10 Quotes About The Outdoors From Your Favorite TV Shows To Live By

| June 5, 2018

There’s no denying the hours we’ve spent watching TV instead of exploring the outside world. But you know what they say about some programs: “Everything I need to learn in life, I learned from [insert show name]”. We found that particularly true for these following shows and characters when it comes to appreciating nature. Forget Transcendentalist writings and your friends’ Instagram captions, here are 10 quotes about the outdoors from TV to live by.

1. “Crying: acceptable at funerals and the Grand Canyon.” – Ron Swanson (Parks and Recreation)

No one loves the outdoors more than the red-blooded, government-hating Parks and Recreation Department Director Ron Swanson. And if something get him teared up, you know it’s a serious thing of beauty.

2. “I also think it’s pointless for a human to paint scenes of nature when they can go outside and stand in it.” – Ron Swanson (Parks and Recreation)


Don’t think for a second that Nat Geo will suffice if you want to experience the sublime.

3. “Fishing relaxes me. It’s like yoga, except I still get to kill something.” – Ron Swanson (Parks and Recreation)

He also finds noodling (catching fish with bare hands) enjoyable.

4. “Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Don’t teach a man to fish… and feed yourself. He’s a grown man. And fishing’s not that hard.” – Ron Swanson (Parks and Recreation)

Get your adult gluteus maximus outside and learn how to pronto.

5. “Fish: for sport only, not for meat. Fish meat is practically a vegetable.” – Ron Swanson (Parks and Recreation)

You can have the fish you’ve just learned how to catch, of course, but according to the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness, fish may not be hearty and red enough to be a meal.

6. “The game is absurd! This gun is lightweight, there is no sight, and we are far too close to these deer. Would they not smell us?” – Ron Swanson (Parks and Recreation)


On playing Big Buck Hunter, the first hunting video games Ron’s ever had his hands on. Why waste time at the arcade when the real game awaits?

Kelso: “Do you think we’ll see any bears? I’d love to kill a bear.”
Red: “You can’t shoot a bear, it’s deer season. You shoot a bear, you get fined, you go to jail.”
Kelso: “No, I’ll just say it’s self-defense. Who’s the jury gonna believe, me or a dead bear?”
Everyone: “A dead bear.” – That 70’s Show

However excited they may feel, every hunting enthusiast knows the right season dates as well as state and federal hunting laws.

8. “Hold my hand, Doctor, try to see what I see. We’re so lucky we’re still alive to see this beautiful world. Look at the sky, it’s not dark and black and without character. The black is in fact deep blue. And over there, lighter blue. And blowing through the blueness and the blackness, the wind swirling through the air and then shining, burning, bursting through! The stars! Can you see how they roar their light? Everywhere we look, the complex magic of nature blazes before our eyes.” 
- Vincent van Gogh (Doctor Who)

Obviously the real van Gogh didn’t say this but that doesn’t make what Doctor Who’s version of the Dutch painter says less true. If the night sky is what inspires “The Starry Night” then count us in.

9. “Try. Try as hard as you can to find some peace. There’s a beautiful world out there, Andy. And it’s happening right now.” – Dr. Gretchen Trott (Everwood)

No matter how bad things get sometimes, the best antidote may be just outside your door.

10. “Because it’s never… or now.” – Lorelai Gilmore (Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life)

Hoping for some clarity, Lorelai decides to do Wild (the book, not the Reese Witherspoon movie). Despite her non-outdoorsy character and her partner’s protest (“There’s dirt, bugs, animals,” “You boil your own water,” “You get water from a stream,” “ That’s in nature!”) she knows that she needs to experience it all now.

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