Louis CK smart quotes address everything from the miracle of technology, to how cellphones and TV are killing the empathy in children. We can relate to Louis CK life advice because unlike many other celebrities, we’ve actually seen him fail. He isn’t some kind of god that we put up on a pedestal. He’s a real human being, and we’ve seen all of his highs and lows through his comedy specials. We’ve seen him parent and not parent. We’ve seen him fail and succeed. We’ve even seen him crash and burn on dates, only to rise from the ashes of his misfortune at his next show at the Comedy Cellar. Anyone who strictly follows Louis CK’s wisdom knows that you should never complain about being bored, or whine that you don’t know how to tell your kids about gay marriage. If you said either of those things in his presence, you’d get a face full of ginger-haired fury.
Let Your Kid Be an Example to Other Kids
Louis CK thinks that the cellphone puts a barrier between kids when it comes to saying mean things. It’s so much easier to bully someone from behind a text message than it is to be a jerk in person. He feels that it’s important for a kid to experience the results of his or her own awfulness face-to-face. It builds empathy.
Being a Jerk Isn't Generational; It's Circumstantial
“The Greatest Generation gets too much credit. Those World War II guys, if they had all the sh-t we have today, they’d be a–holes too. It’s just circumstantial. It’s what you’re called on to do that makes you great. We haven’t been called on to do anything but buy sh-t and get fat.”
On gay marriage, Louis CK says, “It doesn’t have any effect on your life. What do you care?! People try to talk about it like it’s a social issue. Like when you see someone stand up on a talk show and say, ‘How am I supposed to explain to my children that two men are getting married?” …I dunno. It’s your sh-tty kid. You f–kin’ tell ‘em. Why is that anyone else’s problem? Two guys are in love and they can’t get married because you don’t want to talk to your ugly child for five f–kin’ minutes?”
People Need to Stop Wasting Their Lives
Louis CK constantly warns us about the dangers of wasting too much time doing useless stupid things. For example, he doesn’t believe in spending a lot of time on the Internet.
He says, “I killed my Facebook page years ago because the time clicking around is just dead time. Your brain isn’t resting and it isn’t doing anything.”
Don't Trust the Stock Market, It's Not Real
“I just don’t trust any of it. Every time I read something about how there’s been another ridiculous climb of the Dow Jones, there’s a part of me that goes, ‘This can’t be good.’ None of this is real money. You know what I mean? It’s not like there’s actually more of anything. It’s just ideas. When people are getting richer and richer but they’re not actually producing anything, it can’t end well.”
If You Want Your Kids to Grow Up and Not Suck, Make Them Do Regular Crappy Things
As a dad in the spotlight, Louis CK worries a lot about how his children are growing up. Living in New York City surrounded by thousands of prying eyes doesn’t exactly give his two daughters tons of privacy.
“I talk to [my kids] about work, and I hope they both have sh-tty minimum wage retail jobs when they’re old enough. I really try to be aware of not letting them grow up weird or spoiled, which is easier to do here than it is in L.A. My 13-year-old daughter leaves the house at 7:15 every morning and takes a smelly city bus to school way uptown. It’s like 8 degrees out, and it’s dark and she’s got this morning face and I send her out there to take a bus. Meanwhile, my driver is sitting in a toasty Mercedes that’s going to take me to work once both kids are gone. I could send her in the Mercedes and then have it come back to get me, but I can’t have my kid doing that. I can’t do that to her. Me? I earned that f–ing Mercedes. You better f–ing believe it.”