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The 20 Best Ian Malcolm Quotes From The Jurassic Park Scientist

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Why Ian Malcolm Quotes?

Ian Malcolm is a ‘Jurassic Park’s’ fictional character portrayed by Jeff Goldblum. He is a gifted scientist, the character who takes inspiration from James Gleick, an American historian, and Ivar Ekeland, the French mathematician. Even though the role of Malcolm was just to fill in the audience’s role, he is the second important protagonist and became the major protagonist of ‘The Lost World’ sequel. The quotes used by Ian Malcolm throughout the movie are full of humor, sarcasm, and fun to hear. Some quotes also point out leading life the right way, and it can be a definite learning for people who watch his character closely.

What Parents Should Know

  • Ian Malcolm’s consistency and hard work made him the main protagonist of the movie later on, and this can be a learning for the kids.
  • Ian Malcolm has a girl child in the ‘Jurassic Park’ sequel. His acceptance of her teaches not just to spread love but to accept people and never differentiate.
  • Ian Malcolm is proud of the work he does. It can be seen through how he introduces himself in front of others, calling out loud, “I do maths”.

 What to Discuss with Kids

  • Ian Malcolm is a genius who is filled up with confidence. He never fails to remind others not to be shy.
  • Malcolm’s character teaches us to own our mistakes and learn from them instead of pointing out and blaming others for the outcome.
  • Ian Malcolm has a great view of life, and if looked at in depth, one can learn a lot from his character.

Funny Dr. Ian Malcolm Quotes

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1. "Boy, do I hate being right all the time." - 'Jurassic Park', 1993

2. "[While being chased by the T-rex] Must go faster." - 'Jurassic Park', 1993

3. "What've they got in there, King Kong?" - 'Jurassic Park', 1993

4. "John Hammond: All major theme parks have delays. When they opened Disneyland in 1956, nothing worked.

Ian Malcolm: Yeah, but John, if Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down, the pirates don't eat the tourists."

- 'Jurassic Park', 1993

5. "I'm always on the lookout for another ex-Mrs. Malcolm." - 'Jurassic Park', 1993

6. "Dr. Ian Malcolm: God creates dinosaurs, God destroys dinosaurs. God creates Man, man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs.

Dr. Ellie Sattler: "Dinosaurs eat man... Woman inherits the earth."

- 'Jurassic Park', 1993

7. "John Hammond: Don't worry, I'm not making the same mistakes again.

Dr. Ian Malcolm: No, you're making all new ones."

- 'The Lost World: Jurassic Park', 1997

8. "Dr. Ian Malcolm: When you try to sound like Hammond, it comes off as a hustle. I mean, it's not your fault. They say talent skips a generation. So, I'm sure your kids will be sharp as tacks.

Peter Ludlow: Hammond's reach exceeds his grasp. Mine does not.

Dr. Ian Malcolm: Taking dinosaurs off this island is the worst idea in the long, sad history of bad ideas. And I'm gonna be there when you learn that."

- 'The Lost World: Jurassic Park', 1997

9. "You know, at times like this one feels, well, perhaps extinct animals should be left extinct." - 'Jurassic Park',' The Main Road', 1990

10. "It's fine if you wanna put your name on something but stop putting it on other people's headstones." - 'The Lost World: Jurassic Park', 1997

Best Quotes By Dr. Ian Malcolm

11. "A day is like a whole life. You start out doing one thing but end up doing something else, plan to run an errand, but never get there." - 'Jurassic Park', 'The Tour', 1990

12. "Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether they could, they didn't stop to think if they should." - 'Jurassic Park', 1993

13. "John Hammond: Condors are on the verge of extinction! If I were to create a flock of condors on this island, you wouldn't have anything to say!

Ian Malcolm: This isn't some species that was obliterated by deforestation or the building of a dam. Dinosaurs had their shot and nature selected them for extinction!"

- 'Jurassic Park', 1993

14. "Because the history of evolution is that life escapes all barriers. Life breaks free. Life expands to new territories. Painfully, perhaps even dangerously. But life finds a way." - 'Jurassic Park', 'Stegosaur', 1990

15. "Genetic power has now been unleashed. And of course, that's gonna be catastrophic." - 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom', 2018

16. "Don't you see the danger, John, inherent in what you're doing here? Genetic power is the most awesome force the planet's ever seen, but you wield it like a kid that's found his dad's gun." - 'Jurassic Park', 1993

17. "Whatever it is you seek, you have to put in the time, the practice, the effort. You must give up a lot to get it. It has to be very important to you. And once you have attained it, it is your power. It can't be given away: it resides in you. It is literally the result of your discipline." - 'Jurassic Park', 'Control', 1990

18."John Hammond: How can we sit in the light of discovery and not act?

Ian Malcolm: Oh what's so great about discovery? It's a violent, penetrative act that scars what it explores."

- 'Jurassic Park', 1993

19. "Let's be clear. The planet is not in jeopardy. We are in jeopardy. We haven't got the power to destroy the planet - or to save it. But we might have the power to save ourselves." - 'Jurassic Park', 'Destroying The World', 1990

20. "Change is like death. You don't know what it looks like till you're standing at the gates." - 'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom', 2018

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Written By
Moumita Dutta

<p>A content writer and editor with a passion for sports, Moumita has honed her skills in producing compelling match reports and stories about sporting heroes. She holds a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management, Calcutta University, alongside a postgraduate diploma in Sports Management.</p>

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