(Quint to Hooper while he's playing solitaire) "Quit playin' with yourself Hooper!"
Hooper: "I'm not going to waste my time arguing with a man who's lining up to be a hot lunch."
Quint: "Y'all know me. Know how I earn a livin'. I'll catch this bird for you, but it ain't gonna be easy. Bad fish! Not like going down to the pond and chasing bluegills and tommycocks. This shark, swallow you whole. No shakin', no tenderizin', down you go. And we gotta do it quick, that'll bring back your tourists, put all your businesses on a payin' basis. But it's not gonna be pleasant! I value my neck a lot more than three thousand bucks, chief. I'll find him for three, but I'll catch him, and kill him, for ten. But you've gotta make up your minds. If you want to stay alive, then ante up. If you want to play it cheap, be on welfare the whole winter. I don't want no volunteers, I don't want no mates, there's too many captains on this island. Ten thousand dollars for me by myself. For that you get the head, the tail, the whole damn thing."
Mayor Vaughan: "Fellows, let's be reasonable, huh? This is not the time or the place to perform some kind of a half-ass autopsy on a fish...And I'm not going to stand here and see that thing cut open and see that little Kintner boy spill out all over the dock!"
Quint singing: "Farewell and adieu to you fair Spanish ladies / Farewell and adieu you ladies of Spain. / For we received orders for to sail back to Boston / And soon never more will we see you again."
Mayor Vaughn: "Martin, it's all psychological. You yell barracuda, everybody says, "Huh? What?" You yell shark, we've got a panic on our hands on the Fourth of July."
Quint: "You go in the cage, cage goes in the water, you go in the water. Shark's in the water, our shark!"
Brody: "I can do anything, I'm the chief of police."
Hooper: "This was no boat accident!"
Quint: "You've got city boy hands, Hooper. You been countin' money all your life."
(Brody has just gotten his first look at the shark.)
Brody: "It's only an island if you look at it from the water."
Ellen Brody upon meeting Matt Hooper: "My husband tells me you're in sharks."
Mayor Vaughan: "I don't think either of you are familiair with our problems."
Hooper: "Mr. Vaughan, what we are dealing with here is a perfect engine, er... an eating machine. It's really a miracle of evolution. All this machine does is swim and eat and make little sharks and that's all."
Quint: "Here's to swimmin' with bow-legged women."
Quint: "Here lies the body of Mary Lee; died at the age of a hundred and three. For fifteen years she kept her viginity; not a bad record for this vicinity."
Quint: "I know a taxidermy man back home. He gonna have a heart attack when he see what I brung him!"
Brody: ""Slow ahead." I can go slow ahead. Come on down here and chum some of this shit."
Quint: "The thing about a shark, it's got lifeless eyes, black eyes, like a doll's eyes. When it comes at you it doesn't seem to be livin'... Until he bites you, and those black eyes roll over white."
Brody with gun aimed at shark: "Smile you son of a bitch!"
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