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Calvin- “You squeeze my tears out!”

In Calvin And Hobbes, Friendship Quotes on March 26, 2008 at 3:50 pm

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Calvin.

“Why isn’t my life like a situation comedy? Why don’t I have a bunch of friends with nothing better to do but drop by and instigate wacky adventures? Why aren’t my conversations peppered with spontaneous witticisms? Why don’t my friends demonstrate heartfelt concern for my well being when I have problems? …I gotta get my life some writers.”

It’s hard to be religious when certain people are never incinerated by bolts of lightning.

“Pretty convenient how every time I build character, [Dad] saves a couple hundred dollars.”

“I’ve been visualizing the conceptualization process. That’s the hard part.”

“Are you crazy? This is a stupid, boring, time-wasting forced assignment! This isn’t fun!”

“Are you suggesting that this appliance didn’t aggravate me with malice aforethought?”

“Well, it just seemed wrong to cheat on an ethics test.”

“When you get something, it’s new and exciting. When you have something, you take it for granted and it’s boring.”

“I can’t help but wonder what kind of desperate straits would drive a man to invent this thing.”

“Do the words ‘complete pandemonium’ strike terror in your heart?”

“If warped values are the price of a vicarious thrill, so be it!”

“I’m yet another resource-consuming kid in and overpopulated planet, raised to an alarming extent by Madison Avenue and Hollywood, poised with my cynical and alienated peers to take over the world when you’re old and weak.”

“I try to make everyone’s day a little more surreal.”

“I used to make original snowmen, but it was time consuming, hard work. So I said, heck, this is crazy! Now I crank out crude imitations of what’s already popular! It takes no time or thought, and most people don’t care about the difference, anyway! And what good is originality if you can’t crank it out?”

“Now, a lifetime of experience has left me bitter and cynical.”

“People think it must be fun to be a super genius, but they don’t realize how hard it is to put up with all the idiots in the world.”

“Did you know that’s one of the ten warning signs of hopeless dweebism?”

“Nobody asks me how things oughta be! I’ve got tons of ideas!”

“I say, when life gives you a lemon, wing it right back and add some lemons of your own!”

“These are interesting times. We don’t trust the government, we don’t trust the legal system, we don’t trust the media, and we don’t trust each other! We’ve undermined all authority, and with it, the basis for replacing it! It’s like a six-year-old’s dream come true!”

“If it was completely different, school would be great.”

“My time is valuable. I can’t go on thinking about one subject for minutes on end. I’m a busy man.” <!– –>

Leave it to a girl to take the fun out of sex discrimination.

Why should I have to WORK for everything?! It’s like saying I don’t deserve it!

If you do the job badly enough, sometimes you don’t get asked to do it again.

Childhood is short, maturity is forever.

Why waste time learning, when ignorance is instantaneous?

You know how people are. They only recognize greatness when some authority confirms it.

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. <!– –>

True friends are hard to come by … I need more money.

There’s an inverse relationship between how good something is for you, and how much fun it is. <!– –>

(During a test) A gas mask, a smoke grenade, and a helicopter, thats all I ask.

There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.

You know how Einstein got bad grades as a kid? Well, mine are even worse!

I’m yet another resource-consuming kid in an overpopulated planet, raised to an alarming extent by Hollywood and Madison Avenue, poised with my cynical and alienated peers to take over the world when you’re old and weak.

I think the surest sign that there is intelligent life out there in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.

Some people are pragmatists, taking things as they come and making the best of the choices available. Some people are idealists, standing for principle and refusing to compromise. And some people just act on any whim that enters their heads. I pragmatically turn my whims into principles.

The purpose of writing is to inflate weak ideas, obscure pure reasoning, and inhibit clarity. With a little pratice, writing can be an intimidating and impenetrable fog!

The purpose of writing is to inflate weak ideas, obscure pure reasoning, and inhibit clarity. With a little pratice, writing can be an intimidating and impenetrable fog!

Well, remember what you said, because in a day or two, I’ll have a witty and blistering retort! You’ll be devastated THEN!

From now on, I’ll connect the dots my own way.

Nothing spoils fun like finding out it builds character

Aww mom, you act like I’m not even wearing a bungie cord!

It’s hard to conceal a water balloon

When birds burp, it must taste like bugs.

Reality continues to ruin my life.

Susie if you want to see your doll again, leave $100 in this envelope by the tree out front. Do not call the police you CANNOT trace us, you CANNOT find us. Sincerely, Calvin

I wanted to be a neo-deconstructivist but Mom wouldn’t let me

That’s the difference between me and the rest of the world! Happiness isn’t good enough for me! I demand euphoria! <!– –>

I like maxims that don’t encourage behavior modification.

Reality continues to ruin my life.

Weekends don’t count unless you spend them doing something completely pointless.

A little rudeness and disrespect can elevate a meaningless interaction to a battle of wills and add drama to an otherwise dull day.

It’s psychosomatic. You need a lobotomy. I’ll get a saw.

I understand my tests are popular reading in the teachers’ lounge.

Life’s disappointments are harder to take when you don’t know any swear words.

Where do we keep all our chainsaws, Mom?

To make a bad day worse, spend it wishing for the impossible.

So the secret to good self-esteem is to lower your expectations to the point where they’re already met?

It’s only work if somebody makes you do it

That’s the difference between me and the rest of the world! Happiness isn’t good enough for me! I demand euphoria!

In my opinion, we don’t devote nearly enough scientific research to finding a cure for jerks.

You know, Hobbes, some days even my lucky rocketship underpants don’t help.

Its no use! Everybody gets good enemies except me.

What’s the point of wearing your favorite rocketship underpants if nobody ever asks to see ’em?

As a math atheist, I should be excused from this.

This one’s tricky. You have to use imaginary numbers, like eleventeen …

I’m learning real skills that I can apply throughout the rest of my life … Procrastinating and rationalizing.

I have a hammer! I can put things together! I can knock things apart! I can alter my environment at will and make an incredible din all the while! Ah, it’s great to be male!

I’m not dumb. I just have a command of thoroughly useless information .

I go to school, but I never learn what I want to know.

Cool Calvin & Hobbes Collection

In Calvin And Hobbes on January 6, 2008 at 9:34 am

That’s one of the remarkable things about life. It’s never so bad that it can’t get worse.”
Cool Calvin & Hobbes Collection
Main Characters

Calvin Named after 16th century theologian John Calvin, Calvin is an impulsive, imaginative, energetic, curious, intelligent, and often selfish six-year-old, whose last name the strip never gives.
Despite his low grades, Calvin has a wide vocabulary range that rivals that of an adult as well as an emerging philosophical mind. “You know how Einstein got bad grades as a kid?” he says. “Well, mine are even worse!” He commonly wears his distinctive striped shirt. Watterson has described Calvin thus:
  • “Calvin is pretty easy to do because he is outgoing and rambunctious and there’s not much of a filter between his brain and his mouth.”
  • “I guess he’s a little too intelligent for his age. The thing that I really enjoy about him is that he has no sense of restraint, he doesn’t have the experience yet to know the things that you shouldn’t do.”
  • “The socialization that we all go through to become adults teaches you not to say certain things because you later suffer the consequences. Calvin doesn’t know that rule of thumb yet.”
Calvinistic predestination as a philosophical position basically entails the idea that the human action affecting a person’s ultimate salvation or damnation is predestined. Calvin’s consistent gripe is that the troublesome acts he commits are outside of his control: he is simply a product of his environment, a victim of circumstances.
He does frequently escape from his environment into elaborate fantasy worlds of his own creation; one of the strip’s recurring devices is the humorous juxtaposition of Calvin’s fantastic perception with the quotidian viewpoint of other characters. On many occasions, Calvin sees himself in one of his many alternate guises: as the superhero Stupendous Man, the astronaut and explorer Spaceman Spiff, the private eye Tracer Bullet, and many others.
… and Hobbes Hobbes is Calvin’s stuffed tiger who, from Calvin’s perspective, is as alive and real as anyone in the strip.
He is named after 17th century philosopher Thomas Hobbes, who had what Watterson described as “a dim view of human nature.” Hobbes is much more rational and aware of consequences than Calvin, but seldom interferes with Calvin’s troublemaking beyond a few oblique warnings — after all, Calvin will be the one to get in trouble for it, not Hobbes. Hobbes also has the habit of regularly stalking and pouncing on Calvin, most often when Calvin returns home from school.
From Calvin’s point of view, Hobbes is an anthropomorphic tiger, much larger than Calvin and full of his own attitudes and ideas. But when the perspective shifts to any other character, readers see merely a little stuffed tiger. This is, of course, an odd dichotomy, and Watterson explains it thus:
When Hobbes is a stuffed toy in one panel and alive in the next, I’m juxtaposing the “grown-up” version of reality with Calvin’s version, and inviting the reader to decide which is truer.
Although the first strips clearly show Calvin capturing Hobbes by means of a snare (with tuna fish as the bait), a later comic (1 August 1989) seems to imply that Hobbes is, in fact, older than Calvin, and has been around his whole life. Watterson eventually decided that it was not important to establish how Calvin and Hobbes had first met.

The Indispensable Calvin And Hobbes

In Calvin And Hobbes on January 6, 2008 at 9:34 am

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Calvin, Hobbes, Susie … we all know about these major cast members … but there are also several items that contantly appear in every Calvin and Hobbes book. Find out about the ‘minor’ cast members on this page …

Television
Like any kid in today’s world, the Television rules Calvin’s world. So obsessed is Calvin with the TV that he stays to watch the advertisements. The TV has always been portrayed through the eyes of a parent – that is, nothing worthwhile is ever shown on the ‘idiot box’. That, of course, does not discourage Calvin from worshipping the television or even at times, offering ‘sacrifices’.

Bed
Calvin has a long and deep relationship with his bed – not only is it a place where he sleeps, but he always lies on his bed after being sent to his room (which is frequent), and is continually petrified of the monsters lying underneath waiting for him.

It appears that Calvin seldom does anything peaceful (like sleeping) in his bed. Instead it is more a place to plot revenge, sulk, hide from monsters or a place to battle with Hobbes.

Food
Calvin has a hate hate relationship with his food. Not only does he detest the food that his mum prepares, but in his presence, the food takes on a life of its own – much to the distress of his mum and Susie.

Bath
There are some constants in Calvin’s life – one of them is his dislike of having a bath. Throughtout the entire series, there is an ongoing battle between Calvin and his mum for him to have a bath – leading to one strip where Calvin had a rather novel approach to bathing.

Mind you, once Calvin gets in a bath, his imagination runs riot again leading to some very funny strips.

Wagon
A magnificent piece of equipment! I’m thinking that it must have been built by Tonka Toys because there is no other way it could possibly survive the torment metted out by Calvin in his adventures in the woods – not to mention the occasional space journey to Mars.

Bicycle
Finally, there is Calvin’s bicycle. We all have childhood memories of seeing people riding with effortless grace yet when we tried, the bike turned into a savage and untamed beast which was determined to kill and maim us. Well Calvin experiences the same fear of learning to ride. The big difference between our experiences and Calvin’s is that our bikes don’t stalk us through the night!

Calvin And Hobbes:Weirdos From Another Planet

In Calvin And Hobbes on January 6, 2008 at 9:33 am

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Calvin


Calvin is a mild mannered studious young lad. He concentrates on his studies and is top of his class. He always tries to be nice to those around him and do the best by them. His secret love is Susie Derkins whom he absolutely adores – unfortunately, his love is not reciprocated. His faithful companion is Hobbes.

Hobbes

Hobbes is a tiger. Caught at an early age and domesticated, he’s become an accepted part of the family. Hobbes is rather dumb and not altogether there – but regardless, Calvin still loves him dearly.

 Calvin’s Parents

Calvin’s mum, who is called Emma, is a senior executive at a large corporation. She is the ‘breadwinner’ of the family. Calvin’s dad used to work as a mechanic but gave up his job to help Calvin with his studies. In all, they are a very happy couple and enjoy doing activities together with Calvin on the weekends. Camping is a favourite pastime for them.

Susie Derkins

To put it simply, Susie is a brat. She takes great delight in thinking up nefarious schemes and inflicting these plans on some poor unsuspecting victim. Unfortunately, Calvin is often Susie’s victim but being madly in love, he still find himself drawn to the troublesome Susie.

Mrs Wormwood

An ageing teacher, she is one of the best in the school. It upsets her to see Susie pick on Calvin and does her best to protect him.

Moe

Moe is Calvin’s best friend at school and there is nothing that they would not do for each other. Often they like to stop in the corridor for a chat. They are the definition of friendship.

Calvin, Hobbes, Susie … we all know about these major cast members … but there are also several items that contantly appear in every Calvin and Hobbes book. The ‘minor’ cast members…

Television

Like any kid in today’s world, the Television rules Calvin’s world. So obsessed is Calvin with the TV that he stays to watch the advertisements. The TV has always been portrayed through the eyes of a parent – that is, nothing worthwhile is ever shown on the ‘idiot box’. That, of course, does not discourage Calvin from worshipping the television or even at times, offering ‘sacrifices’.

Bed

Calvin has a long and deep relationship with his bed – not only is it a place where he sleeps, but he always lies on his bed after being sent to his room (which is frequent), and is continually petrified of the monsters lying underneath waiting for him.

It appears that Calvin seldom does anything peaceful (like sleeping) in his bed. Instead it is more a place to plot revenge, sulk, hide from monsters or a place to battle with Hobbes.

Food 
 
Calvin has a hate hate relationship with his food. Not only does he detest the food that his mum prepares, but in his presence, the food takes on a life of its own – much to the distress of his mum and Susie.

Bath 
 
There are some constants in Calvin’s life – one of them is his dislike of having a bath. Throughtout the entire series, there is an ongoing battle between Calvin and his mum for him to have a bath – leading to one strip where Calvin had a rather novel approach to bathing.

Mind you, once Calvin gets in a bath, his imagination runs riot again leading to some very funny strips.

Wagon

A magnificent piece of equipment! I’m thinking that it must have been built by Tonka Toys because there is no other way it could possibly survive the torment metted out by Calvin in his adventures in the woods – not to mention the occasional space journey to Mars.

Bicycle


Finally, there is Calvin’s bicycle. We all have childhood memories of seeing people riding with effortless grace yet when we tried, the bike turned into a savage and untamed beast which was determined to kill and maim us. Well Calvin experiences the same fear of learning to ride. The big difference between our experiences and Calvin’s is that our bikes don’t stalk us through the night!

The Essential CALVIN AND HOBBES-1

In Calvin And Hobbes on November 1, 2007 at 3:25 pm

Calvin and Hobbes

Beg. Quote The more you think about things, the weirder they seem. Take milk for example. Why do we drink COW milk? Who was the guy who first looked at a cow and said. I think I’ll drink whatever comes out of these things when I squeeze ’em! End. Quote