180 Rambo Quotes on War, Life and Loss

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At first glance, the Rambo franchise may be just five movies with lots of gore and bloodshed, but really, there are also tons of profound lessons we can find in the movies.

Featuring one of action movie history’s most beloved and celebrated characters, John Rambo and his comrades have a lot to say about war, pain, life, and regrets.

Check out what our favorite 80s war hero has to say.

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Best Rambo Quotes

Rambo Quotes - God didn't make Rambo. I made him!

1. “God didn’t make Rambo. I made him!” – Trautman

2. “You’re not hunting him. He’s hunting you.” – Trautman

3. “Whatever possessed God in heaven to make a man like Rambo?” – Teasle

4. “They drew first blood, not me.” – John Rambo

5. “Nothing is over! Nothing! You just don’t turn it off! It wasn’t my war!” – John Rambo

6. “They found Rambo’s body. As a matter of fact, it stole an army truck. Blew up a gas station on the other side of town.” – Teasle

7. “Let’s do some hunting!” – Orval

8. “Don’t push it. Don’t push it, or I’ll give you war you won’t believe. Let it go. Let it go!” – John Rambo

9. “The kid is resilient.” – Trautman

Rambo Quotes on War

Rambo Quotes - You did everything to make this private war happen.

10. “You did everything to make this private war happen. You’ve done enough damage.” – Trautman

11. “You asked me, I didn’t ask you! And I did what I had to do to win! But somebody wouldn’t let us win!” – John Rambo

12. “Back there, I could fly a gunship. I could drive a tank. I was in charge of million dollar equipment. Back here, I can’t even hold a job!” – John Rambo

13. “You want a war you can’t win?” – Trautman

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14. “Are you telling me that 200 men against your boy is a no-win situation for us?” – Teasle

15. “I don’t think you understand. I didn’t come here to rescue Rambo from you. I came here to rescue you from him.” – Trautman

16. “Peace? That’s an accident! It’s what it is!” – John Rambo

17. “To survive a war, you gotta become war.” – John Rambo

18. “Alexander the Great tried to conquer this country; then Genghis Khan; then the British. Now Russia. But Afghan people fight hard, they will never be defeated.” – Mousa

19. “Drop your weapons! Now! You have no chance of escape! Come forward! I wish to take you back alive! This is your last warning! The choice is yours!” – Soviet Colonel Zaysen

20. “I’m sorry I got you into this, Johnny.” – Trautman

21. “The war, everything that happened here may have been wrong, but damn it, don’t hate your country for it.” – Trautman

22. “John, I want you to try and forget the war. Remember the mission. The old Vietnam’s dead.” – Trautman

23. “I know you are trying to facilitate the release of war criminals held by this republic. I can appreciate this. But this incident—your capture is embarrassing. We must have an explanation.” – Podovsky

24. “Well, that’s what people call it, but it’s more like genocide than war.” – Burnett

Rambo Quotes on Violence, Pain, and Revenge

Rambo Quotes - Hunting? We ain't hunting him, he's hunting us!

25. “Hunting? We ain’t hunting him, he’s hunting us!” – Preston

26. “I come back to the world and I see all those maggots at the airport, protesting me, spitting. Calling me baby killer and all kinds of vile crap! Who are they to protest me? Who are they? Unless they’ve been me and been there and know what the hell they’re yelling about!” – John Rambo

27. “I’m gonna tear you apart.” – John Rambo

28. “I want revenge. I want them to know that death is coming, and there is nothing they can do to stop it.” – John Rambo

29. “We’re like animals! It’s in the blood! It’s natural!” – John Rambo

30. “Some lives, some not.” – John Rambo

31. “Your worst nightmare.” – John Rambo

32. “Are you bringing any weapons?” – John Rambo

33. “Nobody would help! He’s saying, ‘I wanna go home!’” – John Rambo

34. “How’s the wound?” – Trautman

35. “They’re all gone, Sir.” – John Rambo

36. “I see you are no stranger to pain.” – Podovsky

37. “Do you wish to give your name? Now, what possible harm can that cause?” – Podovsky

38. “They would’ve raped her fifty times and cut your f*ck*ng heads off! Who are you? Who are any of you?” – John Rambo

39. “Then you shouldn’t say anything, should you?” – John Rambo

Rambo Quotes on Following Commands and Making Decisions

Rambo Quotes - This mission is over, Rambo. Do you understand me?

40. “This mission is over, Rambo. Do you understand me? This mission is over!” – Trautman

41. “You send that many, don’t forget one thing.” – Trautman

42. “Anyway, this will be my fifth trip in, so we’re aware of the risks.” – Burnett

43. “What do we do?” – Trautman

44. “Why must you do this?” – Mousa

45. “I’m going to the fort.” – Rambo

46. “What do you say, John?” – Trautman

47. “Can you fly that helicopter?” – Trautman

48. “I tried to get in touch with you, but the guys in Bragg never knew where to find you.” – John Rambo

49. “We’ll talk about that when you come in.” – Trautman

50. “I can’t do that, Sir.” – Trautman

51. “Rambo, are you still reading me? Covey leader to Raven! Rambo! Acknowledge!” – Trautman

52. “Rambo, I swear to God, I didn’t know it was supposed to happen like this. It was just supposed to be another assignment!” – Murdock

53. “Now, if there’s any of our men in this POW target camp, you confirm their presence by taking photographs.” – Murdock

54. “Just photographs. Under no circumstances are you to engage the enemy!” – Murdock

Rambo Quotes on Death and Loss

Rambo Quotes - If you won't end this now, they will kill you. Is that what you want? It's over,  Johnny. It's over!

55. “Look at them out there! Look at them! If you won’t end this now, they will kill you. Is that what you want? It’s over Johnny. It’s over!” – Trautman

56. “We were planning on going to Vegas. Go buy some Chevy and then Jimmy gets his legs ripped off and f*ck.” – Galt

57. “You’re g*dd*mn lucky he didn’t kill all of you.” – Trautman

58. “You know, there’s more men out there. You know where they are. Find ’em, or I’ll find you.” – John Rambo

59. “I could have killed them all. I could have killed you.” – John Rambo

60. “All the ones I’ve loved are now ghosts. But I will fight to keep their memory alive forever.” – John Rambo

61. “When you’re pushed, killing’s as easy as breathing.” – John Rambo

62. “When the killing stops in one place, it starts in another, but that’s okay, ‘cause you’re killing for your country.” – John Rambo

63. “Have you not seen enough death? Go! Go while you can! This isn’t your war.” – Masoud

64. “Look John, we can’t have you running around out there killing friendly civilians.” – Trautman

65. “They’re all dead, Sir.” – John Rambo

66. “Berry’s gone, too, Sir.” – John Rambo

67. “Got himself killed in ‘Nam, didn’t even know it. Cancer ate him down to the bone.” – John Rambo

68. “There’s one man dead! It’s not my fault! I don’t want any more hurt!” – John Rambo

69. “I’ve got blood and everything and I’m trying to hold him together!” – John Rambo

Rambo Quotes on Life

Rambo Quotes - It was a bad time for everyone, Rambo.

70. “It was a bad time for everyone, Rambo. It’s all in the past now.” – Trautman

71. “For me, civilian life is nothing! In the field, we had a code of honor—you watch my back, I watch yours. Back here, there’s nothing!” – John Rambo

72. “Sir, do we get to win this time?” – John Rambo

73. “Old men start it, young men fight it, nobody wins, everybody in the middle dies, and nobody tells the truth!” – John Rambo

74. “Well, you did some pushing on your own, John.” – Trautman

75. “Live your life, ’cause you’ve got a good one.” – John Rambo

76. “Go on! Get out! Go home!” – John Rambo

77. “You wouldn’t like it here anyway. It’s just a quiet little town. In fact you might say it’s boring. But that’s the way we like it. I get paid to keep it that way.” – Teasle

78. “How will you live, John?” – Trautman

79. “Sir, I’m alive, it’s still alive, ain’t it?” – John Rambo

Rambo Quotes About the Military and the Law

Rambo Quotes - You're the last of an elite group. Don't end it like this.

80. “You’re the last of an elite group. Don’t end it like this.” – Trautman

81. “He was just another drifter who broke the law!” – Teasle

82. “Now don’t give me any of that crap, Trautman. Do you think Rambo was the only guy who had a tough time in Vietnam? He killed a police officer for Christ’s sake!” – Teasle

83. “In town, you’re the law. Out here, it’s me. Don’t push it. Don’t push it or I’ll give you a war you won’t believe.” – John Rambo

84. “These boys are now our soldiers! They belong to me now!” – Major Pa Tee Tint

85. “Pride is a poor substitute for intelligence. What you must understand is that we have to interrogate you.” – Podovsky

86. “Don’t act so innocent, Colonel. You had your suspicions, and if you suspected then you’re sort of an accessory aren’t ya?” – Murdock

87. “You’re not with the military, not mercenary—what are you? Lost tourist?” – Mousa

88. “You do not look like men Griggs sent before. You do not look like you are with the military.” – Mousa

89. “Freeze! Stand right where you are! Give yourself up!” – Teasle

90. “You know I haven’t been spending much time there lately, they’ve got me down in D.C. I’m shining a seat with my *ss.” – Trautman

91. “I’m warning you boy, don’t make a move or I’ll blow your head off!” – Teasle

92. “First of all, you don’t ask the questions around here. I do. Understand!” – Teasle

93. “To Sergeant Yushin here, you are a piece of meat. A laboratory experiment. But to me, you are a comrade, similar to myself, just opposed by an act of fate.” – Podovsky

94. “First of all, I wish you to radio your headquarters and say that you have been captured and condemned for espionage activities, and that no such criminal aggression should be attempted in the future or they will meet with the same fate as yours.” – Podovsky

Rambo Quotes on Honor

Rambo Quotes - Vagrancy wasn't it? That's gonna look real good on his gravestone in Arlington.

95. “Vagrancy wasn’t it? That’s gonna look real good on his gravestone in Arlington—here lies John Rambo, winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, survivor of countless incursions behind enemy lines. Killed for vagrancy in Jerkwater, USA.” – Trautman

96. “It ain’t your country who asks you; it’s a few men up top who want it.” – John Rambo

97. “I want what they want, and every other guy who came over here, and spilt his guts and had everything he had wanted—for our country to love us, as much as we love it.” – John Rambo

98. “You’ll get a second Medal of Honor for this.” – Trautman

99. “Now you see how it is here. Somewhere in the war there’s supposed to be honor. Where’s the honor here? Where? Now, we’re taking the survivors to the border. Are you coming?” – Masoud

100. “You should give it to them. They deserve it more.” – John Rambo

101. “You know, you never told us your name.” – Sarah

102. “They ain’t lying.” – John Rambo

103. “Alright. The man who was talking to you asked if we could hire you to take us upriver. You said no. Why?” – Sarah

104. “Well, if you have good reasons, would you mind if I heard them?” – Sarah

Rambo Quotes About Regrets

Rambo Quotes - I've lived in a world of death.

105. “I’ve lived in a world of death. I tried to come home, but I never really arrived.” – John Rambo

106. “A part of my mind and soul got lost along the way, but my heart was still here where I was born, where I would defend to the end the only family I’ve ever known, the only home I’ve ever known.” – John Rambo

107. “God’s gonna make all that go away? Don’t waste your life, I did. Go home.” – John Rambo

108. “Don’t look at me, look at the road! That’s how accidents happen.” – John Rambo

109. “I can’t get it out of my head. A dream of seven years. Everyday I have this. And sometimes I wake up and I don’t know where I am. I don’t talk to anybody. Sometimes a day—a week. I can’t put it out of my mind.” – John Rambo

Rambo Quotes on Identity

Rambo Quotes - I'm expendable.

110. “I’m expendable.” – John Rambo

111. “Who are you?” – Soviet Colonel Zaysen

112. “In ancient days, the Afghan King was asked to send 500 warriors into battle. He said, ‘Only five.’ His greatest five. And they won.” – Hamid

113. “But this is what we do, who we are.” – John Rambo

114. “I’m no tourist.” – John Rambo

115. “Very good. It says, ‘May God deliver us from the venom of the Cobra, teeth of the tiger, and the vengeance of the Afghan.’ Understand what this means?” – Mousa

116. “God must love crazy people.” – Mousa

117. “I’m the last one, Sir.” – John Rambo

118. “But I didn’t do anything!” – John Rambo

119. “Why did they pick you? Because you like to fight?” – Co Bao

Rambo Quotes on Change and Purpose

Rambo Quotes - You're not changing anything.

120. “You’re not changing anything.” – John Rambo

121. “Live for nothing or die for something.” – John Rambo

122. “You taught us to ignore pain, right?” – John Rambo

123. “This time it’s up to you.” – Trautman

124. “Good luck, son.” – Trautman

125. “Aren’t you curious to see how things might’ve changed back home?” – Sarah

126. “Really? If everyone thought like you, nothing would ever change.” – Sarah

127. “No, what you’re trying to do is change what is.” – John Rambo

128. “You didn’t kill for your country. You killed for yourself.” – John Rambo

129. “Just because somebody smiles when he hands me a bag of sh*t, that doesn’t mean I have to take it. I don’t give a damn how friendly he is. It’s what he does that matters.” – John Rambo

Rambo Quotes on Trust, Friendship, and Support

Rambo Quotes - Look John, you've done some damage here.

130. “Look John, you’ve done some damage here, they don’t want any more trouble. That’s why I’ve come.” – Trautman

131. “Where did you come from, Sir?” – John Rambo

132. “‘Cause he’d do it for me.” – John Rambo

133. “That was close, John. How are you?” – Trautman

134. “It’s good to hear your voice, Johnny. It’s been a long time.” – Trautman

135. “I want to come in there and fly you the hell out. Just you and me. We’ll work this thing out together. Is that fair enough?” – Trautman

136. “But I’m your friend, Johnny! I was there with you knee-deep in all that blood and guts. I covered your *ss more than once. Seems like bailing you out of trouble’s got to be a lifetime achievement for me.” – Trautman

137. “Look Johnny, let me come in and get you the hell out of there!” – Trautman

138. “Rambo! Are you all right?” – Trautman

139. “I’m sorry, I didn’t know.” – Trautman

140. “You can’t keep running, John; you’re free now. Come back with us.” – Trautman

141. “Back to what? My friends died here. Part of me died here.” – John Rambo

142. “Rambo, this is Murdock, we’re glad you’re alive. Where the hell are you? Give us your position and we’ll come to pick you up!” – Murdock

143. “Murdock, I’m coming to get you!” – John Rambo

144. “You’re the only one I trust.” – John Rambo

Rambo Quotes on Helping and Making a Difference

Rambo Quotes - We're here to make a difference. We believe all lives are special.

145. “Well, we need to go and help these people. We’re here to make a difference. We believe all lives are special.” – Sarah

146. “Of course it does! Nothing stays the same!” – Sarah

147. “Nothing does change.” – John Rambo

148. “I was told it might be possible to rent your boat. We’d like to do that. Is that possible? We need to get upriver.” – Burnett

149. “So what I’m asking is that we compensate you for a few hours of your time that will help change people’s lives.” – Burnett

150. “Well, it’s thinking like that that keeps the world the way it is.” – Burnett

151. “His name was Rambo, and he was just some nothing kid for all anybody knew, standing by the pump of a gas station at the outskirts of Madison, Kentucky.” – Narrator

152. “Look at this f*ck*ng place. Only a f*ck*ng ape would live here. What the f*ck am I doing here?” – Lewis

153. “I told you before, I can’t help you.” – John Rambo

154. “God would have mercy. John Rambo won’t.” – Trautman

Thrilling Rambo Quotes

Rambo Quotes - Well, surrounding them's out.

155. “Well, surrounding them’s out.” – John Rambo

156. “F*ck ’em!” – John Rambo

157. “I wish I was back in Bragg now.” – John Rambo

158. “There are no friendly civilians!” – John Rambo

159. “Please. I got no beef with you.” – Guardsman

160. “We don’t want guys like you in this town, drifters. Next thing we know, we got a whole bunch of guys like you in this town. That’s why!” – Teasle

161. “I repeat—don’t engage the enemy!” – Murdock

162. “Any of you boys want to shoot, now’s the time. There isn’t one of us that doesn’t want to be someplace else.” – John Rambo

163. “People say you know the river better than anyone.” – Burnett

164. “You know what you are—what you’re made of. War is in your blood. Don’t fight it.” – John Rambo

Humorous Rambo Quotes

Rambo Quotes - That you guys don't take any shit?

165. “That you guys don’t take any sh*t?” – John Rambo

166. “I’m about to bust a fatty.” – John Rambo

167. “Is it working?” – Trautman

168. “You got some place I can eat around here?” – John Rambo

169. “Not really. Don’t take it personally.” – John Rambo

170. “There wouldn’t be no trouble except for that king-sh*t cop! All I wanted was something to eat. But the man kept pushing, Sir.” – John Rambo

171. “Portland is south! You said you were heading north.” – Teasle

172. “Yeah, boring.” – John Rambo

173. “I’m supposed to leave ’em there?” – John Rambo

174. “We need another python. See what you can do. We have enough Cobras, okay?” – Snake Village Owner

More Rambo Quotes You’ll Love

Rambo Quotes - I know how black a man's heart can be.

175. “I know how black a man’s heart can be.” – John Rambo

176. “I said, why you pushing me? I haven’t done anything to you.” – John Rambo

177. “Is there a law against me getting something to eat here?” – John Rambo

178. “It’s like someone invites you to a party and you don’t show up. It doesn’t really matter.” – John Rambo

179. “For a colonel, the way you’re talking, you don’t seem to like the military very much.” – John Rambo

180. “F*ck the world.” – John Rambo

What Lessons Did You Find Beneath All the Bloodshed of Rambo?

Countless wars have been recorded in history, and even though accounts narrate the stories and victories of war, there will always be pain, sadness, and loss. This is one of our characters’ main conflicts in the movie.

However, the pain and loss Rambo suffered didn’t stop him from continuing on with life. Sure, he struggled and felt like giving up countless times. But he persevered and took that leap of faith.

He faced his problems head-on. And even when the lines between right and wrong may seem blurred, he soldiered on and tried his best to think about what was really important for him, his friends, and his country.

What else did you pick up from this collection of Rambo quotes? Are there any other quotes you’d like us to add? Be sure to comment them down below.