My older daughter found Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on the DVD shelf at home a while back and she’s watched it over and over, as you do when you’re young and you discover something cool. Apart from it being my favourite John Hughes film, and containing the best lip-synch sequence of Twist & Shout ever captured on film, Ferris has some fairly pithy observations on life and how to live it that merit notice …

Keeping things in perspective:

“You’re not dying, you just can’t think of anything good to do.”

“Anything looks peaceful from one thousand three hundred and fifty-three feet.”


Cameron: “Ferris, my father loves this car more than life itself.”
Ferris: “A man with priorities so far out of whack doesn’t deserve such a fine automobile.”

Not placing limits on your thinking:

“The question isn’t, ‘What are we going to do?’ The question is, ‘What aren‘t we going to do?'”


“Only the meek get pinched. The bold survive.”

Stress management:

“Pardon my French, but Cameron is so tight that if you stuck a lump of coal up his ass, in two weeks you’d have a diamond.”

Okay, maybe I’m stretching it a bit with some of those, and there is a school of thought that Ferris Bueller is nothing more than a charming sociopath, but the following truly is sage advice on how to live your life:

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

And let us not forget that Ferris’ philosophy has wide appeal too: “The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads – they all adore him. They think he’s a righteous dude.”

It’s Friday. You made it to the end of the week, hopefully without killing anyone. Set aside a few moments this lunchtime to look around …

PS: I actually wanted to use the ‘Life moves …’ quote in Where’s My Oasis? but Paramount were looking for $2,500 per edition of the book to use it – so it really is valuable advice. Also, I googled “wisdom of Ferris Bueller” and came across this little gem.