40 Legendary 'How I Met Your Mother' Quotes

40 Legendary 'How I Met Your Mother' Quotes
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How I Met Your Mother (HIMYM) premiered on CBS in 2005 and ran for nine seasons. During those nine seasons, many iconic How I Met Your Mother quotes were born into TV history.

The show is a series of flashbacks told by a man named Ted to his children. In the year 2030, Ted sits down with his children to tell the story of how he met their mother.

The sitcom has been compared to Friends due to the similarities including an ensemble cast based in New York. Both feature a group of friends, including two college roommates, a married couple, an on-and-off couple, and the womanizer.

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Even though HIMYM has its similarities to Friends, it still has iconic moments of its own. 

Here are 40 iconic How I Met Your Mother quotes about love, life, and friendship.

How I Met Your Mother quotes about love

1. “Being in a couple is hard. And committing, making sacrifices it’s hard. But if it’s the right person, it’s easy. Looking at that girl, and knowing she's all you really want out of life, that should be the easiest thing in the world. And if it’s not like that, then she’s not the one.” — Marshall

2. “There are two big days in any love story: the day you meet the girl of your dreams and the day you marry her.” — Ted Mosby

3. “If you keep giving up on people so quickly, you’re gonna miss out on something great.” — Robin Scherbatsky

4. “But love doesn’t have to make sense! You can’t logic your way into or out of it. Love is totally nonsensical. But we have to keep doing it or else we’re lost and love is dead, and humanity should just pack it in. Because love is the best thing we do.” — Ted Mosby

5. “When I let a day go by without talking to you, that day is just no good.” — Barney Stinson

6. “Definitions are important.” — Lily Aldrin

7. “Revenge fantasies never work out the way you want.” — Marshall

8. “Sometimes you fall for someone you didn’t expect, but that doesn’t make it wrong. Doesn’t everyone deserve to be happy?” — Barney Stinson

9. “Shouldn’t we hold out for the person who doesn’t just tolerate our little quirks but actually likes them?” — Ted Mosby

10. “If you’re looking for the word that means caring about someone beyond all rationality and wanting them to have everything they want no matter how much it destroys you, it’s love. And when you love someone you...don’t stop, ever.” — Ted Mosby

How I Met Your Mother quotes about life

11. “That’s life, you know, we never end up where you thought you wanted to be.” — Marshall Eriksen

12. “Sometimes we search for one thing but discover another.” — Barney Stinson

13. “You can’t just skip ahead to where you think your life should be.” — Lily Aldrin

14.  “Because sometimes even if you know how something’s going to end, that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the ride.” — Ted Mosby

15. “The future is scary, but you can’t just keep running back to the past because it’s familiar.” — Robin Scherbatsky

16. “If you’re not scared, you’re not taking a chance, and if you’re not taking a chance, then what the hell are you doing?” — Ted Mosby

17. “You can’t design your life like a building. It doesn’t work that way. You just have to live it, and it will design itself. Listen to what the world is telling you to do and take the leap.” —  Lily Aldrin

18. “Never underestimate the power of destiny. Because when you least expect it, the littlest thing can cause a ripple effect that changes your life.” — Ted Mosby

19. “It’s only once you’ve stopped that you realize how hard it is to start again.” — Ted Mosby

20. “It’s not about proof; it’s about faith. Faith is what gives life shape and meaning.” — Marshall Eriksen

21. “Whether a gesture’s charming or alarming depends on how it’s received.” — Ted Mosby

22. “We struggle so hard to hold on to these things that we know are gonna disappear eventually. And that’s really noble.” — Ted Mosby

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How I Met Your Mother quotes about friendship

23. “Whatever you do in this life, it’s not legendary unless your friends are there to see it.” — Barney Stinson

24. “Maybe this isn’t a breakup. Maybe this is just two friends getting back together.” — Barney Stinson

25. “You’re my best friend, alright? You don’t have to tell me I’m yours. But the way I see it, we’re a team. Without you, I’m just the dynamic uno.” — Barney Stinson

26. “And that’s how it goes kids. The friends, neighbors, drinking buddies and partners in crime you love so much when you’re young, as the years go by, you just lose touch. You will be shocked, kids when you discover how easy it is in life to part ways with people forever. That’s why, when you find someone you want to keep around, you do something about it.” — Ted Mosby

27. “A bro is always entitled to do something stupid, as long as the rest of his bros are all doing it.” — Barney Stinson

28. “Ted, I believe you and I met for a reason. It’s like the universe was saying, ‘Hey, Barney, there’s this dude, he’s pretty cool, but it is your job to make him awesome.’” — Barney Stinson

Most iconic How I Met Your Mother quotes

29. “Whenever I’m sad, I stop being sad and be awesome instead.” — Barney Stinson

30. “That cake. Best cake I ever had. Seriously, my stomach was like, 'Hey bro, I don’t know what you’re eating cause I don’t have any eyes but it’s basically awesome, so keep sending it down Gullet Alley.’” — Marshall Eriksen

31. “A lie is just a great story that someone ruined with the truth.” — Barney Stinson

32. “The best I can give you is a fake smile and dead eyes.” — Robin Scherbatsky

33. “I finally found the one, Marshall. Her name is Bacon.” — Ted Mosby

34. “Your package has always been enough. You may not realize this, Marshall Eriksen, but you’ve got a huge package.” — Lily Aldrin

35. “I’m cuddly. Deal with it.” — Marshall Eriksen

36. “Believe it or not,  I was not always as awesome as I am today.” — Barney Stinson

37. “You have to let me dance my own battles.” — Marshall Eriksen

38. “I’m sorry, when I’m excited I abbreviate words I shouldn’t.” — Ted Mosby

39. “Dude...where’s your suit? Just once, when I say ‘suit up’ I wish you’d put on a suit.” — Barney Stinson

40. “The Bro Code has been around for centuries. Nay...whatever’s more than centuries.” — Barney Stinson

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Chinyere (pronounced sha-near-ruh) is a writer who covers entertainment and pop culture news, along with the zodiac signs.