Chidi Quote #162

Quote from Chidi in The Answer

[flashback:]
Chidi: So, what do you think?
Professor Radja: I think it's 3,600 pages. I have a job, Chidi. I have a family. Until I had to read this, I had a will to live. This work is an insane, tangled web of inscrutability.
Chidi: In the fun, "grad students will analyze this for centuries" way?
Professor Radja: No, in the Unabomber way.
Chidi: Okay, well, um, I'll write my way out of the maze. I'll re-outline the middle chapters, do more research...
Professor Radja: No, Chidi. You can't answer every question every philosopher has ever asked. So, what in these pages do you care about?
Chidi: All of it. Equally.
Professor Radja: Shut up.
Chidi: But...
Professor Radja: Shut up, shut up.
Chidi: Should I...
Professor Radja: Shut up, shut up. The greatest works of modern philosophy are emotional. They make an argument about how the world is and ought to be. There is a great mind at work in here, but where is the heart? Where are the guts?
Chidi: I understand. I do. So I'm going to go home and compose a short paper for you, arguing that I should continue working on this longer paper.
Professor Radja: Shut up!

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‘The Answer’ Quotes

Quote from Jason

[flashback:]
Chidi: Jason, I think I need your help. Can I ask you something?
Jason: Cool. No one's ever asked me for advice before, and you're a high school principal.
Chidi: College professor. Who... who told you how to do this? Like, how can you just make a decision this big?
Jason: Chidi, here's the thing with stuff. You can look at a problem from every angle and drive yourself crazy, but sometimes, you just gotta huck a Molotov cocktail at a drone and see what happens.
Chidi: Is what happens that the drone blows up?
Jason: Usually. I mean, where I'm from, most things blow up eventually, so I learned that when something dope comes along, you gotta lock it down. If you're always frozen in fear and taking too long to think about what to do, you'll miss your opportunity and maybe get sucked into the propeller of a swamp boat.

Quote from Tahani

[flashback:]
Chidi: Tahani. Thank you so much. That ended up being one of the best nights I've had since we got here.
Tahani: You and Eleanor made a good pair. She really tore through that round of charades.
Chidi: Well, I'm pretty sure she was reading the cards off the reflection in my glasses, but yeah, that was amazing. Um... Can I ask you something?
Tahani: Mm-hmm.
Chidi: Tonight could have been a real disaster. How do you have the confidence to just swoop in and so elegantly take charge of a whole group of strangers?
Tahani: Honestly, the confidence comes from failure. I've thrown my fair share of disastrous gatherings. Remind me to tell you someday about Timothée Chalamet's bar mitzvah. But you live through the failure and you learn from it.

Quote from Janet

[flashback:]
Chidi: [to Jason] I just... I don't think I'll ever be the kind of person who just acts. I mean, I can't just open a door and walk through without knowing what's on the other side. Even with eternity to try, I just don't think that can happen.
Janet: [appears] Well, I never thought I'd ever be able to get married. I thought I was too old. I'm infinity. But strange things happen in the afterlife.

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Chidi: So we're in the Bad Place, and I know why: almond milk. I knew it was bad for the environment, but I loved the way it coated my tongue with a weird film.

Quote from The Trolley Problem

Chidi: But definitely a no on the rap musical?
Eleanor: I mean, if we really...
Chidi: [rapping] My name is Kierkegaard, and my writing is impeccable. Check out my teleological suspension of the ethical.
Eleanor: No.
Chidi: No! Right? [laughs] No, it felt like a no when I was doing it.

Quote from Michael's Gambit

Eleanor: But wait, why is Chidi here?
Chidi: Well, uh... there's something you don't know about me. I read an article saying that growing almonds was bad for the environment, and yet I continued to use almond milk in my coffee...
Michael: No, dingus! You hurt everyone in your life with your rigidity and your indecisiveness.
Chidi: Oh, fork! You're right. Every friend, every girlfriend was driven nuts because I couldn't do anything. I missed my mom's back surgery because I had already promised my landlord's nephew that I would help him figure out his new phone. I made everyone miserable.