96+ Best Jaws Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Jaws is a 1975 American thriller film directed by Steven Spielberg and based on Peter Benchley’s 1974 novel of the same name. Profoundly inspirational Jaws quotes will fire up your brain and encourage you to look at life differently while making you laugh.

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Famous Jaws Quotes

Hooper: I think I am familiar with the fact that you are going to ignore this problem until it swims up and bites you in the ass.

Chief Brody: All right, come on! Show the tank. Show me the tank.

Ellen Brody: What am I gonna tell the kids? Chief Martin Brody: Tell ’em I’m going fishing.

Hooper: I need to have something in the foreground to give it some scale! Chief Brody: Foreground my ass!

Hooper: Boys, oh boys! I think he’s come back for his noon feeding.

Matt Hooper: Show me the way to go home… I’m tired and I wanna go to bed. I ‘ad a little drink about an hour ago and it’s got right to my ‘ead. Wherever I may roam. By land or sea or phone. You can always hear me singin this song… show me the way to go home… bom bom bom

Quint: Stop playin’ with yourself Hooper.

Matt Hooper: Well, this is not a boat accident! And it wasn’t any propeller, and it wasn’t any coral reef, and it wasn’t Jack the Ripper! It was a shark! Matt Hooper: Well, this is not a boat accident! And it wasn’t any propeller, and it wasn’t any coral reef, and it wasn’t Jack the Ripper! It was a shark!

Mayor Vaughn: And what did you say the name of this shark is?

Quint: Hooper drives the boat Chief Quint: Hooper drives the boat Chief.

Quint: Y’all know me. Know how I earn a livin’. I’ll catch this bird for you, but it ain’t gonna be easy. Bad fish. Not like going down the pond chasin’ bluegills and tommycods. This shark, swallow you whole. Little shakin’, little tenderizin’, an’ down you go.

Matt Hooper: Wanna Pretzel?

Quint: Well it proves one thing, Mr. Hooper. It proves that you wealthy college boys don’t have the education enough to admit when you’re wrong. [Quint enters the cabin as Hooper makes faces at him] Quint: Well it proves one thing, Mr. Hooper. It proves that you wealthy college boys don’t have the education enough to admit when you’re wrong.

Hooper: Well this is not a boat accident! It wasn’t any propeller! It wasn’t any coral reef! And it wasn’t Jack the Ripper! It was a shark.

Quint: I’ve got something VERY BIG!!! Hooper: I don’t think so.

Matt Hooper: YOU GOT ANY BETTER SUGGESTIONS?

Chairmember: Is that $3,000 bounty on the shark in cash or check?

Chief Martin Brody: That’s some bad hat Harry.

Chief Martin Brody: I’m chief of police, I can do anything… Chief Martin Brody: I can do anything; I’m the chief of police.

Hooper: They caught A shark. Not THE shark.

Matt Hooper: You were on the Indianapolis? Chief Martin Brody: What happened? Quint: Japanese submarine slammed two torpedoes into our side, Chief. We was comin’ back from the island of Tinian to Leyte… just delivered the bomb. The Hiroshima bomb. Eleven hundred men went into the water. Vessel went down in 12 minutes. Didn’t see the first shark for about a half an hour. Tiger. 13-footer. You know how you know that when you’re in the water, Chief? You tell by looking from the dorsal to the tail fin. What we didn’t know, was our bomb mission had been so secret, no distress signal had been sent. They didn’t even list us overdue for a week. Very first light, Chief, sharks come cruisin’, so we formed ourselves into tight groups. You know, it was kinda like old squares in the battle like you see in the calendar named The Battle of Waterloo and the idea was: shark comes to the nearest man, that man he starts poundin’ and hollerin’ and screamin’ and sometimes the shark will go away… but sometimes he wouldn’t go away. Sometimes that shark he looks right into ya. Right into your eyes. And, you know, the thing about a shark… he’s got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll’s eyes. When he comes at ya, doesn’t seem to be living… until he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white and then… ah then you hear that terrible high-pitched screamin’. The ocean turns red, and despite all the poundin’ and the hollerin’, they all come in and they… rip you to pieces. You know by the end of that first dawn, lost a hundred men. I don’t know how many sharks, maybe a thousand. I know how many men, they averaged six an hour. On Thursday morning, Chief, I bumped into a friend of mine, Herbie Robinson from Cleveland. Baseball player. Boatswain’s mate. I thought he was asleep. I reached over to wake him up. He bobbed up, down in the water just like a kinda top. Upended. Well, he’d been bitten in half below the waist. Noon, the fifth day, Mr. Hooper, a Lockheed Ventura saw us. He swung in low and he saw us… he was a young pilot, a lot younger than Mr. Hooper. Anyway, he saw us and he come in low and three hours later a big fat PBY comes down and starts to pick us up. You know that was the time I was most frightened… waitin’ for my turn. I’ll never put on a lifejacket again. So, eleven hundred men went in the water; 316 men come out and the sharks took the rest, June the 29th, 1945. Anyway, we delivered the bomb.

Matt Hooper: (After light on Orca goes out) He ate the light! Matt Hooper: He ate the light! Chief Martin Brody: Terrific!

Quint: Back home, we get a taxidermy man, he’s gonna have a heart attack when he sees what I brung him!

Quint: This is the story of Mary McGee, lived to the age of 103. For 50 years she kept her virginity, not a bad record for this vicinity. Quint: Here lies the body of Mary Lee. Died at the age of a hundred and three. For fifteen years she kept here virginity. Not a bad record for this vicinity.

Hooper: You screw around with these tanks and they are going to blow up!

Quint: Farewell and adieu to you fair Spanish ladies Farewell and adieu you ladies of Spain. For we’ve received orders for to sail back to Boston, and so nevermore shall we see you again.

Hooper: That’s a 20 footer. Quint: 25! And three tons of him!

Hooper: Mary Ellen Moffit. She broke my heart.

Mayor Larry Vaughn: Now fellas. This is not the time or the place to perform some kind of a half ass autopsy on a fish. And I’m not going to stand here, and see that thing cut open and see that little Kitner boy spill out all over the dock! Mayor Larry Vaughn: Now fellas. This is not the time or the place to perform some kind of a half ass autopsy on a fish. And I’m not going to stand here, and see that thing cut open and see that little Kitner boy spill out all over the dock!

Hooper: You got any better suggestions?!!!!

Chief Brody: Smile you son of a…BITCH!

Chief Martin Brody: Smile you son of a.. (shoots the scuba tank in the shark’s mouth, the tank explodes and the shark is blown to pieces, laughs manically) Chief Martin Brody: Smile you son of a.. [shoots the scuba tank in the shark’s mouth, the tank explodes and the shark is blown to pieces, laughs manically]

Harry: We all know about you, Chief. You don’t go in the water at all, do you? Chief Brody: That’s some bad hat Harry!

Mayor Vaughn: My kids…were on that beach TOO!

Matt Hooper: Doctor, I can’t come to Brisbane when I’ve a Great White shark problem!

Hooper: Fast fish!

Quint: Here’s to swimmin’ with bow legged women Quint: Here’s to swimming with bow-legged women.

Mayor Vaughn: Nobody’s going IN!

Mayor Vaughn: Amity as you know, means friendship.

Mrs. Kintner: Chief Brody? Chief Martin Brody: Yes? Mrs. Kintner: (SLAPS him, starts crying) I just found out…that a girl got killed here last week…and you knew it! You knew there was a shark out there! (starts crying harder) You knew it was dangerous, but you let people go swimming anyway? You knew all those things. But still my boy is dead now. And there’s nothing you can do about it. My boy is dead. I wanted you to know that. (leaves with her father) Mrs. Kintner: [slaps him, starts crying] I just found out…that a girl got killed here last week…and you knew it! You knew there was a shark out there! [starts crying harder] You knew it was dangerous, but you let people go swimming anyway? You knew all those things. But still my boy is dead now. And there’s nothing you can do about it. My boy is dead. I wanted you to know that. [leaves with her father] Mayor Larry Vaughn: I’m sorry, Martin. She’s wrong. Chief Martin Brody: No, she’s not.

Quint: Here lies the body of Mary Lee. Died at the of age of a hundred and three. For fifteen years she kept her virginity; not a bad record for this vicinity.

Hooper: Do you want a pretzel?

Chief Brody: Let Polly do the printing!

Ellen Brody: Michael’s in the pond.

Matt Hooper: [In shock to the shark’s abilities] Ever had one do this before? Matt Hooper: [in shock to the shark’s abilities] Ever had one do this before? Quint: [Also in shock] No…

Fisherman: What is this bite radius crap?

Matt Hooper: Is anyone eating this?

Chief Brody: I used to hate the water. Hooper: I can’t imagine why.

Quint: This shark swallow you whole!

Mayor Vaughn: Now look fellas, let’s be reasonable, huh? This is not the time or the place to perform some sort of half ass autopsy on a fish. And I am not going to stand here and see that thing cut open, and see that little Kintner boy spill out all over the dock!

Chief Martin Brody: (handing Sean to Ellen) Wanna take him home? Chief Martin Brody: [handing Sean to Ellen] Wanna take him home? Ellen Brody: Back to New York? Chief Martin Brody: No… home here.

Quint: Shit Quint: Shit.

Quint: What are you, some kind of half-ass astronaut?

Matt Hooper: They’re all gonna die.

Chief Martin Brody: i used to hate the water. Chief Martin Brody: I used to hate the water. Matt Hooper: i cant imagine why. Matt Hooper: I cant imagine why.

Chief Brody: That’s great! That’s just great!! Now where the hell are we, huh?!! You’re certifiable Quint! You know that?!! You’re certifiable!!

Chief Martin Brody: You’re gonna need a bigger boat.

Hooper: I don’t need this working class hero crap!

Ellen Brody: Is it true that most people get attacked by sharks in three feet of water about ten feet from the beach?

Mayor Larry Vaughn: I don’t think either one of you are familiar with our problems! Matt Hooper: I’m familiar with the fact that you are going to ignore this particular problem until it swims up and bites you in the ass!

Mayor Vaughn: Sick vandalism! That is a deliberate mutilation of a public service message. Now I want those little paint-happy bastards caught, and hung up by their Buster Browns! Hooper: That’s it! Goodbye! I’m not going to waste my time arguing with a man who is lining up to be a hot lunch.

Chief Martin Brody: Come here (to his son). Give me a kiss. Chief Martin Brody: Come here. [to his son] Give me a kiss. Michael Brody: Why? Chief Martin Brody: Because I need it.

Hooper: Do not smoke in here!

Quint: Mr. Hooper, I’m not talkin’ about pleasure boatin’ or daily sailin’, I’m talkin’ about workin’ for a livin’, I’m talking about sharkin’!

Hooper: He ate the light.

Fisherman: What kind of shark? Hooper: Tiger Shark. Fisherman: A Whaaaaattt?

Hooper: Can you tell me if there’s a good restaurant or hotel on the island? Fisherman: Yeah, you walk straight ahead. Hooper: Ha ha, they’re all gonna die!

Matt Hooper: I’m not going to waste my time arguing with a man who’s lining up to be a hot lunch.

Matt Hooper: [voice imitating W. C. Fields] I don’t have to take this abuse much longer! Matt Hooper: I don’t have to take this abuse much longer!

Matt Hooper: This was not a boat accident!

Hooper: I got no spit.

Chief Martin Brody: Slow ahead…I can go slow ahead! Why don’t you come down here and chum of this shit?! Chief Martin Brody: I can go slow ahead. Come on down here and chum some of this shit.

Jenwirder: $3,000 buys an awful lot of roast.

Chief Brody: Slow ahead. I can slow ahead! Come down and chum some of this shit!

Quint: Sometimes that shark he looks right into ya. Right into your eyes. And, you know, the thing about a shark… he’s got lifeless eyes. Black eyes. Like a doll’s eyes. When he comes at ya, doesn’t seem to be living… until he bites ya, and those black eyes roll over white and then… ah then you hear that terrible high-pitched screamin’.

Quint: There’s too many captains on this island. Ten thousand dollars for me, by myself. For that, you get the head, the tail, the whole damned thing.

Quint: It proves that you wealthy college boys don’t have the education enough to admit you’re wrong.

Quint: I see you got your rubbers, ha ha ha!

Mayor Larry Vaughn: Martin, it’s all psychological. You yell barracuda, everybody says, Huh? What? You yell shark, we’ve got a panic on our hands on the Fourth of July. Mayor Larry Vaughn: Martin, it’s all psychological. You yell barracuda, everybody says, ‘Huh? What?’ You yell shark, we’ve got a panic on our hands on the Fourth of July.

Chief Brody: He’s eating his way right through that line!

Ellen Brody: Michael, did you hear your father? Out of the boat now. Now!

Hooper: Quint. Chief Brody: No.

Chief Martin Brody: I think we need a bigger boat! Quint: We need a bigger boat!

Quint: (singing) Farewell and adieu to you fair Spanish ladies. Farewell and adieu you ladies of Spain. For we’ve received orders for to sail back to Boston. And so nevermore shall we see you again. Quint: [singing] Farewell and adieu to you fair Spanish ladies. Farewell and adieu you ladies of Spain. For we’ve received orders for to sail back to Boston. And so nevermore shall we see you again.

Quint: Shut off that engine!

Ellen Brody: Mikey sure enjoyed his present. Chief Martin Brody: What’s he doing? Ellen Brody: He’s sitting in it. Chief Martin Brody: (Alarmed) Dear God! Chief Martin Brody: [alarmed] Dear God!

Mayor Larry Vaughn: I want these paint happy bastards hung up by their Buster Browns!

Chief Martin Brody: It’s only an island if you look at it from the water.

Matt Hooper: Mr. Vaughan, what we are dealing with here is a perfect engine, an eating machine. It’s really a miracle of evolution. All this machine does is swim and eat and make little sharks and that’s all.

Quint: [On radio] Your husband’s all right, Mrs. Brody. He’s fishing. He’s just caught a couple of stripers. We’ll bring ’em in for dinner. We won’t be long, we haven’t seen anything yet. Over and out. Quint: Your husband’s all right, Mrs. Brody. He’s fishing. He’s just caught a couple of stripers. We’ll bring ’em in for dinner. We won’t be long, we haven’t seen anything yet. Over and out.

Chief Martin Brody: Smile you son of a bitch!!! Chief Martin Brody: Smile you son of a bitch!

Hooper: I pulled a tooth the size of a shot glass out of the wreck hull of a boat out there, and it was the tooth of a Great White.

Chief Martin Brody: I can do anything; I’m the chief of police.

Chief Brody: Why don’t we have one more drink and go down and cut that shark open. Ellen Brody: Can you do that? Chief Brody: I can do anything. I’m the chief of police.

Quint: You know that was the time I was most frightened… waitin’ for my turn. I’ll never put on a lifejacket again. So, eleven hundred men went in the water; 316 men come out and the sharks took the rest, June the 29th, 1945. Anyway, we delivered the bomb. Quint: You know that was the time I was most frightened… waitin’ for my turn. I’ll never put on a lifejacket again. So, eleven hundred men went in the water; 316 men come out and the sharks took the rest, June the 29th, 1945. Anyway, we delivered the bomb.

Matt Hooper: The tide is with us today.(after the death of the shark and as they are paddling to shore) Matt Hooper: The tide is with us today. [after the death of the shark and as they are paddling to shore] Chief Martin Brody: I never liked the water Chief Martin Brody: I never liked the water. Matt Hooper: I can’t imagine why. (last line in the movie) Matt Hooper: I can’t imagine why. [last line in the movie]

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