Keanu Reeves Is 56 Today, and There's a New 'Bill & Ted' Movie, So Here Are 6 Weirdly Inspiring Ted Quotes
The ageless actor's most boneheaded alter ego actually has had some most excellent insights over the years.
Woah, indeed. Keanu Reeves turns 56 today, which can only mean one thing: It's time for us to sift through his daffiest onscreen character's most memorable one-liners. No, not the hot-doctor guy from Something's Gotta Give. We are speaking, naturally, of Ted "Theodore" Logan, one of half of the titular teen duo in 1989's Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure and its 1991 sequel, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey. And, as of last week, the suspended-adolescent grownups in Bill & Ted Face the Music.
We haven't seen the latter just yet, but that's OK: Reeves's early work as time-traveling metalhead Ted suffused us with more than enough motivational material to put together this little homage. So without further ado, here are a half-dozen most-excellent inspirational quotes from amateur historian Ted Logan, uttered indelibly by everyone's favorite era-spanning superstar. And why six, you ask? Well, to echo Ted, "All we can say is, let's rock!"
Ted Logan Inspirational Quote No. 1
"All we are is dust in the wind, dude."
Actually, Ted is quoting the band Kansas so that he and Socrates could come to a mutual understanding. It's a long story.
Ted Logan Inspirational Quote No. 2
"Party on, dudes!"
What, you thought Wayne and Garth were the first slackers to popularize the phrase? And now more than ever, we could all use a reminder to relax when afforded the opportunity.
Ted Logan Inspirational Quote No. 3
"How can we have decent instruments when we don’t really even know how to play?”
A profound metaphor for the anxieties many of us face when branching out into a new endeavor. Clearly all that Socrates rubbed off on him.
Ted Logan Inspirational Quote No. 4
“I believe our adventure through time has taken a most serious turn.”
Any team leader can relate to this right about now. But the question is: What do you do to right the ship? Where's that Socrates again when you need him?
Ted Logan Inspirational Quote No. 5
"Ted, don't forget to wind your watch!"
This was actually Ted from the past giving some sage counsel to Ted of the present (again, long story), but the message is clear: Don't be the person who shows up late to everything. It's not like there are payphone booths to travel back in time with anymore.
Ted Logan Inspirational Quote No. 6
Ted's most concise wisdom. Whether giving feedback to your team or self-assessing, never forget the power of positive affirmation. That would be bogus.