60 Top Gun Quotes That’ll Inspire You to Take Risks

Check out these Top Gun quotes that will fuel you with courage and inspire you to be adventurous!

Top Gun is a 1986 action movie starring Tom Cruise and Kelly McGillis. It revolves around the reckless Maverick Mitchell, a Navy pilot ace, and how he competes with his fellow top students.

Indeed, the plot immediately screams action and adventure! But, more than that, Top Gun’s lines are packed with wisdom that will teach you about bravery, altruism, and leadership.

So, make sure you don’t miss out on the movie’s unique lines by reading our collection below.

We’re positive that these quotes will inspire you to be a fearless risk-taker like Maverick.

Let’s begin.

And make sure to read these Jerry Maguire quotes.

Best Top Gun Quotes

1. “Every time we go up there, it’s like you’re flying with a ghost.” – Goose Bradshaw

2. “Maverick, it’s not your flying. It’s your attitude. The enemy’s dangerous, but right now, you’re worse. Dangerous and foolish. You may not like who’s flying with you, but whose side are you on?” – Iceman Kazansky

3. “I feel the need, the need for speed!” – Maverick Mitchell

4. “Maverick, you just did an incredibly brave thing. What you should have done was land your plane! You don’t own that plane! The taxpayers do! Son, your ego is writing checks your body can’t cash!” – Stinger Jardian

5. “That was some of the best flying I’ve seen to date, right up to the part where you got killed.” – Jester Heatherly

6. “You’re everyone’s problem. That’s because every time you go up in the air, you’re unsafe. I don’t like you because you’re dangerous.” – Iceman Kazansky

7. “It’s classified. I could tell you, but then I’d have to kill you.” – Maverick Mitchell

8. “You don’t have time to think up there. If you think, you’re dead.” – Maverick Mitchell

9. Carole Bradshaw: “Take me to bed or lose me forever.”

Goose Bradshaw: “Show me the way home, honey.”

10. Charlie Blackwood: “Listen, can I ask you a personal question?”

Maverick Mitchell: “That depends.”

Charlie Blackwood: “Are you a good pilot?”

Maverick Mitchell: “I can hold my own.”

Charlie Blackwood: “Great, then I won’t have to worry about you making your living as a singer.”

Famous Top Gun Quotes

11. “Remember, boys, no points for second place.” – Slider Kerner

12. Maverick Mitchell: “She’s lost that loving feeling.”

Goose Bradshaw: “She’s lo—. No, she hasn’t.”

Maverick Mitchell: “Yes, she has.”

Goose Bradshaw: “She’s not lost that lo—.”

Maverick Mitchell: “Goose, she’s lost it, man.”

Goose Bradshaw: “Come on! Aw sh*t, I hate it when she does that.”

13. “Yeah, he did it right. Is that why you fly the way you do? Trying to prove something? Yeah, your old man did it right. What I’m about to tell you is classified. It could end my career. We were in the worst dogfight I ever dreamed of. There were bogeys like fireflies all over the sky. His F-4 was hit, and he was wounded, but he could’ve made it back. He stayed in it, saved three planes before he bought it.” – Viper Metcalf

14. Iceman Kazansky: “You can be my wingman any time.”

Maverick Mitchell: “Bullshit! You can be mine.”

15. “I think I’ll go embarrass myself with Goose.” – Maverick Mitchell

16. “I’m going to need a beer to put these flames out. Yo! Great Mav, real slick.” – Maverick Mitchell

17. “Hollywood, you look good. I’m going after Viper.” – Maverick Mitchell

18. “If I can’t shoot this son of a b*tch, let’s at least have some fun with him.” – Maverick Mitchell

19. Goose Bradshaw: “No. No, Mav, this is not a good idea.”

Maverick Mitchell: “Sorry, Goose, but it’s time to buzz the tower.”

20. Maverick Mitchell: “Jesus Christ, and you think I’m reckless? When I fly, I’ll have you know that my crew and my plane come first.”

Charlie Blackwood: “Well, I am going to finish my sentence, Lieutenant. My review of your flight performance was right on.”

Maverick Mitchell: “Is that right?”

Charlie Blackwood: “That is right, but I held something back. I see some real genius in your flying, Maverick, but I can’t say that in there. I was afraid that everyone in the tax trailer would see right through me, and I just don’t want anyone to know that I’ve fallen for you.”

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Iconic Top Gun Quotes to Enjoy

21. “Great balls of fire!” – Goose Bradshaw

22. “You’re a lot brighter than you look.” – Goose Bradshaw

23. “You two really are cowboys.” – Iceman Kazansky

24. “We didn’t slide into Cougar’s spot. It was ours, okay?” – Goose Bradshaw

25. “Hell no, man. We got our butts kicked.” – Hollywood Neven

26. “What’s your problem, Kazansky?” – Maverick Mitchell

27. “Let’s turn and burn!” – Goose Bradshaw

28. “Standby, Viper’s coming down.” – Maverick Mitchell

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29. “This could be complicated. You know, on the first one, I crashed and burned.” – Maverick Mitchell

30. “Top Gun rules of engagement are written for your safety and for that of your team. They are not flexible, nor am I. Either obey them, or you are history. Is that clear?” – Viper Metcalf

31. “Don’t screw around with me, Maverick. You’re a hell of an instinctive pilot. Maybe too good. I’d like to bust your butt, but I can’t. I got another problem here. I gotta send somebody from this squadron to Miramar. I gotta do something here. I still can’t believe it. I gotta give you your dream shot! I’m gonna send you up against the best. You two characters are going to Top Gun.” – Stinger Jardian

32. Viper Metcalf: “In case some of you are wondering who the best is, they are up here on this plaque. Do you think your name will be on that plaque?”

Maverick Mitchell: “Yes, sir.”

Viper Metcalf: “That’s pretty arrogant, considering the company you’re in.”

Maverick Mitchell: “Yes, sir.”

Viper Metcalf: “I like that in a pilot.”

33. “Give me a call. I’ll fly with you.” – Maverick Mitchell

34. Viper Metcalf: “I was there. What’s on your mind?”

Maverick Mitchell: “My options, sir.”

Viper Metcalf: “Simple. First, you’ve acquired enough points to show up tomorrow and graduate with your Top Gun class, or you can quit. There’d be no disgrace. That spin was hell; it would’ve shook me up.”

Maverick Mitchell: “So, you think I should quit?”

Viper Metcalf: “I didn’t say that. The simple fact is you feel responsible for Goose, and you have a confidence problem. Now, I’m not gonna sit here and blow sunshine up your *ss, Lieutenant. A good pilot is compelled to evaluate what’s happened so he can apply what he’s learned. Up there, we gotta push it. That’s our job. It’s your option, Lieutenant. All yours.”

35. Goose Bradshaw: “It’s time for the big one.”

Iceman Kazansky: “You up for this one, Maverick?”

Maverick Mitchell: “Just a walk in the park, Kazansky.”

36. Maverick Mitchell: “I can see it’s dangerous for you, but if the government trusts me, maybe you could.”

Charlie Blackwood: “It takes a lot more than just fancy flying.”

37. “Lieutenant, I have Top Secret clearance. The Pentagon sees to it that I know more than you.” – Charlie Blackwood

38. Stinger Jardian: “They gave you your choice of duty, son. Anything, anywhere. Do you believe that sh*t? Where do you think you wanna go?”

Maverick Mitchell: “I thought of being an instructor, sir.”

Stinger Jardian: “Top Gun?’

Maverick Mitchell: “Yes, sir.”

Stinger Jardian: “God help us.”

Emotional Top Gun Quotes That Are Worth Revisiting

39. “God, he loved flying with you, Maverick. But he’d have flown anyway without you. He’d have hated it, but he would’ve done it.” – Carole Bradshaw

40. Viper Metcalf: “How are you doing?”

Maverick Mitchell: “I’m all right.”

Viper Metcalf: “Goose is dead.”

Maverick Mitchell: “I know.”

Viper Metcalf: “You fly jets long enough, something like this happens.”

Maverick Mitchell: “He was my R.I.O.—my responsibility.”

41. “First one dies, you die too. But there will be others. You can count it. You gotta let him go. You gotta let him go.” – Viper Metcalf

42. Charlie Blackwood: “So you’re the one.”

Maverick Mitchell: “Yes, ma’am.”

43. “Gentlemen, you had a hell of a first day. The hard deck for this hop was 10,000 feet. You knew it. You broke it. You followed Commander Heatherly below after he lost sight of you and called no joy. Why?” – Viper Metcalf

44. “Maverick, I flew with his old man. Let me ask you something. If you had to go into battle, would you want him with you?” – Viper Metcalf

Funny Top Gun Quotes

45. “The defense department regrets to inform you that your sons are dead because they were stupid.” – Goose Bradshaw

46. Charlie Blackwood: “I’ll have what he’s having. Hemlock, is it?”

Maverick Mitchell: “Ice water.”

47. “The plaque for the alternates is down in the ladies’ room.” – Iceman Kazansky

48. “Thanks, Mav, that was really great. Oh, sh*t! Maybe I should become a truck driver. Mav, do you remember the number of that truck driving school that was on TV the other night, Truck America or something like that?” – Goose Bradshaw

49. “You’re not going to be happy unless you’re going Mach 2 with your hair on fire.” – Charlie Blackwood

50. “Two of your snot-nose jockeys did a flyby on my tower at 400 knots! I want somebody’s butt. I want it now. I’ve had it.” – Air Boss Johnson

51. Wolfman Wolfe: “This gives me a hard on.”

Hollywood Neven: “Don’t tease me.”

52. “No, no, no, no. There’s two ‘O’s’ in Goose, boys.” – Goose Bradshaw

53. “This is what I call a target-rich environment.” – Maverick Mitchell

54. “You live your life between your legs, Mav.” – Goose Bradshaw

55. “His fitness report says it all. Flies by the seat of his pants, totally unpredictable.” – Jester Heatherly

56. “Goose, you’re such a d*ckhead. Whose butt did you kiss to get in here anyway?” – Slider Kerner

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57. “I will fire when I’m f*cking good and ready! You got that?” – Maverick Mitchell

58. Maverick Mitchell: “Tower, this is Ghost Rider requesting a flyby.”

Air Boss Johnson: “Negative, Ghost Rider. The pattern is full.”

Viper Metcalf: “Good morning, gentlemen. The temperature is 110 degrees.”

Wolfman Wolfe: “Holy sh*t, it’s Viper!”

Goose Bradshaw: “Viper’s up here, great. Oh sh*t.”

Maverick Mitchell: “Great, he’s probably saying, ‘Holy sh*t, it’s Maverick and Goose.'”

Goose Bradshaw: “Yeah, I’m sure he’s saying that.”

59. Maverick Mitchell: “You didn’t tell me who you were the other night.”

Charlie Blackwood: “You didn’t give me a chance, did you? You deserved it.”

Maverick Mitchell: “I know. But you were tempted to ask me out for dinner.”

Charlie Blackwood: “No. I don’t date students.”

60. Maverick Mitchell: “How come I never heard that before?”

Viper Metcalf: “Well, that’s not something the State Department tells dependents when the battle occurred over the wrong line on some map.”

How Do You Distinguish the Difference Between Being Brave and Being Reckless?

Sometimes, life feels so monotonous that we will have moments when we want to stop being afraid of taking risks. This is an excellent start to improving your life because these actions will help us grow. After all, we are fueled by courage and the willingness to move forward.

But, in these moments, it is crucial to understand if we are being brave or being reckless. Watching Top Gun, we witness how Maverick grows from someone careless to someone who uses his courage for altruistic actions.

At first, Maverick has a boastful, devil-may-care attitude. But, as the plot unfolds, his fellow pilots make him realize that his actions can affect other people. Ultimately, he became more thoughtful and used his braveness to save his friends and other people.

The movie used his experiences to show us how one can use bravery and courage to benefit other people. In a way, it inspires us to do the same in our lives.

We hope these quotes were able to instill courage and kindness in you. Don’t be afraid to live your life fully. But, also keep in check if you are mindless of your actions’ effects on other people.

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