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The Complete Collection of Ron Swanson's Best Quotes from "Parks and Recreation"

By Dustin Rowles | TV Reviews | November 21, 2012 | Comments ()


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Here is a list of Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation’s best quotes.

  • “I have been developing the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness for years. It’s a perfectly calibrated recipe for maximum personal achievement. Categories include: Capitalism, God’s way of determining who is smart, and who is poor. Crying, acceptable at funerals and the Grand Canyon. Rage. Poise. Property rights. Fish, for sport only, not for meat. Fish meat is practically a vegetable.”

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  • An hour ago an entire fireball consumed my entire face and it was far preferable to spending another second with Tammy.

  • “The less I know about other people’s affairs, the happier I am. I’m not interested in caring about people. I once worked with a guy for three years and never learned his name. Best friend I ever had. We still never talk sometimes.”

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  • “Now, I know I’m not going to find somebody that’s both aggressively mean and apathetic. April really is the whole package.”

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  • “I’m surrounded by a lot of women in this department. And that includes the men.”

  • “When I walked in this morning I saw that the flag was at half mast, I though, ‘All right, another bureaucrat ate it!’ And then I saw it was Lil’ Sebastian. Half mast is too high. Show some damn respect.”

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  • “I am submitting this menu from a Pawnee institution, J.J.’s Diner. Home of the world’s best breakfast dish: The Four Horsemeals of the Eggporkalypse.”

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  • “You may have thought you heard me say I wanted a lot of bacon and eggs, but what I said was: Give me all the bacon and eggs you have.”

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  • “Encapsulate the spirit of melancholy. Easy. Boom, a sad desk. Boom, sad wall. It’s art. Anything is anything.”

  • “I am off to have a mid-morning pre-lunch with my lady friend, but I will be back in time for lunch.”

  • “The key to burning an ex-wife effigy is to dip it in paraffin wax and then toss the flaming bottle of isopropyl alcohol from a safe distance. Do not stand too close when you light an ex-wife effigy.”

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  • “It’s never too early to learn that the government is a greedy piglet that suckles on a taxpayer’s teet until they have sore, chapped nipples. I’m gonna need a different metaphor to give this nine year old.”

  • “Leslie, you need to understand that we are headed to the most special place on earth. When I’m done eating a Mulligan’s meal, for weeks afterwards there are flecks of meat in my mustache and I refuse to clean it because every now and then a piece of meat will fall into my mouth.”

  • (His museum speech) “Shut up. And look at me. Welcome to Visions of Nature. This room has several paintings in it. Some are big and some are small. People did them and they are here now. I believe after this is over they will be hung in government buildings. Why the government is involved in an art show is beyond me. I also think it’s pointless for a human to paint scenes of nature when they can go outside and stand in it.”

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  • I have so many ideas. Some are simple like take down traffic lights and eliminate the post office. The bigger ones will be tougher, like ‘bring all this crumbling to the ground.’

  • In my opinion, not enough people have looked their dinner in the eyes and considered the circle of life. This is your dinner. His name is Tom.

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  • Of all my coworkers he is one of a small number of whom I do not actively root against…uh, there I go again gettin’ all sappy.

  • I have cried twice in my life. Once when I was seven and I was hit by a school bus. And then again when I heard that Li’l Sebastian had passed.

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  • Never half ass two things, whole ass one thing.

  • This is my favorite part about having a new city manager. They always try to shake things up and their ideas are terrible and it brings city hall to a grinding halt. I just grab a few donuts, sit back, and enjoy the show.

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  • I don’t want to paint with a broad brush here, but every single contractor in the world is a miserable, incompetent thief.

  • When I eat it is the food that is scared.

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  • Breakfast food can serve many purposes.

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  • These people are meat virgins. They’ll have been taken by the grill and delicately and tenderly been shown the ways of flavorful meat love. Mmmm…the first time is so beautiful.

  • “The whole thing is a scam. Birthdays were invented by Hallmark to sell cards.”

  • “I won’t publicly endorse a product unless I use it exclusively. My only official recommendations are U.S. Army issued mustache trimmers, Morton’s salt, and the C.R. Lawrence Fein two inch axe-style scraper oscillating knife blade.”

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