10 Best Rory Quotes in ‘Gilmore Girls,’ Ranked

Actress Alexis Bledel made her television debut as Rory Gilmore in the WB hit show Gilmore Girls, starring alongside her on-screen mom Lorelai Gilmore, played by Lauren Graham. This beloved show follows the iconic mother-daughter duo as they live out their lives in Stars Hollow, going from 15-year-old Rory starting private school to her graduating from Yale University. Bledel also returned for the show’s controversial revival in 2016. She made her film debut in Tuck Everlasting in 2002 and went on to find critical success in The Handmaid’s Tale in 2017.



Rory Gilmore is undoubtedly her most famous role, as fans fell in love with the bookworm and her charming ways. She grows into a complex young woman, but Gilmore Girls would have been nothing without her. She tackles academic pressure, romantic entanglements and a close yet rocky relationship with her mother. Their bond is at the core of the show, and Lorelai brings up Rory to have as much wit as she does. And with the excellent writing, the show is full of quotable moments. It’s time to count down the best of Rory’s quotes, from relatable quips to smart insults.

10 « Who cares if I’m pretty if I fail my finals? »

« Here Comes The Son » – Season 3, Episode 21

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One thing everybody knows about Rory is her dedication to studying and achieving the best grades. By this point in the show, she has been studying at Chilton for a few years, a school specifically designed for getting young people ready for Ivy League colleges. It’s a different ballgame to Stars Hollow High, and Rory had to do her fair share of catching up. In « Here Comes The Son, » Rory is almost finished at Chilton, bound for Yale University once her finals and graduation are out of the way.

This quote does a great job of summing up Rory at this age before everything got more complicated as she grew up. She is still the classic bookworm that fans met in the pilot, prioritizing her studies over her physical appearance. Rory has a tendency to be a perfectionist, and that’s shown here; she wants to live up to the expectations that her family have for her. And even when Rory is working incredibly hard to get the best results, she is still coming out with funny one-liners. That is definitely to Lorelai’s credit.

9 « My books look sad. Can books look sad? »

« You’ve Been Gilmored » – Season 6, Episode 14

Alexis Bledel as Rory in Gilmore Girls
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This quote from the penultimate season of the show’s initial run is a wonderful callback to the old-school Rory Gilmore. This somewhat unpopular season was lacking in memorable moments. Season 6 was the last season with show creator Amy Sherman-Palladino on board, as she departed after the season’s completion. Fans ignore much of the season 7 events. When Sherman-Palladino returned for the revival, she also disregarded most of season 7, going from where she left off in season 6 save for a few storylines.

The overall opinions of the last two seasons are less than favorable, with out-of-character moments and twists. But with Rory, it wasn’t all bad. Paris kicks Rory out when she discovers that Rory was chosen as the new editor of the Yale Daily News. Their long-running rivalry rears its ugly head once more. Sitting among her possessions, she says the quote above on the phone to Logan. It is a nice throwback to Rory’s bookworm days, as she somewhat loses that as time passes.

8 « A little nervous breakdown can really work wonders for a girl. »

« Scene In A Mall » – Season 4, Episode 15

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This relatable quip comes from when Rory feels bogged down under the Yale workload and isn’t getting any time to talk or see her mom. In the episode preceding this one, Rory appears at the Dragonfly and bursts into tears with a concerned Dean (Jared Padalecki), who does his best to comfort her. She worries that she isn’t going to be able to handle everything that she has taken on, and as a result, will disappoint her mom and grandparents. This is where her perfectionism becomes a detriment.

But in « Scene In A Mall, » she bounces back and comes to meet her mom to go window shopping. This great quote sums up life for many 20-somethings in college, and anyone struggling with the pressures of growing up. It also humanizes Rory, reminding fans that she is human and not always achieving everything she sets her mind to. Some fans argue that Lorelai and Rory’s grandparents, Richard (Edward Hermann) and Emily (played by Kelly Bishop), coddled her too much, setting her up for failure. But if anyone can keep pushing, it’s Rory.

7 « Of this? »

« Wedding Bell Blues » – Season 5, Episode 13

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This hilarious quote is included mostly because of Alexis Bledel’s line delivery rather than the content itself. As Richard and Emily renew their wedding vows after a prolonged separation, Rory approaches her crush Logan Huntzberger (Matt Czuchry) and charms him, telling him that she is willing to keep things casual. They slip away to another room to have some private time, but they are interrupted by Lorelai partly undressed. Lorelai had been looking for Rory to take family pictures, and she says « Grandma wants a picture, » to which Rory replies « Of this? »

Not only was it a wild moment for Rory that had fans surprised, but it was mostly embarrassing and uncomfortable for everyone involved. Especially as Rory’s dad, Chris (David Sutcliffe) and Luke (Scott Patterson) walk in too. That doesn’t stop it from being funny with Rory’s quick response, and it definitely feels like a Lorelai moment for her. It was very unfortunate that this was Logan’s first meeting with Rory’s parents, however.

6 « I live in two worlds. One is a world of books… »

« Those Are Strings, Pinnochio » – Season 3, Episode 22

Actor Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore, receiving her diploma when she graduates from Chilton Prep on Gilmore Girls
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Rory’s graduation speech is stunning from start to finish. In one of the highest-rated episodes of the show ever, Rory graduates from Chilton and gives her speech at the ceremony. She pays tribute to her grandparents and the school, but mostly to her mom, who she cites as her biggest inspiration and role model. Her tangent about living in a world of books is classic Rory, contrasted with her almost equally magical life in Stars Hollow.

Despite not enjoying public speaking, Rory does a magnificent job. Lorelai, the grandparents, Sookie (Melissa McCarthy), Jackson (Jackson Douglas) and Luke all sit in the audience in tears. The scene also provides one of the best Luke Danes quotes: « I’m blubbering, you’re freaks! » Fans always knew Luke was soft at heart, but this makes the moment even more special, as he often appears as a father figure for Rory. Viewers still can’t rewatch the episode without tearing up, too.

5 « God, you are like a pop-up book from hell. »

« Like Mother, Like Daughter » – Season 2, Episode 7

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Rory and Paris Geller (Liza Weil) are one of the show’s most iconic duos. Their friendship is up and down, filled with academic rivalry, jealousy and sarcasm. But when they are friends, nothing can stop them. They had the most fights during their time at Chilton, which is when this quote is said. Paris pops up in front of Rory, surprising her, and leading to this amusing one-liner. Paris has the qualities of a pop-up book, often coming out of nowhere with an agenda or important idea to discuss.

Rory arguably has the most funny lines in the early seasons; this is a perfect example. Her ability to think of something funny that quickly is surely a Gilmore talent. Her friendship with Paris strengthens, particularly when they end up at Yale together. As they grow into young women, they remain constants in each other’s lives, even through Paris’ divorce in A Year In The Life. Their unique friendship is charming, and always entertaining to watch onscreen.

4 « Are you my new daddy? »

« Pilot » – Season 1, Episode 1

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This quote comes hand-in-hand with the first time that viewers meet Rory Gilmore, who at that time was only 15 years old and still attending school at Stars Hollow High. When Lorelai arrives at Luke’s begging for coffee as usual, a man approaches her and attempts to flirt. Rory then arrives, and the guy tries to flirt with her too. Lorelai interjects and introduces Rory as her daughter, leaving the man shocked. Then Rory asks if he’s her new dad, proceeding to freak him out and send him packing.

It is a perfect introduction to this iconic mother-daughter duo, who are always in tune with each other. It is impressive that Rory is already this witty at such a young age, but it is a testament to Lorelai’s best friend-like approach to motherhood. Fans can already see from the pilot how close the pair are, despite their ups and downs. And in terms of pilots, Gilmore Girls has a good one, even if it hadn’t found its footing quite yet. It still managed to capture the lovable characters and charm that fans adore.

3 « And for the last time, the name’s Rory! »

« The Deer Hunters » – Season 1, Episode 4

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On the day of Rory’s big test at school, she accidentally sleeps in after a long night of studying at the dining table. As she rushes to school, a deer runs into her car, and she is sent into a freakout as she arrives late, and her teacher tells her to wait outside. In a full Lorelai Gilmore moment, she yells in front of the class, getting in Paris’ face. Seeing her antagonists get yelled at, especially Tristan (Chad Michael Murray) as she shouts, this quote is satisfying.

Rory had a difficult time adjusting when she joined Chilton, particularly with her classmates. When Tristan was introduced, he called her ‘Mary,’ as a reference to the Virgin Mary. Rory was offended by this, but he continued to call her that instead of her real name, hence this quote. She finally reaches the end of her tether, and it is an iconic Rory Gilmore moment. This episode was a turning point for Rory, as she got her anger out of her system and was able to step up to the game at her new school.

2 « I’ve got mom. That’s all I need. Go be somebody else’s dad! »

« Haunted Leg » – Season 3, Episode 2

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When Lorelai invites Chris to Sookie’s wedding, the pair end up falling into old habits. After claiming he has broken up with his girlfriend, Chris seduces Lorelai and says he wants to try again with her and be a family. This couple may have made sense when they were 16, but as adults, Chris was never going to be the correct match for Lorelai. At the last moment in one of the best season finales, Chris finds out his girlfriend is pregnant and returns to her.

When Emily finds out, she meddles. After being ignored by Lorelai and Rory, Chris shows up at the Gilmore house to confront her, apologizing and begging for forgiveness. He claims that Lorelai has forced Rory to ignore him too, but she speaks up for herself in a brave moment. This sad but true quote sums up Rory’s relationship with her father; strained and disappointing. She let herself believe that this time could be different, but it did not come to pass. This quote gets right into the feelings of dedicated fans.

1 « Swallow your pride, get in your car, and come down here and see your son. »

« Super Cool Party People » – Season 6, Episode 20

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In a similar vein to the previous quote, Rory has another brave moment in « Super Cool Party People » after her boyfriend Logan gets into a serious accident. After working at one of his newspapers and being embarrassed at a family dinner, Rory has had a strenuous relationship with Logan’s father, Mitchum. He has a tough approach to fatherhood and often belittles Logan, pressuring him into following in his footsteps. When he doesn’t come to visit his son in hospital, Rory takes a stand.

This quote exemplifies the person that Rory has grown into. Many fans began to dislike Rory for her imperfections, namely for her stint living with her grandparents and dropping out of Yale. She goes through a crisis and pushes Lorelai away, but her actions are not entirely unjustified. As she gets out the other side, Logan is there for her, and she is there for him. Rory has always been less likely to engage in confrontation than her mom, but this moment feels like a classic Lorelai move. She puts Mitchum in his place, and it is a testament to the woman she has become.

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