Life
Lessons

from Bill Murray

Bill Murray on the set of Fantastic Mr. Fox in London. (Photo by Greg Williams)

Life Lessons

from Bill Murray

Bill Murray is a legend. Beloved for his comedic genius, the insanely popular star also has an honest and insightful outlook on life. He's a big believer in living in the present, doing it with some honor all while still being able to have fun. Which is pretty evident in his new "A Very Murray Christmas," which started streaming on Netflix earlier this month. In an hour-long throwback to the old TV variety shows, Murray sings, he dances, he laments and he drinks. In short, he's a man who somehow balances goofball antics with an unwavering cool—and whose words should truly be heard.

"Life is so damn short. For fuck's sake, just do what makes you happy."

"It's extremely powerful to say no;
it's really the most powerful thing to say."

"It's extremely powerful to say no;
it's really the most powerful thing to say."

I think if you can take care of yourself, and then maybe try to take care of someone else, that's sort of how you're supposed to live."

"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."

"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."

"I don't want to be that guy mumbling into his drink at a bar."

"There are people who drive me crazy, but they got the job done. And when I see that person again, I nod my head. Respect."

The human condition means that we can zone out and forget what the hell we're doing. So the secret is to have a sense of yourself, your real self, your unique self. And not just once in a while, or once a day, but all through the day, the week and life."

"I think midlife crisis is just a point where people's careers have reached some plateau and they have to reflect on their personal relationships."

"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, life gets huge."

FYI

Murray doesn't have an agent. He reportedly only fields offers for scripts and roles using a mysterious 1-800 number.