10 Wise Lessons from Peanuts


10 Wise Lessons from Peanuts

By Moriah Dee


The newest addition to the collection of beloved Peanuts stories comes to theaters on November 6th. Most people have at least heard of the Peanuts gang and poor Charlie Brown. The characters have been beloved for generations. They each have little hidden moments of wisdom within each movie, television special and comic strip. Charlie Brown learns to work through his disappointments, Lucy learns that sometimes it’s okay to be nice, and Sally learns about unconditional love. It’s almost undeniable, however, that of all the Peanuts characters, Linus is most likely to become a philosopher. In honor of all that wisdom packed into such a small little cartoon, here are 10 of Linus’ most inspiring and uplifting quotes.


1. “That cloud up there looks a little like the profile of Thomas Eakins, the famous painter and sculptor. And, that group of clouds over there… gives me the impression of the stoning of Stephen. I can see the Apostle Paul standing there to one side.”

– A Boy Named Charlie Brown.


2. Linus Van Pelt: Well, I can understand how you feel. You worked hard, studying for the spelling bee, and I suppose you feel you let everyone down, and you made a fool of yourself and everything, but did you notice something, Charlie Brown?… The world didn’t come to an end.”

– A Boy Named Charlie Brown.


3. “Sure, Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about. Lights, please.

‘And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were afraid. And, the angel said unto them, “Fear not: for behold, I bring unto you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And, this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” And suddenly, there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.’ That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”

– A Charlie Brown Christmas.


4. “In the year 1621, the Pilgrims held their first Thanksgiving feast. They invited the great Indian chief Massasoit, who brought ninety of his brave Indians and a great abundance of food. Governor William Bradford and Captain Miles Standish were honored guests. Elder William Brewster, who was a minister, said a prayer that went something like this: ‘We thank God for our homes and our food and our safety in a new land. We thank God for the opportunity to create a new world for freedom and justice.’”

– A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving.


5. Lucy Van Pelt: You have to give me a Christmas present. It says so in the Bible.

Linus Van Pelt: You’re bluffing. The Bible says nothing about giving Christmas presents.

Lucy Van Pelt: It doesn’t?

Linus Van Pelt: You can’t bluff an old theologian.

– Charlie Brown Christmas Tales.


6. “Never jump into a pile of leaves with a wet sucker.”

– The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.


7. “If I’m elected student body president, I will purge the kingdom! My administration will release us from our spiritual Babylon! My administration will bring down all false idols in high places!”

– You’re Not Elected Charlie Brown.


8. “You know, Charlie Brown, they say we learn more from losing than from winning.”

– A Boy Named Charlie Brown.


9. Lucy Van Pelt: “Boy, look at it rain… What if it floods the whole world?”

   Linus Van Pelt: “It will never do that. In the ninth chapter of Genesis God promised Noah that would never happen again, and the sign of the promise is the rainbow.”

   Lucy Van Pelt: “You’ve taken a great load off my mind…”

   Linus Van Pelt: “Sound Theology has a way of doing that!”

– The Original Comic Strip Peanuts.


10. Linus Van Pelt: *Sigh*

     Lucy Van Pelt: “Stop that stupid sighing!”

     Linus Van Pelt: “There’s nothing wrong with sighing.”

     Lucy Van Pelt: “There is if it bugs someone.”

     Linus Van Pelt: “It’s scriptural!….. ‘Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with sighs too deep for words.’ Romans… Eighth chapter!”

     Lucy Van Pelt: “I don’t know… I’m either going to have to slug him, or start going back to Sunday school!”

– Original comic strip Peanuts “Prophet”




Editors Note: Moriah Dee is an aspiring actor and writer. She grew up in Western Michigan and is currently pursuing her acting career in Los Angeles, California.