Phil Dunphy’s 10 Best Quotes On Modern Family

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There are so many reasons to love Phil Dunphy from Modern Family, and Ty Burrell plays the role so well. He’s without a doubt one of our favorite dads on television right now. The best thing about Phil Dunphy is the way that he expresses himself. He is constantly dishing out jokes, making puns and offering up hilarious friendly advice to his kids. His playful attitude and harmless personality makes him seem like a little kid trapped in an adult’s body. You just can’t help but love this guy. So we’ve compiled a list of 10 things to love about Phil along with his best quotes. Enjoy!

10. He’s Proud to be a Cheerleader

“Cheerleading in my college was cool. The football players were so jealous they wouldn’t even let me and my buddies, Trevor, Scotty and Ling go to their parties.” (“Fifteen Percent,” Season 1, Episode 13)

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9. His Puns

“So they’ve asked me to…’Phil in’” (“Strangers on a Treadmill,” Season 2, Episode 4)

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8. He’s a Cool Dad

“I’m a cool dad, that’s my thang. I’m hip, I surf the web, I text. LOL: laugh out loud, OMG: oh my god, WTF: why the face.” (“Pilot,” Season 1, Episode 1)

7.  He Supports his Kids

“You want to be that rock your kids grab hold of in a stormy sea….Actually a rock would sink. So a floating rock.” (“Fears,” Season 1, Episode 16)

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6. He’s Phil-osophical

“If you love something, set it free…unless it’s a tiger.” (“Schooled,” Season 4, Episode 2)


5. He’s a Successful Realtor

“If you show enough houses, you learn all the tricks. Every realtor is just a ninja in a blazer. The average burglar breaks in and leaves clues everywhere, but not me. I’m completely clueless.” (“Airport,” Season 1, Episode 22)


4. He’s a Good Husband

“Trust me, I had plenty of fun in my time. Then, I met your mom.” (“Truth Be Told,” Season 1, Episode 17)

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3. He Gives Good Advice

“Success is 1% inspiration, 98% perspiration and 2% attention to detail.” (“Schooled,” Season 4, Episode 2) 


2. He Appreciates Nature

“Watch a sunrise at least once a day.” (“Schooled,” Season 4, Episode 2)

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1. He Teaches Good Life Lessons

“When life gives you lemonade, make lemons. Life will be all like, ‘What?!?!’” (“Schooled,” Season 4, Episode 2)

Katherine G

Katherine G

Katherine is the Managing Editor for Health and Parenting, but she has a soft spot for entertainment. She loves binging shows on Netflix, reality TV is a guilty pleasure, and country music is her go-to playlist. When she's not writing, she's spending time outdoors, especially with her puppy Zoey!