Dr. Peter Venkman, Todd DiLaMuca, Carl Spackler, Private John Winger, Tripper Harrison, Phil Connors, Steve Zissou or Nick the Lounge Singer ... whatever character you know him by, you know Bill Murray and his endearing, often off-beat, always amusing brand of humor.
In honor of the comedian's 65th birthday today, we've rounded up 17 if his most awesome, inspiring, side-splitting quotes. Some are from characters he's played, others straight from his own wonderfully mad mind. Either way, the man is a true legend, and if his time on SNL and numerous acting/writing credits on some of the funniest movies ever made don't prove it, hopefully we can convert you to Murrayism with this list.
So a very galunga birthday to you, Mr. Murray.
"I'm a nut, but not just a nut."
“Don't think about your errors or failures, otherwise you'll never do a thing.” —The Guardian, 2005
"I think romance basically starts with respect. And new romance always starts with respect." —About.com, 2003
“As I once said to one of my brothers, ‘This is your life, not a rehearsal.’ Somewhere there’s a score being kept, so you have an obligation to live life as well as you can, be as engaged as you can. 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. You know what they say: ‘Ain’t no try, ain’t nothing to it but to do it.’” —TimeOut London, 2013
“Nothing prepared me for being this awesome. It's kind of a shock. It's kind of a shock to wake up every morning and be bathed in this purple light.” — 2014 Reddit AMA
“It's hard to be an artist. It's hard to be anything. It's hard to be.” —The Independent, 2014
"I make it a rule never to get involved with possessed people ... Actually, it's more of a guideline than a rule." —Ghostbusters
“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.” —The New York Times, 2012
“Life is so damn short. For f*ck’s sake, just do what makes you happy.”
On what makes a great night: "It's when you just let yourself get taken. And remain aware that you're getting taken — because you get taken all the time anyway, when you're not conscious. But if you can consciously let yourself get taken and see where you go, that's an exercise. That's discipline. To follow the scent. Let yourself go and see what happens, that takes a bit of courage." —Rolling Stone, 2003
“I live a little bit on the seat of my pants, I try to be alert and available ... for life to happen to me. 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. You’re really living it.” —Charlie Rose, 2014
“It’s extremely powerful to say no; it’s really the most powerful thing to say.” —Washington Post, 2012
"I’ll give you my whole wrap on fame, I think everyone becomes a jerk for about two years when they become famous. So I give people two years to figure it out and pull it together. But you end up behaving poorly because there`s just no training for it. There`s nothing your parents ever did no matter what kind of people they are because everything just gets different. The information coming to you becomes differently — comes differently, and people treat you differently sort of and everything changes for us. So it takes you a little while to figure it out." —Joy Behar Show, 2009
"I think people place too much emphasis on their careers. I wish we could all live in the mountains at high altitude." —Groundhog Day
"No one really wants to admit they are lonely, and it is never really addressed very much between friends and family. But I have felt lonely many times in my life." —The Guardian, 2005
"People only talk about what a joyous experience it is, but there is terror: Your life, as you know it, is over. It's over the day that child is born. It's over, and something completely new starts." —Rolling Stone, 2003