31 Best Charles Schulz Quotes From The Iconic Creator Of 'Peanuts'

Merlyn Mathews
Jan 29, 2024 By Merlyn Mathews
Originally Published on Feb 25, 2021
Edited by Monisha Kochhar
From Left to right is Lucy, Snoopy and Charlie Brown. Snoopy is first created as a comic strip by Charles M. Schulz.
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Charles M. Schulz was born on 26 November 1922 in Minnesota, United States, and died of colon cancer on 12 February 2000 in California, United States.

All Charles M. Schulz wanted to do was draw funny pictures. The comic pages appeared for nearly 50 years which included Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang.

His father was of German heritage and his mother from a Norwegian family. He grew up reading the funnies which included Skippy, Mickey Mouse, and Popeye with his dad and it became ritual over time. Schulz's childhood nickname was Sparky which was based on a comic strip, 'Barney Google'. He attended a correspondence cartoon course with the Federal School Of Applied Cartooning. Newspapers editors in the late 1940s and 1950s promoted a post-war minimalist model pushing cartoonists to shrink strip size. His early published cartoons focused on concise drawings of precocious children with large heads who interacted with words and actions beyond their years. Charles M. Schulz announced his retirement in December 1999. The 'Peanuts' was syndicated in over 2,600 newspapers and in some cases even translated to different languages. He received an Emmy Award and had NASA projects named after his character. In this article, we have listed some most inspiring Charles M. Schulz quotes. If you like this article, visit Roald Dahl quotes and Peanuts quotes.

Charles M. Schulz Quotes

Did you know that Schulz did not name his famous work? In 1950 Charles M. Schulz approached the United Feature syndicate with his comic strip name 'Li'l Folks' but it was too close to the names of the two other comics of the time: 'Li'l Abner' and 'Little folks'. To avoid confusion the United Feature Syndicate settled on the name 'Peanuts'. Schulz never liked the name and thought it was confusing and had no meaning. Here are some quotes from Charles M. Schulz.

1."I love mankind...It's people I can't stand."

-Charles M. Schulz    

2."Jogging is very beneficial. It's good for your legs and your feet. It's also very good for the ground. It makes it feel needed."

-Charles M. Schulz  

3."Exercise is a dirty word. Every time I hear it I wash my mouth out with chocolate."

-Charles M. Schulz  

4."All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt."

-Charles M. Schulz    

5."Try not to have a good time...this was supposed to be educational."

-Charles M. Schulz  

6."I have a new philosophy. I'm only going to dread one day at a time."

-Charles M. Schulz  

7."A whole stack of memories never equal one little hope."

-Charles M. Schulz  

8."All his life he tried to be a good person. Many times, however, he failed. For, after all, he was only human. He wasn't a dog."

-Charles M. Schulz  

9."I don't think God wants to be worshipped. I think the only pure worship of God is by loving one another, and I think all other forms of worship became a substitute for the love that we should show one another."

-Charles M. Schulz    

10."That's the secret to life...replace one worry with another."

-Charles M. Schulz  

Charles Schulz Christmas Quotes

Did you know that many of the characters in the Peanuts series were inspired by his friends? Linus Maurer and Sherman Plepler were two of his closest friends. Not only friends but his relatives served as inspiration too, for example, the character Peppermint Patty was inspired by Patricia Swanson who is one of Schulz's cousins where he made up the full name of the character after seeing peppermint candies in the house. Apart from family and friends as inspiration, Schulz was adamant to present a Charlie Brown scene about Christmas. Here are some Charles M Schulz quotes related to Christmas.  

A daily comic created by Charles M. Schulz and published in the United States of America.

11."Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone."

-Charles M. Schulz  

12."My life has no purpose, no direction, no aim, no meaning, and yet I'm happy. I can't figure it out. What am I doing right?"

-Charles M. Schulz  

13."Decorate your home. It gives the illusion that your life is more interesting than it really is."

-Charles M. Schulz  

14."Don't worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia."

-Charles M. Schulz  

Inspiring Charles Schulz Quotes

Snoopy is another famous comic series from Charles M Schulz. Towards the beginning, Schulz intended to call Snoopy, Sniffy until he discovered that the name was already used in another comic strip. He named this the dog Snoopy since his late mother told him that if they acquired a second dog they should name him Snoopy which was an affectionate term in the Norwegian language. Here are some inspirational Charles M Schulz quotes.

15."Learn from yesterday, live for today, look to tomorrow, rest this afternoon."

-Charles M. Schulz  

16."Life is like an ice cream cone, you have to lick it one day at a time."

-Charles M. Schulz  

17."Life is like a ten-speed bicycle. Most of us have gears we never use."

-Charles M. Schulz  

18."In the book of life, The answers aren't in the back."

-Charles M. Schulz  

19."I think I've discovered the secret of life --you just hang around until you get used to it."

-Charles M. Schulz  

20."Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love."

-Charles M. Schulz  

21."Happiness is a warm puppy."

-Charles M. Schulz  

22."Happiness is waking up, looking at the clock, and finding that you still have two hours left to sleep."

-Charles M. Schulz  

23.“Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, 'Is life a multiple choice test or is it a true or false test?' ...Then a voice comes to me out of the dark and says, 'We hate to tell you this but life is a thousand word essay'.”

-Charles M. Schulz    

24."Absence makes the heart grow fonder, but it sure makes the rest of you lonely."

-Charles M. Schulz  

25."Be yourself. No one can say you're doing it wrong."

-Charles M. Schulz  

26."There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people...Religion, Politics, and The Great Pumpkin."

-Charles M. Schulz  

27."If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself."

-Charles M. Schulz  

28."No problem is so formidable that you can't walk away from it."

-Charles M. Schulz  

29."The way I see it, it doesn't matter what you believe just so you're sincere."

-Charles M. Schulz  

30."Just remember, when you're over the hill, you begin to pick up speed."

-Charles M. Schulz  

31."Just thinking about a friend makes you want to do a happy dance, because a friend is someone who loves you in spite of your faults."

-Charles M. Schulz  

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotesfor everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for Charles M. Schulz quotes then why not take a look at [Dr Seuss graduation quotes], or Shel Silverstein quotes.

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Written by Merlyn Mathews

Bachelor of Arts specializing in English, Masters of English Literature

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Merlyn MathewsBachelor of Arts specializing in English, Masters of English Literature

As a multilingual content writer, Merlyn's command over multiple languages and her strong academic background in English enhance her writing capabilities. She holds a Bachelor's degree in English from Christ University and a Master's degree in English from the University of Leeds.Her professional journey includes internships at The Lagoon School and The Guardian Newspaper, both in Nigeria, enriching her experience and lending depth to her understanding of diverse work environments. Additionally, her volunteer work with Oxfam and Handout Foundation reflects her dedication to social causes.

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