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There are only a handful of TV shows that we would happily watch again and again. They're the same ones that continue to stand the test of time (and that we can quote at a moment's notice) even though they went off the air years ago. Top of our list? The Office. The Dunder Mifflin crew didn't just crack us up with their crazy antics for nine seasons, but they also managed to teach us life lessons along the way (sort of—mostly they just made us laugh). Here, the 18 best quotes from The Office, including some words of wisdom from Michael Scott himself.

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“Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.” — Michael Scott

He didn't earn that "World's Best Boss" mug for nothing. 

“It just seems awfully mean. But sometimes, the ends justify the mean.” — Michael Scott

Michael Scott didn't always get common sayings and expressions quite right. Another favorite? "Well, well, well, how the turntables."

“Whenever I'm about to do something, I think, 'Would an idiot do that?' And if they would, I do not do that thing.” — Dwight Schrute

Just ask yourself—what would Dwight do? 

“And I knew exactly what to do. But in a much more real sense, I had no idea what to do.” — Michael Scott

When Dwight stages an all too real fire drill in season five, his poor co-workers think that they've been trapped inside a burning building. Michael then gets real about how ill-prepared he was for an emergency.

“If You Pray Enough, You Can Change Yourself Into A Cat Person.” — Angela Martin

Oh, Angela—the most devoted cat lady there ever was. 

“I'm Not Superstitious but I'm a little Stitious.” — Michael Scott

Same, Michael. Same. 

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

Kevin saying what we're all thinking. 

“Wikipedia is the best thing ever. Anyone in the world can write anything they want about any subject. So you know you are getting the best possible information.” — Michael Scott

A classic Michael Scott line uttered in season three when Darryl approaches him about getting a raise. Everyone's favorite boss turns to Wikipedia to look up "no-fail negotiation tactics." It goes as well as you would imagine.

“Disposable cameras are fun although it does seem wasteful and you don't ever get to see your pictures.” — Erin Hannon

Sweet, sweet, Erin. 

“That's what she said.” — Michael Scott

The most Michael Scott of all Michael Scott quotes. 

'R' is among the most menacing of sounds. That's why they call it 'murder' and not 'mukduk.'” — Dwight Schrute

He makes a valid point. 

“I am Beyoncé, always.” — Michael Scott


“Sometimes the clothes at Gap Kids are just too flashy, so I'm forced to go to The American Girl store and order clothes for large Colonial dolls.” — Angela Martin

Angela reveals her top shopping tips. 

“I declare bankruptcy!” — Michael Scott

To which Oscar replies, "I just wanted you to know that you can't just say the word bankruptcy and expect anything to happen." Michael: "I didn't say it. I declared it."

“Yeah, I have a lot of questions. Number one—how dare you?” — Kelly Kapoor

Kelly, giving us all a lesson in sass. 

“I Wish I Could Menstruate... I'd Be More In Tune With The Moon And The Tides.” — Dwight Schrute

Dwight at his finest. 

“Sometimes I'll start a sentence and I don't even know where it's going. I just hope I find it along the way.” — Michael Scott

Don't we all know someone like this at work? 

“I Am Fast. To Give You A Reference Point I Am Somewhere Between A Snake And A Mongoose… And A Panther.” — Dwight Schrute

Quite possibly the most Dwight quote of the entire series. 


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