11 Things Calvin and Hobbes Said Better Than Anyone Else

Everyone's favorite duo debuted 30 years ago today! Here's a tribute from Edd McCracken.
  1. 1.
    On life's constant little limitations:
    Calvin: You know, Hobbes, some days even my lucky rocket ship underpants don't help.
  2. 2.
    On expectations:
    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!
  3. 3.
    On why we are scared of the dark:
    Calvin: I think night time is dark so you can imagine your fears with less distraction.
  4. 4.
    On the unspoken truth behind the education system:
    Calvin: 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.
    On the cruel reality of commercial art:
    Hobbes: Van Gogh would've sold more than one painting if he'd put tigers in them.
  6. 6.
    On the tragedy of hipsters:
    Calvin: The world bored you when you're cool.
  7. 7.
    On the falling of sparrows (or providence's lack of a timetable):
    Calvin: Life is full of surprises, but never when you need one.
  8. 8.
    On why winter is the cruelest of seasons:
    Calvin: Getting an inch of snow is like winning 10 cents in the lottery.
  9. 9.
    On playing Frankenstein with words:
    Calvin: Verbing weirds language.
  10. 10.
    On looking yourself in the mirror:
    Hobbes: So the secret to good self-esteem is to lower your expectations to the point where they're met?
  11. 11.
    On the truth:
    Calvin: It's a magical world, Hobbes, ol' buddy...Let's go exploring!