ByElise Jost, writer at
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Elise Jost

There's an essential law of nature that says that adorable animal-watching will cure any ailment of the soul. Feeling depressed? Here's a puppy. Feeling really, really tired and not motivated to do anything? Just look at these twelve kittens walking across a carpet, somewhere in a living room far, far away that was brought closer to you by the magic of the internet.

This wonderful rule also applies to watching 's Finding Nemo, with an incomparable bonus. Not only are the fish funny and endearing, they speak, too — and they have quite a few inspiring things to say. So we've compiled the best quotes for you, whether you just want to remember the best parts of this 2003 animated classic or are looking for cool words to put on motivational posters.

'I Shall Call Him Squishy And He Shall Be Mine'

Dory: I shall call him Squishy and he shall be mine and he shall be my Squishy.

Poor Dory doesn't know (yet) was a jellyfish is, but who wouldn't have the same reaction upon spotting a tiny, squishy and pink little guy in the middle of the big blue ocean?

11. 'Just Keep Swimming'

Dory: When life gets you down, you know what you gotta do? Just keep swimming!

It seems like the best Finding Nemo quote doesn't, as the title might have you thinking, come from Nemo. After all, Dory's wisdom earned her a sequel all to herself!

10. 'You Can't Never Let Anything Happen To Him'

Dory: Well, you can't never let anything happen to him. Then nothing would ever happen to him. Not much fun for little Harpo.

That's right: Dory might not seem like the most clever fish around, but she understands a thing or two about knowing when to go with the flow and when to dare to take a risk.

9. 'I Look At You, And I'm Home'

Dory: I look at you, and I... and I'm home. Please... I don't want that to go away. I don't want to forget.

Alright, cute fish won't always cheer you up — this one's right in the feels.

8. 'Mine! Mine! Mine!'

Seagulls: Mine! Mine! Mine!

There's only one thing that needs to be said about food, so that's clearly another of the best Finding Nemo quotes.

7. 'Cause We Were Like, Woaaaah'

Crush: Cause we were like, woaaaah, and I was like, woaaaah and you were like, woaaaah.

If you don't know how to describe something, your vocabulary is probably just lacking in onomatopoeia.

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6. 'I Don't Know, But Who Cares!'

Marlin: Wait! What does that mean?

Dory: I don't know. But who cares! Ha ha! I remembered! P. Sherman, 42 Wallaby Way, Sydney. I remembered it again!

Just like Dory, learn to focus on the essentials.

5. 'All Drains Lead To The Ocean, Kid'

Gill: All drains lead to the ocean, kid.

This Finding Nemo quote is important because it's not true — and actually led many children to throw their poor fish into the toilet bowl, believing it would send them back to freedom.

4. 'The Big Blue. What's It Like? – Um, Big And Blue?'

Bubbles: So, the Big Blue. What's it like?

Nemo: Umm, big and blue?

Bubbles: I knew it.

Grass isn't always greener on the other side, and the Big Blue's mostly just blue.

3. 'Or May I Be Chopped Up And Made Into Soup'

Bruce: It has been three weeks since my last fish, on my honor, or may I be chopped up and made into soup.

The best Finding Nemo quotes like this one are here to remind you that Pixar movies aren't just children's movies, but it's also the kind of dark humor that's subtle enough not to traumatize the younger viewers.

2. 'It's Because I Like You I Don't Want To Be With You. It's A Complicated Emotion'

Dory: You mean you don't like me?

Marlin: No, of course I like you. It's because I like you I don't want to be with you. It's a complicated emotion.

It's the subtle version of "It's not you, it's me."

1. 'I Have To Find My Son! I Have To Tell Him How Old Sea Turtles Are!'

Nemo: Hey dad! Maybe when I'm at school, I'll see a shark.

Marlin: I highly doubt it.

Nemo: Have how ever met a shark?

Marlin: No, and I don't plan to.

Nemo: How old are sea turtles?

Marlin: Sea turtles? I don't know.

Nemo: Sandy Plankton from next door, he says they live to be a hundred years old.

Marlin: Well, if I ever meet a sea turtle I'll ask him, right after I'm done talking to the shark.

This quote is beautiful because it connects the beginning and the end of Finding Nemo so well: Trapped inside a whale, Marlin remembers one of the last conversations he had with Nemo before his son went missing.

Marlin: I have to get out of here! I have to find my son! I have to tell him how old sea turtles are!

Turns out they can live to be even older than hundred.

What's your favorite Finding Nemo quote?

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