Never Wrestle With A Pig

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on November 17, 2011

What follows is a double repost . Both features deal in what might be termed commodity wisdom. This sort of verbiage is good for conversation. Some people will be impressed. PG remembers a phrase from a record… the lonely man was blessed with wisdom to the point of desperation. Pictures are from The Library of Congress .
There is a post at listserve today about the ten items you should never discuss on the internet. PG is going to take this as a challenge, and try to say something rude about all ten. Today is International Mens Day, and we all know that real men have lots of opinions. (IMD is November 19).
01 Religion On the day PG was born, his father called the church choir director, at 6am, to sign PG up. The choir director, a gentleman named Ray Smathers, went back to sleep. PG thinks that Mr. Smathers had the right idea.
02 Origins of Man Gorillas and chimpanzees are embarrassed by people.
03 Politics A man is drowning fifty feet offshore. A democrat throws seventy five feet of rope, and then doesn’t tie it to anything. A republican throws twenty five feet of rope, and says that swimming to the rope will build character.
04 The Holocaust What Hitler did sixty five years ago does not justify dropping white phosphorous on children in Gaza today.
05 Gun Control A prominent politician in Georgia recently took some pills, and called his mother. The prominent politician said he was killing himself. If the prominent politician had used a gun, he would have succeeded.
06 Abortion PG has never had an abortion.
07 Race Relations PG does not like people who do not like PG.
08 Jesus Christ What Jesus worshipers call Jesus is a man made spirit, that has little in common with the historic figure. We know little about the man in Palestine two thousand years ago. The spirit called Jesus is a source of misery to PG.
09 Homosexuality If you have to ask, do you really need to know?
10 The Middle East If there was no oil there, would anyone care?

Yesterday, after exploring east atlanta, PG and Uzi went to dinner. They alternate between Piccadilly and S&S , and this was a Piccadilly week. PG always thinks of the antique store called Pick a Dilly. That might describe some of the clientele at this place.
Uzi was telling a story about Lenny. Lenny was a friend of Uzi who had checked out of the hotel a few years ago. Lenny was inclined towards a philosophical view of things, and Uzi was telling about how he tried to write all these down. The only trouble was…well, one of the troubles was…that Lenny never did understand the concept of the tab key, and would type the quote, the source, and any other information into one cell of a database. PG had time on his hands, and offered to try and straighten out the mess.
“Man has two antagonists, himself and the exterior world. A bare assertion is not necessarily the naked truth . People we don’t know are only characters in the human comedy, we are the tragedians. “AH
PG suspects that this would be Aldous Huxley. Mr. Huxley was a favorite of Lenny. In the quote website that PG found later, there were hundreds of quotes from Mr. Huxley. Aldous Huxley made one crucial mistake. Or maybe it wasn’t. He died on November 22, 1963. That is the day that John Kennedy rode past the grassy knoll into eternity. If the goal of Aldous Huxley was to exit stage right as quietly as possible, then that was the day to do it.
America is a mistake , a giant mistake ! Sigmund Freud
How many a dispute could have been deflated into a single paragraph if the disputants had dared to define their terms .” Aristotle
Fascism should more properly be called corporatism , since it is the merger of state and corporate power .” Benito Mussolini Mr. Mussolini was an underrated dictator. His fashion sense was unmatched. He was not troubled with false modesty. He made the trains run on time.
When some political or ecclesiastical pamphlet , or novel , or poem is making a great commotion you should remember that he who writes for fools always finds a large public”.Arthur Schopenhauer Mr. Schopenhauer worked in an era when the written word was the only game in town. Publishing books was still a cumbersome novelty. What he would make of today’s medium-is-the-message carnival can only be imagined.
Illusion – a false perception or conception of what one sees , where one is …. delusion – persistent belief not substantiated by sensory evidence . Life’s illusions are the most beautiful things in it . ” Balzac PG is not wired for languages, and does well to read english. He also suspects tampering by the translator .
Many a man has fallen in love with a girl in a light so dim he would not have chosen a suit by it .” Maurice Chevalier When PG heard this quote, it spoke of buying a car. Perhaps this is an essential difference between the French and the Americans.
There nearly always is method in madness . It’s what drives men mad , being methodical .” G K Chesterton One wonders if Mr. Chesterton knew many methodists.
Controversy equalizes fools and wise men—and the fools know it .” O.W.Homes
You should never wrestle with a pig. You will only get dirty, and the pig will enjoy it.” PG was all set to give credit for this to Mark Twain, who would have accepted it. However, he decided to look in Google. It is credited to several people, including George Bernard Shaw.
An alternative quote was “Never teach a pig to sing”. It wastes your time, and it annoys the pig.” This does not consider the number of famous vocalists who develop weight problems.
Pearls before swine” . This is from a speech that Jesus made. It was also a one line triumph for Dorothy Parker. Miss Parker entered a room before another lady, who said “age before beauty”. Miss Parker turned around and said, “Pearls before Swine”.
Men always fall for frigid women because they put on the best show .” Fanny Brice Barbra Streisand won an oscar, with a character based on her.

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