59 Unforgettable Die Hard Quotes Dedicated to John McClane Fans

Die Hard is not just a movie. It’s a franchise that has paved the way for a whole genre of films. In fact, Die Hard quotes and dialogues are among the most memorable in Hollywood history! With the first one released in 1988, the movie became an institution for action-thriller fans. John McClane, the protagonist      played by Bruce Willis, is the guy who still gets quoted the most! Well, him and Hans Gruber, of course!

However, all the movies of the franchise also have some memorable one-liners that are mostly remembered by true Die Hard fans. Let’s take a look at the best 59 quotes from all the installations and relive the magic of Die Hard!

The Best Die Hard Quotes from Every Film

Nakatomi Plaza

1.”Do I sound like I’m ordering a pizza?” – John McClane
2.”Only John can drive somebody that crazy.” – Holly Gennaro McClane
3.“Nine million terrorists in the world, and I gotta kill one with smaller feet than my sister.” – John McClane
4.”I am an exceptional thief, Mrs McClane. and since I’m moving up to kidnapping, you should be more polite.” – Hans Gruber
5.”Alas, your Mr Takagi did not see it that way, so he won’t be joining us for the rest of his life.” – Hans Gruber
6.”I’m Agent Johnson, this is Special Agent Johnson. No relation.” – Little Johnson
7.“You throw quite a party. I didn’t realize they celebrated Christmas in Japan.” – John McClane
8.“Hey, we’re flexible. Pearl Harbor didn’t work out, so we got you with tape decks.” – Joseph Takagi
9.“But, all things being equal, I’d rather be in Philadelphia.” – John McClane
10.”Hans, Bubby, I’m your white knight.” – Ellis
11.”Come out to the coast, we’ll get together, have a few laughs…” – John McClane
12.”And when Alexander saw the breadth of his domain, he wept, for there were no more worlds to conquer.” – Hans Gruber
13.”We’re gonna need some more FBI guys, I guess.” – Dwayne Robinson
14.”If this is their idea of Christmas, I gotta be here for New Year’s.” – Argyle
15.”Welcome to the party, pal.” – John McClane
16.“You’d have made a pretty good cowboy yourself, Hans.” – John McClane
17.”Now I have a machine gun. Ho Ho Ho.” – Hans Gruber
18.“Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, except the four persons coming in the rear in a standard two-by-two cover formation.” – Theo
19.“I promise I will never even think about going up in a tall building again. Oh, God. Please don’t let me die.” – John McClane
20.“Yeah. I got invited to a Christmas party by mistake. Who knew?” – John McClane
21.“Just a fly in the ointment, Hans. The monkey in the wrench.” – John McClane
22.“Now I know how a TV dinner feels.” – John McClane
23.“Ooooh, I’m very sorry Hans. I didn’t get that message. Maybe you should’ve put it on the bulletin board. I figured since I’ve waxed Tony and Marco and his friend here, I figured you and Karl and Franco might be a little lonely, so I wanted to give you a call.” – John McClane
24.“It’s okay, I’m a cop. Trust me, I’ve been doing this for eleven years.” – John McClane
25.“I spent a weekend at a combat ranch. You know that game with the guns that shoot red paint? Probably seems kind of stupid to you.” – Hans Gruber
26.“You’ll have to forgive Ellis. He gets very depressed this time of year. He thought he was God’s greatest gift. You know?” – Holly Gennero McClane
27.“I am going to count to three. There will not be a four.” – Hans Gruber
28.“I wanted this to be professional, efficient, adult, cooperative. Not a lot to ask.” – Hans Gruber
29.“We can go any way you want it. You can walk out of here or be carried out. But have no illusions. We are in charge.” – Hans Gruber
30.“That’s a nice suit. It’d be a shame to ruin it.” – Hans Gruber
31.“Well, when you steal $600, you can just disappear. When you steal $600 million, they will find you… unless they think you’re already dead.” – Hans Gruber
32.“When they touch down, we’ll blow the roof, they’ll spend a month sifting through rubble, and by the time they figure out what went wrong, we’ll be sitting on a beach earning twenty percent.” – Hans Gruber

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Die Hard 2 quotes
33.“Oh man, I can’t believe this. Another basement. Another elevator. How can the same thing happen to the same guy twice?” – John McClane
34.“You are the wrong person at the wrong place at the wrong time.” – Captain Grant
35.“Powell, put down that Twinkie and talk to me!” – John McClane
36.“McClane, what the hell do you think you’re doing out there, huh? Playing John Wayne? How’d ya like to spend the rest of the night in a cell?” – Carmine Lorenzo
37.“This kind of thing wasn’t in my job description.” – Barnes
38.“And where do we get those big portable lights? Borrow them from Batman?” – Barnes
39.“You are in my little pond now, and I am the big fish that runs it.” – Carmine Lorenzo
40.“That punk pulled a Glock 7 on me. You know what that is? It’s a porcelain gun made in Germany. Doesn’t show up on your airport X-ray machines, here, and it cost more than you make in a month.” – John McClane
41.“Listen, buster, you endangered my children. And you didn’t do it for anything as noble as The People. The only time you even see The People is when you look down to see what it is you’re stepping on.” – Holly Gennaro McClane
42.“Alright, we’ve got a body in the morgue that seems to have died twice. Assuming it’s not a computer error, what do we assume?” – Trudeau
43.“When you get those feelings, insurance companies start to go bankrupt.” – Al Powell
44.“I wanted to help those people tonight. I was pretty goddamn useless.” – John McClane
45.“I had no idea Canada could be this much fun.” – John McClane
46.“Hey, fellas! Mickey O’Brien, Aqueduct Security. Hey listen, we got a report of a guy coming through here with eight reindeer. Yeah, it was a jolly ole fat guy with a snow-white beard and a cute little red and white suit. I’m surprised you didn’t see him.” – John McClane
47.“My only problem is that I went to some trouble preparing that game for McClane. You interfered with a well-laid plan.” – Simon Gruber
48.“You and Simon ruined a perfectly good hangover.” – Simon Gruber
49.“There’s a difference, you know, between not liking one’s brother and not caring when some dumb Irish flatfoot drops him out of a window.” – Simon Gruber

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 Live Free or Die Hard
50.“On your tombstone, it should read ‘At the wrong place at the wrong time.” – Thomas Gabriel
51.“ I was always more of a Star Wars person.” – John McClane
52.“You just killed a helicopter with a car!” – Matt Farrell
53.“I was out of bullets.” – John McClane
54.“Everything I’ve broken can be fixed… if the country is willing to pay for it.” – Thomas Gabriel
55.“I’m gettin’ too old to jump out of cars.” – John McClane
56.“Wow, I know that tone. It’s just weird hearing it come from someone… with hair.” – Matt Farrell
57.“You know what you get for being a hero? Nothin’. You get shot at. You get a little pat on the back, blah, blah, blah, attaboy. You get divorced. Your wife can’t remember your last name. Your kids don’t want to talk to you. You get to eat a lot of meals by yourself. Trust me, kid, nobody wants to be that guy.” – John McClane
58.“Oh, it’s a myth? Really? Please tell me she’s only here for show, and she’s actually not in charge of anything.” – Matt Farrell
59.“It’s a little thing they invented back in the sixties called ‘jogging’. You’re gonna love it. Come on.” – John McClane

Best John McClane Quotes – Die Hard 1-5

Here’s a collection of the greatest quotes by John McClane from the Die Hard movies (1-5)! Bruce Willis plays the role of a stubborn and tough cop who refuses to give up in any tough situation.


The first Die Hard movie was a Christmas thriller, and its success made it an annual rewatch event for millions of people around the world. Once you get started, it’s only fair to rewatch the other parts too!

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In fact, after writing these Die Hard quotes, we also feel like rewatching the movies and mouthing the dialogues in unison with the characters. We hope you feel the same and have an enjoyable time watching Die Hard…again!

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