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10 Optimus Prime Quotes Useful in the Workplace

September 18th, 2010

Optimus says a lot of cool things. Most of it is very inspirational and motivates you to achieve beyond your full potential. Occasionally he’ll spew out a wacky line or two that seems kinda funny when it wasn’t meant to be.

The great Autobot leader has a bunch of famous quotes that you can use in your everyday life. I have compiled 10 such lines and they appear below in no particular order. Use them at your own risk.

“Fate rarely calls upon us at a moment of our choosing.”
Source: Transformers Revenge of the Fallen
Context: Sam Witwicky, being the whiny little bitch that he is, just wants to party his head off at the local U in the middle of a Decepticon invasion. Prime urges Sam to answer his calling and help the Autobots save Earth and everyone on it.
When to use: If you are in charge of a project and your whiny staff members are just watching the clock and waiting to go home, inspire them a little by using this line. Suggest that the project is their calling and they are the only ones who can see it to completion. You can always fire their sorry ass if they are still unmotivated.

“Freedom is the right of all sentient beings.”
Source: Optimus Prime’s motto on his Tech Spec bio since G1
Context: N/A
When to use: If your boss wants you to work overtime on nights and/or weekends with no overtime pay, throw this line in his face. Freedom is a right, including freedom to not work.

“Sometimes even the wisest of men and machines can be in error.”
Source: Transformers (1984), SOS Dinobots
Context: After the Dinobots saved Optimus and most other Autobots, Prime admits his previous error in judgment of locking away the Dinobots.
When to use: This is an excellent line to use when you have made an error and people have found out about it. Not only do you man up to the mistake you made, you also make the implication that errors are bound to happen and they will be made by everyone given enough time. Almost makes you look good for making the mistake in the first place.

“We lost a great comrade, but gained new ones. Thank you, all of you. You honor us with your bravery.”
Source: Transformers (2007)
Context: After the battle with the Decepticons, Prime laments the loss of Jazz, but simultaneously acknowledges their new found friendship with their human allies.
When to use: Management loves to save dollars by slashing the jobs of senior level personnel and replacing them with cheaper workers of less skill and less experience. The thinking here is that the company can pay less and still get the same quality of work as before. Those of us that have been in any industry long enough know that this is rarely the case. But we all know management just loves bad decisions so this is a practice that will continue til the end of time. And when it does happen and you are welcoming the new substitutes into the fold, you can greet them with this line. Losing the great comrade refers to the senior member that was let go, and the new personnel does indeed honor you with their bravery because they have no idea what they’re getting into without the senior member present.

“Like us, there’s more to them than meets the eye.”
Source: Transformers (2007)
Context: Optimus ponders on how amazing the humans can be.
When to use: Let’s say you suspect a rival company is up to something. Or let’s say there’s some bad blood going on between your dept/team/group with another one in the same company and you suspect they’re up to no good. That will be the perfect time to whip out this line. You are implying they can be just as crafty as you are, and this is a light warning that you should take heed of their activities.

“I will accept this burden with all that I am!”
Source: Transformers War For Cybertron
Context: Cybertron/Primus has chosen Optimus to inherit a portion of his Spark to take with him to the stars. Optimus bravely steps forward and receives the Autobot Matrix of Leadership.
When to use: You have just been handed a project and you want to let your boss know he has made the right choice in letting you hold the reins. Show your enthusiasm by uttering this line, loud and clear. Don’t be shy. Management loves people who appear to take responsibility. If the project really does suck, turn around and give it to one of your underlings.

“There’s a thin line between being a hero and being a memory.”
Source: Transformers (1984), More Than Meet’s The Eye Part 3
Context: Ironhide tries to battle the Decepticons all by himself and sustains damage. Optimus shares a bit of wisdom with this impulsive warrior that is way past his prime.
When to use: In every office, there are individuals that love to volunteer the entire team into taking on more assignments or doing more work. While that’s great for these over-caffeinated workaholics, you rather spend your spare time napping or playing golf. Curb their enthusiasm by using this quote. Pretend you care by letting them know that if they do too much too soon, they may burn themselves out and not be able to work at all.

“We’re putting your company into bankruptcy.”
Source: Transformers (1984), Make Tracks
Context: Prime and company attack a Decepticon installation that was converting stolen human cars into Decepticon drone warriors.
When to use: You are negotiating with a rival company. Thing’s aren’t going well and you’ve had enough. Threaten them a little with this quote. Show them the meaning of “Hostile Takeover”, Transformer style.

“Until that day… till all are one.”
Source: Transformers The Movie (1986)
Context: A dying Optimus Prime addresses the Autobots with these final words as he hands the Matrix over to Ultra Magnus.
When to use: A delivery date is fast approaching and your boss wants an update on the status of the project. If the project is not going well, or if you simply don’t have any freakin’ clue on how it’s going, then it is time to answer with this line. This response is cool enough that it sounds like you have given the update and taken responsibility for its status, but at the same time you didn’t actually say anything. Your boss is free the interpret the meaning of this response. More often than not, he’ll just be too embarrassed to ask you what you really mean because he’s afraid he might look stupid. Use that to your advantage.

“It’s been an honor serving with you all.”
Source: Transformers (2007)
Context: Optimus addresses his troops before their next battle, where he plans to sacrifice himself against overwhelming odds.
When to use: When you’ve been fired for using any of these quotes in the manner listed above.

For even more great Prime quotes, visit The Quotable Optimus Prime.

And here is one quote that you won’t ever hear in the workplace… “Transform and Roll Out!”

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  1. September 19th, 2010 at 02:30 | #1

    Dude, awesome. I’d like to see a list of quotes from the coolest bot of all, Jazz. “Solid!”

    • November 16th, 2013 at 10:46 | #2

      jazz: hey cliffjumper!!! are you alright? you better be careful or i’m gonna take your ass nigga!!!!

  2. September 20th, 2010 at 07:29 | #3

    Jazz would be a great one to do. You would be the coolest guy in the office using his lines 🙂

    • jordon conger-naum
      May 3rd, 2012 at 23:05 | #4

      if you want jazz quotes just look up scatman crothers quotes, dig?

  3. Darth Diddy
    March 7th, 2011 at 14:14 | #5

    I’ve used “Transform and roll out” a zillion times. Perfect for when you’re on your way out the door!

  4. Partimus Prime
    March 8th, 2011 at 22:15 | #6

    AWESOME!!!! Optimus is the best!!!

  5. Liao Gangzheng
    June 20th, 2011 at 02:35 | #7

    you forgot one: Were we that different? I use that often on cynical work staff.

  6. Amanda Morgan
    July 4th, 2011 at 12:54 | #8

    i just saw transformers 3 and i saved every optimus quote to my phone is that so sad.

  7. July 8th, 2011 at 00:39 | #10

    nice! copy to my phone now. 😀

  8. Reece
    July 9th, 2011 at 07:03 | #11

    “This looks like a cool place to kick it!”

  9. Rohit Patil
    July 10th, 2011 at 19:54 | #12

    Cool, I like it. Sir, can’t we post the lines of optimus prime in 3rd part of trans.?

  10. July 11th, 2011 at 05:00 | #13

    thx for all the comments. I saw TF3 Dark of the Moon just now and loved it! Look for a future posting soon for more Prime quotes from TF3.

  11. Soundwave
    July 19th, 2011 at 20:15 | #14

    I’m looking for the optimus prime’s first script in the opening scene of TF3 when he is talking about the war in cybertron. Can someone help me with that?

    • jordon conger-naum
      May 3rd, 2012 at 23:08 | #15

      there wasnt ever a script there was no real war on cybertron just skirmishes, even my 9yr old brother knows that, the biggest fight they ever had was the fight for autobot city and the battle against unicron, but then again he was just stepping all over cybertron and hot rod and the rest of the season threes were just fucking him from the inside out

      • Chasslez
        July 25th, 2012 at 11:35 | #16

        I believe he meant in Bayformers.

  12. sheikha
    August 31st, 2011 at 19:06 | #17

    even my brother used to say those famous qoutes with his wildest dream,! and were making fun of him.. “keep rollin guy’s”

  13. October 8th, 2011 at 20:35 | #18

    What if.. we leave …and you were wrong?! – Optimus –

    • GamExclusivo
      March 5th, 2012 at 10:57 | #19

      nice one. When to use: When your boss fired or dissolved your department.

  14. October 24th, 2011 at 06:23 | #20

    Every time i hear the lines of Optimus Prime i always say is he really a robot?

  15. December 2nd, 2011 at 20:28 | #21

    prime is an amazing robot and never should be called a human

  16. January 17th, 2012 at 05:52 | #22

    Optimus Prime should be the next president. I mean; seriously – he seems to care about humans more than most other humans.

    • prime-liker:)
      October 21st, 2012 at 21:39 | #23

      optimus prime is a transformer not human!

  17. vijaybharathi
    February 18th, 2012 at 11:39 | #24

    what will be you without me “PRIME” !!!!., “TIME DEFINES”…. Just a word that ends the sequel…..nice quotes.

  18. vijaybharathi
    February 18th, 2012 at 11:46 | #25

    sorry folks….
    Megatron: Who would be you without me “PRIME”…

    Great Optimus :”TIME DEFINES THAT”

  19. vijaybharathi
    February 18th, 2012 at 12:03 | #26

    “In Any War There Are Calms Between Storms”,—ultimate Aim is to Save the planet.—-It’s a message to all sentient being who are fighting for oil, power, empowering through advanced weaponry, cultural retribution .

  20. optimusprime77
    March 25th, 2012 at 17:06 | #27

    optimus is more than a human to me and to some of my fellow prime lover sout there he is a brother. optimus, “what your leaders say is true this was all my fault, i told them whom to trust, i was so wrong”,sam,” that doesnt make it your fault, it just makes you human for a change.”, optimus,remember this you may lose your faith in us but,never in your selves”, sam,” i need to know how you are going to fight back,i know there is a plan, i know your coming back with renforcements, something, you can tell me no other human will ever know’, optimus ” there is no plan”, sam,” if we just do what they want, how are we going to live with oursevles” optimus,” you are my friend sam, you always will be, but your leaders have spoken, from here the fight will be your own.” i know it is long , but this is my favorite speech of his. i hope you all read it.

  21. DarkOfTheMoon
    April 27th, 2012 at 20:24 | #28

    Megatron: “Who would you be without me Prime?”
    Optimus Prime: “Time to find out.”

  22. June 5th, 2012 at 18:50 | #29

    you missed the two quotes at the end of the second and first movie ” i am optimus prime i send this message so that our past may always be remebered and for in those memories we live on” “i am optimus prime i send this message to any surviving autobots hidden among the stars we are here we are waiting”

  23. June 5th, 2012 at 18:55 | #30

    third movie sentinal prime: i had to fight for the side that was going to win now you know why i had to betray you optimus. optimus prime: you didn’t betray me you betrayed yourself

  24. October 3rd, 2012 at 10:40 | #31

    You’re all forgetting the greatest Optimus Quote ever:

    When to use it? That’s simple. Use it when you’ve had enough of your boss and proceed to RIP HIS DAMN FACE OFF. Eat your heart out, Sentinel, you never did sh*t like that…

  25. prime-liker:)
    October 21st, 2012 at 02:01 | #32

    you guys forgot this VERY important quote Optimus Prime says in the transformers wii game “Alive? check. angry? check!” my guy friend loves optimus prime an so do I

  26. prime-liker:)
    October 21st, 2012 at 15:36 | #33

    Heard from transformers wii game: “Transform and roll out!”

  27. prime-liker:)
    October 21st, 2012 at 19:33 | #34

    OPTIMUS PRIME!!!! <3

  28. Ethan
    October 23rd, 2012 at 00:16 | #35

    What about “For today, in the name of freedom, WE TAKE THE BATTLE TO THEM!”

  29. carl jeffrey ebrera
    October 29th, 2013 at 01:48 | #36

    “In any war, there are calms between storms.
    There will be days when we lose faith.
    Days when our allies turn against us…
    but the day will never come that we forsake
    this planet and its people. ”
    – Optimus Prime

  30. Bluestar
    January 20th, 2014 at 21:11 | #37

    “Auto bots roll out!”

  31. October 28th, 2014 at 13:10 | #38

    this could change the way of living.

  32. December 9th, 2014 at 14:59 | #39

    I use Commander “Prime’s” Inspirational quotes all the time on my site to help Fb Family, Friends and Fans get Motivated……San Diego “Bumble Bee”.

  33. Jason Muriithi Kiama
    September 28th, 2016 at 08:39 | #40

    Righteous. (That’s all I can say)

  34. Svetlana Sonday
    October 15th, 2016 at 22:49 | #41

    I came up with a quote that’s not from Optimus Prime, but from me: “Goodness shall prevail! No matter where humans go in life, they will always face danger. This can only be overcome with great wits and peaceful measures. No violence is ever necessary. Transformers, to the All-Spark!” How can this be useful in the workplace or in an unacademic class at school? Public, please tell me! Put it in this list of Optimus quotes!

  35. Adam Walker
    January 31st, 2018 at 22:49 | #42

    @Darth Diddy

  36. April 10th, 2018 at 07:09 | #43

    Thank you very much
    I think you understand

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