40+ Fin-tastic 'Finding Nemo' & 'Finding Dory' Quotes That So Totally Rock

40+ Finding Nemo Quotes That’ll Remind You To ‘Just Keep Swimming’

February 3, 2021 Updated May 26, 2021

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“Just keep swimming.” This classic line from one of our favorite (albeit forgetful) fish friends has gotten us all through bad days aplenty. Ellen DeGeneres delivers a one-of-a-kind performance as Dory in Finding Nemo and the aptly-named sequel, Finding Dory. A dynamic duo, these two movies top our list for Friday night movies with the kids. But, c’mon, sometimes you just can’t wait till the weekend. If you need a little mid-week mood boost but don’t have time for a double-feature, we’ve got three words for you: Finding Nemo quotes. Because it’s always a good time to revisit some of the best lines from the cutest lucky-finned clownfish ever (AKA Nemo), along with Marlin, Dory, Crush, and the whole underwater gang.

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In fact, if you’re looking for on-the-nose life advice, look no further than any Pixar film. Mentioned above, the uplifting (yet deceptively simple) Dory quote “Just keep swimming” is one of the many hidden gems you’ll find in these family-friendly productions. We also recommend checking out the many wise quotes in The Incredibles, Inside Out, Toy Story, Up, and Monsters, Inc.

But for more pearls (and hilarious one-liners) from this particular fishy franchise, read on for the best Finding Nemo quotes.

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Finding Nemo Quotes

  1. “OK. I’m thinking of something orange, and it’s small…” — Dory
  2. “I shall call him Squishy and he shall be mine, and he shall be my Squishy.” — Dory
  3. Mr. Turtle is my father. The name’s Crush.” — Crush
  4. “When life gets you down, you know what you gotta do? Just keep swimming.” — Dory
  5. “Of course I like you. It’s because I like you, I don’t want to be with you. It’s a complicated emotion.” — Marlin
  6. “You guys made me ink.” — Pearl
  7. “You got a problem, buddy? Huh? Huh? Do ya, do ya, do ya?” — Dory
  8. “I can read? That’s right, I can READ!” — Dory
  9. “Fish are friends, not food.” — Bruce
  10. “So, we’re cheating death now. That’s what we’re doing, and we’re having fun at the same time.” — Dory
  11. “Mine! Mine! Mine!” — The Seagulls
  12. “Nemo, newcomer of orange and white, you have been called forth to the summit of Mt. Wannahockaloogie to join with us in the fraternal bonds of tankhood!” — Jacques
  13. “Yes, I’m a natural blue.” — Dory
  14. “I look at you, and I… and I’m home. Please… I don’t want that to go away. I don’t want to forget.” — Dory
  15. “I remember it like it was yesterday. Of course, I don’t really remember yesterday all that well.” — Dory
  16. “On my honor, or may I be chopped up and made into soup.” — Bruce
  17. “Fish aren’t made to be in a box, kid.” — Gill
  18. “I’m H2O intolerant. Achoo!” — Sheldon
  19. “For a clownfish, he really isn’t that funny.” — Bill
  20. “Now hop inside my mouth, if you want to live.” — Nigel
  21. “Oh, man. Hey, no hurling on the shell, dude, OK? Just waxed it.” — Crush
  22. “Look, you’re really cute, but I can’t understand what you’re saying. Say the first thing again.” — Marlin
  23. “Es-cap-ay. That’s funny, it’s spelled just like ‘Escape.'” — Dory
  24. “Fishy? Fishy? Wake up!” — Darla

Finding Dory

  1. “The best things happen by chance.” — Dory
  2. “When something is too hard… there is always another way.” — Charlie
  3. “Well, you never really know, but when they know, you know, y’know?” — Crush
  4. “It means you can do whatever you put your mind to.” — Jenny
  5. “What do you mean? Just tell me. I’m OK with crazy!” — Dory
  6. “Wow! Look at all the exhibits. How can you do this park in one day, seriously?” — Dory
  7. “You trust Becky? Becky’s eating a cup!” — Marlin
  8. “How come every time we’re on the edge of this reef, one of us is trying to leave? For once, can’t we just enjoy the view?” — Marlin
  9. “I suffer from short-term memory loss. It runs in my family. At least, I think it does.” — Dory
  10. “I remembered something! That’s not possible, is it? OK, is it like a picture in your head and then you think, I’ve seen this before? I’ve just used the word before, which means I’m remembering something! What was I talking about?” — Dory
  11. “Sea lions… they’re natural predators… they could pounce at any moment.” — Marlin
  12. “The best things happen by chance because that’s life. That’s you being with me out in the ocean, not safe in some glass box.” — Dory
  13. “Not me, kid, I don’t want anyone to worry about. You’re lucky. No memories. No problems.” — Hank
  14. “Yup. Unforgettable.” — Dory
  15. “Yeah, Dad, you can get us all the way across the ocean. Right?” — Nemo
  16. “You lost a tentacle? Well, then you’re not an octopus, you’re a septopus. I may not remember, but I can count.” — Dory
  17. “That is the nicest offer I’ve gotten all day… I think… I can’t remember. Anyhoo! Thanks but, heh, I’m looking for someone. Ugh, can’t remember, can’t remember, can’t remember!” — Dory
  18. “A field trip? Ooh! I love field trips. Where are we going?” — Dory
  19. “Anyway, I would say the scariest moment of the trip was the four sharks.” — Marlin
  20. “Nemo did. Obviously, we had to cross the ocean to find him so, ha, you know. He went first.” — Dory