For seven seasons, The Golden Girls made us laugh, cry, and feel every emotion in between. It’s hard to believe it’s been 26 years since Dorothy left the house she shared with Rose, Blanche, and Sophia to marry Blanche’s uncle. (Who among us didn’t shed a tear during Dorothy’s conversation with her ex-husband, Stan, in the limo before her wedding during The Golden Girls finale?)
For those who aren’t familiar with the show or who need a bit of a refresher, The Golden Girls was about four older women living as roommates in Miami. There’s Blanche, the man-hungry Southern belle; Dorothy, the sarcastic and cynical substitute teacher; Rose, the not-so-bright one with hilarious stories about her hometown, St. Olaf; and Sophia, Dorothy’s mom, who comes to live with the trio when her nursing home burns down. Together, the foursome get up to some side-splitting antics — and eat a lot of cheesecake.
It’s nearly impossible to pick a favorite moment because the TV show gifted us with so many quotable scenes — not to mention The Golden Girls theme song, which is incredibly catchy. Even though most of The Golden Girls cast is no longer with us, we still have nearly 200 episodes and the most hilarious and poignant Golden Girls quotes to console us when we feel lonely.
Keep scrolling for a nostalgic look back at some of the most memorable Golden Girls quotes.
Golden Girls Quotes Rose
"It's like life is a giant weenie roast, and I'm the biggest weenie!" -Rose
Even though Rose was supposed to be the dumb one, she taught us all some very important life lessons — like how to not take yourself so seriously.
Golden Girls Quotes Blanche Devereaux
"Isn't it amazing how I can feel so bad and still look so good?" -Blanche
Blanche Devereaux, played by Rue McClanahan, was quite the opposite of Rose's goody-two-shoes character. With a charming Southern drawl, Blanche was portrayed as a man-crazy sexpot, constantly going on dates and sharing raunchy stories of her sexual escapades. Though she was often the butt of jokes for her over-the-top flirting, Blanche was and still is an inspiring reminder that we should approach every day with her same level of confidence.
Golden Girls Quotes Rose Nylund Quotes St Olafs
"It's like we say in St. Olaf — Christmas without fruitcake is like St. Sigmund's Day without the headless boy." -Rose
Did you know St. Olaf, Minnesota, is a real place? The tiny town is situated on the west side of the state, and at the last census, it had a population of only 352. It's also the hometown of Rose Nylund, who often shared hysterical stories about her childhood in St. Olaf that were honestly some of the most outlandish things we'd ever heard. Though Rose, who was played by Betty White, wasn't the brightest roommate, her big heart made her endearing to audiences.
Golden Girls Quotes Dorothy Zbornak
"Go to sleep, sweetheart. Pray for brains."
Dorothy Zbornak, portrayed by Bea Arthur, was known for her sharp tongue. She certainly had some zingers, especially for her roommates — but Dorothy may have saved some of her best material for her ex-husband, Stan, who was a recurring guest. Despite her sarcasm, Dorothy's banter never felt truly mean. Alongside Rose's ditziness and Blanche's obsession with men, Dorothy's cutting wit certainly kept the show grounded.
Golden Girls Quotes Sophia Sag
"No matter how bad things get, remember these sage words: You're old, you sag, get over it." -Sophia
Shakespeare wrote "Though she be but little, she is fierce" near the end of the 16th century, so he obviously never had a chance to meet Sophia. But we can't think of a better way to describe Dorothy's spunky mom. It's not hard to see why Dorothy is so quick with the comebacks: She gets it from her mother!
Golden Girls Quotes Blanche Devereaux Quotes
"Well, nobody ever believes me when I'm telling the truth. I guess it's the curse of every devastatingly beautiful woman." -Blanche
Can we use this excuse, too? Even though Blanche's unabashed confidence sometimes turned her roommates off, we think there's something to learn from her belief in her own self-worth. We should all aspire to Blanche's same level of self-love, because you know what? We deserve it!
Golden Girls Quotes Sophia
"Let me tell you a story. Picture it, Sicily..." -Sophia
At the beginning of the first season, Sophia shows up at the girls' house because Shady Pines, the retirement home where she was living, had burned down. Throughout the show, Dorothy frequently threatens to send her mother back. And if "Shady Pines, Ma," is Dorothy's constant refrain, then "Picture it, Sicily..." is Sophia's. Sometimes there's a flashback to accompany her line, but even if there isn't, her delivery was always good for a laugh.
Golden Girls Quotes Rose Nylund
"I eat raw cookie dough. And occasionally, I run through the sprinklers and don't wear a bathing cap. And at Christmas, I've been known to put away more than one eggnog." -Rose
Now, that's a woman after our own hearts! It's easy to get weighed down by the negatives in your life: bills to pay, young people misbehaving, health problems. Perhaps we should all follow Rose's fun, carefree approach to life — she always seemed so happy, didn't she?