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Lisa Waugh
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Comedy's favorite misanthropic redhead always has the best advice. Whether he's joking about being a parent, going on dates, or paying the bills, Louis CK always delivers. His advice is blunt. It’s true. It’s real. But Louis CK smart quotes are always filled with cursing and explicit situations, so be prepared for some inappropriate jokes and profanity. 

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.

Vote up the best gems of Louis CK life advice, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section! 


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Let Your Kid Be an Example to Other Kids

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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. 
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“As humans, we waste the sh-t out of our words. It’s sad. We use words like “awesome” and “wonderful” like they’re candy. It was awesome? Really? It inspired awe? It was wonderful? Are you serious? It was full of wonder? You use the word “amazing” to describe a goddamn sandwich at Wendy’s. What’s going to happen on your wedding day, or when your first child is born? How will you describe it? You already wasted “amazing” on a f--king sandwich.” 
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Your Phone Doesn’t Suck

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“People say, My phone sucks.’ No, it doesn’t! The sh-ttiest cellphone in the world is a miracle.” Next time you experience a delay in that cat video your roommate found on YouTube, just think: what would Louis say?
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Being a Jerk Isn't Generational; It's Circumstantial

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“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.”
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Be Intolerant of Intolerant People

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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?” 
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Be Satisfied with What You Have

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“It seems like the better it gets, the more miserable people become. There’s never a technological advancement where people think, ‘Wow, we can finally do this!’ And I think a lot of it has to do with advertising. Americans have it constantly drilled into our heads, every f--king day, that we deserve everything to be perfect all the time.” 
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People Need to Stop Wasting Their Lives

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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.”
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"I'm Bored" Is the Worst Thing Anyone Can Say

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“I mean, you live in a great, big, vast world that you’ve seen none percent of. Even the inside of your own mind is endless, it goes on forever, inwardly, do you understand? The fact that you’re alive is amazing, so you don’t get to say ‘I’m bored.’”