Monday, June 30, 2014

Barney Fife -Andy Griffith Show Quotes

Barney Fife - Zen Master Quotes


Fife, Barney Fife--Bachelor, Deputy, and Zen Master????

I have heard people describe Officer Barney Fife as a neurotic, a nervous Nellie, a jitterbug even!   But those who have judge Officer Fife in this manner simply have not truly listened to the deep words of wisdom and calmness that come out of his mouth.   For if you dissect Fife’s quotes, you will see that he is a true Zen Master!

*Zen is doing one thing at a time.  All your energy is focused on the current task only!  Master Barney realizes this as is evident in the following quote:

“If you ride with your mouth open in the wind and put your tongue against the roof of your mouth, its impossible to pronounce a word that begins with the letter 's'“




*A Zen Master remains peaceful at all times.  They do not believe in anxiety.  If stress starts to come upon them, they just……

Barney Fife quote from Andy Griffith Show
Nip it. Nip it in the bud. - Barney Fife


*Zen Masters are one with Nature.  You are the sun, the trees, the bird soaring to be free of jinxes:  

“Fly away buzzard, fly away crow, way down south where the winds don’t blow. Rub your nose and give two winks and save us from this awful jinx.”  Zen Master Barney Fife 


*A Zen Master will fully concentrate on every day task or routine - no matter what that might be:

“ Oh, I don't know... I could go up to the pickle factory. They always need a brine tester.”


*A Zen Master knows to just go with the flow of the Universe.  Even if the Universe happens to have a whim:

Zen Master Fife: [Barney trying to keep Andy from going home to dress for dinner]
Well, it's a whim. Are you going to question a whim? You question a whim and you take the fun right out of it! 

Sheriff Andy Taylor Quote: Well, would it kill the whim if I just take a shower and put on some clean socks and underwear? 

Deputy ZM Fife: Sure it will! It's not a whim anymore if you put on clean underwear! 

Sheriff Andy Taylor: I don't understand it. But I guess a fellow shouldn't question when he's getting a free supper.

Zen Master Barney: That's right! Don't look a gift horse in the mouth. Can you let me have $5?   (For a new meditation mat, we assume...)


Is Barney Fife a zen master?
Only concentrate on one thing at a time--The Way Of The Zen

*In the  practice of Zen one reduces, shortens, condenses everything. Stick to the basic truths and rules: 

“Now here at "The Rock" we have two basic rules. Memorize them so that you can say them in your sleep. The first rule is... Obey all rules. Secondly, do not write on the walls, as it takes a lot of work to erase writing off of walls.” -Zen Master Barn


*Zen Masters do not concern themselves with material possessions, the latest trends or fashion.  He does not have a closet full of clothes.  What he has, he has! Just the basics:

“What`s the matter, haven`t you ever seen a man take off a dress before?”- ZM Fife 


*A Zen Master is cognizant that anxiety is like a prison and…..

“Boys, when that steel door slams shut, that`s the end of the happy days. No more fishin`, no more ball playin`, no more peanut butter sandwiches.” -Deputy Master Barney Fife Quote


*The Art of Zen is about being grounded as well as being in tuned with the laws of nature:  As is unmistakably clear in one of our favorite Zen Master’s quotes:  

“A dog can't get struck by lightning. You know why? Because he's, he's too close to the ground.  See, lightning strikes tall things. Now, now if they was giraffes out there in that field, well then we'd be in trouble.”


*Zen Masters have great characters: are humble and rarely troubled or thin-skinned.  

 If there’s anything that upsets me, it’s having people say I’m sensitive. -Master Barn


Ultimate proof that Officer, Deputy Barney Fife is a Zen Master


Zen quote from Barney Fife
Zen Master Barney knows that we cannot know


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55 comments:

  1. Those are some great quotes and tips. I have been successfully reducing stress and I feel a lot better.

    Michelle F.

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  2. I wish i can reduce stress, it seems when its gone, something else happens and it comes back. Barney Fife character was classic! i still laugh at it today when its on.

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  3. I never thought of Barney Fife as being a Zen Master! Perhaps now when I'm getting stressed, I'll just think of him - or try to say a word that begins with "S" with my tongue on the roof of my mouth. LOL

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  4. These are great quotes! I am generally fairly stress-free, and when I do get stressed need to just take a moment or two to relax. It helps to laugh!

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  5. I've been working on reducing my stress as well. I do like to focus on one thing only and I find that it helps me not feel frazzled.

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  6. Barney Fife....what a different POV . I wonder if Opie would agree.

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  7. First off, well done on winning the influencers award.
    Great quotes

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  8. Great tips about stress. This modern life can be very stressful. Thanks for the reminders to not let it take over.

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  9. I just have to say I loved this post. I think you have a great approach to stress relief.

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  10. Congratulations on the influencers award! I wish I could be as Zen as old Barney Fife (I loved him, he was always my favorite character him and Ernerst T. Bass)! But I seem to have a heard time dealing with stress sometimes, I will have remember this!

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  11. This must makes me absolutely laugh. My mother in law would love it.

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  12. What a great show. I grew up watching and still watch an episode or two everyday. Great post, very funny :)

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  13. whenever I feel stressed I'm going to think of these and chuckle!!

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  14. lovely! there was an episode in carrie diaries about finding your own ZEN! amazing

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  15. lol on the free supper. I remember this show when it was actually on and playing. :)

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  16. The Andy Griffith show. What a classic. Thanks for the fun read. I liked the chuckle.

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  17. This certainly brought a smile to my face - thank you for sharing!

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  18. Great post! I always enjoy reading your posts, they give a smile to my face and that is so important!

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  19. I always liked Barney Fife. Lots of quotes to read through.

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  20. I love it! I could just "hear" all those quotes in Barney's voice. Love that show!

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  21. I think I actually thrive on stress ;) Love the quotes, as usual!

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  22. Great quotes. Barney Fife a Zen Master....who knew?

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  23. LOL I love Barney. That is one show that I think me and the kids can watch together and everyone is happy.

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  24. I so need this. I'm stressed a little and seeing the quotes relieves my mood swings.

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  25. This is very interesting and I never thought of Barney Fife like that. It is really true though when you do think of it. I need to read anything on Zen. Thanks for sharing.

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  26. I loved that. Too cute and yes funny! Liked it a lot.

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  27. Liked this. Very well-thought out.

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  28. I definitely need to reduce some stress and go back to basics - these are some good tips / quotes to go by!

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  29. My comments are disappearing! Anyway, I liked this article. You know your Mayberry men well!

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  30. Fife was a classic under stress and Andy seemed to be good at calming him down. You should write about Barney when he was stressing in the one about "Citizens Arrest, Citizens Arrest" that episode killed me. Love your sense of humor Paula!

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  31. An excellent (and humorous) look at zen reflection and lifestyle. Great job bringing to our attention the simple wisdoms that we all tend to overlook!

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  32. Great quotes! I really need to start figuring out how to reduce my stress in my life. This was very interesting read, thank you. =)

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  33. Great quotes. I always love reading thought provoking quotes!

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  34. Ha! I've certainly not thought of Barney in this way before. It was fun to read all those quotes.

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  35. Ha! Barney Fife as a zen master? Love it!

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  36. Great post! I guess I like nipping it in the bud too! HA! Ain't nobody got time for stress!!

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  37. Awesome quotes! Thanks for the laughs and the pause in my day! I needed it. :)

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  38. Barney Fife was my favorite character on that show. I love these quotes.

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  39. I love Barney Fife! Amazing quotes as always

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  40. As usual another great set of motivational and inspiring quotes. Keep it going.

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  41. I never would have thought of Barney Fife as a Zen master. You really have a nice way of looking at things.

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  42. LOL, I loved the quote about stress.

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  43. Who knew Barney was so wise? Love all the quotes - "What he has, he has!"

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  44. Thanks for sharing some of Master Barney's Zen quotes! Very entertaining post!

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  45. Reducing stress in m y life is a work in progress. The quote about stress really has me reevaluating things. Thank you!

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  46. Becoming a Zen Master is the way to go. I think we are all searching for inner peace and happiness!

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  47. I'd never have thought of Barney Fife and zen before.

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  48. NEW way of looking at Barney Fife.... :D

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  49. I always knew Fife was a step above us in stress management. He was always so cheerful. I loved these quotes, especially the dog lighting one.

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  50. I love The Andy Griffith Show! Such a funny show, my parents got me into it :)

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  51. I Love the Andy Griffith, thanks for the great post. I just love poem and quotes.

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  52. LMBOOO! some of these are just down right hilarious! I love the simplicity in truth!

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  53. As a mama, I could use all the help with coping with stress! The quotations are perfect!

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  54. What a great quote! :) Very inspirational and heart felt. Thanks for creating this list for us, its organized and works great :)

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  55. That is pretty funny, I never thought of him much as a Zen Master. His quotes are awesome!

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