“Oh, Ted, No. Do Not Tell Me You’re Going To Start Searching For ‘The One’ Again.”
Ted fell in love more times than anyone can count, and each of his girlfriends had less of an impact than the one that came before. With this quote, Barney expressed to Ted exactly what the audience was thinking about his constant search for the perfect woman.
“One Dollar, Two Bags Of Gummy Bears! It’s Like, I Don’t Even Care What Happens For The Rest Of The Day.”
Sometimes, candy is all a person needs. It’s the little things that can make someone’s day, and Barney always gets excited about small victories that the rest of the characters don’t seem to care about.
Getting two bags of gummy bears after only paying for one might seem like no big deal, but who doesn’t get a buzz when something extra comes out of the vending machine? Granted, everyone was waiting for news of Lily and Marshall’s baby, and his enthusiasm was a bit misleading.
“When I Get Sad, I Stop Being Sad And Be Awesome Instead.”
No one enjoys being sad, especially Barney Stinson. Of course, people can’t always control their emotions, particularly when dealing with complex mental health issues. But sometimes, when something happens that leaves us sad, looking on the bright side of things can help.
When Marshall is still mourning his breakup with Lily, Barney suggests that he be awesome instead of heartbroken. It does sound harsh, but it’s along the lines of what everyone says to each other after one of their friends goes through a breakup and some time has passed.
“Wow, Lily! That Sucked.”
Everyone, with the exception of Marshall who loves everything Lily does, lies to her and tells her the play was great. Barney gets right to the point and tells her how much it sucked. It wasn’t something he should’ve said as her friend, but he also wasn’t wrong.
“And Most Importantly, Whatever You Do In This Life, It’s Not Legendary Unless Your Friends Are There To See It.”
None of it would mean anything if these people didn’t have each other in their lives. When Barney says this to a couple of guys the night before his wedding, it was a testament to how the show couldn’t exist without the gang’s love for each other.
“Oh My God, Can You Just Be Cool? Once? Please? Just Once? Can You Just Once Be Cool? Once? Please?”
Barney is over the top and there’s no denying it. His plans are elaborate and ridiculous, and there’s no way he could pull any of anything that extreme in real life. But everything Barney does is hilarious, and hanging out with him looks like a fun time. Ted likes to be a buzz kill and refuses to play Barney’s games, even when he puts a lot of work into them.
“Oh, Right, ‘Cause There Can Be Too Many Of Something Wonderful. Hey, Babe Ruth, Easy BigFella. Let’s Not Hit Too Many Homers.”
Can there really be too much of a good thing? The saying’s been around for a while, but it’s up for debate. Sometimes having everything a person wants in life can make them more content than anything else.
“Ted, Laser Tag Has No Age Limit.”
Everyone who watched How I Met Your Mother wanted to play laser tag with Barney at some point. The show went out of its way to make it look like the most fun activity in the world, and Barney’s competitiveness made it even better.
Ted tries to tell Barney that he’s too old to play laser tag, which simply isn’t true. A person is never too old for the things they love. Who cares if laser tag is intended for kids? Adults can have just as much fun shooting lasers at each other.
“A Lie Is Just A Great Story That Someone Ruined With The Truth.”
Lying is considered ethically wrong by most, but Barney voices what no one ever admits. Sometimes a lie makes people happy. Whether or not people agree that lying, even for the benefit of others, is okay, a lie is almost always a better story than the truth.