Words of wisdom from our favourite childhood TV shows

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Let's go way back.

Back to the days when we burst through the school doors to get home in time for an episode of The Queen's Nose. When we would spend Saturday mornings cemented on the sofa in our pyjamas, lost in Live & Kicking.

It might feel like aeons ago, but the moment someone says Rugrats or Sabrina or Sister, Sister we're reeling off the names of our favourite characters and moments as if it were 1996.

They're the stories that inadvertently guided us through school life, be it Helga's heartbreak in Hey Arnold or the animals of Farthing Wood teaming together to fight adversity.

We opened up the archives and pulled together the wisest and funniest nuggets of wisdom from some of our favourite childhood TV shows. Now, let's take a little walk down memory lane...

The Animals of Farthing Wood


On positive thinking
Owl: He who dwells in the soil shall himself become soiled. He who dwells in the light shall achieve enlightenment.

On revenge
Fox: To kill one fox because another hurt him. That's the same as kicking you because his wife's burnt his dinner!

On making decisions in haste
Owl: When perched between two evils, the best solution is to stay still.

On self esteem
Mr Pheasant: When you've been shot at as much as I have, Fox, you realise there is nothing more important than one's personal dignity!

On standing up for what's right
Owl: A moment's thought can save a lifetime's misery.

On feeling swamped
Fox: Rabbits! What are you doing?!?
Mr Rabbit: We're PANICKING!
Fox: Stop Going Round in Circles. Swim straight in Front of You!

Sabrina the Teenage Witch

On the daily grind
Sabrina: There was boredom followed by dullness with a dash of echh.

On freedom
Jenny: You're so lucky your parents are strict. My parents are really relaxed, which makes it hard to rebel.

On having a night in
Hilda: I partied like it was 1699, 1799, 1899 - This time, I'm staying home!

On caring for another
Zelda: [To Sabrina] Wear seat belts! Watch the road! Avoid ice! Don't pass on mountain roads!
Hilda: Have fun?
Zelda: That's implied.

On authenticity
Hilda: Oh, my cheeks are killing me, from smiling. Pretending to be polite is so exhausting.

On the environment
Salem: (Speaking about Christmas trees) First you kill the tree, then you humiliate it.

On judgment 
Salem: I'm blonde! My IQ just dropped 20 points.
Zelda: [pointing to each of the Spellman women] Blonde, blonde, blonde. [points at Salem] Dead.

On humbleness 
Salem: I wasn't always the stud-muffin I am today.

On the difference between dogs and cats
Salem: Dogs guard. Cats watch...and judge


On following the leader
Angelica: Do you always do what people tell you to do? If someone told you to jump off a bridge, would you?!
Chuckie: Probably.

On making something out of anything
Angelica: When life gives you lemons, make apple sauce.

On a balanced diet
Lil: I haven't eated since the last time I eated

On desire
Angelica: A cookie just tastes better when it's someone else's

On the importance of getting outdoors
Phil: I don't think a kid should spend all day in his room bopping his Boppo.

On self assurance
Mona (Angelica's mother): If Angelica is ever going to make it in a male-dominated power structure, she's got to eat, breathe, drink, and sweat self-esteem

On self love
Angelica: Sometimes I wish I could be you, so I could be friends with me

On loss
Tommy: Chuckie listen, your bug died. We got you a new bug. It’s going to be okay.

On reality
Angelica: You dumb babies, monsters are just frigments of your infactuation.

On recovering after a long day
Tommy: I'm heading home to have myself a juice, snuggle with my blankie and go nap nap

On the importance of water
Al Sabu (referring to water): It is more important than cookies, even more important than al-Reptar.

Sister, Sister

On outstaying your welcome
“Go home, Roger!”

On comfort food
Lisa: (to Tia) Honey, Cheetos won't make you feel better, Pringles will. I remember once, I was so depressed I ate two tennis balls before I realized they weren't Pringles

On slowing down
Tia Landry: I wanna go to bed! I don't wanna be popular anymore.
Tamera: Me neither.

On a balanced diet
Tamera Campbell: We should have enough food. We got chips, dip, soda and candy. 
Lisa Landry: Ooh, the four major food groups. 

On bold fashion
Lisa Landry: (Looking at a woman with a large bird-like hat) Next time you leave the house, two words, ask somebody

Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

On two sides to every coin
Tommy: If you're like me, you can't be evil.
Tommy Clone: Let's face it - we all have our dark sides.

On delusions 
Rita: (To Zedd) Are you out of your overexposed mind?!

On reality
Kimberly: I love fairy tales. I've always wanted to be a princess, and get rescued by a handsome prince on a white horse.
Tommy: Well... how about a white tiger?
Kimberly: That would work.

Hey Arnold!

On crushes
Helga: (To Phoebe) So he wasn't the guy you thought he was. Anybody could be fooled by a handsome face.

On love
Arnold: It’s funny—when you like someone and they don’t really like you back, it’s not so bad. But when you really like themlike them, but you find they just likeyou, it hurts.

On the importance of friendships
Arnold: Pigeon Man, wait. 
Pigeon Man: Arnold, don't be sad. You've taught me that some people can be trusted and I'll never forget that. 

On aspirations
Grandpa Phil: Everybody needs a dream to hang on to, otherwise they're just people without dreams.

On being different
Pigeon Man: It's people I don't understand. You see, Arnold, it's time for me to leave here. Some people are meant to be with people. And others, like me, are just... different.

The Queen's Nose

On appearances
Harmony: Pigs are clean animals, intelligent too. Not like some...

On faith
Uncle Ginger: What is a wish Harmony?
Harmony: It's when you want something.
Uncle Ginger: And when you believe it can happen.


On paranoia 
Doug: She never said anything about the pimple. Matter of fact, no one did. I guess it just goes to show you: sometimes things don't turn out as bad as you think they will. But sometimes they turn out a lot worse. But, then again, sometimes they turn out sorta OK, but kinda bad. Well, anyways, the point is, it's not what's on your nose that counts... it's what's inside. N-no, wait. I didn't mean that.

On eating something you dislike
Judy: In order to eat liver and onions, you must BECOME liver and onions 

The Secret World of Alex Mack

On sisterhood
Alex Mack: I'm really worried, Annie. The plant won't stop until they find me.
Annie Mack: Between my brains and your powers, that won't be too easy.

On caring about what others think
Alex Mack: Sometimes it's good to be not so popular.

On the unknown
Barbara Mack: Sometimes in life, my darling, a little mystery is a good thing. 

On trust
Alex Mack: You knew, didn't you? You knew this whole time that it was me, but you didn't say anything because you knew I didn't want you to.
Dave Watt: Yeah.
Alex: Thanks.
Dave: You're welcome.

On unconditional love
Alex Mack: So, are you still going to hang out with me even without the powers?
Ray Alvarado: Yeah. I think you're stuck with me.

Have we missed the show that captured your imagination as a child? Share your thoughts and favourite quotes (if you can remember them) in the comments section below.

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