Whether you’re a “Ghostbusters is Bill Murray’s greatest movie” person, or someone who appreciates his more subtle work in films like Lost in Translation and Broken Flowers — and yes, it’s entirely possible to be both — you have to give it up to the legend that is Bill Murray for remaining relevant — and often dominant — in the comedy world for more than years.
So, to celebrate that incomparable career and Murray’s most iconic performances, here are his most memorable quotes and the perfect times to use them with your friends, co-workers, and evil demigod/signifficant others.
“Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria!” — Ghostbusters
Everyday use: When you can’t be expected to keep it together!
“Can I have another one of these with some booze in it?” — Groundhog Day
Everyday use: When you deserve to celebrate.
“Chicks dig me, because I rarely wear underwear and when I do, it’s usually something unusual.” — Stripes
Everyday use: When your technique is NSFW and a little TMI.
“He’s got one foot in the frying pan and one in the pressure cooker. Believe me, as a bowler, I know that right about now, your bladder feels like an overstuffed vacuum cleaner bag and your butt is kinda like an about-to-explode bratwurst.” — Kingpin
Everyday use: When your friend has to give the presentation.
“Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go on an overnight drunk and in 10 days I’m going to set out to find the shark that ate my friend and destroy it. Anyone who wants to tag along is more than welcome.” — The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
Everyday use: When you’re elected leader and want to inspire the troops.
“Cinderella story, outta nowhere. A former assistant groundskeeper about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac… It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole!” — Caddyshack
Everyday use: When the world needs to know your inspiring story.
“I was in the Virgin Islands once. I met a girl. We ate lobster, drank piña coladas. At sunset, we made love like sea otters. That was a pretty good day. Why couldn’t I get that day over and over and over?” — Groundhog Day
Everyday use: When karma just isn’t on your side.
“Now, for some of you, it doesn’t matter. You were born rich and you’re going to stay rich. But here’s my advice to the rest of you: take dead aim on the rich boys. Get them in the crosshairs and take them down. Just remember, they can buy anything but they can’t buy backbone. Don’t let them forget it. Thank you.” — Rushmore
Everyday use: When empowering the youth of America.
“Through the Unified Fund I found out that, if you give a little, you can get back a whole lot more.” — Kingpin
Everyday use: When you’re in the giving mood.
“I don’t play defense.” — Space Jam
Everyday use: When you know your place better than they do.
“Son of a bitch, I’m sick of these dolphins.” — The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou
Everyday use: When nothing is convenient.
“That’s a loaded question.” — Moonrise Kingdom
Everyday use: When you know better than to open your big mouth.
<“It just doesn’t matter!” — Meatballs
Everyday use: When you’re thinking big picture.
“Back off man, I’m a scientist” — Ghostbusters
Everyday use: When you’re the only one for the job and everyone else needs to make way.