Chances are you already know a slew of quotes from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Ferris and his crew were full of insight, sarcasm, youth, and more. They made us laugh, they made us think, they even taught us how to play hooky from high school. Here are some of the best Ferris Bueller quotes that have made the 1986 film Ferris Bueller’s Day Off film so timeless.
NERD NOTE: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off opened in theaters on June 15, 1986, and grossed $6,275,647 on its opening weekend. The film’s budget was only $6,000,000. It went on to earn a cumulative worldwide gross of $70,136,369.
1“Life Moves Pretty Fast”
Here’s a great Ferris Buller quote that you probably didn’t know came from this movie. Ferris was undoubtedly insightful. He dropped this existential bomb on us. Hurry up and stitch it on a pillow.
- Ferris: Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
2“Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?”
Have you ever tried to talk to someone who just wasn’t listening? Then you found yourself asking, “Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?” in a monotone voice? You can thank Ferris Bueller’s economics teacher, played by comedian Ben Stein, for this famous quote. Stein had a degree in Economics and was instructed by director John Hughes to give an actual Economics lecture in his classroom scenes. While calling roll call in class, Stein’s attempts to locate Ferris Buller in class resulted in the most famous roll-call moment in history.
- Economics Teacher: Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?
- Simone: Um, he’s sick. My best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who’s going with the girl who saw Ferris pass out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it’s pretty serious.
- Economics Teacher: Thank you, Simone.
- Simone: No problem whatsoever.
3“Pucker Up Buttercup”
- Ed Rooney: Ed Rooney.
- Cameron: (Disguising voice as George Peterson) Ed. This is George Peterson.
- Ed Rooney: How are you today, sir?
- Cameron: (Voice disguised) Well, we’ve had a bit of bad luck this morning as you may have heard.
- Ed Rooney: Yeah I heard, and man, I’m all broken up, boy, what a blow.
- Cameron: (Disguised) Yeah. Yeah. Well, uh, it’s been a tough morning and we got a lot of family business to take care of, so if you wouldn’t mind excusing Sloane, I’d appreciate it.
- Ed Rooney: Uh, yeah, sure, no I’d be happy to, yeah you, uh, you just produce a corpse, and uh, I’ll release Sloane. I wanna see this dead grandmother first hand.
- Grace: Ed?
- Ed Rooney: It’s alright, Grace, it’s Ferris Bueller the little twerp. I’m gonna set a trap and let him fall right in it.
- Grace: Ooh!
- Cameron: (Disguised) I’m sorry, Ed, did you say you wanted to see a body?
- Ed Rooney: Yeah, that’s right, just, uh, roll her old bones on over here, and I’ll dig up your daughter. You know that’s school policy.
- Cameron: (Disguised) Oh.
- Ed Rooney: Was this your mother?
- Cameron: (Disguised) Uh, no my wife’s mother.
- Grace: (Picks up ringing phone) Ed Rooney’s office.
- Ferris: Hi this is Ferris Bueller, can I speak to Mr. Rooney, please? Thank you.
- Grace: (Caught off-guard) Uh… hold.
- Ed Rooney: Tell ya what, dipshit. If you don’t like my policies you can come on down here and smooch my big ole’ white butt.
- Grace: ED!
- Ed Rooney: Pucker up buttercup.
- Ed Rooney: What?
- Grace: Ferris Bueller is on line 2.
4“If you stuck a lump of coal up his ass, in two weeks, you’d have a diamond.”
Ferris knew how to describe his friends, well, lyrically.
- Ferris: “Pardon my French, but Cameron is so tight that if you stuck a lump of coal up his ass, in two weeks you’d have a diamond.”
5“It Is His Fault He Didn’t Lock The Garage”
- Cameron: The 1961 Ferrari 250GT California. Less than a hundred were made. My father spent three years restoring this car. It is his love, it is his passion.
- Ferris: It’s his fault he didn’t lock the garage.
6“We’ll Drive Home Backward”
Maybe if Ferris would’ve attended a driver’s ed class or two, he wouldn’t have said the following lines to Cameron.
- Ferris: Look, it’s really simple. Whatever mileage we put on, we’ll take off.
- Cameron: How?
- Ferris: We’ll drive home backward.
That’s not how that works, Ferris. Ferris likes to cut class, but apparently he skipped driver’s education one too many times.
7“It’s A Little Childish And Stupid, But Then, So Is High School.”
This whole movie happened because Ferris Bueller faked a stomach cramp, leaned over, and licked his hands — making them clammy and he appears to be sick to his concerned mother.
- Ferris: It’s a little childish and stupid, but then, so is high school.
8“The Place Is Like A Museum”
If you’ve ever been to someone’s house that feels sterile and un-lived in, then this quote probably made you chuckle.
- Ferris: (Describing Cameron’s house) The place is like a museum. It’s very beautiful and very cold, and you’re not allowed to touch anything.
9“Your Ass Is Mine”
- Ed Rooney: Les jeux sont faits. Translation: the game is up. Your ass is mine.
10“You’re Not Dying, You Just Can’t Think Of Anything Good To Do.”
Cameron didn’t exactly want to be a part of Ferris’ hooky adventure. But Ferris convinced him with such quotes as, “You’re not dying, you just can’t think of anything good to do.” And Ferris was probably right.
- Cameron: (Whispering to himself after hanging up from a phone call with Ferris) I’m dying.
- (Phone rings, and Cameron answers) Ferris: (over the phone) You’re not dying, you just can’t think of anything good to do.
11“You Can Never Go Too Far”
This quote, said by Ferris, is the type of ideal that got him and his comrades into their adventure. We bet Cameron’s dad, owner of the famous, red 1961 Ferrari 250GT California, wouldn’t agree.
- Cameron: Okay Ferris, can we just let it go, please?
- Sloane: Ferris, please. You’ve gone too far. We’re going to get busted.
- Ferris: A) You can never go too far. B) If I’m gonna get busted, it is not gonna be by a guy like that.
12“You’re Still Here? It’s Over!”
It’s common nowadays for movies to have creative closing credit sequences or special content after the credits. But in 1986, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was one of the first movies ever to integrate content into the credits.
- Ferris: (After the end credits) … You’re still here? It’s over!
Famous Quotes From Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Did you know that the script for Ferris Bueller’s Day Off was written in only 6 days? Director John Hughes wrote it mid-writers-strike in the early 1980s. His idea was simple, “I want to do this movie about a kid who takes a day off from school and… that’s all I know so far.” The result was this classic teen comedy that we all know and love. And of course, the story takes place in Hughes’ favorite fictional town of Shermer, Illinois.
Were you surprised to discover that you already knew some of these Ferris Bueller quotes? This movie about high school kids was loved and adored by many — even adults. It’s still getting quoted today, whether you’re dropping a “Bueller?” on your friend or contemplating how life passes by in the blink of an eye.
Unfortunately, there won’t be a Ferris Bueller 2. The idea of a Ferris Bueller sequel had been discussed for years, but it was eventually dropped. Matthew Broderick was presented with ideas about Ferris in college, or on the job somewhere. But he felt that the film didn’t need a sequel, that this film was about a specific time and place that we’d all like to revisit, and didn’t need updating.
Thanks for reading our list of famous Ferris Bueller quotes!
NERD NOTE: John Hughes offered Bill Paxton the garage attendant role after working with him on Weird Science (1985). However, Paxton thought that the role was too small and turned him down. Hughes didn’t take the news well and never offered Paxton another role in one of his projects. Paxton said it was one of the biggest regrets of his career.