They will try to make:
- Nonsense into something
- Something into nothing
- Nothing into something
A troll is someone who deliberately tries to disrupt, attack, offend or generally cause trouble by posting certain comments, photos, videos, GIFs or some other form of online content.
I block trolls for the same reason I scrape dog shit off my shoes: not becuse I’m “afraid” of dog shit, but because dog shit has not inherent value, creates a huge mess, and makes everything smell like dog shit.
Trolls: to clarify, in this analogy, you are dog shit.
For your consideration: Trolls are posting that the song: “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” is about rape. https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-news/baby-its-cold-outside-controversy-holiday-song-history-768183/
There is no antidote for idiocy or extremism.
Man’s most valuable trait is a judicious sense of what not to believe. -Euripides
Patience has its limits. Take it too far, and it’s cowardice. -George Jackson
Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. -Shakespeare
Political language–and with variations this is true of all political parties, from Conservatives to Anarchists–is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind. -George Orwell
If words are to enter men’s minds and bear fruit, they must be the right words shaped cunningly to pass men’s defenses and explode silently and effectually within their minds. -J.B. Phillips
The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn. -Alvin Toffler
An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don’t. -Anatole France
It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it. -Upton Sinclair
What occurs to me in reading their book is that the new American approach to social control is so much more sophisticated and pervasive that it really deserves a new name. It isn’t just propaganda any more, it’s ‘prop-agenda’. It’s not so much the control of what we think, but the control of what we think about. When our governments want to sell us a course of action, they do it by making sure it’s the only thing on the agenda, the only thing everyone’s talking about. And they pre-load the ensuing discussion with highly selected images, devious and prejudicial language, dubious linkages, weak or false ‘intelligence’ and selected ‘leaks’.
Brian Eno on Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber’s “Weapons of Mass Deception”
for the Brat, with love
“How do you spell ‘love’?” – Piglet
“You don’t spell it…you feel it.” – Pooh
Sometimes, said Pooh, the smallest things take up the most room in your heart.
“What day is it?”
“It’s today,” squeaked Piglet.
“My favorite day,” said Pooh.
“Supposing a tree fell down, Pooh, when we were underneath it?”
“Supposing it didn’t,” said Pooh after careful thought.
Piglet was comforted by this.
Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known.
The things that make me different are the things that make me.
“Rabbit’s clever,” said Pooh thoughtfully.
“Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit’s clever.”
“And he has Brain.”
“Yes,” said Piglet, “Rabbit has Brain.”
There was a long silence.
“I suppose,” said Pooh, “that that’s why he never understands anything.”
I was walking along looking for somebody, and then suddenly I wasn’t anymore.
Love is taking a few steps backward maybe even more…to give way to the happiness of the person you love.
Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.
You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.
Sometimes I sits and thinks, and sometimes I just sits…
A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.
How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.
Don’t underestimate the value of doing nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.
I think we dream so we don’t have to be apart for so long. If we’re in each other’s dreams, we can be together all the time.
One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries.
But it isn’t easy, said Pooh. Because poetry and hums aren’t things which you get, they’re things which get you. And all you can do is to go where they can find you.
Nobody can be uncheered with a balloon.
More Quotes for Life
“I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.”
For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong.
On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart’s desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.
Democracy is a pathetic belief in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
A newspaper is a device for making the ignorant more ignorant and the crazy crazier.
The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.
If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner.
A national political campaign is better than the best circus ever heard of, with a mass baptism and a couple of hangings thrown in.
Don’t overestimate the decency of the human race.
Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.
It doesn’t take a majority to make a rebellion; it takes only a few determined leaders and a sound cause.
It is not materialism that is the chief curse of the world, as pastors teach, but idealism. Men get into trouble by taking their visions and hallucinations too seriously.
Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.
Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats.
Most people are unable to write because they are unable to think, and they are unable to think because they congenitally lack the equipment to do so, just as they congenitally lack the equipment to fly over the moon.
No man ever quite believes in any other man. One may believe in an idea absolutely, but not in a man.
It is impossible to imagine Goethe or Beethoven being good at billiards or golf.
For centuries, theologians have been explaining the unknowable in terms of the-not-worth-knowing.
In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican.
The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.
There is only one thing in life worse than being talked about, and that is not being talked about.
Morality is simply the attitude we adopt towards people whom we personally dislike.
A little sincerity is a dangerous thing, and a great deal of it is absolutely fatal.
The only way to get rid of temptation is to yield to it.
If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you.
Work is the curse of the drinking classes.
Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.
Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go.
What is a cynic? A man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing.
When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is.
Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination.
True friends stab you in the front.
A gentleman is one who never hurts anyone’s feelings unintentionally.
I like men who have a future and women who have a past.
Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit.
Bibliographic Notes: First published in the 1894 December (and only) issue of the Oxford student magazineThe Chameleon.
The first duty in life is to be as artificial as possible. What the second duty is no one has as yet discovered.
Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attractiveness of others.
If the poor only had profiles there would be no difficulty in solving the problem of poverty.
Those who see any difference between soul and body have neither.
A really well-maded buttonhole is the only link between Art and Nature.
Religions die when they are proved to be true. Science is the record of dead religions.
The well-bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves.
Nothing that actually occurs is of the smallest importance.
Dullness is the coming of age of seriousness.
In all unimportant matters, style, not sincerity, is the essential. In all important matters, style, not sincerity, is the essential.
If one tells the truth, one is sure, sooner or later, to be found out.
Pleasure is the only thing one should live for. Nothing ages like happiness.
It is only by not paying one’s bills that one can hope to live in the memory of the commercial classes.
No crime is vulgar, but all vulgarity is crime. Vulgarity is the conduct of others.
Only the shallow know themselves.
Time is a waste of money.
One should always be a little improbable.
There is a fatality about all good resolutions. They are invariably made too soon.
The only way to atone for being occasionally a little over-dressed is by being always absolutely over-educated.
To be premature is to be perfect.
Any preoccupation with ideas of what is right and wrong in conduct shows an arrested intellectual development.
Ambition is the last refuge of the failure.
A truth ceases to be true when more than one person believes in it.
In examinations the foolish ask questions that the wise cannot answer.
Greek dress was in its essence inartistic. Nothing should reveal the body but the body.
One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.
It is only the superficial qualities that last. Man’s deeper nature is soon found out.
Industry is the root of all ugliness.
The ages live in history through their anachronisms.
It is only the gods who taste of death. Apollo has passed away, but Hyacinth, whom men say he slew, lives on. Nero and Narcissus are always with us.
The old believe everything: the middle-aged suspect everything: the young know everything.
The condition of perfection is idleness: the aim of perfection is youth.
Only the great masters of style ever succeed in being obscure.
There is something tragic about the enormous number of young men there are in England at the present moment who start life with perfect profiles, and end by adopting some useful profession.
To love oneself is the beginning of a life-long romance.
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.
Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.
I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.
If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.
One isn’t necessarily born with courage, but one is born with potential. Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can’t be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest.
You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.
Nothing will work unless you do.
It came to me the other day:
Were I to die, no one would say,
“Oh, what a shame! So young, so full
Of promise — depths unplumbable!”
Instead, a shrug and tearless eyes
Will greet my overdue demise;
The wide response will be, I know,
“I thought he died a while ago.”
For life’s a shabby subterfuge,
And death is real, and dark, and huge.
The shock of it will register
Nowhere but where it will occur.