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120+ Best Elf Movie Quotes

Directed by Jon Favreau, Elf is a Christmas classic for both kids and adults! The movie is about a man named Buddy who finds himself transported to the North Pole. From toddler to adulthood, Buddy was raised among Santa’s elves. However, he quickly realizes that he doesn’t seem to fit in, so he travels to New York to find his real father. A bond between Buddy and Walter is sure to bring chaotic results.

Will Ferrell brings the Christmas movie to life with a seamless mixture of humor and innocence. Elf has received praise for its use of visual effects for a charming delight that resonates way after the movie ends. Even though this movie didn’t come out with a sequel, viewers to this day continue to enjoy the heartwarming film. We also can’t deny that the Elf movie may have some of the most memorable quotes!

Here’s the scoop on Elf movie quotes!

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

2. “I am a cotton-headed ninny muggins!” – Buddy

Buddy and kids in Elf movie
© Warner Home Video.

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

4. “So, good news…I saw a dog today.”  – Buddy

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

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

7. “Son of a nutcracker!” – Buddy

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

Buddy eating
© Warner Home Video.

9. “There’s room for everyone on the Nice List!” – Buddy

10. “Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color?” – Buddy answering the phone

11. “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

12. “Then I traveled through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, past the sea of twirly-swirly gum drops, and then I walked through the Lincoln Tunnel.” – Buddy

13. “Especially when we build toys!” – Buddy

Buddy with raccoon
© Warner Home Video.

14. “SANTA! Oh my God! Santa, here?! I know him! I know him!” – Buddy

15. “You stink! You smell like beef and cheese, you don’t smell like Santa.” – Buddy

16. “I’m singing! I’m in a store and I’m singing!” – Buddy

17. “Does somebody need a hug?”– Buddy

18. “You sit on a throne of lies!” – Buddy

19. “Have you seen these toilets? They’re ginormous!” – Buddy

20. “Not now, Arctic Puffin!” – Buddy

21. “I love you! I love you! I LOVE YOU!” – Buddy

22. “Of course you’re not [an elf]. You’re six-foot-three and had a beard since you were” – Leon the Snowman

Buddy and the other elves in elf movie
© 2003 Alan Markfield/New Line Productions

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

24. “What about Santa’s cookies? I suppose parents eat those, too?” – Buddy

25. “He’s an angry elf.” – Buddy

26. “I’m in love, I’m in love and I don’t care who knows it.” – Buddy

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

28. “Oh, it’s not a costume. I’m an elf. Well, technically, I’m a human, but I was raised by elves.” – Buddy

Buddy in New York elf movie
Photo by Alan Markfield – © 2003 Alan Markfield, New Line Productions. All rights reserved.

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

30. “I painted a picture of a butterfly!” – Buddy

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

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

33. “He must be a South Pole elf.” – Buddy

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

35. “SAAANTA!! OHMYGOD!! – Buddy

36. “Oh, you just made my day!” -Deb

37. “Tickle fight! Tickle fight!”

38. “Sounds like somebody needs to sing a Christmas Carol.” -Buddy 

Buddy and a kid
Photo by Alan Markfield – © 2003 Alan Markfield, New Line Productions. All rights reserved.

39. “Uh, you look like you came from the North Pole.” -Walter Hobbs

40. “Deb, you have such a pretty face, you should be on a Christmas card!” -Buddy

41. “I heard you singing.” -Buddy

Buddy in elf movie
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42. “Francisco! That’s fun to say! Francisco… Frannncisco… Franciscooo…” -Buddy

43. “I just like to smile, smiling’s my favorite.” -Buddy

44. “That’s a very nice purple dress. It’s very purpley.” -Buddy

Walter and Buddy
Photo by Alan Markfield – © 2003 Alan Markfield, New Line Productions. All rights reserved.

45. “You did it! Congratulations! ‘World’s Best Cup of Coffee.’ Great job, everybody. It’s great to meet you.” -Buddy

46. “What’s a Christmas Gram? I want one!” -Buddy

47. “Great! I got a full 40 minutes!” -Buddy

48. “Finger prick?! Can I listen to your necklace?” -Buddy

49. “Hi!” -Buddy

50. “Do you remember me?” -Buddy

Miles
Photo by Alan Markfield – © 2003 Alan Markfield, New Line Productions. All rights reserved.

51. “Is there sugar in syrup?” -Buddy

52. “To the man on elevator. Oh, I forgot to give you a hug.” -Buddy

53. “Reach out in front of you and take a sip. Don’t look.” -Buddy

54. “No, it’s the world’s BEST cup of coffee.” -Buddy 

Buddy and the elves
Photo by Alan Markfield – © 2003 Alan Markfield, New Line Productions. All rights reserved.

55. “I passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and then I walked through the Lincoln Tunnel.” -Buddy

56. “Why don’t you just say it? I’m the worst toy maker in the world.” -Buddy

57. “Good news! I saw a dog today!” -Buddy

Buddy and Walter in elf movie
Photo by Alan Markfield – © 2003 Alan Markfield, New Line Productions. All rights reserved.

58. “What about Santa’s cookies? I suppose parents eat those too?” -Kids

59. “It seems I’m not an elf.” -Buddy

60. “My finger has a heartbeat.” -Buddy

61. “Very generous of you. Mm…” -Buddy

62. “I love syrup. Oh, love it.”

63. “I… I’m not an elf, Santa. I can’t do anything right.” -Buddy

Buddy and elves in elf movie
Photo by Alan Markfield – © 2003 Alan Markfield, New Line Productions. All rights reserved.

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

65. “I like to whisper too.” -Buddy

66. “This place reminds me of Santa’s Workshop except it smells like mushrooms and everyone looks like they want to hurt me.” -Buddy

67. “Christmas spirit is about believing, not seeing.” -Santa

Santa and the elves
Photo by Alan Markfield – © 2003 Alan Markfield, New Line Productions. All rights reserved.

68. “Bye Buddy! I hope you find your Dad.” -Mr. Narwhal

69. “You believed in me. You made my sleigh fly!” -Santa

70. “Santa! I know him!” -Buddy

Buddy and Dr. Leonardo
Photo by Alan Markfield – © 2003 Alan Markfield, New Line Productions. All rights reserved.

71. “Buddy The Elf, what’s your favorite color?” -Buddy

72. “I didn’t know you were naked.” -Buddy

73. “I’m in a store and I’m singing!” -Buddy

Dr. Leonardo and Buddy in elf movie
Photo by Alan Markfield – © 2003 Alan Markfield, New Line Productions. All rights reserved.

74. “Oooh looks like a Christmas tree!”- Buddy

75. “Oh, by the way, don’t eat the yellow snow.” -Buddy

76. “We can’t just throw him out in the snow.” -Emily

77. “Why not? He loves the snow. He’s told me fifteen times.” -Walter

78. “Why are you smiling like that?” – Gimbel’s Manager

Gimbel's manager and Buddy
Photo by Alan Markfield – © 2003 Alan Markfield, New Line Productions. All rights reserved.

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

80. “Francisco. That’s fun to say.” -Buddy

81. “And where do the reindeer get their magic from? Christmas Spirit. Everybody knows that.” -Papa Elf

Papa Elf
Photo by Alan Markfield – © 2003 Alan Markfield, New Line Productions. All rights reserved.

82. “Jovie: I’m just trying to get through the holidays.” -Buddy

83. “Uh oh. Sounds like someone needs to sing a Christmas carol.” -Buddy

84. “Who sent this Christmas Gram?” -Walter

Walter and Buddy in elf movie
© 2003 Michael Ginsburg/New Line Productions

85. “What’s a Christmas Gram? I want one!” -Buddy

86. “You like sugar, huh? -Emily

87. “Yes.” -Emily

88. “Then yes!” -Buddy

89. “And if you see a sign that says “Peep Show,” it doesn’t mean that they’re letting you look at presents before Christmas.” -Santa

90. “Listen, some people, they just lose sight of what’s important in life. That doesn’t mean they can’t find their way again, huh? Maybe all they need is just a little Christmas spirit.” -Santa

Santa in elf movie
Photo by Alan Markfield – © 2003 Alan Markfield, New Line Productions. All rights reserved.

91. “Christmas spirit is about believing, not seeing. If the whole world saw me, all would be lost. The paparazzi have been trying to nail me for years.” -Santa

92. “Puffin: Hey Buddy wanna pick some snowberries? -kids

93. “Santa: I’ve been to New York thousands of times.” -Santa

94. “What’s it like?” -Buddy

Papa elf and Buddy
Photo by Alan Markfield – © 2003 Alan Markfield, New Line Productions. All rights reserved.

95. “Well, there are some things you should know. First off, if you see gum on the street, leave it there. It’s not candy.” -Santa

96. “That’s another thing… Buddy, you should know that your father… he’s on the naughty list. -Santa

97. “Nooooo!” -Santa

98. “Um, Happy Birthday of course.” -Gimbel’s Santa

99. “I think you’re really beautiful and I feel really warm when I’m around you and my tongue swells up. So… do you want to eat food?” -Buddy

Buddy and Jovie
© 2003 Alan Markfield/New Line Productions

100. “First we’ll make snow angels for two hours, then we’ll go ice skating. Then we’ll eat the whole roll of Toll House Cookie Dough as fast as we can, then we’ll snuggle.” -Buddy

101. “I have houses in LA, Paris, and Vail; each one of them with a 70-inch plasma screen.” -Miles

102. “There’s a horrible noise coming from the evil box underneath the window.”

103. “Charlotte Dennon wants a Tiffany engagement ring and for her boyfriend…to commit already.”

104. “Call me on my radio, channel three. Code word is: ‘Santa’s got a brand new bag.'”

Walter
Photo by Alan Markfield – © 2003 Alan Markfield, New Line Productions. All rights reserved.

105. “Santa is in Manhattan!”

106. “You’re a fake.” -Buddy

107. “You disgust me! How can you live with yourself?” -Buddy

108. “How’d you like to be dead, huh? Ho, ho just kidding.” -Gimbel’s Santa

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

110. “Actually, there’s a BIG difference.” -Jovie

Jovie in elf movie
Photo by Alan Markfield – © 2003 Alan Markfield, New Line Productions. All rights reserved.

111. “Are you sure it had nothing to do with the fact that I was naked in the shower?” -Jovie

112. “Reach out in front of you and take a sip. Don’t look.” -Buddy

113. “It’s alright, Buddy. Just how many Etch-A-Sketches did you get finished?” -Ming Ming

114. “Hey Buddy, wanna pick some snowberries?” -Puffin

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

Papa Elf
Photo by Alan Markfield – © 2003 Alan Markfield, New Line Productions. All rights reserved.

116. “And no farms. Everyone’s pushing small-town rural. A farm book would just be white noise.” -Miles

117. “No tomatoes. Too vulnerable. Kids, they’re already vulnerable.” -Miles

118. “Hobbs, Hobbs, Hobbs! If you walk out here, and you’re finished at Greenway! You’re finished!” -Fulton

119. “I appreciate it, Buddy is killing me. I’ve already got Lum Lum and Choo Choo pulling doubles.” -Ming Ming

120. “Santa, why are they chasing us?” -Buddy

Santa and Buddy on sleigh
© 2003 Alan Markfield/New Line Productions

121. “These forces are highly trained, but rarely see action. Some have accused them of being too gung-ho when called into duty. And their crowd control tactics at the Simon and Garfunkel concert in 85 were much too criticized” -Reporter

122. “What do you want? Some money?” -Walter

Did you know that Will Ferrell turned down the chance to star in the second Elf movie because he didn’t like the script?

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