Ricky Bobby Quotes

Friday, August 12 by Andrew Jett

Ricky Bobby quotes are the heart and soul of “Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby.” In this 2006 movie, Will Ferrell plays Ricky Bobby, a hotshot NASCAR driver trying to stay atop the standings. Loaded with action, comedy and fun, this movie features many memorable quotes.

  1. “Shake and bake!” Ricky Bobby’s best friend and teammate is Cal Naughton, Jr., played by John C. Reilly. This nonsensical quote is their motto, depicting their friendship and teamwork. The pair use it during races and in their daily life.
  2. “You sound like a dog with peanut butter on the roof of your mouth.” As rival racer Jean Girard, Sacha Baron Cohen is a thorn in Ricky Bobby’s side. Girard is French and his accent confuses Bobby. This quote comes from one of their initial encounters, as Bobby tries to mask his intimidation with testosterone.
  3. “If you ain’t first, you’re last.” Ricky Bobby’s breakneck racing style comes from his cavalier attitude and single-minded determination to win. Of all the Ricky Bobby quotes, this line best sums up his will to win on the NASCAR circuit.
  4. “That is how winners talk!” Ricky Bobby’s sons, Walker and Texas Ranger, are just as arrogant as he is. During a product placement-loaded family dinner, Walker and Texas Ranger begin mocking Bobby’s father-in-law. In this quote, Bobby expresses his approval with his sons’ disrespect.
  5. “I wake up in the morning and I piss excellence.” Most of the best Ricky Bobby quotes depict his egotistical and offbeat nature. Bobby is constantly attempting to convince others of his superiority, with mixed results. This quote may seem cocky at first, but after a moment’s thought it’s more amusing than anything.
  6. “Nobody plays jazz at the Pit Stop!” At Ricky Bobby’s favorite hangout, the Pit Stop, Jean Girard antagonizes Bobby by playing an unfamiliar song on the jukebox. This infuriates Bobby and he unleashes this quote. It sets off an intense and hilarious confrontation between the two.
  7. “Dear 8 pounds 6 ounces, newborn infant Jesus, don't even know a word yet.” Ricky Bobby’s unconventional style translates to his home life as well. At a family dinner, he offers to say Grace, beginning the blessing with this quote. Bobby reveals that he prefers praying to baby Jesus instead of adult Jesus.
  8. “This sticker is dangerous and inconvenient, but I do love Fig Newtons.” In Ricky Bobby’s mind, everything has a price. In addition to his many endorsements, he also sells advertising space on his race car. When he runs out of unoccupied space on the car’s body, Bobby sells the windshield. The sticker completely obstructs his view, leading to this quote.
  9. “I feel like I’m Highlander!” At first, Jean Girard gets the best of Ricky Bobby on the NASCAR track. Defeated and humiliated, Bobby returns home to find himself and prepare for another confrontation with Girard. During their next encounter, Bobby uses this quote to liken the experience to his favorite movie.
  10. “How ‘bout we go get kicked out of an Applebee’s?” One source of Ricky Bobby’s troubles is his rocky relationship with his father. During the emotional climax of “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby,” the two resolve their differences. This unconventional quote is Bobby’s offer of a father-son bonding experience.
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