The Exorcist

The Exorcist quotes

41 total quotes (ID: 198)

Chris MacNeil
Father Merrin
Father Damien Karras
Multiple Characters
Regan MacNeil


Chris: Someone very close to me is probably possessed and needs an exorcism. Father Karras, it's my little girl.
Karras: The Catholic Church insists on proof that the devil is really in a person. Then that's all the more reason to forget about exorcism...To begin with, it could make things worse. Secondly, the church before it approves an exorcism conducts an investigation to see if it's warranted. That takes time...I need church approval and that's rarely given. I will see her as a psychiatrist.
Chris: Oh, not a psychiatrist. She needs a priest. She's already seen every ****ing psychiatrist in the world and they sent me to you. Now you're gonna send me back to them? Jesus Christ! Won't somebody help me?...Can't you help her, just help her?


[possessed voice] **** me! **** me!

Chris: Well give me an example, like what specifically did she say?
Dr. Klein: Specifically Mrs. MacNeil she advised me to keep my fingers away from her goddamned ****.

Chris: She doesn't remember any of it.
Father Dyer: That's good.

Oh please, Mother, make it stop! It's hurting.

[trying to reach her ex-husband] Oh circuits, my ass. He doesn't give a shit...Operator, don't tell me there's no answer, it's the Hotel Excelsior in Rome... Would you try it again please and let it ring...Operator, I've given you the number four times...I've been on this ****ing line for twenty minutes!

Regan: [in Karras' mother's voice] Dimmy, why did you do this to me? Please Dimmy, I'm afraid.
Karras: You're not my mother!
Merrin: Don't listen...Get out!

[possessed voice] Keep away! The sow is mine!

Chris: Would you like some bourbon in that, father?
Merrin: Well, my doctor says I shouldn't but thank God my will is weak.

My bed was shaking. I can't get to sleep.

There's not a day in my life that I don't feel like a fraud. Other priests, doctors, lawyers - I talk to them all. I don't know anyone who hasn't felt that.

[to an astronaut guest at Chris' party] You're gonna die up there. [urinates on the carpet]

Lt. Kinderman: If certain British doctors never asked "What is this fungus?" we wouldn't today have penicillin, correct?

Kinderman: Well, this desecration in the church. Do you think this has anything to do with witchcraft?
Karras: Maybe. Some rituals use the Black Mass. Maybe.
Kinderman: And now, Dennings, you read how he died?
Karras: In a fall.
Kinderman: Let me tell ya how, and please Father, confidential. Burke Dennings, good Father, was found at the bottom of those steps leading to M Street with his head turned completely around - facing backwards.
Karras: It didn't happen in the fall?
Kinderman: It's possible. Possible, however -
Karras: ...unlikely.
Kinderman: Exactly. So on the one hand, we've got a witchcraft kind of murder, and on the other hand a Black Mass type desecration in the church.
Karras: You think the killer and the desecrator are the same?
Kinderman: Maybe somebody crazy. Somebody with a spite against the church. Some unconscious rebellion.
Karras: A sick priest - is that it?
Kinderman: Look, Father, this is hard for you. Please, I understand, but for priests on the campus here, you're the psychiatrist. You know who was sick at the time, who wasn't. I mean, this kind of sickness. You'd know that.
Karras: I don't know anyone who fits that description.
Kinderman: Ah! Doctor's ethics! If you knew, you wouldn't tell, huh?
Karras: No, I probably wouldn't.
Kinderman: Not to bother you with trivia, but a psychiatrist, in sunny California no less, was put in jail for not telling the police what he knew about a patient.
Karras: Is that a threat?
Kinderman: No, I mention it only in passing.
Karras: Incidentally, I mention it only in passing. I could always tell the judge it was a matter of confession.

Karras: Mama, I could take you somewhere where you'd be safe. You wouldn't be alone. There would be people around. You know, you wouldn't be sitting here listening to a radio.
Mother: [speaks in Greek] ...You understand me? This is my house and I'm not going no place. Dimmy, you're worried for something?
Karras: No, Mama.
Mother: You're not happy. Tell me, what is the matter?
Karras: Mama, I'm all right, I'm fine, really I am.