Words of Wisdom From Your Favorite ’90s Characters

Watching TV shows from the 90s can provide nostalgia, but if you listen closely, they sometimes offer insight into the struggle that is life and everything that comes along with it. Here are a few great words of wisdom said by some of your favorite characters from the tail-end of the 20th century:

Matt LeBlanc, FriendsNBC

On love:

“It is a love based of giving and receiving as well as having and sharing. And the love that they give and have is shared and received. And through this having and giving and sharing and receiving, we too can share and love and have…and receive.”  —Joey, Friends

On inner beauty:

“Sometimes it seems like we’re all living in some kind of prison. And the crime is how much we hate ourselves. It’s good to get really dressed up once in a while. And admit the truth: that when you really look closely? People are so strange and so complicated that they’re actually…beautiful. Possibly even me.” —Angela, My So-Called Life

On attraction:

“Remember, attraction is a three-way street. Or is it a one-way tunnel? Hmm, in any case, I do know it’s a four-lane highway, but it takes two to use the car-pool lane. I guess what I’m trying to say is, what the younger generation has learned is that there’s nothing for us to watch on CBS, and you’ve got to be yourself. A man has to love you for you, not some costume. He’s gotta love who you are.” —Kelly, Married with Children

On friendship:
“Lose one friend, lose all friends, lose yourself.” —Eric, Boy Meets World

On commitment:

“Why is commitment such a big problem for a man? I think that for some reason when a man is driving down that freeway of love, the woman he’s with is like an exit. But he doesn’t want to get off there. He wants to keep driving. And the woman is like, ‘Look, gas, food, lodging, that’s our exit, that’s everything we need to be happy. Get off here, now!’ But the man is focusing on a sign underneath that says, ‘Next exit 27 miles,’ and he thinks, ‘I can make it.’ Sometimes he can, sometimes he can’t. Sometimes, the car ends up on the side of the road, hood up and smoke pouring out of the engine. He’s sitting on the curb all alone, ‘I guess I didn’t realize how many miles I was racking up.'” —Jerry, Seinfeld

On goals:

“Stop and make sure that everything you are doing right now is really what makes you happy. You can’t just live for some goal in the future and have that be everything…have that be it.” —Julia, Party of Five

On growing up:

“After all, if growing up is war, then the friends who grew up with you deserve a special respect. The ones who stuck by you shoulder to shoulder, in a time when nothing was certain, all life lay ahead, and every road led home.” —Kevin, The Wonder Years

On change:

“Bottom line is, even if you see ’em coming, you’re not ready for the big moments. No one asks for their life to change, not really. But it does. So what are we, helpless? Puppets? No. The big moments are gonna come. You can’t help that. It’s what you do afterwards that counts. That’s when you find out who you are.” —Whistler, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

On generating body heat:

“I was told once that the best way to regenerate body heat is to crawl naked into a sleeping bag with somebody else who was already naked.” —Mulder, The X-Files

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