Remembering Harold Ramis: ‘Don’t Cross the Streams’ — Harold Ramis Best Quotes and Movie Lines

February 25, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

President Barack Obama lauded the late Harold Ramis as one of America’s “greatest satirists.” He has some cool perspectives on life and quirky movie lines, too. Here are some of the best.





On comedy:

“It’s hard for winners to do comedy. Comedy is inherently subversive. We represent the underdog as comedy usually speaks for the lower classes. We attack the winners.”

On work:
“I never work just to work. It’s some combination of laziness and self-respect.”

Nothing reinforces a professional relationship more than enjoying success with someone.

On directing:
“I’ve been directing for 25 years almost, and I’ve only directed nine films in that time because I like to be careful.”

“The cutting room is where you discover the optimal length of the movie.”


On success/failure:

How one handles success or failure is determined by their early childhood.

Movie lines

Haris Stone, Knocked Up (2007):
‘Stuff happens, and you just have to deal with it. Roll with it, that’s the beauty of it all’
Dr. Egon Spengler, Ghostbusters II (1989):
“We had part of a Slinky… but I straightened it”
Dr. Egon Spengler, Ghostbusters (1984)
“Print is dead.”
“Let’s say this twinkie represents all of the psycho kinetic energy in the New York area. According to this morning’s sample it will be a Twinkie… 35 feet long and weighing approximately 600 pounds.”
“Don’t cross the streams.”