HIMYM: 15 Ted Mosby Quotes We Can All Relate To

For all How I Met Your Mother fans out there, we know that you probably live your life by the wisdom of these dynamic and hilarious characters. Although this sitcom has come to an end, fans are still watching and rewatching it over and over again. Most probably have their favorite characters, and some might even live by Barney’s playbook, Marshall’s activism, or Robin’s independence.
However, most can probably agree that Ted drops some pretty incredible one-liners, and they are likely to make you laugh, make you cry, or make you rethink your entire life. In case How I Met Your Mother fans need a dose of some Ted Mosby wisdom, here are some of his best quotes that everyone can relate to.
Updated January 19th, 2021 by Kristen Palamara: Even though How I Met Your Mother has come to a conclusion and has been off the air for years, fans still love to watch and rewatch the series over and over again. Sometimes favorite characters change and although Ted might not be a fan-favorite character, even though he is the main character of the series, he certainly has some universally relatable lines and there are sure to be fans out there who have Ted as their favorite How I Met Your Mother character.

“Everyone Has An Opinion On How Long It Takes To Recover From A Breakup.”

Ted has been through several relationships during How I Met Your Mother and most of them do end in heartbreak. Ted is a sensitive romantic and typically throws himself wholeheartedly into a relationship, which is something a lot of people can relate to when he says this quote. Sometimes people are able to bounce back after a breakup and sometimes people need longer to recover after a bad breakup and it’s a simple and relatable quote from Ted.

“You Can’t Cling To The Past Because No Matter How Tightly You Hold On, It’s Already Gone.”

Wanting to hold onto the past and constantly live in a state of nostalgia for better times is a universally relatable feeling. Ted sums up that feeling, and how it can get someone in trouble, with this quote. He says that there’s no way to actually go back to the past, no matter how hard some people would want to, it’s okay to look back fondly, but there’s no way to go back in time.

“Sometimes Even If You Know How Something’s Gonna End That Doesn’t Mean You Can’t Enjoy The Ride.”

Ted, like anyone, goes through some difficult life moments throughout the show, and yet he tries to look on the bright side and stay optimistic. Most of the characters in How I Met Your Mother don’t have their lives fully planned out, which is relatable and common and Ted is no different. Even if he knows that something might not work out perfectly, he’s not afraid to try it and enjoy himself in the moment.

“Shouldn’t We Hold Out For The Person Who Doesn’t Just Tolerate Our Little Quirks But Actually Kinda Likes Them?

No one is perfect and Ted is no different. Ted has his annoying quirks just like everyone else does, but he brings up a good point with this quote. Some quirks might be incredibly annoying to some but endearing and lovable to others and it’s a good plan to try to find a partner, even if it takes some time, who actually enjoys your quirks instead of someone who hates your quirks.

“You Will Be Shocked, Kids, When You Discover How Easy It Is In Life To Part Ways With People Forever. That’s Why, When You Find Someone You Want To Keep Around, You Do Something About It.”

The older people get the easier it is to lose people in your life just through normal priorities of adulthood, and Ted sums up this sentiment perfectly with this line. With this quote, Ted says that it takes time and effort to maintain a friendship or relationship and when you’re older it’s even more important to make time for those people in your life you care about.

“If You’re Not Scared Then You’re Not Taking A Chance. And If You’re Not Taking A Chance, Then What The Hell Are You Doing Anyway?”

Ted is surprisingly one of the most spontaneous characters on the show. He’s especially pretty unpredictable when it comes to romance, and he definitely takes chances. However, this piece of wisdom probably all had us nodding in agreement. Most can relate to being afraid to take a chance, but Ted proves to us that we should always be scared, and we should always be taking risks.

“Just Like Ryan Gosling In ‘The Notebook’. It Was Pretty Manly ‘Til I Mentioned Ryan Gosling In ‘The Notebook’, Huh?”

This is a hilarious and relatable quote. Regardless of what gender you identify as we definitely all love The Notebook, and everyone definitely has a bit of a crush on Ryan Gosling.
Unfortunately, The Notebook has a bad reputation as being a clichéd rom-com even though it’s a perfectly enjoyable movie and men, in particular, are made fun of for liking it.

“You Can Ask The Universe For Signs All You Want But Ultimately We’ll Only See What We Want To See When We’re Ready To See It.”

Ted is cliché, and while this is definitely one of those times, this quote still resonates pretty deeply with the audience. Ted is always waiting for signs, and it’s easy for all of us to do the same. However, most people need to realize that they might need to wait and be open to life around us, and this is some sound advice from Ted. As the audience gets older, they can definitely relate to the wisdom behind this statement.

“Nothing Good Happens After 2:00 Am When 2:00 Am Rolls Around, Just Go Home And Go To Sleep.”

This is definitely some good advice. In fact, the audience all probably laughed and thought about how absolutely true this statement really is. It’s some good advice that Barney probably doesn’t heed but Ted is most likely at home in bed asleep by 2 am because nothing good happens to him that early in the morning.

“The More You Fight It, The Worse It’s Gonna Get. It’s Like When Your Car Slides On Ice, You Steer Into The Skid.”

Most know how terrible it is to slide on ice, and how it takes every ounce of energy to fight against your instinct and steer into the skid. Most can relate to that sentiment and the analogy that Ted introduces in this quote that takes this common relatable feeling and apply it to feelings and emotions in life. Ted is a prime example of advocating for everyone to share how they truly feel and it’s an important lesson.

“Sorry, Peter. We’re Grown-Ups Now, We Can’t Fly To Neverland With You Anymore.”

This one is simultaneously funny, depressing, and totally relatable. While most wish they could fly to Neverland with Peter Pan and Wendy, everyone knows that adulthood doesn’t have time for that and everyone has to grow up at some point. While everyone can relate to growing up and leaving the fantasy behind us, hopefully, there’s still room for everyone to keep a bit of magic in their lives.

“I Wound Up Shame-Eating The Whole Pizza. I Woke Up All Greasy And Sweaty. My Sheets Looked Like What They Wrap Deli Sandwiches In. Maybe I Should Join A Gym. Do You Go To A Gym?”

This is probably the most relatable quote on this list, and arguably the most hilarious. Ted has a lot of wisdom about life and love, but he’s also totally every one of us when it comes to feeling down, lazy, and tired.
Most have questioned whether they should try to live a healthier lifestyle and go to the gym, and most have been in the vicious cycle of shame that might include stress eating. It’s certainly a relatable Ted quote.

“Because When Baseball, Strippers, And Guns Can’t Help, The Only Thing That Can Really Heal A Broken Heart Is Time.”

Ted pretty much destroys Barney’s entire bro philosophy with this one, but fans know that he’s totally and completely right. At the end of the day, everyone knows that time is the only healer, no matter how hard you try to fix things earlier, time truly does help.

“People Make Fun Of The Guy Who Stays Home Every Night Doing Nothing, But The Truth Is That Guy Is A Genius.”

Ted provides fans with an ultimate relatable quote for anyone who prefers to stay at home. Anyone who has ever turned down a night out to lounge on the couch and binge Netflix and eat popcorn can relate wholeheartedly to this statement. Ted doesn’t always say no to a night out with his friends, but it is a relatable quote as the group gets older that he just prefers to stay in.

“Love Doesn’t Make Sense! You Can’t Logic Your Way Into Or Out Of It. Love Is Totally Nonsensical. But We Have To Keep Doing It Or Else We’re Lost And Love Is Dead, And Humanity Should Just Pack It In. Because Love Is The Best Thing We Do.”

Ted is known for his cheesy, romantic, and, at times, corny storylines and quotes and this line is one of his best quotes that fit into this category. Most can relate to how much love makes no sense, but fans who love Ted are typically hopeful romantics at heart and love every second of being with the people they love. Love is the best thing people can do, and we love Ted for reminding us of that.


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