Cynical Sayings

I got a recent piece of spam that said:

God must love stupid people. He made SO many. 
(My inner self is telling me I don’t need to go to the gym so I think there is a little of that in everyone…)

Anyway I thought I would start making a list of cynical sayings for no reason than I like them – feel free to contribute to the list…

“It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so” – Mark Twain
This is the bain of doctors that think they know everything. One specialist who would not believe that an MRI would not show chiari – I had to tell him that he may not know everything and he did say point taken…. This is even worse with Doctors who think chronic pain is psychological and opioid addiction.

Another similar saying is:
“The greatest American superstition is belief in facts”

The woman’s health initiative study found for a fact that estrogends were bad for women. That was until people found the morons were putting even 80 year old on estrogen for the study. Looking at the under 60 year age group, though stroke rates were slightly higher; –  deaths were obviously less, osteoporosis less, Breast cancer rates LESS, and noticeably less heart disease (MRI’s could see lessening of cardiac artery calcium deposits).  This all changed over age 60 where it is no longer advisable – stay tuned “facts” on estrogens changes every few years…

…Normal men sane?…. Normal men have killed perhaps 100,00,000 of their fellow men in the last 50 years – R.D. Laing
I have so many pateints who want to be “normal” –  murderers one and all…

“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored” (Aldous Huxley).
One doctor was using large doses of thyroid medicine to patients because they often felt better. Certainly, in recent studies, excessively high doses of B12 have been shown to help back and nerve pains. Thre is a strong proponent in the internet with longstanding cases studies, testifying that thyroid supplementation has this effect.  Use in older patients is fraught with atrial fibrillation issues so not a treatment for those over 50 or not cleared by a cradiologist.  This doctor lost his licence to full practice in this province and is doing operative work instead. I suspect in the future, these cases studies will show certain subgroups will benefit. However, while our college ignores that their could be some practical value to this, I won’t touch it with a ten foot pole. – yet this fact does not cease to exist.

No good deed goes unpunished…
On occasion, have gone the extra mile to help someone just to end up having complaints about it…

Life happens when you are busy making plans.
Life is not totally controllable.

If you wake up and you’re not in pain, you know you are dead.. Russian proverb
ouch…; another cynical version is: Life’s a bitch and then you die.” (English proverb)

“Life in hope  —  die in despair.
Despair is different from hopelessness. Despair is hopelessness combined with the realization that the thing you once hoped for doesn’t exist to hope for anymore.
People who administrate chronic pain patients often do not seem to understand chronic pain essence.  It is not the ouch that causes the problem, it is the despair and dread for the future which can be compounded by people who say things like “I can cut you off at any time” (told to one of my patients).  I have been using ketamine for this subgroup and getting some results, as it helps neuropathic level of pain and depression.

The happiest day of my life was when I realized I did not have to be happy today..
Recent study has shown a preoccupation striving for happiness was a real downer…  Life is the pursuit of happiness – elusive

In the end, everything is a gag. – Chalie Chaplin
I’ve heard it said certain other ways – like how some things one has spent a lifetime agonizing over, when one is dying – one will see was more like one big  joke being played on you – not important at all.
A good reason tho not take things too seriously…

 “Scientists in the 19th century postulated that in time, the world would be taken over by morons. My belief is that this actually happened, but we are now too stupid to realise.” -Kirruth (from the web)
People in Canada use to have a Radio Shack where people couple get electronic components, manuals and kits to stimulate technical literacy in our kids. Now, that is gone and what replaced it has phased out most of it. How many kids learn out electronic things work? We have lost technical literacy in electronics and elsewhere…. Hail the morons of the future.

“The only thing we learn from history is that we learn nothing from history.”― George Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
I is frightening to see the USA going through the same rise and fall that Rome went through…

A Scary thought: “Madam, all babies look like me” – Winston Churchill 

Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed- Alexander Pope

If first you don’t succeed, failure might be your thing – Goerge Burns

There is no use in your walking five miles to fish when you can depend on being just as unsuccessful near home – Mark Twain

Fork. n: An instrument used chiefly for the purposes of putting dead animals into the mouth – Ambriose Bierce

‘Escargot’ is French for ‘fat crawling bag of phlegm’ – Dave Barry

A friend that ain’t in need is a friend indeed – Frank McKinney (‘Kin’) Hubbard

Horse sense is a good judgement which keeps horses from betting on people – W.C. Fields

Start every day off with a smile and get it over with. – W.C. Fields

To be stupid, selfish and have good health are three requirements for happiness, though if stupidity is lacking, all is lost – Gustave Flaubert

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring close-knit family in another city – George Burns

I have bad reflexes. I was once run over by a car being pushed by two guys. – Woody Allen

(On the existence of heaven and hell:) – I don’t want to express an opinion. You see, I have friends in both places – Mark Twain

No vacation goes unpunished – Karl Hakkarainin

No man has a good enough memory to make a good liar. – Abraham Lincoln

The only form of lying that is absolutely beyond reproach is lying for its own sake – Oscar Wilde

He who laughs has not yet heard the bad news. – Bertolt Brecht

Those who cannot laugh at themselves lkeave the job to others – Anon

What a pity that in life we only get our lessons when they are of no use to us – Oscar Wilde

If it works well, they’ll stop making it – Jane Otten and Russell Baker

It is impossible to make anything foolproof beause fools are so ingenious – K.W. Robinson of Co. Down

I took the speed reading course and read War and Peace in 20 minutes. It’s about Russia. – Woody Allen

In this world there are only two tragedies. One is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it. – Oscar Wilde

A doctor can bury his mistakes but an architect can only advise his clients to plant a vine. – Frank Lloyd Wright

Remember you are just an extra in everyone else’s play. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

He does not possess wealth; it possesses him. – Benjamin Franklin

Heaven goes by flavour. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in – Mark Twain

If you have some good ones – please let me know and I will add them and give you credit!


Here’s one that’s not cynical; but I need to remember  – Attention shouldn’t be centered only on pain, because pain itself is only part of the picture  –   Stefano Negrini et al 2008
It’s easy to be caught up treating the pain and forget the victim is in pain in more ways then one…


I must credit, among other things. the book  “The Grumpiest Old Men” published by Rigel pulsera pandora pulsera pandora

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One Response to Cynical Sayings

  1. Noela says:

    “Common sense is not too common.” Voltaire

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