We all know that throughout five seasons of AMC’s Breaking Bad (which inexplicably ended two years ago, today), Jesse was underestimated by pretty much everyone. But we should have known from the beginning that he was one of the smartest players in the meth scene because his words of wisdom were simply inspiring.

Here are nine of Albuquerque’s resident philosopher’s best moments of scholarship.

On Keeping Promises

“We flipped a coin, okay? You and me. You and me! Coin flip is sacred! Your job is waiting for you in that basement, as per the coin!”

Coin flip is as sacred as a pinky promise. Jesse should have known to get out early when it looked like Walter was going to go back on his coin flip. Although, his character was only supposed to be on for the first season and then die. Good thing Vince Gilligan spared him, otherwise we wouldn’t have this collection of inspirational quotes. Also his name would have been Marion Dupree…

On Responsibility

“What good is being an outlaw when you have responsibilities?”

Preach, Pinkman. Do you think Jesse James had responsibilities? His responsibilities were not getting caught or killed. That totally worked out and he died peacefully at the ripe old age of 80, right? Isn’t Saul supposed to take care of all the responsible stuff, anyway?

On Taking Charge

“Pistol whip those bitches and show ’em who’s boss?”

Not only is he smart, Jesse is straight up gangster. He knows that in order to get what you want in life, sometimes you have to assert yourself. Even though Mike doesn’t agree with his methods, eventually he sees that Jesse is a smart, capable kid. It’s too bad Walter completely messed everything up for him.

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