15 Iconic Quotes From Beloved Televisions Shows

Whenever I think of the best television quotes, there’s one that always comes to mind: “Don’t pretend that you care. Everybody does that,” said by Naomi in Skins.

The quote is painful, evocative, and raw, which makes for the best television. So, what is your favorite television quote?

1. DOCTOR WHO – THE TENTH DOCTOR

Doctor Who
Image Credit: BBC Studios Productions.

“People assume that time is a strict progression from cause to effect, but, from a non-linear, non-subjective viewpoint, it’s more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly, timey-wimey stuff.”

2. BOJACK HORSEMAN – HOLLYHOCK

Bojack Horseman- Hollyhock
Image Credit: Netflix.

“To know me more is to love me less.”

3. STAR TREK – CAPTAIN PICARD

Star Trek Picard (2020–2023) - Captain Picard
Image Credit: Secret Hideout.

“Reality is for people who can’t function in a world without boundaries.”

4. STAR TREK – CHRISTOPHER PIKE

Image Credit: Norway Corporation.

“I’m not going to abandon the things that make me who I am because of a future that contains an ending I hadn’t foreseen for myself.”

Takeaway: Never give up on your dreams.

5. PERSON OF REASON – HAROLD FINCH

Person of Reason - Harold Finch
Image Credit: Warner Bros. Television.

“But if you remember nothing else, please remember this: Chess is just a game. Real people aren’t pieces, and you can’t assign more value to some of them than to others, not to me, not to anyone. People are not a thing that you can sacrifice. The lesson is that anyone who looks on the world as if it was a game of chess deserves to lose.”

6. FAMILY GUY – STEWIE GRIFFIN

Stewie Family Guy
Image Credit: Fuzzy Door Productions.

“So, is there any tread left on the tires, or is it like throwing a hotdog down a hallway?”

7. FLEABAG – THE PRIEST

Fleabag - The Priest
Image Credit: Two Brothers Pictures.

“It’ll pass.” The heartwarming and heartbreaking sentiment comes from the priest in the show, torn between remaining loyal to his priesthood or following his carnal desires.

8. BREAKING BAD – WALTER WHITE

Breaking Bad - Walter White
Image Credit: AMC.

“My name is Walter Hartwell White. I live at 308 Negra Arroyo Lane, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87104. This is my confession.”

9. TRUE DETECTIVE – RUST COHLE

True Detective - Rust Cohle
Image Credit: HBO.

“Certain linguistic anthropologists think that religion is a language virus that rewrites pathways in the brain, dulls critical thinking.”

10. COMMUNITY – TROY BARNES

Community - Troy Barnes
Image Credit: Sony Pictures Television.

“You can all yell at me all you want, but I’ve seen enough movies to know that popping the BACK of a RAMP makes it go faster.”

11. DARIA – DARIA

Daria - Daria
Image Credit: MTV.

“I don’t have low self-esteem. It’s a mistake. I have low esteem for everyone else.” Daria never misses.

12. NARUTO – SHIKAKU

Naruto - Shikaku
Image Credit: Studio Pierrot.

“Women make men better people than what we could be without them. And unlike us, even the strongest of them isn’t afraid to be gentle with the man she loves.”

13. THE SIMPSONS – OTTO

The Simpsons - Otto
Image Credit: 20th Television.

“Oh, wow! Windows! I don’t think I can afford this place.” This one hits the nail on the head with the current housing market.

14. SMALLVILLE – JONATHAN

Smallville - Jonathan
Image Credit: Warner Bros. Television.

“Whatever the outcome, sweetheart, the only victory that’s ever changed my life, is when I won your heart.” This a sweet quote about love.

15. AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER – UNCLE IROH

Avatar the Last Airbender - Uncle Iroh
Image Credit: Nickelodeon Animation Studio.

“Pride is not the opposite of shame, but its source. True humility is the only antidote to shame.” Here’s a slice of wisdom from everyone’s favorite animated tea-loving general. What’s your favorite quote from television?

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