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50 Classic Archie Bunker Quotes from the Famous “Middle Class American”

Archie Bunker was a surprising character to become a favorite on a television show as you’ll see in these Archie Bunker quotes.

Archie Bunker is a character from the 70s show, All in the Family. While his character was originally created for audiences to hate, the exact opposite happened. Middle-class Americans connected with the character and couldn’t get enough.

A Picture of Archie Bunker

Archie Bunker represented the white male in America who was struggling to come to grasps with the changing society. He struggled with just about all minority groups but showed that he was able to learn and overcome his beliefs about them through his personal experiences.

While that sounds like a serious show, it was anything but. Enjoy these Archie Bunker quotes.

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Funny Archie Bunker quotes

1. “We better not, ya know, kill our chickens before they cross the road.” – Archie Bunker

2. “It’s too late Edith, my bus has sailed.” – Archie Bunker

3. “She takes everything I say out of contest.” – Archie Bunker

4. “Why don’t you take a high dive into the clam drip?” – Archie Bunker

5. “Entertainment is a thing of the past, today we’ve got television.” – Archie Bunker

6. “I am B-U-Z-Y, busy!” – Archie Bunker

7. “That one kind of grapes on my nerves.” – Archie Bunker

8. “It ain’t German to the conversation.” – Archie Bunker

9. “There’s a strong criminal element up there.” – Archie Bunker

10. “I got a unanimous letter.” – Archie Bunker

Memorable Archie Bunker quotes

11. “No, let me tell you something, Mr. Stivic. You are a meathead! A meathead, dead from head up! A meathead!” – Archie Bunker

12. “Well, I’ll tell you one thing about President Nixon. He keeps Pat home. Which was where Roosevelt should have kept Eleanor. Instead, he let her run around loose until one day she discovered the colored. We never knew they were there. She told them they were gettin’ the short end of the stick and we been having trouble ever since.” – Archie Bunker

13. “We’re Just Sweeping Dirty Dishes Under The Rug.” – Archie Bunker

14. “Patience is a virgin.” – Archie Bunker

15. “If it’s too hot in the kitchen, stay away from the cook.” – Archie Bunker

16. “Mrs. O’Leary’s cow is sorry, but Cleveland burned anyway.” – Archie Bunker

17. “Dummy up.” – Archie Bunker

18. “Every man should be king of his castle. And in this here castle, I am the king.” – Archie Bunker

19. “And remember, don’t talk to strangers unless you know them very well.” – Archie Bunker

20. “Anybody that goes to see a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined!” – Archie Bunker

Interesting Archie Bunker quotes

21. “This isn’t something a man usually tells a woman: I love you, Edith.” – Archie Bunker

22. “Edith, somebody’s gotta be dead; that’s life.” – Archie Bunker

23. “Tell her I ain’t crawlin’ home to her with my tail between her legs.” – Archie Bunker

24. “I’ve never seen a man so low and depaved.” – Archie Bunker

25. “I wake up on a Saturday morning, I’m all alone. There’s no note, no nothing. There’s nobody here.” – Archie Bunker

26. “You give my daughter a baby, and you can’t even support a goldfish.” – Archie Bunker

27. “They got the greatest country in the world here. The highest standard of living. The grossest national product.” – Archie Bunker

28. “… Dragging me off to a moving picture like that, it was absolutely disgusting!” – Archie Bunker

29. “I’m telling you, Edith, we’re living in a jungle.” – Archie Bunker

30. “It’s because of this depression, or recession, or whatever they’re calling it.” – Archie Bunker

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Funny one-liner Archie Bunker quotes

31. “It’s in an upward spinal.” – Archie Bunker

32. “He’s still scravengin’ down here.” – Archie Bunker

33. “Hippocritical oath.” – Archie Bunker

34. “The way a doctor writes out a subscription.” – Archie Bunker

35. “I was readin’ an article about the animal population – there’s millions of pets explodin’.” – Archie Bunker

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36. “The Bunkers is going down to Florida as pre-deranged.” – Archie Bunker

37. “My eyesight went blurry from the latitude they put in ‘the mushrooms.” – Archie Bunker

38. “Our marriage vows: till death do us part, for better for worse, in secrets and in health.” – Archie Bunker

39. “We hold these semi-animal meetings.” – Archie Bunker

40. “One of the funniest antidotes of all time.” – Archie Bunker

More Archie Bunker quotes

41. “See if he passed the literacy test.” – Archie Bunker

42. “They laughed at Robert Fulton but without him, New York wouldn’t have a fish market.” – Archie Bunker

43. “Sleeping dogs bark the loudest.” – Archie Bunker

44. ‘Imported from a little town in Italy… Fresno.” – Archie Bunker

45. “Uh, no intense offended there.” – Archie Bunker

46. “He wants his son to follow in his footprints.” – Archie Bunker

47. “You can’t squeeze blood out of a tulip.” – Archie Bunker

48. “Sit right down there, seniorora.” – Archie Bunker

49. “You’re a bartender, y’aint a mortrician.” – Archie Bunker

50. “This ain’t one of these slighthearted occasions.” – Archie Bunker

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What’s your favorite Archie Bunker quotes?

Archie Bunker didn’t get the reaction that was initially expected. And people didn’t forget about his character either.

During the last presidential election in the 70s, people wore shirts that said “Archie for President”. And a new demographic was formed in the voting world known as the “Archie Bunker vote”.

However, this didn’t go away when the show ended. The “Archie Bunker vote” was referenced in both the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections in order to describe a similar group of people.

While sitcoms are meant to entertain, there were also many lessons that could be learned, and can still be learned, from these episodes.

What’s your biggest takeaway from these Archie Bunker quotes and sayings? Do you have any other favorite quotes to add? Let us know in the comment section below.

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  1. Frank

    May 25, 2021 at 9:10 AM

    The one I quote the most is from Edith,’I do believe in nepotism as long as you keep it in the family.’

  2. Mike Torrence

    February 9, 2021 at 11:40 PM

    When Gloria was upset about something she exclaimed “God made a mistake” Archie corrected her by saying “God don’t make mistakes little girl! That’s how He got to be God”

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