10 Things Calvin and Hobbes explained better than anyone else


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To paraphrase E.B. White, the perfect sentence is one from which nothing can be added or removed. Every word plays its part. In my more giddy moments I think that a simple comic strip featuring Calvin, a preternaturally bright six year-old, and Hobbes, his imaginary tiger friend, features some of the most lucid sentences committed to print. And when I sober up, I usually think exactly the same.

Bill Watterson’s Calvin and Hobbes ran between 1985 and 1995. His comic strip managed to infuse wondering (and wandering) on a cosmic scale into an ageless world of lazy Sunday afternoons, snow goons, and harassed babysitters. I’m not saying that you should take moral and philosophical guidance from the inventor of Calvinball (a game that runs on chaos theory), but you could do much worse.

So here, in no particular order, is a selection of quotes that nail everything from the meaning of life to special underwear. Enjoy.

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10 Things Calvin and Hobbes explained better than anyone else

  1. 1. 10 things Explained Better than Anyone else
  2. 2. #1 - On life’s constant little limitations You know, Hobbes, some days even my lucky rocket ship underpants don’t help.
  3. 3. # 2 - On why we are scared of the dark I think night time is dark so you can imagine your fears with less distraction.
  4. 4. # 3 - On the unspoken truth behind the education system As you can see, I have memorized this utterly useless piece of information long enough to pass a test question. I now intend to forget it forever. You’ve taught me nothing except how to cynically manipulate the system. Congratulations.
  5. 5. # 4 - On the falling of sparrows Life is full of surprises, but never when you need one.
  6. 6. # 6 - On why ET is real Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.
  7. 7. So the secret to good self-esteem is to lower your expectations to the point where they’re already met?
  8. 8. #8 - On Work It's only work if somebody makes you do it.
  9. 9. #9 - On Greatness You know how people are. They only recognize greatness when some authority confirms it. "
  10. 10. #10 - On Humour I wonder why we think faster than we speak. Probably so we can think twice