55 Best 'Shrek' Quotes That Are Still Hilarious Now

Srija Chanda
Dec 12, 2023 By Srija Chanda
Originally Published on Mar 09, 2021
Edited by Jacob Fitzbright
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Why Shrek Quotes?

Shrek is DreamWorks's animated movie, released in 2001. The film is based on a book named 'Shrek' written by William Steig.

The story revolves around an introverted and provincial ogre, Shrek's mission to rescue the fierce Princess Fiona with his friend Donkey. It also involves winning swamp's contract by scheming 'Lord Farquaad.' This family film includes a lot of adventure and humor.

The fairytale-themed story became famous worldwide, and everyone loved the title character, Shrek, the ogre. Kids and adults enjoyed this movie, which can be said to be a metaphor for beauty being on the inside, and as Shrek says himself, he is like "an onion" with "many layers". For young viewers, the movie revolves around friendship and loyalty.

But for adults, it is about real-world race relations. These Shrek quotes show that you can be a better person without being moralizing.

What Parents Should Know?

The movie describes the phrase, 'Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder' very well. Fiona is confused and ashamed to remain an ogre. But Shrek calms her down by saying she is the most beautiful person he has ever seen.

Shrek shows that inner beauty is more essential than outer skin. He loved Fiona in both her human and ogre form.

Shrek and his friendship with the donkey showed that people worth knowing do not care that you are different. Donkey's friendship also leaves a positive impact on Shrek's life.

What To Discuss With Kids?

Shrek, Donkey, and Monsieur Hood were surprised by Fiona's kung-fu moves. This scene represents that you should never judge a person from his outer self.

Lord Farquaad's destiny in the movie shows that being mean to others will not get you anywhere.

When Shrek says about ogres having layers like onions, it represents that sometimes it is best to give the person some time to reveal his layers and become comfortable enough to express himself fully.

Shrek can be looked at as a metaphor for racism in America.

Funny 'Shrek' Movie Quotes That You'll Love

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1. 'Do you think maybe he's compensating for something?' - Shrek, on Lord Farquaad’s height (or lack thereof…)

2. 'I like that boulder. That is a nice boulder.' - Donkey, when lost for words but STILL unable to stop talking.

3. 'Hey! I'm no one's messenger boy, all right? I'm a delivery boy.'- Shrek, on his preferred job titles.

4. 'You might have seen a housefly, maybe even a superfly, but I bet you ain't never seen a donkey fly.'- Donkey, delighted at being sprinkled with pixie dust.

5. 'This is gonna be fun. We’ll stay up late, swapping manly stories, and in the morning, I’m making waffles.' - Donkey, as always having a perhaps too positive perspective on things.

6. 'He hooffed unt he poooffed unt he... signed an eviction notice.' - Little Pig, sadly informing Shrek about how everyone was evicted by Lord Farquaad.

7. 'Some of you may die, but it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make.' - Lord Farquaad, in a not-so-sterling display of compassionate leadership values.

8. 'You gonna go fight a dragon and rescue a princess just so Farquaad 'll give you back your swamp, which you only don't have 'cos he filled it full of freaks in the first place, is that about right?' - Donkey, neatly summarising what's going on.

9. 'Donkey, two things okay? Shut... up.' - Shrek, getting his priorities in order after entering the dragon's castle.

10. 'Blue flower, red thorns. Blue flower, red thorns. Blue flower, red thorns. Man, this would be so much easier if I wasn't color-blind!' - Donkey, realising he may not be the man (or equine) for this particular job.

11. 'A girl dragon... Oh, sure, I mean of course you're a girl dragon! You're just reeking of feminine beauty.' - Donkey, hoping that shameless flattery will save him from the dragon's fire.

12. 'I'm not a puppet. I'm a real boy.' - Pinocchio, objecting in the extreme to being objectified.

13. 'Run, run, run as fast as you can. You can't catch me, I'm the Gingerbread Man.' - Lord Farquaad, sarcastically torturing an unfortunate sweet treat.

14. 'Before this is over, I'm gonna need a whole lot of serious therapy. Look at my eye twitching.' - Donkey, struggling to keep so many secrets.

15. 'I mean, white sparkly teeth! I know you probably hear this all the time from your food, but you must bleach or something 'cause that's one dazzling smile you got there! And do I detect a hint of minty freshness? '- Donkey, both terrified of and still trying to distract the dragon.

16. 'You don't know what it's like to be considered a freak... well, maybe you do, but that's why we gotta stick together.' - Donkey abruptly remembers who he's talking to.

17. 'All right, you are ugly. But you're only like this at night. Shrek's ugly 24/7.' - Donkey, attempting to cheer up Princess Fiona.

18. 'Really, it's rude enough being alive when no one wants you, but showing up uninvited to a wedding?' - Lord Farquaad, with his usual heartless approach to priorities.

19. 'What are you doing in my swamp?' - Shrek, upon having his privacy enormously invaded.

20. 'Don't die, Shrek. And if you see any long tunnels, stay away from the light!' - Donkey, thinking the worst is about to happen to his friend.

21. 'Alright, nobody move. I've got a dragon and I'm not afraid to use it.' - Donkey, putting his new fire-breathing beau to good use.

22. 'Wow, that was really scary and if you don't mind me saying, if that don't work, your breath will certainly get the job done.' - Donkey, commenting on Shrek's social skills.

23. ‘No, not the buttons. Not my gumdrop buttons!’ - Gingerbread Man, during his ruthless interrogation by Lord Farquaad.

24. 'What's that? It's hideous.' 'Well, that's not very nice. It's just a donkey.' - Lord Farquaad notices Shrek, who effortlessly demonstrates his own levels of self-confidence.

Shrek and Donkey Quotes From 'Shrek'

25. 'Oh, this is one of those onion things, isn't it?' 'No, it's one of those 'drop it and leave it alone' things.' - Shrek tries to get Donkey to back off by denying that he has any layers.

26. ‘Oh yeah? Well, if I treated you so bad, how come you came back?’ 'Because that's what friends do! They forgive each other!' - Donkey lays down some truth on Shrek about friendship.

27. 'You don't entertain much, do you?' - Donkey notices Shrek's disinclination towards hospitality in his swamp.

28. 'That's another thing we have in common. I hate it when you've got someone in your face.' - Donkey, in a moment of breathtakingly zero self-awareness

29. 'Ogres are like onions.'- Shrek, attempting to explain his complexities to Donkey.

30. ‘Layers! Onions have layers. Ogres have layers.’ - Shrek has to then explain his metaphor to Donkey.

31. 'I'm an ogre. You know, grab your torch and pitchfork. Doesn't that bother you?' ‘Nope!" - Shrek is astonished to realise that Donkey isn’t bothered by his species.

32. 'You're so wrapped up in layers onion boy, you're afraid of your own feelings.' - Donkey turns Shrek's own analogies against him.

33. 'See? There you are doing it again, just like you did to Fiona.' - Donkey, trying to give Shrek a little relationship therapy after his bust-up with Princess Fiona.

34. ‘Can I stay with you? Please?’ - Donkey, pleading his case for refuge.

35. ‘Go over there and see if you can find any stairs!’ - Shrek, keeping Donkey busy while he gets on with rescuing the princess.

36. So where is this fire-breathin' pain in the neck, anyway?' ‘In the tower, waiting for us to rescue her.’ - Donkey asks an innocent question while Shrek makes some assumptions about the temperament of the princess.

37. ‘So, uh, are there any donkeys up there?’ - Donkey, hoping for some more anatomically-similar friends.

38. ‘Okay, okay, I see it now. The big shiny one, right there. That one there?’ - Donkey, learning to star gaze.

39. 'You love this woman don't ya?' - Donkey, getting to the heart of the matter.

40. 'Then you gotta try a little tenderness! The chicks love that romantic crap.' - Donkey, attempting to give Shrek some romantic advice.

41. 'No, I'm just a little uncomfortable about being on a rickety bridge, over a boiling lake of lava!' - Donkey, explaining his understandable nervousness at their current predicament.

42. ‘Wow! Only a true friend would be that truly honest.’ - Donkey, refusing to see an insult as any kind of obstacle to a friendship.

43. ‘Man, you gotta warn somebody before you crack one like that.’ - Donkey, assuming the bad smell is something Shrek has produced.

44. 'But, uh, I don't have any friends.' - Donkey, in a rare moment of sad realism.

45. 'Oh and it is lovely. You know, you're really quite a decorator.' - Donkey, on Shrek's swampland home.

46. ‘And then one time I ate some rotten berries.’ - Donkey, on his natural observation skills.

Princess Fiona Quotes From 'Shrek'

The wax figure of princess Fiona Shrek

47. 'And my groom-to-be Lord Farquaad, what's he like?' - Princess Fiona, with desperate hopefulness.

48. 'What are you doing? You know, you should sweep me off my feet out yonder window and down a rope onto your valiant steed.' - Princess Fiona makes her disappointed expectations about her rescue very clear.

49. 'By night one way, by day another. This shall be the norm. Until you find true love's first kiss. And then take love's true form.' - Princess Fiona recites the curse that has led to her being locked in the tower.

50. 'You didn't slay the dragon?'- Princess Fiona, astonished that her saviour hasn't performed that essential component of the rescue.

51. 'But this isn't right. You're meant to charge in, sword drawn, banner flying.' - Princess Fiona, again expressing disappointment in the style of her rescue.

52. 'The battle is won. You may remove your helmet.' - Princess Fiona, hoping to see her (hopefully) fair rescuer.

53. 'What kind of a knight are you?' - Princess Fiona, annoyed by Shrek's total lack of knightly characteristics.

54. 'But, I don't understand. I'm supposed to be beautiful.' - Princess Fiona, confused at finding the curse broken but her body still that of an ogre.

55. 'Please. I would'st look upon the face of my rescuer.' - Princess Fiona, trying to get back on-script once escaped from the castle.

Is your family always dreaming about visiting the famous fairy-tale swamp? You might want to look at our ogre-riffic Shrek jokes, or see how many layers you can peel away with our Shrek trivia questions and answers.

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Written by Srija Chanda

Master of Arts specializing in Mass Communication/Media Studies

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Srija ChandaMaster of Arts specializing in Mass Communication/Media Studies

An aspiring media professional, Srija is currently pursuing her Master's degree in Mass Communication at St. Xavier's University, Kolkata, after completing her degree in journalism. With experience in PR and social media, she has also honed her leadership skills through her participation in a youth parliament. Srija's interests include devouring books, watching movies, and exploring new places through travel.

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