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Locke arguing with the travel agent who told him "No, you can't."

"Don't tell me what I can't do!" is a frequently spoken phrase on Lost. It is considered John Locke's catchphrase by many fans.

Occurrences

  • "Just don't tell me what I can't do." - Locke to Randy ("Walkabout")
  • "Hey, hey, don't you walk away from me! You don't know who you're dealing with! Don't ever tell me what I can't do, ever! This is destiny, this is destiny, this is my destiny...I'm supposed to do this, damn it! Don't tell me what I can't do! Don't tell me what I can't..." - Locke to the travel agent ("Walkabout")
  • "Don't tell me what I can't do." - Locke to Kate ("Walkabout")
  • "Don't talk to me about the baby. I'm sick of everyone telling me what to do." - Claire to Jack ("Raised by Another")
  • "No, don't tell me what I can't do." - Locke to Boone ("Deus Ex Machina")
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"No, don't tell me what I can't do."
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The Man in Black (in the appearance of Locke), emulates John and yells the line to a young Jacob in ("The Substitute").


Video compilation

This is a video compilation of all the times the line has been said throughout the course of the show.

LOST - "Don't tell me what I can't do!" Compilation(02:01)

Trivia

  • This phrase inspired the song "Don't Ever Tell Locke What He Can't Do" by Moneen. The song does not make use of the phrase, however.

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