Film and television hold magical perks to them that capture the audience’s attention and move the audience to better their life after the watching experience. Though beautiful cinematography and flashy choreography might be some highlights, it’s the writing that makes for a phenomenal viewing experience. Deep in the roots of each film or TV experience is the writing that fuels the tree of creativity.
Bojack Horseman has some of the most in-depth and self-reflexive quotes and monologues sewn throughout that separate the animated television show from the rest. Though some of the quotes may be hard truths for audience members, it’s essential to reflect and learn from them in order for us to grow as individuals.
Updated on February 21st, 2021 by Kit Morris: It has been over a year since the last episode of Bojack Horseman released and everything is worse now. The past year has been difficult for a lot of people and fans of this amazing animated series can’t help but think back on all of the meaningful quotes, now being able to relate to them even more than before. In these dark times, a few more lines from the cartoon could be helpful and can hopefully make things a little better.
15 Is It Worth It To Get What You Want?
When a dog chases a car, nobody really understands what will happen when the car stops and the dog is able to catch up. What will the dog do once it finally has reached the car? Simply put, the motivation for that journey would probably end and the dog would walk away.
This quote has a deep understanding of this concept and really puts life into perspective. Whatever you’re chasing after is taking you away from the glorious here-and-now. Is it worth chasing after that thing if you miss all the experiences along the way? The end goal should always fuel your desires, not inhibit them.
14 Putting On A Smile May Help
Bojack Horseman is filled with self-loathing and depression which makes for a pretty heavy show overall. Everybody feels down about their selves at times, but it’s how one reacts to these emotions which makes for long-term happiness. Bojack has a way to deal with these emotions and it’s through feigning his own happiness.
Although it’s known to not be a good idea to fake how one feels, this may be a good way to cope with deep sadness. Or at least that’s how Bojack feels, and y’know— he’s a paragon of a positive mental landscape.
13 This Is Supposed To Be The Happiest Moment Of My Life And I Never Felt More Miserable
Throughout your life, you will have many expectations. More often than not, these expectations lead to disappointment. Part of the reason you’ll feel disappointment is because you hoped to feel a certain way based on your expectations.
If you wait for something to give you happiness, and that thing finally comes, it may not give you the bliss you believed it would. Rather than waiting for something in order to feel joy, it is better to search for happiness in the things you already have or can more easily gain.
12 The Feeling That You Are Toxic
Most people have felt this way at one point or another in their lives. People may feel that they harm those around themselves because it generally reflects how they feel about themselves. If we feel pained, we naturally get afraid that it’ll rub off on those around us.
Through the emotional roller coaster of Bojack Horseman, it’s important to recognize that people all may feel these emotions but people can’t let it drown them with fear and anxiety, because inevitably, as Bojack learns, it becomes an excuse not to change more than anything else.
11 Bad Feelings Are Temporary
This is a great example of grasping the knowledge that every state-of-mind is temporary and can be fixed for the better. Throughout the show, these values are presented in a way that displays hope for a better tomorrow. And, likely, that tomorrow comes much sooner than one expects. All people really need to do is just keep going and eventually, they’ll realize that it does, in fact, get easier.
Everybody grows and learns from their mistakes. It’s the individual’s job to recognize that repetitious positive mentality will make for the quickly coming tomorrow.
10 Keep Moving Forward
One step at a time will bring people forward. Even if those steps are baby steps or large leaps, it’s all forward progression. Bojack states that everybody makes mistakes in their past, but why linger on what’s in the past?
A solid value to internalize is the keep moving forward mentality because even when they may seem like small steps, they are great leaps to long-term contentment. So, very much like that last entry, should one decide to keep moving forward, they may be surprised as to what they can accomplish.
9 It’s Easy To Make Mistakes
Everybody will make thousands of mistakes in their lifetime. Some will be bigger than others, but it’s important to know that it’s inevitable to make mistakes. The saying “watch out for red flags” is usually applied when talking about romantic relationships in one’s lifetime. However, the phrase can be used in almost every situation.
When there is so much room to make mistakes in life, there will be a lot of red flags that can be overlooked – and that’s okay!
8 Self Virtue Is Important
Throughout the series, the character Diane, played by Alison Brie, offers up several relatable quotes throughout the series. The one stated here showcases the necessity to believe in yourself even if you feel nobody else does.
At the end of the day, it’s really up to you to maintain your own happiness even if you feel like that is one of the hardest things to do. Diane represents those who question their own worth in society which makes her quotes some of the most valuable for the audience.
7 You Want To Think Of Yourself As The Good Guy
There is a fine line between good and bad. No matter how much you want it, not everyone is going to think that you are good. What’s important is being as good as you can be in your eyes, as well as the eyes of those you care about.
Having said that, it is also important to remember that not everything you do is good. When you know that you’ve done something bad, the best thing you can do is accept it and try to make up for it. If you don’t, then you won’t think of yourself as the good guy, and your opinions on yourself are much more important than the opinions of those that barely know you.
6 Am I Just Doomed To Be The Person That I Am?
Similar to the previous quote, you should always try to be the best person you can be. If you don’t like who you have become, you should try to change the qualities you have that you think are bad.
In order to do that, you have to want to make that change. You are never doomed to be the person you are unless if you give up on changing for the better.
5 Helping Others May Help Yourself
Princess Carolyn, played by Amy Sedaris, is probably the most selfless character in the entire show. Her caring nature makes her loved by audience’s because deep down everybody wants to be as helpful as her. Even when she strains to find happiness in her own life, she finds solitude in helping others out.
Through the character Princess Carolyn, the show is representing a different way to seek happiness. Though it may not be easy, helping others could mean a more positive lifestyle.
4 Making Close Connections Is Vital To Understanding The World
Bojack may not truly mean that the world is terrifying here. He’s talking about the connections made within it that are terrifying because sometimes they are bad connections that prove to be toxic. Every time you make a new connection in the world, you are opening your own personal door for those to step inside. That in itself is difficult.
We all choose the connections we make in life and we choose when to open our doors to others. It is important to hold onto the good connections made because it will overall be growing and beneficial to your happiness in society.
3 Look In The Mirror Every Once In A While
Bojack Horseman’s Todd, played by Aaron Paul, is an essential character throughout the series who usually tends to keep his cool. If he has something serious to say, which is not often, it usually is important. You can blame a lot of things on other people throughout your lifetime, but in the end of the day, it’s you who needs to make the change.
If you feel your world is falling apart around you and nothing is working out, it’s likely that a little bit of self-reflection will help you pave your way to a different outcome. It’s quotes like these that really tie the whole series together and change the audience’s perspective for the better.
2 I Don’t Think I’m Allowed To Be In Love
Speaking of Todd, one of his best arcs in the series was discovering that he is asexual. Asexuality is a sexual orientation in which people lack sexual attraction, and due to society often thinking that romance and sex go hand in hand, many aces feel this way.
Though the writers of the series specifically wrote this line to show one of the struggles that people on the asexual spectrum go through, a lot of people feel like they aren’t allowed to experience some of the greatest things in the world, like their feelings don’t matter. But just like how Todd learned that he and other aces can fall in love, it is important to remember that you are allowed to experience love and embrace your feelings.
1 Sometimes Life’s A Bitch And Then You Keep Living
The last scene of the series left fans feeling empty, but unlike most stories, this was the best way for Bojack Horseman to end. There are a lot of funny moments in the series despite having serious themes, so neither a comedic or tragic ending would have been a good way to finish the series.
Life is hard, but no matter what happens, it is best to do whatever you can to keep living. As the main characters of the series don’t die at the end, they would go on to have more experiences, even after the credits roll. Letting the audience know that their stories will continue is a way of also letting you know that there are always more experiences to have.
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