25 Iconic The Shining Quotes For All Classic Horror Fans

Jack Torrance[Nicholson] was the main hero of 'The Shining' movie

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The film is based on Stephen Kings's novel published in 1977 with the same name.

Released on 23 May 1980, by Warner Bros, in the United States, the film 'The Shining' is considered as one of the greatest horror films ever. The film was preserved in the United States National Film Registry in 2018.

In the movie, Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson),  a writer, becomes a winter caretaker at an isolated Overlook Hotel hoping to get inspiration for his book. He settles in along with his wife and son named Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and Danny (Danny Lloyd), respectively. Danny is gifted with psychic abilities which allows him to see the hotel's horrific past. Slowly, Jack loses his sanity due to the supernatural forces at the hotel and becomes a maniac, and tries to kill his family. The rest of the story revolves around how Wendy and Danny escape from Jack. In the end, Wendy and Danny leave the hotel safely while Maniac Jack freezes to death.

'The Shining' movie quotes like Jack's "Here's Johnny!" and 'The Shining' twin's dialogue "Hello, Danny. Come and Play with us" became very popular with the audience. Jack's dialogue "I'm not gonna hurt ya. I'm just going to bash your brains in" is still remembered as the most horrific dialogue. Some of the famous 'The Shining' book quotes by Stephen King are "Sometimes human places, create inhuman monsters" and "Monsters are real. Ghosts are too. They live inside of us, and sometimes, they win."

Some of the most famous and iconic 'The Shining' quotes are listed below. If you are interested in similar quotes, please also check [Jack Nicholson quotes] and Stanley Kubrick quotes.

Iconic Jack Torrance Quotes From 'The Shining'

'The Shining', which was released in 1980, is one of the best horror movies of all time.

In 1980, when the movie first hit the screen, it had mixed reviews. But people still remember it for its iconic quotes, especially the ones from Torrance Jack. Find below is a list of some of the famous quotes by Mr. Torrance.

1." Wendy? Darling? Light, of my life. I'm not gonna hurt ya. You didn't let me finish my sentence. I said I'm not gonna hurt ya. I'm just going to bash your brains in."

-Jack Torrance.

2."I like you, Lloyd. I always liked you. You were always the best of them. Best goddamned bartender from Timbuktu to Portland, Maine. Or Portland, Oregon, for that matter."

-Jack Torrance.

3."Here's to five miserable months on the wagon, and all the irreparable harm it has caused me."

-Jack Torrance.

4."Little pigs, little pigs, let me come in. Not by the hair of your chiny-chin-chin? Well then I'll huff and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house in."

-Jack Torrance.

5. [typed] "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy."

-Jack Torrance.

6."God, I'd give anything for a drink. I'd give my goddamned soul for just a glass of beer."

-Jack Torrance.

7."They were a party of settlers in covered-wagon times. They got snowbound one winter in the mountains. They had to resort to cannibalism in order to stay alive."

-Jack Torrance.

8."Hi, Lloyd. Little slow tonight, isn't it? HA-HA-HA-HA!"

-Jack Torrance.

9." I dreamed that I, that I killed you and Danny. But I didn't just kill ya. I cut you up in little pieces. Oh my God. I must be losing my mind."

-Jack Torrance.

10."Now, we're going to make a new rule. When you come in here and you hear me typing ..."

-Jack Torrance.

'The Shining' Famous Quotes From Other Characters In The Movie

People remember the movie's dialogues even today especially the Grady twins' horrifying words. It is considered one of the best horror movies and is a must-watch for all horror movie fans. We have compiled some of the most catchy dialogues of the movie which you won't forget.

11."Hello Danny. Come and play with us. Come and play with us, Danny. Forever...and ever...and ever."

-Grady twins.

12."Danny Torrance: Redrum... redrum... redrum... redrum... redrum... redrum... (picks up butcher knife) redrum... redrum... redrum... redrum... redrum... redrum... (picks up lipstick) redrum... redrum... redrum... redrum... redrum... redrum... (writes "REDRUM" on door, starts yelling) REDRUM! REDRUM! REDRUM! REDRUM! REDRUM! REDRUM! REDRUM!

Torrance Wendy: Danny! Danny! Stop it! (gasps as she sees the word "MURDER" on the door in the mirror, then screams as Jack plunges his axe through another door)."

-Danny Torrance and Wendy.

13."Some places are like people: some shine and some don't."

-Dick Hallorann.

14."Construction started in 1907. It was finished in 1909. The site is supposed to be located on an Indian burial ground, and I believe they actually had to repel a few Indian attacks as they were building it."

-Stuart Ullman.

15."Your son has quite an extraordinary talent. I don't think you realize how extraordinary it is."

-Delbert Grady.

16."Jack Torrance: Mr. Grady. You were the caretaker here. I recognize ya. I saw your picture in the newspapers. You, uh, chopped your wife and daughters up into little bits. And then you blew your brains out."

Mr. Grady: That's strange, sir. I don't have any recollection of that at all."

-Jack Torrance and Mr. Grady.

17."It's just like pictures in a book, it isn't real."

-Danny Torrance as "Tony".

18."Jack Torrance: He is a very willful boy.

Mr. Grady: Indeed he is, Mr. Torrance. A very willful boy. A rather naughty boy, if I may be so bold,   sir."

-Jack Torrance and Mr. Grady.

19."Jack Torrance: Has it ever occurred to you! Has it?!

Torrance Wendy: Stay away from me.

Jack Torrance: Why?

Wendy Torrance: I just wanna go back to my room!"

-Danny Torrance and Wendy.

20."Jack Torrance: I'm not gonna hurt ya...

Wendy Torrance: Stay away! Stop it!

Jack Torrance: Stop swingin' the bat. Put the bat down, Wendy. Wendy? Give me the bat..."

-Danny Torrance and Wendy.

21."Jack Torrance: Wendy?

Wendy Torrance: Yes?

Jack Torrance: You got a big surprise coming to you. You're not going anywhere! Go check out the Snow Cat and the radio and you'll see what I mean. Go check it out. GO! Go check it out! Go check it out!"

-Danny Torrance and Wendy.

22."Don't worry, Mom. I know all about cannibalism. I saw it on TV."

-Danny Torrance.

23."Perhaps they need a good talking to if you don't mind my saying so. Perhaps a bit more. My girls, sir, they didn't care for the Overlook at first. One of them actually stole a pack of matches and tried to burn it down. But I 'corrected' them sir. And when my wife tried to prevent me from doing my duty, I 'corrected' her."


24."Wendy Torrance: Well, I think... maybe... he should be taken to a doctor.

Jack Torrance: You think 'maybe' he should be taken to a doctor?

Wendy Torrance: Yes.

Jack Torrance: When do you think 'maybe' he should be taken to a doctor?

Wendy Torrance: As soon as possible...?

Jack Torrance [mocking/imitating her]:  As soon as possible...?"

-Danny Torrance and Wendy.

25. "Have you ever had a single moment's thought about my responsibilities? Have you ever thought, for a single solitary moment about my responsibilities to my employers? Has it ever occurred to you that I have agreed to look after the Overlook Hotel until May the first. Does it matter to you at all that the owners have placed their complete confidence and 'trust' in me, and that I have signed a letter of agreement, a 'contract,' in which I have accepted that responsibility?"

-Jack Torrance.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for Iconic 'The Shining' Quotes then why not take a look at 'The Thing' quotes, or [Dracula quotes].


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