Thirty-nine days, sixteen people, One Survivor!
—Jeff Probst, at the start of each season note
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Quotes About Survivor
Wonder why other countries hate us? We have a game show in our country called Survivor. That's a game in our country ...You can win a million dollars for surviving on a place where people already live. Do you realize what kind of message that sends? Not a good one! 'Excuse me, I've been here for 60 years. May I have some bread?' 'Haha!!! No! We're Americans! This is a game! OH NO! We don't have our cell phones! This is so hard!'
Famous Quotes from Contestants
If anyone calls me Benjamin to my face, I'm gonna go nuts. My parents call me Coach. I've been called Coach since I was 18.
—Benjamin "Coach" Wade
My mama always told me, you may not be able to beat 'em with these, *points to arms* but you can always beat 'em with this.'' *points to brain*
Basically, I'm a badass, and a manipulator of this game.
Beauty fades, dumb is forever
I am your friend, but if you fuck with me, you're dead
Me and Richard got to be good friends, not in a homosexual way, that's for sure.
Checkmate bruh, you thought you had me. I'll tell you anytime you go to Vegas, bet on black. But we definitely gonna have chicken and waffles when this whole thing is done.
Russell won immunity, so essentially I have to do what Russell says, because he has the idol. I'm feeling wonderful because, regardless, Russell is keeping me around, because I'll never get a single vote. But I don't know about thaaat......
YOU HAVE MADE MY LIFE HELL FROM DAY ONE! FORGET YOU, GO HOME, GOODBYE!
Promises are like wicker furniture and fat women: easily broken by Jonny Fairplay.
Thanks guys. I hope you all get bitten by a freaking crocodile. Scumbags.
You know what pisses me off? I think I've made about 60 million dollars playing baseball, and I want this frickin' million dollars in this game, and it's not even a million bucks! It's 600 grand by the time Obama takes it! I'm a Game 7 World Series loser. I've played in the biggest games in the world and the worst games in the world, but this just sucks.
I may be a lot of things, but I ain't no Hershey bar!
Oh my god, it's so good!
I didnt think Id be crying this much on Survivor, but there have been ups and downs, and right when I thought that we were going to get some traction under us, my biggest ally is out of the game, I got a nice little bulge on my leg that everyone got to see, and Im thinking to myself, With Neal gone, there is no way the Beauties join the Brains and the idol went home with Neal. That son of a bitch. Really, Neal left me hanging, but Survivor is a path. You pave your way by yourself. Its like going on the Oregon Trail. You have to ford every river, you have to caulk every wagon, you have to go up the hills and down the hills, and sometimes you get dysentery and die. You have to pave your own way.
Fear keeps you sharp, so stay fearful at all times.
Winners' Quotes: Obvious Spoilers
I'm good to go survival-wise. People-wise, it'll be a little more challengin', but I've got the million-dollar check written already. I mean, I'm the winner. It's that kind of cocky attitude that makes people really hate your guts. So, that's the kind of thing I have to keep under wraps.
—Richard Hatch, winner of Survivor: Borneo
In the spirit of the Olympics, let the games begin!
—Tina Wesson, winner of Survivor: The Australian Outback
I knew I only had 15 minutes of fame, so I wanted to be sure I did something good with it.
—Ethan Zohn, winner of Survivor: Africa
I'll give you immunity, I'll drop off, if you take me to the end with you, okay?
—Vecepia Towery, winner of Survivor: Marquesas
We all kinda just enjoying each other's company and trying to figure everybody out. I'm going to have a good time doing it, but at the same time, this a business trip as I like to say.
—Brian Heidik, winner of Survivor: Thailand
The [men are] so freaking cocky. They're like, 'Oh, we're NEVER gonna go to Tribal Council.' It's so annoying. I want to beat them just to shut them up.
—Jenna Morasca, winner of Survivor: Amazon
So I promised [Jon]. I said: I swear, I swear. But in my mind, and under my breath, I was saying to myself... I swear I'm gonna screw you annnnd Burton.
—Sandra Diaz-Twine, the only two-time winner of the show, during Pearl Islands
I didn't really break my word to you as much as Rob did.
—Amber Mariano, winner of Survivor: All-Stars
You question a woman's character... you question a woman's ability, she'll snap your neck! ...You open your heart, show a woman you're vulnerable, then they start thinkin' with their heart.. That's when they open up that back door.
—Chris Daugherty, winner of Survivor: Vanuatu
Tomorrow we make our apologies, tonight we make our move.
—Tom Westman, winner of Survivor: Palau
It's funny, the longer you stick around the more problems you can cause so more doors will open for you.
—Danni Boatwright, winner of Survivor: Guatemala
I think the problems in our tribe are inherent in the personalities. I'm in an alliance with three nutballs, I feel like at this point.
—Aras Baskauskas, winner of Survivor: Panama
One of the main reasons that I even wanted to be on Survivor is because minorities were underrepresented in the media. When I grew up, I didn't see people who looked like me on TV. Whenever you see a lot of minorities on TV it's just kind of caricatures. I wanted America to see Asian-American men as they truly are.
—Yul Kwon, winner of Survivor: Cook Islands
Snakes are misunderstood, but... *chops the snake's head off* ...we have an understanding now.
—Earl Cole, winner of Survivor: Fiji
Jean Robert: We had a plan, Todd. To send James home. The best move for all of us at that time was to get rid of James. In my opinion, you organizing to blindside me - yeah you blindsided me, I'm out of the game, but I wasn't the biggest threat.
Todd: You started to strategically place ideas in peoples' heads, which is what I wanted my job to be. And when you had approached me about blindsiding James, I was like "Oh no. He's catching up." So who then becomes the biggest threat to me? You. So then what do I have to do? Turn it around on you, who is an extremely great strategic player in your daily life. I had to get rid of my biggest strategic threat, who was you.
—Jean-Robert Bellande and Todd Herzog, 9th place and winner of Survivor: China
It's like the Black Widow Brigade. It's like all the girls are coming together and we're spinning the guys around as much as we can, spinning and spinning them as much as we can until they don't know which way is up. And then we're devouring them.
—Parvati Shallow, winner of Survivor: Micronesia
Kenny: I really feel that Bob is acting only to back down on his deal, because the deal was that if he won the next challenge, he'd give it to me, and then he said, "...only if I think you're going". Apparently, there was some small print at the bottom of the contract that you had to look through the magnifying glass to see, so I think that he's putting some loopholes around the deal, and trying to back out of it somehow.
Bob: Well, what I didn't realize was, he went back to the tribe and discussed with people that when I gave him the necklace that they would then blindside me. I was trying to take care of him, and he was gonna take advantage of me! That changed things quite dramatically. (to Kenny) That was the small print at the bottom of the contract that you forgot to read: "if I help you, you help me", not "if I help you, you stab me in the Back.
—Ken Hoang and Bob Crowley, 5th place and winner of Survivor: Gabon
I don't know why everyone trusts me so much. In this game, I'm not so trustworthy. It seems like people would catch on to that. It may be the accent.
—James "J.T." Thomas, Jr, winner of Survivor: Tocantins
I definitely think people underestimate me. And I want them to think, hey, it's really smart to take me to the end because they could beat me, use that to my advantage. And if comes down to me or him, I know I could beat Russell in the very end, because I could say a lot of other people in the tribe have really been rubbed the wrong way by him.
—Natalie White, winner of Survivor: Samoa
So, Russell? He don't know how to play this game. Yeah, he's done good so far, but with me? He don't know what he got himself into.
—Sandra Diaz-Twine, the only two-time winner of the show, during Heroes vs Villians
Dude, I don't care what they call me. I'm going to win the million dollars. So I guess my nickname's Fabio.
—Jud "Fabio" Birza, winner of Survivor: Nicaragua
Fear keeps people loyal. If they're afraid they have to something to lose, then they'll do what you tell them to do. That's straight out of The Godfather.
—Rob Mariano, winner of Survivor: Redemption Island
Before I came to this game, I said, "I wish I were a man," because men in this game seem to be able to get two young girls to follow them to the end, and that's something I can't do. And when I met Coach, I saw him as the equivalent of a young girl.
—Sophie Clarke, winner of Survivor: South Pacific
We just annihilate them.
—Kim Spradlin, winner of Survivor: One World
I don't pray for anything. If anything's gonna get me to the end of the game, it's gonna be me.
—Denise Stapley, winner of Survivor: Philippines
I've been watching Survivor with my parents for thirteen years. I need to win this game, and I am willing to go to any length to snatch that title.
—John Cochran, winner of Survivor: Caramoan
I'll let fate decide.
—Tyson Apostol, winner of Survivor: Blood vs Water
When we come to this game, we're accepting the fact that we're gonna be deceived, and we're gonna get stabbed in the back, and that's why I brought my bag of tricks with me today.
—Tony Vlachos, winner of Survivor: Cagayan
It's been really a roller coaster of emotions for me, because this is the longest I've gone without seeing or talking to my sister. I've lived with Nadiya for 28 years. We've never done anything alone, and I never let anybody see how much I miss her. I never cry in front of anybody, and I kinda always just pretend like I'm fine, but Nadiya has been gone for like 30 days now, and I've been kinda doing this without her, but I'm just trying to make it into something where I can use it as motivation instead of just bringing me down. It's time to buck up and make every decision moving forward count. I have one shot to prove to myself that I left everything on the table, and make these last four days fully worth it.
— Natalie Anderson, winner of Survivor: San Juan Del Surnote
The man that I call dad is the pastor of my church, and he taught me at a very early age that if you work hard, good things will come to you. So you don't have to tell me to do something, because I see that something needs to be done, and I just do it.
— Mike Holloway, winner of Survivor: Worlds Apart
My second chance story, like everybody knows, that I'm here for Val. I'm here for Jordyn, and I'm here for Camryn. Everything I'm doing is for them. Before I left, Val comes up and tells me she's pregnant. So I'm here and I'm bugging out because I'm missing this, you know? So Val comes on the visit and she says she's fine, the baby's fine, and he's a boy. And everyday I wanna tell all y'all that I'm about to have a son, and I can't even tell y'all because I don't want to mess up my game. I don't wanna mess up, I don't wanna mess up anything because I'm doing it for them. So my second chance is all about family. That's it. I'm not doing it for nothing else. I don't even care about me, all I care about is my family. That's my second chance.
—Jeremy Collins, winner of Survivor Cambodia: Second Chances
The way Nick speaks to me is not in a way that I would ever tolerate a man speaking to me in my regular life, and I just want to be like, "bro, I know," but that's his ego. Right now what I'm going to do is just let Nick baby me and make him believe that I need all the help that he can offer, like the innocent little girl, like I'm stupid, but actually I'm a strong independent woman, and when it comes time to make a move, then I will. I don't need to be carried, bro.
—Michele Fitzgerald, winner of Survivor: Kaoh Rong
I have played a really hard game. I found hidden immunity idols, I won individual immunity, Ive blindsided others. But I havent done it in a way that made me a target. This has been the absolute hardest thing Ive ever done, to leave my family and my mom, because of her cancer. If she knew that I was this close to actually winning, I can only imagine how happy it would make her and thats why I fought so hard to stay in this game. I have to do everything that I possibly can tonight to win it for her. I cannot let this chance slip away.
—Adam Klein, winner of Survivor: Millennials Vs. Gen-X
Last time I played like a cop, look where it got me. This time I'm playing like a criminal, and we'll see where it gets me. My word is not my bond in this game this time.
—Sarah Lacina, winner of Survivor: Game Changers
The past will eat you alive... but the future will save you.
—Ben Driebergen, winner of Survivor: Healers vs. Heroes vs. Hustlers
As great as it feels to have my father right next to me, the best man in the world that I know, my mentor, my everything, man, we were on the same page. He was like "Son, you better go get that. You better go win this money, you gotta go for the gusto, you gotta go for it all out here." And if Senior were in my shoes, he would have taken that shot too.
—Wendell Holland II, winner of Survivor: Ghost Island
Each new day I get out here is a blessing, 'cause I was only supposed to get three. So, I'm either gonna win, or I'm gonna die trying.
—Nick Wilson, winner of Survivor: David vs. Goliath
I didnt want to be here, but I am. Its like voluntary torture. Im stuck on an island with two people that are pissed at me, and Ive got nothing but myself. Its really hard being out here, a lot of my fears started to come out; Ive got a fear of failure, a need for approval, trying to be perfect this perfectionist. And all those fears happened. I failed, it got me voted out. This idea of playing a perfect game is completely shot, so, coming to terms with that, maybe thats apart of this journey too. The real test of adaptation is going to come out here, and Im here to get as far as I possibly can despite all the obstacles that are being thrown at me right now.
—Chris Underwood, the first winner to ever be voted out and come back, Survivor: Edge of Extinction.
Famous Jury Speeches: Obvious Spoilers
- I have no questions. I just have statements. Rich, you are a very openly arrogant, pompous human being, but I admire your frankness with it. You have worked hard to get where youre at, and you started working hard way before you came to the island. So with my work-ethic background, I give that credit to you. But on the other hand, your inability to admit your failures without going into a whiny speech, makes you a bit of a loser in life.Kelly, I was your friend at the beginning of this, really thinking that you were a true friend. I was willing to be sitting there and put you next to me. At that time, you were sweeter than me. Im not a very openly nice person. Im just frank, forward, and tell it the way it is. But as the game went along and the two tribes merged, you lied to me, which showed me the true person that you are. Youre very two-faced and manipulative to get where you are at anywhere in life. Thats why you fail all the time. So at that point in the game, I decided then to just go out to my alliance, to my family, and just to hold my dignity and values in check.But Kelly, you will not get my vote. My vote will go to Richard. And I hope that is the one vote that makes you lose the money. If its not, so be it. Ill shake your hand and Ill go on from here. But if I were to ever pass you along in life again and you were laying there dying of thirst, I would not give you a drink of water. I would let the vultures take you and do whatever they want with you with no ill regrets.I plead to the jury tonight to think a little bit about the island that we have been on. This island is pretty much full of only two things: snakes and rats. We have Richard the snake, who knowingly went after prey, and Kelly, who turned into the rat that ran around, like the rats do on this island, trying to run from the snake. I feel we owe it to the islands spirits that we have learned to come to know to let it be in the end the way Mother Nature intended it to be: for the snake to eat the rat. and you started working way before you come to the island. So with my work ethic background, I give credit that to you. But on the other hand, your inability to admit your failures without going into a whining speech makes you a loser in life. Kelly, the raft persona queen. You did get stomped on, on national TV by a city boy that never swam, let alone been in a woods or jungle or rowed a boat in his life. You sucked on that game.—Sue Hawk's famous "Snakes and Rats" speech, BorneoMissy, you cast yourself as the motherly figure, however, fans of classic literary fiction will see through very quickly who your true character was, which is the wicked step-mother, really, of the tribe. Its the eccentric woman who comes in and makes demands of everyone for the things of which she feels so entitled. You know, she spoils her children by perhaps giving them more rice at dinner, or the best places to sleep at night in the shelter. Um, she takes things that shes youre not entitled to or didnt earn herself, which was always evidenced by the fact that you got more gimmes in this game than anyone and performed the worst out of anyone at challenges. Lastly, you made the quintessential wicked step-mother move by abusing the help. Which in this case was the minority alliances throughout the game. You always made sure they felt inferior, you always kept them in their place, and you always made it eminently clear that they werent coming to the ball that is the tribal council here this evening with you. So, that to me feels like your fatal flaw in your whole plan because unlike life, in the game of Survivor, the outcasts are the one who get the final say. So in a sweeping moment of poetic justice, the people to which you were so rude and terrible to before relegating them to the jury with the help of your alliance, are going to decide your fate this evening. This is why I love fairy tales because they always have a happy ending and the wicked step-mother never wins.—Reed Kelly's jury speech, San Juan Del SurSugar, you're an unemployed, uneducated, leech on society. And the only thing I'd vote to give you, is a handful of antidepressants, so that no one has to be subjected to your constant crying anymore. And maybe if you got some, then maybe it would seem a little more sincere when you are crying about your dead father. You don't deserve the million.—Corinne Kaplan's jury speech, GabonWell, I have a work hard, play hard attitude, and I feel like I should be sitting up there in that seat. I feel I worked really hard out there and I played hard with the people who wanted to play, but... I'm not gonna talk about lies... and deception... because I was there, too. We all were there. Basically, I believe both of you have good hearts, and you made it... to the spot... that all of us wanted to be at. Congratulations there, and... that's all I have to say.—Zoe Zanidakis's jury speech, MarquesasRussell, I want to start with you. To be honest in this game is a very hard thing. To be a manipulative, deceiving, lying person, is very easy. You took the easy way out. And if you think you should be proud of how you got here, you're sadly mistaken. Sandra, sitting here listening to your answers makes me feel worse about my gameplay. I wish you and I had talked more, but I had been swayed by what I consider, a disgusting human being. You opened the door for us, and we kept slamming it in your face. I want to say thank you, for all the heroes, whether they give you their vote or not. You deserve a big thank you. Parvati, you're a very, very strong player. You may have aligned yourself with....terrible...But I want to say you, as well as Sandra deserve the vote because you worked to get here. I went up against you in those challenges, you fought to be sitting there and you deserve to be in the final 3.—Rupert Boneham's jury speech, Heroes Vs VillainsTony, when I first showed up, you and I, first day, became the best of buddies, and we were on the bottom of the alliance, instant friends. And you know what? We started to share intimate stories. Now you sit here now, and you would not be sitting there if I didn't have a big part in it. Because nobody here ever for one second trusted you. They trusted me, and I had to convince them all to trust me to trust you. And I spent the entire game putting out little flames for Tony, so you could sit there, and you came to me in your paranoia and you said "I'm telling you man, I'm telling you, somethings going wrong" and I said, "Tony, take a chill pill, relax. I'm here for you. I'm never going to leave you." And you said "I need to know that for fact." Well I said "Well don't be swearing on your mother and kids, you've already done that with everyone else. Find something different." And you looked at me and said to me ,I will swear on my father's grave. I've lost two siblings, and those two losses have put two holes in my heart that could never, ever be repaired. I would never, ever, ever have gone back on the promise of my brothers. Not today, not tomorrow, not for 100 million dollars, not for anything. I have one million dollar question for you, that I want you to answer to your mother, to your wife Marisa, to your daughter Anastasia, was it worth it to you for a million dollars, to sacrifice your own father to get you here? Was it worth it to you? I asked you a question. I don't want excuses. I'm saying to you, heart to heart, friend to friend, human being to human being, is it worth it to you to be here, to play a game for a million dollars on your father's soul and memory. Yes or no? It's a million dollar question.—Trish Hegarty's jury speech, CagayanIt's just a game. That's something we've all said a thousand times while we were out here. And I'm sure for the both of you, it was an excuse to wash away the guilt as you played the game the way that you played it. You know that phrase, it's just a game, it's a big lie, it's not just game. For all of us out here, for all of you, it's life. And the line between game and life is not cut and dry. Life blurs into the game constantly. This game exposes who we are as people to the core. It's like truth serum. And I think the way you played this game is representative of the person you are. The hardest lesson I learned out here was about friendship and betrayal. And I think the true measure of a man is what kind of friend he is. What kind of a friend are you Rob, what kind of a friend were you to me? You asked me to do a favor, bro to bro, friend to friend? And I did the only thing I could do, to answer the call of a friend in need. You repaid that by putting a knife in my back. As far as this game is concerned, I lost, and you both beat me. No sour grapes, no bitterness. With all sincerity, I will congratulate both of you for being in the final 2, but as I see it, as good as your game was, you sold out your values, you sold out your character, and you sold out your friends for a stack of greenbacks. I hope it was worth it, because that money will never be enough to buy it all back.'—Lex Van Den Berghe's jury speech, All StarsForgot my guns. Theyve been dropped in the sea of forgiveness. Wow. I came in here, wanting to play with integrity and be light and love and this shining being and wow, did I struggle at that. Because you certainly both stabbed me in the back with a knife that was very deep and it took me about a week to remove it from my back, it was so deep. Especially from Danielle, who-which I had total trust in her. I never was going to vote you out, I dont know who made up that lie. But Im holding no chip on my shoulder, because chips on your shoulder of regret and anger weigh you down. And Im a bird, so Ive got to fly.—Courtney Marit's jury speech, Panama