50 Best Parks & Recreation Quotes, Ranked


  • Parks and Recreation
    produced some of the funniest and most memorable quotes in pop culture with its clever writing.

  • The NBC series was extremely character-driven, and its best lines highlight its characters’ eccentric personalities.
  • Mixed into
    Parks and Recreation
    ‘s lighthearted comedy were sentimental statements that elicited emotions in viewers.

During its run, the show Parks and Recreation produced some of the funniest and most memorable quotes in pop culture. Parks and Recreation follows the adventures of Leslie Knope, Ron Swanson, and their fellow parks department employees as they try to get things accomplished in their small-town government. The iconic mocumentary sitcom aired from 2009 to 2015, offering political satire and lovable characters. Almost a decade after the finale, fans are still returning to Pawnee for comfort and laughs.

During its seven seasons,Parks and Recreation‘s characters had fantastic character arcs. In addition to that, the residents of Pawnee delivered great lines that kept viewers smiling and laughing. Mixed into the lighthearted comedy were also sentimental statements that could warm the heart. In retrospect, these are the 50 best quotes to come out of Parks and Recreation.

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50 “Great Job, Everyone. The Reception Will Be Held In Each Of Our Individual Houses Alone.”

Ron Swanson (Season 6, Episode 1)

Ron and Diane kiss at their impromptu wedding while Leslie throws her arms up in celebration.

After Ron and Diane’s impromptu, minute-long wedding ceremony, he says this quote to April and Leslie. Not only does this quote define Ron as a character, but it also resonates with introverts. Some people are happiest when they’re in their own homes with just their significant other.

49 “Yes I Am A Hunter And It’s You Season.”

Donna Meagle (Season 2, Episode 20)

Donna Meagle smiling with her eyebrows raised in Parks and Rec

Tom fails miserably when he tries to pick up women while wearing Ron’s raccoon hat. Donna suggests this quote as a pick-up line. While Tom may think he’s great at romance, this quote proves that Donna is the most clever and suave of the Parks and Recreation group.

48 “Hey, Leslie. It’s Leslie. Hang In There. I Love You. Bye.”

Leslie Knope (Season 2, Episode 22)

Leslie calls herself on the phone to give herself a pep talk.

During the telethon, Leslie is on the verge of a nervous breakdown. She calls herself and says this affirmation so that she can keep her composure. Everyone needs a good pep talk every now and then. This quote is a great reminder that even the most composed people need to be their own biggest cheerleaders.

47 “Shock Wire, I Call It That Because If You Take A Shower And You Touch The Wire, You Die”

Andy Dwyer (Season 4, Episode 5)

Andy is dressed as a professional wrestler for Halloween.

When April and Andy throw a Halloween party, Ron goes into their bathroom and sees an exposed wire. He brings it to Andy’s attention, and Andy responds with this quote. The hilarious statement shows just how incompetent Andy is as a character. It’s a wonder he manages to keep himself alive.

46 “There’s Only One Thing I Hate More Than Lying: Skim Milk. Which Is Water That Is Lying About Being Milk.”

Ron Swanson (Season 5, Episode 17)

Ron talks to the camera during his deposition.

Ron gets sued for hitting Councilman Jeremy Jamm, and April and Tom provide depositions in which they lie. As a response, Ron turns to the camera and tells the audience this quote. The statement shows that Ron stands by his morals, even when it can potentially get him into legal trouble. Additionally, it’s fitting that Ron hates skim milk.

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45 “Everybody Pants Now! Pants, Pants, Pants, Pants.”

Leslie Knope (Season 4, Episode 2)

Leslie lies on the table drunk during the Swanson battle royale.

When Leslie drinks Swanson family mash liquor in the battle royale, she becomes deliriously wasted. She starts singing this quote to the tune of “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)” by C+C Music Factory. The moment, while laughable, helps Ron realize that he has people who love him and will fight for him.

44 “I Don’t Care About That Prize, But I’m Gonna Win Because I Want His Happiness To Go Away.”

April Ludgate (Season 4, Episode 13)

April Ludgate sits behind her desk, looking annoyed.

Chris becomes obnoxiously happy when he gets a donation during a friendly competition to raise money for Leslie’s campaign. In response, April says this line to the camera. The quote resonates with all the viewers who can’t stand Chris’s peppy attitude throughout Parks and Recreation.

43 “I Will Wear That Red Thing When You Deserve To See Me In That Red Thing.”

Donna Meagle (Season 6, Episode 20)

Donna talks to Joe about their date.

After agreeing to see Joe again, he asks Donna to wear “that red thing” to dinner, giving her sexy eyes. Rather than caving in, she responds with this statement. The quote shows that Donna can be both fierce and flirty at the same time.

42 “Leslie, I Typed In Your Symptoms Into The Thing Up Here And It Says You Could Have Network Connectivity Problems.”

Andy Dwyer (Season 3, Episode 2)

Andy sits at a messy computer desk.

Leslie goes to work despite having the flu and insists that she just has allergies. Andy shows once again that he’s a lovable idiot when he says this quote. While he can’t understand basic computer messages, he at least tries to help care for Leslie by looking up her symptoms.

41 “You Can’t Say Your Favorite Kind Of Cake Is Birthday Cake, That’s Like Saying Your Favorite Kind Of Cereal Is Breakfast Cereal.”

Tom Haverford (Season 2, Episode 10)

Donna and Tom talk while on the hunting trip.

On the hunting trip, Donna and Tom have random conversations since neither of them is particularly interested in hunting. Tom makes this assertion to Donna about cake. While his character is known for his out-of-pocket statements, this quote is a rare moment where Tom actually has a point.

40 “Your House Isn’t Haunted. You’re Lonely.”

Ron Swanson (Season 5, Episode 13)

Ron talks to a caller on Pawnee Today.

After Joan passes out on Pawnee Today while interviewing Ron, he decides to give advice to callers. This scene cuts multiple statements together, one of which is this quote. The quote is amusing because it comes across as if Ron is saying it to the viewer of Parks and Recreation instead of a character.

39 “You Just Do Yo Thang, Baby Smurf”

Ben Wyatt (Season 5, Episode 17)

Ben talks on the phone while in the hospital for kidney stones.

In Parks and Recreation season 5, Ben develops kidney stones that land him in the hospital. Under the influence of heavy pain medications, he says this quote over the phone to Leslie. The statement is so out of character for Ben that it’s memorable and funny.

38 “We Have A New Policy. Parks Can Only Be Reserved For Witch Covens And Slip N’ Slide Competitions. Which One Are You?”

April Ludgate (Season 6, Episode 5)

April makes a snarky comment.

When a woman comes in to rent a park for the vaccination drive in Parks and Recreation season 6, April responds by saying this. The part that makes the quote hilarious and memorable is that the woman responds with a straight face saying that she’s running a slip n’ slide competition. For once, April meets someone who matches her wit.

37 “The Show Must Go Wrong. Everything Always Goes Wrong, And You Just Have To Deal With It.”

Andy Dwyer (Season 2, Episode 24)

Andy holding a coffee cup In Parks And Recreation

After Freddie Spaghetti cancels and Andy breaks his arm, Leslie is feeling discouraged about the concert in the park. To pep her up, he tells her this statement. The quote is great because it’s a moment where Andy is both incorrect and correct at the same time. While he messes up the traditional phrase, there’s still logic behind what he says.

36 “The Only Thing I Will Be Waving Is Your Decapitated Head On A Stick In Front Of Your Weeping Mother!”

Leslie Knope (Season 4, Episode 7)

Leslie yells an aggressive insult at Ben at the model UN.

The local government helps host the Model UN, requiring the Parks and Recreation group to participate. Ben tells Leslie that she’d better start waving a white flag, and she responds with this quote. Her statement shows how ruthless Leslie can get when she becomes needlessly competitive.

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35 “I’m Just Going To Stay Angry, I Find It Relaxes Me.”

Ron Swanson (Season 2, Episode 10)

Leslie tries to calm down an angry Ron.

During the hunting trip in Parks and Recreation season 2, Tom accidentally shoots Ron in the back of the head. He becomes irate due to the pain. When Leslie and Ann try to calm him down, he makes this statement. The quote is brilliant because it seems oxymoronic; however, a person in immense pain could use anger to cope.

34 “If You Don’t Believe In Love, What’s The Point Of Living?”

Ron Swanson (Season 2, Episode 8)

Ron smile while sitting at his desk.

Leslie saves Ron after he has a chaotic 24 hours with his ex-wife Tammy. When they leave, Leslie asks Ron if he would ever get married again. He says yes, following it up with this quote. The statement is beautiful because it’s really sentimental for a man who acts tough constantly.

Ben Wyatt (Season 6, Episode 9)

Ben shows Leslie his new game Cones of Dunshire.

When Ben loses his job, he creates a board game called Cones of Dunshire. He introduces the game to Leslie and goes on a huge diatribe about the various aspects of the game. This quote, which occurs during his diatribe, may resonate with neurodivergent people because it mirrors the experience of hyperfixations.

32 “Erase All Pictures Of Ron!”

Ron Swanson (Season 6, Episode 3)

Ron yells a voice command at a tablet.

Ron is trying to remove all traces of himself from the internet, and Tom decides to put the journey online. This quote occurs when Ron tries to use voice commands to erase his photos. Ron’s exclamation is hilarious because it depicts the real-life struggles some people have with technology.

31 “I’m Going To Go Home And Feel Totally Fine. Who Am I Kidding? I’m Going To Go Home, Put On A Macy Gray Album, And Cry In The Mirror!”

Craig Middlebrooks (Season 6, Episode 19)

Craig gets upset after the wine tasting competition.

After the Parks and Recreation group returns from the wine-tasting competition in season 6, Craig feels like his wine expertise is being ignored. When they get back to the office, he says this fantastic quote. The statement is relatable because everyone needs a good cry once in a while.