and retire. – Indiana Jones
You lost today, Kid. But that doesn’t mean you have to like it. – Fedora
I find that if I sit down and think, the solution presents itself. – Professor Henry Jones
We do not follow maps to buried treasure and X never, ever marks the spot. – Indiana Jones
Ask yourself – why do you seek the Cup of Christ? Is it for his glory or for yours? – Kazim to Indiana Jones
But choose wisely, for while the true Grail will bring you life, the false Grail will take it from you. – Grail Knight
We seem to have reached the age where life stops giving us things and starts taking them away. – Professor Henry Jones
Archaeology is the search for fact, not truth. If it’s truth you’re interested in, Dr. Tyree’s Philosophy class is right down the hall. – Indiana Jones
The search for the Grail is the search for the divine in all of us. But if you want facts, Indy, I’ve none to give you. At my age, I’m prepared to take a few things on faith. – Marcus Brody
Indiana Jones: How did you know she was a Nazi?
Professor Henry Jones: She talks in her sleep.
Colonel Vogel: What does the diary tell you that it doesn’t tell us?
Professor Henry Jones: It tells me that goose-stepping morons like yourself should try reading books instead of burning them!
Professor Henry Jones: These people are trying to kill us!
Indiana Jones: I know, Dad!
Professor Henry Jones: This is a new experience for me.
Indiana Jones: It happens to me all the time.
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
Hold onto your fedoras, folks – Indiana Jones is back, and this time he’s facing off against a new enemy: the Soviets.
Set in 1957, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull sees our favorite whip-wielding archaeologist teaming up with old flame Marion Ravenwood Williams (Karen Allen) and their son, Mutt Williams (Shia LeBouf) to uncover the secrets of the legendary Crystal Skulls.
But they’re not the only ones on the hunt! The nefarious Soviet leader Irina Spalko (Cate Blanchett) is hot on their trail, and she’ll stop at nothing to get her hands on the skulls’ otherworldly power.
I’ve got a bad feeling about this! – Indiana Jones
Indiana Jones. About time you showed up! – Marion
Dance on your own time, will you? – Indiana Jones to Mutt
How much of human life is lost in waiting? – Professor Oxley
Why do you have to do everything the hard way, Jonesy? – Mac
Leave it to Ox to write a riddle in a dead language. – Indiana Jones
You fight like a young man. Eager to begin. Quick to finish. – Irina Spalko
You still living a trail of human wreckage or have you retired? – Marion to Indy
You know, for an old man, you ain’t bad in a fight. – Mutt Williams to Indiana Jones
Nice try, Kid. But it looks like you brought a knife to a gun fight. – Indiana Jones to Mutt
You want to be a good archaeologist, you’ve got to get out of the library! – Indiana Jones
You don’t have to get sore all the time to prove how tough you are. – Indiana Jones to Mutt
What exactly am I being accused of other than surviving a nuclear explosion? – Indiana Jones
Indy, thank God! Don’t you know it’s dangerous to climb into a refrigerator? Those things can be death traps! – General Ross
Marion: What the hell is that?
Professor Oxley: A portal. A pathway to another dimension!
Indiana Jones: I don’t think we want to go that way.
Indiana Jones: Oh, Marion. You had to go and get yourself kidnapped.
Marion: Not like you did any better
Indiana Jones: Same old. Same old.
Irina Spalko: How unfortunate our failure to kill you, Dr. Jones. You survive to be of service to us once again.
Indiana Jones: Well, you know me. Always glad to help.
Mutt Williams: She said if anybody could find the skull, it’s you. Like you’re some type of… Like a grave robber or something.
Indiana Jones: I’m a tenured professor of Archaeology.
Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (2023)
Hold on to your fedoras and bullwhips, folks, because Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is back and he’s ready for one last wild ride in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.
Along for the ride are his legendary flame, Marion (Karen Allen), long-time friend, Sallah (John Rhys-Davies), as well as newcomers, Helena (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) and Renaldo (Antonio Banderas).
With baddies lurking around every corner and unexpected twists and turns, it’s safe to say that Dr. Jones won’t be getting a moment’s rest.
But hey, when has that ever stopped him?
Give ’em hell, Indiana Jones! – Sallah
You’ve taken your chances. Made your mistakes. And now, a final triumph! – Helena
I don’t believe in magic. But a few times in my life, I’ve seen things. Things I can’t explain. And I’ve come to believe it’s not so much about what you believe, it’s how hard you believe it. – Indiana Jones
Indiana Jones: You stole it!
Dr. Voller: You stole it!
Helena: Then I stole it! It’s called capitalism.
Sallah: I miss the desert. I miss the sea. I miss waking up every morning wondering what wonderful adventure the new day will bring to us.
Indiana Jones: Those days have come and gone.
Sallah: Perhaps, then perhaps not.
Upcoming Indiana Jones show on Disney+
According to Variety, Disney+ is also looking into creating an Indiana Jones series. I guess we’ll find out how solid this rumor is based on how well the fifth movie does in theaters!
As soon as more info comes out about this potential new gem for Indy quotes, I’ll be sure to update this post.
What are your favorite Indiana Jones quotes?
So there you have it! Indiana Jones, his allies and adversaries, have uttered some of the most memorable quotes that are still repeated today.
It’s amazing to see how much of an impact this movie franchise has had on popular culture!
What are your favorite Indiana Jones quotes? Let me know in the comments section below so we can see what other Indy buffs like yourself find inspiring.
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About the author
Meg Frost is the creator of The Park Pixie, where she covers Disney World, Disney+, and Disney fandom.
She holds an M.A. in Journalism from Northeastern University and B.S. in Communication & American Studies from University of Miami.
This post was published June 29, 2023. It was last updated September 27, 2023.