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OPEN POST: What’s Your Favorite ‘Simpsons’ Quote?

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brian-mcgee - April 11, 2018

As we approach The Simpsons' 30th Anniversary, it's kind of incredible to think about the sheer number of Simpsons quotes many of us use in our daily lives. Hell, even if you discount the last twenty years of Simpsons episodes, those first ten years were so jam packed with comedy gold that it more than establishes the show's legacy as the greatest television series in history.

Which brings me to our Open Post. I'm curious what your favorite Simpsons quote is, or perhaps the one you use most in everyday life. There are so many to choose from, and I know many of us will have the same ones, but I'll kick you off with a handful of my favorites from each category.

As far as straight up favorite quotes from the show proper, I've got two. Of course there's the classic coda to "Homer vs the Eighteenth Amendment" where Homer toasts, "To alcohol, the cause of and solution to all of life's problems." Then you've got Ned Flanders' darkest moment when he confesses to being "more animal than man," after a flashback where he declared Ann Landers to be a "boring old biddy," in season four's "Duffless."

Now, as far as ones I use on a regular basis, there's two that have become a major part of my life. First is Milhouse's "When are they gonna get to the fireworks factory?" from my favorite episode "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show." It's the perfect retort to any film that's dragging ass or, if you're really daring, any meeting at work that's been going on for the length of a bible.

The other one I use all the time is Jasper a.k.a. Frostilicus' "What a time to be alive," from my favorite Lisa episode, "Lisa the Simpson." This one can be applied to anything from dissing a fact meant to astonish you to a co-worker's rambling story about their weekend. It's pretty all-purpose, but I find it works best in the former situations. It works great when your dad is talking about the features in his car.

Then there's all the ones I casually toss out on a daily basis from "Supernintendo Chalmers" to "I need those to live!" as well as "Less artsy, more fartsy," and of course, the best way to enter any party where you don't know anyone and you scream, "Dental plan!" Whomever yells back, "Lisa needs braces," go sit with that person. I'm also positive that there's at least a dozen I'm forgetting about.

So what about you guys? I want to hear them all, because I'm amazed how this show has worked its way into our daily lives. Let the commenting begin!

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