Some of the 5 best "Lost" quotes are funny, some are poignant, and some are intriguing. The list could have easily been taken up by the simple catch phrases commonly used by characters – Hurley's "Dude," Desmond's use of the word, "Brother," or Sawyer's classic, all-purpose "Son of a bitch." A more prudent use of space is to take a look at some of the really great writing that the creators of "Lost" are capable of.
- "Don't mistake coincidence for fate." – Mr. Eko. In a series that is so shrouded in mystery and filled with questions about faith and fate, Mr. Eko makes a wise statement. This is one of many "Lost" quotes that could actually be taken for real-life advice.
Tie: "Of course, if I was one of them – these people that you seem to think are your enemies — what would I do? Well, there'd be no balloon, so I'd draw a map to a real secluded place like a cave or some underbrush. Good place for a trap — an ambush. And when your friends got there a bunch of my people would be waiting for them. Then they'd use them to trade for me. I guess it's a good thing I'm not one of them, huh? You guys got any milk?" – Benjamin Linus. This is the first taste we get of the genius that is Ben Linus, while he is still posing as hot air balloonist, Henry Gale. When he makes this statement, we don’t know whether or not to trust him – and neither do the main characters.
"Those things had to happen to me. That was my destiny. But you'll understand soon enough that there are consequences to being chosen… because, destiny, John, is a fickle bitch." – Benjamin Linus. Love him or hate him, Ben Linus offers some really great "Lost" quotes. It was too hard to narrow it down to just one, so two of his lines tie for a spot on the list.
"Dude, you've got some…Arzt…on you." – Hugo "Hurley" Reyes. In one of the funniest "Lost" quotes, Hurley is referring to ninth-grade science teacher, Leslie Arzt, after Arzt was blown up by some super-old dynamite.
"It's very stressful being an Other, Jack." – Juliet Burke. For the first few seasons, the Others were only known as a frightening, unknown group of people who seemed to want to harm the main characters. This is one of the "Lost" quotes that gives viewers a sense that life is not all wonderful for the Others.
“It only ends once. Anything that happens before that is just progress.” – Jacob. Because he only appeared in the last two seasons, there aren't too many "Lost" quotes directly from Jacob. This means that quotes from him, the mystifying authority on the island, are often seen by fans as precious jewels to be scrutinized.