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Who doesn't enjoy a little reminder of how fast time goes by? If you like the kind of nostalgia that brings back good memories but might also make you feel older than the Earth itself, you'll be happy to hear that it's been not five, not ten, but more than fifteen years since Dreamworks' Shrek was released.

To celebrate Shrek's fifteenth anniversary, we did a roundup of fifteen of the best quotes by the most gushing animation sidekick there ever was: Donkey, voiced by Eddie Murphy in the 2001 release and sequels. (Not all pictures below are from the first movie in the series.) That's also fifteen lessons on how to be a hilarious fluff who's afraid of no dragon.

1. Don't Be Afraid To Be Proud

2. A Little Compliment Can Go A Long Way

3. Ditto.

That's when Donkey first arrives at Shrek's swamp, and the conversation starts like this:

Donkey: Whoa. Look at that. Who'd wanna live in a place like that?

Shrek: That... would be my home.

4. Fuel That Bromance

5. Know The Power Of Cake

6. Be Honest (When Needed)

7. Give Yourself A Pep Talk

8. Never Give Up

9. But Also Don't Be Afraid To Ask For Help

10. Flaunt Your Assets

11. Embrace Your Weaknesses

12. Claim Your Dues

13. Give Your Friends The Wakeup Call They Need

14. Don't Give Fake Advice

15. Know How To Read Between The Lines

Shrek tries to get Donkey to stop singing:

It's no wonder you don't have any friends!

But Donkey knows better than to let an ogre's grumpiness take over.


What's your favorite Donkey moment?


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