90 This Is Us Quotes That'll Make You Wish You Were Part Of The Pearson Fam

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There are TV families, and then there are the Pearsons — the group at the heart of NBC’s hit drama series This Is Us. What started with Pittsburgh parents Jack and Rebecca, along with their “Big Three,” has evolved over several seasons to endear us to countless other characters: Randall’s prodigal dad William, Jack’s estranged brother Nicky, Kate’s hilarious husband Toby, Kevin’s many romances, Dr. K… we even love Miguel at this point! Because the truth is, This Is Us transcends the screen and makes you feel like another member of the ever-expanding fam. And a huge reason for that is the show’s poignant and incredibly relatable dialogue. It’s no wonder This Is Us quotes are shared in hyperloop speed on social media.

We’ll be honest: When the series first started, we had our doubts. It followed only one year after another beloved TV family went off the air with the end of Parenthood and our weekly dose of feel-good crying courtesy of the Braverman family tree. So, when another family-centered drama surfaced, promising to be just as much of a touchstone, well, we weren’t buying it. But now, several seasons in, we’re happy to admit just how wrong we were. The Pearsons have managed to fill the Braverman-sized hole in our hearts — and now we’ve joined the rest of the internet in sharing memes from the show while we have a sobfest over the latest storylines.

So, grab a box of Kleenex and get ready to feel all the feels. The following This Is Us quotes will remind you of the enduring power of love, family, and, naturally, the Pearsons.

Best This Is Us Quotes

Jack Pearson (Milo Ventimiglia)


  1. “I just keep thinking about my wife and how I just want to get home to her, hang out with her, make sure she’s OK. Which is crazy, because she’s at her absolute worst right now. I mean, like, Exorcist level bad. But I still don’t want to escape her. Or my future vomiting, crap-riddled kids. I just want more time with them. I want to freeze time with them, so that I can get a little bit more.”
  2. “You find your soulmate, you get married, you stay together until you die, period.”
  3. “You are my daily meteor shower.”
  4. (To Randall) “The moment I saw you, I knew you were my boy.”
  5. “You got to own your choices, boys. Choose them fully and don’t look back.”
  6. “We’re their parents… we do the best we can. But at the end of the day, what happens to them — how they turn out — that’s bigger than us. Sometimes they’ll make good decisions. Sometimes they’ll make bad decisions. And every once in a while, they’re gonna do something that’s gonna knock us off our feet. Something that exceeds even our wildest dreams. Our kids are gonna be fine.”
  7. “When I held you for the first time, right here in the hospital, it hit me like a bolt of lightning. You were my purpose. And I swear to you, son, I swear to you, you’ll find yours.”
  8. “If it’s between you and having kids, you win, every time. No question.”
  9. “I can’t go back to who I am before I met you.”
  10. “Some people think the scariest part is coming to the hospital to have the baby. The scariest part is leaving the hospital with the baby.”
  11. “I am thankful for my family. I’m thankful that we’re all safe and there’s no one in the world that I’d rather be too hot or too cold with.”
  12. “You’re not just my great love story… you are my big break. And our love story.”
  13. “I love the mother that you are. I love that you are still the most beautiful woman in any room and that you laugh with your entire face.”
  14. “You’re going to find your balance — and then you’re gonna lose it, and then you’re gonna find it again. That’s the ride. And you’re gonna make a lot of choices, and I’m probably not gonna be around for all of them. The choices you make are gonna be spectacular, because you are spectacular, son.”
  15. “Sometimes we lose things. Things that we love. And it makes us feel sad. Really sad. And I know right now it feels like the worst thing in the world. But I promise you, you’re gonna find something else to love.”
  16. “I love you as much as a human heart can love.”
  17. “You know, when I was a little boy, I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up. Adults always ask little kids that. I never had a good answer. Not until I was 28. Until the day that I met you. That’s when I knew exactly what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wanted to be the man that made you happy.”
  18. “You make me feel like I’m home.”
  19. “Sometimes you’ll have to play up to the competition, sometimes you’ll have to play down. But play the game.”
  20. “That’s what makes our parents loom so large in our heads, I think. They’re a million things to us all at once. And even after they’re long gone, we’re stuck with them. Can’t help it. They’re inside of us.”

Rebecca Pearson (Mandy Moore)


  1. “When you’re a mom, you get a front-row seat to the best show in town: Watching your kids grow up.”
  2. “I’m terrified that I’m going to make a hundred wrong decisions to keep you guys from living the perfect lives that you deserve, but I will protect you fiercely, and I will always sing to you when you can’t sleep, and I will always be excited to hear you laugh.”
  3. “For the past 16 years, I have put everything and everyone ahead of myself.”
  4. “Please do not tell me what my husband would do if he loved me. My husband’s a freaking superhero, and you have no idea what you’re talking about.”
  5. “Sometimes, in marriage, someone has to be the one to push to make the big moves.”
  6. “No. It’s not your job to make me feel better. It’s not. It’s my job. It’s my job to keep standing there with my arms wide open, waiting for you to maybe someday fall inside if you needed it. And if you do, I’ll love you. And if you don’t, I’ll love you, too. Because that’s what it means to be a parent. You’ll see one day.”
  7. “Just because you’re sensitive doesn’t mean you’re not strong.”
  8. “Our marriage wasn’t perfect; it’s true. But none are. Your father wasn’t perfect either, but he was pretty damn close. As close as they come. He pushed a stranger on me, and that stranger became my child, and that child became my life. He became you.”
  9. “The happiest moments will also be a little sad.”
  10. “It’s so strange, isn’t it? How, just like that, a complete stranger can become such a big part of your story. It’s actually kind of terrifying, you know? How a single cross with one person you’ve never met can change everything.”

Randall Pearson (Sterling K. Brown)


  1. “When you make a commitment to a child, you got to stick to it.”
  2. “Everyone sees their childhood with different lenses.”
  3. “My dad put on a tie every day because he had to. I put one on every day because I want to.”
  4. “Life feels like Pac-Man sometimes, I guess. It’s the same game over and over again. Same board. Same ghosts. Sometimes, you get a bunch of cherries but eventually and inevitably, those ghosts catch up with you.”
  5. “Sexiest thing about myself is his sense of humor.”
  6. “Maybe instead of running in the morning, I’ll go for a walk. Slow it down a little. Talk to the mailman. That seems like a good way to start the day.”
  7. “You see, for days, I’ve been plagued by the question: How do I honor my father’s legacy? Then I realized, I honor his legacy by taking what I learned from the way he lived his life and use it to shape the way I go on living mine.”
  8. “Maybe I don’t run into burning buildings for a living, but to me, my work is challenging and exciting. I will not apologize for the fact that it’s hard to explain to people.”
  9. “It’s family that makes me special. You four are what makes me great. And I’m sorry if I haven’t done a good job of showing you that enough.”
  10. “What we can control are the people we choose. Choosing our people is the closest we come to controlling our destiny.”

Beth Pearson (Susan Kelechi Watson)


  1. “How you present yourself on the outside reflects how you feel on the inside.”
  2. “Understanding and forgiveness are two very different animals.”
  3. “When I look in your eyes, I see my home. I see eternity. And no matter what may come our way, I promise that I’ll always choose you.”
  4. “I wasn’t expecting you. I didn’t think that we would end up together. The single most extraordinary thing I’ve ever done with my life is fall in love with you. I’ve never been so completely, loved so passionately and protected so fiercely.”
  5. “That pain is not forever. This moment in time is not forever. Nothing is forever, except us.”
  6. “There’s a fine line between caring and worrying, and sometimes that line gets blurry.”
  7. “We don’t work when we’re apart. But, together… baby, together, we set the world on fire.”
  8. “If you’re only going to other people about what’s happening in your marriage, it can be dangerous territory.”
  9. (To Kevin) “I adore you, bro-in-law. OK? I know I don’t always say it out loud because it kind of ruins my schtick, but I do. You’re the only person who talks to my kids like they’re people and not just kids. You’re kind. You’re funny. And everything about the way you look says people should hate you, but somehow everybody loves you. I love you.”
  10. “This family is not gonna be the thing that keeps you from succeeding tomorrow. This family lifts each other up. You hear me?”

Kevin Pearson (Justin Hartley)


  1. “I painted this because I felt like the play was about life, you know? And life is full of color. And we each get to come along and we add our own color to the painting, you know?”
  2. “The point is, I don’t know what we are. OK? That’s the truth. I don’t know what I think we are. I just know that I like the fact that there’s a ‘we’ for us to talk about.”
  3. “Sometimes you just got to do the right thing. You got to do the right thing, even if it’s not what you want.”
  4. “I mean, my dad is not with us anymore. He’s not alive, but he’s with us. He’s with me every day.”
  5. “You walking into my fourth grade class… that’s the best thing that ever happened to me in my entire life. Actually, that’s not true, scratch that. That’s the second best thing that ever happened to me. The best thing that ever happened to me was you telling me that you’d marry me.”
  6. “It all just sort of fits somehow. And even if you don’t understand how yet, people will die in our lives, people that we love. In the future. Maybe tomorrow. Maybe years from now. I mean, it’s kind of beautiful, right? If you think about it, the fact that just because someone dies, just because you can’t see them or talk to them anymore, it doesn’t mean they’re not still in the painting. I think maybe that’s the point of the whole thing. There’s no dying. There’s no you or me or them. It’s just us.”
  7. “We go through this life slowly but surely, just collecting these little pieces of ourselves that we can’t really live without until, eventually, we have enough of them to where we feel whole.”
  8. “‘I’m sorry’ is like a magic word when you’re a kid. Doesn’t matter what you did. Say you’re sorry and it all goes away. Then you grow up, and it just doesn’t work anymore, does it?”
  9. “You have seen things that 99 percent of us, we can’t even imagine. And yeah, you made some mistakes along the way, but you’re trying. That doesn’t make you unlovable, it makes you human.”
  10. “When big things end, it’s hard not to imagine how they started.”

Kate Pearson (Chrissy Metz)


  1. “It’s always going to be about the weight for me… it’s been my story ever since I was a little girl. And every moment that I’m not thinking about it, I’m thinking about it. Like, will this chair hold me? Will this dress fit me? And if I ever get pregnant, would anyone ever notice? It’s just at the core of who I am, it’s just deep inside, and eight tequila shots can only mask that for a couple hours.”
  2. “I like to pride myself that I was the first person to realize that Randall Pearson was the coolest person in the world.”
  3. “I want you to be here for me, but even more for Jack. I want my son to grow up with that Rebecca Pearson level magic, too.”
  4. “Babe, we’re starting a new family. Our family. And no, we don’t have all of your action figures to pass down. And no, we don’t have my handmade football stadium. But babe, we come with us. You don’t need to pass down your favorite thing to your son because I know with every part of me that you are gonna be our son’s favorite thing. You.”
  5. “Don’t ever stop trying to make me see the way you see me.”
  6. “My son is gonna live a life without limits. I know my family can’t give him sight, but they can damn sure give him that.”
  7. “Football is a really big part of my family.”
  8. “Mom, I know that our stuff, it can be complicated sometimes. But it’s because all that I’ve ever wanted was to be like you. I want to be a singer like you. I want to be a mom like you. I want to have a marriage like yours. Mom, you are not in my way. You are my way.”
  9. “Toby, it happened to me. It didn’t happen to you.”
  10. “But the truth is I’m strong. And the things that I have been through have made me tough as hell.”

Toby Damon (Chris Sullivan)


  1. “I would totally marry you if that’s something you’re down with.”
  2. “Now, I want you to picture the love of your life. Imagine that you have 30 seconds to win her back. One shot, three sentences. What are those sentences and who are you saying them to?”
  3. “The hardest part about seeing someone you love in pain is not being able to do anything about it, except try not to make it worse.”
  4. “Dessert is my life’s work.”
  5. “Woosh? What is that, the sound that marriage makes?”
  6. “I’d marry the hell out of you, Kate Pearson.”
  7. “The one thing I cannot live without is you.”
  8. “When you smile, the world is a better place, see? The world just got a little better.”
  9. “OK. How about this? You can watch football, all by yourself, which is totally normal, but with me.”
  10. “I single-handedly financed my therapist’s new Tesla.”

William Hill (Ron Cephas Jones)


  1. “It is better to have loved and lost, surely, but try not to lose it all.”
  2. “Thank you for doing what I couldn’t. For raising him to be the man he is.”
  3. “Roll all the windows down, crank up the music, grow out that fro. Let someone else make your bed.”
  4. “You deserve it. You deserve the beautiful life you’ve made. You deserve everything.”
  5. “I know it feels like you have all the time in the world. But you don’t. So, stop playing it so cool. Catch the moments of your life. Catch them while you’re young and quick. Because sooner than you know it, you’ll be old. And slow. And there’ll be no more of them to catch.”
  6. “I feel like sex. I feel like magic. I feel like music!”
  7. “I haven’t had a happy life. Bad breaks. Bad choices. A life of almosts and could-haves. Some would call it sad, but I don’t. ‘Cause the two best things in my life were the person in the very beginning and the person at the very end. That’s a pretty good thing to be able to say, I think.”
  8. “It feels like all these beautiful pieces of life are flying around me and I’m trying to catch them.”
  9. “I did everything wrong by you, and you’ve done everything right.”
  10. “Told you I’d send you a postcard. Goodbye, my dearest Beth. The daughter I never had. Love, William.”

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