The Meaning of Life According to Pop Culture

Here’s some tweet-sized wisdom from pop culture characters on the question “What’s the meaning of life?”

Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of the women. — Conan (Arnold Schwarzenegger) in Conan the Barbarian

Take pleasure in great beauty.  — James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) in The World is Not Enough

Live long and prosper.  — Spock (Leonard Nimoy) in Star Trek

Achieve perfection. — Seven of Nine (Jeri Ryan) in Star Trek: Voyager

Maximize profit.  — Quark (Armin Shimerman) in Star Trek DS9

Fight for Truth, Justice, and the American Way.  — Superman (Christopher Reeve) in Superman: The Movie

Become more than a man, devote yourself to an ideal. Become a legend.  — Ra’s Al Ghoul (Liam Neeson) in Batman Begins

42  — Douglas Adams in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Well, it’s nothing very special. Uh, try to be nice to people, avoid eating fat, read a good book every now and then, get some walking in, and try to live together in peace and harmony with people of all creeds and nations. — Michael Palin in Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life


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