The 60 Best Video Game Quotes of All Time

The 60 Best Video Game Quotes of All Time

Gaming has come a long way since the days of Pong and Pac-Man.

These days, video games are an art form, and the quotes from them can be just as memorable as those from the finest movies and books.

Well, in this listicle, we cover some of the best video game quotes of all time.

Read on to entertain yourself!

Famous Video Game Quotes

Let’s start off with the 20 most famous gaming quotes in history packed with timeless wisdom:

  1. ‘Stand amongst the ashes of a trillion dead souls and ask the ghosts if honour matters. The silence is your answer.’ – Javik, Mass Effect 3
  2. ‘It’s a funny thing, ambition. It can take one to sublime heights or harrowing depths. And sometimes they are one and the same.’ – Dishonored
  3. ‘Some trees flourish, others die. Some cattle grow strong, others are taken by wolves. Some men are born rich enough and dumb enough to enjoy their lives. Ain’t nothing fair. You know that.’ – John Marston, Red Dead Redemption
  4. ‘We work in the dark to serve the light. Nothing is true. Everything is permitted.’ – Assassin’s Creed
  5. ‘Unfortunately, killing is one of those things that gets easier the more you do it.’ – Solid Snake, Metal Gear Solid
  6. ‘Men are but flesh and blood. They know their doom, but not the hour.’ – The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion
  7. ‘What is bravery, without a dash of recklessness?’ – Dark Souls
  8. ‘What is a man? A Miserable little pile of secrets!’ – Castlevania: Symphony of the Night
  9. ‘The thing about happiness is you only know you had it when it’s gone. I mean you may think to yourself that you’re happy. But you don’t really believe it. You focus on the petty bullshit, or the next job, or whatever. It’s only looking back, by comparison with what comes after, that you really understand that’s what happiness felt like.’ – Kellogg, Fallout 4
  10. ‘At the end of the day, as long as there are two people left on the planet, someone is gonna want someone dead.’ – Team Fortress 2
  11. ‘Everyone I have cared for has either died or left me. Everyone – fucking except for you! So don’t tell me I would be safer with somebody else, because the truth is I would just be more scared.’ – Ellie, The Last of Us
  12. ‘My enemy is a notion, not a nation.’ – Assassin’s Creed III
  13. ‘Our world, with its rules of causality, has trained us to be miserly with forgiveness. By forgiving too readily, we can be badly hurt. But if we’ve learned from a mistake and become better for it, shouldn’t we be rewarded for the learning, rather than punished for the mistake?’ – Braid
  14. ‘A hero need not speak. When he is gone, the world will speak for him.’ – Halo 3
  15. ‘The right man in the wrong place can make all the difference in the world.’ – Half-Life 2
  16. ‘All men dream—but not equally. Those who dream by night, in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity… But the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, to make it possible. This is what I did.’ – From T. E. Lawrence’s Seven Pillars of Wisdom – Uncharted 3
  17. ‘We’re not tools of the government or anyone else. Fighting was the only thing I was good at, but at least I always fought for what I believed in.’ – Metal Gear Solid
  18. ‘We all need friends, old-timer. We die alone, but we live among men.’ – John Marston, Red Dead Redemption
  19. ‘Everyone thinks they’re the hero of their own story.’ – Handsome Jack, Borderlands
  20. ‘War is when the young and stupid are tricked by the old and bitter into killing each other.’ – Niko, GTA4

Inspirational Video Game Quotes

Now, here are some badass video game quotes that might inspire you to better yourself:

  1. ‘If our lives are already written, it would take a courageous man to change the script.’ – Alan Wake
  2. ‘We stand upon the precipice of change. The world fears the inevitable plummet into the abyss. Watch for that moment… and when it comes, do not hesitate to leap. It is only when you fall that you learn whether you can fly.’ – Dragon Age II
  3. ‘The healthy human mind doesn’t wake up in the morning thinking this is its last day on Earth. But I think that’s a luxury, not a curse. To know you’re close to the end is a kind of freedom. Good time to take inventory.’ – Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
  4. ‘I survived because the fire inside burned brighter than the fire around me.’ – Joshua Graham, Fallout
  5. ‘You can’t break a man the way you break a dog or a horse. The harder you beat a man, the taller he stands.’ – Far Cry 2
  6. ‘Hope is what makes us strong. It is why we are here. It is what we fight with when all else is lost.’ – God of War 3
  7. ‘Once you believe, the truth and a lie are quite the same thing. Let your heart decide. It’s in your heart you must confide…’ – Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
  8. ‘We all make choices, but in the end… our choices make us.’ – Andrew Ryan, Bioshock
  9. ‘My past is not a memory. It’s a force at my back. It pushes and steers. I may not always like where it leads me, but like any story, the past needs resolution. What’s past is prologue.’ – Metroid: The Other M
  10. ‘Life is cruel. Of this, I have no doubt. One can only hope that one leaves behind a lasting legacy.’ – Gears Of War 2
  11. ‘It’s more important to master the cards you’re holding than to complain about the ones your opponent was dealt.’ – Pokemon Black And White
  12. ‘A sword wields no strength unless the hand that holds it has courage.’ – Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
  13. ‘If history is to change, let it change. If the world is to be destroyed, so be it. If my fate is to die, I must simply laugh.’ – Magus, Chrono Trigger
  14. ‘A strong man doesn’t need to read the future. He makes his own.’ – Solid Snake, Metal Gear Solid
  15. ‘What is better: to be born good, or to overcome your evil nature through great effort?’ – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
  16. ‘Shadow and light are two sides of the same coin. One cannot exist without the other.’ – The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess
  17. ‘Even in dark times, we cannot relinquish the things that make us human.’ – Khan, Metro 2033
  18. ‘Curiosity is essential to carving your own path through life. Get too curious, though, and it’ll be a short walk.’ – Kingdom Hearts 358/2 Days
  19. ‘If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.’ – John Marston, Red Dead Redemption 2
  20. ‘Life isn’t just about passing on your genes. We can leave behind much more than just DNA. Through speech, music, literature, and movies… what we’ve seen, heard, felt… anger, joy, and sorrow… these are the things I will pass on. That’s what I live for. We need to pass the torch, and let our children read our messy and sad history by its light. We have all the magic of the digital age to do that with. The human race will probably come to an end sometime, and new species may rule over this planet. Earth may not be forever, but we still have the responsibility to leave what traces of life we can. Building the future and keeping the past alive are one and the same thing.’ – Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty

Funny Video Game Quotes

Finally, some of the best video game quotes are also quite witty and hilarious:

  1. ‘I AM THE MUSTARD OF YOUR DOOM!’ – Fawful, Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga
  2. ‘It was mating season, how was I supposed to know she was your sister?’ – Captain Qwark, Ratchet & Clank
  3. ‘You know what? Your face looks like my butt.’ – The Vault Dweller, Fallout 3
  4. ‘Real badasses eat chocolate chip cookies. Wait a minute… those aren’t chocolate chip cookies… those…are…RAISINS. Why do bad things happen to good people?’ – Tiny Tina, Borderlands 2
  5. ‘You have died of dysentery.’ – The Oregon Trail
  6. ‘Please note that we have added a consequence for failure. Any contact with the chamber floor will result in an ‘unsatisfactory’ mark on your official testing record, followed by death. Good luck!’ – GLaDOS, Portal and Portal 2
  7. ‘Well done. Here are the test results: You are a horrible person. I’m serious, that’s what it says: ‘A horrible person.’ We weren’t even testing for that. Don’t let that horrible-person thing discourage you. It’s just a data point. If it makes you feel any better, science has now validated your birth mother’s decision to abandon you on a doorstep.’ – GLaDOS, Portal and Portal 2
  8. ‘The last time a big naked dude said he could help me, it did not end well.’ – Pierce Washington, upon meeting naked Oleg, Saints Row The Third
  9. ‘How low can you get? I love it! All right, I’ll help you. Nothing to lose but my life.’ – Setzer, Final Fantasy
  10. ‘Have you ever tried to indulge an all-consuming urge to kill when you don’t have opposable thumbs? Or hands? Or anything other than a bread slot? You’d have a lot of pent-up anger too!’ – The Toaster from Fallout: New Vegas
  11. ‘I invited your best friend, the Companion Cube. Of course, he couldn’t come because you murdered him.’ – GLaDOS, Portal and Portal 2
  12. ‘Can I get you a ladder so you can get off my back?’ – Dragon Age
  13. ‘You’re an inspiration for birth control.’ – Duke Nukem
  14. ‘Dear humanity, we regret being alien bastards, we regret coming to Earth, and we most definitely regret that the Corps just blew up our raggedy-ass fleet!’ – Sargent. Johnson, Halo 2
  15. ‘Master Chief: Sir, request permission to leave the station. 
  16. Lord Hood: For what purpose, Master Chief? 
  17. Master Chief: To give the Covenant back their bomb. 
  18. Lord Hood: Permission granted.’ – Lord Hood, Halo 2
  19. Tell me, Bats. What are you scared of? Failing to save this cesspool of a city? Not finding the Commissioner in time? Me, in a thong?’ – Batman: Arkham Asylum
  20. ‘Lady Comstock, how lovely to see you. Wonderful of you to make the journey, especially considering your painful death 19 years ago’ – Bioshock Infinite
  21. ‘When life gives you lemons, don’t make lemonade. Make life take the lemons back! Get mad! I don’t want your damn lemons, what the hell am I supposed to do with these? Demand to see life’s manager!’ – Cave Johnson, Portal 2
  22. ‘It’s time to kick ass and chew bubble gum…and I’m all outta gum.’ – Duke Nukem
  23. ‘Better stand back, mister, cause I’m about to slash…all my prices!’ – Important Merchant, to Qui-Gon Jinn, The Phantom Menace


Whether you’re a gamer or not, it’s hard to deny that some of the best video game quotes in history offer everything from poignant observations on life to hilarious witticisms. Hopefully, our listicle was your cup of tea and you found some of your favourite quotes within.

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