Who knew that a 6 year old kid and a talking tiger could teach you about life better than any therapist or motivational speaker out there!
It's not just the comedy factor that makes their lessons more interesting, it's their innocent and simple outlook towards the world and life, that we adults often tend to ignore.
Bill Watterson, the iconic illustrator of Calvin & Hobbes has been inspiring us to look at the journey called life, relationships, our jobs, our family and the world around us a lot differently, and perhaps in its own silly way, more clearly.
Calvin: "Everybody seeks happiness! Not me, though! That’s the difference between me and the rest of the world. Happiness isn’t good enough for me! I demand euphoria!"
Calvin: The world bores you when you’re cool.Calvin: Isn’t it strange that evolution would give us a sense of humour? When you think about it, it’s weird that we have a physiological response to absurdity. We laugh at nonsense. We like it. We think it’s funny. Don’t you think it’s odd that we appreciate absurdity? Why would we develop that way? How does it benefit us?
Hobbes: I suppose if we couldn’t laugh at things that don’t make sense, we couldn’t react to a lot of life.
Calvin: (after a long pause) I can’t tell if that’s funny or really scary.
Calvin: Life is full of surprises, but never when you need one.
Calvin: People always make the mistake of thinking art is created for them. But really, art is a private language for sophisticates to congratulate themselves on their superiority to the rest of the world. As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance.
Calvin: Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.
Hobbes: So the secret to good self-esteem is to lower your expectations to the point where they’re already met?
Calvin: You can't just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood.
Hobbes: What mood is that?
Calvin: Last-minute panic.
A Bad Day
Calvin: To make a bad day worse, spend it wishing for the impossible.
Calvin: Life's a lot more fun when you aren't responsible for your actions.
Calvin: “Life is like topography, Hobbes. There are summits of happiness and success, flat stretches of boring routine and valleys of frustration and failure.”
Calvin: There's never enough time to do all the nothing you want.
Calvin: That's one of the remarkable things about life. It's never so bad that it can't get worse.
Calvin: As far as I'm concerned, if something is so complicated that you can't explain it in 10 seconds, then it's probably not worth knowing anyway.
Calvin: Sometimes when I'm talking, my words can't keep up with my thoughts. I wonder why we can think faster than we speak?.
Hobbes: Probably so we can think twice.
Hobbes: Look, it says you have to be eighteen to buy cigarettes.
Calvin: EIGHTEEN?!? By then I'll know better!
Calvin: Life's disappointments are harder to take when you don't know any swear words.
Calvin: Things are never quite as scary when you've got a best friend.
Hobbes: The best presents don't come in boxes.
Calvin: There's an inverse relationship between how good something is for you, and how much fun it is.
Calvin: I used to hate writing assignments, but now I enjoy them. Irealized that the purpose of writing is to inflate weak ideas, obscure poorreasoning and inhibit clarity. With a little practice, writing can be an intimidating and impenetrable fog.
Calvin: I don't need to compromise my principles, because they don'thave the slightest bearing on what happens to me anyway.
Hobbes: I guess there's no harm in a little wishful thinking.
We would love to learn about your favorite quotation. Do share them in the comment section below.
You may also like to check out:
20 Witty & Hilarious Technology Quotes. Just For Laughs!
22 Inspirational and Thought Provoking Quotations About Art, Artists and Creativity
You can also download a free pdf version of this article.