Planet of the Apes (1968) quotes

Director
Franklin J. Schaffner.

Cast
Charlton Heston.
Roddy McDowall.
Kim Hunter.

An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved.

Oh my God. I’m back. I’m home. All the time, it was… We finally really did it.
– George Taylor
You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!
– George Taylor

Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!
– George Taylor

A planet where apes evolved from men? There’s got to be an answer.
– George Taylor
Don’t look for it, Taylor. You may not like what you find.
– Dr. Zaius

The Forbidden Zone was once a paradise. Your breed made a desert of it, ages ago.
– Dr. Zaius

Tell us, why are all apes created equal?
– Honorious
Some apes, it seems, are more equal than others.
– George Taylor

You are right, I have always known about man. From the evidence, I believe his wisdom must walk hand and hand with his idiocy. His emotions must rule his brain. He must be a warlike creature who gives battle to everything around him, even himself.
– Dr. Zaius

It’s a mad house! A mad house!
– George Taylor

And that completes my final report until we reach touchdown. We’re now on full automatic, in the hands of the computers. I have tucked my crew in for the long sleep and I’ll be joining them soon. In less than an hour, we’ll finish our sixth month out of Cape Kennedy. Six months in deep space – by our time, that is. According to Dr. Haslein’s theory of time, in a vehicle travelling nearly the speed of light, the Earth has aged nearly 700 years since we left it, while we’ve aged hardly at all. Maybe so. This much is probably true – the men who sent us on this journey are long since dead and gone. You who are reading me now are a different breed – I hope a better one. I leave the 20th century with no regrets. But one more thing – if anybody’s listening, that is. Nothing scientific. It’s purely personal. But seen from out here everything seems different. Time bends. Space is boundless. It squashes a man’s ego. I feel lonely. That’s about it. Tell me, though. Does man, that marvel of the universe, that glorious paradox who sent me to the stars, still make war against his brother? Keep his neighbor’s children starving?
– George Taylor

What will he find out there, doctor?
– Dr. Zira
His destiny.
– Dr. Zaius

I’m a seeker too. But my dreams aren’t like yours. I can’t help thinking that somewhere in the universe there has to be something better than man. Has to be.
– George Taylor

The question is not so much where we are as when we are.
– Dodge

You can’t trust the older generation.
– Lucius

A planet where apes evolved from men? There’s got to be an answer.
– George Taylor
Don’t look for it, Taylor. You may not like what you find.
– Dr. Zaius

You did it. You cut up his brain, you bloody baboon!
– George Taylor

Chalk up another victory to the human spirit.
– George Taylor

You know the saying, “Human see, human do.”
– Julius

Doctor, I’d like to kiss you goodbye.
– George Taylor
All right, but you’re so damned ugly.
– Dr. Zira

Doctor, would an ape make a human doll that TALKS?
– George Taylor

You are a menace. A walking pestilence.
– Dr. Zaius

Imagine me needing someone. Back on Earth I never did. Oh, there were women. Lots of women. Lots of love-making but no love. You see, that was the kind of world we’d made. So I left, because there was no one to hold me there.
– George Taylor

Well Taylor, we’re all fugitives now.
– Cornelius
Do you have any weapons, any guns?
– George Taylor
The best, but we won’t need them.
– Cornelius
I’m glad to hear it. I want one anyway.
– George Taylor

Taylor, you are not in command here. Put down that gun!
– Cornelius
Shut up!
– George Taylor