Bill Murray-isms: Life Advice From the Wisest Man in Movies

Bill Murray is absolutely everywhere lately. He’s in the news (because he’s been cast in The Jungle Book), he’s on Zooey D.’s Twitter (because they just wrapped the movie, Rock the Kasbah) and he’s at random strangers’ parties (because he’s Bill Murray). But you know where he is 24/7? Wait for it—he’s in our hearts. No, really, he’s a national treasure with a penchant for imparting awesome advice when least expected. Here are eight times Bill Murray wowed us with brilliant pieces of life advice and graceful tidbits of awesomeness.

On productivity: “I realized the more fun I had, the more relaxed I was working, the better I worked. . . The more relaxed you are, the better you are at everything: the better you are with your loved ones, the better you are with your enemies, the better you are at your job, the better you are with yourself.” —The New York Times

On loneliness: “No one really wants to admit they are lonely, and it is never really addressed very much between friends and family. But I have felt lonely many times in my life.” —The Guardian

On work: “I don’t like to work. I only like working when I’m working.” —GQ

On regret: “I made a lot of mistakes and realized I had to let them go. Don’t think about your errors or failures, otherwise you’ll never do a thing.” —The Guardian 

On love: “I think romance basically starts with respect. And new romance always starts with respect.”—

On living a full life: “[I live] a little bit on the seat of my pants, I try to be just alert and available. . . Available just for life to happen to me. . . We’re in this life, and if you’re not available, the sort of ordinary time goes past and you didn’t live it. But if you’re available, then life gets huge. You’re really living it.”— Charlie Rose

Even more on living a full life: “This is your life, not a rehearsal. Somewhere there’s a score being kept, so you have an obligation to live life as well as you can, be as engaged as you can.” — Time Out

On keeping some things secret:. When Murray did a Reddit AMA, a Redditor asked, “What did you whisper in Scarlett Johansson’s ear at the end of Lost In Translation?” To which he replied: “You know? I forget.”

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