Monty Python celebrates 40th anniversary: 11 All-Time Best Quotes

Aug 5, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. ET
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The members of Monty Python have earned countless loyal followers in the time they've been around and this October marks the 40th anniversary of their first "real" film, the 1975 cult classic Monty Python and The Holy Grail.

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On Oct.14, for one night only, the film, starring John Cleese, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Eric Idle and Terry Gilliam, will be screened in 500 cinemas across the U.K. But the experience will be slightly different: it has been edited into a sing-along version. Attendees are also being encouraged to dress up as characters from the film — sounds like fun, right?

To get you back into the groove, here is a collection of some of the most memorable quotes and conversations from their various movies and skits:

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Losing your limbs isn't a big deal in the Holy Grail, as evidenced by the Black Knight with No Arms' quote: "It's just a flesh wound."

Vicious rabbits anyone?

Tim: "Look, that rabbit's got a vicious streak a mile wide! It's a killer!"

King of Swamp Castle: "Please! This is supposed to be a happy occasion. Let's not bicker and argue over who killed who."

And who could forget the dialogue between Sir Galahad and the Old Man?

"Old Man: What is your name?

Sir Galahad: Sir Galahad.

Old Man: What is your quest?

Sir Galahad: I seek the Holy Grail.

Old Man: What, is your favourite colour?

Sir Galahad: Red. No! Blue" — [falls into pit]

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What insult could hurt more than being called the "son of a silly person?"

French Soldier: "You don't frighten us, English pig dogs. Go and boil your bottoms, you sons of a silly person. I blow my nose at you, so-called 'Arthur King', you and all your silly English K-nig-hts."

Or calling someone's mother a hamster?

French Soldier: "I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelled of elderberries!"

Who needs to go to Camelot? Certainly not King Arthur.

King Arthur: "On second thought, let's not go to Camelot. It is a silly place."

Life of Brian

Some words of wisdom from Mr. Frisbee III:

"Cheer up, Brian. You know what they say:

Some things in life are bad.

They can really make you mad.

Other things just make you swear and curse.

When you're chewing on life's gristle,

Don't grumble. Give a whistle.

And this'll help things turn out for the best. And …


Always look on the bright side of life."

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Meaning of Life

Children: "Every sperm is sacred, every sperm is great. If a sperm is wasted, God gets quite irate."

Self Defence Against Fresh Fruit Skit

Teacher (John Cleese): "Ooh, ooh, ooh; want to learn how to defend yourself against pointed sticks, do we? Getting all high and mighty, eh? Fresh fruit not good enough for you, eh? Well let me tell you something my lad! When you're walking home tonight and some great homicidal maniac comes after YOU with a bunch of loganberries, don't come cryin' to me!"

Dirty Hungarian Phrasebook Skit

Hungarian tourist: "My hovercraft is full of eels."

Do you have a favourite quote from Monty Python? Let us know in the comments below.

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