50 All-Time Favorite Judge Judy Quotes

Which are your favorite Judge Judy quotes?

Judge Judy is a famous American lawyer, judge, and reality television star. She is best known for her television courtroom series, ‘Judge Judy’. 

Judy started her journey as a lawyer in a family court and became known for her straightforward nature, interactive attitude, and positive personality.

Other than being a judge and television star, she is also the author of many books about decision making, parent-child interaction, moral values, etc.

We’ve put together this collection of the best Judge Judy quotes:


50 All-Time Favorite Judge Judy Quotes

1. “Don’t pee on my leg and tell me it’s raining.” – Judge Judy

2. “I don’t know where, or by whom, Judge Wapner was raised, but my parents taught me, when you don’t have something nice to say about someone, say nothing.” – Judge Judy

3. “I left family court for the vagaries of TV and said to myself, ‘Judy, what the hell are you thinking?’ It seems like only yesterday.” – Judge Judy

4. “I think the fundamentals of America are strong.” – Judge Judy

5. “I’m an entertainer, and I’m paid as an entertainer.” – Judge Judy

6. “It’s nice to leave on top.” – Judge Judy


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7. “Number one – and I want you to emblaze this on your brain – you only have one chance to make a first impression.” – Judge Judy


8. “Teach your daughters, teach your granddaughters, everybody has to have something that they’re good at where they can earn a living.” – Judge Judy

9. “Who is interested in that? Who is interested in the warm and fuzzy? There’s enough warm and fuzzy on television.” – Judge Judy

10. “You lock your windows before you leave. You put on an alarm if you live in the country because you know that there are bad people out there. Well, in this Internet age, you know that there are bad people out there. And no matter what you do, those bad people are going to get into your house.” – Judge Judy

11. “Cameras should be the norm everywhere. It should be in every courtroom so that the proceedings are taken down and recorded just like stenography.” – Judge Judy

12. “I deal with conflicts that irritate people and give them stress, like the dispute over a car payment. I can resolve those cases in a moment.” – Judge Judy

13. “I knew that if I worked hard, I could have both – I could have a family, because that was important to me, and I could have a career.” – Judge Judy

14. “I still think an Egg McMuffin is the best breakfast.” – Judge Judy

15. “I was in the family court for 25 years. And having started a second career, having a second act when you were 52 was something that I never thought would happen to me.” – Judge Judy

16. “If you can share with the people who’ve been good to you, do it.” – Judge Judy


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17. “Nothing in my early childhood suggested to anyone – except maybe my father – that one day I would be standing here and be known simply as Judge Judy.” – Judge Judy


18. “So we want to free the women of America? You know what would free the women of America? Make men accept responsibility for birth control.” – Judge Judy

19. “When states and cities and our country say we’re going to tax the rich – and that word ‘rich’ or ‘wealthy’ doesn’t sound like it comes from success of hard work, but from something negative – I resent it.” – Judge Judy

20. “You don’t teach morals and ethics and empathy and kindness in the schools. You teach that at home, and children learn by example.” – Judge Judy

21. “Because of the world we live in, we lock the doors in our house when we go to sleep. If you live in an apartment, if you can, you get a building that has a doorman or security.” – Judge Judy

22. “I can’t stand stupid, and I can’t stand slow.” – Judge Judy

23. “I exercise, and I eat reasonably, and I don’t want to look at myself being out of shape. That would depress me.” – Judge Judy

24. “I still love working. I still love being in the mix of things.” – Judge Judy

25. “I was an unremarkable student with passable looks and a direct personality.” – Judge Judy

26. “I’ve had an absolutely magical run.” – Judge Judy


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27. “Not everything has to be a money-making operation. You do things sometimes because it makes you feel good.” – Judge Judy


28. “Remember, a Trojan is more than a horse.” – Judge Judy

29. “What keeps me going is those cases, maybe ten a year, where I can make a difference.” – Judge Judy

30. “Working parents bring a certain amount of guilt to their relationship with their children.” – Judge Judy

31. “A period of detention in a chilly upstate facility can be a great attitude adjuster.” – Judge Judy

32. “I always say that when I see that needle start to go in the other direction, when people have had enough of me, I’m going to be smart enough to say goodbye. It’s such a joyous ride to be on top, and it takes away from that ride if you sort of ride it down.” – Judge Judy

33. “I eat liars for breakfast.” – Judge Judy

34. “I resent it when any part of the government refers to people who have money in the pejorative.” – Judge Judy

35. “I was a grown-up when ‘celebrity’ happened. So I knew exactly what it was like to be in line at a restaurant and watch someone famous walk in and get a table immediately. I knew I didn’t like that; I don’t want to make somebody else feel the way I felt.” – Judge Judy

36. “I’m not sure whether it’s going to be the downfall of Rome – social media. There are too many secrets.” – Judge Judy


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37. “Never let anyone or anything define your value or limit your dream.” – Judge Judy


38. “People in the U.S. pay a great deal of money to support their judiciary, and they have an actual right to see how it functions.” – Judge Judy

39. “This country has a wonderful spirit.” – Judge Judy

40. “Women watch and say, ‘I like watching you control your own space. It’s motivated me to do better, to go back to college, to even try law school. My daughter’s been watching you since she’s 10 – I love the fact that she’s watching a strong woman who’s in control.’ All of those things are good, positive things.” – Judge Judy

41. “A combination of tenacity and luck brought me here today.” – Judge Judy

42. “Don’t try to teach a pig to sing. It doesn’t work, and it annoys the pig.” – Judge Judy

43. “I don’t like to rule by committee. I like sort of an autocratic way of dealing with things.” – Judge Judy

44. “I never don’t have a good time. Even when I go to work with a cold or a sore throat, as soon as I hit the mark and walk out that door, everything else is gone, and I’m up.” – Judge Judy

45. “I want first-time offenders to think of their appearance in my courtroom as the second-worst experience of their lives – circumcision being the first.” – Judge Judy

46. “I’m not a good interviewer.” – Judge Judy


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47. “My viewers are smart. They know I have a contract with a TV show and that I make a lot of money.” – Judge Judy


48. “People from Brooklyn grow up with a certain common sense. If it doesn’t ring true, it’s not true.” – Judge Judy

49. “They will find somebody younger, somebody funnier, somebody more engaged. As long as the court genre is viable, people are going to be looking for someone to knock me off of my perch.” – Judge Judy

50. “Women make a terrible mistake because they usually are so desperate to nest that they pick on schlubs and worthless pieces of trash that they pick up in a bar.” – Judge Judy



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