13 Of The Best Alex Trebek Quotes

By Amit Chowdhry ● November 10, 2020
  • These are some of the best Alex Trebek quotes you should know

Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek passed away at age 80 on November 8, 2020, after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. Trebek hosted nearly 8,000 episodes of Jeopardy! from 1984 until 2020 — which made him one of the most recognized faces on TV. Trebek had passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by his family and friends.

While Trebek is gone, his legacy will never be forgotten. Here are some of the best Alex Trebek quotes:

“I don’t gamble, because winning a hundred dollars doesn’t give me great pleasure. But losing a hundred dollars pisses me off.”

“I don’t like to use the words batting or fighting when talking about cancer. It suggests that there are only two outcomes: winning and losing. If you don’t get well, then you are a ‘loser.’ If you have decided to stop treatment, you are ‘giving up.’ That’s nonsense….It is not a fair fight. Not even close. It is simple biology. You get treatment and you get better. Or you don’t. And neither outcome is an indication of your strength as a person.”

“I don’t spend any time whatsoever thinking about what might have been.”

“I’m curious about everything. Even subjects that don’t interest me.”

“I’m not afraid of dying. I’ve lived a good life, a full life, and I’m nearing the end of that life…if it happens, why should I be afraid of that. One thing they’re not going to say at my funeral, as a part of a eulogy, is ‘He was taken from us too soon.’”

“Interestingly, the longer I’ve lived with the cancer, the more my definition of toughness has changed. I used to think not crying meant you were tough. Now I think crying means you’re tough. It means you’re strong enough to be honest and vulnerable. It means you’re not pretending. And not pretending, being willing to let your guard down and show people how you truly feel and admit that you’re a wuss, is one of the toughest things a person can do.”

“It’s very important in life to know when to shut up. You should not be afraid of silence.”

“Learning something new is fun.”

“(Malcolm) Gladwell’s thesis is that everyone considered a master in their field has most likely logged ten thousand hours. However, just because you’ve put in your ten thousand hours doesn’t guarantee you will ever be considered. It doesn’t guarantee that your talent will be seen and acknowledged by others. Those ten thousand hours don’t guarantee you an opportunity. That has a lot to do with timing. Yes, hard work and experience are essential. But so is timing. And luck. Don’t ever discount the importance of luck in terms of determining your opportunities and your future.”

“The most challenging thing about fatherhood is that it introduced an element of fear into my life. When you’re a bachelor, you do all kinds of dumb, daredevil things. You don’t fear for your life too much. You don’t worry about anything. But when you’re married and have a family, you worry. If they go to school, you worry. If they’re a little later to meet you, you worry. If they’re not where they’re supposed to be, you worry. And it changes your whole perspective on things that are important to you.”

“My life has been a quest for knowledge and understanding, and I am nowhere near having achieved that. And it doesn’t bother me in the least. I will die without having come up with the answers to many things in life.”

“Take your job seriously, but don’t take yourself too seriously.”

“With the coronavirus, we can’t go out to eat, we can’t go out to public places, even the park next door has limited its use. Here I am wanting to enjoy what might be the last of my days, and, what, I’m supposed to just stay at home and sit in a chair and stare into space? Actually, that doesn’t sound too bad. Except instead of a chair, I’ll sit on the swing out in the yard. Yep, I’ll be perfectly content if that’s how my story ends: sitting on the swing with the woman I love, my soul mate, and our two wonderful children nearby. I’ll sit there for a while and then maybe the four of us will go for a walk, each day trying to walk a little farther than the last. We’ll take things one step at a time, one day at a time.”

Featured Photo Credit: ANDERS KRUSBERG / PEABODY AWARDS 71st Annual Peabody Awards Luncheon Waldorf-Astoria Hotel May 21, 2012