Joe vs the Volcano

By Mike Johnson

My favorite anti-job movie of all time is "Joe vs the Volcano." It's a sleeper starring Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan. I watched it over 100 times. Then I started living it.

Here are some great wise and anti-wise quotes from the movie.

"Do you think I feel good? Nobody feels good. After childhood, it's a fact of life. I feel rotten. So what? I don't let it bother me. I don't let it interfere with my job." - Frank Waturi (the boss)

"I've been too chicken shit afraid to live my life so I sold it to you for three hundred freakin' dollars a week!" - Joe Banks (the employee)

"You have some time left, Mr. Banks. You have some life left. My advice to you is: live it well." - Doctor Ellison

"Does it take more guts to twice traverse a staircase in a burning building, or to make a one-time leap into a volcano? Damned if I know, Kimosabe. All I know is when you're making those kind of calls, you're up in the high country." - Samuel Harvey Graynamore (hires Joe to jump in a volcano)

"My father says that almost the whole world is asleep. Everybody you know. Everybody you see. Everybody you talk to. He says that only a few people are awake and they live in a state of constant total amazement." - Patricia Graynamore (the love interest)

"Nobody knows anything, Joe. We'll take this leap, and we'll see. We'll jump, and we'll see. That's life, right?" - Patricia Graynamore


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