Best Twilight Zone Quotes, Memorable Lines

Fans will immediately recognize these memorable Twilight Zone quotes from the groundbreaking TV series.

The brainchild of host Rod Serling, this science fiction anthology ranks among the greatest television series of all time.

The dramatic impact of the show resonates in popular culture with iconic scenes and memorable lines we will never forget. Let’s take a look at some of the best Twilight Zone quotes.

The most memorable Twilight Zone quotes

These top-ten best quotes from the Twilight Zone are featured in some of the most-loved and highest-ranked episodes. Enjoy!

1: “It’s a cookbook!”

Title: “To Serve Man”
Season: 3
Episode: 24
Year: 1962
Full quote: “Mr. Chambers! Don’t get on that ship! The rest of the book, To Serve Man, it’s… it’s a cookbook!”

The aliens have landed on Earth and declare peace and good will with the human race. They offer the stunned humans advances in technology, energy, and the cure for famine and disease.

After meeting with the United Nations, the Kanamit ambassador (played by Richard Kiel) leaves behind a peculiar book. The book is eventually translated by cryptologists as “To Serve Man” — surely a confirmation of the alien’s good intentions… or is it?

2. “My name is Talky Tina…”

Title: “Living Doll”
Season: 5
Episode: 6
Year: 1963
Full quote: “My name is Talky Tina and I don’t think I like you.”

Telly Savalas plays a frustrated father in this Twilight Zone episode, on-edge because of his stepdaughter’s talking doll that seems to have a vendetta against him.

3. “You’re a bad man! You’re a very bad man!”

Title: “It’s a Good Life”
Season: 3
Episode: 8
Year: 1961

Anthony Fremont (played by Billy Mumy) is a petulant little boy who rules the household because he can make bad things happen just with his thoughts.

His parents and family are fearful of upsetting him, but someone inevitably does. The result? Anthony wishes them away into the cornfield.

The rest of the family appeases the ill-tempered child after his bad deed, “It’s good that you done that. Oh, it’s real good.”

4. “There’s a man out there!” – Best Twilight Zone quotes

Title: “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”
Season: 5
Episode: 3
Year: 1963

A nervous and jittery traveler recovering from a mental breakdown, played by William Shatner, sees a gremlin out on the wing of the plane he’s flying in.

His wife assures him it’s nothing but his imagination running wild, but when the plane finally lands there’s evidence of considerable damage to the wing.

5. “You are obsolete, Mr. Wordsworth.”

Title: “The Obsolete Man”
Season: 2
Episode: 29
Year: 1961

Romney Wordsworth (played by Burgess Meredith) finds himself before a futuristic totalitarian court. As a librarian, he is charged with having no useful utility to society and is therefore sentenced as “Obsolete” with dire consequences:

Chancellor: You are obsolete, Mr. Wordsworth.
Wordsworth: A lie. No man is obsolete
Chancellor: You have no function, Mr. Wordsworth. You’re an anachronism. Like a ghost from another time.
Wordsworth: I am nothing more than a reminder to you that you cannot destroy truth by burning pages.
Chancellor: You’re a bug, Mr. Wordsworth. A crawling insect. An ugly misformed little creature who has no purpose here, no meaning.
Wordsworth: I am a human being!

Twilight Zone facts

Host: Rod Serling was the creator and host of the Twilight Zone. He was also an occasional writer for the show.

Show introduction: Host Rod Serling always begins the TV show with a version of this introduction, “You’re traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That’s the signpost up ahead — your next stop, the Twilight Zone.”

Date: The TV series ran for five seasons, from October 2, 1959 to June 19, 1964 on CBS.

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6. “That’s not fair… That’s not fair at all!”

Title: “Time Enough at Last”
Season: 1
Episode: 8
Year: 1959
Full quote: “That’s not fair. That’s not fair at all! There was time now! There was all the time I needed! That’s not fair!”

Nearsighted bookworm Henry Bemis (played by Burgess Meredith) walks out of a bank safe to discover he survived a nuclear bomb that has taken out the city and all its inhabitants.

But he soon discovers that without the distraction of others, he now can concentrate on the thing he loves most — reading… until tragedy befalls and his spectacles are crushed.

7. “Next stop is Willoughby!” – Best Twilight Zone quotes

Title: “A Stop at Willoughby”
Season: 1
Episode: 30
Year: 1960

Ad agency executive Gart Williams is fed-up with the rat race. He is hen-pecked by his wife and driven hard by his boss to the point of mental exhaustion.

On his train commute home each night, he encounters an old-fashioned, idyllic town called Willoughby. It reminds him of his childhood when he didn’t have a care in the world and his life was happy-go-lucky.

He determines that next time he will get off at Willoughby and finally bring happiness back to his life. In the final scene, we see that he indeed did get off the train but the town was all but a fantasy in his mind.

8. “It’s what you need.”

What you need episode

Title: “What You Need”
Season: 1
Episode: 12
Year: 1959

An old peddler of trinkets and knick-knacks is targeted by a small-time hustler for his ability to prognosticate the future.

The old man sells people just what they need, moments before a particular situation occurs.

In an ironic twist, the last item he sells to the hoodlum turns out to be what he himself needs.

9. “You’re caricatures. All of you. Without your masks, you’re caricatures!”

Title: “The Masks”
Season: 5
Episode: 25
Year: 1964

As a requisite of inheritance, a wealthy man insists his family gather together for one last Mardi Gras party before he passes.

To appease the old man, the greedy family complies with his wishes and dons the grotesque masks he has for them.

They discover upon his death that the masks have left an indelible impression on their faces, reflecting the more sinister aspects of their personality.

10. “You wouldn’t happen to have an eye in the back of your head, would you?”

Title: “Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up”
Season: 2
Episode: 28
Year: 1961

Police enter a local cafe where stranded bus passengers wait for the bridge to re-open so they can resume their travels. A spacecraft crash-landed nearby and authorities are on the lookout for any suspicious beings.

Chaos and confusion ensue at the diner, with passengers viewing each other suspiciously.

One of the more colorful characters at the counter is played by Jack Elam. He delivers the notable line, “She’s just like a science fiction, that’s what she is! A reg’lar Ray Bradbury! Six humans and one monster from outer space. You wouldn’t happen to have an eye in the back of your head, would you?”

Bonus Twilight Zone quotes:

“Room for one more, honey”

Creepy nurse episode

Title: “Twenty Two”
Season: 2
Episode: 17
Year: 1961

A creepy nurse frightens a patient in the morgue.

“I believe you’re going… my way?”

Hitch hiker episode - best Twilight Zone quotes

Title: “The Hitch-Hiker”
Season: 1
Episode: 16
Year: 1960

A young woman tries to elude a suspicious man who seems to be following her.

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By Greg Johnson | Published 8/11/2022