From 1993 to 2000, Boy Meets World took over Disney's screens and our hearts. Focusing on the Matthews family, we followed the relatively normal life of Cory, his brother Eric, his BFF Shawn, and on-again/off-again girlfriend Topanga. Through the ups and downs, we followed this dynamic group of kids from middle school to adulthood.
This group of kids had the good fortune of having some pretty sound role models under their roofs. From Cory's parents to teacher and neighbor Mr. Feeny, it was because of their presence that these kids had some pretty inspirational outlooks, and we found 10 that can turn your life around.
10 'YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE BLOOD TO BE FAMILY' – MR. FEENY
Mr. Feeny is wise beyond his years. Besides Cory, he definitely had the most inspirational quotes. Granted, he was an older teacher who had the knowledge to share but fans wouldn't be upset if there was an entire spinoff just Mr. Feeny's life.
If Boy Meets World had taught us anything, it's that you don't need to be blood to be family. Just look at the bond between Cory and Shawn. They're closer than most siblings and always will be.
9 'IF YOU LET PEOPLE'S PERCEPTION OF YOU DICTATE YOUR BEHAVIOR, YOU'LL NEVER GROW AS A PERSON' - MR. FEENY
As a kid, it's hard not to let the thoughts and perceptions of others take over your mind. One character that didn't let the thoughts of others affect her early on was Topanga. She did experience some character development from when we first met her on the show (remember when she was a free-thinking looney who hung out with Minkus in class?) but she always stayed true to herself. As for Cory, Shawn, and Eric, we saw these three overthinking everything just to fit in with new kids or to get a girl to like them. But with the help of Mr. Feeny, Mr. Turner, and Mr. and Mrs. Matthews, these kids grew as individuals.
8 'YOU DO YOUR THING, I DO MINE. YOU ARE YOU, I AM I. AND IF IN THE END WE END UP TOGETHER, IT'S BEAUTIFUL' - TOPANGA
The love story of Cory and Topanga is one of the best TV relationships. They've been on and off since kids and their love for each other only grew as they did. For being so young, these two sure were wise and handled every breakup with more dignity than others would.
This quote is a great reminder for anyone going through a breakup. If it's meant to be, it's meant to be. If you're going through a rough patch, sometimes a break is necessary and if you find your way back to each other then it's meant to be.
7 '...THE ONLY THING THAT EVER MADE SENSE TO ME WAS YOU AND HOW I FELT ABOUT YOU' - CORY
Our hearts flutter just thinking about all of the sweet moments between Cory and Topanga. The '90s was a time before everyone had cellphones, so every breakup and makeup was done in person (or by house phone) which made it even more gutting. “Ever since I was young, I never understood anything in the world, and I never understood anything that happened in my life, the only thing that ever made sense to me was you and how I felt about you," Cory told Topanga. "That’s all I’ve ever known and that’s enough to for me, for the rest of my life."
6 'BUT YOUR FAMILY AND THOSE FRIENDS YOU MADE ALONG THE WAY WILL PROTECT YOU. AND YOU FIND THE WORLD WILL PROTECT YOU TOO' - CORY
Many of us have the same fear: being alone. It can be scary going through life alone but thanks to Cory, we're reminded that we're never really alone. As long as we have our friends and family, we always have someone to fall back on, and that's comforting to be reminded of.
As Cory said, "And when you are not a little boy anymore, and the world has taught you, to be a man, you will still make mistakes." He continues saying "But your family and those friends you made along the way will protect you. And you find the world will protect you, too."
5 'THIS IS YOUR LIFE. DEAL WITH YOUR LIFE' - ALAN
We have to give Alan and Amy a real round of applause for raising their kids with such love and respect. There was no "good cop/bad cop" in their parenting. They both handled every road bump in a similar way. For Alan, he was a hard worker who just wanted his kids to succeed. Although his kids are goofy, he demanded them to be the best version of themselves; and this quote proves that.
4 'IT'S NOT THE CHANGES THAT MATTER, IT'S HOW YOU REACT TO THE CHANGES' - ERIC
It's not every day that Eric comes through with the inspirational quotes! Since the show was on for seven seasons, characters like Eric have had some major development. Eric started off as an intimidating older brother but as time went on we saw him as kind of ditzy; which is why this quote is so endearing.
We can either let the changes affect us or we can roll with the punches and watch how we react for a better outcome.
3 'WE'RE GOING TO BE TOGETHER FOREVER AND I KNOW THAT, BUT YOU STILL NEED TO FIND THAT OUT' - CORY
We all rooted for Topanga and Cory since the start. Remember when they broke up and Cory (somehow) flew down to Disney World to surprise her on her family vacation to win her back? Ugh, memories.
Nevertheless, whether it was Cory doing the dumping or Topanga, there were always inspirational quotes being spewed. "We're a masterpiece," Cory told her. "And I don't care what you think right now. We're going to be together forever and I know that, but you still need to find that out. You know where I'll be." If that doesn't give a young couple hope, we're not sure what will.
2 'WHEN I GOT FRIENDS, I CAN GET THROUGH ANYTHING' - SHAWN
Our hearts are always with good old Shawn Hunter. The show's bad boy had a tough upbringing but had an amazing heart and truly loved Cory. Without Cory and the Matthews family, Shawn may have never graduated high school or even made it to college. But with the help of good friends, you can get through anything. Friends are the family members we can choose ourselves, and Shawn picked a good one.
1 'FRIENDSHIP IS THE REAL GIFT, IT IS GIVEN WITH NO EXPECTATION, NO GRATITUDE IS NECESSARY' - MR. FEENY
The theme of friendship runs deep throughout Boy Meets World. That's why the show was such a family favorite. We were learning through Cory and co.'s mistakes and taking Mr. Feeny's words to heart.
Friendship truly is a gift and it's this quote from Mr. Feeny that reminds us how selfless friendship really is.