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20 pieces of wisdom from Tarantino movies

20 pieces of wisdom from Tarantino movies

20 pieces of wisdom from Tarantino movies

As well as filling his work with a multitude of pop culture references, Quentin Tarantino is also fond of offering up the odd piece of wisdom in his work.

And we're not talking about some fortune cookie nonsense, obviously. To celebrate the release of his barn-storming new epic Django Unchained, we've assembled 20 of the greatest examples.

Feel free to add your own at the bottom.

(Images: All Star, Rex Features)

Mia Wallace

"That's when you know you've found somebody special. When you can just shut the fuck up for a minute and comfortably enjoy the silence."

Uma Thurman - Pulp Fiction

Lt Archie Hicox

"There's a special rung in hell reserved for people who waste good scotch."

Michael Fassbender - Inglourious Basterds


"You don't need proof when you have instinct."

Lawrence Tierney - Reservoir Dogs

The Bride

"When fortune smiles on something as violent and ugly as revenge, it seems proof like no other, that not only does God exist, you're doing His will."

Uma Thurman - Kill Bill Vol. 1

Clarence Worley

"It's better to have a gun and not need it than to need a gun and not have it."

Christian Slater - True Romance

Max Cherry

"You know, a good cop will never let you know he knows you're full of sh*t."

Robert Forster - Jackie Brown

Col Hans Landa

"Facts can be so misleading, where rumors, true or false, are often revealing."

Christophe Waltz - Inglourious Basterds

Hattori Hanzo

"Revenge is never a straight line. It's a forest, And like a forest it's easy to lose your way... To get lost... To forget where you came in."

Sonny Chiba - Kill Bill Vol.1

The Wolf

"Just because you are a character doesn't mean that you have character."

Harvey Keitel - Pulp Fiction

Stuntman Mike

"Alcohol is just a lubricant for all the individual encounters that a bar offers."

Kurt Russell - Death Proof


“They say the number one killer of old people is retirement. People got 'em a job to do, they tend to live a little longer so they can do it.”

Michael Madsen - Kill Bill Vol. 2

Vincenzo Coccotti

"My father was the world heavyweight champion of Sicilian liars. Growin' up with him I learned the pantomime. There are seventeen different things a guy can do when he lies to give him away. A guy's got seventeen pantomimes. A woman's got twenty, but a guy's got seventeen. And if you know 'em like ya know your own face, they beat lie detectors to hell."

Christopher Walken - True Romance


" I ain't eatin' nothing that ain't got sense enough to disregard its own feces."

Samuel L Jackson - Pulp Fiction

Mr Pink

"This tipping automatically, that's for the birds. As far as I'm concerned they're just doing their job."

Steve Buscemi - Reservoir Dogs


"Look man, there's only three reasons why you can't make your court date. One, you're in a hospital. Two, you're in jail. Three, your ass is dead."

Tommy "Tiny" Lister - Jackie Brown

Aldo Raine

"Fighting in a basement has a lot of disadvantages, one of them being: you're fighting in a basement."

Brad Pitt - Inglourious Basterds

Warren The Bartender

"Shot first, questions later."

Quentin Tarantino - Death Proof

Earl McGraw

"When you gonna learn that microwave food'll kill you faster than a bullet?"

Michael Parks - From Dusk Till Dawn


"Clark Kent is how Superman views us. And what are the characteristics of Clark Kent. He's weak... he's unsure of himself... he's a coward. Clark Kent is Superman's critique on the whole human race."

David Carradine - Kill Bill Vol. 2

Ordell Robbie

"Never do business with people you ain't never done business with before without backup."

Samuel L Jackson - Jackie Brown