The Best Blade Runner Quotes

Our favourite quotes from the original Blade Runner

Blade Runner was one of the most innovative and influential science fiction movies of all time. So much show that it is on our list of must-watch science fiction movies.

Here are our favourite quotes from the original movie.

“Replicants are like any other machine. They’re either a benefit or a hazard. If they’re a benefit, it’s not my problem.”

A point of view the film will examine, in detail.

“Implants. Those aren’t your memories, they’re somebody else’s. They’re Tyrell’s niece’s.”

A key quote that hints at the key issues in the Blade Runner universe. If your memories can be faked, how can you trust anything about yourself? It also hints that if Rachel doesn’t know she is a replicant, perhaps other ‘humans’ are also unsuspecting replicants?

“Fiery the angels fell; deep thunder rolled around their shores; burning with the fires of Orc.”

A deliberate misquote of a Blake poem. In the original, the angels actually ‘rise’. This suggests that Batty sees himself as an angel that is fallen in the sense that he has become demonic and is falling in the sense of dying.

“Quite an experience to live in fear, isn’t it? That’s what it is to be a slave.”

Spoken by Roy, it’s impossible not to hear him say it and gain some understanding of the rage the replicants must feel at their lot.


A short quote, but the idea of only being truly alive when you truly understand your mortality is key to the replicants lot.

“The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long – and you have burned so very, very brightly, Roy.”

The tragedy of Roy. For all his efforts all he can do is rage against the dying of the light.

“It’s too bad she won’t live! But then again who does?”

Fatalistic, but perhaps also the most uplifting line in an otherwise dark movie.

“I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tanhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time…like tears in rain. Time to die.”

One of the most beautiful lines in all of science fiction. We don’t know what all of it means. But we want to have seen what Roy’s seen, but like Deckard we’re stuck in the rain in a broken city.

“You’ve done a man’s job, sir! I guess you are through?”

I wonder if that ‘man’s job’ is hinting at something…..

If you enjoyed reading these quotes, you may want to take a look at our analysis of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep or favourite quotes from that novel.

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