Lorelai Gilmore Quotes to Live By

Oh, the things we learned from 'Gilmore Girls'.

13 Lorelai Gilmore Quotes to Live By

If you're anything like us, you're only slightly embarrassed by your die-hard (former) obsession with Gilmore Girls. Yeah, that happened. Remember the early 2000's? Those were the good ol' days. Anyway, you probably cried buckets on the day the show ended, after seven amazing seasons of pithy, laugh-out-loud (and yes, occasionally emotional) moments between unstoppable mother-daughter duo Lorelai and Rory Gilmore. We have to admit we did too. No judgments here.

Well okay, so you didn't cry buckets. Chances are, though, you still felt pretty heartbroken. I mean, you could count on Gilmore Girls for just about everything. Emotional mother/daughter relationships? Check. Constant entertainment? Check. Sage life advice in the form of amazing quips from the incorrigible Lorelai Gilmore? Always. Check, check, and check.

That's why we're here to bring you a major throwback to Gilmore Girls – and our favorite quotes by (and things we've learned from) Ms. Lorelai Gilmore.

"There are many paths in life. There's the 'Hey, you're cute, sure, I'll marry you after graduation and med school' and the 'Can you drive Susie to soccer today, 'cause I've got a pedicure?' path. And then there's my path, where I found myself 16 and pregnant and I realized 'I have to get a job, I have to raise a kid and being me, I have to do it all by myself.' Not easy. But the thing with my path was, when I reached the end, I turned around and realized I'd ended up someplace really good."

–Lorelai Gilmore

This was the moment at the very beginning of the show when we first realized we were going to fall in love with Gilmore Girls, and, to say the least, this intriguing and independent female character. Little did we know at that point, though, the effect this Lorelai Gilmore would soon have on our young and easily influenced minds and hearts.

The first lesson she had for us: Coffee is the answer. Coffee is also known as the simply the utterly incomparable and delicious liquid we use to deal with everything ever in our adult lives.

13 Lorelai Gilmore Quotes to Live By

Seriously, I was just thinking this earlier today. (But actually. I'm not exaggerating.) Where's my caffeine I.V. at?!

To further prove our point, when asked, "Do you like coffee?" by her first- and second-season beau (and Rory's teacher at Chilton) Max Medina, Lorelai famously responds, "Only with my oxygen." Ah, a girl after our own hearts.

On a more serious note, Lorelai taught us that we're all reduced to nothing more than babbling idiot-speak when it comes to love.

13 Lorelai Gilmore Quotes to Live By

Even though Lorelai often had her own emotional heartaches and messy breakups to deal with, she still touched our hearts (and Rory's) with her poignant quotes about life. "We're almost there, and nowhere near it," she told Rory during their spontaneous road trip after she broke up with fiance Max in season two. "All that matters is we're going."

And she was nothing if not a good mom.

13 Lorelai Gilmore Quotes to Live By

We related to her in a major way when Lorelai summed up romantic love in this simple quote spoken to Luke: "It's all any of us wants, to find a nice person to hang out with 'til we drop dead. Not a lot to ask!"

I mean, right?!

Not to mention, she was always on point when it came to coming up with clever one-liners that nonetheless summed up our entire attitude toward life.

13 Lorelai Gilmore Quotes to Live By

Same, Lorelai. Same.

There was that life-changing moment after Rory and her first boyfriend, Dean, break up, and Lorelai gives Rory (and not to mention, all of us high school girls dealing with our first breakups) this very wise, very sound advice: "I think what you really need to do today is wallow."

To which the ever-practical Rory responds, naturally, "Wallow?"

"Oh yeah," Lorelai tells her. "Get back in your pajamas, go to bed, eat nothing but gallons of ice cream and tons of pizza, don’t take a shower or shave your legs or put on any kind of makeup at all and just sit in the dark and watch a really sad movie and have a good long cry and just wallow. You need to wallow." 

The all-knowing Lorelai even knows just how much we hate Mondays, and the impending doom of their weekly inevitability.

13 Lorelai Gilmore Quotes to Live By

She sums up our conflicted opinions on flexibility with the utterly sensible (and not at all sarcastic) declaration, "I can be flexible. As long as everything is exactly the way I want it, I'm totally flexible." Just in case you couldn't tell, we were being sarcastic. Hey, we learned from the best!

Most importantly, the best TV mom ever taught us the importance of valuing the relationships that really matter in our lives. "I don't have many people in my life who are in my life permanently, forever. They will always be there for me, I will always be there for them."

Clearly, Lorelai Gilmore knows all.

13 Lorelai Gilmore Quotes to Live By