5 Wonderfully Nihilistic “Rick and Morty” Quotes

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Rick and Morty is a sci-fi fantasy comedy which somehow manages to make us laugh out loud while also provoking us to ask some pretty profound philosophical questions. Here are five times that the show got us questioning love, the education system, life and the universe before pointing us towards some pretty nihilistic conclusions.

Rick Potion #9

“Listen, Morty, I hate to break it to you, but what people call ‘love’ is just a chemical reaction that compels animals to breed. It hits hard, Morty, then it slowly fades, leaving you stranded in a failing marriage.”

Ricky Business

Birdperson on Rick’s catchphrase: “It’s not nonsense at all. In my people’s tongue it means, ‘I am in great pain, please help me.'”

Rixty Minutes

“I’m a version of your brother you can trust when he says ‘Don’t run.’ Nobody exists on purpose, nobody belongs anywhere, everybody’s gonna die. Come watch TV.”


“I’ll tell you how I feel about school, Jerry: it’s a waste of time. Bunch of people runnin’ around bumpin’ into each other, got a guy up front says, ‘2 + 2,’ and the people in the back say, ‘4.’ Then the bell rings and they give you a carton of milk and a piece of paper that says you can go take a dump or somethin’. I mean, it’s not a place for smart people, Jerry.”

Something Ricked This Way Comes

Butter robot: “What is my purpose?”
Rick: “You pass butter.”
Butter robot: “Oh my god.”