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67 Best Ever Jaws Quotes From The Iconic Shark Movie

In 'Jaws', a great white shark attacks people on a beach

'Jaws' is a thriller film which was released in 1975.

The movie is based on the novel 'Jaws' published in 1974. The book was written by Peter Benchley.

The film's plot is all about a great white shark that attacks people on the beach of a summer resort town. The shark is a man-eater and is undoubtedly deadly. This leads to the pursuit of the shark by Martin Brody (the chief), a marine biologist named Matt Hooper, and a professional shark hunter named Quint.

'Jaws' is more than just superficial. It has a hidden theme: the actual villain is not the white shark but the Mayor of Amity Island, who decides to keep the beaches open despite the shark attack. This decision is also a political one, and thus a critique of political power is a central message of 'Jaws'.

We have collected all the best quotes from the movie from different characters like Mayor Vaughn, Chief Brody, Matt Hooper, Quint, and more. The most famous line from 'Jaws' is, "You're gonna need a bigger boat," read on to find out who said it!

If you liked reading these 'Jaws' quotes, you can also check out these [shark quotes] and 'Titanic quotes.

Famous Quotes From 'Jaws'

'Jaws' is the first big motion picture to have been shot on the ocean

Here, we have collected some famous 'Jaws' quotes.

1. "Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water."

- Peter Benchley, 'Jaws'.

2. "The past always seems better when you look back on it than it did at the time."

- Peter Benchley, 'Jaws'.

3. "Intellectually, they knew a great deal. Practically, they chose to know almost nothing."

- Peter Benchley, 'Jaws'.

4. "What are you doing out there? These are your people; go and talk to them."

- Chief Martin Brody, 'Jaws'.

5. "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, 'Jaws'.

6. "Odds might be good, but the stakes were prohibitively high."

- Peter Benchley, 'Jaws'.

7. "You're gonna need a bigger boat."

- Chief Martin Brody, 'Jaws'.

8. "I’m chief of police, I can do anything…"

- Chief Martin Brody, 'Jaws'.

9.  "Michael Brody: Aw, dad, the pond's for old ladies.

Chief Martin Brody: I know it is. But just do it for the old man, will ya?"

- 'Jaws'.

10. "The great fish moved silently through the night water."

- Peter Benchley, 'Jaws'.

11. "Why don't we show Mr. Hooper our accident?"

- Chief Martin Brody, 'Jaws'.

12. "I don't think either one of you are familiar with our problems!"

- Mayor Larry Vaughn, 'Jaws'.

13. "Suppose you fell over with this fish. Is there anything you could do? Sure. Pray."

- Peter Benchley, 'Jaws'.

14. "I don't think you appreciate the gut reaction people have to these things... Martin, it's all psychological."

- Mayor Larry Vaughn, 'Jaws'.

'Jaws' Quint Quotes

In this section, you will find all the movie quotes from the character Quint who just could not ignore this particular problem about sharks and went ahead to fight it.

15. "Here’s to swimmin’ with bow-legged women."

- Quint, 'Jaws'.

16. "Come up fish. Come to Quint."

- Quint, 'Jaws'.

17. "You have city hands, Mr. Hooper. You been countin' money all your life."

- Quint, 'Jaws'.

18. "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, 'Jaws'.

19. "Farewell and adieu to you fair Spanish ladies. Farewell and adieu to you ladies of Spain."

- Quint, 'Jaws'.

20. "Shut off that engine!"

- Quint, 'Jaws'.

21. "Chief Martin Brody: You're certifiable, Quint. You know that?

Quint: Yeah, yeah, yeah..."

- 'Jaws'.

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

- Quint, 'Jaws'.

23. "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’!"

- Quint, 'Jaws'.

24. "Hooper ya idiot. Starboard. Ain't you watchin' it?"

- Quint, 'Jaws'.

25. "You go in the cage, cage goes in the water, you go in the water. Shark's in the water, our shark."

- Quint, 'Jaws'.

26. "Here lies the body of Mary Lee; died at the age of a hundred and three."

- Quint, 'Jaws'.

'Jaws' Matt Hooper Quotes

The trio in 'Jaws' heads out in a battle of man vs wild.

This section belongs to all the Matt Hooper quotes from the 'Jaws' movie which can bring out terrible high-pitched screamin' as if it all happened in real life.

27. "They caught A shark. Not THE shark."

- Matt Hooper, 'Jaws'.

28. "Aye, aye sir! My eye rhfhdfdgh!"

- Matt Hooper, 'Jaws'.

29. "Mayor Larry Vaughn: And what did you say the name of this shark is?"

Matt Hooper: It's a carcaradon carcharias. It's a Great White."

- 'Jaws'.

30. "Mary Ellen Moffit. She broke my heart."

- Matt Hooper, 'Jaws'.

31. "You got any better suggestions?!"

- Matt Hooper, 'Jaws'.

32. "Do you want a pretzel?"

- Matt Hooper, 'Jaws'.

33. "You screw around with these tanks and they are going to blow up!"

- Matt Hooper, 'Jaws'.

34. "I don’t need this working class hero crap!"

- Matt Hooper, 'Jaws'.

35. "He ate the light."

- Matt Hooper, 'Jaws'.

36. "This was no boat accident."

- Matt Hooper, 'Jaws'.

37. "Matt Hooper: I got the creme de la creme. Right here. Hold on. Yeah, you see that?

Chief Brody: You're wearing a sweater."

- 'Jaws'.

38. "The height and weight of the victim can only be estimated from the partial remains."

- Matt Hooper, 'Jaws'.

39. "I'm not going to waste my time arguing with a man who's lining up to be a hot lunch."

- Matt Hooper, 'Jaws'.

40. "Trying to get retribution against a fish is crazy."

- Matt Hooper, 'Jaws'.

41. "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."

- Matt Hooper, 'Jaws'.

42. "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."

- Matt Hooper, 'Jaws'.

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

- Matt Hooper, 'Jaws'.

44. "I got no spit."

- Matt Hooper, 'Jaws'.

45. "Doctor, there is no need for me to come to Brisbane, when I have a great white shark right here."

- Matt Hooper, 'Jaws'.

46. "Ha,ha - they're all gonna die."

- Matt Hooper, 'Jaws'.

47. "Tiger shark's like a garbage can, it'll eat anything. Someone probably threw that in the river."

- Matt Hooper, 'Jaws'.

The Best 'Jaws' Quotes

In this section, we have collected some of the best quotes from the movie 'Jaws'.

48. "The past always seems better when you look back on it than it did at the time. And the present never looks as good as it will in the future."

- Ellen Brody, 'Jaws'.

49. "Ellen Brody: What am I going to tell the kids?

Chief Brody: Tell them I'm going fishing."

- 'Jaws'.

50. "Oh, there's no other shark like this in these waters!"

- Chief Brody, 'Jaws'.

51. "Yeah, but I'm not drunk enough to go out on a boat."

- Chief Brody, 'Jaws'.

52. "Hooper ladled chum, which sounded to Brody, every time it hit the water, like diarrhea."

- Peter Benchley, 'Jaws'.

53. "The fish was an enemy. It had come upon the community and killed two men, a woman, and a child."

- Peter Benchley, 'Jaws'.

54. "Martin... Martin, my kids were on that beach too."

- Mayor Vaughn, 'Jaws'.

55. "Drowning! Isn't it true that most people are attacked by sharks in three feet of water and about ten feet from the beach."

- Chief Brody, 'Jaws'.

56. "The fish might well have disappeared already, but Brody wasn’t willing to gamble lives on the possibility: the odds might be good, but the stakes were prohibitively high."

- Peter Benchley, 'Jaws'.

57. "Mayor Vaughn: Any special questions?

Denherder: Uh, is that $3000 bounty on the shark in cash or check?

Mrs. Taft: I don't think that's funny. I don't think that's funny at all, I'm sorry."

- 'Jaws'.

58. "I'm pleased and happy to repeat the news that we have, in fact, caught and killed a large predator that supposedly injured some bathers. But, as you see, it's a beautiful day, the beaches are open and people are having a wonderful time. Amity, as you know, means 'friendship'."

- Mayor Vaughn, 'Jaws'.

59. "Y'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 livin'... until he bites ya. And those black eyes roll over white, and then..."

- Quint, 'Jaws'.

60. "Eleven hundred men went into the water. Vessel went down in twelve minutes."

- Quint, 'Jaws'.

61. "Not like going down the pond chasin' bluegills and tommycods. This shark, swallow you whole."

- Quint, 'Jaws'.

62. "I bumped into a friend of mine, Herbie Robinson from Cleveland- baseball player, boatswain's mate. "

- Quint, 'Jaws'.

63. "Very first light, Chief, sharks come cruisin'."

- Quint, 'Jaws'.

64. "You open the beaches on the 4th of July, it's like ringing the dinner bell for Christ's sakes."

- Chief Brody, 'Jaws'.

65. "All this machine does is swim and eat and make little sharks and that's all."

- Matt Hooper, 'Jaws'.

66. "But you let people go swimming anyway? You knew all those things! But still my boy is dead now."

- Mrs. Kintner, 'Jaws'.

67. "So, eleven hundred men went into the water, three hundred sixteen men come out, and the sharks took the rest."

- Quint, 'Jaws'.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for 'Jaws' quotes, then why not take a look at these funny animal quotes and '80s movie quotes too?

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