There is so much to learn from one of the most endearing comic strips of all time, Calvin and Hobbes. The characters in the comics seems to be written for the children but the appeal lies in its understanding of the absurdity of the adult life. Many of the strips written by Bill Watterson take a more philosophical turn and become a deep and thoughtful commentary on life, learning and at times, on Maths. Here are some of the best quotes on life lessons from the genius mind of Bill Watterson.
Quotes on Life Lessons and Maths
Burden of Being a Genius
Life Lesson: Definition of Work
Officially, Work is an activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a result. Calvin makes the definition better.
Calvin: It’s only work if someone makes you do it!
There were quite a few comic strips of Calvin asking a little help from Susie Derkins during Math tests and all of them were simply hilarious. Was Calvin really so dumb?
Susie: “Eli Whitney and The Cotton Gin”
Calvin: But this is a math problem.
Susie: It’s a trick question.
Calvin: How come you wrote something different?
Susie: I’m going to get this question wrong, so it won’t look like you copied.
Calvin: Wow. Thanks!
Susie: Oh, I owe it to you.
What causes wind?
Calvin may have the ultimate outlook to life but there are times his Dad gets better of him. He is really having fun in at least this particular strip.
Dad: Trees sneezing.
Calvin is absolutely right with this. Only if the people of the world get it and act on it.
Qualification for being a Dad
Calvin’s innocuous questions can really unsettle the most well established notions.
Miss Wormwood printed a few questions on a piece of paper and thought that she can make Calvin stress his precious brain. That’s not going to happen. What’s going to happen is that the comic readers are going to be delighted.
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4. Calvin: I love loopholes.
Life Lesson: What’s Important?
Did the wise ones around you kill your joy of learning by telling you what’s important and what’s not instead of just letting you learn. Learning, and to a lot extent, work, is fun only when they are not predetermined.
As we have found so many times, it’s really hard to understand Maths. Isn’t it?
“What’s a Peck?”
Hobbes: A quick smooch.
Calvin: You know, I don’t understand Math at all.
Is Calvin really so poor in Maths or does Susie Derkins make him look so? Who cares when both of them are such lovable characters.
Susie: A billion.
Wait a minute. That can’t be right …
That’s what she said 3 + 4 was.
Math Lesson : Understanding Division
Math problems really talk of alien stuff. Who really does what’s stated in Math problems. Learn division from Calvin in this hilarious comic.
Hobbes: The recipe says it makes twenty pancakes, so we’ll each get ten.
Calvin: Nah, that’s too much trouble.
We’ll just make one big pancake and cut it in half.
Want to quickly earn money? Try some of the stuff in this super cute Sunday strip.
(to Mom) : I want a Grenade Launcher, Mom. When’s Christmas?
Mom : Not for a long time.
Calvin: When is my birthday?
Mom : Not for a long time.
Calvin: When is my allowance?
Mom : You spent it already.
Calvin: Do I have any stocks I can cash? War Bonds?
Mom : Calvin. I’m trying to work.
Calvin: Can I borrow some soap?
Mom : Yes. You can borrow some soap. Have all the soap you want.
Math and Life Lesson Rolled into One
Some of Calvin’s quotes on life lessons can be so profound. Here is one that transcends so many boundaries.
Manipulating the System
This is so true and such a great life lesson. Only when we hit our late adult stage that we realize we have been doing this all our life.
You can learn a few things about data and surveys in this intelligent comic strip.
Calvin: I find that very disturbing! It means I’ve been watching all the wrong channels.
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