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The Funniest Quotes from The Office That We Still Use Daily

The Office remains one of the most quotable shows ever.

By Matthew Jackson

NBC's The Office has endured as one of the most beloved sitcoms of its era for a lot of reasons, but one of the biggest is undoubtedly its endless quotability. From bizarre non sequiturs to new twists on old phrases, it's one of those shows that superfans can mimic constantly. It's so quotable, in fact, that many of its most famous lines have made their way into our daily conversations, where they can express how we feel about something while also earning giggles from our fellow fans. 

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So, in honor of that kind of everyday quotability, here are 15 hilarious quotes from The Office that we just can't stop using in our daily lives, presented in chronological order.

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"No, no, because the ice melts, and then it's like Second Drink!" - Pam Beesly 

The Office really started to hit its stride with the kickoff episode of Season 2, "The Dundies," in which Michael (Steve Carell) takes the whole gang to Chili's to give out a bunch of made-up awards. Pam (Jenna Fischer) uses the event as an opportunity to get so drunk that she's banned from the place, and her philosophy on keeping her margarita until the very last drop is a big reason why.

"Boy, have you lost your mind, 'cause I'll help you find it!" - Stanley Hudson

The Office got a lot of mileage out of Stanley Hudson's (Leslie David Baker) ability to erupt in anger, and in the Season 2 episode "Take Your Daughter to Work Day," Ryan Howard (B.J. Novak) was on the receiving end. Stanley, you see, made the mistake of bringing his daughter to the office, where she quickly developed a crush on Ryan. When Stanley found out, he decided to let Ryan know who was in control, leading to one of the best angry rants in the show's history.

"I love inside jokes. I'd love to be a part of one someday." - Michael Scott

In Season 3, Episode 2, "The Convention," Michael and Dwight (Rainn Wilson) head out to a business conference hoping to be the cool party animals of the bunch, only to quickly feel upstaged by the Stamford branch of Dunder Mifflin, and the recently transferred Jim (John Krasinski). When Michael tries to relate to Jim and his new boss, he gets a little stonewalled by an inside joke, leading to one of those classic Michael Scott funny-sad moments.

"Identity theft is not a joke, Jim!" - Dwight Schrute

One of the most important hallmarks of The Office is Jim's repeated pranks on Dwight. Everyone has their favorite from the show's run, but one of the best undoubtedly came in Season 3, Episode 21, "Product Recall." In the episode's cold open, Jim walks in wearing Dwight's signature outfit, and immediately starts riling him up with a deadpan impersonation. Dwight's indignant response about the perils of identity theft remains handy any time you hear someone doing an impression of you.

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"I just want to lie on the beach and eat hot dogs. That's all I've ever wanted." - Kevin Malone

Kevin (Brian Baumgartner) is a simple man. He likes simple pleasures, so in Season 3 Episode 23, "Beach Games," when Michael drags the whole group out to participate in a series of contests, Kevin balks just a little. He heard "beach" and he thought he'd get a day of nothing but relaxation and hot dogs, and isn't that what we all want?

"I'm not superstitious, but I am a little stitious." - Michael Scott

The Season 4 opener, "Fun Run," is memorable for a lot of reasons, not least of which is this quote which perfectly illustrates Michael's challenging and hilarious relationship with the English language. After hitting Meredith (Kate Flannery) with his car and thus earning the ire of the whole office, Michael comes to a very important conclusion: The office must be cursed. That leads to a little observation about the nature of the word "superstitious" that remains both funny and a surprisingly convenient way of describing your own relationship to curses.

"I don't hate it. I just don't like it at all, and it's terrible." - Michael Scott

In the Season 4 episode "Launch Party," while Ryan is busy using his corporate powers to launch the Dunder Mifflin Infinity platform, Michael is sulking over both Ryan's newfound power, and his own exclusion from the big corporate party in New York. In the process, he utters this line, which might be the best way to describe disliking something that anyone ever uttered on this show.

"I am running away from my responsibilities, and it feels good." - Michael Scott

In the two-part Season 4 episode "Money," Michael must come to grips with his financial difficulties, many of them brought on by his frustrating spending habits and, of course, his relationship with Jan Levinson (Melora Hardin) and her expensive tastes. By the end of the episode, Michael comes to an important conclusion: His only escape is to become a hobo and ride the rails. So, briefly, Michael finds himself free from money woes in the middle of a railyard, expressing what we'd all like to do...well, most days.

"I have a lot of questions. Number one: How dare you?" - Kelly Kapoor

Kelly (Mindy Kaling) is one of the more dramatic members of the Dunder Mifflin Scranton team, and that's especially true when it comes to her on-again, off-again relationship with Ryan. In Season 4, Episode 11, while Ryan is trying to pick up the pieces from the disastrous Dunder Mifflin Infinity launch, Kelly is still upset over his recent behavior, and decides to take him down with a quote that we're still using any time we want to deliver a friendly (or not-so-friendly) dig.

"Did I Stutter?!" - Stanley Hudson

Ah yes, the quote so memorable it has a whole episode named after it. In Season 4, Episode 16, after taking one too many annoying comments from Michael, Stanley finally tells him off in front of the whole office with this simple, succinctly phrased question. It sets off a storm of anxieties and frustrations across the whole Scranton branch, details Michael's particular fragility as a boss, and of course, makes for a legendary quote you can use any time someone didn't hear you clearly.

"I knew exactly what to do. But in a much more real sense, I had no idea what to do." - Michael Scott

"Stress Relief," composed of the 14th and 15th episodes of The Office's fifth season, is a major moment for the entire Scranton branch. Dwight stages a mock fire drill that sends the whole place into a panic, Stanley has a heart attack, and Michael must reckon with the very real possibility that he has completely lost control of the office. In the aftermath of Stanley's collapse, while trying to deal with it all, Michael throws out this quote, both a perfect distillation of his entire life philosophy and a great thing to say when you're a little flummoxed by a situation.

"Come along, afterthought." - Dwight Schrute

For most of The Office's run, Jim has the upper hand on Dwight, thanks to his pranks, his sense of humor, and his general easy competence. But when Charles Miner (Idris Elba) steps in to take over the office, the tables briefly turn. Suddenly Jim is the one constantly playing defense, and Dwight can't get enough of it. This little dig at Jim, from Season 5, Episode 25, is one of the best, and quietest, little moments of celebration in Dwight's run as the office golden boy. It's also a great thing to say when you're making fun of your kids.

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"I talk a lot, so I've learned to just tune myself out." - Kelly Kapoor

In Season 7, Episode 2, Kelly Kapoor is flexing some of her newly gained executive muscle in a discussion with her office-mates, when she accidentally drops an idea on them. When Jim points out that it's a good idea, Kelly admits that she has no idea what she just said, because of the above quote. It's a wonderful little character moment, and a great way to admit with humor that you have lost track of what's coming out of your mouth. 

"They're the same picture." - Pam Beesly

In the Season 7 finale, with Michael gone and his replacement, Deangelo (Will Ferrell), in the hospital, the Scranton branch begins a search for a new regional manager. In the chaos, Creed (Creed Bratton) somehow manages to talk his way into being the interim manager, and of course sets about ruining the office through his strange approach to... well, everything. To keep him busy, Pam gives him two pictures and tells him to find the differences. The twist: They're the same picture, a quote so pointed that it's become a meme. 

"That's what she said." - Michael Scott

We can't pick just one "That's what she said." It's impossible. They arrive so often, in so many different contexts, and even sometimes through different characters, that you just can't narrow it down to a single perfect moment. But throughout the series, the crass joke becomes Michael's Scott signature catchphrase, to the point that by the end it's a strangely endearing joke. No matter how dumb you think the joke is, if you're a fan of The Office, you've definitely said it in real life at least once.

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