Ever since I offered a 24-year-old Australian a cup of tea, and he answered 'Negative, Ghost Rider,' it has become apparent that Tom Cruise and his quotes have an enduring power to capture and fascinate the masses (bearing in mind this was approximately two decades after 'Top Gun' came out).

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Tom Cruise as Maverick, inspiring the masses, including the Aussies, apparently

Today marks his 51st birthday - yes, really! - and to mark the spot, we've put together, with the help of ExtraTV.com and brainyquote.com , 51 of the most memorable, bizarre, controversial and inspiring quotes to come out of his mouth, either in character, or in his most lastingly enigmatic persona, himself.

Taken together, they add up to quite a thoughtful three decades as a figure in public life... what's the most memorable quote out of this lot, do you think? Let us know...


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  • Jerry Maguire tells his client how it is...

  • The man himself...

  • Collateral

  • The man himself...

  • The Last Samurai

  • The man himself...

  • Minority Report

  • The man himself...

  • Magnolia

  • The man himself...

  • Vanilla Sky

  • The man himself...

  • Risky Business...

  • The man himself...

  • Top Gun

  • The man himself...

  • Risky Business

  • The man himself...

  • Vanilla Sky

  • The man himself...

  • Risky Business

  • The man himself...

  • Mission Impossible

  • The man himself...

  • Jerry Maguire

  • The man himself...

  • Rain Man

  • The man himself...

  • Top Gun

  • The man himself...

  • Risky Business

  • The man himself...

  • The Outsiders

  • The man himself...

  • Rain Man

  • The man himself...

  • Jerry Maguire

  • The man himself...

  • The Outsiders

  • The man himself...

  • Jerry Maguire

  • The man himself

  • Top Gun

  • The man himself...

  • Jerry Maguire

  • The man himself...

  • Interview with a Vampire

  • The man himself...

  • Top Gun

  • The man himself, on Scientology...

  • Jerry Maguire