Doug Coupland Quotes

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Here’re some quotes from artist and fiction author Doug Coupland. They’re in no particular order or necessarily related to each other but they’re all clever.

Earth was not built for six billion people all running around and being passionate about things. The world was built for about two million people foraging for roots and grubs.

Before machines the only form of entertainment people really had was relationships.

Blame is just a lazy person’s way of making sense of chaos.

Everybody past a certain age, regardless of how they look on the outside, pretty much constantly dreams of being able to escape from their lives.

Figure out what it is in life you don’t do well, and then don’t do it.

I don’t want any vegetables, thank you. I paid for the cow to eat them for me.

If nothing else, we simply get used to being alive.

If you don’t have a spiritual practice in place when times are good, you can’t expect to suddenly develop one during a moment of crisis.

It’s weird when people start sentences with ‘frankly’ – as if their other sentences don’t count.

Only losers make decisions when things are bad. The time to rejig your life is the time when it’s seemingly smooth.

The modern economy isn’t about the redistribution of wealth, it’s about the redistribution of time.

Too much free time is certainly a monkey’s paw in disguise. Most people can’t handle a structureless life.

When we constantly ask for miracles, we’re unraveling the fabric of the world. A world of continuous miracles would not be a world, it would be a cartoon.

When you crop the photo, you tell a lie.

You can’t get mad at weather because weather’s not about you. Apply that lesson to most other aspects of life.

You spend a much larger part of your life being old, not young.