[to Arroway in the tone of Hannibal Lecter] Clever girl.

S.R. Hadden

[to a group of children] I'll tell you one thing about the universe, though. The universe is a pretty big place. It's bigger than anything anyone has ever dreamed of before. So if it's just us... seems like an awful waste of space. Right?

Ellie Arroway

CQ, this is W9GFO. CQ, this is W9GFO here. Come back?

Young Ellie

[listening to the message] Those are primes! 2,3,5,7, those are all prime numbers and there's no way that's a natural phenomenon!

Ellie Arroway

So what's more likely? That an all-powerful, mysterious God created the Universe, and decided not to give any proof of his existence? Or, that He simply doesn't exist at all, and that we created Him, so that we wouldn't have to feel so small and alone?

Ellie Arroway

You're an interesting species. An interesting mix. You're capable of such beautiful dreams, and such horrible nightmares. You feel so lost, so cut off, so alone, only you're not. See, in all our searching, the only thing we've found that makes the emptiness bearable, is each other.


[Witnessing a celestial light show up close] Some celestial event. No - no words. No words to describe it. Poetry! They should've sent a poet. So beautiful. So beautiful... I had no idea.

Ellie Arroway

So it turns out there's life on other planets. Boy, this is really going to change the Miss Universe contest, you know what I mean?

Jay Leno

Is the world fundamentally a better place because of science and technology? We shop at home, we surf the Web... at the same time, we feel emptier, lonelier and more cut off from each other than at any other time in human history...

Palmer Joss

You could call me a man of the cloth, without the cloth.

Palmer Joss

Ellie, still waiting for E.T. to call?

David Drumlin

Dr. Kent Clark: Dr. Arroway will be spending her precious telescope time listening for... uh... listening for...
Ellie Arroway: Little green men.

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