Philosophy in the world of Buckaroo Banzai

I can only kill him once. – Buckaroo Banzai on Hanoi Xan

Don’t be mean, we don’t have to be mean. Just remember – no matter where you go, there you are. – B. Banzai

Comfort the afflicted, afflict the comfortable. – B. Banzai

Beauty in everyday life. – kanji on B. Banzai’s headband

Buckaroo’s Five Verities:


  1. A man should love others better than himself.

  2. To serve is more honorable than to command.

  3. To give one’s life for another is the greatest glory.

  4. Unrequited love is the greatest happiness.

  5. Poverty is the best state for man, although a pauper should accept a certain amount of wealth to relieve the unhappiness of the rich.

Every year we pass the anniversary of our death. – B. Banzai

A scientist, like a warrior, must cherish no view. A ‘view’ is the outcome of intellectual processes, whereas creativity, like swordsmanship, requires not neutrality or indifference but to be of no mind whatsoever. – B. Banzai

After the first death, there is no other. – B. Banzai

Nothing real can defeat us. Nothing unreal exists. – B. Banzai

Sometimes verbal ingenuity is not enough. – B. Banzai

Nothing is ever what it seems but everything is exactly what it is. – B. Banzai

Greatness can only be achieved when it is not sought. – B. Banzai

If all wishes were granted, what would be left to dream? – B. Banzai

All of us have wings. Some of us just don’t know what they’re for. – B. Banzai

Nobody is nobody. Everyone has something to offer. – B. Banzai

Be careful of half-truths. You might have the wrong half. – Reno of Memphis (formerly Reno Nevada)

When the pupil is ready a master will appear. – Reno’s fave saying

Hope is a dream by one who is awake. – Aristotle

Death is the mother of beauty. – Lectroid philosophy

Assumption is the mother of all mistakes. – Unknown fact #89

Mystery is the source of all true art and science. – Masado Banzai

Treat me good, I’ll treat you better. Treat me bad and I’ll treat you worse. – motto of the Blue Blaze Irregulars

Few will have the greatness to bend history but each time a man stands up for an ideal or acts to improve the lots of others or strikes out against injustice he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope. And crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance – Robert F. Kennedy

From Hanoi Xan’s Little Book of Wisdom


  • There’s no reason to be the richest and most powerful man in the cemetery. You can’t do any business from there.
  • We cannot all do great things. But we can do small things with great evil.
  • The more I study the world, the more I am convinced of the inability of brute force alone to create anything durable. You must also be cleaver and devious.
  • It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity. Isn’t this wonderful!
  • You can fool some people sometimes and you can’t fool all the people all the time but you can kill anyone, anytime.
  • If my people are evil only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed.
  • To kill an enemy makes sense. To kill an enemy without taking everything he owns makes no sense at all.
  • Philanthropy is the disease of fools.
  • Just say no to drugs, unless you are in the business of selling them.
  • A happy slave works hard, but a scared slave works even harder.
  • There are only three important words in the entire world- I, me, mine.
  • Always kick a man when he’s down if it will stop him from getting back up.
  • When shooting a man in the back, always keep an eye on your own.
  • A living witness and a dripping faucet have one thing in common- they both make it hard to fall asleep.
  • To not take revenge on an enemy is a sign of weakness that other enemies will exploit.
  • Most disagreements can be settled by a single bullet.
  • Never let a whisper go unnoticed.
  • You can get a lot more done with vicious words and a gun than with vicious words alone.
  • Better to curse the darkness than to light a candle.
  • He who seeks revenge should remember to first dig a grave.
  • To guess is foolish. To guess wrong is deadly.
  • It’s not important how many people I’ve killed, what’s important, is how I get along with the people who are still alive.
  • The powerful man becomes the free man.
  • Even a hare will bite when it is cornered, so kill it before it gets there.
  • Forget injuries, never forget betrayal.
  • A gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.
  • Great souls have wills; feeble ones have only wishes.

Philosophy in the world of Buckaroo Banzai

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