60 ‘Elf’ Quotes That’ll Give You All the Christmas Cheer

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60 ‘Elf’ Quotes to Up Your Christmas CheerNew Line Cinema/Khadija Horton

Christmas is *checks calendar* rapidly approaching, and if you haven’t gotten in the holiday spirit yet, WYED?! Fear not if you haven’t, ’cause I’ve got ya covered. Now tell me, what’s got more holiday spirit than the classic film Elf? Nothing, I tell ya! Nothing!

When Elf first came out in the early aughts that is 2003 (!!!), just the idea of Will Ferrell running around New York City in a bright-green elf costume was enough hilarity to make you want to watch it ASAP. And then actually seeing it play out as, dare I say, one of the funniest holiday movies of all time (yeah, I said it—@ me) was just *chef’s kiss*.

The movie has so many iconic lines that stick with you the entire year, and if you don’t feel the need to answer your phone with “Buddy the elf, what’s your favorite color?” for at least a week after watching it, then I’m sorry to say but IDK what’s wrong with you. For that and many other classic Elf lines, here are 60 of the best quotes from the movie to tide you over until next year when it’s socially acceptable to watch again (but if you turn it on in the spring, promise I won’t tell anyone).

Here Are the 60 Best Elf Quotes

“Do you have any friends? Do you have a best friend? Does he have a big coat, too?" — Buddy

"Tomorrow, 10 a.m., Santa's coming to town.” — Gimbel’s manager

"What about Santa's cookies? I suppose parents eat those, too?" – Buddy

“I’m an elf. Well, technically, I'm a human, but I was raised by elves." - Buddy

"Buddy, you're more of an elf than anyone I ever met. And the only one I would want working on my sleigh tonight." — Santa

“Make work your favorite. That’s your favorite, ok?” — Gimbel’s manager

“As you can imagine, it’s dangerous having an oven in an oak tree during the dry season.” — Papa Elf

“So… do you want to eat food?” — Buddy

“Nice purple dress. Very purpley.” — Buddy

"They just lose sight of what's important in life...doesn't mean they can't find their way again." — Santa

"I like to whisper, too." — Buddy

"What's a Christmas gram? I want one!" — Buddy

“What’s more vulnerable than a peach?” – Morris

"I can't wait to see my dad. We're going to go ice skating and eat sugar plums." — Buddy

“Can I listen to your necklace?" — Buddy

“So, good news. I saw a dog today.” —Buddy

“He’s an angry elf.” —Buddy

“You stink. You smell like beef and cheese. You don’t smell like Santa.” —Buddy

“Bye, Buddy, hope you find your dad!” —Mr. Narwhal

“Buddy the elf, what’s your favorite color?” —Buddy

“You have such a pretty face. You should be on a Christmas card.” —Buddy

“I’m a cotton-headed ninny muggins.” —Buddy

“If you see a sign that says ‘peep show,’ that doesn’t mean that they’re letting you look at the new toys before Christmas.” —Santa

“If you can sing alone, you can sing in front of other people. There’s no difference.” —Buddy

“Son of a nutcracker!” —Buddy

“I planned out our whole day. First we make snow angels for two hours, and then we’ll go ice skating, and then we’ll eat a whole roll of Tollhouse Cookie Dough as fast as we can, and then, to finish, we’ll snuggle.” —Buddy

“Treat every day like Christmas.” —Buddy

“We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup.” —Buddy

“SANTAAA! Oh my god! Santa, here?!? I KNOW HIM!” —Buddy

“The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.” —Buddy

“I’m in love! I’m in love! And I don’t care who knows it!” —Buddy

“Well, there are some things you should know. First off, you see gum on the street, leave it there. It isn’t free candy.” —Santa

“You sit on a throne of lies.” —Buddy

“You did it! Congratulations! World’s best cup of coffee! Great job, everybody!” —Buddy

“Does somebody need a hug?” —Buddy

“Then I traveled through the seven levels of the candy cane forest, past the sea of twirly-swirly gumdrops, and then I walked through the Lincoln Tunnel.” —Buddy

“Six-inch ribbon curls, honey. Six! Inches!” —Gimbel’s manager

“Have you seen these toilets? They’re ginormous!” —Buddy

“My finger has a heartbeat.” —Buddy

“I’m singing!! I’m in a store, and I am singing. I AM IN A STORE, AND I’M SINGING!” —Buddy

“This place reminds me of Santa’s workshop. Except it smells like mushrooms and everyone looks like they want to hurt me.” —Buddy

“I just like to smile. Smiling’s my favorite.” —Buddy

“I’m sorry I ruined your lives and crammed 11 cookies into the VCR.” —Buddy

“It’s just nice to meet another human who shares my affinity for elf culture.” —Buddy

“Not now, Arctic puffin!” —Buddy

“I think you’re beautiful and I feel really warm when I am around you and my tongue swells up.” —Buddy

“Francisco! That’s fun to say! Francisco.” —Buddy

“He must be a South Pole elf.” —Buddy

“I put them on the naughty list and they never forgave me.” —Santa

“Buddy, I’ve been around the world many times when I was a young cumulus nimbus cloud. It’s a wonderful place, filled with wondrous creatures—except dogs. Oh, by the way, don’t eat the yellow snow.” —Leon the Snowman

“I thought maybe we could make gingerbread houses and eat cookie dough and go ice skating and maybe even hold hands.” —Buddy

“Elves love to tell stories. I bet you didn’t know that about elves.” —Papa Elf

“If you get wind of anything, call me on my radio, channel three. Code word is, ‘Santa’s got a brand-new bag,’ okay?” —Gimbel’s manager

“Sounds like somebody needs to sing a Christmas carol.” —Buddy

“Charlotte Denon wants a Tiffany engagement ring and for her boyfriend to stop dragging his feet and commit already.” —Michael

“There’s room for everyone on the nice list!” —Buddy

“The paparazzi have been trying to nail me for years.” —Santa

“Of course you’re not an elf. You’re 6'3" and had a beard since you were 15.” —Leon the Snowman

“What about this: a tribe of asparagus children but they’re self-conscious about the way their pee smells.” —Eugene

“They tried to use gnomes and trolls, but the gnomes drank too much.” —Papa Elf

“I love you! I love you! I LOVE YOU!” —Buddy

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