The HBO sitcom "Bored to Death" is one of the most erudite shows on TV, mixing madcap comedy with highbrow literary dialogue. The show is about a young and struggling writer named after series creator Jonathan Ames (played by Jason Schwartzman) who decides to become an unlicensed private detective to pick up some extra cash. In his adventures he is joined by his magazine editor boss George and his pot-smoking comic book artist friend Ray. Anyway, sometimes you might feel the need to refer to a show like that in order to appear "intelligent" or "interesting." In service of that noble goal, here are 8 "Bored to Death" quotes to use while talking about the latest issue of "The New Yorker." Because sometimes, a pair of glasses and a tasteful wardrobe are not enough.

"It's a good thing to stay in the dark about things—it keeps life interesting." This line from Ted Danson's George is characteristic of his philosophical way of thinking. George isn't like other bosses, often calling Jonathan to ask if he has any weed. This could be a good line to use if you want to seem like a real thinker who keeps life in the proper perspective, even if you aren't.

"Hey—it's okay! I'm Jewish!" Spoken by Jason Schwartsman's Jonathan after getting caught in some quasi-legal business by a couple of Rabbis, this is a good line to use any time you need to get in with God's Chosen People. It works best if you actually are Jewish, but even if you're not, who's gonna call you on it?

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"My feet feel really interesting in my shoes." Another gem from Ted Danson's character, this quote is a good way to describe the kind of chemical-assisted brain expansion that is common on the show. Part of being a literary intellectual is finding novel ways to describe things, and this "Bored to Death" quote definitely fits the bill.

"Lives don't change. We simply become more comfortable with our core misery, which is a form of happiness." Even the side characters on "Bored to Death" are wordsmiths. For example, here's a line from a psychologist who ends up being a part of a case that Jonathan is investigating. And by "case" we mean "he dropped a screenplay he was supposed to read behind his couch." This is a pretty good quote to use on someone who's hung up on making a big change in his life in order to become "happy." Sure, he might punch you, but you still will have seemed fairly intelligent.

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"I have a real phobia around my ass." Not everyone on "Bored to Death" talks like they're reciting what they heard on NPR an hour earlier. Take Ray—as played by Zach Galifianakis, brings a healthy everyman quality to the dialogue on "Bored to Death." This is a good quote to use whenever anyone suggests an invasive medical procedure involving, uh, your ass. Or if you're totally phobia-free about your ass, you could say it and then laugh it off. Keep 'em laughing, just like "Bored to Death."

"Men face reality. Women don't. That why men need to drink." Despite being a tad sexist, this quote from George provides a good explanation for you the next time you go a little hard on the sauce in between "New York Times" crossword puzzles. Just as long as you grin a little while you say it to let whoever you're talking to know that you're not completely serious, you should be able to dodge any charges of sexism. And alcoholism.

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"I've always been intrigued by Stockholm Syndrome. Makes me think of my childhood." This quote, from Jonathan, is a good combination of knowledge and neurosis, perfect for intellectual discussions that you have no business taking part in. Remember, though, to look up "Stockholm Syndrome" before you employ this quote, in case someone asks.

"I suck at everything." This quote, again from Jonathan, is great for those universal moments in which you feel you suck at everything. It may not be particularly highbrow, but it gets the job done in a pinch. And if Jonathan Ames said it, it has to be clever!