50 High School Musical Quotes on Life, Love, and Music

Read these High School Musical quotes and be reminded of the best and most colorful years of your teenage life!

High School Musical is one of the most successful Disney movies of all time. It’s filled with relatable scenes, catchy tunes, and choreography that you just can’t help but dance along with!

The main story revolves around Gabriella and Troy. However, it’s also packed with unique characters like Sharpay, Ryan, Chad, Kelsi, and more! Each character offers a unique perspective and lessons we can all learn from.

Through the movie, we learn profound but relatable morals on going against the status quo, fighting for love, and pursuing your dreams. If you’re curious about what else you can learn from your favorite characters, make sure you don’t miss out on the list we’ve created below!

Check out the list below.

And make sure to read these Grease quotes and Almost Famous quotes.

Best High School Musical Quotes

1. “In my other schools, I was the freaky math girl. It’s cool coming here and being—whoever I wanna be.” – Gabriella Montez

2. “Better to consider opportunities now than in ten years, when life may limit your choices.” – Ms. Darbus

3. “East High is a place where teachers encouraged us to break the status quo and define ourselves as we choose.” – Troy Bolton

4. “The stage can be a wonderful partner in the process of self-discovery.” – Ms. Darbus

5. “What’s impossible, Troy? I wouldn’t think ‘impossible’ was even in your vocabulary.” – Sharpay Evans

6. Lucille. Bolton: “Did we really fly all this way just to play more basketball?”

Jack Bolton, Troy Bolton: “Yeah.” 

7. Gabriella Montez: “Why is everybody staring at you?”

Taylor McKessie: “Not me, you.”

Gabriella Montez: “Because of the callbacks? I can’t have people staring at me. I really can’t.”

8. “East High is having friends we’ll keep for the rest of our lives, and that means we really are ‘all in this together.’” – Troy Bolton

9. “You’re a cool guy, Troy. But not for the reasons your friends think.” – Gabriella Montez 

10. Troy Bolton: “Dad, did you ever think about trying something new but were afraid of what your friends might think?”

Jack Bolton: “What, you mean like going left? You’re doing great!”

Iconic High School Musical Quotes That You’ll Never Forget

11. “Okay, now we will only be able to do this if we all work together.” – Troy Bolton

12. Troy Bolton: “I thought you were my friends! Win together, lose together, teammates.”

Chad Danforth: “But suddenly the girl and the singing.”

13. “We need to save our show from people who don’t know the difference between a Tony Award and Tony Hawk.” – Sharpay Evans

14. Ms. Darbus: “This school is about more than just young men in baggy shorts flinging balls for touchdowns.”

Jack Bolton: “Baskets. Uh, they shoot baskets.”

15. Troy Bolton: “Sharpay’s kinda cute too.”

Chad Danforth: “Yeah, so is a mountain lion, but you don’t pet it.”

16. Troy Bolton: “Whoa, don’t tell me you’re good at hoops too.”

Gabriella Montez: “You know, I once scored 41 points in a league game.”

Troy Bolton: “No way.”

Gabriella Montez: “Mmhmm. Yeah, and on the same day, I invented the space shuttle and microwave popcorn.”

17. Gabriella Montez: “Do you remember in kindergarten how you’d meet a kid and know nothing about them, then 10 seconds later you’re playing like you’re best friends because you didn’t have to be anything but yourself?”

Troy Bolton: “Yeah.”

Gabriella Montez: “Singing with you felt like that.”

18. “You know, someday, someday you might thank me for this.” – DJ

High School Musical Quotes That Will Make You Reflect

19. Gabriella Montez: “Did you ever feel like there was a whole other person inside you just looking for a way to come out?”

Taylor McKessie: “No. Not really.”

20. Gabriella Montez: “I can’t do this, Troy. Not with everyone staring at me.”

Troy Bolton: “Hey, hey, hey. Look at me—like the first time we sang together, remember—like kindergarten.”

21. Troy Bolton: “Well, listen, there’s something I want to talk to you about.”

Gabriella Montez: “And here it is. I know what it’s like to carry a load with your friends. I get it. You’ve got your boys, Troy. It’s okay. So we’re good.”

Troy Bolton: “Good about what? I was gonna talk to you about the final callbacks.”

Gabriella Montez: “I don’t wanna do the callbacks either. I mean, who are we trying to kid? You’ve got your team, and now I’ve got mine. I’ll do the scholastic decathlon, and you win the championships. It’s where we belong.”

22. Gabriella Montez: “When I was singing with you, I felt like just a girl.”

Troy Bolton: “You even look like one too!”

23. Gabriella Montez: “Well, you sound like you’ve done a lot of singing, too.”

Troy Bolton: “Yeah, my showerhead is very impressed with me.”

24. “Living in my own world, didn’t understand that anything can happen when you take a chance.” – Troy Bolton

25. Troy Bolton: “Dad, detention was my fault. Not hers.”

Jack Bolton: “You haven’t missed a practice in three years. That girl shows up.”

Troy Bolton: “That girl is named Gabriella. And she’s very nice.”

Jack Bolton: “Well, helping you miss practice doesn’t make her very nice. Not in my book or your team’s.”

High School Musical Quotes That Every Singer Can Relate To 

26. Jack Bolton: “You’re the playmaker, not a singer, right?”

27. Troy Bolton: “She has an amazing voice.”

Ms. Darbus: “Perhaps the next musical.”

28. Ryan Evans: “Wow, an Einsteinette. So why do you think she is interested in our musical?”

Sharpay Evans: “I’m not sure that she is—but we needn’t concern ourselves with amateurs. But, there is no harm in making certain that Gabriella is welcome to school activities that are—well, appropriate for her. After all—she loves pi.”

High School Musical Quotes for Basketball Fans

29. “Isn’t the composer of a show kind of like the playmaker in basketball?” – Troy Bolton 

30. Troy Bolton: “You’re my guys, and this is our team. Gabriella is not important. I’ll forget about her. I’ll forget the audition, and we’ll go out and get that champion for the team. Everybody happy now?”

Taylor McKessie: “Behold lunkhead basketball man.”

31. Chad Danforth: “Look, you’re a hoops dude. Not a musical singer person. Have you ever seen Michael Crawford on a cereal box?”

Troy Bolton: “Who’s Michael Crawford?”

Chad Danforth: “Exactly my point. He was the ‘Phantom of the Opera’ on Broadway. Now, my mom, she’s seen that musical 27 times, and she put Michael Crawford’s picture in our refrigerator. Not on it. In it. So my point is, if you play basketball, you’ll end on the cereal box. If you sing in musicals, you’ll end up in my mom’s refrigerator.” 

High School Musical Quotes That Avid Fans Will Love

32. “And while we are working, let us probe the mounting evils of cell phones—perhaps the most heinous example of cell phone use is ringing in the theater. The theater is a chapel of arts, a precious cornucopia of creative energy.” – Ms. Darbus

33. Chad Danforth: “Yeah, and Zeke? Zeke is baking. Crème brûlée.”

Troy Bolton: “Oh, what’s that?”

Zeke Baylor: “Oh, it’s a creamy custard-like filling with a caramelized surface. It’s really satisfying.”

Chad Danforth: “Shut up, Zeke!”

34. Jack Bolton: “Where’s my team, Darbus? What the heck are those two doing in a tree?”

Ms. Darbus: “It’s called crime and punishment, Bolton. Besides, proximity to the arts is cleansing for the soul.”

35. Sharpay Evans: “How dare she sign up? I’ve already picked out the colors for my dressing room!”

Ryan Evans: “And, she hasn’t even asked our permission to join the drama club.”

Sharpay Evans: “Someone’s got to tell her the rules.”

Ryan Evans: “Exactly. And what are the rules?”

36. Sharpay Evans: “I would rather stick pins in my eyes.”

Zeke Baylor: “But wouldn’t that hurt?”

37. Sharpay Evans: “We gotta do something. Okay, our callbacks are on Thursday, and the basketball game and scholastic decathlon are on Friday—too bad all of these events weren’t happening on the same day, at the same time.”

Ryan Evans: “Well—that wouldn’t work out because then Troy and Gabriella wouldn’t be able to make the—.”

Ryan Evans: “I’m proud to call you my sister.”

Sharpay Evans: “I know.”

High School Musical Quotes for Everyone Who Loves to Party

38. Lucille Bolton: “Troy, they’ve got a kid’s party downstairs.”

Troy Bolton: “Kid’s party?”

Lucille Bolton: “Young adults.”

39. Mrs. Montez: “Gabby, it’s New Year’s Eve. Enough reading.”

Gabriella: “But mom, I’m almost done!”

Mrs. Montez: “The teen party? I’ve laid out your best clothes. Come get ready.”

Gabriella Montez: “Can I have my book back?”

40. Chad Danforth: “So, you’re coming with me to the after party, right?”

Taylor McKessie: “As in, like, a date?”

Chad Danforth: “Must be your lucky day.”

High School Musical Quotes for Those Who Enjoyed the Second Movie

41. “It’s summer, Ryan. Everything changes.” – Sharpay Evans

42. Gabriella Montez: “Here’s to our future.”

Troy Bolton: “No. Here’s to right now.”

43. Troy Bolton: “I always liked the idea of being in charge of my future until it actually started happening.”

Gabriella Montez: “So, let’s just think about right now.”

44. “I’ve got to move on and be who I am. I just don’t belong here; I hope you understand. We might find our place in this world someday. But at least for now, I gotta go my own way.” – Gabriella Montez

45. “I’m more interested in what my friends think of me, and what I think of myself.” – Troy Bolton

46. “We’re singing a duet, Troy! A duet means two people! Well, mostly me in this case, but whatever! Duet!” – Sharpay Evans

More High School Musical Quotes From the Third Installment

47. “I love you, wildcat. But I need to stay right where I am. I’m sorry.” – Gabriella Montez 

48. “Even a hundred miles can’t keep us apart ‘cause my heart is wherever you are.” – Troy Bolton

49. “But most of all, I choose the person who inspires my heart. Which is why I picked a school which is exactly 32.7 miles from you.” – Troy Bolton

50. “If I’m gonna have the last dance at East High, it’s gonna be with you.” – Troy Bolton

Did These High School Musical Quotes Make You Appreciate Your Teenage Life?

We can all agree that high school is one of the best and most exciting parts of our lives! All the friendships we’ve made and the memories we had with them are things we’ll carry in our hearts forever. This feeling of warmth and fondness is exactly what High School Musical is all about!

In the movie, Troy and Gabriella meet life-long friends they’ll keep in their hearts for a lifetime. Along with that, they also learned how to go against the status quo and stereotypes. They faced different kinds of challenges, and yet they continued and never gave up.

Through them, we learn that just because you’re good at sports doesn’t mean you have to get stuck being a basketball player all your life. In the same way, just because you’re good at science doesn’t mean you’re a nerd or a person who can’t excel at anything else.

High school is when you experiment, have fun, and try to figure out what you genuinely want to do in life. It will be confusing, scary, and challenging. But, as long as you have true friends behind your back, you’ll find what you’re supposed to pursue!

Read through this list when you need a boost that’ll help you get out of your comfort zone. Maybe you can watch the three High School Musical movies again to build your resolve and confidence!

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