When it comes to stopping the apocalypse, these 6 Terminator quotes really capture the plight of survival that is at stake in the 1984 science fiction film "The Terminator." Director James Cameron ("Avatar", "Titanic") made his mark on Hollywood with this action-packed screenplay he co-wrote with producer Gale Anne Hurd. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who played the iconic time-traveling robotic stalker, barely speaks throughout the movie–he tends to communicate with his trigger fingers instead. It is not quite sign language, but death is easily understood by anyone.
"Pain can be controlled – you just disconnect it." Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) is a potential victim, caught squarely in the cross hairs of the Terminator's weapons, with one real protector–Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn). As their initially uncomfortable bond builds with every near-death experience, Reese provides quotes like this for survival training. It may be easier said than done, but it becomes extremely sound advice throughout the course of the film.
"Look at it this way: in a hundred years, who's gonna care?" In "The Terminator" Sarah Connor is shown as a waitress who is not having a great day serving food to customers. This "look on the bright side" quote comes from a co-worker after Sarah gets ice cream dumped into her apron pocket. But this clever futuristic statement takes on a whole other meaning when the nuclear apocalypse plot is revealed to Sarah.
"You must be stronger than you imagine you can be. You must survive, or I will never exist." Reese finds some quiet time to convey this Terminator quote to Sarah from her unborn son John. Her survival has twice the importance now. That is definitely a lot of pressure to put on a parent who is not even pregnant yet.
"I'll be back!" The Terminator barely ever speaks, unless it is with a gun. But this quote flew out of his mouth and into the history books as among the Top 100 movie quotes by the American Film Institute and "Premier" magazine. Schwarzenegger's character not only comes back (by driving a car through a building) but reprised his role in a pair of additional film installments.
"Oh, come on. Do I look like the mother of the future? I mean am I tough, organized? I can't even balance my checkbook." Sarah Connor uses this quote to express just how little faith she has in her ability to save the world. Working at a restaurant is not exactly combat training. With the Terminator constantly pursuing Sarah, her checking account is the least of her problems.
"Well… at least now I know what to name him. I don't suppose you know who the father is, so I won't tell him to get lost when I meet him?" Reese gives Sarah a clear and concise description of the son she is about to give birth to. This advanced information becomes understandably overwhelming. This Terminator movie quote shows Sarah trying to find some humor in this incredibly awkward position she has found herself in.