Words To Live By

Do you like inspirational quotes? I do, and I don’t. I’m not keen on the traditional ones, from Great Minds of History. The trouble is, they get so over-quoted that they become boring and trite. I prefer to go to alternative sources for words that inspire, cheer, comfort, motivate, and generally get you through your day. Comedians, songwriters, cartoon characters, tv shows……. Pop culture wisdom, if you will. So here is the first in a series of quotation posts, featuring some of the ones I love.

This week, the very great Calvin & Hobbes (aka, Bill Watterson). Everything you need to know about life, you can get from this awesomely cynical kid and his toy tiger. Don’t make the mistake of thinking the comic strip is for kids, because it isn’t. If you haven’t read any of them yet, you are in for a treat.

“I pray for the strength to change what I can, the inability to accept what I can’t, and the incapacity to tell the difference.”

“I keep forgetting that rules are for little nice people.”

“People think it must be fun to be a super genius, but they don’t realize how hard it is to put up with all the idiots in the world.”

“A little rudeness and disrespect can elevate a meaningless interaction to a battle of wills and add drama to an otherwise dull day.”

“You know, Hobbes, some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don’t help.”

“In my opinion, we don’t devote nearly enough scientific research to finding a cure for jerks.”

“To make a bad day worse, spend it wishing for the impossible.”

“I find my life is a lot easier the lower I keep everyone’s expectations.”

“Careful. We don’t want to learn from this. ”

“Nothing helps a bad mood like spreading it around.”

“There’s no problem so awful that you can’t add some guilt to it and make it even worse!”

“People who get nostalgic about childhood were obviously never children.”

“It’s hard to be religious when certain people are never incinerated by bolts of lightning.”

One thought on “Words To Live By

  1. I’m quite an anxious person and a worrier and always have been. My Dad used to say to me ‘Stop worrying about the day you never saw’. Also if I was getting really bad, he’d say ‘I wish I had your worries.’ This hasn’t stopped me worrying or being anxious but I always smile when I think of him saying this.