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Inspiring quotes by Bil Keane

Top 10 most inspiring quotes by Bil Keane

  • Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.
  • Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.
  • They invented hugs to let people know you love them without saying anything.
  • We are, in the comics, the last frontier of good, wholesome family humor and entertainment.
  • I don’t have to come up with a ha-ha belly laugh every day, but drawings with warmth and love or ones that put a lump in the throat. That’s more important to me than a laugh.
  • I didn’t always spell my name Bil. My parents named me Bill, but when I started drawing cartoons on the wall, they knocked the ‘L’ out of me.
  • In Roslyn, Pennsylvania, we started our real-life family circus. They provided the inspiration for my cartoons. I provided the perspiration.
  • Many of my cartoons are not a belly laugh. I go for nostalgia, the lump in the throat, the tear in the eye, the tug in the heart.
  • I think it’s a novelty for cartoon characters to cross over into another strip or panel occasionally.
  • I never studied art, but taught myself to draw by imitating the New Yorker cartoonists of that day, instead of doing my homework.

William Aloysius Keane, known as Bil Keane, was an American cartoonist celebrated for creating the iconic comic strip “The Family Circus.” Born on October 5, 1922, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Keane developed a passion for drawing from a young age. His career in cartooning took off when he contributed to the “Saturday Evening Post” and “The Saturday Review of Literature.”

However, it was the launch of “The Family Circus” in 1960 that catapulted Keane to international fame. The comic strip, centered around the humorous and heartwarming adventures of a typical American family, was beloved for its gentle humor, innocence, and insightful portrayal of childhood.

Keane’s artistic style, characterized by simple lines and endearing characters, resonated with readers of all ages. The strip was admired for its relatable and often touching reflections on family life, parenting, and childhood experiences. Throughout its run, “The Family Circus” became a staple in newspapers, appearing in thousands worldwide.

Bil Keane received numerous awards for his contribution to the field of cartooning, including the National Cartoonists Society’s Best Syndicated Panel Cartoon Award. He continued to draw the strip until his passing on November 8, 2011, leaving behind a legacy of warmth, humor, and timeless family values in his work.

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