10 Of Our Favorite Michael Scott Quotes!

In honor of Steve Carell’s birthday, we want to celebrate his infamous character from The Office, Michael Scott, so we’ve compiled ten of our favorite quotes!

Steve Carell is a multi-dimensional actor known for a variety of roles. However, many love and know him as the Regional Manager of Dunder Mifflin, Michael Scott. His management approach, endless conference room meetings and seemingly hilarious banter with his employees, or rather family, have made him a character we will never forget! “Goddamn, I love paper like I’m Michael Scott.”

In honor of Steve Carell’s birthday, here are ten Michael Scott quotes that we all need in our life.


While “yesh,” aka Michael Scott’s derivative of the word “yeah,” may be a small four-letter word, it holds to a higher power. “Yesh” breaks up awkward conversations and adds a comedic twist to the boring word. Leave it up to Michael to create such a fun and definitely underrated word. Do we love it? YESH!


“Would I rather be feared or loved? Easy. Both. I want people to be afraid of how much they love me.”

Michael is one to wear his heart on his sleeve and does not keep anything to himself, especially, when it comes to personal matters. He is easily one of the most lovable characters, and this quote goes to show why we like the World’s Best Boss so much! While many of his employees will never admit it, except maybe Dwight, they all love him endlessly.

“That’s what she said.”

That is probably one of the most infamous Michael Scott quotes known to man. When given the opportunity to turn a simple statement into a funny sexual innuendo, Michael is no stranger. It could be hard to make everyone laugh, but for Scott, it’s an easy ride – that’s what she said!


Michael: “You want to hear a lie?”
Toby: “What?”
Michael: “I think you’re great. You’re my best friend.”

The ongoing, one-sided feud between Michael and Toby is something that never gets old. Well, except for Toby. While nobody wants to be in Toby’s shoes and in some cases, feel bad for him, we simply cannot help but howl over the ridiculous hatred Michael exerts onto the measly HR Representative. Maybe if Toby didn’t work for HR or was a little more like Holly, it would be a different story.

“Make friends first, make sales second, make love third. In no particular order.”

Do you need some wisdom from everyone’s favorite Branch Manager? Well, we got you covered! If this doesn’t describe Michael to a T, I don’t know what does. It’s his trifecta – his employees, his women, his sales. Scott obviously loves them all the same; that’s why he cannot put them in a distinct order.

“I’m an early bird and a night owl. So I’m wise and have worms.”

Michael Scott wants the best of both worlds in almost every given situation. Some may say, you cannot have it all, but this fun-loving guy would disagree. Who wouldn’t want to be the first one up to “get the worm” and be wise all in one? Whale many embody those qualities already, the way Michael phrased it, makes it all the more humorous!

“Hi, I’m Date Mike. Nice to meet me. How do you like your eggs in the morning?”

Date Mike is Michael Scott’s alter ego when he goes on dates. His loose persona – the backward Kangol and no tie fit the bill. Although Date Mike goes way overboard to press women, he seems to still score. We love when he shows off any goofy side!


“My philosophy is basically this. And this is something that I live by. And I always have. And I always will. Don’t ever, for any reason, do anything to anyone, for any reason, ever, no matter what. No matter… where. Or who, or who you are with, or, or where you are going, or… or where you’ve been… ever. For any reason, whatsoever.”

If there is one thing about Michael Scott, it’s not getting straight to the point. He has a way of dancing around words and adding placeholders to sound more sophisticated. Do we have any idea what his philosophy is? No, probably not! But we are here for it and love his waggish banter. Come on, imagine having a cool boss like Michael!

“I love inside jokes. I hope to be a part of one someday.”

While Michael is considered to be one of the office jokesters, it is always fun to be a part of a joke that no one else understands. He can definitely dish a joke but hates receiving them. Remember the koi pond – Boom! Roasted! Anywho, don’t worry Michael you can be a part of one of our inside jokes, we won’t tell!


“Dwight, you ignorant slut!”

Dwight Schrute, AKA Assistant to the Regional Manager, is probably one of the biggest ass-kissers when it comes to Michael Scott. Anytime Michael is in a pinch, Dwight undoubtedly saves the day. In the safety training skit, Michael goes above and beyond, as he normally does, to prove that the office is just as “unsafe” as the warehouse. This quote is simply a riot!

We here at AfterBuzz TV want to wish Steve Carell a very happy birthday!

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Courtney McGinley

Courtney McGinley is a student at Pennsylvania State University, majoring in Broadcast Journalism focusing on TV Reporting and minoring in Business.