The 10 Best Life Lessons Calvin & Hobbes Taught Us

Mark-Potts by Mark-Potts on Feb. 11, 2013

Everyone loves Calvin & Hobbes. Even those people who say they don't actually do because only terrorists hate Calvin & Hobbes (however, unverified claims state that Osama Bin Laden got a good chuckle out of the Spaceman Spiff series).

But more than providing laughs, Calvin and his stuffed tiger Hobbes bequeathed to us lessons in life, lessons far deeper than most Sunday comic strips dared to venture. Here are 10 that stuck with us and likely will forever.

1. Everyone Has A Tell

Pay close attention to people. Other than the fact that you'll learn to appreciate them more, you'll also learn when they are telling you boldface lies. This lesson is especially important when you are trying to win money from them or get that vacation day turned into a sick day at work.

 

2. Bad Parenting Isn't Always Bad Parenting

I remember when my mom let me try her beer. I was eight and thought, "Gross! I'm never drinking this!" Then, I remember when I bought my first 30-pack of Keystone and thought, "It's so cheap to numb my sadness!"

 

3. Cheap Thrills Aren't All That Terrible

Sometimes you gotta live, you know?

 

4. School Is Kinda Bulls**t

Not really. School is good, but honestly, how many times did you cram for a test only to forget what you crammed for the instant you walked out of the classroom? I feel this way mostly about prerequisite classes in college. "Oh, you want to become a business major? Looks like you need astronomy." Or, "Oh, you want to make movies? Looks like you need to take three semesters of Latin." Why Latin? Because it met at 8:20am and Latin met at 9:45am. I lucror.

 

5. It's The Small Things That Count

This is required reading before any lady climbs in bed with me.

 

6. Questions Can Be Scary

Everyone is scared to ask the big questions: why are we here? Is there a God? How can I be a better person? Can jokes that break the rules of three still be funny?

 

7. We All Feel Alone

We've all had those moments where we feel like there is no one here for us. We're lost and alone. But it's not true. There are millions of people in the world and they've all been there before. You can get through this with help from friends or family or internet strangers or RedTube.

 

8. Life Is Hard

We recommend that you try to find and read the entire raccoon series. It's a tearjerker.

 

9. We Aren't In Control

That's why you just gotta live and be happy. You don't control most things. Unless you are God. If so, then you do control all things. Also, thanks for visiting Break.com.

 

10. Art Is Stupid

Truth.

29 comments
David-Hillier-566
David-Hillier-566

just as Albert replied I am taken by surprise that a mom able to get paid $9271 in 4 weeks on the computer. did you look at this web page >>>>>>>>> xd5.net/huffingtonpost

David-Hillier-566
David-Hillier-566

just as Albert replied I am taken by surprise that a mom able to get paid $9271 in 4 weeks on the computer. did you look at this web page >>>>>>>>> xd5.net/huffingtonpost

David-Hillier-566
David-Hillier-566

just as Albert replied I am taken by surprise that a mom able to get paid $9271 in 4 weeks on the computer. did you look at this web page >>>>>>>>> xd5.net/huffingtonpost

Xiaolin
Xiaolin

Anybody a fan of Zits?

kingjay
kingjay

who does #2 work for?

putz33
putz33

omg borrrriiinnngggg

Lexi-Mize-364
Lexi-Mize-364

"Mom - the bath water is too cold." "Now it's too hot..." "Nope, too cold again." "Mom, the water's too deep."

Joel-McLead-115
Joel-McLead-115

Greatest comic strip ever written (and the Far Side) ;)

Joe-Mascara-III-353
Joe-Mascara-III-353

I have been i love with Calvin and Hobbs since i was a kid, I have the full collection, no comic strip will ever match, i've learned so many things from this comic series Thank you Bill Watterson

THX-1138
THX-1138

What a joyously anomalous thing to find on Break. My own kids don't know Calvin and Hobbes. I shall rectify this immediately. Thank you very much.

DoucheVadar
DoucheVadar

I came awfully close to naming my son Calvin after this comic, but he inherited a family name. Funny, is he walks around with a stuffed cat everywhere. It was meant to be.

damndandamn
damndandamn

like if you actually read this article... and have skipped all the ones prior

Kev-Lloyd-68
Kev-Lloyd-68

Need to find my binoculars then I can read the captions

milsaat
milsaat

Finally break posts something worth sharing!

Stacey-Winslett-746
Stacey-Winslett-746

Bloom County and Calvin and Hobbes = a not so sucky adolescence. Thanks for this :) It's much appreciated.

Angie-Robillard-115
Angie-Robillard-115

I loved Calvin and Hobbes!!! Now my 5 yr old son loves reading the comic book we have collected. Calvin, Farside, and Bloom County were the best growing up!

Ice99
Ice99

Wow. Out of character for Break. What did you guys do? Hire an intern? Good job intern!

TangerineTaco
TangerineTaco

best article I've read on break. that's not saying much but still

Michael-Storey-544
Michael-Storey-544

Calvin & Hobbes and The Farside were the greatest comics written. This is a fantastic article that I agree with wholeheartedly.

DoucheVadar
DoucheVadar

I own both full collections and every year read through them. I love it.

Michael-Storey-544
Michael-Storey-544

I still go back and read them too. The single panel comic is one of the hardest to do and Gary Larson did it over and over again but Calvin and Hobbes was and is still, as this article puts it, "life lessons". I want my daughter to read them when she gets older... they are that good.