Kyoya Ootori, vice-president of the Ouran Host Club and club president Tamaki Suoh's best friend, is probably mainly responsible for the Host Club's success due to his pragmatism and skill when it comes to handling finances. And he is also very intelligent and incredibly witty, which makes him the perfect specimen for gathering quotes. Here are the most memorable ones:
To the president of the Ouran Newspaper Club who was out to get the Host Club's president Tamaki Suoh:
“Let me explain it to you in terms you can understand. You would do well to remember that the Ootori group and the Hitachiin family alone own enough stock to remove your father from his position as President of the Komatsuzawa Publishing Firm. However, we would never do something like that. We are not like you. What we strive for is fundamentally different."
To the Hitachiin twins when they begged him to do something about Renge Houshakuji's plan to spice up the character backgrounds of the Host Club boys:
"Why? It seems like the boss is up for it... Let's just wait and see how things turn out. I bet it'll be interesting. It always is."
Upon being woken up by Tamaki and the other Host Club boys so they could all go to a "commoner" expo:
“For your information, I was up until 5 a.m. you morons, which if you hadn't noticed makes me a little less than happy about being woken up... Okay, enough with the commoner shtick. If you formulaic halfwits feel like wasting all afternoon on worn out old clichés, go right ahead and suit yourselves.”
About Haruhi's comment that Kyoya would never take advantage of her because he wouldn't gain anything from it:
"Nothing to be gained from it, huh? An interesting thought... in its own way."
To Tamaki after Tamaki's outburst about wanting to win a contest to prove to Haruhi that he's "worthy of being considered part of her top five":
"Grandiose ambitions aside, I think your approach to winning is a bit skewed."
To Kaoru about Kaoru's scheme to let Hikaru learn how to show his feelings to other people by arranging for him to have a date with Haruhi:
"By the way, a question about your strategy: Did you ever consider the possibility the date might go too well and those two might fall in love?"
To Haruhi after her comment about not knowing that there was so much pressure on Kyoya to succeed being the youngest of three brothers:
"Pressure? Oh no, Haruhi, I can think of nothing more fun than this."
To Haruhi after her comment about Kyoya going to all that trouble acting like he's such a big jerk when being a nice guy comes so naturally to him:
"That's a very intriguing notion in its own way."
To Kaoru and Hikaru who were about to induce amnesia on Ritsu Kasanoda who accidentally saw Haruhi in her underwear by hitting him on the head with a baseball bat:
"That's enough, you two. Leave assault and battery to the professionals."
To his sister after she told him that it's all right for him to take it easy sometimes because their father doesn't expect as much from him compared with his older brothers:
"I know. I'll never be successor to the Ootori family. I'm not like my brothers. All they had to do was follow the path that had been promised to them - the path that keeps heading upward. It's because I'm the third son that I can't relax. I'll surpass Father's expectations of me, and I will respect my brothers and never step on their toes in the process. How can I demonstrate my abilities without exceeding the limits of being the third son? I have a daunting task: I must paint the perfect picture on a canvas that has already been placed inside a magnificent frame."
To Tamaki after Tamaki overshot the Host Club's budget for the Ouran Fair:
"Must you always be so capricious? Your impulsiveness overwhelms my accounting skills."
To the Host Club boys about Tamaki's not-so-good family relations:
“It’s easy to feel sorry for him. But the hardships that he endured as a child helped mold him into the person he is today. He’ll be fine. The Host Club is his refuge, which means when all is said and done, he still has us.”