20+ Best Starship Troopers Quotes That All Sci-Fi Fans Will Love

War against aliens is a central theme of 'Starship Troopers'.

'Starship Troopers' is a true American classic.

'Starship Troopers' was originally a Sci-fi novel published in the year 1959. The book was then loosely adapted into a movie of the same name in 1997.

The story of 'Starship Troopers' takes place in a future society that is governed by the military. The human army is at war with an alien species called "bugs" or "anarchids". The protagonist of the story is a man named Johny Rico who starts out as a recruit in the military and goes through several adventures in the war against aliens. Both, the movie and the book have some amazing quotes and we've plucked the best of the bunch in this curated list. If you enjoy reading science fiction quotes, we also have a collection of [Sci fi quotes] and [Robocop quotes].

'Starship Troopers' Movie Quotes

The 'Starship Troopers' movie is a satirical adaptation of the eponymous book. The movie stars actors like Casper Van Dien, Denise Richards, Neil Patrick Harris, Michael Ironside, etc. Here are the best quotes from the film.

1. "Come on you apes, you wanna live forever?"

- Johnny Rico.

2. "Something given has no value. When you vote, you are exercising political authority, you're using force. And force my friends is violence. The supreme authority from which all other authorities are derived."

- Jean Rasczak.

3. "Jean Rasczak: You got 10 minutes to get ready and go.

Johnny Rico: Yes sir.

Jean Rasczak: Who's in there with you?

Dizzy Flores: Flores, sir.

Jean Rasczak: Make it 20.

Johnny Rico: We can do it."

- 'Starship Troopers' (1997).

4. "Johnny Rico: Mr. Rasczak, I want to join the Federal Service and become a citizen. But my dad thinks I should go to college and remain a civilian as he has. What should I do?

Jean Rasczak: Figuring things out for yourself is practically the only freedom anyone really has nowadays. Use that freedom."

- 'Starship Troopers' (1997).

5. "Naked force has resolved more conflicts throughout history than any other factor. The contrary opinion, that violence doesn't solve anything, is wishful thinking at its worst. People who forget that always die."

- Jean Rasczak.

6. "I expect the best and I give the best. Here's the beer. Here's the entertainment. Now have fun. That's an order!"

- Jean Rasczak.

7. "Someone asked me once if I knew the difference between a civilian and a citizen. I know now. A citizen has the courage to make the safety of the human race their personal responsibility. Dizzy was my friend. She was a soldier. But most important, she was a citizen of the Federation."

- Johnny Rico.

8. "Zander Barcalow: Forget it, Ensign. He's mobile infantry. When you're paid to kill it doesn't pay to be polite.

Johnny Rico: You got something to say about mobile infantry?

Zander Barcalow: You heard me. You want to make something of it... private?"

- 'Starship Troopers' (1997).

9. "Net Correspondent: Some say the bugs were provoked by the intrusion of humans into their natural habitat, that a "Live-and-let-live" policy is preferable to war with the bugs.

Johnny Rico: Let me tell you something. I'm from Buenos Aires, and I say kill them all!"

- 'Starship Troopers' (1997).

10. "This is for all you new people. I have only one rule. Everybody fights, no one quits. If you don't do your job, I'll kill you myself! Welcome to the Roughnecks!"

- Jean Rasczak.

11. "Dizzy Flores: My mother always told me that violence doesn't solve anything.

Jean Rasczak: Really? I wonder what the city founders of Hiroshima would have to say about that.

Jean Rasczak (to Carmen Ibanez): You.

Carmen Ibanez: They wouldn't say anything. Hiroshima was destroyed."

- 'Starship Troopers' (1997).

12. "It's afraid. It's afraid."

- Carl Jenkins.

13. "Net Correspondent: So trooper, you're not too worried about fighting the Arachnids?

Ace Levy: Hey shoot a nuke down a bug hole, you got a lot of dead bugs am I right?"

- 'Starship Troopers' (1997).

'Starship Troopers' Book Quotes

The Starship Troopers Book has a lot of quotes about the importance of the military.

'Starship Troopers' is a very popular American novel written by Robert Heinlein. It is a fantasy sci-fi novel that puts forward ideas of sacrifice, devotion, and patriotism. The book has a bunch of quotes around those ideas. Here are the best quotes from 'Starship Troopers' the book.

14. "'Intelligence' in the military meaning; a man in a suit can be just as stupid as anybody else—only he had better not be."

-Robert A. Heinlein, 'Starship Troopers'.

15. "The best things in life are beyond money; their price is agony and sweat and devotion ... and the price demanded for the most precious of all things in life is life itself- ultimate cost for perfect value."

-Robert A. Heinlein, 'Starship Troopers'.

16. "Social responsibility above the level of family, or at most of tribe, requires imagination, devotion, loyalty, all the higher virtues, which a man must develop himself; if he has them forced down him, he will vomit them out."

-Robert A. Heinlein, 'Starship Troopers'.

17. "There are no dangerous weapons; there are only dangerous men."

-Robert A. Heinlein, 'Starship Troopers'.

18. "Man has no moral instinct. He is not born with moral sense. You were not born with it, I was not - and a puppy has none. We acquire moral sense, when we do, through training, experience, and hard sweat of the mind."

-Robert A. Heinlein, 'Starship Troopers'.

19. "'Peace' is a condition in which no civilian pays any attention to military casualties which do not achieve page-one, lead-story prominence—unless that civilian is a close relative of one of the casualties."

-Robert A. Heinlein, 'Starship Troopers'.

20. "Basic truths cannot change and once a man of insight expresses one of them it is never necessary, no matter how much the world changes, to reformulate them. This is immutable, true everywhere, throughout all time, for all men and all nations."

-Robert A. Heinlein, 'Starship Troopers'.

21. "Cast me into a dungeon; burn me at the state, crown me king of kings, I can 'pursue happiness' as long as my brain lives, but neither gods nor saints, wise men nor subtle drugs, can insure that I will catch it."

-Robert A. Heinlein, 'Starship Troopers'.

22. "Liberty is never unalienable; it must be redeemed regularly with the blood of patriots or it always vanishes. Of all the so-called natural human rights that have ever been invented, liberty is least likely to be cheap and is never free of cost."

-Robert A. Heinlein, 'Starship Troopers'.

23. "Citizenship is an attitude, a state of mind, an emotional conviction that the whole is greater than the part...and that the part should be humbly proud to sacrifice itself that the whole may live."

-Robert A. Heinlein, 'Starship Troopers'.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for Starship Troopers quotes then why not take a look at [star wars prequel quotes], or Alien quotes.


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