The Rose family’s matriarch at Schitt’s Creek, Moira Rose is one of the most strange, unique, and hilarious characters on Netflix these days. The show saw Moira Rose develop into an iconic TV comedy figure, between funny one-liners, shrewd shouting, hysterical wigs, and that obscure accent.
While the entire Rose family from Schitt’s Creek brings the funny moments and distinct personalities to the screen, Moira is really a standout.
The acting of Catherine O’Hara and the inflections she plays in her voice makes the Moira Rose quotes particularly memorable. The tragic woes of Moira about having to live in a small town and no longer being wealthy are always petty but oddly relatable.
Moira Rose is totally out there and that is why comedy fans love her! She is certainly not the average mom.
With the beloved series ‘Schitt’s Creek’ that aired its final season, Moira Rose has had plenty of quotes to entertain the audiences. Though the final stretch of episodes made the audience very emotional, there is still a lot of jollity to go around.
Here is a quick look back at the iconic Moira Rose quotes
“You are blind to reality and for that, I am most proud.”
In the second episode of the first season, this quote is spoken, and it provides great insight into who Moira Rose is as a character. As they are adjusting to the realities of their new situation, she says this to her children. No wonder she is proud that they are not conscious of reality because neither is Moira herself. Although the whole Rose family has to quickly become real with reality, over time they do adapt.
“This wine is awful. Give me another glass.”
This is another line from the list of iconic Schitt’s Creek quotes that a lot of people are closely connected to. Winding down with a glass of wine can be soothing at the end of a long day, even if the wine is not very good. At times Moira Rose can go a little overboard when it comes to drinking, but she is definitely not going to let that stop her from having a good time.
“Be careful John, lest you suffer vertigo from the dizzying heights of your moral ground.”
Moira has come up with some amazingly clever comebacks over the course of the season, even when she is not entirely paying attention to what is going on. This specific Moira Rose quote plays to the nature of many of the relationships between Johnny and Moira in Schitt’s Creek. Moira is able to go all out, even though Johnny Rose is more likely to try to keep his family in line.
“Alexis… Something Rose.”
It is no secret that Moira is not receiving any prizes for parenting. Throughout the seasons of Schitt’s Creek, though she grows a lot, it becomes obvious why she and Alexis have not had the best relationship in the past.
Fortunately, a great deal of what happens between Moira and Alexis is played for laughs. Moira, who gave birth to Alexis and named her, has no recollection of the middle name she had given her! We can all laugh at this line because we have all seen how much Moira really cares about Alexis.
“David, stop acting like a disgruntled pelican.”
As far as her parenting is concerned, it is fair to assume that Moira is very quirky. Although she cares about her children, in a lot of ways, she is also very selfish.
As the series goes on even though they stay as over the top as ever, the Rose family learns how to respect each other more and become closer. In this episode from season 3, Moira unexpectedly sees David at a one-night stand. This prompts this weird and funny line that’s just full of sass.
“The live crows on set welcomed me as one of their own. One even tried to mate.”
Soap operas, cruise ships, and very weird horror movies form the legacy of Moira Rose’s acting career. Moira feels she is getting back into the acting game with ‘The Crows Have Eyes III’, but actually, it just proves to everyone else that her acting career is on emergency life support.
Moira is not totally unaware of that, but she also takes her art incredibly seriously, even if it makes the crowd laugh.
“I may have been wrong. You may have been not wrong.”
Moira Rose is not someone who accepts defeat. If she does, it is typically dramatic, with a lot of fanfare, and it is also the end of the world with her admitting it.
When she’s genuinely thinking she’s in the wrong, she doesn’t want to say so, which is why her telling Alexis this after Alexis wanted to have a hometown premiere for Moira’s movie is perfect.
Moira may be able to admit her own mistake grudgingly, but she hardly wants to give Alexis credit for the idea.
“Who knows what will befall us tomorrow, John? You could be hit by a mack truck or bopped on the head by a tiny piece of space debris.”
If someone is there who can make you aware of life’s fragility as you laugh out loud, it is Moira Rose. In the season six premier, she goes through a roller coaster of emotions.
At one point, she honestly believes her acting career is ruined, and she is ready to give it all up in Schitt’s Creek to concentrate on everyday life. That is not valid by the end of the show. The roller coaster makes it possible for her to give us this existential gem.
“The last time I felt this emotionally encumbered, I was playing Lady Macbeth…”
One of Schitt’s Creek’s greatest things is knowing about the characters’ previous experiences and foibles. Though they may be living away from a glamorous life in a small town, they still have a great deal to say about those days.
Moira says this line that reads in its entirety, “The last time I felt this emotionally encumbered, I was playing Lady Macbeth on a Crystal Skies cruise ship during Shakespeare at Sea Week!” This Schitt’s Creek quote is also amusing considering Moira’s illusions of greatness about herself.
“Gossip is the devil’s telephone. Best to just hang up.”
Out of context, some of Moira’s advice might sound fantastic, but she does not always offer advice that she will follow herself. If it suits her, Moira is not one to shy away from gossip or get involved in the business of other people. This does not, however, stop her from asking Twyla to keep herself from gossiping. In the sense that Moira had just been gossiping herself about Alexis’ love life, this among all the Moira Rose quotes is funnier.