Bill Watterson

  • American cartoonist
  • Born July 5, 1958

William Boyd Watterson II (born July 5, 1958) is an American former 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.

I liked things better when I didn't understand them.

The problem with the future is that it keeps turning into the present.

We don't devote enough scientific research to finding a cure for jerks.

Genius is never understood in its own time.

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.

Nothing helps a bad mood like spreading it around.

The world of a comic strip ought to be a special place with its own logic and life... I don't want the issue of Hobbes's reality settled by a doll manufacturer.

It's not denial. I'm just selective about the reality I accept.

Shutting off the thought process is not rejuvenating; the mind is like a car battery - it recharges by running.

Mothers are the necessity of invention.

I think we dream so we don't have to be apart so long. If we're in each other's dreams, we can play together all night.

I've got to start listening to those quiet, nagging doubts.

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

Reality continues to ruin my life.

If you can't control your peanut butter, you can't expect to control your life.

If people sat outside and looked at the stars each night, I'll bet they'd live a lot differently.

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

It seems like once people grow up, they have no idea what's cool.

I know the world isn't fair, but why isn't it ever unfair in my favor?

Why waste time learning, when ignorance is instantaneous?

The surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that it has never tried to contact us.

I won't eat any cereal that doesn't turn the milk purple.

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.

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

Getting an inch of snow is like winning 10 cents in the lottery.

Things are never quite as scary when you've got a best friend.

Know what's weird? Day by day, nothing seems to change. But pretty soon, everything's different.

If your knees aren't green by the end of the day, you ought to seriously re-examine your life.

When birds burp, it must taste like bugs.

If I had rolled along with the strip's popularity and repeated myself for another five, 10 or 20 years, the people now 'grieving' for 'Calvin and Hobbes' would be wishing me dead.

I thought my life would seem more interesting with a musical score and a laugh track.

It's always better to leave the party early.

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

Sometimes when I'm talking, my words can't keep up with my thoughts. I wonder why we think faster than we speak. Probably so we can think twice.

Often it takes some calamity to make us live in the present. Then suddenly we wake up and see all the mistakes we have made.

Letting your mind play is the best way to solve problems.