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The Best Guardians of the Galaxy Quotes from the MCU

If you’re a Marvel fan, then it goes without saying that you have probably seen the Guardians of the Galaxy movies.

So I’m sure you’ll agree that what’s even more impressive than their superhero escapades is their friendship, quips, and wise words.

From Peter Quill to Rocket Raccoon and even Yondu, these characters offer up some of most memorable lines in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Let’s take a look at some of the best Guardians of the Galaxy quotes from all 3 films, plus the holiday special.

SPOILER ALERT: This post may contain spoilers to movie or show plots.

The Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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Marvel Studios’ The Guardians of the Galaxy is a whimsical blend of sci-fi and comedic action featuring an unlikely cast of characters that viewers can’t help but love.

Starring Chris Pratt as Peter Quill, Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Vin Diesel as Groot, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer, and Karen Gillan as Nebula, it’s no wonder why this rag-tag group of intergalactic misfits has stolen our hearts!

With a soundtrack like no other, this fun flick follows the adventure of these unlikely friends who work together to battle evil forces in an effort to bring peace back to the universe.

Check out this collection of the best Guardians of the Galaxy quotes from the original film that bought us our rag-tag family of galactic heroes.

“We’re just like Kevin Bacon!” – Gamora

“I’m a warrior. An assassin. I don’t dance.” – Gamora

“You’re making me beat up grass!” – Rocket Raccoon

“Where’s your wife, you old codger?” – Rocket Raccoon

“Creepy little beast!” – Drax, referring to Rocket Racoon

“We’re the fricking Guardians of the Galaxy.” – Rocket Raccoon

“I can’t believe I’m taking orders from a hamster.” – Denarian Saal

“You just want to suck the joy out of everything!” – Rocket Racoon

“I may be as pretty as an angel, but I sure as hell ain’t one.” – Yondu

“I’m gonna die surrounded by the biggest idiots in the galaxy.” – Gamora

“You always had balls, son! That’s why we kept you as a youngling.” – Yondu

“Cease your yammering and relieve us from this arson confinement.” – Drax

“I live for the simple things… like how much this is going to hurt.” – Rocket Raccoon

“You said it yourself, b*tch. We’re the Guardians of the Galaxy.” – Peter Quill to Ronan

“Quit smiling, ya idiot. You’re supposed to be professional.” – Rocket Raccoon to Groot

“Whatever nightmares the future holds are but dreams compared to what’s behind me.” – Gamora

“I was only a kid when I left Earth. And I had no idea what the universe had in store for me.” – Peter Quill

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“I have lived most of my life surrounded by my enemies. I will be grateful to die surrounded by my friends.” – Gamora

“I know who you are, Peter Quill, and I am not some starry-eyed waif here to succumb to your… your pelvic sorcery!” – Gamora

“I come from Earth, a planet of outlaws. My name is Peter Quill. There’s one other name you may know me by: Star-Lord.” – Peter Quill

“So here we are: a thief, 2 thugs, an assassin, and a maniac. But we’re not going to stand by as evil wipes out the galaxy. I guess we’re stuck together, partners.” – Peter Quill

Ronan: What are you doing?
Peter Quill: I’m distracting you, you big turd blossom!

Yondu: We’re ravagers. We got a code.
Peter Quill: Yeah, and that code is ‘steal from everybody.’

Rhoman Dey: They call themselves the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Denarian Saal: What a bunch of a-holes.

Nova Prime Rael: The fate of 12 billion people is in your hands.
Peter Quill: Hold on a second. You’re being serious right now?

Rocket Raccoon: What did the galaxy ever do for you? Why would you want to save it?
Peter Quill: Because I’m one of the idiots who lives in it!

Gamora: It’s dangerous and illegal work, suitable only for outlaws.
Peter Quill: Well I come from a plant of outlaws: Billy the Kid. Bonnie and Clyde. John Stamos.

Gamora: And Quill, your ship is filthy.
Peter Quill: Oh, she has no idea. If I had a blacklight, this place would look like a Jackson Pollock painting.
Rocket Raccoon: You got issues, Quill.

“They call me a terrorist. Radical. Zealot. Because I obey the ancient laws of my people, the Kree, and punish those who do not. Because I do not forgive your people for taking the life of my father, and his father, and his father before him. A thousand years of war between us will not be forgotten.” – Ronan

“The only matter that I do not take seriously, boy, is you. Your politics bore me! Your demeanor is that of a pouting child and apparently you alienated my favorite daughter, Gamora. I shall honor our agreement, Kree, if you bring me the Orb. But return to me again empty-handed and I will bathe the starways with your blood.” – Thanos

Peter Quill: A lot of people have been trying to kill me over the years. I’m not going to be brought down by a tree and a talking raccoon.
Rocket Raccoon: Hold up! What’s a raccoon?
Peter Quill: What’s a raccoon? You, Stupid.
Rocket Raccoon: Ain’t no thing like me, except me!

Peter Quill: Yeah, I’ll have to agree with the walking thesaurus on that one.
Drax: Do not ever call me a thesaurus!
Peter Quill: It’s just a metaphor, dude.
Rocket Racoon: His people are completely literal. Metaphors go over his head.
Drax: Nothing goes over my head! My reflexes are too fast. I would catch it.

Groot: I am Groot
Peter Quill: Well that’s just as fascinating as the first 89 times you told me that. What is wrong with Giving Tree here?
Rocket Raccoon: Well he don’t know good talkin’ like me and you, so his vocabulistics is limited to “I” and “am” and “Groot,” exclusively in that order.
Peter Quill: Well I tell you what. That’s gonna wear real thin, real fast, bud.

The Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 (2017)

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The Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2 made for an incredibly fun and quirky sequel to its predecessor with another star-studded cast.

Peter Quill, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon and the gang came back together on an epic journey to save the universe once again.

As if Marvel couldn’t out-do itself, they brought Kurt Russell into this sci-fi sequel, providing a nice balance of comedy and adventure.

I can’t reveal who he plays without spoiling the plot, so you’ll have to watch it to find out!

“I’m Mary Poppins, y’all!” – Yondu

“We need to get off this planet.” – Nebula

“Out of the way, dumber, smaller Groot!” – Drax

“You will always be my sister.” – Gamora to Nebula

“This gross bug lady is my new friend.” – Drax, referring to Mantis

“I don’t use my head to fly the arrow, boy! I use my heart.” – Yondu

“He may have been your father, boy, but he wasn’t your daddy.” – Yondu

“Touch me and the only thing you’re gonna feel is a broken jaw.” – Gamora

“In times of hardship, just remember: We. Are. Groot.” – David Hasselhoff

“You shouldn’t have killed my mom and squished my Walkman.” – Peter Quill

“You just need to find a woman who is pathetic like you.” – Drax to Peter Quill

“When I touch someone, I can feel their feelings.” – Mantis, explaining her gift

“You don’t have to believe in yourself, because I believe in you!” – Drax to Mantis

“I ain’t done nothing right in my whole life, Rat. You gotta give me this.” – Yondu

“I’m sorry. I can only afford to lose one friend today.” – Rocket Raccoon to Gamora

“The crabby puppy is so cute. He makes me wanna die!” – Mantis, referring to Rocket

“My father would tell the story of impregnating my mother every winter solstice.” – Drax

“There are two types of beings in the universe: those who dance, and those who do not.” – Drax

“Can we put the bickering on hold until after we survive this massive space battle?” – Gamora

“You can fool yourself and everyone else, but you can’t fool me. I know who you are.” – Yondu to Rocket

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“Sometimes, the thing you’re searching for your whole life is right there by your side all along.” – Peter Quill

“I assure you. I am not as easy a mark as an old man without his magic stick or talking woodland beast.” – Nebula to Taserface

Yondu: You a professional asshole or what?
Rocket Raccoon: Pretty much a pro.

Rocket Raccoon: I was cybernetically engineered to pilot a spacecraft.
Peter Quill: You were cybernetically engineered to be a douchebag!

Gamora: You own a planet and can destroy two dozen spaceships without a suit. What are you, exactly?
Ego: I’m what’s called a Celestial, Sweetheart.

Groot: I am Groot.
Yondu: What’s that?
Rocket Raccoon: He says “Welcome to the frickin’ Guardians of the Galaxy.” Only he didn’t use frickin’.

Rocket Raccoon: So we’re saving the galaxy again?
Peter Quill: I guess.
Rocket Raccoon: Awesome! We’re really gonna be able to jack up our prices if we’re two-time galaxy savers.

The Guardians of the Galaxy: Holiday Special (2022)

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As the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise continues to expand, the recent addition of The Guardians of the Galaxy: Holiday Special has given fans even more quotable moments.

These quotes showcase the unique personalities of the Guardians of the Galaxy and their irreverent humor, even during the holidays.

Here are 10 of the best quotes from The Guardians of the Galaxy: Holiday Special.

“Dancing is for people who are pathetic.” – Drax

“Can’t outrun me, Bacon.” – Nebula to Kevin Bacon

“Mrs. Claus, she works the pole…” – Bzermikitokolok

“You got me a human being as a present?” – Peter Quill

“I can’t believe you guys did all that for me!” – Peter Quill

“You taught him how to be a hero.” – Kragin to Kevin Bacon

“We got Quill the worst gift ever: a disgusting actor!” – Drax

“That’s the greatest Christmas gift I could ever get.” – Peter Quill to Mantis

“Stop, it tickles! Stop, I’m gonna pee my pants!” – Drax, while being shot by police

“Wow. I guess all actors aren’t complete pieces of sh*t.” – Nebula, regarding Kevin Bacon

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3 (2023)

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Guardians of Galaxy, Vol. 3 is arguably the trilogy’s best installment. Or maybe I’m just riding off the high of having just seen it a few days ago!

Screenwriter and Director James Gunn delivered a closing story that quite fitting for everyone’s favorite misfits of the MCU. And of course, that comes with some pretty epic one-liners and scenes.

Here are my favorites so far; the list is sure to grow the more times I watch it!

“We are Groot!” – Groot

“You’re a kitty kat!” – Drax

“I love you guys.” – Groot (yes, really!)

“You’re a bad dog!” – Kraglin to Cosmo

“Use your heart, boy!” – Yondu to Kraglin

“My name’s Patrick Swayze.” – Peter Quill

“Howdy there, you freaking creep!” – Kraglin

“Don’t forget where we came from.” – Mantis

“Are you ready for one last ride?” – Peter Quill

“The name’s Rocket. Rocket Raccoon.” – Rocket Raccoon

“I was stabbed, you extraordinary phallus!” – Adam Warlock

“Your friend’s a moron. I got one of those, too.” – Master Karja

“There is no God, that’s why I stepped in!” – The High Evolutionary

“Are we pretending to be angry again? Mantis, you A**hole!” – Drax

“Let’s give the galaxy something to remember us by.” – Rocket Raccoon

“Humans only live to 50? What’s the point of even being born!” – Mantis

“I want you all to know that I am grateful to fight beside my friends.” – Drax

“My sacred mission is to create the perfect world.” – The High Evolutionary

“Me be called floor because me is lying on the floor.” – Floor the spider hybrid

“We were always searching for a family, until we found each other.” – Peter Quill

“The Guardians of the Galaxy have no place in my world.” – The High Evolutionary

“I’m not trying to conquer the universe. I’m perfecting it.” – The High Evolutionary

“I was screaming at something scary behind you. No you. You look really cool.” – Mantis

“Stop looking at me like a lost puppy looking for somewhere soft to lie down!” – Nebula

“Drax, you were never meant to be a destroyer. You were meant to be a dad.” – Nebula to Drax

“We’ll all fly away together. One last time. Into the forever and beautiful sky.” – Rocket Raccoon

“We were gone for a while. But no matter what happens next, the galaxy still needs its guardians.” – Peter Quill

“I think my name shall be Teefs. Because although we all do have them, mine are definitely the most prominent.” – Teefs the hybrid walrus hybrid

“When sire moves us to the new world, we’re going to need new names. I mean, 89-Q12 – it’s not really a name. So I would like my name to be Lylla.” – Lylla the otter hybrid

“I’m gonna tell you something. I’m Star-Lord. I formed the Guardians. Met a girl, fell in love, and that girl died. But then she came back. Came back a total dick.” – Peter Quill, in the trailer

“Someday I’m going to make great machines that fly. And me and my friends are going to go flying together into the forever and beautiful sky. Lylla, and Teefs, and Floor, and me, Rocket.” – Rocket Raccoon

Peter Quill: We have been running our whole lives.
Rocket Raccoon: Pete, I’m done running.

The High Evolutionary: Guardians, everything you love shall be destroyed.
Peter Quill: Screw you, you stretch-faced, Robo Cop looking, purple nurple piece of…He hung up.
Gamora: You think?!

More Guardians of the Galaxy Quotes

Photo still from Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3, featuring Peter Quill, Drax, Rocket, Gamora, Groot, Nebula, and Mantis.
(L-R): Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Dave Bautista as Drax, Rocket (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel), Karen Gillan as Nebula, and Pom Klementieff as Mantis in Marvel Studios’ Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 3. Photo courtesy of Marvel Studios. © 2023 MARVEL.

The Guardians of the Galaxy have made appearances in several other Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films, providing fans with even more memorable quotes.

Here are the best quotes by Guardians of the Galaxy characters from other MCU films.

“You better not throw up on my ship!” – Rocket, Avengers: Endgame (2019)

“Death follows him like a shadow.” – Mantis, Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

“You got some acorns on you, kid.” – Peter Quill to teen Groot, Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

“Who are you kidding, Quill? You’re one sandwich away from fat.” – Rocket Raccoon, Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

“Remember what I told you. If you ever feel lost, just look into the eyes of the people you love.” – Peter Quill to Thor, Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)

Rocket Raccoon: You speak Groot?
Thor: Yes, they taught it on Asgard. It was an elective.
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

Peter Quill: You let her go!
Thanos: Ah, the boyfriend.
Peter Quill: I’d like to think of myself more as a titan-killing, long-term booty call.
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)

What are your favorite Guardians of the Galaxy quotes?

From Groot’s endearingly simple words of wisdom to Peter Quill’s snarky one-liners, the Guardians of the Galaxy are full of memorable quotes that will stand the test of time.

The characters are unique and colorful, yet they all share a common bond: the love for each other despite their differences.

It’s this bond that makes their quotes so moving and inspirational to fans around the world.

So let us raise a glasses and toast the greatest action-packed space team by sharing our favorite pieces of wisdom.

What are your favorite Guardians of the Galaxy quotes? Drop them in the comments below.

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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 in Florida.

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This post was originally published April 9, 2023. It was last updated May 8, 2023.

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