David Brent on…Life

david-brentHe went on hiatus for 10 years, but last week Ricky Gervais brought his “Office” alter ego David Brent back to life for Red Nose Day. I’ve since been revisiting some of Brent’s most memorable quotes and noticed that if you stop him short of finishing his thoughts, he has some pretty solid advice. Here are a few nuggets:

“You grow up, you work half a century, you get a golden handshake, you rest a couple of years and you’re dead. And the only thing that makes that crazy ride worthwhile is ‘Did I enjoy it? What did I learn? What was the point?’”

“A philosopher once wrote you need three things to have a good life. One, a meaningful relationship, two, a decent job of work, and three, to make a difference. And it was always that third one that stressed me, to make a difference. And I realize that I do. Every day, we all do. It’s how we interact, with our fellow man.”

“Life is just a series of peaks and troughs. And you don’t know whether you’re in a trough until you’re climbing out, or on a peak until you’re coming down. And that’s it you know, you never know what’s round the corner. But it’s all good. ‘If you want the rainbow, you’ve gotta put up with the rain.’”

 

 

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