60 Aliens Quotes for Every Science Fiction Fan Out There

Read these top 60 Aliens quotes that’ll teach you about human greed and man’s obsession with power.

Aliens is a 1986 sequel movie about warrant officer Ellen Ripley and her struggle to fight the Xenomorph. The original franchise, Alien, released four movies from 1979 to 1997. Although these movies have been around for over two decades, the plot’s message is still relevant.

In our current society, the greed and selfishness of people always lead to the world’s destruction. This fact is reflective of what the movies portray in their stories.

The second installment, Aliens, will especially keep you on the edge of your seat with all its exciting scenes and memorable lines!

So, read the list of Aliens quotes below and be enlightened about human behavior and tendencies.

Continue to the collection below to reflect on yourself and take action for the betterment of the world.

Let’s get started.

And don’t forget to check out these Terminator quotes and The Matrix quotes.

Best Aliens Quotes

1. “We’re on an express elevator to hell, going down!” – Private William Hudson

2. “You know, Burke, I don’t know which species is worse. You don’t see them f*cking each other over for a goddamn percentage.” – Ellen Ripley

3. Private William Hudson: “Hey Vasquez, have you ever been mistaken for a man?”

Private Jenette Vasquez: “No. Have you?”

4. “We’d better get back ’cause it’ll be dark soon, and they mostly come at night. Mostly.” – Rebecca Jorden

5. “I say, we take off, nuke the site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure.” – Corporal Dwayne Hicks

6. “Maybe we can build a fire, sing a couple of songs, huh? Why don’t we try that?” – Carter Burke

7. Rebecca Jorden: “My mommy always said there were no monsters, no real ones. But there are.”

Ellen Ripley: “Yes, there are, aren’t there?”

Rebecca Jorden: “Why do they tell little kids that?”

Ellen Ripley: “Most of the time, it’s true.”

8. “Ripley, think of all we can learn from it! It’s the chance of a lifetime! You must let me have it!” – Michael Bishop

9. Ellen Ripley: “These people are here to protect you. They’re soldiers.”

Rebecca Jorden: “It won’t make any difference.”

Aliens Quotes That You Will Never Forget

10. “It’s worth the try, but we don’t know if that’s gonna affect them.” – Corporal Dwayne Hicks

11. “How long after we’re declared overdue can we expect a rescue?” – Ellen Ripley

12. “When I give an order, I expect to be obeyed.” – Arthur Koblenz Dallas

13. “I can feel it behind my eyes. I can hear it moving.” – Ellen Ripley

14. “Bones are bent outward like he exploded from inside.” – Arthur Koblenz Dallas

15. Ellen Ripley: “Just tell me one thing, Burke. You’re going out there to destroy them, right? Not to study. Not to bring back. But to wipe them out.”

Carter Burke: “That’s the plan. You have my word on it.”

Ellen Ripley: “All right, I’m in.”

16. “It’s got a wonderful defense mechanism. You don’t dare kill it.” – Dennis Monroe Parker

17. “You don’t have to be sorry. It wasn’t your fault.” – Rebecca Jorden

18. “Seventeen days? Hey, man, I don’t want to rain on your parade, but we’re not going to last 17 hours! Those things are going to come in here just like they did before, and they’re gonna come in here.” – Private William Hudson

19. Ellen Ripley: “They cut the power.”

Private William Hudson: “What do you mean they cut the power? How could they cut the power, man? They’re animals!”

20. Carter Burke: “I’m Burke. Carter Burke. I work for the company. But don’t let that fool you, I’m really an okay guy. I’m glad to see you’re feeling a little better. They, uh, they tell me that all the weakness and disorientation should pass soon. It’s just natural side effects of such an unusually long hypersleep or something like that.”

Ellen Ripley: “What do you mean? How long was I out there?”

Carter Burke: “Has no one discussed this with you yet?”

Ellen Ripley: “No. But, I mean, I don’t recognize this place.”

Carter Burke: “No, I know. Uh, okay, it’s just that, uh, this might be a shock to you. It’s long.”

Ellen Ripley: “How long? Please.”

Carter Burke: “Fifty-seven years.”

Ellen Ripley: “What?”

Carter Burke: “That’s the thing. You were out there for 57 years. What happened was, you had drifted right through the core systems, and it’s really just blind luck that a deep salvage team found you when they did. It’s one in a thousand, really. I think you’re damn lucky to be alive, kiddo. You could be floating out there forever.”

Emotional Aliens Quotes That Will Make You Tear Up

21. “I will never leave you. That’s a promise.” – Ellen Ripley

22. Rebecca Jorden: “Are we gonna sleep all the way home?”

Ellen Ripley: “All the way home.”

Rebecca Jorden: “Can I dream?”

Ellen Ripley: “Yes, honey. I think we both can.”

23. “Amy, I promised her I’d be home for her birthday. Her 11th birthday.” – Ellen Ripley

24. “Don’t go! I have scary dreams.” – Rebecca Jorden

25. Ellen Ripley: “See you, Hicks.”

Corporal Dwayne Hicks: “Dwayne. It’s Dwayne.”

Ellen Ripley: “Ellen.”

Corporal Dwayne Hicks: “Don’t be gone long, Ellen.”

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26. “That’s it, man. Game over, man. Game over! What the f*ck are we going to do now? What are we going to do?” – Private William Hudson

27. Ellen Ripley: “Well, someone’s going to have to go down there, take a portable transmitter, and patch in.”

Private William Hudson: “Yeah, sure, with those things running around? You can count me out.”

Corporal Dwayne Hicks: “Well, I guess we can count you out of everything then.”

28. “Yeah, I guess we can just count you out of everything, Hudson.” – Corporal Dwayne Hicks

29. Private William Hudson: “Is this gonna be a stand-up fight, sir, or another bug hunt?”

Lieutenant William Gorman: “All we know is that there’s still no contact with the colony and that a Xenomorph may be involved.”

Private Ricco Frost: “Excuse me, sir, a, a what?”

Lieutenant William Gorman: “A Xenomorph.”

Corporal Dwayne Hicks: “It’s a bug hunt.”

30. “I hope you’re right. I really do because just one of those things managed to wipe out my entire crew in less than 24 hours! And if the colonists have found that ship, there’s no telling how many have been exposed. Do you get it?” – Ellen Ripley

31. Carter Burke: “Look, this whole station is basically a big fusion reactor, right? So you’re talkin’ about a thermonuclear explosion and adiós, muchachos.”

Lieutenant William Gorman: “Oh, great. Wonderful. Sh*t!”

32. Ellen Ripley: “I just checked the colony log. Dated 0-6-1-2-7-9, signed Burke, Carter J. You sent them out there and you didn’t even warn them. Why didn’t you warn them, Burke?”

Carter Burke: “Okay, look. What if that ship didn’t even exist, huh? Did you ever think about that? I didn’t know! So now, if I went in and made a major security issue out of it, everybody steps in. Administration steps in, and there are no exclusive rights for anybody. Nobody wins. So, I made a decision and it was wrong. It was a bad call, Ripley. It was a bad call.”

Ellen Ripley: “Bad call? These people are dead, Burke! Don’t you have any idea what you have done here? Well, I’m gonna make sure they nail you right to the wall for this! You’re not gonna sleaze your way out of this one! Right to the wall!”

Carter Burke: “Ripley! You know, I, I expected more from you. I thought you’d be smarter than this.”

Ellen Ripley: “I’m happy to disappoint you.”

33. “Okay, I know this is an emotional moment for all of us, okay? I know that. But let’s not make snap judgments, please. This is clearly, clearly an important species we’re dealing with, and I don’t think that you or I, or anybody, has the right to arbitrarily exterminate them.” – Carter Burke

Hilarious Aliens Quotes That’ll Make You Laugh

34. “What the hell are we supposed to use, man, harsh language?” – Private Ricco Frost

35. “Did IQs just drop sharply while I was away?” – Ellen Ripley

36. “All right, sweethearts, you heard the man, and you know the drill. Assholes and elbows! Hudson, come here! Come here!” – Sergeant Al Apone

37. “Hey, maybe you haven’t been keeping up on current events, but we just got our asses kicked, pal!” – Private William Hudson

38. Private William Hudson: “Man, this floor is freezing.”

Sergeant Al Apone: “What do you want me to do, fetch your slippers for you?”

Private William Hudson: “Gee, would you, sir? I’d like that.”

39. Private William Hudson: “Hey top, what’s the op?”

Sergeant Al Apone: “It’s a rescue mission, you’ll love it. There’s some juicy colonists’ daughters we have to rescue from their virginity.”

40. “I may be synthetic, but I’m not stupid.” – Michael Bishop

41. “Looks like love at first sight to me. Oh, he likes you, Burke!” – Corporal Dwayne Hicks

42. “All right, sweethearts, what are you waiting for? Breakfast in bed? Another glorious day in the Corps! A day in the Marine Corps is like a day on the farm. Every meal’s a banquet! Every paycheck, a fortune! Every formation, a parade! I love the Corps!” – Sergeant Al Apone

43. Private Jenette Vasquez: “Look, man. I only need to know one thing: where they are.”

Private Mark Drake: “Go, Vasquez. Kick ass.”

Private Jenette Vasquez: “Anytime, anywhere, man!”

Private William Hudson: “Right, right. Somebody said ‘alien,’ she thought they said ‘illegal alien’ and signed up!”

Private Jenette Vasquez: “F*ck you, man!”

Private William Hudson: “Anytime, anywhere.”

44. Private Ricco Frost: “Hot as hell in here.”

Private William Hudson: “Yeah man, but it’s a dry heat!”

45. Michael Bishop: “I’m sorry if I scared you. That platform was just becoming too unstable. I had to circle and hope that things didn’t get too rough to take you off.”

Ellen Ripley: “Bishop, you did okay.”

Michael Bishop: “I did?”

Ellen Ripley: “Oh, yeah.”

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Aliens Quotes for Everyone Who Loves Science Fiction

46. Ellen Ripley: “You never said anything about an android being on board! Why not?”

Carter Burke: “Pff, it never, never occurred to me. It’s just common practice. We always have a synthetic on board.”

Michael Bishop: “I prefer the term ‘Artificial Person’ myself.”

47. “When they first heard of this thing, it was ‘Crew Expendable.’ The next time they sent in marines, they were expendable too. What makes you think they are going to care about a group of criminals who found God at the end of the universe?” – Ellen Ripley

48. Carter Burke: “Look, those two specimens are worth millions to the bio-weapons division. Now, if you’re smart, we can both come out of it as heroes and we’ll be set up for life.”

Ellen Ripley: “You’re crazy Burke, you know that? You really think that you can get a dangerous organism like that past ICC quarantine?”

Carter Burke: “How can they impound it if they don’t know about it?”

49. “Well, that explains it then. The A2s always were a bit twitchy. That could never happen now with our behavioral inhibitors. It is impossible for me to harm or by omission of action, allow to be harmed, a human being.” – Michael Bishop

50. Ellen Ripley: “They grab the colonists, they move them over there and they immobilize them to be hosts for more of these. Which would mean that there would have to be a lot of these parasites, right? One for each colonist. That’s over a hundred at least.”

Michael Bishop: “Yes, that follows.”

Ellen Ripley: “But each one of these things comes from an egg, right? So who’s laying these eggs?”

Michael Bishop: “I’m not sure. It must be something we haven’t seen yet.”

Aliens Quotes That Will Entertain You

51. “Ripley, she doesn’t have bad dreams because she’s just a piece of plastic.” – Rebecca Jorden

52. “This is rumor control. Here are the facts.” – Harry Andrews

53. “We’ll go step by step and cut off every bulkhead and every vent until we have it cornered.” – Ellen Ripley

54. “Stop your grinning and drop your linen!” – Private William Hudson

More Aliens Quotes for People Who Watched the Whole Franchise

55. “You’ve been in my life so long, I can’t remember anything else.” – Ellen Ripley

56. “There’s a monster in your chest. It’s a really nasty one. And in a few hours, it’s gonna burst through your ribcage, and you’re gonna die. Any questions?” – Ellen Ripley

57. “Bring back life form—priority one. All other priorities rescinded.” – Ash

58. Ellen Ripley: “How do we kill it, Ash? There’s gotta be a way of killing it. How? How do we do it?”

Ash: “You can’t.”

59. “This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off.” – Ellen Ripley

60. “Final report of the commercial starship Nostromo, third officer reporting. The other members of the crew—Kane, Lambert, Parker, Brett, Ash, and Captain Dallas, are dead. Cargo and ship destroyed.” – Ellen Ripley

When Is Greed a Good Thing and When Is It Bad?

Greed is a normal human desire that everyone feels and experiences. It is a double-edged sword that can motivate people. But, it also has irreversible harmful effects in some situations.

In the Aliens movie, greed is a central theme of the plot. It drives the characters to keep fighting for their humanity, which is good. However, we also witness other characters’ excessive greed, leading to a higher possibility of humanity being wiped out.

Hopefully, these quotes were able to make you reflect on the positive and negative sides of greed. Aliens may be a science fiction movie, but it contains lessons about humanity’s different values and morals. In a more profound sense, it reminds us to always be conscious of how our actions affect others.

So, remember the lessons you’ve picked up in our collection. Reflect on your greed, and always ensure you use just enough of it!

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