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The Best Parks and Recreation Quotes of All Time

Updated August 15, 2019 2.4k votes 430 voters 25.8k views10 items

Who knew that a Parks and Recreation department in Pawnee, Indiana could be so funny? The best quotes from Parks and Recreation will go down in TV history! Parks and Rec premiered on NBC in 2009 and was created by The Office collaborators, Greg Daniels and Michael Schur. It features a hilarious cast, including Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, and Aziz Ansari. From Leslie Knope to Ron Swanson to Tom Haverford, the characters on Parks and Recreation have each delivered lines that make viewers laugh out loud. This list features some of Parks and Recreation's most memorable quotes and one-liners, whether you're looking for some Ron Swanson wisdom or maybe just a funny line to add to your Tinder bio.

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    What's Better Than a Gladiator?

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    Ron Swanson: "Under my tutelage, you will grow from boys into men, from men into gladiators, and from gladiators into Swansons."
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    House Rules

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    April Ludgate: "We have a couple of house rules, though. You can't use the front door; you have to climb in through the back window. No personal phone conversations. If you ever speak to me in Spanish, please use the formal "usted." And no electricity after 6:00 PM. A couple more rules: if you ever watch a sad movie, you have to wear mascara so we can see whether or not you've been crying. There's no noise allowed on Mondays. And no TV after breakfast."
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    Breakfast Cereal

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    Tom Haverford: "You can't say your favorite kind of cake is birthday cake, that's like saying your favorite kind of cereal is breakfast cereal."

    Donna Meagle: Mmm. "I love breakfast cereal."
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    Food and Stuff

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    Ron Swanson: "I love Food and Stuff. It's where I buy all of my food. And most of my stuff."
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