In general, I do not think of myself as a “back in my day, things were better” type of person. I usually learn to appreciate how things change, and try to gain an appreciation for concepts/ideas that are not immediately appealing or nostalgic.
But let’s face it, one has to only open a newspaper to see the most glaring entertainment drop-off in the past few decades: the comics. Although I still read Dilbert, it has been a long time since anything like this has been made:
As much as I love the Far Side though, it is Calvin and Hobbes that will forever stand as the high watermark of my childhood entertainment. There will never be a strip like it, and I wish it could have gone on forever. However, when Hobbes when asks “if good things lasted forever, would we appreciate how precious they are?”, I think he was really on to something.
So, in a tribute to the greatest comic strip of all time, I have assembled a list of really profound quotes that showed how meaningful and poignant this comic was (and still is). After each quote, I will include a different strip that was the first to pop into my head after I read the quote.
“I suppose if we couldn’t laugh at things that don’t make sense, we couldn’t react to a lot of life.”
“Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.”
“It’s hard to be religious when certain people are never incinerated by bolts of lightning.”
“I’m yet another resource-consuming kid in an overpopulated planet, raised to an alarming extent by Madison Avenue and Hollywood, poised with my cynical and alienated peers to take over the world when you’re old and weak…Am I scary or what?” (Halloween strip)
“There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.”
“The problem with being avant-garde is figuring out who’s putting on who.”
Do you believe in the Devil? You know, a supreme evil being dedicated to the temptation, corruption, and destruction of man? …I’m not sure man needs the help”
“I should always be saying, ‘My life is better than I ever imagined it would be, and it’s only going to improve'”.
“Without an appreciation for grace and beauty, there’s no pleasure in creating things and no pleasure in having them!”
“It’s not denial. I’m just very selective about the reality I accept.”
“Do you think babies are born sinful? That they come into the world as sinners? ..No, I think they’re just quick studies.”
“It’s not the pace of life I mind. It’s the sudden stop at the end.”
“We seem to understand the value of oil, timber, minerals, and housing, but not the value of unspoiled beauty, wildlife, solitude, and spiritual renewal…We need to start putting prices on the priceless.”
“The problem with you, Hobbes, is you’re always at a loss for words..I’ve found that saves many a friendship.”