Mean and Nasty

Sunday, April 5, 2020 – Mean and Nasty

No arts; no letters; no society; and which is worst of all, continual fear, and danger of violent death: and the life of man, solitary, poor, nasty, brutish and short. ~ Thomas Hobbes

There is no act of treachery or meanness of which a political party is not capable, for in politics there is no honour. ~ Benjamin Disraeli

I think one of the great problems we have in the Republican Party is that we don’t encourage you to be nasty. We encourage you to be neat, obedient, loyal and faithful and all those Boy Scout words, which would be great around a campfire but are lousy in politics. ~ Newt Gingrich

He’s nice enough not to want to be associated with a nasty remark but not nice enough not to make it. Lacking the courage of one’s nastiness does not make one nice. ~ Michael Kinsley

A gentleman is never rude except on purpose. I can honestly be nasty sober, believe you me. ~ Christopher Hitchens

The only thing that will be remembered about my enemies after they’re dead is the nasty things I’ve said about them. ~ Camille Paglia

I’m under the impression that this notion of decency is disappearing from our society where conflicts are made worse on cinema and on television, where people are nasty and cruel on the Internet and where, in general, everybody seems to be very angry. ~ Helen Mirren

Electronic aids, particularly domestic computers, will help the inner migration, the opting out of reality. Reality is no longer going to be the stuff out there, but the stuff inside your head. It’s going to be commercial and nasty at the same time. ~ J. G. Ballard

I got nasty habits. I take tea at three. ~ Mick Jagger

I’d rather have a fake smile than a nasty stare. ~ Tamara Ecclestone

I find that the only way to make my characters really interesting to children is to exaggerate all their good or bad qualities, and so if a person is nasty or bad or cruel, you make them very nasty, very bad, very cruel. If they are ugly, you make them extremely ugly. That, I think, is fun and makes an impact. ~ Roald Dahl

A cinema villain essentially needs a moustache so he can twiddle with it gleefully as he cooks up his next nasty plan. ~ Mel Brooks

Evil is a miscellaneous collection of nasty things that nasty people do. ~ Richard Dawkins

Your wrinkles either show that you’re nasty, cranky, and senile, or that you’re always smiling. ~ Carlos Santana

An ugly baby is a very nasty object, and the prettiest is frightful. ~ Queen Victoria

If, after hearing my songs, just one human being is inspired to say something nasty to a friend or, perhaps, to strike a loved one, it will all have been worth the while. ~ Tom Lehrer

Let me tell you, it is still morning in America. It just happens to be kind of a head-pounding, hung over for four hours in America. And it’s shaping up to be a nasty day, but it’s still morning in America. ~ Glenn Beck

An education system suits some more than it suits others. It can lead you out into life or lead you on a wild goose chase. It can help to make you miserable, or dull and nasty and insipid, or profoundly stupid in the special way that ‘brainy’ people can be. ~ Michael Leunig

I like living in my head because in there, everyone is kind and innocent. Once you start integrating yourself into the world, you realize that people are nasty, mean creatures. They’re worse than zombies. People try to crush your soul and destroy your happiness, but zombies just want to have a little nibble of your brain. ~ J. Cornell Michel

Art is gushing hot bile on the fields and harvesting the looks of nasty dwarfs. ~ Günter Brus

You must thank the gods for art, those of us who have been fortunate enough to stumble onto this means of venting our craziness, our meanness, our towering disgust. ~ Robert Crumb

The real tragedy of human existence is not that we are nasty by nature, but that a cruel structural asymmetry grants to rare events of meanness such power to shape our history. ~ Stephen Jay Gould

We’re just going to play rock and roll and not do anything else; we’re going to stay in our rooms, and the world is a nasty, horrible place because it didn’t give us everything we cried for. Right? ~ John Lennon

Because they are mean is no reason why I should be. I hate such things, and though I think I’ve a right to be hurt, I don’t intend to show it. ~ Louisa May Alcott, Amy March in Little Women

I’d be more willing to accept religion, even if I didn’t believe it, if I thought it made people nicer to each other but I don’t think it does. ~ Andy Rooney

When the great ship containing the hopes and aspirations of the world, when the great ship freighted with mankind goes down in the night of death, chaos and disaster, I am willing to go down with the ship. I will not be guilty of the ineffable meanness of paddling away in some orthodox canoe. I will go down with the ship, with those who love me, and with those whom I have loved. If there is a God who will damn his children forever, I would rather go to hell than to go to heaven and keep the society of such an infamous tyrant. I make my choice now. I despise that doctrine. It has covered the cheeks of this world with tears. It has polluted the hearts of children, and poisoned the imaginations of men. It has been a constant pain, a perpetual terror to every good man and woman and child. It has filled the good with horror and with fear; but it has had no effect upon the infamous and base. It has wrung the hearts of the tender; it has furrowed the cheeks of the good. This doctrine never should be preached again. What right have you, sir, Mr. clergyman, you, minister of the gospel, to stand at the portals of the tomb, at the vestibule of eternity, and fill the future with horror and with fear? I do not believe this doctrine: neither do you. If you did, you could not sleep one moment. Any man who believes it, and has within his breast a decent, throbbing heart, will go insane. A man who believes that doctrine and does not go insane has the heart of a snake and the conscience of a hyena. ~ Robert G. Ingersoll, The Liberty Of Man, Woman And Child

In stating these matters, I speak an open and disinterested language, dictated by no passion but that of humanity. To me, who have not only refused offers, because I thought them improper, but have declined rewards I might with reputation have accepted, it is no wonder that meanness and imposition appear disgustful. Independence is my happiness, and I view things as they are, without regard to place or person; my country is the world, and my religion is to do good. ~ Thomas Paine, Rights of Man

A mistake made by many people with great convictions is that they will let nothing stand in the way of their views, not even kindness. ~ Bryant McGill

We are all sculptors and painters, and our material is our own flesh and blood and bones. Any nobleness begins at once to refine a man’s features, any meanness or sensuality to imbrute them. ~ Henry David Thoreau

Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness. ~ George Sand

“Word is spreading about the death of one of the iconic (and most oddly named) figures of the Sunset Strip – Filthy McNasty. McNasty’s eponymous nightclub was the predecessor to what now is the Viper Room The bar became a popular hangout for Evil Knievel and Phyllis Diller, Elvis Presley and Mick Jagger and other celebrities such as Little Richard and John Wayne who appreciated McNasty’s ban on photographers. McNasty died of cancer on April 13.” ~ WeHo News, Saturday, April 23, 2016