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100 Best Quotes from “Turning Red”

Turning Red tells the story of a girl named Meilin Lee who finds herself transforming into a red panda when dealing with strong emotions. Mei struggles to not only hide her panda away from her classmates at school, but she also tries to hide her obsession with the angelic boy group, 4-Town from her mother.

This stunning Disney movie brings up many issues that teenage girls often face; furthermore, Turning Red doesn’t shy away from the natural changes that occur during puberty.

Follow Mei as she learns to love herself even if she’s a girl one moment and a giant red panda the next. Turning Red is bound to have the best quotes even if the story takes place during the early 2000s.

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Here’s the scoop on the best quotes from Turning Red!

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1. “People have all kinds of sides to them, Mei, and some of them are messy.” -Jin

2. “I’m sorry I’m not perfect, sorry I’m not good enough, and sorry I’ll never be like you.” -Meilin Lee

3. “Don’t hold back. For anyone. The farther you go, the prouder I’ll be.” -Ming

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4. “See? See? This is what happens when you don’t wear sunblock and do drugs all day!” -Ming

5. “Blah! I’m a gross red monster!” -Mei in panda form

6. “Milk chocolate and wet rocks.” -Miriam

7. “Sick. I’ve always wanted a tail.” -Priya

8. “I can’t ask my mom, I’m a furry ticking time bomb!” -Mei

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9. “I accept and embrace all labels.” -Mei

10. “And I will not hesitate to do a spontaneous cartwheel if I so feel moved.” -Mei

11. “What’s going on honey? Are you sick? Is it a fever, a stomachache, chills, constipation? Wait- is it- that? Did the red peony bloom?” -Ming

12. “This little quirk runs in our family.” -Ming

13. “You’re so cute!” -Abby

14. “Whoa! You’re you!” -Miriam

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15. “But maybe I like this new me.” -Mei

16. “Not to brag but being thirteen means I’m officially a grown-up. At least according to the Toronto Transit Commission.” -Mei

17. “It’s not all about me, you know? I do make my own moves, it’s just that some of my moves are also hers.” -Mei

18. “I’m calm. Zen.” -Mei in panda form

19. “Why didn’t you warn me?” -Mei in panda form

20. “You are now a beautiful, strong flower. Who must protect your delicate petals and clean them regularly.” -Ming

21. “Yeah, this isn’t just our first concert. This is our first step into womanhood. And we have to do it together. I mean, girl I will say it’s a sleepover at my house. The perfect crime.” -Miriam

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22. “Shake your moneymaker!” -Miriam

23. “It was my idea to hustle the panda! My idea to go to Tyler’s party! It was all me! I like boys! I like loud music! I like gyrating! I’m 13, deal with it!” -Mei

24. “We’ve got your fluffy back.” -Miriam

25. “Ooooo- 4-Town!” -Friends

26. “Do you know how dangerous this is?” – Ming

27. “He looks like a hobo!” -Meilin Lee

28. “You sicko! What were you thinking? Why would you draw those things? Those horrible, awful, sexy things?” -Mei

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29. “Oh, you wanna see crass?” -Mei

30. “I told you she was big!” -Jin

31. “Everyone go home! Where are your parents? And put some clothes on!” -Ming

32. “You’ll figure this out, Mei. Just be the calm, mature, adult you totally are. You got this.” -Mei

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33. “There is a darkness to the panda, Mei Mei.” -Ming

34. “Just go become women without me.” -Mei

35. “I want to throw a sick birthday party. An epic one.” -Tyler

36. “Your mother and I were close once, but the red panda took that away.” -Mei’s Grandmother

37. “This is a critical time. Mei needs a strong hand more than ever. Don’t let her out of your sight.” -Mei’s Grandmother

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38. “The panda is a part of me, and you guys are too.” -Mei

39. “Sometimes I miss the way things were, but nothing stays the same forever.” -Mei

40. “The Daisy mart has lost a loyal customer today.” -Ming

41. “It is fine, you will move to another city, change your identity. Mummy, I’m so sorry.” -Mei

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42. “And now you can control it! So just prove it to her, and she’s gotta let you go.” -Mei’s friends

43. “Mei, Mei is better than any of us at controlling the panda. She passed every trigger test. Even the kitten box.” -Ming

44. “I’m changing mom! I’m finally figuring out who I am. But I’m scared, it will take me away from you.” -Mei

45. “But any strong emotion will release the Panda. And the more you release it, the more difficult the ritual will be.” -Ming

46. “I’m Meilin Lee, I wear what I want, say what I want, 24/7, 365. I know it’s alit, but I don’t have time to mess around.” -Mei

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47. “You’re our girl, no matter what. Panda or no panda.” -Priya

48. “We’ve all got a messy, loud, weird part of ourselves hidden away. And a lot of us never let it out.” -Mei

49. “Fight the power!” -Abby

50. “I’ll guard it with my life.” -Abby

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51. “That’s it? Mei Mei’s keeping the panda?” -Auntie

52. “I’m Meilin Lee, and ever since I turned 13 life’s been a lot. People still talk about Pandapocalypse 2002. Mom and I just call it growing pains.” -Mei

53. “She is so brainwashed.” -Priya

54. “Why are you moving like that?!” -Ming

55. “Let’s burn this place to the ground!” -Abby

56. “Besties assemble! Miriam! Priya! Abby!” -Mei

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57. “An overachieving dork-narc.” -Tyler

58. “My mom cuts his hair at the salon, and I felt it. It’s very soft.” -Abby

59. “I know what it looks like. I am my own person. But that doesn’t mean doing whatever I want. Like most adults, I have responsibilities.” -Mei

60. “Killed it per usual. Check it out.” -Mei

61. “Who are these hip-hoppers? And why are they called ‘4-town?’ if there are five of them?” -Ming

62. “No! Maybe?” -Mei

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63. “Mei-Mei, I know this is upsetting, but we are going to get through this together. I have ibuprofen, vitamin B, a hot water bottle, and pads. Regular, overnight, scented, unscented, thin, ultrathin, ultrathin with wings.” -Ming

64. “He said your mom went nuts.” -Abby

65. “Tell him it’s Mommy! Mei-Mei! Tell him you forgot your pads!” -Ming

66. “I am not a… Tyler is an insecure jerkwad. Words were exchanged. Slightly uncomfortable secrets were revealed. End of story.” -Meilin

67. “Is it the woman thing?” -Jin

68. “What is it? It’s happened already?” -Jin

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69. “As you know, our ancestor, Sun Yee, had a mystical connection with red pandas. In fact, she loved them so much that she asked the gods to turn her into one.” -Ming

70. “There’s a cure!” -Ming

71. “On the next red moon, you’ll undergo a ritual that will seal your red panda spirit into one of these. And then you’ll be cured, for good. Just like me.” -Ming

72. “Because it happened to me.” -Ming

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73. “Sun Yee passed this gift to her daughters, for when they came of age. And they passed it to theirs. But over time, our family chose to come to a new world. And what was a blessing became an inconvenience.” -Ming

74. “I thought I had more time! You’re just a child. I thought, if I watched you like a hawk, I’d see the signs, and be able to prepare. But it’s going to be fine. I overcame it, and you will too.” -Ming

75. “Don’t look at me! Stand back!” -Panda Meilin

76. “And that your kind of a perv.” -Priya

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77. “You are a woman now. And your body is starting to change. It’s nothing to be embarrassed about.” -Ming

78. “Oh. That’s my little scholar. Today, honor student, tomorrow, UN Secretary General. The ancestors would be so proud.” -Ming

79. “I should report you to the police. How old are you? Thirty?” -Ming

80. “Be careful. Honoring your parents sounds great, but if you take it too far, well, you might forget to honor yourself.” -Mei

81. “Ready to change the world?” -Mei

82. “A very enterprising, mildly annoying young lady.” -Mr. Kieslowski

83. “Woah. Can I have some?” -Priya

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84. “A hot hobo!” -Abby

85. “Yeah, but tickets to 4-Town are like a bajillion dollars, an Devon’s right here.” -Priya

86. “I’m seventeen.” -Devon

87. “But it’s too soon. Don’t worry, Mei-Mei. I’ll get everything you need. Mommy’s here.” -Ming

88. “No! I mean, no. It’s okay.” -Panda Mei

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89. “Why didn’t you warn me?” -Panda Mei

90. “It’s just some, you know, inconvenient genetic thingy I got from my mom. I mean, it’ll go away. Eventually. Maybe.” -Mei

91. “Are you a werewolf?” -Priya

92. “I hate this! I’m slobby. I’m smelly. My mom won’t even look at me, and now 4-Town?” -Mei

93. “We love you, Mei.” -Miriam

94. “Something about you guys like neutralizes the panda.” -Mei

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95. “It’s easy. When I start to get emotional, all I do is imagine the people I love most in the whole world. Which is you guys.” -Mei

96. “This isn’t music. This is filth. And it’s not worth jeopardizing your life over.” -Ming

97. “Mine called it stripper music. What’s wrong with that?” -Abby

98. “I never ask for anything. My whole life I’ve been her perfect little Mei-Mei. Temple duties, grades…” -Mei

99. “Wonder if your mom knows her precious little Mei-Mei has been flaunting the panda all over school.” -Tyler

100. “What do you think Jesse smells like?” -Priya

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