Seinfeld at 25: The show's best quotes

'Jerry, just remember, it's not a lie if you believe it'

Seinfeld first aired 25 years ago this week, and would go on to inspire legions of imitators and disciples.

It also made a load of us laugh.

Below, we celebrate the juiciest lines from Jerry and co.

Elaine Benes: "I'm not a lesbian. I hate men, but I'm not a lesbian" –

George Costanza: "I have a bad feeling that whenever a lesbian looks at me they think 'That's why I'm not a heterosexual.'"

George Costanza: "I've driven women to lesbianism before, but never a mental institution"

George Costanza: "You know I always wanted to pretend I was an architect"

George Costanza: "Borrowing money from a friend is like having sex. It just completely changes the relationship.”

Jerry Seinfeld: “You know the message you're sending out to the world with these sweatpants? You're telling the world, 'I give up. I can't compete in normal society. I'm miserable, so I might as well be comfortable.'”

Jason Alexander as George Costanza, Jerry Seinfeld as himself, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes and Michael Richards as Cosmo Kramer Jason Alexander as George Costanza, Jerry Seinfeld as himself, Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes and Michael Richards as Cosmo Kramer George Costanza: “When you look annoyed all the time, people think that you're busy.”

Jerry Seinfeld: “That's the true spirit of Christmas; people being helped by people other than me.”

George Costanza: “This woman hates me so much, I'm starting to like her.”

George Costanza: “I spend so much time trying to get their clothes off, I never thought of taking mine off.”

Jerry Seinfeld as himself, Michael Richards as Cosmo Kramer Jerry Seinfeld as himself, Michael Richards as Cosmo Kramer George Costanza: “If you can't say something bad about a relationship you shouldn't say anything at all.”

Kramer: “I need the secure packaging of Jockeys. My boys need a house!”

George Costanza: "The sea was angry that day, my friends, like an old man trying to send back soup in a deli..."

Jerry Seinfeld: “Elaine, breaking up is like knocking over a Coke machine. You can’t do it in one push; you gotta rock it back and forth a few times and then it goes over.”

Jerry Seinfeld: "Looking at cleavage is like looking at the sun. You don't stare at it. It's too risky. Ya get a sense of it and then you look away."

Jerry Seinfeld as himself and Jason Alexander as George Costanza Jerry Seinfeld as himself and Jason Alexander as George Costanza Frank Costanza: "You have the chicken, the hen, and the rooster. The chicken goes with the hen... So who is having sex with the rooster?"

George Costanza: "I lie every second of the day. My whole life is a sham."

Newman: Just remember, when you control the mail, you control... information."

George Costanza: "I don't think I've ever been to an appointment in my life where I wanted the other guy to show up."

Jerry Seinfeld: "You, my friend, have crossed the line between man and bum."

Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Elaine Benes George Costanza: "You should've seen her face. It was the exact same look my father gave me when I told him I wanted to be a ventriloquist."

Jerry Seinfeld: "Did you know that the original title for War and Peace was War, What Is It Good For?"

Jerry Seinfeld: "Sex, that’s meaningless, I can understand that, but dinner; that’s heavy. That’s like an hour."

George Costanza: "Jerry, just remember, it's not a lie if you believe it."

Arts and Entertainment
Nick Frost will star in the Doctor Who 2014 Christmas special

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Friends is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year
TV
Arts and Entertainment
A spell in the sun: Emma Stone and Colin Firth star in ‘Magic in the Moonlight’
filmReview: Magic In The Moonlight
Arts and Entertainment
Ben Whishaw is replacing Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington Bear

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Actor and director Zach Braff

TV
PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Arts and Entertainment

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Meera Syal was a member of the team that created Goodness Gracious Me

TV
Arts and Entertainment
The former Doctor Who actor is to play a vicar is search of a wife

film
Arts and Entertainment

music
Arts and Entertainment
Pointless host Alexander Armstrong will voice Danger Mouse on CBBC

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Pharrell dismissed the controversy surrounding

music
Arts and Entertainment
Jack Huston is the new Ben-Hur

film
Arts and Entertainment

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Cara Delevingne modelling

film
Arts and Entertainment
Emma Thompson and Bryn Terfel are bringing Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street to the London Coliseum

theatre
Arts and Entertainment
Sheridan Smith as Cilla Black

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Robin Thicke's video for 'Blurred Lines' has been criticised for condoning rape

Robin Thicke admits he didn't write 'Blurred Lines'

music
Arts and Entertainment
While many films were released, few managed to match the success of James Bond blockbuster 'Skyfall'

film
Arts and Entertainment
Matt Damon as Jason Bourne in The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

film
Arts and Entertainment
Sheridan Smith as Cilla Black

Review: Cilla, ITV TV
Arts and Entertainment

TV
Arts and Entertainment
Tom Hardy stars with Cillian Murphy in Peaky Blinders II

TV
Arts and Entertainment

art
Arts and Entertainment
Keira Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch star in the Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game

film
Arts and Entertainment
Kanye West is on his 'Yeezus' tour at the moment

Music
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

ES Rentals

    Independent Dating
    and  

    By clicking 'Search' you
    are agreeing to our
    Terms of Use.

    Scottish referendum: The Yes vote was the love that dared speak its name, but it was not to be

    Despite the result, this is the end of the status quo

    Boyd Tonkin on the fall-out from the Scottish referendum
    Manolo Blahnik: The high priest of heels talks flats, Englishness, and why he loves Mary Beard

    Manolo Blahnik: Flats, Englishness, and Mary Beard

    The shoe designer who has been dubbed 'the patron saint of the stiletto'
    The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written

    Scrambled eggs and LSD

    Behind The Beatles' lyrics - thanks to Hunter Davis's original manuscript copies
    'Normcore' fashion: Blending in is the new standing out in latest catwalk non-trend

    'Normcore': Blending in is the new standing out

    Just when fashion was in grave danger of running out of trends, it only went and invented the non-trend. Rebecca Gonsalves investigates
    Dance’s new leading ladies fight back: How female vocalists are now writing their own hits

    New leading ladies of dance fight back

    How female vocalists are now writing their own hits
    Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

    A shot in the dark

    Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
    His life, the universe and everything

    His life, the universe and everything

    New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
    Save us from small screen superheroes

    Save us from small screen superheroes

    Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
    Reach for the skies

    Reach for the skies

    From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
    These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

    12 best hotel spas in the UK

    Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
    These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

    Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

    Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
    Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

    Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

    Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
    How to make a Lego masterpiece

    How to make a Lego masterpiece

    Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
    Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

    Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

    Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
    Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

    Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

    His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam