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Stuart Smalley's Daily Affirmations - Positive pieces of advice featured on segments of the late night NBC comedy show SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE.

Al Franken as Stuart Smalley - SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE (SNL)

In the 1990s, comic Al Franken  created a character named Stuart Smalley (the disciple of the 12 Step Program) who was a caring, nurturing, overeater and former alcoholic who espoused positive thinking.

Stuart maintained his good attitude by sharing daily thoughts of wisdom (usually looking into a mirror). Examples include:

  • "I'm good enough, I'm smart enough, and doggone it, people like me."
  • "Whining is anger coming through a very small opening."
  • "You're only as sick as your secrets."
  • "Compare and despair."
  • "I am a human being, not a human doing."
  • "Pee-wee Herman: There but for the grace of God go I."
  • "I'm a skeleton because its scary and because it reminds me that I am a human being. And that's okay. That's what I am. And beside, I think it makes me look thinner (a Halloween thought)."
  • "I learned what love is from my parents. Which is that you find that one-special person who was placed on the planet just for you, and then you put them through forty years of living hell."

SNL also featured a short segment called "Deep Thoughts" by Jack Handey that shared such wisdom as "The face of a child can say it all, especially the mouth part of the face" and " If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason."

TRIVIA NOTE: The feature film Stuart Saves His Family (1995) continued the adventures of Stuart Smalley as he loses his job at the Public Access Television Station and attempts to rehabilitate his alcoholic father and drug abuser brother, and counsel his over-weight mother and sister with their family relationships.

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