65 Bill Watterson Quotes On Success In Life

William Boyd Watterson II is a retired American cartoonist and the author of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, which was syndicated from 1985 to 1995. Watterson stopped drawing Calvin and Hobbes at the end of 1995 with a short statement to newspaper editors and his readers that he felt he had achieved all he could in the medium. Watterson is known for his negative views on licensing and comic syndication; his efforts to expand and elevate the newspaper comic as an art form; and his move back into private life after he stopped drawing Calvin and Hobbes. Watterson was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. The suburban Midwestern United States setting of Ohio was part of the inspiration for Calvin and Hobbes. This Bill Watterson quotes will motivate you.

Best Bill Watterson Quotes

  1. “Creating a life that reflects your values and satisfies your soul is a rare achievement. In a culture that relentlessly promotes avarice and excess as the good life, a person happy doing his own work is usually considered an eccentric, if not a subversive… To invent your own life’s meaning is not easy, but it’s still allowed, and I think you’ll be happier for the trouble.” ~ Bill Watterson
  2. “The truth is, most of us discover where we are headed when we arrive.” ~ Bill Watterson
  3. “Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.” ~ Bill Watterson
  4. “I let my mind wander and it didn’t come back.” ~ Bill Watterson

  5. “The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.” ~ Bill Watterson
  6. “It’s hard to be religious when certain people are never incinerated by bolts of lightning.” ~ Bill Watterson
  7. “I asked mom if I was a gifted child. She said they certainly wouldn’t have paid for me.” ~ Bill Watterson
  8. “I liked things better when I didn’t understand them.” ~ Bill Watterson
  9. “We’re so busy watching out for what’s just ahead of us that we don’t take time to enjoy where we are.” ~ Bill Watterson
  10. “Know what’s weird? Day by day, nothing seems to change. But pretty soon, everything’s different.” ~ Bill Watterson
  11. “I know the world isn’t fair, but why isn’t it ever unfair in my favor?” ~ Bill Watterson

  12. “To invent your own life’s meaning is not easy, but it’s still allowed, and I think you’ll be happier for the trouble.” ~ Bill Watterson
  13. “Boy, there’s nothing worse than an inscrutable omen.” ~ Bill Watterson
  14. “It’s not denial. I’m just selective about the reality I accept.” ~ Bill Watterson
  15. “You can’t just turn on creativity like a faucet. You have to be in the right mood. What mood is that? Last-minute panic.” ~ Bill Watterson
  16. “Tomorrow we’ll not only seize the day, we’ll throttle it.” ~ Bill Watterson

  17. “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.” ~ Bill Watterson
  18. “The secret to enjoying your job is to have a hobby that’s even worse” ~ Bill Watterson
  19. “I wish people were more like animals. Animals don’t try to change you or make you fit in. They just enjoy the pleasure of your company. Animals aren’t conditional about friendships. Animals like you just the way you are. They listen to your problems, they comfort you when you’re sad, and all they ask in return is a little kindness.” ~ Bill Watterson
  20. “What’s the point of wearing your favorite rocketship underpants if nobody ever asks to see ’em?” ~ Bill Watterson
  21. “I try to make everyone’s day a little more surreal.” ~ Bill Watterson

  22. “It’s psychosomatic. You need a lobotomy. I’ll get a saw.” ~ Bill Watterson
  23. “There is not enough time to do all the nothing we want to do.” ~ Bill Watterson
  24. “Calvin: Know what I pray for? Hobbes: What? Calvin: The strength to change what I can, the inability to accept what I can’t, and the incapacity to tell the difference.” ~ Bill Watterson
  25. “The problem with people is that they’re only human.” ~ Bill Watterson
  26. “Surprise is the essence of humor, and nothing is more surprising than truth.” ~ Bill Watterson
  27. “A REAL job is a job you hate.” ~ Bill Watterson

  28. “I’m killing time while I wait for life to shower me with meaning and happiness.” ~ Bill Watterson
  29. “You know, Hobbes, some days even my lucky rocket ship underpants don’t help.” ~ Bill Watterson
  30. “Isn’t it sad how some people’s grip on their lives is so precarious that they’ll embrace any preposterous delusion rather than face an occasional bleak truth?” ~ Bill Watterson
  31. “If good things lasted forever, would we appreciate how precious they are?” ~ Bill Watterson

  32. “Problems often look overwhelming at first. The secret is to break problems into small, manageable chunks. If you deal with those, you’re done before you know it.” ~ Bill Watterson
  33. “If you do the job badly enough, sometimes you don’t get asked to do it again.” ~ Bill Watterson
  34. “Who was the guy who first looked at a cow and said ‘I think I’ll drink whatever comes out of these when I squeeze ’em?” ~ Bill Watterson
  35. “Look! A trickle of water running through some dirt! I’d say our afternoon just got booked solid!” ~ Bill Watterson

  36. “We all have different desires and needs, but if we don’t discover what we want from ourselves and what we stand for, we will live passively and unfulfilled. Sooner or later, we are all asked to compromise ourselves and the things we care about. We define ourselves by our actions. With each decision, we tell ourselves and the world who we are. Think about what you want out of this life, and recognize that there are many kinds of success.” ~ Bill Watterson
  37. “If your knees aren’t green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life.” ~ Bill Watterson
  38. “You will do well to cultivate the resources in yourself that bring you happiness outside of success or failure.” ~ Bill Watterson
  39. “I don’t think I’d have been in such a hurry to reach adulthood if I’d known the whole thing was going to be ad-libbed.” ~ Bill Watterson
  40. “Reality continues to ruin my life.” ~ Bill Watterson

  41. “Life’s disappointments are harder to take when you don’t know any swear words.” ~ Bill Watterson
  42. “I’m related to people I don’t relate to.” ~ Bill Watterson
  43. “It’s surprising how hard we’ll work when the work is done just for ourselves.” ~ Bill Watterson
  44. “If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I’ll bet they’d live a lot differently.” ~ Bill Watterson
  45. “Repetition is the death of magic.” ~ Bill Watterson
  46. “I’ll bet my autopsy reveals my mouth is too big.” ~ Bill Watterson

  47. “It’s a magical world, Hobbes, ol’ buddy… Let’s go exploring!” ~ Bill Watterson
  48. “My whole problem is that my lips move when I think.” ~ Bill Watterson
  49. “Why waste time learning, when ignorance is instantaneous?” ~ Bill Watterson
  50. “I’m not dumb. I just have a command of thoroughly useless information.” ~ Bill Watterson
  51. “A little rudeness and disrespect can elevate a meaningless interaction to a battle of wills and add drama to an otherwise dull day.” ~ Bill Watterson
  52. “They say the secret of success is being at the right place at the right time, but since you never know when the right time is going to be, I figure the trick is to find the right place and just hang around.” ~ Bill Watterson
  53. “I’m not a vegetarian! I’m a dessertarian!” ~ Bill Watterson

  54. “Calvin: They say the world is a stage. But obviously the play is unrehearsed and everybody is ad-libbing his lines. Hobbes: Maybe that’s why it’s hard to tell if we’re living in a tragedy or a farce. Calvin: We need more special effects and dance numbers.” ~ Bill Watterson
  55. “You know what I like about summer days? They’re just made for doing things… even if it’s nothing. Especially if it’s nothing.” ~ Bill Watterson Quotes
  56. “Calvin: The more you know, the harder it is to take decisive action. Once you are informed, you start seeing complexities and shades of gray. You realize nothing is as clear as it first appears. Ultimately, knowledge is paralyzing. Being a man of action, I cannot afford to take that risk. Hobbes: You’re ignorant, but at least you act on it.” ~ Bill Watterson
  57. “The problem with the future is that it keeps turning into the present.” ~ Bill Watterson

  58. “God put me on this earth to accomplish a certain number of things. Right now I am so far behind that I will never die.” ~ Bill Watterson
  59. “There’s no problem so awful that you can’t add some guilt to it and make it even worse!” ~ Bill Watterson
  60. “I learned about what I love. Imagination, deep friendship, animals, family, the natural world, ideas and ideals … and silliness.” ~ Bill Watterson
  61. “Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book.” ~ Bill Watterson

  62. “Calvin: Somewhere in Communist Russia, I’ll bet there’s a little boy who has never known anything but censorship and oppression. But maybe he’s heard of America, and he dreams of living in this land of freedom and opportunity! Someday, I’d like to meet that little boy… and tell him the awful TRUTH ABOUT THIS PLACE!! Calvin’s Dad: Calvin, be quiet and eat the stupid Lima beans.” ~ Bill Watterson
  63. “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.” ~ Bill Watterson
  64. “You know, sometimes the world seems like a pretty mean place.’ ‘That’s why animals are so soft and huggy.” ~ Bill Watterson
  65. “It seems like once people grow up, they have no idea what’s cool.” ~ Bill Watterson

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