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Everything You Need To Know About Parenting In 9 Will Ferrell Quotes

Will Ferrell has a special place in your comedic heart. Maybe it was his cowbell excesses in SNL? His boy Blue in Old School? His seductive jazz flute in  Anchorman? But the real reason you love Ferrell now is, unlike other A-list comedians, he exudes dadness. You believe he makes his 3 boys lunch, drops them off at school, and streaks the football field during recess yelling “bring your green hat.” Here’s some of his best parental wisdom — and it will be so good when it hits your ears.

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On The Ultimate Marriage Test

“Before you marry a person you should first make them use a computer with slow Internet to see who they really are.”

On Good Parenting 101

“For fatherhood advice, try to look your child in the eye . . . get to know their name; that becomes important when you want something. And remember to feed them. That’s about all you need.”

On That Cul-De-Sac Life

“I’ve got no dark secrets, I wasn’t beaten up, my parents were kind to me, and there was a low crime rate where we lived. Maybe that’s where the comedy comes from, as some sort of reaction to the safe, boring suburbs.”

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On The Importance Of Communication

“Talk to your children, at least once a week. If you’ve got time, do it 2 or 3 times a week. But otherwise, I find the times where I let weeks and weeks go by without talking to my children, that adds up.”

On How To Turn Your Kid Into Will Ferrell

“My dad turned me onto Peter Sellers as a kid. I loved the fact that he was a unique combination of being extremely subtle and over-the-top all at the same time, and that’s a hard thing to do. I admire that.”

On Being A Prison Warden

“I sometimes equate it to what it must be like running a prison. What happens with three boys is you end up barking out orders like, ‘Upstairs now!’ ‘Brush teeth!’ ‘Lights out!’. There is so much chaos you can’t really take the time to articulate.”

On The Doubts Everyone Shares

“I think anyone who has, you know, is in any sort of artistic pursuit, kind of goes up and down with the way they feel about their work. And I, for the most part, am pretty happy person. But, yeah. I go through definite periods of time where I’m not funny. I’m not good. I’m — I don’t feel original.”


On Personal Grooming Habits

“If you are going to wrestle a bear, try to stay away from all fish oil products, you know. I mean it’s tough for me, because I love to rub myself with salmon oil every day — it’s a great conditioner for the hair, skin.”

On Understanding The Inevitable

“There’s always going to be someone as funny as you or funnier.”