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Bon Mots and Observations by Boripat

A series of witty remarks based on life observations by yours truly.


  1. They say live life to the fullest. I take this to mean eat until I feel very full.
  2. Chocolate is so addictive I’m thrilled it’s legal.
  3. Lunch is the meal I enjoy the most. Everything is so much more lively and colourful at midday.
  4. My colleagues and I take lunch very seriously. Our continuing mission: to explore strange new restaurants. To seek out new dishes and new desserts. To boldly go where we have not gone before!
  5. Afternoon tea is basically a 3pm snack with more decorum.
  6. We live in the age of bubble tea. Never in the history of beverages has tapioca balls been so fashionable.
  7. Bubble tea would taste all the same to me were it not for my friends who give it flavour.
  8. Natural peanut butter is the most pretentious thing the organic movement has ever come out with.
  9. Jack fruit is one of my favourite fruits. It’s yellow, chewy and exquisitely exotic.
  10. Is it not strange that I should fancy grapes so much, yet find raisins most distasteful?


  1. My purpose in life is to figure out what that is exactly.
  2. Life is like a cup of black coffee: full of potential and bitter to the end.
  3. You don’t have to be born smart to be wildly witty.
  4. I loathe incompetence, but I approve of procrastination.
  5. Thinking about nothing in particular is a productive waste of time.
  6. Daydreaming is the antidote to boredom. That’s why I don’t mind being in boring situations.
  7. Nostalgia is such a lovely feeling isn’t it? That is, up until you realise how long ago it was.
  8. Love and hate share one thing in common—passion.
  9. You know you have good life insurance when you’re standing in the middle of the road.
  10. The cynical view of motivation is the fear of failure inspired by potential success.
  11. I never considered learning how to smile until someone told me I grin like a villain from Gotham.
  12. Many people have said to me that I remind them of Sheldon Cooper from “The Big Bang Theory”. To this day I do not know if I should feel mildly flattered or deeply insulted.


  1. I’m not good-looking; but I try my best to look good.
  2. My aunts are better at taking selfies than me.
  3. My style is quite practical. Meaning that I don’t buy clothes that can’t be thrown into the washing machine.
  4. Dressing fashionable is not equivalent to having good taste. The former can be bought; the latter must be cultured.
  5. I’ve worn a suit maybe one and a half times in my life. Rented the first time; and borrowed a blazer from a friend for the second. It’s not that I dislike or object to the outfit in general; it’s just that I can’t afford custom Chanel.
  6. The best time to wear red is when you’re feeling it. Red is more than a colour—it’s an attitude!
  7. You gotta have confidence. It helps you get up in the morning. It helps you get down the stairs. It helps you get out of the house.
  8. Of all the forms of confidence, the most intoxicating is vanity.
  9. Of course everyone ritz up their lives on social media. No one wants to know how your day was; they want to know how it could have been.
  10. I wish to have the wit of Voltaire and the audacity of Madame de Pompadour.
  11. I adore Madame de Pompadour. She had such great taste in everything!
  12. The most flattering compliment I have ever received in my life is: “You look like an Egyptian Pharaoh.”
  13. My taste in interior design has been described by a close friend as: “A very clean prison cell.”


  1. It’s not a journey without a backpack.
  2. The mind has to travel.
  3. The most important adventure in life is the journey of self-discovery.
  4. Let the eye travel and the mind wander.
  5. Sometimes I just walk into a café to feel Parisian chic.
  6. The past is beautiful—so is the future! It’s the present that bores me.
  7. Originality—all who have it share one thing in common: imagination.
  8. Gossip is news with a splash of paprika.
  9. There’s nothing wrong with seasoning the truth with a splash of grandiose.
  10. Vain and glory are as different as rich and fame.
  11. The most insufferable sound in the world to listen to is the recording of your own voice. The second worst is screeching magpies.
  12. I adore rain—especially when I’m indoors.
  13. I’m a very down to earth person. Gravity keeps me grounded.
  14. Inspirational quotes are just facts dipped in fantasy.

By Boripat Lebel

Boripat Lebel is a research coordinator at the Unit for Social and Environmental Research at Chiang Mai University. He authored the eBook “A Vomit of Diamonds.” Boripat can also be found on LinkedIn .